• Date: Sun 28 February 2010
  • Venue: White Hart Lane
  • Ref: Bennett, S
  • Attendance: 35,912
Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur

Pavlyuchenko (11)

Modric (28)

2 - 1
Everton

Everton

Yakubu (55)

Tottenham Hotspur vs Everton

Team Lineups

Tottenham Hotspur

Heurelho Gomes
Gareth Bale
Sebastien Bassong
Michael Dawson
Vedran Corluka
Tom Huddlestone (Younes Kaboul, 53)
Wilson Palacios
Luka Modric
Niko Kranjcar
Roman Pavlyuchenko (Peter Crouch, 82)
Jermain Defoe (Eidur Gudjohnsen, 71)

Everton

Tim Howard
Leighton Baines
Johnny Heitinga
Sylvain Distin
Mikel Arteta
Phil Neville
Steven Pienaar
Leon Osman (Phil Jagielka, 46)
Jack Rodwell (James Vaughan, 81)
Ayegbeni Yakubu
Victor Anichebe (Landon Donovan, 63)

Match Report
Tottenham regained fourth place in the Premier League table with a battling 2-1 victory over in-form Everton at White Hart Lane. After Manchester City moved into the final Champions League place with a 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, Spurs gave their own hopes a massive boost thanks to first-half goals from Roman Pavlyuchenko and the superb Luka Modric. Everton, who have beaten Manchester United and Chelsea in recent weeks, looked as though they were still feeling the effects of their UEFA Cup exit at Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night, but responded in a frantic second period through striker Ayegbeni Yakubu. The race for fourth looks set to go to the wire and Spurs have every chance of realising their Champions League aspirations if they re-produce their performance in the first-half and commitment in the frantic final minutes. After a lively start, Tottenham took the lead in the 11th minute with their first real opportunity of the match. Jermain Defoe picked up a lovely long ball from Tom Huddlestone and was given far too much time to fire the ball across goal, where Pavlyuchenko gratefully slid in for his fifth goal in seven days. While the hosts were dominating possession and territory, Everton could so nearly have levelled on 16 minutes when striker Yakubu capitalised on a dreadful fumble by Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. However, the Nigerian's effort from just a couple of yards out was blocked by Michael Dawson. Pavlyuchenko and Niko Kranjcar both had efforts saved by Tim Howard before Modric doubled the lead on 27 minutes with a moment of pure class. The goal was made in Croatia. After some wonderful passing triangles with his compatriots Kranjcar and Vedran Corluka, Modric defied the angles to clip a beautiful shot in off the underside of the crossbar from just inside the area. The home side looked likely to add a third but Everton manager David Moyes brought on Phil Jagielka for Leon Osman at half-time and his team came out with a new purpose after the break. And moments after Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone was stretchered off following a clash with Johnny Heitinga, Yakubu scrambled the visitors back into the game after Gomes failed to deal with Jack Rodwell's header. The home crowd clearly sensed panic and as one attack swept after another in the closing stages, the visitors looked increasingly likely to take a point back to Goodison Park. Rodwell could have equalised almost immediately but Gomes was alert, as he was again when Steven Pienaar ran at the Spurs defence and fired a near-post drive. And somehow, 13 minutes from time, Everton substitute Landon Donovan missed an open goal from two yards after Rodwell's cross was deflected into the American's path. Tottenham were nearly undone by a corner once again in the 84th minute but Jagielka's fired his diving header into the stands. At the other end, Kranjcar brought the best out of Howard after a lung-bursting run from Gareth Bale before Spurs clung on for what could be a vital victory in the final reckoning.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Tottenham 2 Everton 1: Yakubu's goal gave Everton hope in a pulsating second half, but it wasn't enough as Tottenham clung on to their first half lead to move back into fourth place.

90
Yellow Card
 

Modric kicks the ball away at an Everton throw-in and receives a yellow card for his troubles.

90

Left-foot effort from Kranjcar and Howard is forced to turn away. This has been a really fantastic second half.

90

There will be 6 minutes of injury time, which has been met with gasps from the White Hart Lane faithful.

89

Spurs break forward with Corluka. They try to slow the game down now inside the Everton half in an attempt to kill the momentum.

86

It's been a really entertaining second half, Everton forcing their way back into the game and searching desperately for an equaliser. Tottenham have played their part with some dangerous counter attacks.

84

Spurs catch Everton on the break and Heitinga is forced to bring down Krancjar as Tottenham strode forward three-on-three and receives the yellow card.

84

Spurs are really starting to hang on here, trying to preserve the lead they have.

83

Yakubu gets away from Dawson. He tries to find Vaughan, but Dawson clears.

81

The corner comes in and Jagielka has a decent chance to score, but heads off target.

81

Vaughan plays the ball into the area for Donovan, who almost has a chance to score, but Bassong prods it away for a corner.

80
Substitution
 

Tottenham substitution: Crouch comes on to replace goal-scorer Pavlyuchenko.

80

Everton substitution: Rodwell departs for Everton to be replaced by Vaughan.

78

Foul by Pienaar on Pavlyuchenko. The Tottenham man goes down requiring treatment and the crowd and calling for the red card, but there's no further punishment for the Everton man.

