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By Caroline Cheese

1827: Drama eh? Love it. You can relive it all at 2200 GMT on BBC Two with MOTD2. We return with the last of the Champions League group games on Tuesday and Wednesday. Don't let me hear you say meaningless...

1824: Redknapp adds that Wilson Palacios has been taken to hospital for a check-up after his coming together with Tony Hibbert, which gave Spurs that late penalty.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp: "It was game over at 2-0 and then we gave a sloppy goal away. We were ruing the opportunities we missed which would have killed the game off. People miss penalties, it happens... We were 2-0 up and in complete control, so it's a massive disappointment."

Everton boss David Moyes on Seamus Coleman: "Undoubtedly, he was man of the match. He changed it, made the second goal. He's done really well. He's really come on a ton since the game at Benfica."

1814: USA keeper Tim Howard saves a penalty from England striker Jermain Defoe. Fellow England striker Peter Crouch missed a few good chances for Spurs. Not a great afternoon for Fabio Capello - although Bobby Zamora's performance will surely have given him a boost.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Come on. Who actually wants that top four place? Spurs guilty of horrible complacency and Everton spirited enough to take advantage."

Everton keeper Tim Howard: "Louis Saha gave me a word of advice before the penalty. I knew what to expect, but he tipped me off a little bit. There's so much video now that there's not one penalty you can't see."

1806: And Cristiano Ronaldo, of course... Everton avoid a fourth straight league defeat, by the way, thanks to Tim Cahill, who is celebrating his 30th birthday today.

From mannysanny on Twitter: "What a week for penalties: Fabregas, Dindane, Lampard and now Defoe?"

1801: Incredible second half at Goodison, and the Everton fans are chanting "U S A, U S A" as Tim Howard celebrates salvaging his side a point. That means Tottenham stay fourth, a point behind Arsenal and having played a game more. Everton now 15th, three points above the relegation zone.

1800: FULL-TIME Everton 2-2 Tottenham

1757: Palacios is eventually stretchered off - to booing from the home fans. Long delay between penalty being awarded and Jermain Defoe stepping up to take it and he opts to go straight down the middle, but he scuffs it and Tim Howard saving with his legs. The American celebrates like he's just won the World Cup. Incredible drama at Goodison.

1757: PENALTY SAVED Tottenham (Defoe)

Someone has won a penalty
1754: Big shout from referee Andre Marriner - but I think it's the right one. Peter Crouch heads on for Wilson Palacios, who wins the header and is then barged by Tony Hibbert. There'll be a delay before the penalty because Palacios needs treatment.


1752: Four minutes of added time, and Spurs have a free-kick. It's taken long into the box, but Tim Howard collects.

1751: Into the last minute of the 90 and Everton still look the more likely scorers. Harry Redknapp will be fuming about this. Spurs have had so many chances, and have been the better side for most of the game.

Everton goal: Awful clearance by Wilson Palacios goes straight to Seamus Coleman, whose cross from the right bounces all the way to Leighton Baines on the left. His shot is going wide before Tim Cahill diverts it in, the Aussie celebrating in trademark style by boxing the corner flag. Spurs pay the price for switching off after scoring their second.

1747: GOAL Everton 2-2 Tottenham

1745: Ooh. Louis Saha meets Steven Pienaar's cross with an overhead kick which flashes a foot wide. An equaliser is not out of the question here.

1744: Gareth Bale, for those of you wondering, has broken that run of astonishing games without a Premier League win. He came on when Spurs beat Burnley earlier this season. I don't think he has a started a game they have won though.

1742: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov sends a low shot wide, but the whistle has gone for an earlier handball. Ten minutes remaining.

Everton goal: Right-back Seamus Coleman, who has been excellent since he came on, ghosts past Gareth Bale and sprints to the byeline, crossing for Louis Saha to volley in his 11th goal of the season at the near post.

1739: GOAL Everton 1-2 Tottenham

Yellow card
1736: Crunching challenge by Gareth Bale on Seamus Coleman, and the Welshman receives the game's eighth yellow card.

