Everton (Away)
Premier League

Sunday 6th December 2009


Hit by a number of injuries and the absence of Heitinga through suspension, it will be a much changed side from that which faced Spurs in the League Cup earlier in October.

That Toffees side was supposed to be under-strength, but appeared to be full of players who had regularly featured in the Premier league and even though there were a number of younger players who took the field in their Europa League match at AEK Athens, the eleven that take on Tottenham will have more than enough experience to give them a game.

There are enough talented youngsters coming through the Goodison youth system to fill in for absent senior players, but with the likes of Saha, Bilyaletdinov, Cahill, Yakubu, Pienaar and Fellaini, they still have an attack and midfield capable of causing Spurs problems.  The home team have been hardest hit at the back, where goalkeeper Tim Howard keeps goal behind Hibbert, Baines, Distin and Yobo.  The latter two might be missing through injury, but there are options in Duffy and Coleman, who both played in Greece this week.

Davie Moyes has had his side perhaps punching above their weight a bit in the last few years, but this time around he has suffered with the club unable to challenge other big side sin the transfer market.  It has not made a lot of difference in the past, but the lack of expenditure is perhaps now catching up with them and the squad has thinned, with money raised from selling off some of their prize possessions not being reinvested in the playing assets.

There is always a good game against Everton, whether home or away and they had been getting the better of Tottenham over the last couple of years, but with the confidence Harry Redknapp has instilled in his team may make their fluid style of play too difficult to stymie.  However, the Blues will do their best to stop Spurs, although I can foresee a good outcome for the visitors in a game which I think will finish ...

PREDICTION : -  Everton  1     Tottenham Hotspur   2

For more information on the opponents and their history, including full result history of matches between the two teams, click here.


EVERTON :  Jo (out - knee); Dan Gosling (doubtful  - hamstring); Sylvain Distin (doubtful - hamstring); Jack Rodwell (doubtful - hamstring); Mikael Arteta (out - knee); Phil Jagielka (out - knee); Victor Anichebe (out - knee); Phil Neville (out - knee); James Vaughan (out - knee); Leon Osman (doubtful - ankle); Johnny Heitinga (out - suspended); Joseph Yobo (doubtful - hamstring); - (-);

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -   Luka Modric (out - broken leg); Carlo Cudicini (out - broken wrist); Ledley King (out - hamstring); Jonathan Woodgate (out - groin); - (-);


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Everton   2   Tottenham Hotspur    2     (Half-time score : 0-0)

Premier League
Venue : -  Goodison Park
Sunday 6th December 2009
Kick Off :  4.00 p.m.
Crowd :   34,003
Referee :  Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
Weather :  -  Rainy, chilly
Teams : - 
Everton :

24  Howard

23  Neill
  2  Hibbert
  4  Yobo (31  Coleman  24)
  3  Baines      

  7  Bilyaletdinov
26  Rodwell        (22  Yakubu  62)
17  Cahill         
20  Pienaar
25  Fellaini

24  Jo  (  8  Saha 62  )

Unused subs: 
  1  Nash

37  Baxter
34  Duffy
35  Agard

Tottenham Hotspur :

  1  Gomes

32  Assou-Ekotto        (  3  Bale 46      )
19  Bassong
20  Dawson       
22  Corluka

  6  Huddlestone     
21  Kranjcar 78  (  8  Jenas 66)
12  Palacios  (  2  Hutton 90+4)
  7  Lennon  

18  Defoe 
15  Crouch

Unused subs: 
27  Alnwick
  5  Bentley
  9  Pavlychenko

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  

Saha 78
Cahill 86

Tottenham Hotspur

Defoe 47
Dawson 59

Cards : -  

Rodwell (foul) 19
Fellaini (retaliation) 37
Baines (foul) 55
Cahill (foul) 72


Tottenham Hotspur 

Dawson (foul)  28
Assou-Ekotto (unsporting conduct)  37
Huddlestone (foul) 66
Bale (foul) 74


Match Report : -  
Once more some of the old weaknesses in the Spurs team came back to haunt them as they handed a point to Everton from 2-0 winning score-line, with even a last minute penalty saved as we spurned the chance of three points and to go back to third in the table.

As Goodison is one of the favourite grounds Spurs have visited in the Premier League, it was perhaps not surprising that they played some neat football to crate chances, but once Everton started their customary rough-house tactics, the shine went off the Tottenham game, as they became embroiled in a brawling, mauling game, with eight bookings.  Somehow the game ended 4-4 in this score, with Rodwell staying on the pitch after getting away with a cynical hauling down of Lennon after already having been booked.  Unfortunately, Mr. Marriner saw who the offender was and kept his car din his pocket for once.

