|OPPONENTS||Everton at Goodison Park|
|DATE||Sunday 3rd November 2019|
That ever-so-random Premier League fixture computer has handed Spurs
a second trip[ to Merseyside on successive weekends, as we meet
fellow crisis club Everton at Goodison Park.
The good record we have over Everton in the recent past seems to be slipping a little since our last visit to the city, when we came home with three points and a sack full of goals in a 6-2 win. The Toffees visit to our home in the last league match of the season saw a late equaliser from Christian Eriksen salvage a 2-2 draw after Eric Dier had given Spurs a second minute lead.
The question both side's fans are probably asking is which side is going to turn up ? Everton won in midweek in the League Cup, having fielded a full strength side, but picked up an injury to Yerry Mina. Tottenham looked very good in the first halves against Crystal Palace and Bayern Munich, but looked awful in the second 45 minutes against Bayern and the 90 at Brighton. It is hard to put a finger on exactly what has happened at Spurs. It can't all be down to losing the Champions League final. It can't all be down to players wanting to leave the club. And I don't quite understand we are in this position when Dele, Kane, Son and Lamela all came back from the summer looking very fit.But how did Everton get to where they are ? Were the sales of Lookman, Galloway, Mirallis and Gueye really that crucial to the team ? Bringing in Andre Gomes form Barcelona, who they had on loan last season and strikers Moise Kean from Inter, along with Gooner Alex Iwobi, should have patched up some areas in the side that needed attention. Now the problems lie in defence, where England central defender Michael Keane has been shaky and injury and suspension have limited the amount of playing time Seamus Coleman has had. The jury is still out on Mina, who had a good World Cup against England for Columbia and Lucas Digne is a threat going forward, but not always switched on defensive mindedly.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin hasn't come on as Everton had hoped and Cenk Tosun is a physical striker, but not the regular scorer they thought they were buying. Midfielders are dangerous in the Everton side, with Gylfi Sigurdsson keen to prove a point to Spurs, as is Gomes, who we looked at but passed on. Even more dangerous is Fabian Delph, who put Harry Kane out of the latter stages of last season in the Champions League quarter-final. Another player who could be dangerous, but is more often dangerous to himself is Theo Walcott. What is more likely ? That he will score against us or that he will be carried off injured ?Tottenham will need to be aware of strikers Kean, who is a raw young talent and Richarlison, who is an experienced forward schooled in the art of winning decisions in and around the box. Whatever happens, Spurs will need to be willing to put in the effort to get something out of this match and will have to meet Everton's determination to get back to the way they have been playing in the last few seasons.
Some players have been culpable of errors in recent matches, it has left us in the midst of a bad run and there were signs of better to come in the Liverpool match last week, but also evidence that the players are not confident on the ball and the movement off the ball is limited, giving the person in possession fewer options to find a Spurs player. I hope that the squad have been working on this in training to pull Everton around, as they are vulnerable to being opened up if you can do that. .
With the way both clubs are playing at the moment, it doesn't shape
up to be a thrilling contest, but it could be gripping in another
way. The starting point to grapple your way out of the
situation you find yourself in is to get a win. Sometimes it
doesn't matter how and both teams will be battling to find the way
to do so. Expect lots of blood and guts stuff, so not one for
the purist, but if Tottenham can find a way to dig in and cut out
expensive mistakes, they could come out of it on top.
|PREDICTION||Everton 2 Tottenham Hotspur 3|
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -
Danny Rose is suspended for this game after totting up five yellow cards this season. Erik Lamela (hamstring) and Hugo Lloris (elbow ligaments) are the only injury absentees for Tottenham. Jan Vertonghen is hoping to pass a late fitness test to be ready to play.
EVERTON TEAM NEWS
|Premier League||Kick off 16.30|
Tottenham Hotspur 1 (0)
Tosun 90+6m 58s
Dele 62m 23s
|Crowd : 39,001||Weather : Chilly, dry|
|Referee : Martin Atkinson (South Yorkshire)||Assistant Referees : Mr. Lee Betts; Mr. Peter Kirkup|
|Fourth Official : David Coote|
|Video Assistant Referee : Anthony Taylor||Video Assistant Referee Assistant : Adam Nunn|
|Everton kicked off and played towards the Walton Lane end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 16 minutes.|
Walcott (foul on Davies) 30
Eriksen (pull on Iwobi) 31
Ndombele (foul on Sidibe) 64
Son (foul on Gomes) 80
|Everton :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
8 Fabian DELPH
(14 Cenk TOSUN
Serge AURIER (21
27 Lucas MOURA
|Manager : Marco Silva||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
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A pint from a game that will be remembered less for the football than a horrific injury suffered by Andre Gomes was the result of two teams with troubles meeting in a match neither were determined not to lose. As it was, the broken leg that Gomes got when his foot got stuck in the turf was an incentive for Everton to grab a late equaliser that shared the points.
Going into the game without
virus victim Harry Kane meant a change in personnel and first
appearances on the bench for Troy Parrott and Ryan Sessegnon. Lucas
started alone up front with Eriksen, Son and Dele behind him and at
the back Davies was in for the suspended Rose, while Ndombele
Richarlison nearly pinched the ball off Sanchez but went down as Davinson tried to play the ball. Once more, Richarlison cheats. A foul on Delph handed Everton a free-kick 30 yards out on the left and Sessegnonís first touch as a substitute was to head the ball away. Lucas won the ball outside the box, played it to Dele and then Davies took it on to keep the ball away from their own goal, running time out to keep hold of a point that jumped Spurs up two places, with Everton down in 17th.
