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23 October 2010
• White Hart Lane, London
Referee: M. Jones
• Attendance: 35967
R. van der Vaart 20'
L. Baines 17'
FULL TIME! Well, Spurs were unable to make it three league comebacks on the trot, but despite their attacking dominance at times, Everton deserved a point today. Jagielka defended brilliantly throughout, and Crouch, despite his assist, will feel that he could have done better. At the whistle, it finishes Tottenham 1-1 Everton.
Van der Vaart feels he should have been awarded a corner, and kicks the advertising boards in frustration, before picking up a yellow card for his troubles.
90' + 1'
Bale, who's operating down the right now since Lennon was replaced, takes a throw quickly as Tottenham look to attack. The ball finds Hutton, but this time Howard catches the ball with ease.
Crouch wins a timely tackle on the edge of the box, before finding Sandro who in turns finds Hutton. He swings the ball in deep, and again Crouch goes down!!! NO PENALTY! Three minutes to be added on here!
Van der Vaart tries to wriggle free in the box, but despite the Ductman’s efforts, he is unable to get his shot through. All Spurs at the moment!
Possession and threat is swinging like a pendulum, as Everton look to force the questions now. Hibbert lofts in a deep throw but again Sandro can clear, as Spurs break once more.
Final throw of the dice for Everton, as Moyes replaces Coleman with Beckford – who of course scored twice for Leeds last season at White Hart Lane in the FA Cup.
Corner kick to Spurs, and their momentum has got the crowd going here. The ball is cleared as far as Assou-Ekotto, and the Cameroonian tries to replicate his stunning strike against Liverpool last season – but fails miserably.
As we approach the final ten minutes, Spurs look to have found their rhythm again, a look the most likely to break the deadlock at the moment.
Yellow Card Sandro
So close for Spurs!! Modric starts a sweeping counter attack before Pavlyuchenko is found on the edge of the box. The Russian’s shot is closed down by Distin, and as the ball spins towards to the touchline, Bale attempts to fire it back across goal. Great move by Spurs!
Yellow Card Rafael van der Vaart
That’s more like it! Cahill fires a low drive from all of 25 yards. It flies two feet wide, but that’s how to strike a ball with venom!
Another poor effort from Crouch! Again the big man is played through, but failed to get anything like the power need to test Howard, as the American grasps the ball with ease.
Still, I still expect their to be winner in this one, and one goal will settle it, and Redknapp is playing an attacking card, as Pavlyuchenko looks set to come on.
We’ve reverted back to the first half stance it seems, as neither side are able to offer the telling ball in the final third.
Some activity on the Everton bench, as Louis Saha looks set to enter the fray, as David Moyes look to add further thrust to his side's attack.
With roughly 30 minutes left on the clock, it's still anyones game here, with the second half an evenly contested affair.
Gallas is harshly penalised for a ‘trip’ on Bilyaletdinov, and Everton have another free kick. Heitinga floats it in, and after a sight deflection, Crouch is forced to put the ball out for a corner.
End to end stuff at the moment at the Lane, as Everton attack down the left flank again, but as he looks to attack a low cross into the box, Cahill is penalised for a foul on Assou-Ekotto. Free kick for Tottenham.
Distin misjudges a chipped ball over the top, and Crouch is able to take a touch before careering down on Howards’ goal, but Baines reads the situation brilliantly, and puts enough pressure on the striker to deny him a clean strike, and Howard is able to gather the ball with ease.
Yellow Card Seamus Coleman
Corner to Spurs, and Van der Vaart sends it in deep. Again, Kaboul rises highest, but his powerful header flies harmlessly over the crossbar again. Great leap from the Frenchman.
Corner to Everton, their first of the match. Baines fires it in but Gomes is able to punch clear, and after a moments hesitation, Sandro bursts clear, and after playing the ball to Lennon, Coleman receives a booking for a foul on the winger.
Free kick to Everton just inside the Spurs half following a foul by Lennno. Distin lofts it in, but Sandro is there to head clear.
One change for Spurs, as Sandro replaces Palacios...Redknapp had better keep his eyes peeled for Mrs Palacios at full time!
And we're back for the second half!
HALF-TIME: Well it’s certainly been entertaining, not the quite the goal fest of midweek, but enough action to gets the juices flowing for the weekend. Everton started the brighter, and having taken the lead, David Moyes will be disappointed that in only lasted three minutes, as Spurs are forced to come from behind once again at home. At the interval, it’s Tottenham 1-1 Everton.
45' + 1'
Glorious chance for Spurs goes begging! Hutton is again the source, and the former Rangers man arrows a fierce delivery to Crouch, unmarked at the back post, but the Tottenham striker can only direct his header straight at Howard.
Two added minutes to be played.
Whistles circle the ground, as Bale is on the receiving end of a wild challenge from Heitinga, and the Spurs fans are letting the Dutchman know exactly what they think of him!
Now Everton enjoy a period of pressure, as Bilyaletdinov and Baines launch a series of balls into the box. Kaboul manager to jump above Cahill and head clear, but the hosts have certainly seen their stronghold on the game diminish in recent minutes, with Everton finishing the half brighter side.