The only decent decision of the day he did give, which upset the Everton fans, although I don't know why (well, maybe I do, as they appealed for handball every time the ball hit a Spurs player anywhere on the body), was when Hibbert bundled Palacios over in the box in injury time. 

Spurs started well, in what was initially a surprisingly open match.  When the luckily useless Jo broke into the Spurs area in the first minute, Corluka got back to make a challenge and almost put the ball past Heurelho Gomes, but luckily he sliced the ball and the keeper picked it up without too much trouble.  Tottenham had a corner from a blocked Lennon effort and Dawson planted his header too high.  Marouane Fellaini was involved with setting up a shooting opportunity for Jack Rodwell, but his effort lacked power and then the Belgian struck a shot well wide.  This was all in the first five minutes !!

Despite looking just offside, Peter Crouch was slipped through by Aaron Lennon only to shoot well over, when a shot on target might have given Howard more than a bit of a problem.  And it was Lennon who was causing the most issues for the Everton defence to deal with, as he put the ball one side of Baines and ran the other to put a low cross along the six yard line with nobody there to put the ball into the net, but Kranjcar was at the far post to knock the ball back, but the same lack of presence allowed Yobo to kick the ball away.

Tottenham's confidence on the ball showed when Tom Huddlestone played in Jermain Defoe on the D and could not beat Howard, who blocked his low left foot drive with his legs.  The same pair linked up in the 19th minute and again, Howard denied Defoe, whose shot lacked venom.

Things livened up a bit when Jack Rodwell took Kranjcar late, even though he appeared to win the ball, but the ref pulled out the yellow card, to spark a spate of rash challenges.  Benoit Assou-Ekotto had possibly his worst game of the season, with some poor tackling and an incident that almost turned the game against Tottenham, when he brought his boot down on Cahill's neck after the Australian had gone through him with a tackle.  Fellaini got involved and got a yellow with Benny, then started a vendetta with Peter Crouch which saw them exchange elbows to the head.  Captain Michael Dawson picked up a caution for a rash tackle on Cahill.

Back at the football, Jo, onside for a change, managed to turn Bassong and put a shot across Gomes' goal and just wide of the far post, while the Brazilian keeper gathered a Baines free-kick well, but made it a good save for the cameras !!  Defoe tried to bag his own special Crouch v Doncaster type goal, when he took Assou-Ekotto's cross with the back of his right foot, but it was always going too high and just after the half hour, the little striker should have had Spurs ahead, when Kranjcar and Hud opened up the Toffees defence and Defoe slipped his shot just wide of the left hand post with Howard on the floor.  Dawson slid in to dispossess Jo, as it looked like he might be through on goal, just before most of the shenanigans.

As half-time approached, Defoe had a couple of chances and he seized on a short back-ass by Baines, but could not lift the ball over the Everton keeper, who got a hand to it and then in injury time, a zippy cross off the turf by Aaron Lennon  bounced just in front of the US goalie and he spilled the ball, but it was fortunate for him that the ball dropped to an area where no Spurs player was waiting.

It was perhaps not a surprise that Assou-Ekotto did not appear for the second half, with him being a potential target for the home side winding him up to get dismissed, so Gareth Bale came on in his place.  Everton kicked off, but gaining possession, Spurs played the ball to Huddlestone and his dink over the top saw Hibbert just do enough to put Defoe off his shot.  A minute later, there was no stopping Jermain though.  When Lennon found space on the right, his low shot to the near post found Defoe ahead of Lucas Neill and he guided the ball past Howard with his left foot to give Tottenham the lead two minutes after the break.

A neat little one-two a few minutes later almost brought a second goal, with Defoe playing in Crouch and his toe-poke was tipped aside by the keeper, although the referee failed to see it (which fitted in with a bit of the rest of his performance during the game).  Good closing down by Lennon caused the ball to fall for Defoe, who laid it into the path of Tom Huddlestone and he drove the ball at goal, although it was blocked and Tom also picked up an injury in kicking the defender's foot.  Niko Kranjcar played the corner over from the Tottenham right and Michael Dawson lost his marker Lucas Neill to dive in and head low into the left hand bottom corner of the net to make it 2-0.  It was a brave header, but earned the skipper his second goal in consecutive games.

At this stage, it looked like there would only be one winner, but unlike the Wigan game, Spurs failed to ram home their advantage and when Jo and Rodwell made way for Yakubu and Saha, the attacking impetus changed in Everton's favour.  Spurs could have finished it off with Bale firing a 72nd minute 25 yard free-kick narrowly wide of the right hand angle, then Crouch hit a weak shot across Howard when one-on-one five minutes later that could have made it 3-0.

