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Tottenham   1 - 1   Everton

Rafael Van der Vaart celebrates his goal
Van der Vaart has now scored in all of his four matches at White Hart Lane

By Chris Whyatt

Tottenham failed to beat battling Everton despite producing some vibrant attacking football at White Hart Lane.

The visitors took a 17th-minute lead against the run of play thanks to Leighton Baines's brilliant free-kick.

But Spurs levelled three minutes later as Everton keeper Tim Howard flapped at a cross which Peter Crouch bundled back for Rafael Van der Vaart to crash home.

The hosts went for a winner but were unable to break Everton down in a second half which ended in frustration.

Ultimately, Spurs continued to enhance the reputation they are fast building as one of the most entertaining teams in the Premier League as their posse of creative midfielders lit up a riveting first half.

But manager Harry Redknapp may feel that his side still need to adjust to the extra demands of Champions League football, while counterpart David Moyes will be pleased that his team moved into the top half of the Premier League table for the first time this season.

Spurs managed to score three goals at the home of European champions Inter Milan on Wednesday - and still lose - but with fans favourite Van der Vaart recalled to the side after missing the match in the San Siro through suspension, they mostly had the upper hand.

Moyes happy with Howard despite blunder

Everton struggled to get on the ball without Mikel Arteta, who had failed to shake off a groin strain aggravated in the derby win over Liverpool last weekend which finally ignited their stuttering campaign.

The first real chance after a cagey opening 10 minutes came when, with Spurs probing patiently, Luka Modric found space on the edge of the area and shot low to force a strong save from the alert Howard.

With the hosts warming to the task, gasps of disbelief reverberated around the stands as a magical 'no-look' flick from Van der Vaart nearly set Modric free in the box as they looked to execute an incisive one-two.

But the visitors opened the scoring against the run of play on 17 minutes when, with supreme technique, Baines curled a stunning left-foot shot into the apex of the top corner from a 20-yard free kick which Younes Kaboul could have avoided conceding.

Yet Spurs hit back three minutes later.

A teasing deep cross from marauding right-back Alan Hutton, a constant threat in the first 45 minutes, was inexplicably flapped at by Howard allowing Crouch to bundle the ball back across goal.

Completely unmarked, former Real Madrid man Van der Vaart crashed the ball home from two yards and has now scored in all four of his appearances at White Hart Lane.

Everton managed the odd break but Tottenham largely dominated possession, with Van der Vaart the fulcrum and energetic Modric full of elusive running.

The Croatian shot just wide from 25 yards out in the 27th minute before trying to slide in Aaron Lennon, who began to peel off the right wing to good effect.

Crouch had what looked like a decent penalty appeal turned down when Phil Jagielka backed into the England forward as he tried to get on the end of a Hutton centre.

Welsh referee Marc Jones was unconvinced.

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Tottenham's target man then failed to convert a decent opportunity - again from another of Hutton's testing crosses - as he headed into Howard's arms just before half-time.

Redknapp brought Sandro on for Wilson Palacios, who had been booked, for the second period.

And the Brazilian midfielder soon whipped over an excellent cross for the ever-dangerous Gareth Bale to nod across the face of Howard's goal, though Kaboul failed to gamble when he might have converted easily.

No doubt fired up by a rousing half-time team talk from manager Moyes, Everton dug deep and managed to wrestle more possession from the hosts.

But the visitors were largely unable to test Spurs goalkeeper Huerelho Gomes, with Steven Pienaar blazing over on 65 minutes and Tim Cahill creaming a skimming effort just wide soon after.

With Tottenham drifting, striker Roman Pavlyuchenko came on for winger Lennon as they increased their efforts to clinch victory.

Gareth Bale, now on the right, immediately set Crouch free in the box - but he could not get a shot off - while Modric, still probing conscientiously, slid Pavlyuchenko through.

Redknapp frustrated by stubborn Everton

Yet the Russian hesitated from 18 yards out when confronted with the option of shooting or passing to various team-mates.

The audible admiration of Spurs fans in the first half turned to groans of vague dismay as their determined team could not craft the winning goal they so craved.

Everton did retain possession well but their final ball was, at times, poor.

Van der Vaart could have had a dramatic final say on events but, as he wriggled free in the box, Sylvan Distin made a superb block and Tottenham had to settle for a point which takes them third in the table - at least for 24 hours - ahead of north London rivals Arsenal.


Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp: "They're a good side and you're never get an easy game [against Everton]. I thought we had the better chances but it didn't quite drop for us.

"You want to win every game, but what is important - when you're not going to win - is not getting caught out late on with the sucker-punch and end up getting beat. Sometimes we have done that in the past, like at Wigan.

"But we stayed solid and the centre backs were top class. We've always showed good spirit and a never-say-die attitude."

