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Everton   2 - 1   Tottenham

Louis Saha (centre) celebrates
Saha (centre) celebrates after scoring his first league goal in 11 months

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Goodison Park

Everton delivered a blow to Tottenham's bid to maintain pressure on the Premier League's pacesetters with a fully deserved win at Goodison Park.

Seamus Coleman's late header gave the enigmatic Merseysiders victory to maintain their impressive record against the sides near the top of the table.

Louis Saha fired the home side into the lead inside three minutes with his first league goal for 11 months, only for Rafael van der Vaart's close range header to restore parity eight minutes later.

In an enthralling game, both sides created and wasted opportunities to take a stranglehold before Coleman headed past Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes when he could only palm out Saha's shot after 75 minutes.

Toffees keeper Tim Howard twice denied the dangerous Van der Vaart after the break but Spurs boss Harry Redknapp could have no complaints about the eventual outcome as Everton played with a verve and threat that has eluded them too often in a frustrating campaign.

Everton manager David Moyes, with leading scorer Tim Cahill away with Australia at the Asia Cup, finally opted for two strikers when he paired Jermaine Beckford and Saha up front - and was rewarded almost instantly.

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Spurs paid the price for standing off Saha, allowing the French striker ample time and space to drill a low finish into Gomes' right-hand corner from 20 yards.

Van der Vaart, as so often this season, led the north Londoners' response and had already sent an instinctive lofted finish just wide behind a scrambling Howard before heading in the equaliser after 11 minutes.

The Dutchman stole in behind the home side's defence after Peter Crouch rose above Phil Neville to steer Alan Hutton's cross back into the six-yard area.

Chances continued to come at regular intervals in an open and entertaining encounter, with Beckford firing just over on the turn from 10 yards and Crouch having a goal correctly ruled out for offside when he turned in Gareth Bale's pass.

Everton wasted an opportunity to restore their lead five minutes after the break when Coleman surged into the area, only to ignore the unmarked Beckford and send a tame effort straight at Gomes.

Tottenham then suffered a blow when Bale, who required lengthy treatment in the first half, was replaced by Niko Kranjcar.

Moyes praises players after pleasing win

Van der Vaart was presenting a huge danger to the Toffees and it took a fine diving stop from Howard to prevent him rounding off a Spurs break with another goal.

Saha was also having one of his more influential nights and he thought he had added his second after 63 minutes when he met Coleman's cross sweetly, only to see his goalbound effort deflected wide.

Van der Vaart brought another crucial save from Howard before Everton finally got the goal their enterprise deserved with 15 minutes remaining. Saha was again involved with a powerful drive that Gomes could only push in the direction of the advancing Coleman, who dived to head in.

Substitute Yakubu's lack of pace meant he squandered the opportunity to wrap things up in injury time, but the miss was not to prove costly as the north Londoners ran out of steam after their recent impressive run.


Everton manager David Moyes:
"I thought it was a really good team performance. The players were extra special tonight.

"We said to the players, be brave enough to get on the ball.

"It was a brilliant game, all action and we made lots of opportunities - we matched Tottenham tonight and luckily enough we got that one goal more."

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp:
"We started poorly but we came back and got a goal and should have gone in 2-1 up at the break.

"At half-time I would not have taken a draw but credit to Everton, they upped the pace in the second half.

"They made lots of chances and we had chances on the break. It is not an easy place to come to."

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Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Everton 2-1 Tottenham FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Saha 3
  • Coleman 75
  • Van der Vaart 11

