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Tottenham   2 - 1   Everton

Roman Pavlyuchenko congratulated by team-mates
Pavlyuchenko is congratulated by team-mates after scoring Spurs' opener

By Phil Dawkes

Tottenham moved into the Premier League top four with a hard-fought home victory over a determined Everton.

In-form Roman Pavlyuchenko put Spurs ahead when he tapped home a Jermain Defoe cross from six yards.

Everton rallied but could not make their pressure count and they fell two goals behind when Luka Modric curled in a superb, dipping shot.

Everton's Yakubu took advantage of keeper Heurelho Gomes' error to pull a goal back but an equaliser eluded them.

The win lifts Tottenham into the Champions League places at the expense of Manchester City, on goal difference, and strikes a blow to Everton's hopes of making a late top-four push following a period of good form.

The visitors - and American striker Landon Donovan in particular - will be left to rue missed opportunities to get something from the game.

Spurs' unlikely recent hero has been Russian striker Pavlyuchenko, who has come in from the cold and reaped the rewards with four goals in two games prior to this, including two in the FA Cup win over Bolton on Wednesday.

Redknapp salutes 'Croatian' goal

And he quickly picked up where he had left off to make an impact and add to his tally.

Tom Huddlestone launched a superb 60-yard pass from well inside his own half which was deftly controlled by Defoe, who then rolled the ball across goal where Pavlyuchenko was on hand to slide home.

Everton's midweek cup fortunes were in stark contrast to that of Spurs as they fell to a disappointing 3-0 second leg defeat at Sporting Lisbon, thus sealing their exit from the Europa League.

In response to that defeat, manager David Moyes made five changes to his side in the hope of recapturing their recent good league form, which has seen them record successive home wins over Chelsea and Manchester United in a run of only one defeat in 12 matches.

Despite the early blow they responded well to conceding a goal, and were almost gifted an instant equaliser.

Spurs keeper Gomes made a hash of a simple catch from a Mikel Arteta corner and dropped the ball at the feet of Yakubu but the Nigerian striker was unable to get away a meaningful shot and Michael Dawson cleared to spare his goalkeeper's blushes.

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Tottenham weathered the storm, reasserted themselves on the game and got their reward when they doubled their lead.

Their Croatian contingent slickly combined with Vedran Corluka finding Niko Krancjar, who in turn found Modric on the edge of the area and the latter expertly curled a right-foot shot over Tim Howard and in via the underside of the crossbar.

Again, Everton's response was positive but when their chance to get back into the game came, five minutes before half-time, they missed it.

Victor Anichebe found Phil Neville on the right and his cross was met by Jack Rodwell but his header was directed well wide.

Gomes had already given warning of his occasional fallibility and with 10 second-half minutes gone he demonstrated it once again, to far more costly ends.

Arteta's corner was headed back across goal by Rodwell and Gomes completely missed the ball under pressure from Yakubu and the Nigerian striker was able to tap in unchallenged.

A minute later Gomes went some way towards making amends, diving to his left to palm away a snapshot from Rodwell and deny Everton the speediest of comebacks.

Moyes rues Donovan's crucial miss

The Brazilian was again called on to make a crucial save with 20 minutes to go as a Tottenham error once more almost proved costly.

Wilson Palacios gave the ball away to Steven Pienaar in midfield and the South African was allowed to run unchallenged into the Spurs box before unleashing a shot that Gomes palmed away.

Seven minutes later, Everton substitute Donovan was guilty of one of the misses of the season.

Rodwell turned Sebastien Bassong on the left side of the penalty area and threaded a cross across goal that beat Gomes, leaving the on-loan American with the simplest of tap-ins at the back post but inexplicably he fluffed his effort into the side-netting.

Everton continued to press for parity but their final ball often let them down and on the occasions they were given a sight of goal - such as a header from substitute Phil Jagielka in the 82nd minute - they missed the target.

Six minutes of injury-time could have been a lot more comfortable for Spurs had Howard not palmed away Krancjar's fierce drive late on but they were able to frantically hold on for a vital win.


Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp:

"Overall I thought we played well and we were terrific at times in the first half.

"When you play Everton you know they are not going to give up.

"David (Moyes) obviously got into Everton at half time and they raised their game. At 2-1 we got edgy and we were defending for our lives at times."

Everton manager David Moyes:

"It was a game of two halves. Tottenham were better in the first and we were much better in the second.

"At half time we were dead and buried but I have to give the players credit for making a game of it.

"It (Donovan's miss) was a crucial moment for us and probably a crucial moment for Tottenham as well."