Yellow card
1734: Aaron Lennon goes on a slaloming run from his own half, and is brought to ground by Tim Cahill's trip. Yellow for Cahill. Gareth Bale is inches away from converting the free-kick. Great effort.

From I tried to teach Bent the offside rule... on 606: "I'm certainly a very happy Spurs fan. But talk of top four is certainly premature. I still expect us to have a bad blip during the business end of the season, and for Liverpool to consolidate fourth spot, but you never know."

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce: "Our away form could ruin our season. I've got to do something different because away from home, we are too easy to play against. By that, I mean changing personnel."

Yellow card
1728: Tom Huddlestone sees yellow for a challenge from behind on Steven Pienaar. From the free-kick, Seamus Coleman collects the ball near the byeline on the right and delivers a lovely cross, but Michael Dawson beats Louis Saha to the header.

From JP, now drowning his sorrows, via text: "Re 1706: The question I ask myself after 10 minutes of this is, do I go back to the Xmas Bavarian market? Oh dear!"

From Derek Patterson on 606: "Not worried about Everton going down whatsoever, but it's going to be a very long and not especially happy season."

1724: Time for a change by David Moyes. Two, in fact. Louis Saha and Yakubu on for Jack Rodwell and Jo.

Spurs goal: Niko Kranjcar takes the resulting corner and Michael Dawson escapes marker Lucas Neill to attack the header, diving headlong at it to score his second league goal in as many games.

1720: GOAL Everton 0-2 Tottenham

1719: Leighton Baines boots his clearance straight into Aaron Lennon, and Tom Huddlestone has a decent shooting chance - which is charged down, much to Baines' relief.

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson on (England's) Bobby Zamora: "In the first half he was magnificent, in the second half he didn't get the service but he was a constant thorn in Sunderland's side. I thought his performance was good throughout and he was a major factor in our victory."

1713: Tim Howard makes a brilliant reaction save from Peter Crouch, who had been played in by Jermain Defoe.

1713: Refresh, refresh. I meant Tim Howard. Sorry.

Spurs goal: Tim Howard beats Peter Crouch to a cross from the left and punches it out, but Aaron Lennon is on the opposite wing to collect. Jermain Defoe brilliantly anticipates the cross, darting in between two defenders to finish high into the net.

1708: GOAL Everton 0-1 Tottenham

1706: Benoit Assou-Ekotto won't be playing any further part in proceedings at Goodison Park after a poor half, and a booking. He is replaced by Gareth Bale - and we're under way in the second half.

From JP, close to a pub in central London, via text: "Re 1442: OK Miss Cheese, I have safely extracted myself from the Bavarian Xmas Market and am seconds away from a TV. Looks like they've saved the goals and the red cards for the second half. Come on you Toffeemen!"

1656: An improved second-half performance from Sunderland, but nothing to show for it, and that's now one win in 18 away matches in the Prem. Fulham's win puts them eighth, just two points behind Liverpool.

1655: FULL-TIME Fulham 1-0 Sunderland

1651: David Moyes is shouting and wagging his finger at the ref as everyone heads towards the tunnel at Goodison. Unhappy with Assou-Ekotto's clash with Cahill, I think. As he does do, the theme tune from pig-based film Babe is played over the PA system. Odd.

1651: HALF-TIME Everton 0-0 Tottenham

1649: Martina Navratilova looks bored, bored, bored. Niall Quinn, sitting next to her, has sold her a duff here.

1648: Sunderland sub Bolo Zenden unleashes a shot which bounces in front of Mark Schwarzer. He spills it momentarily but recovers as Darren Bent closes in.

1645: Breaking news: Bobby Zamora hasn't actually played for Trinidad and Tobago yet (see 1636), so he could yet appear for England. Hurray... I think.

1643: Seven minutes remaining at a much more sedate Craven Cottage. Not much sign of Sunderland bagging an equaliser - which almost certainly means they'll score in a minute. Sorry, Fulham fans, I've said it now.

