Wednesday January 5, 2011 Day 22 Finished Goodison Park

Everton 2 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Saha 3’
  • Coleman 76’
  • van der Vaart 11’

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  1. Coleman strikes as Everton beat Spurs

    Coleman strikes as Everton beat Spurs

    Seamus Coleman came back to haunt Tottenham as his late goal gave Everton a 2-1 Premier League win, landing a blow to Spurs' title hopes. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Everton
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • 90+4 Arteta slows it down and plays a nice ball for Yakubu but Dawson heads away. Long from Assou-Ekotto for Crouch but Osman hoofs away from Kranjcar. Crouch commits a foul and Everton have won it!
    • 90+3 Neville on the right wing is clattered by Assou-Ekotto but no foul! He launches it but Distin heads clear.
    • 90+3 Osman curls one in from range but straight at Gomes.
    • 90+2 Spurs counter as VdV misses the ball and Crouch bombs in but he fouls Osman.
    • 90+1 Fellaini with a superb ball to send Yakubu through, he's in and must score but he moves on to his right and the defenders are back and his finish is weak and poor, against Dawson and easy for Gomes.
    • 90' Gallas intercepts as a rusty Osman fails to release the cross in time.
    • 89' Four minutes added time.
    • 88' EVERTON SUB: Rodwell on for Saha.
    • 87' Yakubu almost gets in behind Gallas but, as the two tangle, Spurs get it away.
    • 86' EVERTON SUB: Osman on for Pienaar.
    • 86' Pienaar is down holding his ankle, Keane putting it out so he can get treatment. Hutton clipped him a bit as he won a tackle.
    • 85' All Everton now as they hem Spurs back in their last third...
    • 84' Coleman almost frees Saha but Dawson slides in to clear.
    • 82' Spurs are throwing it all at Everton but the hosts are holding firm...
    • 80' SPURS SUB: Lennon is replaced by Keane, who may well join Birmingham in the coming days.
    • 78' Yak's first act is to foul Hutton.
    • 77' EVERTON SUB: Yakubu on for Beckford.
    • 76' Coleman has been threatening to get in behind with those late runs and he has deserved that.
    • 75' Yakubu, who is tipped to leave this month, is getting ready on the bench. A Van der Vaart free-kick from wide is blocked by Arteta. Everton break, Beckford is falling but he finds Saha with a great flick, Saha races in and he smacks one on goal, blocked by Gomes AND COLEMAN NODS IN THE FOLLOW UP! 2-1!
    • 74' Everton are having a mare at this corner but eventually they clear. Now Lennon goes down and Spurs have it back on the right, a poor tackle from Beckford.
    • 73' Crouch on the left, he beats one man, then another, and a third AND HE FIRES ONE IN but touched over by Howard! Wow, great feet from the big man.
    • 71' GREAT SAVE HOWARD! First-time low finish by Van der Vaart as he finds space 10 yards out but Howard denies him by diving down to his right and palming it away!
    • 70' Saha shoots straight at Gomes as Pienaar turns Gallas inside out... Everton in the ascendance now...
    • 69' Everton lay camp on the edge of the Spurs box. Swings and roundabouts this match. Heitinga lobs one in, Saha with a knock down but too close to Gomes.
    • 68' Baines curls it in but too low and Gallas stoops to head away.
    • 67' Jenas flies in high and late on Coleman. Could have been nasty, except he misses.
    • 66' Pienaar is tripped by Lennon after the latter tries in vain to burst through.
    • 65' Gallas gives it away, Fellaini finds Saha, who is onside but takes a touch that allows Spurs to regroup. He fires well over.
    • 64' Coleman in down the right again but he drills it too close to Gomes. Everton still pounding at Spurs but Coleman again curls it well wide.
    • 63' Everton crank it up at the corner but Modric is able to clear. Frantic spell.
    • 62' SAHA JUST WIDE! Took a deflection off Hutton but that was a superb, rasping volley after Coleman put it in from the right.
    • 62' Crouch with another flick on to find VAN DER VAART WITH A SNAP-SHOT but good save from Howard reacting quickly to palm it away!
