COMPETITION Premier League
DATE Sunday 3rd January 2016
VENUE Goodison Park
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PREDICTION Everton    0         Tottenham Hotspur    0
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Everton  1 (1)                                                                       
Premier League
Sunday 3rd January 2016                               
Goodison Park
Tottenham Hotspur  1 (1)

Kick off 16:00
Lennon  21m 15s Alli  45m + 0m 13s
Coleman (handball)  35


Lamela  (persistent fouling)  69
Carroll (foul on Barkley)  72


Crowd :   38,482 Weather :  Chilly
Referee :  Michael Oliver (Northumberland) Assistant Referees :  Mr. R. West; Mr. S. Ledger
Fourth Official :  Mike Jones -
Everton kicked off and played towards the Park End in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 4 minutes.
Everton : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
24  Tim HOWARD

23  Seamus COLEMAN     
25  Ramiro FUNES MORI
  3  Leighton BAINES

20  Ross BARKLEY
  Gareth BARRY
12  Aaron LENNON    (19  Gerard DEULOFEU 60)

  9  Arouna KONE  (17  Muhamed BESIC 60)

10  Romelu LUKAKU

Unused subs: 
  1  Joel ROBLES
  6  Phil JAGIELKA
11  Kevin MIRALLIS
21  Leon OSMAN

    1  Hugo LLORIS  (c)

33  Ben DAVIES
  2  Kyle WALKER

15  Eric DIER
28  Tom CARROLL     

11  Erik LAMELA       (25  Josh ONOMAH  88)
23  Christian ERIKSEN  (  7  Heung-Min SON  69)
20  Dele ALLI    (22  Nacer CHADLI  83)

10  Harry KANE

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM
  3  Danny ROSE

16  Kieran TRIPPIER
  6  Nabil BENTALEB

Manager :  Roberto Martinez Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
Sponsor :   Chang Shirt sponsor :  AIA
Kit Supplier :  Umbro Kit Supplier :   Under Armour
Match report

Dele Alli's fine volley warned Spurs a point after going behind to old boy Aaron Lennon, but the feeling of two points being dropped is one which shows how far Tottenham have come in a short time under Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs had kept faith with Tom Carroll, with Ben Davies preferred at left back to Danny Rose, while the remainder of the team was as usual.  They set about the game with an energy from the start and pushed Everton back, making them look like the away side.  The Toffees seemed happy to concede large amounts of possession and allow Tottenham to come onto them.  This produced an early chance when after a long passing move, Walker drove a low ball across the face of goal and Coleman got it away before it reached Alli at the far post.  Spurs were enjoying a long stay in the Everton half and Walker tried a shot that was blocked before Harry Kane tried an effort from 25 yards, which was blocked, but Spurs picked up the loose ball and it came back to Kane, who drilled a low shot from outside the box - right of centre - which beat Howard, hit the keeper's right post and then rolled across goal and out for a goal kick !  How does that happen ?

Alli tried a volley from Walker's deep cross, but got under it and it looped to Howard, then after Eriksen was bundled over outside the D of the penalty area, Lamela took the free-kick which hit the wall and went for a corner.

While Spurs seemed to be controlling possession, a challenge by Baines on Eriksen on the left gave Barkley the chance to hit a diagonal ball to Lukaku in the box and his header down gave Aaron Lennon the time to take a touch and shoot past Lloris before Alderweireld and Vertonghen could close him down. 22 minutes in and Tottenham were a goal down when they should have been level and I suppose that it had to be Lennon who scored it wouldn't it !

Two minutes later the former Spurs winger got down the right and pulled a ball back for Kone, whose shot was blocked by Alderweireld as it looked to be flying in to test Hugo again.

Eriksen hit a shot that took a flick off a defender to go wide, then from the corner, Lamela pulled it back to Carroll, who missed his kick and it eventually reached Davies, who had his effort blocked. When Kone needlessly conceded a corner, this time the routine worked, with the ball being pulled back by Eriksen to Ben Davies 25 yards out and his drive thumped back off the bar with Howard well beaten.

Coleman got a booking for handling the ball in the centre circle as Spurs looked to break, but Barkley was pulling Lamela's shirt before he tried to pass to Kane and should have been carded too. The game was being played mainly in the Everton half, but the home side did break and Kone put a header wide under pressure from Vertonghen. Everton were getting a lot of players back behind the ball and it was troublesome for Spurs to find a way through the number of bodies they had goal-side, but Eriksen's cross-field pass found Davies in space on the left and his cross was met by Alli, but he was moving backwards and the header went wide.

Kone almost got through on Lloris, when Lukaku slipped a ball up to him form halfway, but the offside flag prevented him going in on goal. Just before half-time, there was a short spell where both sides gave the ball away, but Barkley got hold of the ball, shrugged off Lamela and then chose a difficult reverse pass, when he had Coleman free on the right wing.

As the game ticked into added time, Alderweireld picked out a long diagonal pass that took out John Stones and Coleman failed to track Alli's run and the young midfielder chested the ball down in mid-air and then struck a volley out of Howard's reach to find the net and make it 1-1. It was another fine goal and similar to the one he got at West Bromwich Albion to give Tottenham the goal their first half possession deserved.