From SimpreZola on 606 "This match is just waiting to boil over. I can see a couple of red cards."

1640: Play under way again and now Tony Hibbert denies Jermain Defoe a shooting opportunity with a beautifully-timed challenge. It's a feisty affair, as Sly and the Family Stone once sang.

Yellow card
1638: Handbags and yellow cards at Goodison. Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Marouane Fellaini come together, with the Spurs man emerging with the ball. Tim Cahill eventually robs Assou-Ekotto, who accidentally, I think, catches the Aussie with a stray boot to the head. Bit of pushing and shoving between Fellaini and Assou-Ekotto and they both see yellow.

1636: Bobby Zamora has opted to play for Trinidad and Tobago. I feel like a fool, not for the first time. He's not been that good in the second half either.

1633: Tightropes being walked at Goodison. Jack Rodwell, also on a yellow, is penalised for a late challenge on Aaron Lennon. And now Jermain Defoe shoots just beyond the far post after being set up by Niko Kranjcar.

1632: Sub Zoltan Gera, on for Erik Nevland, heads wide from a left-wing cross at Craven Cottage, where Fulham still lead Sunderland 1-0. Spurs striker Jermain Defoe tries an outrageous flicked volley - but he's off target. That would have been the goal of the season.

Yellow card
1630: Yellow for Michael Dawson after a very late challenge on Tim Cahill. Seconds later, he's penalised for an elbow into the back of Marouane Fellaini - but he gets away with it, despite the cries of "off, off, off" from the home fans.

1629: Everton threaten again. Steven Pienaar drives the cross towards Jo in the middle, but Vedran Corluka gets there first. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is screaming for the ball at the far post.

1627: Jack Rodwell finds Jo with a clever pass into the box and the Brazilian turns well, but shoots wide of the far post. He wasn't offside either.

1625: Sunderland have a low cross smothered at the near post. And so do Everton. At the same time. Everton starting to look a bit more dangerous after weathering an early Spurs storm.

From Cheesecakethom on Twitter "Same ol' story for Everton: an injured player coming off in the first 15 minutes, and Jo flagged offside."

Yellow card
1621: Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell is furious after he picks up a yellow card for a foul on Vedran Corluka. I don't blame him. It was a hard challenge, but he got the ball.

1618: Fulham's Paul Konchesky almost gifts Sunderland an equaliser when his back pass is intercepted by Kenwyne Jones but his shot is smothered by Mark Schwarzer. Darren Bent also goes close when his stinging volley is just off target from Kieran Richardson's cross.

1616: Joseph Yobo came back into the Everton side today after missing the midweek game with a hamstring injury - but he's only lasted a quarter of an hour. Seamus Coleman replaces him and goes to right-back, with Lucas Neill moving into the middle. That comes shortly after Jo mis-reads a brilliant pass by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. The Brazilian allowed it to roll over his foot.

1614: Stephen Pienaar and Benoit Assou-Ekotto go head-to-head in the battle of the corn rows at Goodison Park. Pienaar sprinting at full pelt, so apparently no trouble with his knee.

1611: Aaron Lennon beats Leighton Baines and scampers away down the right, but his dangerous cross is cut out by Tony Hibbert. At Fulham, Clint Dempsey drags his shot wide.

1609: Aaron Lennon plays in Peter Crouch, who looks offside but not according to the linesman, and he shoots over anyway.

1608: A familiar sight for Everton fans: one of their players being treated for an injury. It's Steven Pienaar, who is clutching his knee rather worryingly. But I think he's OK.

1605: And the second half is under way at Craven Cottage, where it is now raining. The weather eh? It's so blimmin unpredictable.

1604: But it's Spurs who look the more dangerous in the opening minutes, forcing two corners already.

1603: Tim Cahill tries to play in Jo, whose first touch comes off Vedran Corluka rather alarmingly - but Heurelho Gomes collects.

1601: And they're off at Everton.