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Sunday, 28 February 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Tottenham 2-1 Everton FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Pavlyuchenko 11
  • Modric 28
  • Yakubu 55

Tottenham

Substitutes

Everton

Substitutes

Ref: BennettAtt: 35,912
TOTTENHAM
EVERTON

Possession

  • Tottenham 53%
  • Everton 47%

Attempts on target

  • Tottenham 9
  • Everton 10

Attempts off target

  • Tottenham 4
  • Everton 4

Corners

  • Tottenham 6
  • Everton 9

Fouls

  • Tottenham 9
  • Everton 18
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+6:18 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+5:43 Mikel Arteta concedes a free kick for a foul on Eidur Gudjohnsen. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
  • 90:00+4:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Steven Pienaar. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+3:15 Phil Neville delivers the ball, Vedran Corluka manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+3:05 Booking Luka Modric booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+2:25 Leighton Baines takes a shot. Vedran Corluka gets a block in.
  • 90:00+2:15 The ball is delivered by Steven Pienaar, clearance by Michael Dawson.
  • 90:00+1:10 Niko Kranjcar takes a short corner.
  • 90:00+0:53 Niko Kranjcar takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
  • 88:32 Phil Neville sends in a cross, clearance by Vedran Corluka.
  • 85:41 Wilson Palacios takes the direct free kick.
  • 85:41 Booking Booking for Johnny Heitinga for unsporting behaviour.
  • 85:34 Niko Kranjcar fouled by Johnny Heitinga, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 85:24 The ball is sent over by Leighton Baines, clearance by Michael Dawson.
  • 83:47 Johnny Heitinga concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Crouch. Direct free kick taken by Younes Kaboul.
  • 82:57 Johnny Heitinga takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Header on goal by Phil Jagielka from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 81:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Niko Kranjcar on Ayegbeni Yakubu. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
  • 81:14 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Peter Crouch coming on for Roman Pavlyuchenko.
  • 80:42 Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with James Vaughan coming on for Jack Rodwell.
  • 77:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Pienaar on Roman Pavlyuchenko. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 76:37 The ball is sent over by Jack Rodwell, Landon Donovan produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 76:08 Niko Kranjcar takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
  • 75:42 Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
  • 75:42 Booking Steven Pienaar is cautioned.
  • 75:35 Vedran Corluka fouled by Steven Pienaar, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 74:41 The ball is delivered by Niko Kranjcar, save made by Tim Howard.
  • 74:17 Corner taken right-footed by Niko Kranjcar from the right by-line, Johnny Heitinga manages to make a clearance.
  • 74:00 Shot from 30 yards by Vedran Corluka. Save by Tim Howard.
  • 72:56 Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.
  • 72:56 Booking Mikel Arteta goes into the referee's book.
  • 72:51 Mikel Arteta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric.
  • 72:01 Mikel Arteta takes a outswinging corner.
  • 71:49 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 70:15 Substitution Eidur Gudjohnsen is brought on as a substitute for Jermain Defoe.
  • 69:24 Shot from just outside the area by Ayegbeni Yakubu goes over the bar.
  • 67:57 Foul by Niko Kranjcar on Steven Pienaar, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.
  • 66:43 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Blocked by Younes Kaboul.
  • 65:14 Mikel Arteta takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Michael Dawson.
  • 64:32 Niko Kranjcar has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
  • 62:11 Substitution Victor Anichebe leaves the field to be replaced by Landon Donovan.
  • 61:49 Vedran Corluka sends in a cross, Jack Rodwell manages to make a clearance.
  • 61:05 The ball is swung over by Roman Pavlyuchenko, clearance made by Phil Neville.
  • 60:13 Corner taken by Niko Kranjcar from the left by-line.
  • 60:01 Gareth Bale takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Neville.
  • 58:17 Foul by Phil Neville on Luka Modric, free kick awarded. Luka Modric takes the free kick.
  • 58:02 Niko Kranjcar produces a cross, clearance made by Phil Jagielka.
  • 57:44 The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale, save by Tim Howard.
  • 57:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Mikel Arteta. Luka Modric takes the direct free kick.
  • 57:02 Centre by Sylvain Distin.
  • 56:18 Victor Anichebe concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermain Defoe. Free kick crossed right-footed by Niko Kranjcar from left wing, Johnny Heitinga manages to make a clearance.
  • 55:46 The ball is crossed by Ayegbeni Yakubu, Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 54:24 Jack Rodwell provided the assist for the goal.
  • 54:24 GOAL - Ayegbeni YakubuTottenham 2 - 1 Everton Ayegbeni Yakubu scores a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 2-1 Everton.
  • 53:50 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta,
  • 52:55 Shot by Victor Anichebe. Michael Dawson gets a block in.
  • 51:35 Substitution Younes Kaboul replaces Tom Huddlestone.
  • 48:52 Tom Huddlestone produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 47:18 Gareth Bale fouled by Victor Anichebe, the ref awards a free kick. Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.
  • 46:56 Roman Pavlyuchenko concedes a free kick for a foul on Sylvain Distin. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
