FT: Everton 2 Spurs 1

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FULL-TIME: Tottenham went ahead after 76 minutes through Clint Dempsey's deflected strike, but Everton won the game with a quick-fire double late in the game from Steven Pienaar's long-range header before a dramatic winner 88 seconds later from Nikica Jelavic.

YELLOW CARD: Dempsey is almost in and there was a yellow card for Jelavic as he celebrated his goal.

SUBSTITUTION: John Heitinga replaces the winning goalscorer surely in Jelavic and the Croatian gets a big hug from David Moyes.

What an amazing turnaround at Goodison Park as Apostolos Vellios' attempted overhead kick falls into the path of Jelavic and he finishes calmly from close-range. Two goals in 88 seconds!


Wonderful equalising goal for Everton as Steven Naismith finds Seamus Coleman and his ball in to the box is headed home superbly by the South African from just inside the area.


Everton had only won two of their first 18 Premier League meetings with Tottenham at Goodison Park (W2 D9 L7) before winning in each of the last two seasons. Desperate measures from the hosts now as they pump the ball up to Marouane Fellaini.

We have three minutes remaining at Goodison Park as Jan Vertonghen wins his side a throw.

James says: "Now the hard bit!! Holding on!! Loving the recent run of form and the attitude since being smashed by Arsenal. AVB really could be the man for us to keep hold of for many years to come... COYS!"

SUBSTITUTION: Spanish Under 21 star Falque replaces Jermain Defoe, who has failed to hit the abck of the onion bag this afternoon.

OFF THE CROSSBAR: Gylfi Sigurdsson clips the woodwork after a wonderful curler from 25 yards.

Andre Villas-Boas prepares to make his final change as he gives Falque some instructions.

Yoseph is back in touch: "Yesssssssss! So happy about that goal. This is always a hard place to come and get 3 points, we just need to do what spurs always struggle to succeed on, hang on to a 1 goal lead. Dodgy sub from AVB though, lets hope we can hold on! COYS."

SUBSTITUTION: Apostolos Vellios is sent on the field for Leon Osman. Marouane Fellaini will automatically drop into midfield now.

David Moyes must be fuming inside, because his side have dominated for long periods, but that speculative effort from Dempsey could prove to be the difference this afternoon.

Tottenham have failed to win in their last five visits to Goodison Park, but they're on course today. If Premier League games had ended at 80 minutes this season, Spurs would be top. We are into the final ten minutes now!

SUBSTITUTION: Gylfi Sigurdsson immediately comes on for Moussa Dembele.

Breakthrough for the visitors and it's the American with his third goal for Spurs. His right-foot shot is deflected over Tim Howard by Sylvain Distin. Is this a smash and grab raid by the north Londoners on Merseyside!?


James emails in to say: "Spurs really need to hold onto this point. Although pushing on and picking up three would show we mean business and can compete when it matters away from home. Scrappy game so far but plenty of time. Take a point & go from there! COYS!"

GOOD SAVE!! Spurs seem to be tiring as Osman's shot is parried to safety by the busy Hugo Lloris.

Two very well drilled teams on show at Goodison Park, but Everton are pushing on as they win a throw, but Baines' cross is poor.

We now have the bushy-haired Fellaini and Huddlestone on the same pitch.

SUBSTITUTION: Tom Huddlestone replaces Aaron Lennon for Spurs, so you would now expect Moussa Dembele to move across.

YELLOW CARD: Kyle Walker skips away from Leon Osman, but the midfielder is not letting him go past him that easily, so he decides to hack him down and take the booking.

Bale is a big miss for Spurs Yoseph. He's a world class talent, so any side would miss his creativity and goal prowess.

Yoseph Siza says: "Hi Raz, How much do you think Bale would have influenced the game if he had been passed fit? Everton's defence is solid hence the reason we are finding it hard to break through."

CHANCE!! Leighton Baines' pull-back finds Leon Osman, but he can only fire over the crossbar. That was a real opportunity!

Kyle Walker's free-kick is dinked into the box, but Everton break through Steven Pienaar although Walker is back defending and he has too much pace this time to win his side a throw.

Clint Dempsey is felled by Steven Naismith as he went driving forward.

Darron Gibson swings over a ball to Marouane Fellaini, but he has to generate the power in his neck muscles to direct the ball towards goal and Hugo Lloris collects.

Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic combine which lifts the home supporters. We apprioach the hour mark at Goodison Park. Still no goals, but plenty of opportunities from both teams.

Baines has been top draw this afternoon Lance and has kept Aaron Lennon quiet, despite being booked for one very late tackle.

Lance is back in touch. He says: "Am I the only one that thinks Baines should be Englands first choice left back? Cole is on a decline while baines has been outstanding so far this season."

The game has suddenly opened up and Seamus Coleman's cross is headed away by Steven Caulker.