1558: I think that Zamora is still alive and kicking, Nico, don't you worry about that. Out come the teams at Goodison Park. This fixture has finished 0-0 in the last two encounters at Goodison Park.

From Nico, London, via text: "What's happened to the Zamora we all know and love? You know, the one that couldn't hit a barn door with a banjo."

1555: The Zamora for England bandwagon is gathering pace. That's me and TomTomHotspur now.

From TomTomHotspur on 606 "Rather Zamora than Heskey! Zamora isn't a lethal finisher but his all-round play is better than Heskey's, as well as his goal scoring record... Oh yeah, and he gets picked for his team too... always a plus."

1550: Fulham has 12 shots in that half, Sunderland had three. Only four of Fulham's efforts were on target though. Martina Navratilova will not be impressed by those stats.

1548: HALF-TIME Fulham 1-0 Sunderland

1545: How are Fulham not more than one goal up? Bobby Zamora, of course, wins the free-kick, Clint Dempsey hits it straight into the wall but at the second attempt, he finds Zamora, who flicks it round the corner for Erik Nevland. Marton Fulop saves the first effort before the Norwegian blazes the follow-up over.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1543: Bobby Zamora - yes, him again - heads against the bar from a left-wing cross... He could play the Heskey role alongside Wayne Rooney.

1542: Zamora for England... Lovely bit of skill in midfield from the Fulham striker, which is swiftly ended by Lorik Cana's foul.

1539: Wow, Sunderland's defence just cannot cope with Bobby Zamora. He flicks on a corner at the near post, but no-one anticipates and the ball bounces across the box.

1536: Someone send some shooting boots down to Craven Cottage. Decent chance for Kieran Richardson outside the box, but he mis-hits it and it spins out of play, about 10 yards wide.

1535: If only football worked like that, Bilo... BBC 5 live reports that Fulham have had seven shots in 35 minutes, but only one of them - Zamora's goal - was on target. Damien Duff is the latest to clear the bar.

From Bilo, at Goodison, via text: "Freezing cold at Goodison, but after the gutsy performance midweek in Athens by our youngsters, I'm confident we'll beat Spurs 2-0 today... We need it more!"

1532: Nyron Nosworthy is immediately penalised for a blatant shirt-pull on the troublesome Bobby Zamora. Just on the edge of the box. Clint Dempsey puts the free-kick over the bar.

1530: Anton Ferdinand has been off for treatment after that Erik Nevland challenge - but he can't carry on. He limps off and Nyron Nosworthy replaces him.

1529: Nice move from Fulham, ending with Bobby Zamora flicking on a header for Clint Dempsey, who blasts the shot wide.

Yellow card
1528: That's a yellow for Erik Nevland after he goes through the back of Anton Ferdinand as the Sunderland defender tries to shepherd the ball out of play.

1527: TEAM NEWS Everton v Tottenham
Everton make three changes from the side that beat AEK Athens, bringing in Lucas Neill, Joseph Yobo and Jack Rodwell for Sylvain Distin, Seamus Coleman and Dan Gosling. Tottenham make five changes from the side that lost to Manchester United, with Vedran Corluka, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Tom Huddlestone, Niko Kranjcar and Peter Crouch replacing Alan Hutton, Gareth Bale, David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas and Robbie Keane.

1525: TEAMS Everton v Tottenham
Everton: Howard, Neill, Hibbert, Yobo, Baines, Pienaar, Rodwell, Fellaini, Bilyaletdinov, Cahill, Jo. Subs: Nash, Saha, Yakubu, Coleman, Duffy, Agard, Baxter.
Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Bassong, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Huddlestone, Palacios, Kranjcar, Defoe, Crouch. Subs: Alnwick, Hutton, Bale, Bentley, Jenas, Pavlyuchenko, Keane.