Following his mum’s ‘request’ to Redknapp to start her son today, Palacios almost left her red-faced as he needless tripped Bilyaletdinov on the left-flank, but luckily for the Honduran, only a free-kick was awarded.
Spurs are seeing lots on the ball, as Bale becomes more involved in the game. The Welshman takes it in turns with Assou-Ekotto to pummel Everton’s penalty area with drilled deliveries, but Jagielka clears well on both occasions.
A needless foul from Modric will give Baines another chance from a set-piece, and full-back is eyeing this up again. He fires it in!!!! But it floats over the bar, to the relief of Gomes.
More penalty appeals for Spurs! But it seems that the used up all their spot-kick luck against FC Twente, as Crouch goes down again under pressure from Jagielka.
Another free-kick to Spurs, again from the left. Van der Vaart whips it in, but Kaboul header flies harmlessly over the crossbar.
Since the equaliser, it’s been one way traffic at the Lane. Modric and Van der Vaart have come to life, as Everton simply can’t handle their guile and craft at the moment.
Another great effort from Spurs’ number one Croatian, as Modric skips inside from the left flank before firing a low drive towards Howards bottom corner. It goes inches wide, but having rebounded off the advertising hoardings, half the ground thought it was in!
The understanding between Crouch and Van der Vaart is certainly blossoming for Spurs – the Dutchman’s darting runs into the box are reminiscent of Cahill’s for Everton, and Moyes will have been angered by his side’s marking for that goal.
Assist Peter Crouch
Goal Rafael van der Vaart
But would you believe it!!!? Van der Vaart grabs the equaliser!!! A deep cross should have been bread and butter for Howard, but the Everton ‘keeper flaps at the ball, and Crouch knocks it back across the box to the feet of the Dutchman, who is on hand to tap in from close range. 1-1!
Goal Leighton Baines
Since going behind, as has been the case with the vast majority of Spurs’ home games this season, Redknapp’s side have stepped up a gear, and raised the tempo of this match considerably.
But Everton take the lead!!! And it’s Baines with the goal!!! A truly wonderful free-kick from the full-back! From all over 25 yards, the former Wigan man left Gomes flat footed, as the ball curled majestically into the top right corner!!!
First effort of the game, as Modric unleashes a powerful effort from the edge of the box! But Howard gets down quickly to tip wide from the foot of his right-hand post. Great stop!
Another free kick for Spurs, in the same position as before – just to the left of the Everton box - after Neville hauls Bale to ground. Again, Van der Vaart takes it, but at the moment the Toffees are defending resolutely.
Yellow Card Wilson Palacios
Spurs win a free kick deep inside the Everton half, and Van der Vaart fires in the delivery, but the visitors clear and look to hit their opponents on the break, but Palacios pulls down Yakubu on the half-way line, and subsequently picks up a yellow card.
Van der Vaart plays the ball to Hutton on the right flank, and the Scotland international swings in a deep cross towards Crouch. The England forward battles in the air with Neville and Jagielka before falling to the turf. The towering front man appeals for a penalty, but nothing given.
Fairly tentative play at the moment, as neither side is able to craft anything of note. Both teams are looking competent in possession in the middle third, and only the middle third, at the moment.
Van der Vaart gets his first touch of the ball, as Spurs are looking to gain some leverage in this match, but the Dutchman over-hits a diagonal ball to Crouch, and it drifts out for a goal kick.
The visitors are seeing a lot of the ball in the opening moments, but the home side are certainly pressing better than they were in Italy!
And we're underway at White Hart Lane!
Some words from Goal.com’s Jamie Dunn, at White Hart Lane: “Before kickoff today there will be a minute's applause for three Spurs legends: Mel Hopkins and Eddie Baily, who both sadly passed away recently, and the sixth anniversary of the death of Bill Nicholson, a Tottenham hero as a player and manager"
Today’s match should prove a fascinating contest – it’s just a shame Everton’s Spanish talisman has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. After a lacklustre start to the season, David Moyes’ side have stepped-up a gear in recent weeks, and Spurs will have to keep a close eye on Tim Cahill today, who like Arteta, grabbed a goal in the Merseyside derby last weekend.
As the sides are lead onto the pitch by the two skippers, Modric, who was of course substituted in the early minutes of the match against inter following Gomes’ red card, will be captaining Spurs today – their third captain in a week.
So no Arteta for the visitors this afternoon, while Spurs are able to recall Van der Vaart to the line-up, whilst three-goal San Siro hero Gareth Bale starts – so Redknapp was right, he does have a ‘little more fuel left in the tank’.
And now for the line-ups... TOTTENHAM (4-4-1-1): Gomes; Hutton, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Palacios, Modric, Bale; Van der Vaart; Crouch. EVERTON(4-4-1-1): Howard; Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Coleman, Neville, Bilyaletdinov, Pienaar; Cahill; Yakubu.
Good afternoon, and welcome to Goal.com UK’s live text coverage of Tottenham vs Everton, in the Premier League’s early kick-off.
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