77

Donovan has a great chance but finds the side neeting when he should equalise. Rodwell does well to create the chance. The ball is driven across the box and Donovan somehow puts it wide from four yards.

76
Yellow Card
 

Pienaar brings down Corluka and earns himself a yellow card.

75

Kranjcar takes the corner towards Kaboul. His effort is cleared away only as far as Kranjcar and his effort is just off target.

74

Modric plays the ball out to Corluka. Corluka goes for goal but Howard turns it over for a Tottenham corner.

73
Yellow Card
 

Arteta pulls Modric down and Tottenham receive a free-kick. Arteta receives a yellow card.

72

Fine run forward by Pienaar. Palacios gave the ball away, Pienaar went by Dawson, but Gomes did well to keep the Everton man's shot out.

71

Kaboul heads it forward bu Jagielka gets to it first and heads home to Howard.

69
Substitution
 

Tottenham substitution: Jermaine Defoe is replaced by Eidur Gudjohnsen.

68

Shot by Yakubu from distance. He had support, but opted for the shot and it's well over.

67

The dynamic of this game has really changed since Huddlestone went off injured. Rodwell has been able to get forward far more for Everton and Tottenham have been unable to launch as many attacks of their own.

64

Pienaar turns and shoots, but it gets a heavy deflection which takes the sting out of the effort and it's easy for Gomes.

63

Baines hits a cross off of Corluka and Everton win a corner.

62

Lovely pass for Modric to Kranjcar. The Croatian hits a dangerous looking shot but it's just off target and out for a goal-kick to Everton.

61
Substitution
 

Everton substitution: On comes Landon Donovan and off goes Anichebe.

60

Good pass forward by Bassong looks for Bale down the left but he can't qute reach the ball and it's a goal-kick to Everton.

58

Defoe turns in a dangerous position inside the area and looks to shoot, but Arteta does well to make the challenge and win the ball back for Everton.

57

Good run again by Bale. He gets himself into the Everton box. He tries to beat his man with a number of step-overs and earns his side a corner.

56

Modric goes down under a challenge from Neville. It's a free-kick to Tottenham and Neville, who is already on a booking, will need to be very careful for the remainder of this match.

55

Bale comes down the left. He crosses towards Defoe, but Howard claims.

54

Very nearly 2-2. Rodwell hits a shot and Gomes is forced to mave a decent save to keep his side in front. Tottenham have started this half really slowly.

53
Goal
 

Tottenham 2 Everton 1: Yakubu taps home from half a yard out after Tottenham fail to clear a corner.

52
Substitution
 

Tottenham substitution: Kaboul comes on for Huddlestone.

52

Huddlestone goes down injured requiring treatment. He initially rises to his feet but goes back down and the stretcher is coming on.

50

Clever back-heel by Kranjcar gives Huddlestone a chance to shoot, but he drags the shot wide and it's a goal-kick to Everton.

49

A Spurs back-pass is slightly under-hit and Gomes is forced to rush out swiftly to beat Pienaar to the ball and clear for an Everton throw-in.

47
Substitution
 

Everton substitution: Osman comes off and is replaced by Jagielka.

47

Half volley by Heitinga, but it's straight at Gomes and it's a comfortable save for the Spurs keeper.

Second half
 

Tottenham get this second half underway.

45

Everton were 2-0 down in the reverse fixture before finishing 2-2, so Moyes will no doubt be keen to emphasise to his side that this game is not over.

45

Bale has caused Everton terrible problems down the left and Everton have had little answer to Spurs' attacking play. David Moyes will be glad for the half-time break to try and re-organise his side.

Half time
 

Tottenham 2 Everton 0: Goals from Pavlyuchenko and Modric gives Spurs a comfortable half-time lead after a really positive performance.

45

There will be a minimum of two added minutes at the end of this first half.

45

Bale intercepts a pass and drives forward down the left. Spurs stream forward in numbers and Bale drives the ball across the 6 yard box and Everton are forced to concede a corner.

44

Krancjar finds Corluka out on the right. He crosses from a deep area but Everton just about manage to clear without conceding a corner.

43

Pienaar handles inside the centre circle and it's a free-kick to Spurs and another chance for them to put Everton under pressure.

42

Low ball into the penalty area from the left by Bale. It's a really dangerous ball and Defoe so nearly gets on the end of the cross to score, but the ball just beats him and goes out for a goal-kick.

41

Great chance for Everton. Anichebe gets forward down the left. He plays it forward for Neville who crosses early and Rodwell puts it wide with the goal at his mercy.

39

Cross by Neville swerves away to the back post and Kranjcar has to chest out for a corner to the visitors. Arteta takes towards the near post, but Huddlestone rises and heads away.

38

Good ball forward for Palacios by Huddlestone. They play a long ball diagonally towards Kranjcar, but Baines intercepts.

37

Pavyluchenko is brought mid-way inside the Everton half and it's a free-kick to Tottenham. Corluka takes, but Everton clear.

