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Everton v Tottenham Hotspur Live Commentary, 07/11/2021

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There is certainly much work to do for Conte with Tottenham, though most of his squad will depart for international duty in the coming days - depriving the renowned workaholic of valuable training ground input. Benitez, meanwhile, steered his side to a well-earned draw today, but Everton have picked up just a point from four games now. Therefore, the pressure will be on the Toffees to cause an upset at Manchester City when the Premier League resumes later this month.
While the final result was fair reflection of a tightly contested 90 minutes, the game perhaps hinged on the VAR's intervention, as an Everton penalty was controversially overturned following a pitchside review. More hustle and bustle than incisive attacking play, this encounter was characterised by a lack of clarity in the final third, so neither side can complain about receiving a point apiece.
90' + 6' We are now playing a second additional minute of stoppage time, in addition to the four previously indicated. Time is fast running out for a winner.
O. Skipp
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
90' + 4' After a series of desperate challenges in midfield, Skipp is called to the referee to receive a late booking for felling Townsend.
J. Gbamin
D. Gray
90' + 3' Gray has intermittently threatened in the final third, but Gbamin is now thrown on by Benitez to make up for Holgate's enforced absence.
M. Holgate
Red Card
90' + 2' After a quick check on the pitchside monitor, the referee upgrades Holgate's yellow card to a red, for his terrible follow-through on Ben Davies.
90' + 1' The VAR intervenes and asks the referee to review Holgate's booking for a dangerous tackle on Ben Davies. This is almost certain to end in the defender's dismissal!
88' OFF THE POST! With the Everton defence in retreat, Lo Celso positions himself for a 20-yard strike on goal, and his left-footed curler comes cannoning back off Pickford's post with the England goalkeeper beaten! That is as close as we've come to a goal so far.
T. Ndombèlé
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
87' For tussling too aggressively with Coleman, Ndombele is booked soon after coming on.
86' In his second straight duel with Coleman, the fresh-legged Ndombele tosses the Everton captain to the turf by the corner flag.
T. Ndombèlé
Son Heung-Min
Tottenham Hotspur
84' After enduring a difficult day, Son comes off and Conte offers Ndombele a chance to change the game in the final few minutes.
M. Holgate
82' Taking some warm applause, Allan is substituted and Holgate comes on to bolster Everton's rearguard.
81' ALMOST! Digne and Tom Davies combine delightfully just inside the penalty area, and the latter clips a pass in for Gray, but the forward's attempt spins just wide of Lloris' left-hand post. The deadlock remains unbroken!
79' Spurs are taking the initiative at the moment, but are still waiting for a first shot on target.
77' Receiving Lo Celso's ball out on the right, Kane totally mishits a cross into the area, and a promising Spurs attack is swiftly ended. It has been another frustrating day for the Tottenham striker.
75' Richarlison has his head in his hands after a dropping ball from deep evades his first touch on the edge of the area and scuttles safely towards the waiting Lloris.
73' Gordon wins a free-kick for Everton in midfield by drawing the recently arrived Doherty into a clumsy challenge from behind. Then Ben Davies narrowly avoids a booking for crudely bringing down Townsend, earning himself some cautionary words from the referee.
G. Lo Celso
Lucas Moura
Tottenham Hotspur
71' Lucas has put in his customary shift, without making a major impact, but is now replaced by Lo Celso.
M. Doherty
Tottenham Hotspur
71' Though he has been influential in the second half particularly, Reguilon now comes off and Doherty is brought on by Conte.
C. Romero
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
69' Having shared a head-to-head rutting ritual with Richarlison, Romero is also yellow-carded.
Yellow Card
69' For his involvement in an unseemly head-to-head challenge with Romero, Richarlison is booked by the referee.
67' Townsend's corner is too deep, but Keane does well to keep the ball alive. In the aftermath, there is a coming together between Richarlison and Romero in the area, and the former dramatically hits the deck.
65' NO PENALTY! Having reconsidered his decision with the benefit of several slow-motion angles, the referee overturns the penalty award - to howls of complaint from the Everton faithful. It looks like Lloris got a vital touch on the ball.
63' Penalty to Everton? Richarlison streaks clear and is through on the Tottenham goal, Lloris springs from his goal line and makes a challenge with his hands low down at the Brazilian's feet. The VAR has asked the on-field referee - who has awarded a penalty - to check the monitor!
