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  • January 11, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 36132
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  • That's it! Spurs quite comfortably move joint-second in the EPL with a 2-0 win over Everton, who never really threatened on the afternoon.
  • 90'
    Saha presented with a golden opportunity to get a consolation, but his shot on the half-volley is really quite poor. Been that kind of a day
  • 87'
    Substitution Emmanuel Adebayor Roman Pavlyuchenko
  • 85'
    Yellow Card Marouane Fellaini
  • 85'
    Fellaini earns a yellow for dissent.
  • 83'
    Yellow Card Tim Cahill
  • 82'
    Substitution Diniyar Bilyaletdinov Magaye Gueye
  • 82'
    Everton appealing for a penalty as Drenthe is clipped by Kaboul in the box and goes down. Looks like that really should have been a PK
  • 79'
    Steven Pienaar on for Spurs, presumably to show some other club he can still play ahead of a potential transfer
  • 78'
    Substitution Aaron Lennon Steven Pienaar
  • 77'
    Everton looking to attack, but Drenthe's long ball goes to nobody in particular. This match appears beyond them now.
  • 74'
    Yellow Card Aaron Lennon
  • 71'
    Spurs looking for the killer third now. Lennon crosses and Neville can't clear. Van der Vaart's strike deflected out for a corner
  • 70'
    Adebayor set up for a shot well by Van der Vaart, but Baines tackled really well there
  • 68'
    Substitution Victor Anichebe Royston Drenthe
  • 68'
    Drenthe on for Everton, Donovan moves up top with Saha
  • 65'
    That one should wrap up the points for the home team.
  • 64'
    Assou-Ekotto had the ball from 30 yards out, looked up and unleashed a vicious shot into the far corner. Took a slight touch off Cahill but make no mistake, that was a fantastic strike.
  • 63'
    Assist Rafael van der Vaart
  • 63'
    Goal Benoit Assou-Ekotto
  • 63'
    GOAL SPURS! Assou-Ekotto with a golazo from distance!
  • 60'
    Distin is having a bit of a problem and will have to be withdrawn. Shane Duffy replaces him, making his EPL debut
  • 59'
    Substitution Sylvain Distin Shane Duffy
  • 58'
    Good cross from Donovan finds Fellaini's head, but his header loops over the bar. Donovan has been active in the second half
  • 55'
    Baines crosses for Saha who gets off a strike, but Dawson is able to deflect the shot out for a corner. Donovan's corner is cleared
  • 53'
    So close for Lennon! Assou-Ekotto controls a long ball brilliantly and whips in a cross, but Lennon's header on the far post is wayward
  • 50'
    Bale streaks down the pitch with nary a challenge and lets fly with a strike that Howard does well to punch away. Great run
  • 49'
    Spurs starting the second half just like the first, pressuring the visitors and hardly giving them a touch of the ball
  • 46'
    We're underway in the second half
  • That's halftime. Spurs on top and deservedly in front. Everton looking bereft of offensive ideas
  • 45' + 2'
    Yellow Card Landon Donovan
  • 45' + 1'
    Donovan with a late tackle on Assou-Ekotto and gets booked. Wasn't too nasty, but maybe stepped on his foot inadvertently
  • 43'
    Free-kick won by Donovan, who eludes Kaboul on the flank. Whipped in, but Friedel punches out
  • 39'
    Donovan crosses for Anichebe, but Dawson covers well and clears
  • 36'
    Lennon gets a high long ball on the right side and easily gets the better of Baines, then cuts in and finishes near post and low with his left. Howard was wrong-footed
  • 35'
    Assist Benoit Assou-Ekotto
  • 35'
    Goal Aaron Lennon
  • 35'
    GOAL TOTTENHAM! It's Aaron Lennon and that was coming
  • 34'
    Great effort by Van der Vaart! Hits a first time curler with his left that hits the top of the net.
  • 32'
    Now Donovan with a decent run, cuts in from the right and his left-footed strike goes over the bar from distance
  • 30'
    Assou-Ekotto crosses and the ball falls in a really dangerous spot for Adebayor and his toepoke goes wide. Spurs getting close now
  • 29'
    Donovan with a wayward ball into the box. He hasn't got involved in the attack much so far
  • 28'
    Again Adebayor with a chance, but Distin stays with him in the box and he ends up stumbling over.
  • 25'
    Distin gives the ball away, which leads to a great break by Spurs. VDV with a through ball to Bale, who squares to Adebayor in the center. He tries to round Howard though, and his touch gets away from him
  • 23'
    Modric picked out well by Van der Vaart at the top of the box, but his curling shot is miles away from the target
  • 23'
    Modric picked out well by Van der Vaart at the top of the box, but his curling shot is miles away from the target
  • 20'
    20 minutes in and the home side has been on top so far, but hasn't had any clear-cut chances. Everton not making it easy on them
  • 18'
    Modric finds Adebayor deep in the box, but his touch eludes him as he tries to spin away from Distin.
  • 17'
    Donovan does a good job tracking back and nicks the ball away from Bale. Everton looking to hang onto the ball for a bit now
  • 14'
    Spurs controlling the middle of the pitch so far, unsurprisingly. Modric the main director as usual
  • 12'
    Poor giveaway from Donovan leads to a chance for Adebayor, but his shot blazes over Howard's bar
  • 9'
    Livermore and Anichebe with a real harsh clash near the ball and Anichebe comes off worse for it. Both players went in hard, but it appeared to be an honest challenge
  • 8'
    Adebayor crosses for Bale, who attempts an audacious bicycle, but he misses
  • 5'
    Early spell of pressure for the home side as Everton fails to clear a couple of times. Bale moving inside from his wide left spot as he has been wont to do more this season
  • 1'
    Early chance for Everton! Donovan with a good run and crosses and Kaboul's clearance is poor. Saha scuffs his shot just wide of the far post
  • 1'
    We are underway!
  • The teams are on the pitch. Should be underway in a minute
  • And the Everton starting XI: Howard; Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines; Donovan, Fellaini, Cahill, Bilyaletdinov; Saha, Anichebe
  • Here's your Tottenham starting XI: Friedel; Walker, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Modric, Livermore, Bale; Van der Vaart; Adebayor.
  • Hello all, Seth Vertelney here to take you through today's Everton/Tottenham match featuring three Americans: Tim Howard and Landon Donovan for Everton, and Brad Friedel for Spurs