Now Moussa Dembele stays calms as he wins another corner. The outswinger is met by Vertonghen, but Howard holds on.

SMART SAVE!! Jan Vertonghen blasts a swerving and dipping free-kick, but Tim Howard deals with it but palming it over the crossbar.

Clint Dempsey is caught by Darron Gibson and Spurs have a free-kick in a dangerous position now.

Jack. A spurs fan in Southend on sea says: "In hoping spurs can prove a lot of fans wrong today and get a result when it matters. Avb has a lot of critics but I think if we give him a chance and a bit of money he can start to build a squad that he wants as he can only make the bet of what he's been given this year. I expect us to be challenging for the title in the coming years if we keep the faith. Watch this space!"

The visitors have come out meaning business in this second half as Emmanuel Adebayor chases down Sylvain Distin.

INCHES WIDE!! Spurs keep good possession in the middle of the park and Sandro's shot deflects wide of the post with Tim Howard hoping for the best.

Mark Cato: "Spurs need to push up and play a higher line putting pressure on the Toffees. When we play a defensive game we always concede - make them worry about Defoe and Ade - AVB needs to remember that the best form of defence is attack."

David Moyes looks frustrated on the touchline and he won't be happy after watching his substitute miss that glorious opportunity!

Aimee Loughran from Sunny Spain says: "Afternoon! After reading the first half commentary I really think Sigurdsson would change this game! Got a good feeling about this second half! COYS."

GREAT CHANCE!! Leighton Baines' effort is blocked, but the full-back drives the ball back in and Steven Naismith puts his effort wide when it seemed easier to score.

Everton earn a free-kick in a fantastic position after a poor tackle on the edge of the box.

Tottenham get the second half underway then. Mirallas had been suffering from an hamstring injury and he was 'feeling it' according to the Toffees' dressing room.

SUBSTITUTION: Everton change at the start of the second half as Steven Naismith comes on for Kevin Mirallas.

Lance Morris emails in to say: "Hi Raz, neutral fan here was just wondering what you thought about David moyes's future? Personally, I think hes a top manager and should get the united job when Fergie retires." I think he loves Everton too much Lance. He's a true Blue in my book!

Don't forget, if you'd like to air your views during the second half, email Raz...that's me! at razwan.mirza@bskyb.com or Tweet me: @RazMirza and I'll publish as many as I can.

Everton are now 5/4 to claim victory with our friends @Skybet, who make Tottenham 7/2 and the draw 11/8. Remember, in 20 previous meetings between the teams at Goodison Park, no fewer than nine have been draw, with Everton winning only four and losing seven, so I went for another draw this afternoon - 1-1, which is now 5/1. Head now to SKYBET to place your bets on this match.

HALF-TIME: Referee Kevin Friend is the centre of attention at Goodison Park as he waved away appeals for a spot-kick to Everton twice on the stroke of half-time. The first was on Clint Dempsey - although replays showed the ball struck his chest. However, the claims on William Gallas were much stronger as he kept out Steven Pienaar's shot. Early in the half, Hugo Lloris made a super decision to come off his line and get a strong hand on the ball to deny Nikica Jelavic, who was put clean through and Leon Osman also come close with a left-foot curler.

Super defending from Steven Caulker who chests Leon Osman's goalbound effort out for a corner.

ANOTHER SHOUT!! Steven Pienaar's shot hits William Gallas on the arm, but again nothing doing.

PENALTY CLAIM!! Big shout for a penalty from Everton fans as Clint Dempsey points to his chest. His right-arm did come out but Kevin Friend was in a good position.

YELLOW CARD: Leighton Baines hacks down the speedy Aaron Lennon and that's an easy decision.

Aaron Lennon loses out to Steven Pienaar and Seamus Coleman on the far side looks to get in behind Clint Dempsey, but the American does well to win the throw.

SO CLOSE!!! Marouane Fellaini finds Leon Osman but his left-foot curler drifts wide of the far post. That's arguably been the best chance of what has been a poor first-half.

YELLOW CARD: Jan Vertonghen is booked for the challenge.

The free-kick comes to nothing and now Jan Vertonghen blocks Seamus Coleman.

YELLOW CARD: Jermain Defoe is booked by referee Kevin Friend for creeping forward.

Sandro is all over the back of Marouane Fellaini and it's a free-kick to the left.

I can hear David Moyes shouting on the touchline, giving Seamus Coleman a hard time.

The Toffees are coming on strong in the last few minutes and Emmanuel Adebayor fails to control a simple pass out of defence.

Leighton Baines' left-foot delivery fails to pick out Marouane Fellaini on the far post. It's a throw to the visitors.

Defoe comes back to lay the ball off, but here come Everton through Marouane Fellaini. However, his ball into the box is over hit.