61' SO CLOSE! Ben Davies strides up from his left-sided centre-back role to have a crack at goal from 25 yards, and his effort skims just over Pickford's crossbar! A good effort, but still no Spurs shots on target.
T. Davies
F. Delph
60' Having spent a lot of time out injured, Delph is withdrawn on the hour mark, and Tom Davies is brought on in the Everton midfield.
58' A couple of crunching challenges have drawn an animated response from the crowd, as the game finally starts to open up heading into its final third.
56' When previously managing in the Premier League with Chelsea, the recently returned Conte went unbeaten against Everton, with his side keeping a clean sheet in all four matches against the Toffees.
54' Reguilon cuts inside on his right, on the left side of the penalty area, but Godfrey gets a headed block on his well-struck shot and the ball drifts out for a corner to Spurs.
52' Pickford tries an overarm clearance after gathering a cross, but fumbles the ball into a dangerous area: an error which is covered for by Townsend's alert reading of the situation, as he drops back to snuff out Spurs' interest.
50' A long looping cross from the left drops onto the foot of Gordon on the edge of the box, but the midfielder's attempt is slashed high over the crossbar and into the stand.
49' On several occasions, an imprecise pass from the Tottenham forwards has allowed the Everton back four to intervene - the latest being Keane's shoulder-to-shoulder dismissal of Lucas in the area.
47' Early Spurs pressure at the start of the second half sees Davies earn a throw-in deep into Everton territory, but the visitors can't force an opening and Everton clear their lines.
46' Everton's Allan gets us back under way at Goodison Park!
After Spurs imploded against Manchester United in the final fling of Nuno Espirito Santo's doomed reign, Conte took over with his new club lying mid-table in the Premier League - one place and one point above their Merseyside counterparts in the standings. Depending on other results, a winner for either side after the break could put them into the top eight before the upcoming international break.
A match of few chances is rightly balanced at 0-0, as the two sides have largely cancelled each other out so far. Tottenham may have had more of the possession - no surprise against a Benitez side - but have been lacking creativity; their main concern throughout the first part of the season. It is unlikely that Everton will shift much from their current structure after the interval, so will Conte stick or twist?
44' Son sweeps the ball out to the right, Kane latches on to it and whips in an inviting cross to the back post for Reguilon, but the wing-back meets the ball with an uncontrolled effort which rises over the bar. That was Spurs' best chance of the half!
42' Richarlison is back on the pitch following a rapid recovery, and is quickly involved - bringing down Romero to concede a free-kick.
41' Clutching his ankle, Richarlison is down receiving some medical attention. After a while, he is able to limp off to the sidelines for further assessment.
40' Some slick passing from Spurs helps them build a break, but it peters out and an ambitious crossfield ball to Reguilon just evades the Spanish wing-back's boot.
38' A half-hearted appeal goes up after Gray crashes to the turf in the penalty area under some close attention from the gathering Tottenham defence. The referee is entirely disinterested.
36' Dier stoops to head clear from a deep cross by Townsend, and the Spurs back three are looking steady so far.
34' On the break, Allan tees up Gray for an attempt from just outside the box, but the former Leicester winger finds his shot blocked. Then Allan intervenes again, with a whipped cross just brushing Richarlison's head. Spurs' goal stays safe.
32' Romero half-volleys a cross from the right away from danger, but Everton are making little impression on the visitors' back three so far. The hosts' lack of a focal point up front is not helping their cause.
30' Everton manager Benitez - whose first ever Premier League game was a 1-1 draw against Tottenham in August 2004 - has lost his last four league games versus Spurs.
28' The pace has dropped somewhat at Goodison, as Everton take control of the ball for a sustained period. Delph is then brought down by Hojbjerg, but no free-kick is awarded.
F. Delph
Yellow Card
26' Though his lunging challenge helps him divert the ball, Delph also makes substantial contact with Lucas, so is shown a yellow card.
25' Digne goes down clutching his arm, following a heavy collision with Emerson, but only a free-kick is awarded. The Frenchman is then quickly up and back into the action.
24' Tottenham have registered only nine Premier League goals in their first 10 games this season, their fewest at this stage of a season since 2013-14. Their tally of 103 shots is also their fewest after 10 league matches since the 2003-04 campaign.