Everton boss David Moyes: "Any point at White Hart Lane is a good point. That'll be the case for any team here this season.

"It was a good point, a hard-working point. Tim Howard knows he's made a mistake but he did very well after that.

"We're a bit harder to beat right now and we look a bit more likely to score. When we get our players back from injury, we'll be a match for anyone."


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Saturday, 23 October 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Tottenham 1-1 Everton FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Van der Vaart 20
  • Baines 17

Tottenham

Substitutes

Everton

Substitutes

Ref: JonesAtt: 35,967
TOTTENHAM
EVERTON

Possession

  • Tottenham 51%
  • Everton 49%

Attempts on target

  • Tottenham 8
  • Everton 3

Attempts off target

  • Tottenham 5
  • Everton 4

Corners

  • Tottenham 4
  • Everton 4

Fouls

  • Tottenham 15
  • Everton 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:01 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+2:42 Gareth Bale delivers the ball, clearance made by Phil Jagielka.
  • 90:00+2:10 The ball is sent over by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, save made by Tim Howard.
  • 90:00+0:42 Unfair challenge on Louis Saha by William Gallas results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Leighton Baines from left wing, save by Heurelho Gomes. Shot from outside the box by Tony Hibbert misses to the left of the target.
  • 89:39 Raniere Sandro takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Pienaar.
  • 89:18 Louis Saha takes a shot. Luka Modric gets a block in.
  • 88:50 Roman Pavlyuchenko delivers the ball. The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale, save by Tim Howard.
  • 87:49 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Blocked by Sylvain Distin.
  • 87:26 Rafael Van der Vaart delivers the ball, clearance by Tim Cahill.
  • 85:37 Jermaine Beckford concedes a free kick for a foul on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.
  • 84:53 Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Benoit Assou-Ekotto results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
  • 83:04 Substitution Jermaine Beckford on for Seamus Coleman.
  • 81:34 Benoit Assou-Ekotto has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 80:51 Corner from the right by-line taken by Gareth Bale, clearance made by Tim Cahill.
  • 79:00 A cross is delivered by Rafael Van der Vaart.
  • 77:35 Unfair challenge on Louis Saha by Raniere Sandro results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard.
  • 77:35 Substitution Johnny Heitinga leaves the field to be replaced by Tony Hibbert.
  • 77:35 Booking The referee shows Raniere Sandro a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • Correction - 76:27 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Blocked by Sylvain Distin. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gareth Bale, Tim Howard makes a save. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes a shot. Steven Pienaar gets a block in.
  • 76:27 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Sylvain Distin gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Gareth Bale, save made by Tim Howard. Alan Hutton takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Pienaar.
  • 75:11 Inswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line played to the near post, Gareth Bale makes a clearance.
  • 73:27 Booking Rafael Van der Vaart shown a yellow card.
  • 71:46 Steven Pienaar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on William Gallas. Free kick crossed left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, save made by Tim Howard.
  • 70:23 Tim Cahill produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 69:21 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
  • 68:36 Substitution Roman Pavlyuchenko joins the action as a substitute, replacing Aaron Lennon.
  • 65:10 The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale, Sylvain Distin makes a clearance.
  • 64:32 Steven Pienaar produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
  • 63:53 Raniere Sandro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Louis Saha. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.
  • 61:51 Substitution Louis Saha on for Ayegbeni Yakubu.
  • 61:04 Benoit Assou-Ekotto sends in a cross, clearance by Phil Neville.
  • 60:01 The ball is delivered by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, clearance by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
  • 57:28 Benoit Assou-Ekotto challenges Diniyar Bilyaletdinov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Johnny Heitinga delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Peter Crouch manages to make a clearance. Leighton Baines takes a inswinging corner to the near post, William Gallas manages to make a clearance.
  • 55:17 A cross is delivered by Sylvain Distin, Benoit Assou-Ekotto fouled by Tim Cahill, the ref awards a free kick. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 55:07 The ball is crossed by Phil Jagielka, Raniere Sandro manages to make a clearance.
  • 54:34 Corner taken right-footed by Leighton Baines from the left by-line, Peter Crouch manages to make a clearance.
  • 54:22 The ball is delivered by Tim Cahill, clearance by Younes Kaboul.
  • 53:35 Tim Cahill is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 52:40 Tim Cahill challenges Luka Modric unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 51:33 The ball is delivered by Raniere Sandro, Gareth Bale takes a shot. Phil Neville makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, Header from deep inside the area by Younes Kaboul goes over the bar.
  • 51:33 The ball is sent over by Raniere Sandro, Gareth Bale takes a shot. Phil Neville manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line, Younes Kaboul produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 50:41 Unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon by Seamus Coleman results in a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.
