Spurs 1 Everton 1

Last updated : 21 January 2002 By Austin Rathe
I don't want that to sound too negative, we have played better this season and lost, but we set our stall out for a point early on and the mission was accomplished. The game started with a flurry and looked like truning into a good contest.

The home side went ahead after 5 minutes, Les Ferdinand, who always scores against us, heading home Oyvind Leonardson's cross past the helpless Steve Simonsen.

The lead was short lived however, as David Weir put himself joint top of Everton's top scorers list with a fantastic 20 yard volley on 8 minutes. Paul Gascoigne provided the cross for Weir, and that was about that last interesting thing Gazza did. This was through no fault of his own, it was just that Everton's tactic was to play the ball long, something i don't like to see, and Gazza was in the midfield and was hardly used. WS seems to forget that Ferguson has feet and at times can be quite good with them.

Almost immediately Ferdinand sliced well wide from a good position and five minutes later Alan Stubbs almost hooked a Darren Anderton cross into his own net.

Spurs were the better side and dominated the play, but that did not mean that Everton were silent. Ferguson forced a good save from Sullivan on 25 minutes, heading Gary Naysmith's corner.

Sheringham went close for the home side before half time as they continued to push forward. Ferdinand was replaced at the interval after suffering a concussion due to a clash with David Weir in the first half. The changed eased the pressure slightly but Spurs dominated still. Everton's defence was more than equal to the task however, and there were very few real oppotunities.

Spurs were well on top and soon after Anthony Gardner's header was tipped over by Steve Simonsen. Later in the second half Simonsen again had to push away defender Dean Richards' powerful header.

The game appeared to winding down and many spectators were falling asleep when Iversen headed against the cross bar in injury time. It was a kick in the tail, but a small one, and largely forgettable game drew to a close. Everton were pleased with a point, Spurs will be dissapointed not to ave made more of their dominance.