Everton 2-1 Tottenham- Match Report
Report of match 9th December 2012
Everton 2-1 Tottenham- Match Report.
Jelavic grabs points for Moyes
Everton scored twice in the last couple of minutes to snatch a well-deserved 2-1 victory over a Tottenham side who looked to have escaped the Goodison Park fortress with all three points.
Despite dominating, David Moyes' side found themselves trailing to Clint Dempsey's 76th-minute deflected strike.
However, Steven Pienaar headed an 90th-minute equaliser and Nikica Jelavic turned home the winner in added time to extend their unbeaten home league record to 12 matches.
Had they not got at least a point it is certain Moyes would have been complaining about a penalty claim which did not go their way late in the first half when Pienaar's shot hit the arm of William Gallas.
Everton have been on the end of some rough decisions in recent weeks and Moyes, most pre-emptively, made a point of highlighting that in his programme notes.
"We've had decisions which have cost us points....on a regular basis at the moment decisions (are) being made by officials are affecting the outcome of games," he wrote.
"I will continue to try to support the Professional Game Match Officials but they must work to improve their standards throughout the game."
Fortunately for him he did not have reason to complain as much after team's late turnaround ended a dismal sequence of seven draws in nine Barclays Premier League matches.
With the injured Gareth Bale out of the team Tottenham did not have the same attacking thrust down their left as Dempsey was in no way a like-for-like replacement.
As a result Everton were able to take advantage, particularly in the first half, by pouring forward down their right side.
It also gave midfielder Darron Gibson the opportunity to display his extended range of passing as full-back Seamus Coleman exploited plenty of space created by Kevin Mirallas, back after four matches out with a hamstring injury.
He was able to get to the byline with alarming regularity as far as Spurs were concerned but they would have been thankful no real chances came from it.
Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar both missed Nikica Jelavic's cut-back from the left with the Croatia striker himself denied by Gallas after Mirallas broke down the right.
Coleman fired into the side-netting, Marouane Fellaini headed over a corner and Osman clipped left-footed cross-shot wide from Fellaini lay-off as Everton dominated without threatening.
Shouts for a penalty against Dempsey after the ball came off his chest were magnified greatly when Pienaar's shot hit Gallas' arm but referee Kevin Friend was not interested.
Everton had to replace Mirallas with Steven Naismith at half-time after the Belgium international aggravated the hamstring injury which had sidelined him for a month.
And the Scot should have made an immediate impact but when Leighton Baines' shot from a free-kick rebound flew into the penalty both Jelavic and Naismith failed to get the decisive touch which would have brought the opening goal.
It took until the 54th minute for Spurs to properly test Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard with Jan Vertonghen's swerving shot tipped over by the United States international.
Osman's side-foot drive from Baines' cut-back sailed just over the crossbar before the England international also drew a low save out of Hugo Lloris.
Having soaked up so much pressure it was almost inevitable the visitors would produce a sucker-punch and it duly arrived in the 76th minute.
Dempsey received the ball with his back to goal 30 yards out, turned and hit a shot which took a slight-enough deflection of Sylvain Distin to send it dipping over Howard.
Substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson hit the crossbar with a curling shot as gaps opened up as Everton pressed for the equaliser they at the very least deserved.
It duly came in the last minute when Coleman crossed and Pienaar headed past Lloris.
But there was further late drama as Gibson's pass was touched on by substitute Apostolos Vellios and Jelavic struck to the delight of Moyes, whose exuberant celebrations saw him encroach onto the pitch.
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Goodison Park Attendance: 36,494|
|2 - 1||Tottenham H.
|90+4||Nikica Jelavic goes into the book.|
|90+3||Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Huddlestone on Nikica Jelavic. Johnny Heitinga comes on in place of Nikica Jelavic. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.|
|90+2||Apostolos Vellios has an effort at goal. Goal scored by Nikica Jelavic from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 2-1 Tottenham.The assist for the goal came from Apostolos Vellios.|
|89||Steven Pienaar scores a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Everton 1-1 Tottenham.The assist for the goal came from Seamus Coleman.|
|86||The ball is sent over by Jan Vertonghen, comfortable save by Tim Howard.|
|84||Yago Falque comes on in place of Jermain Defoe.|
|84||Effort on goal by Gylfi Sigurdsson from 20 yards.|
|83||The offside flag is raised against Nikica Jelavic. Hugo Lloris takes the indirect free kick.|
|82||Emmanuel Adebayor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman. Darron Gibson takes the free kick.|
|80||Leon Osman leaves the field to be replaced by Apostolos Vellios.|
|76||Gylfi Sigurdsson on for Mousa Dembele.|
|75||Goal scored by Clint Dempsey from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 0-1 Tottenham.Assist on the goal came from Tom Huddlestone.|
|74||Unfair challenge on Mousa Dembele by Steven Pienaar results in a free kick. Raniere Sandro takes the free kick.|
|73||Shot from 18 yards from Leon Osman. Save made by Hugo Lloris.|
|72||Marouane Fellaini has a drilled shot. Blocked by Leon Osman.|
