Tottenham unable to extend pressure on Chelsea

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Everton   2 - 1   Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham was finally unable to extend the pressure lead on the defending Champions as Everton snatched a crucial victory over them at Goodison Park.

Seamus Coleman's late header goal gave Everton victory to maintain their impressive record against the top four in the Barclay’s Premier League table.

Louis Saha gave the lead to his side early inside three minutes with his first league goal for 11 months, but they couldn’t cling on to the lead for long when Rafael van der Vaart's close range header equalized just eight minutes later.

In such thrilling mode, both sides created and wasted a lot of opportunities to dominate before Coleman headed past Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes who could only palm out Saha's shot at 75 minutes.

Everton keeper Tim Howard twice denied the dangerous Van der Vaart after the break but Spurs boss Harry Redknapp held his nerves as Everton played with passion and threat that eluded them too often in a frustrating campaign.

Tottenham Hotspur paid the price when they gave ample time and space to Saha and allowed the French Striker to drill a low finish into Gomes’ right-hand corner from 20 yards.

Chances continued to flow at regular intervals in an open and thrilling encounter, with Beckford firing just over on the turn from 10 yards and Crouch having a goal correctly ruled out for offside when he netted in Gareth Bale's pass.

Everton wasted another opportunity when Coleman ignored the unmarked Beckford and sent a tame effort straight at Gomes, five minutes after the break, and failed to retain the lead.

Van der Vaart was a huge danger to the Everton and it took a fine diving stop from Howard to prevent him rounding off a Spurs break with another goal.

Saha was also enjoying one of his best nights and he thought he had added his second after 63 minutes when he met Coleman's cross brilliantly, only to see his goal-bound effort deflected wide.

Van der Vaart’s final attempt to bring his side with some celebration brought another crucial save from Howard before Everton finally got the goal their enterprise deserved with 15 minutes remaining to the game.

Saha contributed his part in the second goal with a powerful drive to that Gomes which could only push in the direction of the fired Coleman, who dived to head in 75th minute, and sealed the victory for Everton.

David Moyes was happy with their win as he commented, “It was a brilliant game, ii really enjoyed it as well. Tonight it was all action, we made lots of opportunities, we missed some chances, they did as well. But I think anybody who has watched Tottenham this year, I’ve been really impressed by the way they’ve played and they’ve done it again tonight. But I thought we just topped them, we matched them and lucky enough we got more than them.”

Harry Redknapp on the other hand was fairly disappointed for the loss saying, "We started poorly but we came back and got a goal and should have gone in 2-1 up at the break.

"At half-time I would not have taken a draw but credit to Everton, they upped the pace in the second half.

"They made lots of chances and we had chances on the break. It is not an easy place to come to."

 

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