    • 62' Hutton slips when he should clear but Dawson clears the Baines cross. Now Fellaini is oddly offside as he heads it down for Arteta.
    • 61' Van der Vaart almost springs a high line from the home defence.
    • 60' A decent spell for Spurs ends as Neville releases Beckford but Gallas meets his cross before Saha.
    • 59' SPURS SUB: Kranjcar on for Bale.
    • 58' Van der Vaart to swing this in from the left, high and deep to Crouch flying in but Distin gets a forehead on it. Corner. Bale is down again. Looks like he can't take it any more.
    • 57' Spurs counter with Bale racing wide but Neville takes him out and earns the first card of the night.
    • 56' Beckford claims he was being held by Gallas as he slips while trying a shot in the box. Gallas did have his arms on him!
    • 55' Distin gives it straight to Modric who wriggles away but plays it behind Crouch.
    • 54' Cross from Baines now but it sails out for a goal kick. Gomes milks the abuse from the home fans as he takes the kick.
    • 53' Beckford touches it on to Saha, who takes a touch on his chest and smacks a volley on goal but it hits Dawson and spins away for a corner.
    • 52' Gomes drops the ball into his goal but is clearly pushed by Beckford.
    • 51' Nervy from Gomes again as a backpass sells him short, trying to find Hutton but putting it out for a throw.
    • 50' Big chance and a big miss! Saha with a superb touch to slip Coleman in, he races away from Assou-Ekotto, leaving him for dead and one-on-one but from an angle he panics and finishes weakly at Gomes. Beckford was clear to his left too. Should have been 2-1!
    • 50' Arteta spanks it low into the box, it pinballs about but Assou-Ekotto hoofs the ball clear.
    • 49' Pienaar wide to Coleman but Assou-Ekotto challenges. Coleman wins it back though as Everton knock it inside but Arteta is fouled by Van der Vaart.
    • 48' Van der Vaart almost takes it out of play as he tries to wriggle away from Coleman but the Irishman stands firm.
    • 47' A big ooooh from the home fans as Gomes nervously clears a backpass under pressure from Beckford.
    • 46' Almost a boo-boo from Gomes as he miskicks Hutton's backpass but keeps it from trickling behind.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • - The opener was Saha's first league goal since February last year.
    • 45+3 Half-time and it's a very entertaining 1-1.
    • 45+2 Saha fouls Assou-Ekotto after he tries and fails to work with Coleman to get in on the right.
    • 45+1 Van der Vaart sends it a half yard over with Howard covering anyway.
    • 45' Spurs have a free-kick on the right-centre channel as we enter two minutes added time... 30 yards out or so...
    • 44' CROUCH IN MAKES IT 2-1 but the flag is up! Silly boy, he was always a yard off from the moment Bale latched on to Saha's poor pass. No excuse for not holding your run there, but at least Saha can be relieved.
    • 43' Van der Vaart with an audacious bicycle kick over the bar after a fabulous leap by Crouch to win a high ball. Little and large.
    • 42' Van der Vaart flies into Distin but appears to pull out before they make contact but he is still penalised.
    • 41' Great skill by Van der Vaart to rumble Baines but Lennon, who he finds inside with a neat touch, miscontrols.
    • 40' Crouch with an arm into the face of Fellaini. Seen lads go for that.
    • 39' Pienaar tries a through ball to Baines down the left but it's too long for him and a goal kick.
    • 38' Arteta fouls Van der Vaart just inside the Everton half, the Dutchman swings in a high ball that Crouch meets but he's falling all the time and heads it well wide.
    • 37' Bale is up and on the sidelines. I think he's just picked up a knock and will try to run it off for now. Kranjcar readies himself.
    • 36' Bale is down receiving treatment, he appears to have landed funnily, possibly on his knee. Noooooo!
    • 36' Beckford heads well over as he rises above Gallas to meet a Neville cross. That started from a Dawson error that allowed Coleman in down the left.