  • 46:41 Shot from 25 yards from Johnny Heitinga. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 46:33 The ball is delivered by Phil Neville, Tom Huddlestone manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • 45:01 Substitution Phil Jagielka replaces Leon Osman.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:23 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+1:59 Unfair challenge on Niko Kranjcar by Leon Osman results in a free kick. Niko Kranjcar takes the free kick.
  • 45:00+1:52 Steven Pienaar delivers the ball, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.
  • 45:00+1:17 Leighton Baines takes the inswinging corner, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 45:00+0:56 Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Niko Kranjcar results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
  • 45:00+0:43 Centre by Niko Kranjcar.
  • 45:00+0:18 Niko Kranjcar takes a inswinging corner.
  • 44:49 Gareth Bale takes a shot. Johnny Heitinga gets a block in.
  • 43:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Roman Pavlyuchenko on Johnny Heitinga. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
  • Correction - 43:29 Centre by Vedran Corluka, Wilson Palacios takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Heitinga.
  • 43:29 Vedran Corluka crosses the ball, Luka Modric takes a shot. Johnny Heitinga gets a block in.
  • 42:43 Steven Pienaar handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Michael Dawson takes the free kick.
  • 41:03 Gareth Bale produces a cross, Effort from inside the six-yard box by Jermain Defoe goes wide right of the goal.
  • 39:58 Phil Neville produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the box by Jack Rodwell misses to the right of the target.
  • 39:07 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta, Tom Huddlestone manages to make a clearance.
  • 39:00 Phil Neville produces a cross, clearance made by Niko Kranjcar.
  • 38:48 Victor Anichebe takes a shot. Luka Modric gets a block in.
  • 38:31 Roman Pavlyuchenko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
  • 36:04 A cross is delivered by Vedran Corluka, Leon Osman makes a clearance.
  • 35:31 Unfair challenge on Roman Pavlyuchenko by Johnny Heitinga results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Luka Modric.
  • 34:52 Michael Dawson challenges Steven Pienaar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
  • 32:56 The ball is swung over by Phil Neville, clearance made by Niko Kranjcar.
  • 31:53 The offside flag is raised against Jermain Defoe. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
  • 28:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Victor Anichebe. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
  • 27:28 Assist by Niko Kranjcar.
  • 27:28 GOAL - Luka ModricTottenham 2 - 0 Everton Luka Modric grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Tottenham 2-0 Everton.
  • 25:32 The ball is sent over by Steven Pienaar, Foul by Ayegbeni Yakubu on Heurelho Gomes, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 25:26 Leighton Baines produces a cross, clearance made by Michael Dawson.
  • 24:45 The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale, Niko Kranjcar takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
  • 23:36 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 23:10 Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta, Tom Huddlestone manages to make a clearance.
  • 22:03 Vedran Corluka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar. Leighton Baines fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Michael Dawson gets a block in.
  • 20:56 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
  • 19:00 Leon Osman challenges Luka Modric unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Sebastien Bassong.
  • 18:47 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Blocked by Vedran Corluka.
  • 17:24 The ball is sent over by Victor Anichebe, clearance by Michael Dawson.
  • 16:41 Phil Neville delivers the ball, Tom Huddlestone manages to make a clearance.
  • 15:45 Corner taken by Leighton Baines, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
  • 15:26 Jack Rodwell fouled by Tom Huddlestone, the ref awards a free kick. Leighton Baines takes the free kick.
  • 14:02 The ball is swung over by Sebastien Bassong.
  • 13:10 The offside flag is raised against Ayegbeni Yakubu. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
  • 10:34 Jermain Defoe provided the assist for the goal.
  • 10:34 GOAL - Roman PavlyuchenkoTottenham 1 - 0 Everton Roman Pavlyuchenko grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Everton.
  • 10:03 The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale.
  • 8:36 Free kick crossed by Niko Kranjcar, clearance made by Phil Neville.
  • 8:36 Booking Caution for Phil Neville.
  • 8:31 Phil Neville gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale.
  • 4:11 Corner taken short by Niko Kranjcar.
  • 3:43 Inswinging corner taken by Niko Kranjcar from the left by-line played to the near post, Johnny Heitinga manages to make a clearance.
  • 3:36 A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, Johnny Heitinga makes a clearance.
  • 0:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ayegbeni Yakubu on Tom Huddlestone. Michael Dawson takes the free kick.
  • 0:00 The game begins.

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Premier League results

28 Feb 2010 23:59 UK


Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 28 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 28 39 61
2 Man Utd 28 42 60
3 Arsenal 28 35 58
4 Tottenham 28 23 49
5 Man City 27 17 49
6 Liverpool 28 17 48
7 Aston Villa 26 16 45
8 Birmingham 27 -2 40
9 Fulham 28 3 38
10 Everton 27 0 38
11 Stoke 27 -5 34
12 Blackburn 28 -15 34
13 West Ham 27 -8 27
14 Sunderland 27 -12 27
15 Bolton 27 -19 26
16 Wigan 27 -27 25
17 Wolves 27 -24 24
18 Hull 27 -29 24
19 Burnley 27 -29 23
20 Portsmouth 27 -22 19

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