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Everton v Spurs

Everton out-played and out-fought in-form Tottenham to record a much-needed Goodison win.

A brilliant early strike from Loius Saha and Seamus Coleman's second half winner secured the points after Rafael van der Vaart had levelled for a Tottenham side who had been described as title challengers this season.

The opening goal for Saha brought to an end a much-discussed drought, while Coleman's second Goodison game against Spurs will be equally as memorable as his first just over a year ago.

Everton celebrate Louis Saha's openerEverton celebrate Louis Saha's opener

Everton, with Saha deployed just off the recalled Jermaine Beckford, started brightly and enjoyed a dream start when the former Manchester United striker drilled in a low effort from 25 yards out.

The goal provided an early boost which was all the more welcome considering this was the Toffees' first game without leading scorer Tim Cahill, who is away with Australia.

But the lively van der Vaart had already had one decent effort before nodding Peter Crouch's towering back post header past Tim Howard.

Spurs' achievement of parity didn't shake Everton who continued to push on at every opportunity.

Seamus Coleman dives to head home the winnerSeamus Coleman dives to head home the winner

Marouane Fellaini broke up play and surged forward only to offer left foot shot that was weak - but more of the home side's better surges were coming down the right.

A lovely piece of skill by Phil Neville saw him send a dangerous ball across the face of the goal but Spurs eventually scrambled it away, with Seamus soon chipping dangerously to back post.

Soon there was a chance for Beckford but after producing a neat turn his left-foot effort was way over the bar.

The former Leeds frontman was involved again as a great move eventually saw the ball fall to Coleman, with Jermaine Jenas blocking his effort away for a corner.

Jermaine Beckford celebrates as Coleman wheels awayJermaine Beckford celebrates as Coleman wheels away

The same striker then nodded Neville's teasing cross over 10 minutes before the break.

Spurs remained dangerous throughout and when Saha carelessly gave the ball away Crouch was whistled for being in an offside position as he sidefooted Bale's pass into the net.

The game continued in a similar vein after the break and early in the second half Saha released Coleman with an intelligent pass and the Irishman bore down on goal.

He almost seemed to have too much time though, and eventually shot straight at Gomes with Beckford in the middle.

Spurs' main man was undoubtedly van der Vaart and just after the hour he forced a smart save from Howard with a snapshot from the edge of the box.

But action soon returned to the other end and Saha lashed a volley goalwards after a great flowing move - only for the desperate boot of Alan Hutton kept it out of the goal.

Coleman curled one off target before the revitalised Saha sent one effort wide and one straight at the busy visiting custodian.

The game was becoming increasingly stretched and soon Howard was required to save brilliantly from van der Vaart after Luka Modric's low centre with just under 20 minutes left.

It proved vital as less than five minutes later a brilliant counter attack saw Everton take the lead. Beckford freed Saha through the middle, the Frenchman worked space and unleashed a shot which Gomes couldn't hold and Coleman nodded home.

David Moyes brought on Leon Osman and Jack Rodwell late on to help secure victory and both players helped deny Tottenham the possession they required to find a second leveller.



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