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Sunday, August 15, 1999 Published at 09:45 GMT 10:45 UK


Last gasp win for Spurs

A dramatic late goal by Steffen Iversen wins the game for Tottenham

Spurs 3-2 Everton

Steffen Iversen earned Tottenham a dramatic win just four minutes from time to deny Everton a point at White Hart Lane.


BBC Radio's Steve Wilson: "Spurs thought they'd steal the points in fact they stole all three"
Spurs were trailing 2-1 until Oyvind Leonhardsen put them level with a fine angled drive from David Ginola's cross.

David Unsworth hit two penalties for Everton - both won by Francis Jeffers - and Spurs keeper Ian Walker was lucky not to have been sent off.

Tim Sherwood scored Tottenham's opener, heading home a Darren Anderton corner.

'If you want excitement - come to us'

After the game a grinning Spurs manager, George Graham, said: "That's two great performances in a week - the second time in six days we've sent our fans home feeling excited.

"I thought the first 45 minutes today was as good as we've played since I came here. It was always going to be difficult to maintain it after half time.

"But it was a good performance to beat Everton because they were resolute at the back."

A packed White Hart Lane crowd could not deny that Graham had delivered on his pledge to provide exciting football.

Gerrard kept Everton in the game with a string of breathtaking saves, denying Anderton after a penetrating solo run and Ginola's audacious attempt to squeeze a freekick inside his near post from somewhere near the corner flag.

Kevin Campbell, brought up as a star striker by Graham at Arsenal, lobbed onto the Tottenham bar with the scoresheet still blank and Everton proved ruggedly efficient at the back.

But they would have been lucky to put their first win of the season on the board.

Spurs dominant

Spurs, for the third consecutive game this season, had to come from behind but they certainly showed the spirit and guts which taskmaster Graham demands.

Leonhardsen typified their efforts with a non-stop display and Anderton pressed his claims for a new contract to make him the highest paid player at the club.

Spurs turned their fury at the first penalty award - Les Ferdinand had to be held back by Everton players as he went to protest to referee Paul Alcock - into positive pressure.

And they were level within 10 minutes when poor Everton marking allowed Sherwood to head home the resultant corner by Anderton.

Carr's running down the right helped keep Everton under solid pressure and he went for goal himself in the 67th minute only for Gerrard, yet again, to apply the vital touch which turned the full back's rising, angled drive over the bar.

But a never-say-die attitude proved enough for Graham's men - whose commitment shone through in what could otherwise have been a desperately disappointing result for the home fans.

Teams:

Tottenham: Walker, Carr, Perry, Scales, Taricco, Anderton, Sherwood, Leonhardsen, Ginola, Iversen, Ferdinand. Subs: Baardsen, Freund, Korsten, Fox, Young.

Everton: Gerrard, Weir, Gough, Unsworth, Dunne, Ward, Gemmill, Collins, Barmby, Campbell, Jeffers. Subs: Simonsen, Cleland, Hutchison, Pembridge, Cadamarteri.

Referee: P Alcock (Kent)



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