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Tuesday 23 September K.O. 19:45



Goodison Park | 6th December 2009 16:00

Everton v Tottenham

Everton produced a rousing late fight-back to take a point from their clash with Spurs.

In an event-filled second half the Londoners went two goals up through Jermain Defoe and Michael Dawson.

But Louis Saha and Tim Cahill fought back for the Toffees, who still needed Tim Howard to secure the deserved point with a save from Defoe's harshly awarded penalty in added time.

Cahill's exploits came at a cost as he picked up a suspension, while Joseph Yobo also limped off - though his replacement Seamus Coleman impressed on his home debut.

Tim Howard and David MoyesTim Howard is congratulated by David Moyes

Everton started brightly and in the second minute, Jo forced Heurelho Gomes to make a diving save to his left hand side.

But Tottenham fought back, applying pressure with Dawson and Defoe both shooting wide.

Everton then seized control momentarily but on a Spurs counter attack Lennon raced down the right hand side and teed up Peter Crouch who skied the ball way over Tim Howard's crossbar.

Defoe threatened again before the quarter hour before Yobo intervened - but it was to be the Nigerian's last action as he was forced off injured and Irish 21-year-old Coleman handed a home debut.

Tim CahillTim Cahill scores Everton's leveller

Lucas Neill switched to the centre and Spurs sought to capitalise, Defoe and Lennon sending in efforts on goal.

Settling after the defensive reshuffle, Everton began to launch their own attacks, with Coleman flying down the right and crossing inches away from an onrushing Cahill.

Then, 26 minutes in, Jo had the perfect opportunity to open the scoring but saw his angled shot go marginally wide of Gomes' left-hand post.

Soon, impressive work by Coleman and Pienaar again found the Brazilian just six yards out but again the striker shot wide.

A chance-packed first half ended as Defoe skimmed a post and Cahill and Felliani were involved in a fracas with Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

But just over a minute into the second period the visitors' first half dangermen combined for the opener as Lennon crossed and Defoe couldn't miss at the near post.

Bilyaletdinov's speculative reply was high and wide from the restart, and minutes later fabulous reflexes from Howard prevented a fortunate goal from Crouch.

Jo fired over before the hour mark but Spurs went closer when Huddlestone's drive was deflected wide. It proved significant as Dawson produced a text-book 60th minute diving header from Kranjcar's resultant corner to double the lead.

Jo shotJo tries a shot in the first half

Moyes responded by introducing Yakubu and Louis Saha and switching to a 4-4-2 formation. But there was soon further woe as Cahill was booked and now misses the game at Chelsea next weekend.

Spurs sub Gareth Bale curled a free-kick over and then Yakubu miscued when afforded a sight of goal - but it was Spurs who went close yet again as Crouch dragged another effort wide with 13 minutes left.

If a comeback was to be mounted it was becomng urgent - and straight away sub Saha slammed home Coleman's cutback to narrow the deficit. The goal owed much to the rookie right-back's skillful wing-play and raised the volume inside Goodison as the fans sniffed a leveller. Bilyaletdinov almost provided it with a grubber past Gomes' post and Saha was just as close with an acrobatic overhead effort.

Finally, it came with three and a half minutes left. Again Coleman crossed from the right and after Baines had slashed the ball across goal Cahill nodded home from a yard out.

Fellaini headed a difficult chance wide at the death but there was still more drama as Spurs were awarded an injury time penalty when Hibbert was harshly adjudged to have felled Wilson Palacios. Thankfully justice was done when Howard saved excellently with his legs.



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