Nuno experienced the harsh reality after the international break as Crystal Palace sunk Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park. The visitors digested three goals and were down to ten men as Crystal Palace of Patrick Vieira completely decimated the Spurs in style.
The absence of Son Heung-min and Davinson Sanchez following the international break meant that this was always going to be a real test of their credentials under Nuno.
Having secured only their second point of the season in a spirited comeback against West Ham, Palace were clearly in the mood despite the early kick-off as Vieira named an unchanged side with a trio of new signings – Will Hughes, Michael Olise and £14m striker Edouard – on the bench.
While Nuno handed £25m new right-back, Emerson Royal, his debut, the Spurs bench looked inexperienced by comparison as Harry Winks started in midfield and Lucas Moura replaced Son after he picked up a calf injury on international duty.
The excellent Conor Gallagher came closest to breaking the deadlock just before half-time following a period of sustained Palace pressure. Having failed to muster a single shot, Nuno sent his players out five minutes early for the second half.
But while Moura hit the target from distance almost immediately following the restart, once more it was Palace who looked more likely to score.
Lloris was grateful to see Gallagher’s volley deflect wide via deflections off Rodon and Sergio Reguilón before Zaha lost his temper after being taken out in full flight by Tanganga.
Both received yellow cards but it could easily have been worse for the Ivory Coast international, who appeared to raise his hands towards the Tottenham defender’s face during the melee.
Tanganga’s misery was complete when he was shown a second yellow card within two minutes for a needless challenge on Ayew.
Crystal Palace grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
Davies inexplicably handled Gallagher’s cross, allowing Zaha to convert from the penalty spot.
Edouard was given a rapturous welcome when he replaced Christian Benteke with seven minutes to play and Zaha supplied an inch-perfect cross from the left for the Frenchman to slide home. Edouard’s second goal in injury time after excellent buildup play between Gallagher and Olise added more misery to the visitors.
The first defeat of the season for Spurs while it was time for Vieira to celebrate with his boys.