Corner to Everton and Steven Pienaar's cross is headed towards goal by Marouane Fellaini, but the ref points for a goal-kick.

The quality has dipped at Goodison Park in the last ten minutes. Walker comes over to take a throw but the hosts quickly win the ball back.

Leon Osman fires wide of the target and then Nikica Jelavic concedes a cheap free-kick.

Yoseph Siza in reply to Malcolm Boyle's email says: "Every team has their "blips" in a season. You saw the crucial 11 point lead Spurs gave away to Arsenal towards the end of last season."

Seamus Coleman surges forward before opting to go for goal ratehr than crossing and he hits the advertising hoardings behind the goal.

Referee Kevin Friend has a word with Sandro. You haven't missed anything fans.

Manchester United have beaten their city rivals 3-2 in the big derby this afternoon.

Why not Malcolm. The Premier League is not as strong this season and these two sides are improving. You never know! Spurs are back on the ball and have been impressive on their travels this season.

Malcolm Boyle: "Your comment in the fourteenth minute.....playing catch-up with what exactly?!!! Are you suggesting either of these two 'also runs' can get anywhere near the Manchester clubs?!!!"

The corner comes out to Darron Gibson who needs two touches before he lets fly with a firm volley, but it's way wide of the target.

Kevin Mirallas looks to find Nikica Jelavic in the area, but William Gallas makes a vital interception.

Darron Gibson finds Nikica Jelavic and he fires in the ball for Leon Osman who fails to time his run.

Dempsey attempts a right-foot curler over the wall, but Tim Howard gathers the ball comfortably.

Clint Dempsey is brought down by Darron Gibson after Leon Osman misplaced his pass. We're about 25 yards from goal to the left of the area.

The game has suddenly settled into a pattern, but it's Everton who looks the more threatening thus far.

Tim Howard slams the ball anywhere - row Z - as Spurs win the throw.

In today's Manchester derby at the Ethiad, it's now 2-2. That result would suit these two sides, who are playing catch-up.

Seamus Coleman is penalised for handling the ball inside the Tottenham area.

Jan Vertonghen heads the ball out for an Everton throw.

I guess that is why Spurs paid all that money for the France No.1 in the summer. He showed his worth in that moment.

SUPER GOALKEEPING! Hugo Lloris charges out to time a perfect dive to get a good left-hand to the ball just as Nikica Jelavic thought he was about to score.

Kyle Walker's cross is cleared by Sylvain Distin and then Jan Vertonghen header finds Moussa Dembele who hammers a low drive which is well handled by Tim Howard.

Now Spurs enjoy a bit of early possession as Moussa Dembele controls the ball and finds Sandro. Nice stuff from the visitors here.

Just in regards to Yoseph's email, Aaron Lennon will be up against Baines and not Dempsey and that is a contest will is sure to be intriguing.

Already David Moyes is on the touchline waving instructions to his players.

Seamus Coleman gets away down the right and to the byline, but his pull-back is scrambled away by Spurs, although a goal-kick has been given.

These are two teams which are in-form and confident so we should have a real battle of a contest this afternoon and the hosts have made a good start.

Sandro's challenge on Nikica Jelavic is a strong one and the quick free-kick finds Leon Osman, who finds the Croatian, but his shot is well blocked.

Everton get us underway at Goodison Park then!

Yoseph emails in to say: "Looking forward to a tough encounter today! No Bale is the downside of things, Dempsey is up against Baines. Maybe lennon and bale can swap sides so we have a better threat within our flanks. Dembele is key and it looks to be a battle between the two Belgians today! Dembele vs Fellaini! Im happy that Defoe and ade are playing together today, i hope to see some goals- COYS!, lets get the 3 points!"

Tottenham are looking to build on three successive wins, while Everton are looking to build on three successive draws this afternoon. The teams are out and the ground is packed as usual. The Toffees are in their famous blues and white kit, while Spurs are in white shirts and black shorts. A real sense of tradition as we wait for kick-off.

We're moments away from Everton's famous theme from Z-Cars as the players wait in the narrow tunnel inside Goodison Park.

Everton are 10/11 to claim victory with our friends @Skybet, who make Tottenham 11/4 and the draw 13/5. The Toffees' Nikica Jelavic is favourite to bag the first goal for the hosts at 11/2 and is 9/1 to bag a brace. Marouane Fellaini is 6/1 while Steven Pienaar is a decent bet at 10/1 to score first or 7/2 to score in 90 minutes while Leighton Baines is a 16/1 shot to score first. Meanwhile, Spurs' Jermain Defoe is 6/1 and his strike partner Emmanuel Adebayor is 7/1. Clint Dempsey is a 9/1 shout and the American is 3/1 score in 90 minutes. In 20 previous meetings between the teams at Goodison Park, no fewer than nine have been draw, with Everton winning only four and losing seven, so I'm hedging my bets and going for another draw this afternoon - 1-1, which is priced at a steady 11/2. Head now to SKYBET to place your bets on this match.

Andy Shaddick Tweets: "Happy that AVB starts with both Defoe and Adebayor up front - COME ON YOU SPURS."

Stewart MacLaren from a warm and windy Torrevieja in Spain says: "Everton will beat Tottenham 2-1 at Goodison Park this afternoon with good goals from Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic."

Russell Howard from Gloucester says: "Massive game for spurs today, with a bold move to play two up front from AVB! Time to prove we can start grinding out the tougher fixtures! COYS."

EVERTON TEAM NEWS: Forward Kevin Mirallas returns from a four-match absence with a hamstring injury to take his place in the side. The Belgium international is one of two changes to the side which drew with Manchester City last weekend with Seamus Coleman returning at right-back.

SPURS TEAM NEWS: Tottenham, as expected, are without the hamstrung duo of Gareth Bale and Michael Dawson and show three changes in total from the win over Fulham with Emmanuel Adebayor, William Gallas and Kyle Walker back in the side.

EVERTON: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Osman, Pienaar, Gibson, Fellaini, Mirallas, Jelavic.

SUBSTITUTES: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Barkley, Vellios.

TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen, Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Dempsey, Adebayor, Defoe.

SUBSTITUTES: Friedel, Huddlestone, Naughton, Sigurdsson, Falque, Livermore, Townsend.

REFEREE: Kevin Friend (Matches 8, R1 Y28).

Here come the teams...

Piku Ghosh from New York says: "I'm in JFK waiting for my flight to Dubai...but I'll be following the match from your updates! I'm a huge Spurs fan so I just wanted to know...what do you reckon are the odds of a JD goal today?" Defoe is certainly a man in goalscoring form Piku. 13 goals already this season and I feel the Europa League run has helped his form.

George Bennett: "I can see there being a few goals in this one but for Tottenham to pick up all three points at the end."

Jack Royle emails in to say: "Spurs to win 3-1 today, can see goals coming through strikers like Defoe but can't see them keeping a clean sheet."

Aaron Kelly Tweets me a question: "Do you reckon Marouane Fellaini is going to score today?" Well Aaron, the The bushy-haired Toffee is bound to be up against Tottenham's Belgian duo Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele and he's scored five in five games and is the Premier League's top-scoring midfielder with eight goals, so in answer to your question...yes! I think he's got a great chance of scoring this afternoon.

Dave in Widnes says: "Massive game for the Blues today. I hink we will edge it 2-1 and go back up to fourth spot." This really is a top of the table clash isn't it!

Spurs fan Robert Ford writes in from Berlin: "Snowing like crazy in Berlin - huddled up by the heater, beer in one hand, pizza in the other! Come On You Spurs!" Well, I hope you enjoy today's minute-by-minute commentary Rob!

Villas-Boas thinks Everton would be in a much worse position had the 49-year-old Moyes not taken the helm 10 years ago. "He has done tremendously well. He has changed the mentality of the club. They went through incredibly difficult situations financially and has always built strong teams. His scouting is perfect, his training is perfect, the way he motivates his players also makes a difference as you see them on the pitch and they are extremely competitive. His teams always seem to improve year after year and that is not always the case. Going to Goodison Park is one of the toughest games." Are you Spurs fans expecting a testing encounter this afternoon? Email Raz...that's me! at razwan.mirza@bskyb.com or Tweet me: @RazMirza and I'll publish as many as I can.

Moyes admits he may go in to the transfer market for loan signings in January: "We may well go into the loan market and see if we can find anything in that area. I think that would probably be the way we are looking - but that was the same as we were doing last year. But what happened is we got a sale of (Diniyar) Bilyaletdinov, who went back to Russia, and it freed us up a little bit of cash to go and make the signings. So you never can tell." Who would you Everton fans like to see come to Merseyside? Email Raz...that's me! at razwan.mirza@bskyb.com or Tweet me: @RazMirza

Tottenham defender Michael Dawson has only a slim chance of recovering from his hamstring injury in time. Winger Gareth Bale is out with a hamstring problem while Hugo Lloris is expected to replace Brad Friedel in net after the American started Thursday night's Europa League win over Panathinaikos. Midfielder Scott Parker (achilles) and left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) are a week away from full fitness and defender Younes Kaboul (knee) is also unavailable.

Everton, who have drawn seven of their last nine fixtures and are three points behind Tottenham in the standings. They could have Kevin Mirallas and Seamus Coleman available. David Moyes says forward Mirallas, who has missed four games due to a hamstring injury, and full-back Coleman, sidelined for three by an unspecified problem, have "outside chances" of featuring against Spurs today. Victor Anichebe and Phil Neville remain on the casualty list.

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