Everton 2 Spurs 2By Liam White • Dec 7th, 2009 • Category: Match Reports, News |
Another Goodison game, another bore draw.
Spurs went into this game in a position many hoped Everton would have been in, but late transfers and the worst injury crisis since the Walter Smith era left Everton just 2 points ahead of the relegation zone coming into this game, and once Yobo went off early on leaving us with two right backs playing centre half and a right back making his Premierleague debut, you could have been forgiven for thinking that gap from the drop zone wasn’t going to get any bigger.
The first half was pretty even and end to end stuff with both teams having chances to go into half time with the lead. However just over a minute into the second half Everton fell asleep and Defoe took advantage and gave Spurs the lead. Dawson headed a second in and it seemed like it was going to be another disappointing afternoon at Goodison, and some part timers agreed and as they left the ground early.
But then Everton have never been that predictable. Everton had a couple of half chances then Coleman, on his Premierleague debut, made a brave run and with a burst of pace got to the by-line and expertly crossed to Saha who had fantastically lost his marker to slot home and bring Everton back into it. Saha had another chance to score the equaliser with an ambitious over head kick which only narrowly missed. Thankfully this Everton side still had fight in them and Coleman stepped up again with a cross which worked its way to Baines who fired in for Cahill to head in from the six yard line.
Those celebrations turned to despair as Spurs were rewarded an injury time penalty as memories of Aston Villa spread around Goodison, but after a word from Saha Howard continued his penalty saving heroics as he saved Defoe’s late penalty. Goodison erupted as if we’d scored a last minute winner in the cup final.
The celebrations from the fans and players may not have been what you expected from an Everton side sitting 15th in the league after getting a point against Spurs, but this come back is far more important than the point. Confidence and belief is once again coming into this Everton side, and whilst any hopes of a top four place may be long dead, with the FA Cup and Europa league still on the agenda, this season may still turn itself around.