1521: It has finished Scunthorpe 1-0 Coventry. Here's more from Dave: "Scunthorpe hold on for a priceless win that sees them edge away from the relegation zone. But for Coventry it's a ninth straight game without victory and things do not look good. A goal down thanks to Gary Hooper's first-half strike, Sky Blues boss Chris Coleman would have been bitterly disappointed with his side's start to the second half. But as full time approached they finally upped the ante. Gary Madine and Freddie Eastwood wasted openings with miscued shots before substitute Madine put a header wide from a glorious position about four yards out. With three minutes of stoppage-time added, Coventry continued to flood forward but were could not force an equaliser. The celebrations around Glanford Park show exactly what that result means for the Iron."

Martin Keown on BBC 5 live: "Phil Bardsley will be particularly disappointed with the Fulham goal. You've got to be physically strong, and he just let Zamora get away."

1516: I would normally correct spelling, but that was too good. Love predictive text. Fulham playing some nice stuff here.

From Peeler via text: "Caroline, Martina Matratilota was also at the Emirates yesterday. Sat in front of me and in normal punter seats!"

1513: We are star-studded at Craven Cottage. As well as Navratilova, Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni and assistant Marco Tardelli are there too. Andy Reid and Damien Duff may be attracting their interest.

1510: Macca delivers this timely stat: "Sunderland have not won in London since beating Tottenham in their first away trip of last season, while manager Steve Bruce has personally gone 18 Premier League games without tasting victory inside the M25. Looks like more capital punishment today."

Fulham goal: Mystic Joe got it spot on. Damien Duff lays the ball off to John Pantsil on the right and his cross is headed in by Bobby Zamora. Poor defending by Sunderland. That's six goals for Zamora this season.

1506: GOAL Fulham 1-0 Sunderland

1503: Three minutes gone. No Zamora goal, but Steed Malbranque has a shot after Lorik Cana wins the ball with a typically brutal challenge on the edge of the area. Easy save for Mark Schwarzer.

From Joe at Craven Cottage, via text: "Sun may be out but the wind is blowing off the Thames into the Hammersmith End. Quick Zamora goal needed to warm us up."

1500: Referee Mike Dean gets us under way at Craven Cottage. Martina Navratilova... unbelievable.

1457: OH MY WORD! I JUST LOOKED UP AND SAW NIALL QUINN STANDING NEXT TO MARTINA NAVRATILOVA AT CRAVEN COTTAGE! I'm so sorry for the capitals, but that's one of the oddest things I have ever seen in my life ever. EVER!

It's sunny
1455: So yesterday, United fans cheering on City; today, Liverpool fans backing Everton? Crazy world. Anyway, back at Craven Cottage, where the sun has very much got its hat on - hopefully in the style of Carlo Ancelotti.

From The kid from Fuenlabrada on 606: "Pessimistic Liverpool fan here. After yesterday when Rafa said we had a 'balanced midfield' and 'played well', acting as if we didn't need Aquliani or any other change to our wonderful form, I would not be shocked if we wind up 5th-7th. Cheering on Everton for a change."

From Joukisan in Hove, via text: "Re Dave in Kettering (see 1438): As an Arsenal fan, I can confirm that Tottenham will never be part of the big four. Just call it the big three."

1447: And a late addition to that team news: Danny Murphy is only on the bench for Fulham. He missed a penalty against CSKA Sofia in midweek.

1442: TEAM NEWS Fulham v Sunderland
Fulham make six changes to the starting line-up that faced CSKA Sofia in midweek. Paul Konchesky, Aaron Hughes, Jonathan Greening, Damien Duff, Clint Dempsey and Erik Nevland all return. Kenwyne Jones returns to the Sunderland team after completing his three-match ban. Anton Ferdinand replaces Paulo da Silva in defence while George McCartney is not available so Kieran Richardson is set to start at left-back.

From JP in Bavarian Xmas market nightmare, via text: "I need an exit strategy! I'm strolling round a Christmas market with the Lady and her friends! Desperate to see the game at Goodison. Any suggestions Miss Cheese?"
Head for the mulled wine stall... it's all you can do

1438: TEAMS Fulham v Sunderland
Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Duff, Baird, Greening, Dempsey, Zamora, Nevland. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Seol, Gera, Murphy, Riise, Smalling, Dikgacoi.
Sunderland: Fulop, Bardsley, Ferdinand, Turner, Richardson, Malbranque, Henderson, Cana, Reid, Bent, Jones. Subs: Carson, Nosworthy, Zenden, Campbell, Murphy, Da Silva, Healy.