35

Spurs on the attack again. The momentum of the attack has been contained but the hosts are enjoying a lot of decent possession inside Everton's final third. David Moyes will be pleased to hear the half-time whistle and have an opportunity to re-goup.

33

Spurs almost get Defoe in behind the Everton defence again, but the England striker is caught offside.

32

Pavlyuchenko so nearly pokes the ball through for Defoe who would have been in for a third. It's good stuff from the home side who look great value for their two-goal lead.

30

Anichebe gives the ball away again for the visitors and the Everton man has really looked out of sorts so far this afternoon.

28
Goal
 

Tottenham 2 Everton 0: Wonderful goal from Modric. Corluka, Modric and Kranjcar were all involved in the build up down the right. They find Modric in space and he beats Howard with a clever chip to double Spurs' advantage.

26

Good low ball into the Spurs box by Baines, which Yakubu almost gets on the end of. The ball gets puts back into the box and Gomes makes another unconvincing attempt to claim, but the referee spots a foul on him by Yakubu.

25

Bale gets beyond Anichebe and crosses from the left. Kranjcar gets his head to it at the far post, but he can't get the necessary power and it's a comfortable save for Howard.

24

Arteta bends the corner in and Huddlestone is forced to head behind and concede another corner. Arteta takes again but this time Gomes claims.

23

Pienaar earns his side a free-kick in a central area. It's probably just outside of shooting range, but Baines hits it through the wall and Dawson deflects it away for a corner.

22

Decent effort from Pavlyuchenko but Howard parries it and Neville clears.

21

Everton are just showing some signs of getting themselves going, but they've so far gifted too much possession to the home side.

19

Everton drive forward with one of their first real attacks. Pienaar hits a shot from distance, but it's charged down and Tottenham try to break.

16

Corner by Everton loops up in the air. Gomes rises to claim but drops it. Everton have a half-chance to score, but Dawson clears.

16

Anichebe turns and shoots inside the penalty area, but his effort is blocked by Bale.

15

Modric tries playing it forward for Pavlyuchenko. It's a clever looking ball, but the ball skids off this zippy surface and goes out for a goal-kick.

13

Distin hits a long ball forward, but the Spurs defence step up and Yakubu is caught offside.

13

It's been a really positive start for Tottenham, but Everton have contributed to their own problems by starting slowly.

11
Goal
 

Tottenham 1 Everton 0: It's that man Pavlyuchenko again. Defoe gets in down the right with the Everton defence sleeping. Defoe hits a low cross-cum-shot and Pavlyuchenko comes in at the far post to turn the ball home.

10
Yellow Card
 

Foul by Neville on Bale, coming in late, as the young Spurs defender bursts down the left and he earns himself a yellow card. It's a free-kick to Spurs on the left 40 yards out.

9

Loose pass from Distin puts Everton in trouble. He gifts the ball to Huddlestone who opts to pass when he could shoot and the chance goes.

7

Rodwell aims a long pass forward towards Anichebe but there's a lack of communication between the two. Rodwell played it into the space, Anichebe wanted the ball to feet and it goes out for a throw-in to Spurs.

6

Defoe runs in behind the Everton defence. He goes over under a challenge by Heitinga but no free-kick is awarded.

5

Modric cuts inside and tries his luck from distance, but his shot is charged down by Arteta.

5

Good run forward down the left by Bale. He crosses and gets a deflection off an Everton defender to earn his side a corner.

4

Defoe darts forward and plays the ball to Pavlyuchenko. He tries to work an opening for a shot, but Everton clear.

3

It's been a quiet start to the game for both sides as they try to feel each other out.

2

Palacios tries to thread a ball forward but Rodwell intercepts and Everton look to launch an attack of their own.

Kickoff
 

The visitors get this game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

The teams have emerged ready for this afternoon's match and it looks a very wet playing surface.

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Conversely, Everton have only managed one clean sheet away from home in the last nine outings.

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The home side do boast an impressive defensive record of late though. They have kept eight clean sheets in the last 11 league games and haven't conceded at home in the last five.

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Everton are also unbeaten in their last five matches against today's opponents and have won on their last three visits to White Hart Lane.

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Everton. however, are in good form in the Premier League and are gradually climbing the league after what was a slow start for them. They've lost just once in the last 12 league games and have overcome both Chelsea and Man Utd in recent weeks.

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Whilst Spurs enjoyed a comfortable win in their FA Cup replay against bolton in midweek Everton will be looking to pick themselves up after exiting the Europa League following a 3-0 defeat at Sporting Lisbon.

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Want-away striker Roman Pavlyuchenko makes a rare Premier League start for Spurs, after four goals in the last two games have propelled him back into contention for a place, whilst Peter Crouch drops to the bench.

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Tottenahm preparations for this game have been hit by a stomach virus sweeping through the club's training ground. Palacios and Corluka were both affected by the problem, but have both made the starting line-up for the hosts.

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Everton team line-up: Howard, Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Anichebe, Arteta, Pienaar, Osman, Rodwell, Yakubu

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Tottenham team line-up: Gomes, Corluka, Bassong, Dawson, Bale, Kranjcar, Huddlestone, Palacios, Modric, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe