Premier League - Referee no Friend of penalties as Everton and Spurs draw

Premier League, Goodison Park - Everton 0 Tottenham 0

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Premier League - Referee no Friend of penalties as Everton and Spurs draw
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Kyle Walker tussles with Steven Pienaar (Reuters)

Everton and Spurs were both denied legitimate penalties by referee Kevin Friend in a frantic 0-0 Premier League draw at Goodison Park.

Seamus Coleman clipped the outstanding Spurs left-back Jan Vertonghen late in the home area on 26 minutes, but the match official waved play on much to the dismay of the visiting bench.

Vertonghen was then himself guilty of clearly chopping Coleman to the ground on 65 minutes before the full-back walloped a shot a few yards wide. Rather than award a penalty, Friend opted for a Tottenham goalkick.

Spurs were probably the better side without creating too many clear-cut chances, but there was a scare late on for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who needed lengthy treatment for a heavy blow on the head by the knee of Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku needed to depart the scene due to an injury suffered in the collision, but astonishingly Lloris somehow managed to return to finish the match. To illustrate a poor display, Friend somehow decided to book Lukaku when he was trying to avoid Lloris' head as they both sped for the loose ball.

The dazed Lloris came up with a save of genuine quality moments later to make a stop from substitute Gerard Deulofeu as he cut into the Tottenham area. Spurs are up to fourth place on 20 points, one ahead of Everton who remain in seventh.

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KEY MOMENTS

21' - HOWARD HANDLING SKILLS: Kyle Walker thumps the ball at goal, but straight down the throat of Howard who goes for the punch rather than try to clasp.

26' - SPURS DENIED PENALTY: Coleman and Vertonghen slip in the Everton box. Strong appeals for a penalty, but Kevin Friend doesn't want to know. Fortunate for Everton. Looked like a foul.

29' - HOWARD DIVES TO MAKE THE STOP: Holtby cuts inside to drive the shot from distance at goal. Howard sees that coming through the sunshine, but does enough to make the stop.

54' - DISTIN DEFENSIVE CLASS: Distin rising to win the ball in the air ahead of Soldado before Steven Pienaar picks it up. Distin then with a brilliant block on Paulinho.

65' - EVERTON DENIED PENALTY: Coleman seems to be caught late by Vertonghen. Clear penalty, but the referee didn't want to know before Coleman slams the shot wide.

77' - LLORIS HEAD KNOCK: Lloris drops the ball under pressure from Lukaku, but the Spurs goalkeeper has been caught late on the head. Worrying moments.

88' - LLORIS SAVE: Superb stop by Lloris after a quite magnificent run and shot by the substitute Deulofeu. Wonderful goalkeeping.

KEY STATS

Everton are now 14 home league games unbeaten, matching their record between the 6th December 2009 and the 11th September 2010.

Spurs move to fourth in the table, above Man City, despite scoring just nine goals to City’s 28.

Tottenham’s first game of the season in all competitions to end 0-0, their only previous draw coming at home to Chelsea (result: 1-1).

This is the first time neither team have scored in this fixture since May 2009 (8 matches)

Everton won this exact fixture 2-1 last season with two stoppage time goals, from Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic. Both players are currently on the pitch for Everton.

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TALKING POINT: Should Lloris have been made to leave the action? The Spurs goalkeeper decided to stay on the park clearly against the better advice of the experts on the bench. The medics wanted him to depart the scene after taking a knee to the head, but the French goalkeeper argued the point to stay on. This is an area that must be cleared up as Lloris had suffered a serious head knock.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham): Brilliant performance from the central defender turned left-back. Was a constant nuisance with his rampaging runs causing Everton no end of bother.

MATCHCAST: PLAYER RATINGS AND FULL STATS

PLAYER RATINGS

Everton: Howard 6, Coleman 7, Baines 7, Jagielka 7, Distin 7, McCarthy 6, Barry 6, Osman 6, Pienaar 6, Mirallas 5, Lukaku 6...subs: Jelavic 6, Deulofeu 7, Barkley 7

Spurs: Lloris 8, Walker 7, Vertonghen 8, Chiriches 7, Dawson 7, Sandro 6, Paulinho 6, Lennon 6, Holtby 6, Townsend 6, Soldado 6...subs: Dembele 6, Sigurdsson 6, Eriksen 6

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