    • 35' Everton can't seem to clear it at the moment as Spurs slip back into their eye-catching pass-and-move routine. Modric digs out a rising drive but it's all rise and goes well over.
    • 34' Distin with a vital block as Modric pulls the trigger on the edge of the box following a slick Spurs counter.
    • 33' Bale pops up on the left, he crosses too high though, well over the heads of Van der Vaart and Lennon.
    • 32' Ow. Distin twists his knee as he lands awkwardly following a challenge with Hutton.
    • 31' Arteta hits a weak shot that takes a double-deflection off Modric and Gallas but Gomes is able to readjust and claim.
    • 30' Saha is looking good for the first time in a while, nice touches and eager to throw himself at the defenders.
    • 29' Pienaar miscontrols it and Spurs have a throw after a spell of Toffees pressure.
    • 28' Nice corner from Van der Vaart as he swings it across the face of goal but no-one read it and the ball flies out. Down the other end Beckford almost combines with Coleman before Modric clears.
    • 27' Van der Vaart swings in the free-kick from 35 yards and Heitinga has to head behind with Bale loitering.
    • 26' Crouch with some lively play, trapping a high ball on his thigh and juggling it to draw a foul from Arteta.
    • 25' Arteta robs Lennon after the Spurs winger tried to counter from that corner. Everton have marginally shaded this so far but it's cracking stuff from both sides.
    • 24' Coleman has a shot blocked by Jenas after some great passing from Everton, one-touch stuff from Pienaar, Saha and Arteta. Corner.
    • 23' BECKFORD BLASTS OVER! Big miss after he does really well to turn Gallas from eight yards out but he slips as he finishes and smacks it over.
    • 22' Great football from Everton as Pienaar releases Coleman, now a triangle between Neville, Coleman and Saha and Arteta arrives but cleared behind for a corner.
    • 21' Saha is down holding his face after Dawson beats him to a header.
    • 20' Crouch is penalised for intent and not contact as he slides recklessly towards Neville after he backheels it around him. Yes, Phil Neville backheeled the ball around Crouch.
    • 19' Good defending from Heitinga as Spurs come forward with intent. Now Pienaar can play Beckford beyond Hutton but the pass is poor.
    • 18' Neville turns Bale inside out and gets behind Assou-Ekotto, but he gets the cut-back wrong and Spurs clear before it's crossed back in for Beckford but his overhead is wild and over.
    • 17' Van der Vaart chips Howard beautifully but the referee decides that Pienaar had not taken the free-kick and was merely passing it back to the keeper. A touch of the Liverpool-Sunderland about that!
    • 16' Crouch wins a far-post header again and Hutton shoots but blocked. The crowd cheer ironically as Crouch commits a foul.
    • 15' Mistake from Modric, sloppy as he gives it to Fellaini who lollops forward and drills a low shot that Gomes clings on to.
    • 14' Modric back defending to clear from Baines.
    • 13' Neville goes right through Bale, who reacts to the foul but gets away with it.
    • 12' Beckford almost gets behind Gallas but the veteran just about nicks it away from him. End to end at Goodison. It was dodgy keeping from Howard for the goal, he started falling into the net before VdV even got on to Crouch's nice knock-down.
    • 11' Lovely turn and pass wide by Modric, Hutton on the wing with a deep, hanging cross, Crouch wins the header as Heitinga falls AND VAN DER VAART! 1-1! A close-range header from the Dutchman, with Howard already falling and getting a hand on it.
    • 10' Everton yelp for a penalty after Hutton pushes Pienaar before heading Neville's cross clear! That looked a foul.
    • 9' Spurs have men over as Assou-Ekotto clips a cross into the six-yard box but it's beyond Crouch and Pienaar chests it back to Howard.
    • 8' CROUCH JUST WIDE! Van der Vaart with a super left-foot cross from the right, he gets in behind Heitinga but nods it low and wide of the far post. Should have scored!
    • 7' Hutton recovers well from a slip to clear.
    • 6' OOOOH! Just wide from Van der Vaart who spots Howard off his line and clips a delightful lob from 30 yards. He combined with Crouch in the build-up to that. Howard looks relieved.
