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March 10, 2012 5:30 PM GMT
Goodison Park — Liverpool
Referee:‬ M. Halsey‎
Attendance:‬ 34992‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Everton 1-0 Tottenham

Nikica Jelavic sealed a dream full debut by netting the winner as Spurs crashed to their third consecutive defeat in the Premier League, effectively ending their slim title hopes

By David Lynch at Goodison Park

  • Tim Howard
    15
    4
    3.00

    Tim Howard

    Commanded his box well when necessary and made one good stop from Defoe's powerful shot.

  • Leighton Baines
    23
    2
    3.00

    Leighton Baines

    Might have believed he'd be in for a tough evening up against Walker and Bale but spent most of the game at the other end of the pitch. Uses the ball so well for a full-back and started the move which led to the opener with a fine drilled pass.

  • John Heitinga
    18
    5
    3.00

    John Heitinga

    Ensured Defoe had only scraps to feed on by remaining tight to the England forward but made a couple of silly challenges which could have cost his side.

  • Sylvain Distin
    12
    4
    3.00

    Sylvain Distin

    Not always rock solid against Defoe's pace but marshalled Adebayor well.

  • Royston Drenthe
    23
    5
    3.00

    Royston Drenthe

    A real livewire from out wide. Seems to have improved his ball retention and on this form deserves his place in David Moyes' side after previously struggling to keep it.

  • Tim Cahill
    16
    4
    3.00

    Tim Cahill

    Didn't contribute as much as he might have liked but often made space for others with his clever movement.

  • Phil Neville
    11
    2
    3.00

    Phil Neville

    As dependable as ever at full-back. Solid if unspectacular.

  • Leon Osman
    24
    1
    3.50

    Leon Osman

    Created Jelavic's opener with a brilliant piece of footwork before laying the ball off. Put in some impressive defensive work as well.

  • Seamus Coleman
    9
    8
    2.50

    Seamus Coleman

    Clearly has the raw talent to be a success but still frustratingly erratic. Failed to put his stamp on the game due to some poor decision making.

  • Marouane Fellaini
    11
    7
    3.00

    Marouane Fellaini

    Kept things simple in midfield recycling the ball well and making some clever interceptions.

  • Nikica Jelavic
    74
    2
    3.00

    Nikica Jelavic Top of the Match

    Sealed a dream full debut with a brilliantly taken goal from Osman's pull back. Substituted with 10 minutes remaining after clearly tiring but showed much promise against a mean Spurs defence.

Substitutions

  • Phil Jagielka
    13
    1
    3.00

    Phil Jagielka

    Made his return from injury as a second-half substitute and looked solid against the inevitable onslaught from Harry Redknapp's men.

  • Jack Rodwell
    11
    1
    3.00

    Jack Rodwell

    Solidified the midfield as Tottenham pushed hard for an equaliser.

  • Denis Stracqualursi
    15
    1
    3.00

    Denis Stracqualursi

    Came on to hold the ball and buy Everton time and did that brilliantly on several occasions.

  • Brad Friedel
    13
    11
    3.00

    Brad Friedel

    Not really tested beyond picking the ball out of his net following Jelavic's first-half goal.

  • Younes Kaboul
    11
    17
    3.00

    Younes Kaboul

    Generally solid against the burgeoning partnership of Cahill and Jelavic but was completely bamboozled by Osman's jinking run prior to the opener.

  • Ledley King
    15
    13
    3.00

    Ledley King

    Could do little to prevent the goal but cleared everything else that came his way.

  • Kyle Walker
    8
    17
    3.00

    Kyle Walker

    Showed none of the attacking instinct which earned him a recent call-up to the England squad. Pegged back by Coleman and Baines but kept the former very quiet.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    11
    15
    3.00

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    Ensured Osman had to drift to find space and as eager as ever to get forward.

  • Gareth Bale
    12
    27
    2.50

    Gareth Bale

    Ineffective from the right as Everton simply passed him inside and prevented the shot.

  • Scott Parker
    14
    13
    3.00

    Scott Parker

    So often heralded for his tackling but showed real quality on the ball on several occasions spreading the play with aplomb.

  • Luka Modric
    25
    17
    3.00

    Luka Modric

    Struggled to influence the game from wide but, typically, didn't waste a pass.

  • Sandro
    12
    30
    2.50

    Sandro Flop of the Match

    Didn't show anywhere near enough to justify his inclusion in the centre ahead of Luka Modric - who was shifted to a left-sided role.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    8
    29
    2.50

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Failed to get into the game and was rightly replaced by Louis Saha 10 minutes into the second half.

  • Jermain Defoe
    12
    23
    3.00

    Jermain Defoe

    Fought well upfront but failed to score when presented with two great opportunities in the box.

Substitutions

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    22
    9
    3.00

    Rafael van der Vaart

    Couldn't alleviate Spurs' attacking woes against a staunch Everton defence.

  • Jake Livermore
    6
    16
    0.00

    Jake Livermore

    Had little time to change matters.

  • Louis Saha
    23
    11
    3.00

    Louis Saha

    Improved on Adebayor's pale showing but couldn't hurt his old side with a telling contribution.

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