Match Review, Everton vs Tottenham

What a horrible defeat, so very hard to take. Everton possibly deserved the three points more than us, but to go ahead in the 76th minute and lose the game is horrendous. In the first half we were poor, we didn’t look very threatening and our passing was sloppy, Everton definitely were the better side in that first 45 minutes. In the second half we looked considerably better and looked like we could push for an unlikely victory, and punish Everton for their wasted opportunities, when we went in front it looked like at least a point was definite, but we were pushed further and further back to the point our defence was on Lloris’ six yard box. Pienaar scored a goal that was sloppy on our account and then we looked very edgy. Jelavic won them the game and it was devastating for everyone involved with Spurs.

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Dempsey looked very positive in the first half, hopefully a sign that he is coming towards the same form that he had when he was at Fulham. Mousa Dembele was outstanding, calm on the ball and threatening going forward. We missed Gareth Bale, like any team that is without their best player, just because we struggle without him doesn’t make us a ‘one man team’. Hugo Lloris showed why he is one of the best ‘keepers in the world and in my opinion the best in the Premier League. The worst performer for us was Adebayor, he looked disinterested and really didn’t help much with his work rate, one of his worst performances in a Spurs shirt. We need to stay positive and keep winning games, our next 5 games should give us 15 points, but let’s take each game as it comes; first up is Swansea at the Lane on Sunday. COYS!!

My player ratings for the game against Everton:
Lloris – 9
Walker – 6
Gallas – 5
Caulker – 8
Vertonghen – 7
Lennon – 7
Sandro – 7
Dembele – 9
Dempsey – 8
Defoe – 7
Adebayor – 5

Match Preview, Everton vs Tottenham

This game is going to be one of the toughest of our season, every team that travels to Goodison Park feels lucky to get a point and ecstatic to get a win. Everton have been in really good form this season, which is uncharacteristic for them as they usually storm the last parts of the season, not the first parts of it. Key to Everton’s success is Marouane Fellaini, his strength and skill is fantastic and he causes problems for any team he faces, we will not be an exception. Leighton Baines and Nikica Jelavic are also key to Everton, Baines’ crossing is spot on and he provides the spark in their game, Jelavic is the finisher, he can turn a half chance into a goal in an instant, a very dangerous player.

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Sandro is playing extremely well at the moment, he will be very important for us against Everton as he might have the task of suppressing Fellaini, this will be a crucial battle, and whoever wins might just win the game. Not a lot of people can out strength or out play Sandro, but this will be Sandro’s biggest test. Not having arguably our best player in Gareth Bale is detrimental to our chances of winning the game, but we still have enough quality in our side to put in a stellar performance. I hope that we can get at least a point from this match, but a win would be tremendous. COYS!!

My preferred team to face Everton:
Lloris
Walker – Caulker – Vertonghen – Naughton
Lennon – Dembele – Sandro – Dempsey
Defoe – Adebayor