As it was, the ball was worked out to the Everton right in their next attack and Coleman went around Bale, who had just been booked and probably feared getting sent off (having been sent on for the worry that Assou-Ekotto might have got sent off).  The ball was clipped back to the near edge of the six yard box and Saha slid in to volley past Gomes.  This helped the game swing in Everton's favour.

With 12 minutes left, Tottenham looked up against it.  Five minutes later, Pienaar put in a cross from the left and Saha rose at the edge of the box to launch an overhead kick that just missed Gomes' left hand post by inches.  Then a couple of minutes after, a scramble o the edge of the penalty area saw Palacios swing a lazy leg at the ball that took it out of the box.  It only found Coleman in space on the right once more, leaving him the chance to put a cross into the heart of the box, but this time there was nobody there. However, it ran through to Baines on the left and he crashed a shot-cum-cross into the goalmouth, where it bounced up off the turf and found Cahill in the six yard box to head home as he dived forward.

A two goal lead had slipped away and Tottenham still had to negotiate a couple of minutes and four minutes added time to get anything out of the game, as Everton were going for the win. 

Fellaini put a free far post header over the bar and as the home team tried to mount another attack, the ball came to Lennon on the right.  He put over a high, hanging cross to Peter Crouch's head just to the left of the D and his header down was into the path of the on-running Palacios, who got a head to the ball to knock it forward, before Tony Hibbert crashed into him and knocked him flying.  For once, Marriner was well placed to see what was happening and pointed to the spot.  This was two minutes into injury time and Jermain Defoe had to wait three minutes for Palacios to be carried away on a stretcher, before he could place the ball for the spot-kick.  In between Louis Saha had taken advice form the Everton bench and relayed the message to Howard before Defoe struck his penalty right down the middle (and not very hard), allowing the goalie to block the ball with his legs and the rebound went behind Defoe and was hacked away by the grateful Everton defence.

So having had the game won once, Spurs had the opportunity to win it all over again, but threw the chance to move back into third place away.  With Everton being near the relegation zone at the moment, it would have been a good time to take advantage of their injury hit squad, but they fought for the point and Tottenham looked as though they thought they had done enough at 2-0.

If they learned anything from the Wigan game, it should have been how to put teams away when you have the chances.  Having failed to do that, it only took an inspired goal and a piece of opportunist luck to get Everton back into the match.

In the end, it might have looked a fair result, but for Spurs, it could have been oh, so much more.





Fan Reaction : -



Today shows why we will never get in the top four.  Those players need to look at themselves for switching off and thinking the game won on 60 mins.

So we have Defoe and Lampard missing crucial penalty kicks this weekend - don't
look good for the World Cup does it.

adam steppings

To read Wyart Lane's report on the game go to the Times Online Fanzine Fanzone by clicking here.






Other League scores this weekend :
Arsenal 2 Stoke City 0 Saturday
Aston Villa 3 Hull City 0 Saturday
Blackburn Rovers 0 Liverpool 0 Saturday
Fulham 1 Sunderland 0 Sunday
Manchester City 2 Chelsea 1 Saturday
Portsmouth 2 Burnley 0 Saturday
West Ham United 0 Manchester United 4 Saturday
Wigan Athletic 2 Birmingham City 3 Saturday
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Bolton Wanderers 1 Saturday



League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Chelsea 15 12 0 3 37 10 36 +27
2 Manchester United 15 11 1 3 34 13 34 +21
3 Arsenal 14 9 1 4 38 18 28 +20
4 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 15 8 3 4 35 21 27 +14
5 Aston Villa 15 7 5 3 25 14 26 +11
6 Manchester City 14 6 7 1 26 18 25 +8
7 Liverpool 15 7 3 5 31 20 24 +11
8 Fulham 15 6 4 5 19 16 22 +3
9 Birmingham City 15 6 3 6 15 16 21 -1
10 Sunderland 15 6 2 7 21 21 20 0
11 Stoke City 15 5 5 5 13 17 20 -4
12 Blackburn Rovers 16 5 4 7 16 28 18 -12
13 Burnley 15 5 2 8 19 33 17 -14
14 Wigan Athletic 15 5 2 8 17 34 17 -17
15 Everton 15 4 4 7 19 27 16 -8
16 Hull City 16 4 4 8 17 34 16 -17
17 West Ham United 15 3 5 7 24 30 14 -6
18 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 3 4 8 14 28 13 -14
19 Bolton Wanderers 14 3 3 8 17 29 12 -12
20 Portsmouth 15 3 1 11 13 23 10 -10


Position before the weekend :  3rd
Position before the match :  4th
Position after the match :  4th
Position after the weekend :  4th

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