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January 11, 2012 2:45 PM EST
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 36132‎
 
35′ Aaron Lennon
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 2-0 Everton

Harry Redknapp's men tightened their grip on third spot in the Premier League after goals from Aaron Lennon and Benoit Assou-Ekotto saw off a disciplined Toffees side.

By Wayne Veysey

  • Brad Friedel
    19
    6
    3.00

    Brad Friedel

    Everton's best chances were all off target in what was a quiet night for one of the three Americans on the pitch.

  • Younes Kaboul
    19
    2
    3.50

    Younes Kaboul

    Has always had the raw ingredients to be a dominant Premier League center back and is increasingly allying concentration to his power. Formidable display.

  • Michael Dawson
    18
    1
    3.50

    Michael Dawson

    Looked like he had never been away in his first league start since the August humiliation against Manchester City. Commanding in the air and never stop cajoling his colleagues.

  • Kyle Walker
    15
    4
    3.50

    Kyle Walker

    Bombed forward at every opportunity and made a few important clearances at the back.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    58
    5
    4.50

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto Top of the Match

    Outstanding display. Defended and attacked with great intelligence, and plenty of quality. Sent over some delicious second-half crosses before adding to his legend in these parts with a fabulous second goal from all of 35 yards.

  • Gareth Bale
    29
    3
    3.50

    Gareth Bale

    Hit-and-miss in the first half but far more threatening after the break, whether breaking from the left or through the middle. Came close to scoring in the second half and sent shivers through the visitors every time he gathered the ball and put his foot on the accelerator.

  • Aaron Lennon
    14
    4
    3.50

    Aaron Lennon

    Was blowing by the time he was subbed with 13 minutes left but showed how much he has been missed by offering pace and goal threat on both flanks. Took full advantage of Baines' error to steal in and score the opener.

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    27
    3
    3.50

    Rafael van der Vaart

    Dictated the pace of the game with an inventive display in the roving role he likes best.

  • Luka Modric
    37
    3
    3.50

    Luka Modric

    His decision-making and final ball lacked speed in the first half but grew in authority and had Everton exactly where he wanted them in the last half-hour.

  • Jake Livermore
    20
    4
    3.00

    Jake Livermore

    Had 18 stitches in his lip after clashing with Kaboul last week but filled in capably alongside Modric in the absence of injured pair Sandro and Parker.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    13
    12
    3.00

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Got a good ovation when he was subbed late on but his output did not match his industry. Too many Spurs moves broke down because of his heavy touch.

Substitutions

  • Steven Pienaar
    6
    6
    0.00

    Steven Pienaar

    Put in the shop window by Redknapp in the closing stages in an unsubtle attempt to entice David Moyes.

  • Roman Pavlyuchenko
    8
    6
    0.00

    Roman Pavlyuchenko

    Replaced Adebayor in the closing minutes.

  • Tim Howard
    6
    9
    2.50

    Tim Howard

    No goal this time and not entirely convincing, either. Made a fine second-half save from Bale and was unfortunate Assou-Ekotto's long-ranger took a deflection but he was duped by Lennon for the opener.

  • Leighton Baines
    6
    2
    3.00

    Leighton Baines

    At fault for Spurs' opening goal, when he horribly misjudged Assou-Ekotto's left-to-right hoof and allowed Lennon to steal in and take full advantage. Otherwise immaculate display. Defended very well, made some strong breaks and delivered some excellent crosses.

  • John Heitinga
    6
    5
    3.50

    John Heitinga

    Solid and strong and made some important interceptions. One of the most impressive players in blue.

  • Sylvain Distin
    5
    2
    3.00

    Sylvain Distin

    Powerful display to mostly nullify the threat of Adebayor before he was subbed after taking a knock on the hour mark.

  • Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
    2
    2
    2.50

    Diniyar Bilyaletdinov

    Doubled up on Lennon on the left flank but did not offer much in the final third.

  • Tim Cahill
    2
    5
    2.50

    Tim Cahill

    The goals have dried up but showed all his fair dinkum combativeness in a deeper role alongside Fellaini. Slightly fortunate not to concede a first-half penalty when he bundled down Modric.

  • Phil Neville
    4
    2
    3.00

    Phil Neville

    Kept interchanging wingers Bale and Lennon on a tight leash in the first half but struggled to keep the Welshman, as well as Assou-Ekotto, under control after the break.

  • Marouane Fellaini
    8
    3
    3.50

    Marouane Fellaini

    In the faces of Spurs' celebrated creative players from first minute to last, distributed the ball cleanly and popped up in the box a few times. Nearly equalized with a free second-half header.

  • Louis Saha
    5
    3
    3.00

    Louis Saha

    Held the ball up well and worked effectively across the front line, nearly scoring goals in both halves.

  • Landon Donovan
    64
    11
    3.00

    Landon Donovan

    The Goodison cult hero showed he has not lost his velcro touch and worked his socks off to harry the home side.

  • Victor Anichebe
    11
    2
    2.50

    Victor Anichebe Flop of the Match

    Shot just wide early on but was then fairly anonymous just behind Saha until he was withdrawn midway through the second half.

Substitutions

  • Shane Duffy
    2
    3
    2.50

    Shane Duffy

    The young center back was given the run-around by Spurs' nimble-footed attackers after replacing the injured Distin but did not look completely out of place.

  • Royston Drenthe
    8
    2
    3.00

    Royston Drenthe

    Brought some spark to the flagging front line after replacing Anichebe but did not look entirely convincing.

Results
 
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