  • 50:41 Booking Seamus Coleman is given a yellow card.
  • 49:48 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Leighton Baines.
  • 49:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Jagielka by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Phil Neville takes the direct free kick.
  • 48:55 The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale, clearance made by Phil Jagielka.
  • 48:24 Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Aaron Lennon results in a free kick. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
  • 47:40 Effort on goal by Peter Crouch from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
  • 47:02 Tim Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on Luka Modric. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Raniere Sandro comes on in place of Wilson Palacios.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:07 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 45:00+1:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Crouch on Steven Pienaar. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
  • 45:00+0:38 The official flags Ayegbeni Yakubu offside. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
  • 45:00+0:10 Centre by Alan Hutton, Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
  • 43:25 Luka Modric fouled by Johnny Heitinga, the ref awards a free kick. Luka Modric takes the direct free kick.
  • 42:47 The ball is swung over by Seamus Coleman.
  • 41:05 Phil Neville produces a cross.
  • 40:44 Leighton Baines delivers the ball, clearance by Younes Kaboul.
  • 38:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Wilson Palacios on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.
  • 37:18 Unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Benoit Assou-Ekotto results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines, Younes Kaboul manages to make a clearance. Steven Pienaar concedes a free kick for a foul on Luka Modric. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 36:38 Centre by Alan Hutton, clearance by Phil Jagielka.
  • 34:19 Luka Modric gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman. Leighton Baines shoots direct from the free kick.
  • 32:30 The ball is swung over by Wilson Palacios.
  • 30:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Seamus Coleman on Luka Modric. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Gareth Bale, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johnny Heitinga by Younes Kaboul. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.
  • 27:27 Luka Modric has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
  • 25:58 Benoit Assou-Ekotto sends in a cross, clearance made by Leighton Baines.
  • 24:43 Gareth Bale fouled by Phil Neville, the ref awards a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.
  • 24:37 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov crosses the ball, Younes Kaboul makes a clearance.
  • 21:22 Foul by Steven Pienaar on Wilson Palacios, free kick awarded. Wilson Palacios restarts play with the free kick.
  • Correction - 19:58 The ball is delivered by Alan Hutton,
  • 19:58 Alan Hutton sends in a cross,
  • 19:56 Assist by Peter Crouch.
  • 19:56 GOAL - Rafael Van der VaartTottenham 1 - 1 Everton Rafael Van der Vaart finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Tottenham 1-1 Everton.
  • 18:55 The ball is swung over by Phil Neville, clearance by William Gallas.
  • 16:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Younes Kaboul on Ayegbeni Yakubu.
  • 16:50 GOAL - Leighton BainesTottenham 0 - 1 Everton Goal scored by Leighton Baines from outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Tottenham 0-1 Everton.
  • 15:05 The ball is crossed by Luka Modric, clearance made by Tim Cahill.
  • 14:19 Luka Modric takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard. Corner taken right-footed by Gareth Bale from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Phil Neville.
  • 14:10 Gareth Bale delivers the ball, clearance made by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
  • 13:30 The ball is crossed by Younes Kaboul, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.
  • 13:19 Benoit Assou-Ekotto produces a cross, Sylvain Distin makes a clearance.
  • 12:54 The ball is sent over by Ayegbeni Yakubu, comfortable save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 12:08 Younes Kaboul challenges Leighton Baines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
  • 11:31 Gareth Bale fouled by Phil Neville, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 10:35 Tim Cahill takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 10:35 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
  • 9:42 Wilson Palacios gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.
  • 9:42 Booking Wilson Palacios booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 8:36 Seamus Coleman concedes a free kick for a foul on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, Ayegbeni Yakubu manages to make a clearance.
  • 8:15 Centre by Rafael Van der Vaart, Johnny Heitinga manages to make a clearance.
  • 7:12 The ball is delivered by Alan Hutton, clearance made by Phil Neville.
  • 2:30 Foul by Johnny Heitinga on Rafael Van der Vaart, free kick awarded. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the indirect free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 23 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 9 23 22
2 Man City 8 7 17
3 Tottenham 9 3 15
4 West Brom 9 -2 15
5 Arsenal 8 8 14
6 Man Utd 8 7 14
7 Sunderland 9 1 12
8 Bolton 9 0 12
9 Newcastle 9 1 11
10 Aston Villa 9 -4 11
11 Everton 9 1 10
12 Birmingham 9 -2 10
13 Stoke 8 -2 10
14 Blackpool 9 -7 10
15 Wigan 9 -9 10
16 Fulham 9 -1 9
17 Blackburn 8 -1 9
18 Liverpool 8 -6 6
19 Wolves 9 -7 6
20 West Ham 9 -10 6

see also
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