Everton

Substitutes

Tottenham

Substitutes

Ref: ProbertAtt: 34,124
EVERTON
TOTTENHAM

Possession

  • Everton 61%
  • Tottenham 39%

Attempts on target

  • Everton 13
  • Tottenham 5

Attempts off target

  • Everton 7
  • Tottenham 8

Corners

  • Everton 4
  • Tottenham 3

Fouls

  • Everton 16
  • Tottenham 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:29 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+3:37 Leon Osman fouled by Peter Crouch, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.
  • 90:00+2:07 Leon Osman takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 90:00+1:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines by Peter Crouch. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
  • 90:00+0:42 Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Michael Dawson gets a block in.
  • 88:48 Handball by Marouane Fellaini. Alan Hutton takes the direct free kick.
  • 87:44 Substitution Louis Saha leaves the field to be replaced by Jack Rodwell.
  • 85:46 Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Leon Osman coming on for Steven Pienaar.
  • 84:37 Rafael Van der Vaart fouled by Johnny Heitinga, the ref awards a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart restarts play with the free kick.
  • 80:33 William Gallas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ayegbeni Yakubu. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
  • 79:28 Substitution Robbie Keane joins the action as a substitute, replacing Aaron Lennon.
  • 78:08 Ayegbeni Yakubu concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Hutton. Direct free kick taken by Jermaine Jenas.
  • 76:39 Substitution Ayegbeni Yakubu is brought on as a substitute for Jermaine Beckford.
  • 74:55 Shot from 20 yards by Louis Saha. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
  • 74:55 GOAL - Seamus ColemanEverton 2 - 1 Tottenham Seamus Coleman finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Everton 2-1 Tottenham.
  • 73:47 Steven Pienaar concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Hutton. Rafael Van der Vaart crosses the ball in from the free kick, Mikel Arteta makes a clearance.
  • 73:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon by Jermaine Beckford. Rafael Van der Vaart restarts play with the free kick.
  • 73:08 Michael Dawson takes a shot. Phil Neville gets a block in.
  • 72:46 Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line to the near post, Phil Neville makes a clearance.
  • 72:24 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
  • 71:05 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Fantastic save by Tim Howard.
  • 69:53 Johnny Heitinga gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch. Niko Kranjcar delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Louis Saha manages to make a clearance.
  • 69:25 Louis Saha takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 66:49 Jermaine Jenas challenges Seamus Coleman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free kick.
  • 66:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Aaron Lennon. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
  • 65:32 Luka Modric fouled by Marouane Fellaini, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
  • 65:00 Shot by Louis Saha from just outside the area goes over the net.
  • 64:04 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Seamus Coleman misses to the left of the target.
  • 62:27 Seamus Coleman takes a shot. Michael Dawson gets a block in.
  • 62:02 Mikel Arteta takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Benoit Assou-Ekotto manages to make a clearance.
  • 61:48 Louis Saha takes a shot. Alan Hutton gets a block in.
  • 61:04 Shot by Rafael Van der Vaart. Tim Howard makes a fantastic save.
  • 60:46 Leighton Baines is caught offside. Heurelho Gomes takes the indirect free kick.
  • 59:55 Rafael Van der Vaart is ruled offside. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.
  • 59:07 Unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon by Leighton Baines results in a free kick. Alan Hutton restarts play with the free kick.
  • 57:21 Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line to the near post, save by Tim Howard.
  • 57:21 Substitution Niko Kranjcar on for Gareth Bale.
  • 56:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Phil Neville on Gareth Bale. Rafael Van der Vaart crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.
  • 56:17 Booking Phil Neville is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 55:04 Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 53:23 Louis Saha takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Dawson.
  • 52:23 Peter Crouch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.
  • 51:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Beckford on Heurelho Gomes. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 49:51 Seamus Coleman takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 48:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Rafael Van der Vaart. Mikel Arteta produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Jermaine Jenas.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:03 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+1:20 Louis Saha gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
  • 44:41 Steven Pienaar concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Hutton. Strike comes in from Rafael Van der Vaart from the free kick.
  • 43:32 The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Crouch. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
  • 42:15 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
  • 41:04 Sylvain Distin fouled by Rafael Van der Vaart, the ref awards a free kick. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.
  • 39:43 Peter Crouch challenges Marouane Fellaini unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Neville restarts play with the free kick.
  • 37:47 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Michael Dawson.
  • 36:16 Rafael Van der Vaart fouled by Mikel Arteta, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is sent over by Rafael Van der Vaart, Peter Crouch produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 34:41 Jermaine Beckford produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 33:45 Luka Modric produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
  • 33:00 Luka Modric takes a shot. Johnny Heitinga gets a block in.
  • 30:40 Alan Hutton concedes a free kick for a foul on Sylvain Distin. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Leighton Baines from left wing, clearance by Michael Dawson.
  • 30:13 Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 28:24 Foul by Louis Saha on Jermaine Jenas, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
  • 26:43 Corner from right by-line taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.
  • 26:11 Mikel Arteta challenges Peter Crouch unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, Johnny Heitinga makes a clearance.
  • 24:03 Corner taken by Leighton Baines, clearance made by Jermaine Jenas.
  • 23:52 Seamus Coleman takes a shot. Blocked by Jermaine Jenas.
  • 22:45 Shot on goal by Jermaine Beckford from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 22:06 Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line to the near post, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 19:16 Peter Crouch challenges Phil Neville unfairly and gives away a free kick. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.
  • 17:24 Effort from deep inside the area by Jermaine Beckford misses to the left of the goal.
  • 16:21 Steven Pienaar fouled by Aaron Lennon, the ref awards a free kick. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.
  • 15:33 Johnny Heitinga fouled by Peter Crouch, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.
  • 15:08 Alan Hutton takes a shot. Steven Pienaar gets a block in.
  • 14:32 Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 12:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Phil Neville. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.
  • 10:15 Assist by Peter Crouch.
  • 10:15 GOAL - Rafael Van der VaartEverton 1 - 1 Tottenham Rafael Van der Vaart scores a headed goal from inside the area. Everton 1-1 Tottenham.
  • 7:29 Headed effort from close range by Peter Crouch goes wide left of the goal.
  • 7:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Louis Saha. Free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
  • 6:28 Effort from outside the box by Rafael Van der Vaart goes wide right of the target.
  • 2:27 Assist by Leighton Baines.
  • 2:27 GOAL - Louis SahaEverton 1 - 0 Tottenham Louis Saha fires in a goal from outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 1-0 Tottenham.
  • 0:00 The match begins.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 5 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 20 24 44
2 Man City 22 17 42
3 Arsenal 21 20 40
4 Tottenham 21 6 36
5 Chelsea 21 17 35
6 Sunderland 22 3 33
7 Bolton 22 5 30
8 Newcastle 21 3 28
9 Blackburn 22 -6 28
10 Stoke 21 0 27
11 Everton 21 -2 25
12 Liverpool 20 -3 25
13 Blackpool 19 -5 25
14 Fulham 21 -2 22
15 Birmingham 20 -5 22
16 West Brom 21 -13 22
17 Wolves 21 -13 21
18 Aston Villa 21 -15 21
19 Wigan 21 -15 21
20 West Ham 22 -16 20

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