From Dave in Kettering, via text: "Re 1400: The big four are having a Sunday off? If I'm not mistaken the mighty Spurs are playing Everton at 4pm. After which we'll be five points clear of Liverpool. Who's the big four now?"

From Philip in a gloomy Stockholm, via text: "It started getting dark here just after I got up this morning. What better way to lighten up my day than following a rare Spurs away win while drinking loads of mulled wine."

1429: Lots of Everton fans worried about their growing injury list. No news on the team as yet, but I am hearing whispers that John Parrott will be partnering David Moyes in the centre of defence, with Kevin Sheedy coming into the midfield alongside Nicola from Girls Aloud.

From Charlie in Guildford, via text: "Cheesy, I've escaped to the quiet comfort of live text from my sister's out-of-control 15th birthday party. Hope Spurs are thrashed!"

1422: By the way, many thanks to 'Dangerous' Dave Ornstein for his half-time report on Scunthorpe-Coventry. And if there are any mistakes, you now know who to direct your complaints to.

From Matty Stevo, Rainhill, via text: "Taking my boots to Goodison today just as a precautionary measure."

1420: It's the season of good will to all men, including RichtheForest on 606, who's moaning about the lack of Championship chat on here. HERE YOU GO: "Scunthorpe have won just two of their last 11 league games and are yet to keep a clean sheet in a home Championship match this season but, on the evidence of their first-half performance at Glanford Park, they could be about to redress the balance. Nigel Adkins' men lead fellow strugglers Coventry 1-0 at half-time thanks to Gary Hooper's 30th-minute strike. Coventry made a confident start and Leon Best had two clear-cut chances to put his side ahead. Home goalkeeper Joe Murphy was forced off with a knee injury but the Iron gradually improved and, shortly after Martyn Woolford saw a header well saved, the Coventry defence parted to allow Hooper to race clear and open the scoring with a crisp low finish."

1419: Now when I said we could talk about anything...

From anon via text: "I want danyl to win if he doesnt I lose a bet and hav 2 b a slave 2 my girlfriend 4 a day!!!lol"

1412: Not many games means there should be plenty of opportunity for you lot to get involved. We can talk about whatever you want (within reason). If you're in the UK, you can text on 81111. If you're in the world at large, you can text on +44 7786200666. Honestly, that number will be tripping off your tongue before you know it. And then there's always 606 or Twitter.

1408: Also today: Scunthorpe v Coventry in a battle of the Championship strugglers. At half-time, the Iron lead 1-0 through Gary Hooper's goal.

1400: The big four are having a Sunday off. Right now, they're probably just cramming one last roast potato into their gluttonous mouths. Meanwhile, we get to sit back, relax and take in Fulham v Sunderland and Everton v Tottenham. Nice.

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Position Team P GD PTS
Full Premier League table
1 Chelsea 15 27 36
2 Man Utd 15 21 34
3 Arsenal 14 20 28
4 Tottenham 15 14 27
5 Aston Villa 15 11 26
6 Man City 14 8 25
7 Liverpool 15 11 24
8 Fulham 15 3 22
9 Birmingham 15 -1 21
10 Sunderland 15 0 20
11 Stoke 15 -4 20
12 Blackburn 15 -12 18
13 Burnley 15 -14 17
14 Wigan 15 -17 17
15 Everton 15 -8 16
16 Hull 16 -17 16
17 West Ham 15 -6 14
18 Wolverhampton 15 -14 13
19 Bolton 14 -12 12
20 Portsmouth 15 -10 10

see also
Sunday's football photos
06 Dec 09 |  Football
Football on the BBC
11 Aug 10 |  Football

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