Spurs kicked off the second half, but had to wait six minutes before they created a chance, with Davies' long cross chested into the box by Alli for Kane to take a touch, but the ball would not sit down for him and he squirted a shot wide under pressure from Stones. This was quickly followed by a scoop over the defence by Lamela aimed at Kane, but just too strong and then Eriksen drove a 20 yarder straight at Howard.

Interestingly enough, Deulofeu got a free kick on the wing when he screamed at receiving a weak push by Davies, but when Alli and Kane went down in the box and didn't make a fuss, they were given nothing. Everton brought on Besic to make Tottenham's midfield less effective, which he did by crunching Dele Alli and then Everton broke to have a cross by Deulofeu just go over Lukaku's head.

The knowledgeable Everton crowd were getting onto the ref for decisions, with Lamela getting rightly booked for a number of fouls, then Carroll seeing yellow for a oull back on Barkley as he broke from mid-pitch. Interesting that the home crowd booed Carroll, but also booed when Barkley looked like he was going to get booked for the same thing in the first half. But they weren't booing the player booing the referee.

Howard looked dodgy when coming for a Lamela free-kick, having to twice punch the ball out, doing the same to Dier's long ball into the box, albeit somewhat unconvincingly. Hugo was a lot more solid when Spurs failed to clear the ball and Besic volleyed from outside the box, but the Tottenham keeper palmed the effort over the bar. From the corner, Funes Mori got his head to the ball, having pulled Vertonghen's shirt to prevent him jumping, but he glanced it wide.

This prompted a spell of pressure from Everton, but the defence stood firm and Spurs pressed further forward to try and keep the Toffees stuck in their own half. Nacer Chadli replaced Dele Alli and Spurs were looking to go forward, but with an eye to wariness of Everton breaking and a long ball intended for Lukaku was retrieved by Lloris, who came rushing out and had to leave the ball as he slid out of the area !  He was also there to stop Barkley and make things difficult for Lukaku when in the area a few minutes earlier, forcing him to shoot over by coming out quickly.

The hosts were on the attack when the final whistle went, so Spurs were as glad to hear it as Everton had been the half-time whistle.

The Tottenham midfield showed a little weakness when getting out-muscled by Barkley and Besic, but they got possession back often enough. Thankfully the poor control and short passing of the likes of Kone, Lukaku and Cleverley a number of potentially dangerous situations evaporated. In addition, Toby, Jan and Eric all made sure they got in the way.  When they did get through, Hugo stopped all but Lennon's goal with his usual alert keeping.  The star of the show was Dele Alli, who caused Everton all sorts of problems and if Martinez praised the maturity of Barkley's performance, then Alli is mature way beyond his years.

But, as with Spurs under Pochettino, it is the group that is important and the team effort shows with the way the players all appear to get on.  The spirit is not always going to carry them through, but it will help them in tough times and a point at Goodison ended up being a little disappointing, despite the fact that it keeps us in the top four at the moment.

Patrick McLauchlan




Everton were once known as St. Luke's Wanderers, as they had strayed from the faith of the Anglican Church located alongside their Goodison Park ground.


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Other scores during this week :
Arsenal 1 Newcastle United 0 Saturday
Leicester City 0 Bournemouth 0 Saturday
Manchester United 2 Swansea City 1 Saturday
Norwich City 1 Southampton 0 Saturday
Sunderland 3 Aston Villa 1 Saturday
Watford 1 Manchester City 2 Saturday
West Bromwich Albion 2 Stoke City 1 Saturday
West Ham United 2 Liverpool 0 Saturday
Crystal Palace 0 Chelsea 3 Sunday



League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Arsenal 20 13 4 4 34 18 42 +16
2 Leicester City 20 12 7 2 37 24 40 +13
3 Manchester City 20 13 3 5 39 21 39 +18
4 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 20 9 9 2 34 16 36 +18
5 Manchester United 20 9 6 4 24 17 33 +7
6 West Ham United 20 8 8 4 30 23 32 +7
7 Crystal Palace 20 9 4 7 23 19 31 +4
8 Liverpool 20 8 6 6 21 22 30 -1
9 Watford 20 8 5 7 25 22 29 +3
10 Stoke City 20 8 5 7 21 21 29 0
11 Everton 20 6 9 5 36 29 27 +7
12 West Bromwich Albion 20 7 5 8 19 25 26 -6
13 Southampton 20 6 6 8 26 24 24 +2
14 Chelsea 20 6 5 9 26 29 23 -3
15 Norwich City 20 6 5 9 23 32 23 -9
16 Bournemouth 20 5 6 9 22 34 21 -12
17 Swansea City 20 4 7 9 17 26 19 -9
18 Newcastle United 20 4 5 11 19 35 17 -16
19 Sunderland 20 4 3 13 22 39 15 -17
20 Aston Villa 20 1 5 14 16 37 8 -21


Position before match :  4th
Position after match :  4th
Position after the weekend :  4th


* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.


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