Spurs v Everton - The Lowdown
Everton's Carling Cup campaign is over after a 2-0 defeat at White Hart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur.
Goals from Tom Huddlestone and Robbie Keane were enough to beat an Everton side that wore all-purple for the very first time.
Once again David Moyes had to make the best of what he had available and he opted for a Yakubu-Saha strike force in front of a four-man midfield comprising of Cahill, Fellaini, Rodwell and Gosling.
John Heitinga, operating at centre-half again, had the evening's first attempt when he slammed a 20-yards free-kick straight at the Spurs defensive wall in the 5th minute.
Louis Saha faired better with a superbly executed overhead kick that Heurelho Gomes did really well to turn over the bar.
Roman Pavlyuchenko squandered a golden opportunity midway through the first half when he ran through on goal after an attempted clearance from Lucas Neill had ricocheted into his path. Thankfully for Everton the Russian forward pulled a lame shot wide of the target.
There was a real let-off for The Toffees on 29 minutes when two miss-kicks from Sylvain Distin left Robbie Keane in the clear and the Irish international should have done much better than guide the ball against the foot of the post.
Two minutes later though, Spurs took the lead.
A cross from David Bentley eluded everyone inside the Everton box and Tom Huddlestone had time to pick his spot with a ferocious volley.
The advantage was very nearly doubled in the 36th minute when a Bentley free-kick fizzed inched wide of Tim Howard's left-hand upright.
Saha was withdrawn at the interval with Jo taking his place and the Brazilian's first touch was a lay-off to Tim Cahill who forced Gomes into a smart save with a thunderous effort from the edge of the box.
The outcome was all but settled by two incidents at either end after 55 minutes.
Gomes did it again when he spread himself well to deny his countryman Jo after Marouane Fellaini had played him in and within 60 seconds Everton conceded a penalty.
Distin upended Keane and what followed was pure comic-book, with the punchline very much against the visitors.
Howard saved Keane's spot-kick, then he superbly smothered the follow-up effort, then Bentley had a close-range shot blocked and when Everton failed to clear the ball again, it was Keane at the third attempt who smacked it into the roof of the net.
There was certainly no shortage of endeavour from the Toffees but the manager's options were once again limited when it came to freshening things up from the bench.
Tottenham were the more fluent outfit and only a last-gasp clearance from under his own crossbar by Distin prevented a third goal five minutes from time.
This was Everton's third high-tempo match in six days whilst it was a second in nine days for the hosts...and it showed at times.