    • 5' Coleman with a driving run and a give-and-go with Pienaar but the South African's return ball is poor and Spurs clear. He should have put him clean through with that and Coleman lets him know it!
    • 4' Fellaini lopes forward but slightly overhits his ball out wide to Pienaar. Everton have definitely started brighter and deserve to lead.
    • 3' GOAL EVERTON! Saha gets his first Premier League goal in almost a year with a sweet turn and low drive with his weaker right foot, from all of 25 yards into the bottom left. Poor attempt to close him down from Gallas though.
    • 3' Saha charges forward, spreading it wide to Pienaar but Gallas meets his cross.
    • 2' Bale races on to a Crouch flick and bombs past two players but has overhit it slightly. The first surging run of the night.
    • 1' Saha chests it down to Beckford who finds Fellaini. Now Pienaar wide to Baines who swings in a nice cross but no-one is advanced enough to reach it. Everton have two up front tonight so should be challenging for those.
    • 1' The first half is underway at Goodison! Everton kick off and go long.
    • 19:55 Everton boss David Moyes: "We're anxious, I think the crowd are anxious. They're not happy with the way we are playing, which is totally understandable. I'm not that unhappy with the style or the way we are trying to play. If anyone said that I would have to question it. But we are not winning. A lot of teams are not playing well but winning. In a lot of games I'm seeing the best team isn't always winning."
    • 19:50 SPURS haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 Premier League away matches; Tottenham have only won back-to-back away games twice in the Premier League under Harry Redknapp; If Tottenham avoid defeat it will be four games on the road unbeaten, matching Spurs’ longest run under Harry Redknapp without a loss away from home.
    • 19:50 EVERTON have lost 99 Premier League matches at Goodison Park; Everton have only won two of their last nine Premier League home games; Everton have scored an own goal in three successive Premier League games, two of them from Phil Jagielka; Everton have won only one of their last 10 Premier League games.
    • 19:45 MAN TO WATCH: Gareth Bale, obviouisly - he has scored five goals in his last eight Premier League appearances.
    • 19:40 FACT: These two like a draw. Everton have only won two of their 18 Premier league games against Spurs at Goodison Park and have drawn the last three in a row; Four of the last six Premier League matches between Everton and Spurs have ended as draws, while the other two in that run have been won by a single-goal margin.
    • 19:35 SPURS TEAM NEWS: Robbie Keane is reportedly in talks with Birmingham but, for now, he is on the bench at Goodison. Alan Hutton passes a fitness test but Younes Kaboul and Jermain Defoe are both banned. Jermaine Jenas gets a start ahead of Wilson Palacios while it's Peter Crouch leading the line tonight with Rafael van der Vaart playing off him. Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate are crocked.
    • 19:30 EVERTON TEAM NEWS: John Heitinga makes the starting XI after recovering from a knee complaint, replacing the crocked Phil Jagielka, while Jermaine Beckford steps in for Tim Cahill, who is on Asia Cup duty with Australia. Otherwise all the same from the team that lost at Stoke on New Year's day.
    • 19:25 Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
    • 19:20 TEAMS - Everton: Howard, Neville, Distin, Heitinga, Baines, Coleman, Arteta, Fellaini, Pienaar, Saha, Beckford; Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Bilyaletdinov, Osman, Yakubu, Rodwell, Anichebe /// Tottenham: Gomes, Hutton, Dawson, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Modric, Jenas, Bale, Van der Vaart, Crouch; Subs: Pletikosa, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Palacios, Bassong, Kranjcar, Corluka
    • 19:15 Follow text commentary as Spurs continue their assault on the top four with a tough trip to Goodison, live from 8pm!
  • Summary