|70||Free kick awarded for a foul by Mousa Dembele on Steven Naismith. Tom Huddlestone joins the action as a substitute, replacing Aaron Lennon. Tim Howard takes the free kick.|
|69||Leon Osman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker. Leon Osman goes into the book. Kyle Walker crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.|
|66||Emmanuel Adebayor challenges Phil Jagielka unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darron Gibson restarts play with the free kick.|
|65||Shot on goal by Leon Osman from just inside the area clears the crossbar.|
|65||Seamus Coleman produces a cross, save made by Hugo Lloris.|
|64||The ball is crossed by Jan Vertonghen, clearance made by Phil Jagielka.|
|63||Clint Dempsey fouled by Steven Naismith, the ref awards a free kick. Kyle Walker takes the free kick.|
|61||Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Hugo Lloris makes a comfortable save.|
|61||Seamus Coleman fouled by Emmanuel Adebayor, the ref awards a free kick. Darron Gibson takes the direct free kick.|
|57||Seamus Coleman delivers the ball, clearance made by Steven Caulker.|
|55||Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Kyle Walker from the right by-line to the near post, Jan Vertonghen takes a shot. Comfortable save by Tim Howard.|
|55||A cross is delivered by Aaron Lennon, Leighton Baines gets a block in.|
|55||Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Kyle Walker from the right by-line to the near post, Nikica Jelavic manages to make a clearance.|
|53||Clint Dempsey fouled by Darron Gibson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Lennon. Jan Vertonghen has an effort at goal from 30 yards. Save by Tim Howard.|
|51||Shot from 35 yards by William Gallas. Blocked by Steven Naismith. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kyle Walker.|
|51||Inswinging corner taken by Kyle Walker from the left by-line, Darron Gibson manages to make a clearance.|
|51||Raniere Sandro takes a shot. Blocked by Sylvain Distin.|
|50||Marouane Fellaini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mousa Dembele. Free kick taken by William Gallas.|
|48||Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. William Gallas gets a block in.|
|45||Raniere Sandro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Osman. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Leighton Baines.|
|45||Steven Naismith on for Kevin Mirallas.|
|44||Leon Osman takes a shot. Hugo Lloris makes a save. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the left by-line.|
|44||Kevin Mirallas takes a shot. Blocked by Kyle Walker.|
|42||Foul by Raniere Sandro on Steven Pienaar, free kick awarded. Leon Osman restarts play with the free kick.|
|41||Foul by Leighton Baines on Aaron Lennon, free kick awarded. Leighton Baines is given a yellow card. Kyle Walker takes the direct free kick.|
|38||The ball is sent over by Leon Osman.|
|36||Unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Jan Vertonghen results in a free kick. Jan Vertonghen receives a caution. Darron Gibson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.|
|35||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon Osman by Raniere Sandro. Leon Osman takes the free kick.|
|33||Marouane Fellaini fouled by Raniere Sandro, the ref awards a free kick. The referee cautions Jermain Defoe for dissent. Leighton Baines crosses the ball in from the free kick, William Gallas manages to make a clearance.|
|32||The ball is crossed by Seamus Coleman, clearance by Raniere Sandro.|
|30||Kevin Mirallas has a drilled shot. Blocked by William Gallas.|
|28||Steven Pienaar takes the outswinging corner, Header from deep inside the area by Marouane Fellaini goes harmlessly over the crossbar.|
|26||Nikica Jelavic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mousa Dembele. Free kick taken by Jan Vertonghen.|
|25||Shot from outside the area by Steven Pienaar misses to the left of the target.|
|24||Leon Osman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Raniere Sandro. Steven Caulker takes the direct free kick.|
|23||Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Seamus Coleman goes wide of the right-hand upright.|
|20||Kyle Walker delivers the ball, Darron Gibson manages to make a clearance.|
|20||Corner taken by Kyle Walker, clearance made by Darron Gibson.|
|19||Centre by Raniere Sandro, blocked by Leighton Baines.|
|19||Drilled right-footed shot by Jermain Defoe. Leon Osman gets a block in.|
|18||Darron Gibson has an effort at goal from long range that goes wide left.|
|17||Corner from the left by-line taken by Leighton Baines, Emmanuel Adebayor makes a clearance.|
|17||The referee blows for offside against Nikica Jelavic. Indirect free kick taken by Raniere Sandro.|
|14||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey by Darron Gibson. Shot on goal comes in from Clint Dempsey from the free kick, Tim Howard makes a comfortable save.|
|12||The offside flag is raised against Kevin Mirallas. Hugo Lloris restarts play with the free kick.|
|10||Handball by Seamus Coleman. Hugo Lloris takes the direct free kick.|
|8||Marouane Fellaini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mousa Dembele. Hugo Lloris takes the free kick.|
|8||Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Kevin Mirallas.|
|7||The ball is delivered by Kyle Walker, clearance by Sylvain Distin. Shot by Mousa Dembele. Tim Howard makes a comfortable save.|
|7||The ball is crossed by Jan Vertonghen, Phil Jagielka manages to make a clearance.|
|5||Handball decision goes against Darron Gibson. Free kick taken by Clint Dempsey.|
|1||Leon Osman takes a shot. William Gallas gets a block in.|
|-||Raniere Sandro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic. Direct free kick taken by Leon Osman.|