22' Both Spurs wing-backs combine, as a deep Reguilon cross finds the head of Emerson, whose attempt at goal is blocked by an Everton head amid a congested penalty area. The visitors are showing signs of attacking promise, following a worrying barren spell in the league.
20' Hojbjerg and Romero double-team Richarlison to the ground inside the Spurs half. Townsend's wayward cross from the resultant free-kick sails long and out for a goal-kick.
18' Twice Kane is denied by blocks on the edge of the area, with the second opportunity to strike undermined by an untimely slip.
16' Everton are hunting in packs, as Spurs struggle to get out of their half. Having won the ball back, the home side find Digne in space out wide on the left, but his pacy cross through the area cannot find a blue shirt.
14' Bursting onto a loose ball just inside the Everton half, Reguilon is denied by the proactive response of Pickford, who thumps the ball clear.
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
12' Reguilon receives the game's first booking, for a mistimed challenge on Townsend near the halfway line.
10' Richarlison brings down Davies out on the left, as the game becomes a little disjointed due to the referee's interventions.
8' Son hits the deck under a challenge from Godfrey in midfield, and the Everton centre-back then appears to follow through and lean his boot on the Spurs striker's stomach. Despite some mild protestations, no further action is taken.
7' A free-kick from the left by Gray is switched short to Delph, and his cross to the back post is headed harmlessly wide of the left upright by Keane. It was a good set-piece routine, but bears no fruit.
5' Godfrey unexpectedly finds himself in some space around 25 yards from goal, and the Everton centre-back proceeds to scuff a low shot safely at the centre of Lloris' goal.
4' Tottenham have been dictating most of the play so far, but Everton look comfortable in their shape, designed to cancel out the visitors' wing-backs.
2' An early Gordon cross is over-hit, and though Gray collects the ball out on the left, an opportunity to threaten Spurs' goal ultimately goes begging.
1' We are under way amid weak sunshine at a packed Goodison Park!
Having observed 'The Last Post' as an act of remembrance, the players join the fans in applauding in memory of the late Walter Smith, a former Everton manager.
In contrast to Benitez's reshuffle, Conte has kept faith with the Tottenham team he selected in midweek for today's game. Ben Davies once more starts on the left of a back three in the head coach's favoured formation. Kane starts up front, and has scored 11 goals in 12 Premier League appearances against Everton, including five braces. However, the England striker has scored just once in nine Premier League appearances this season, his fewest goals across a nine-game span in the top flight since the autumn of 2015.
Everton have made a number of changes following the loss to Wolves, as Gordon and Delph will both start today after coming off the bench on Monday night. Gbamin and Iwobi are the players to make way in midfield, while Holgate also drops to the bench as Digne returns at left-back; Godfrey therefore switches to centre-back.
SUBS: Pierluigi Gollini, Matt Doherty, Japhet Tanganga, Davinson Sanchez, Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Harry Winks, Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn.
TOTTENHAM (3-4-2-1): Hugo Lloris; Eric Dier, Cristian Romero, Ben Davies; Emerson, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Oliver Skipp, Sergio Reguilon; Lucas Moura, Son Heung-Min; Harry Kane.
SUBS: Asmir Begovic, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Alex Iwobi, Mason Holgate, Jarrad Branthwaite, Cenk Tosun, Salomon Rondon, Jonjoe Kenny, Tom Davies.
EVERTON (4-4-2): Jordan Pickford; Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey, Lucas Digne; Andros Townsend, Allan, Fabian Delph, Anthony Gordon; Richarlison, Demarai Gray.
Wolves inflicted another defeat on Rafa Benitez's men in Monday's game at Molineux, and having previously sustained a ninth league defeat of 2021 at Goodison, Everton now seek to avoid reaching double figures in that regard for the first time since 1993. However, Spurs are unbeaten in their last eight league visits there, and the Toffees have won just one of their last 17 Premier League games against today's opponents.
Antonio Conte's first league game in charge of Tottenham takes place on Merseyside, with an ailing Everton side providing the opposition. While Spurs arrive following an entertaining Europa Conference League win over Vitesse in midweek, the Toffees have recently suffered a run of three straight Premier League defeats.
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