    • 90+1 Fellaini with a superb ball to send Yakubu through, he's in and must score but he moves on to his right and the defenders are back and his finish is weak and poor, against Dawson and easy for Gomes.
    • 75' Yakubu, who is tipped to leave this month, is getting ready on the bench. A Van der Vaart free-kick from wide is blocked by Arteta. Everton break, Beckford is falling but he finds Saha with a great flick, Saha races in and he smacks one on goal, blocked by Gomes AND COLEMAN NODS IN THE FOLLOW UP! 2-1!
    • 73' Crouch on the left, he beats one man, then another, and a third AND HE FIRES ONE IN but touched over by Howard! Wow, great feet from the big man.
    • 71' GREAT SAVE HOWARD! First-time low finish by Van der Vaart as he finds space 10 yards out but Howard denies him by diving down to his right and palming it away!
    • 62' SAHA JUST WIDE! Took a deflection off Hutton but that was a superb, rasping volley after Coleman put it in from the right.
    • 62' Crouch with another flick on to find VAN DER VAART WITH A SNAP-SHOT but good save from Howard reacting quickly to palm it away!
    • 50' Big chance and a big miss! Saha with a superb touch to slip Coleman in, he races away from Assou-Ekotto, leaving him for dead and one-on-one but from an angle he panics and finishes weakly at Gomes. Beckford was clear to his left too. Should have been 2-1!
    • 44' CROUCH IN MAKES IT 2-1 but the flag is up! Silly boy, he was always a yard off from the moment Bale latched on to Saha's poor pass. No excuse for not holding your run there, but at least Saha can be relieved.
    • 43' Van der Vaart with an audacious bicycle kick over the bar after a fabulous leap by Crouch to win a high ball. Little and large.
    • 24' Coleman has a shot blocked by Jenas after some great passing from Everton, one-touch stuff from Pienaar, Saha and Arteta. Corner.
    • 23' BECKFORD BLASTS OVER! Big miss after he does really well to turn Gallas from eight yards out but he slips as he finishes and smacks it over.
    • 11' Lovely turn and pass wide by Modric, Hutton on the wing with a deep, hanging cross, Crouch wins the header as Heitinga falls AND VAN DER VAART! 1-1! A close-range header from the Dutchman, with Howard already falling and getting a hand on it.
    • 10' Everton yelp for a penalty after Hutton pushes Pienaar before heading Neville's cross clear! That looked a foul.
    • 8' CROUCH JUST WIDE! Van der Vaart with a super left-foot cross from the right, he gets in behind Heitinga but nods it low and wide of the far post. Should have scored!
    • 6' OOOOH! Just wide from Van der Vaart who spots Howard off his line and clips a delightful lob from 30 yards. He combined with Crouch in the build-up to that. Howard looks relieved.
    • 3' GOAL EVERTON! Saha gets his first Premier League goal in almost a year with a sweet turn and low drive with his weaker right foot, from all of 25 yards into the bottom left. Poor attempt to close him down from Gallas though.
    • 19:20 TEAMS - Everton: Howard, Neville, Distin, Heitinga, Baines, Coleman, Arteta, Fellaini, Pienaar, Saha, Beckford; Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Bilyaletdinov, Osman, Yakubu, Rodwell, Anichebe /// Tottenham: Gomes, Hutton, Dawson, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Modric, Jenas, Bale, Van der Vaart, Crouch; Subs: Pletikosa, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Palacios, Bassong, Kranjcar, Corluka

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

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    • Starting line-up

      • T. Howard
      • P. Neville Yellow Card
      • S. Distin
      • J. Heitinga
      • L. Baines
      • M. Arteta
      • M. Fellaini
      • S. Coleman Goal
      • S. Pienaar Substitution Out (87′)
      • L. Saha Goal Substitution Out (89′)
      • J. Beckford Substitution Out (78′)

      Subs

      • T. Hibbert
      • Y. Aiyegbeni Substitution In78′
      • L. Osman Substitution In87′
      • V. Anichebe
      • D. Bilyaletdinov
      • J. Mucha
      • J. Rodwell Substitution In89′
    • Starting line-up

      • Gomes
      • A. Hutton
      • M. Dawson
      • W. Gallas
      • B. Assou-Ekotto
      • L. Modric
      • J. Jenas
      • A. Lennon Substitution Out (80′)
      • R. van der Vaart Goal
      • G. Bale Substitution Out (59′)
      • P. Crouch

      Subs

      • R. Keane Substitution In80′
      • S. Pletikosa
      • N. Kranjcar Substitution In59′
      • S. Bassong
      • V. Corluka
      • W. Palacios
      • R. Pavlyuchenko
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