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Everton 2 Tottenham 1: Seamus Coleman cuts the mustard as Toffees youngster sinks Spurs

06 Jan 2011 01:37:13

Everton 2 Tottenham 1: Seamus Coleman cuts the mustard as Toffees youngster sinks Spurs

They were talking about a man called David at Goodison Park last night but it was the name Moyes, not Beckham, that was on the Gwladys Street's lips. While Tottenham supporters were familiarising themselves with the idea the former England captain might be arriving at White Hart Lane if the cards fall right, Evertonians were lauding their manager for masterminding a victory that has revived their season. In beating Tottenham, Everton provided a reminder of why Moyes felt at the start of the Barclays Premier League campaign that his side would be in a position to push for the Champions League. Goals from a rejuvenated Louis Saha and Seamus Coleman were the least Everton deserved. Head boy: Seamus Coleman (second right) dives to nod in the winning goal 'I think we are a good team,' saidMoyes. 'It's just that we have found it difficult to score. We can playagainst the best. We have not done well enough and we can't look toofar forward but we all needed to show we could produce something likethis.' Merseyside has rarely proved to be ahappy hunting ground for Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp he has onlywon once in his last 28 visits to this region and he was left tolament Spurs' lack of experience because, with more savvy, they wouldhave won. No wonder, then, that Redknapp ispursuing a deal to bring Beckham from LA Galaxy on a three-month loan.There is still much work to be done on Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy'sbehalf but Redknapp is sure the 35-year-old will make his presence felt. 'It's one million per cent notdone,' said Redknapp. 'I have left it to the chairman. We could do withDavid's know-how but it's out of my hands. If there is a deal to bedone, I don't know.' Louis, Louis: Everton striker Saha smashes home the opening goal As for striker Robbie Keane'sfuture, Redknapp added: 'I don't know what's happening with Keane, butno way will he be going out on loan again. He can't go out on loanagain, he either goes permanently or he stays.' So would a marriage of conveniencewith Beckham work? This Tottenham side, after all, is about lightningpace. Redknapp has fashioned a side that can eviscerate the best in thebusiness with pinball passing and thrilling counter-attacks. With Gareth Bale on one flank andAaron Lennon on the other, Redknapp's flying machines have causedmayhem for any number of teams during this thrilling season. Hiscentral midfielders - especially Luka Modric - haven't been bad, either. What, then, would Beckhamcontribute? Even when operating at the peak of his powers, speed wasnever his most potent weapon and to be asked to step back on to thePremier League helter-skelter after a seven-year hiatus would take thebreath away. True blues: Everton's Saha, Phil Neville and Coleman celebrate their win But this, remember, is Beckham.Capped by England 115 times, a Champions League winner and a man whocan count Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan among hisemployers, he undoubtedly has the class to slip into Tottenham's fold. Most importantly, he has enormousexperience and, if Tottenham are going to vindicate Redknapp's beliefthat they are credible challengers for the title, having him around fora couple of months would do no harm. On the contrary, it might prove tobe a Harry masterstroke. Whether Tottenham would have wonthis game with Beckham in their side is open to debate but it was easyto understand why Redknapp was so frustrated that they had thrown threepoints away after the excellent Rafael van der Vaart had equalisedSaha's opener, latching on to Peter Crouch's knockdown and powering ashot past the helpless Tim Howard. Dutch master: Rafael van der Vaart was exceptional again, and scored Spurs' equaliser 'Everton pressed us well and workedtheir socks off,' said Redknapp. 'We didn't pass the ball as well inthe second half as we had in the first. We started sloppily, which gavethe crowd a lift and it spurred them on.' Redknapp described Crouch's offside'goal' on the stroke of half-time as 'farcical' on the striker's partand there is little doubt it proved decisive. With Bale leaving the action in the second half with a back problem, Everton dominated. Saha was outstanding and, havingended a 25-game barren run in the Premier League that stretched back toFebruary, his blockbuster on 75 minutes was parried by Heurelho Gomesinto the path of Coleman, who applied the finishing touch with a divingheader. 'Seamus was outstanding,' saidMoyes. 'But when you see Louis Saha play like that, you can see why somany people say he has world class ability. I thought it was a reallygood game and whoever plays Tottenham is going to have to play well tobeat them. We did that.'  Everton v Tottenham: How the action unfolded at Goodison ParkClub-by-club guide to every Premier League transfer deal during JanuaryAll the latest Everton news, features and opinionAll the latest Tottenham news, features and opinion  Explore more:People: Louis Saha, Robbie Keane, Peter Crouch, Luka Modric, Daniel Levy, Harry Redknapp, Gareth Bale Places: United Kingdom


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