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December 9, 2012 8:30 PM IST
Goodison Park — Liverpool
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 36494‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Everton 2-1 Tottenham

David Moyes' men largely dominated the game but looked set to lose after conceding in unfortunate circumstances before two late goals from Pienaar and Jelavic turned things around

By David Lynch at Goodison Park

  • Tim Howard
    4
    2
    3.00

    Tim Howard

    Rarely tested for much of the game before finding himself unfortunate to see the ball loop over him for Dempsey's goal.

  • Leighton Baines
    8
    1
    3.50

    Leighton Baines

    As brilliant as ever on the overlap. Kept Lennon quiet and always popped up in the right place to provide a dangerous ball in.

  • Phil Jagielka
    3
    1
    3.00

    Phil Jagielka

    Marshalled Adebayor well when the striker pushed up. Has been named captain in Phil Neville's absence and leads his team just well as his defence.

  • Sylvain Distin
    3
    1
    2.50

    Sylvain Distin

    Had matched Defoe's runs all day before a bit of bad luck saw him help Dempsey's shot into the net over Howard.

  • Darron Gibson
    4
    1
    3.00

    Darron Gibson

    Worked hard to help Everton cement their dominance in the middle of the park and kept things simple.

  • Leon Osman
    3
    1
    3.00

    Leon Osman

    Made some excellent runs into the box from deep but could not divert the ball goalwards. Played well overall but was replaced by Vellios with the Toffees needing a goal.

  • Steven Pienaar
    8
    2
    3.00

    Steven Pienaar

    Not his best afternoon. Got into the right positions in tandem with Baines but couldn't find the right ball. Made up for an off-colour performance with a 90th-minute header to level the scores.

  • Seamus Coleman
    5
    1
    3.00

    Seamus Coleman

    Saw a lot of the ball with Mirallas pinning Spurs back but his performance level dropped noticeably upon the Belgian's withdrawal. Despite playing below his best for much of the second half, he provided a vital cross for Pienaar to level it.

  • Marouane Fellaini
    18
    2
    3.50

    Marouane Fellaini

    Unplayable at times. Showed some brilliant control allied with his well-known physical attributes.

  • Nikica Jelavic
    19
    1
    3.50

    Nikica Jelavic Top of the Match

    Worked hard and probably deserved better service. Had one great chance in the first half but could not turn Mirallas' cross home in the box. Got his one golden opportunity in the dying seconds though, and kept his calm to sweep home.

  • Kevin Mirallas
    13
    1
    3.50

    Kevin Mirallas

    Was Everton's biggest threat for the entirety of the first half with his pace and trickery. Unfortunately for the hosts, had to be withdrawn at half-time due to injury.

Substitutions

  • John Heitinga
    3
    2
    2.00

    John Heitinga

    On as a late time-wasting sub.

  • Steven Naismith
    4
    1
    2.50

    Steven Naismith

    Missed an excellent chance in the box moments into the second half and could not match the threat of Mirallas.

  • Apostolos Vellios
    5
    2
    3.00

    Apostolos Vellios

    His missed overhead attempt allowed Jelavic in to score the winner.

  • Hugo Lloris
    8
    8
    3.00

    Hugo Lloris

    Made an excellent interception to stop Jelavic rounding him in the first half. Though Everton dominated the game, he had a mostly comfortable afternoon before two unsavable strikes beat him.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    12
    3
    3.00

    Jan Vertonghen

    Had an absolute nightmare up against Mirallas but recovered to keep Naismith largely quiet.

  • William Gallas
    3
    8
    2.50

    William Gallas Flop of the Match

    Fortunate to get away with some questionable positional work. Constantly seemed to play Everton players onside.

  • Kyle Walker
    7
    3
    3.00

    Kyle Walker

    Coped far better than Vertonghen at full-back. Could not stop both Baines and Pienaar - by virtue of being just one man - but largely dealt with the latter.

  • Steven Caulker
    4
    3
    3.00

    Steven Caulker

    Did well to prevent Everton's numerous half chances becoming more than that. Had to compensate for Gallas' erratic positioning.

  • Aaron Lennon
    3
    3
    3.00

    Aaron Lennon

    Lightning quick on the counterattack but struggled to make a telling contribution.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    12
    6
    3.00

    Mousa Dembélé

    Dropped onto Fellaini for much of the game but failed to win the midfield battle against his compatriot.

  • Sandro
    2
    6
    2.50

    Sandro

    A virtual passenger. Allowed space to open up in front of the back four and did not pass the ball as well as he would have liked.

  • Clint Dempsey
    11
    4
    3.00

    Clint Dempsey

    Handed a start on the left-hand side, a position which he has previously admitted he does not enjoy. Seemed to spend the first 10 minutes avoiding defensive work by way of protest. Did not contribute much in an attacking sense before a rather fortunate goal gave his side the lead.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    1
    7
    2.50

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Seemed to have been given a free role which did not suit his qualities. Popped up in all sorts of areas but only threatened when pulling onto the last man.

  • Jermain Defoe
    4
    3
    3.00

    Jermain Defoe

    Worked hard and held the ball surprisingly well for a man of his stature. Starved of proper service as Spurs toiled.

Substitutions

  • Tom Huddlestone
    6
    2
    3.00

    Tom Huddlestone

    Though he played little part in the goal, his introduction secured central midfield for the visitors and limited Everton's chances.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    6
    2

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Did little in a short cameo.

  • Iago Falqué
    3
    2

    Iago Falqué

    Had too little time to make an impact as a late sub.

Results
 
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