Full-time: Everton 1-1 Tottenham

  • Tottenham dominate the early exchanges but fall behind to an excellent strike from former White Hart Lane stalwart Aaron Lennon
  • Delle Alli equalises on the stroke of half-time with a fine volley from Toby Alderweireld's lofted ball
  • Visitors hit the woodwork twice in the first period through Harry Kane and Ben Davies
  • Result keeps Tottenham fourth in the Premier League, six points adrift of leaders Arsenal
  • Everton stay 11th
Dele Alli
Dele Alli grabbed a deserved equaliser for Tottenham on the stroke of half-time Getty

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That result keeps Tottenham fourth, six points adrift of leaders Arsenal and three behind Manchester City in third. Pochettino's side host surprise title contenders Leicester in the third round of the FA Cup next weekend.

Everton, meanwhile, stay 11th, one point ahead of West Brom and two behind Stoke. They face City in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final at Goodison Park on Wednesday 6 January.


No late drama today but that was a properly absorbing and exciting contest between two attacking Premier League teams that both try to play quick, attractive football.

Tottenham dominated the first half, but failed to make that pressure count and fell behind to a memorable half-volley from Lennon against the run of play. Alli's goal to restore parity before the break was equally as impressive, but neither side could find that elusive winner during a competitive and even second 45.



Everton 1-1 Tottenham


Strong defending once again from Vertonghen to deny Lukaku a shot on goal, while Lloris is forced into a low save from Barkley's rebound effort from a tight angle.


Tottenham, now playing with a tired Kane withdrawn and Son further forward, push for another late winner but Everton break quickly as Barkley feeds Lukaku.

The Belgian international strides towards goal but is forced wide by Vertonghen and his shot is over.


Three minutes of stoppage time for someone to make themselves a hero.


Heart in mouth time for Everton as a confident Stones demonstrates some risky footwork inside his own penalty area. Besic then tries to slide in Barkley but Tottenham clear.


The hosts look more likely to grab the winning goal here as Deulofeu's corner is flicked on dangerously by Barry at the front post but the ball is cleared with Lukaku and Stones both loitering.

Tottenham's third and final change sees Lamela replaced by 18-year-old midfielder Joshua Onomah.


Lloris races from his goal to collect a loose ball ahead of Lukaku and almost carries it outside of his penalty area. The Everton fans inevitably appeal, but it looked like he let go first.


Alli is given a warm reception by the travelling fans as he runs off to be replaced by Nacer Chadli.


Inside the last 10 minutes now and Barkley botches an Everton break as he tries to release Lukaku too early and his pass is easily intercepted.

Can either of these two sides find a late winner?


Alderweireld and Carroll fail to clear their lines with two poor headers and Lloris has to produce an acrobatic save to turn a dipping volley from Besic over the crossbar.

From the resulting corner, Cleverley bends in a great delivery towards the back post but Funes Mori is just unable to convert.


A moment of uncertainty from Howard as he fails to connect properly with a punch from Lamela's free-kick that was aimed towards Jan Vertonghen. Funes Mori is on hand to clean up.


Howard is called into action again as he does well to hold a stinging drive from the impressive Alli.


Barkley charges forward to lead an Everton break. Recognising the danger, Carroll holds him back and accepts a yellow card.


Lamela finally has his name taken for a left-handed brush to the face of Coleman as he looks to work an opening.

Pochettino then makes his first substitution of the afternoon, sending on Heung-Min Son in place of Eriksen.

This match is delicately poised with just over 20 minutes plus stoppage time remaining.


Real pressure from Everton as Barry flicks on Baines' corner before Cleverley's long-range try is blocked by Alli and Lukaku is mere inches away from making contact with Deulofeu's whipped ball to the back post.


A final warning from the referee for Lamela as he is penalised for the fourth time for another late challenge. You wonder what the Argentine might have to do to finally receive a yellow card.


Everton make a double change as Kone and goalscorer Lennon are replaced by Muhamed Besic and Deulofeu.


Caroll slips a low pass into the penalty area for Alli, who tumbles under the challenge of Funes Mori. No real appeal from the young midfielder and Oliver is unmoved.


Poor defending from Everton as Eriksen is allowed to move forward unchecked and the Danish playmaker produces a shot from distance that is straight at Howard.


Everton have started the second 45 much stronger but Tottenham almost grab a second goal as fine interplay between Alli and Kane ends with the latter shooting wide via a block from John Stones.


We should mention that neither Martinez nor Pochettino elected to make a change at half-time.

The first shot in anger of the second period comes as Barkley surges forward and fires well over under pressure from Carroll.