There were empty blue seats at the start of the match. By the end there were many more as they laboured despite the numerical advantage. Many missed the equaliser and those who remained were content with abusing the referee rather than looking closer at home to where the real problems lie. Ndombele had a mixed game. His passes were good and bad in equal measure. Handing the ball to Everton in midfield put the team under pressure and when he did play some good passes, the pressure was on the home team. He is still coming to terms with playing in the Premier League, but we need him to perform to get the team moving. Eriksen still looks half the player he was, Lo Celso looks lost and needs to get involved more. Dele looked better today, getting around the pitch better and taking his chance very well, but the defence stood firm until deep into added time that came from the massive amount of time that VAR is taking out of the game. Sanchez did very well against the diving Richarlison, Davies put in a captainís performance and Aurier had a sound match, with Alderweireld winning a lot of ball. Best wishes go to Andre Gomes for a full recovery, but the response of the Everton players and most ex-players to the decision and the Premier Leagueís statement that Son was sent off for ďendangering a playerís safetyĒ shows what little understanding of playing the game the ruling body have. Atkinson went straight for a yellow card until he saw what had happened to Gomes and the reaction of some of the players and the crowd. What actually caused Gomesí injury was the pitch. Are the Premier League going to take action against the Everton ground-staff ?
If the outcome of this is
that any challenge that ends in a serious injury becomes a red card,
then the game becomes a non-contact sport. VAR has enough problems
deciding what a handball is and what isnít, so making
interpretations of what might cause a playerís safety to be
endangered is one they should leave well alone. Every elbow that was
flung in this game, every slide tackle, every shoulder charge, every
challenge for a header is a definite red card. Was Gary Cahill red
carded when he clashed heads with Ryan Mason ? No. It was a hugely
accidental collision that ended a playerís career. Referees have
never been able to tell what endangering a playerís safety is. Where
were they when Danny Thomasí and Gary Stevensí careers were brought
to an end ? Different times, but back then it was said to be all
part of the game. What is happening now is taking the game apart and
what part tackling has in it is questionable.
It might end up a watershed day for the game. Whether it will be a watershed day for either of the clubs will be seen in the coming weeks.
Ryan Sessegnon makes his
Spurs debut in the final minute of added time.
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|How the players did|
|Paulo Gazzaniga||Solid game although he didn't have a lot to do. No chance with the Everton goal.|
|Ben Davies||Put in a good 90+ minutes and although it limits our attacking options on the left, it does bring a more defensive mentality to the team.|
|Serge Aurier||Didn't do much wrong and was clearly shaken by the incident where Gomes broke his leg.|
|Toby Alderweireld||Solid, as always, but couldn't get his diagonal passing going with Everton playing a high line to prevent runners beyond their back line.|
|Davinson Sanchez||Did well and did not drawn into Richarlison's ploy as he fell to ground every time Sanchez went to challenge him. Still looks as though he is lacking a little confidence, but that goes for most of the team.|
|Tanguy Ndombele||Bit of a mixed bag. Some good passes spread play, while others were misplaced to Everton players. Uses his body well to lose opponents, but needs to increase tempo to Premier League standards.|
|Moussa Sissoko||Powerful in the defensive midfield coupling. Held his position well with a remit to do so rather than go forward today.|
|Lucas Moura||Didn't have much opportunity to use his pace until the last minute of added time at the end of the match. Worked hard, but with little effect on the game.|
|Christian Eriksen||Poor performance with the midfielder looking a shadow of the player of previous years. Lacked the decisiveness to create anything dangerous, but also produced a poor passing display.|
|Dele||Scorer of our goal which he took expertly. Tried to link play, but with an unfamiliar line-up, struggled to spark any forward momentum. Getting there though.|
|Heung-Min Son||Did well on the footballing side of the game until wrongly dismissed for the initial foul on Gomes that led to him breaking his leg. Worked hard for the side and set up Dele's goal.|
|Giovani Lo Celso||Looks as though he is a little out of it. Hopefully, he will pick up the pace of the game soon, as we are going to need his creativity. If not, he might not become a permanent signing.|
|Juan Foyth||Did OK, with limited time on the pitch. Might get a start soon with a number of games coming up.|
|Ryan Sessegnon||Good header clear from free-kick with first touch and was up there when Lucas broke away looking to finish off the move, but it fizzled out.|
|Michel Vorm||Did not feature.|
|Troy Parrott||Did not feature.|
|Harry Winks||Did not feature.|
|Eric Dier||Did not feature.|
|What you thought|
|Other scores during this week :|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||2||Norwich City||0||Saturday|
|West Ham United London||2||Newcastle United||3||Saturday|
|Crystal Palace||0||Leicester City||2||Sunday|
|League Table 2019-20|
|4||Frank Lampard's Chelsea||11||7||2||2||25||17||23||+8|
|8||Brighton & Hove Albion||11||4||3||4||14||14||15||0|
|13||West Ham United London||11||3||4||4||14||17||13||-3|
Position before match :
Position after match : 11th
Position after the weekend : 11th
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