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Spurs lose ground in race for Europe
Published : 09 May 2009 16:27:00
FA Cup finalists Everton produced a disappointing display as they drew 0-0 with Tottenham and missed the chance to leapfrog Aston Villa back into fifth place in the Barclays Premier League. The only consolation was their Wembley-bound side avoided any more of the damaging injuries that have dogged their season and - in the case of Phil Jagielka - robbed a star man of a cup final date. Spurs needed the win to keep themselves in the hunt for seventh spot and European qualification, and will reflect on their first-half domination and know they too wasted a golden opportunity. Spurs started well with with Luka Modric always dangerous before Jo and Marouane Fellaini registered Everton's first genuine efforts on goal. Tim Cahill also troubled Heurelho Gomes with a header and Dan Gosling hit a post as Everton poured forward, while Jermaine Defoe flashed a shot wide at the other end. But despite their second-half pressure, Everton were unable to find a way past the outstanding Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate.