Howard Kendall: Spurs result was just the tonic for Everton FC
THERE seemed to be very little New Year's cheer on the horizon - so the win over Spurs was just the tonic, and the result the fans have been waiting for. I'm glad the victory over Spurs came at Goodison Park, because they have been due a strong performance there, and it was helped by the visitors coming to win the game. Spurs tried to attack and take Everton on, and the result was a thrillingly open game for everyone although managers in the dug out are never as keen on such open games. It's telling that the Blues have struggled when teams like Stoke and Wolves have instead set up a bit more negatively to not lose, which is of course their right, but it is very hard to break down. Everton have always been capable of matching anyone on their day, but certain teams have found a weakness in Everton and it has tended to be those that close the game down. Even though the Premier League shows they are currently a fair way apart, Everton and Spurs have similar goals - both are justifiably determined to qualify for Europe, although the Londoners may yet talk of an outside shot at the title. Before the game I usually like to have a flutter and I noticed that Louis Saha was 11-2 to score the first goal against Spurs. It seemed a strange price to me, he should have been more like 10-1, so I decided to avoid it but after three minutes I was kicking myself. The lad showed what he is really capable of, and what he has lacked in confidence clearly flooded back as soon as he hit the back of the net. I think the fans appreciated what a performance he had as well, and let's hope he can keep it up.
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