FT: Tottenham 1 Everton 0

Emmanuel Adebayor's fine finish was enough to separate two evenly-matched sides and boost Tottenham's bid for a top-four finish. Everton had dominated the first period and only a strong of fine saves from home keeper Hugo Lloris prevented them taking the lead. Spurs improved after the break and Adebayor's astute low finish enabled his side leapfrog Everton into fifth place, just three points behind Liverpool in fourth with a trip to Anfield still to come for Tim Sherwood's side.

Defoe breaks for the hosts but his angled drive is saved by the legs of Howard.

We will have a minimum of three minutes added time.

An anxious moment for Spurs as Coleman goes down in the box under the challenge of Capoue, but play is waved on.

Rose pplays the ball downfield and almost relases Defoe but Distin gets in ahead of the striker and clears.

McGeady pulls the ball back to the edge of the box but Spurs clear.

Bentaleb earns huge applause for using his strength to run the ball out for a goalkick under pressure from Barkley.

Everton are having plenty of possession but they are not creating the chances they were doing in the first half.

Dembele is the first booking of the game.

No signs of Spurs being content with their 1-0 lead as they throw on another striker.

Spurs make their final change with Defoe on for Lennon.

Spurs press but Dembele gives the ball away and Everton look to counter once again.

Everton have a corner despite claims the ball had gone out for a throw. Baines takes it but the danger is cleared.

Spaniard Deulofeu goes on a positive run before finding McGeady whose cross takes a deflection and Lloris awkwardly gathers it close to the post.

Spurs break and Dembele looks to release Adebayor, but Coleman shows his strength inside the box to hold him off and earn the free kick.

Deulofeu is blcoked by Rose and Everton have a free-kick in a dangerous area. Baines whips it in to the far post where Colleman heds it back in but Dawson gets it clear.

Howard stays calms as he controls a back pass from Jagielka and neatly sidesteps Adebayor before getting the ball downfield.

Dembele plays the ball into Adebayor who lets fly from 25 yards and the ball is just over.

Townsend cuts inside but his shot from the edge of the box is blocked by Jagielka.

Martinez has words with Mirallas by the dugout as he tries to come up with a way back into the game.

It's an attacking move by Everton boss Roberto Martinez - but he has no option after Liverpool's victory yesterday.

Everton makde a double change with Gerard Deulofeu and Aiden McGeady on for Naismith and Osman.

Everton press forward again but Mirallas is caught offside.

Spurs have undoubtedly improved after the break and hopefully the goal will open the game up even further.

Naismith, who conceded the free-kick for the Tottenham goal after his foul on Paulinho, is left even more frustrated as his run downfield is ended by the referee ruling the ball had gone out of play.

You did wonder whether Everton would be left to rue those chances in the first half ... and they are doing now.

Spurs make their second change with Capoue replacing Paulinho.

Credit to Walker's vision as he lofted a quickly-taken free-kick up to the edge of the box where Adebayor held off Coleman before drilling the ball low past Howard.

GOAL! Adebayor gives Spurs the lead with their first effort on target.

Lloris has to come out of his box to clear after the ball had struck Vertonghen.

Everton make their first change with Ross Barkley on for Pienaar who is given a great ovation from both sets of fans.

Osman wins a corner for Everton which Baines takes and Walker heads it clear with Lloris about to catch it.

Spurs were having their best spell of the match so I wonder whether the change could not have been made five minutes later in order not to upset the momentum ... but I'm no manager!!

Spurs make the game's first change with Townsend on for Eriksen.

Baines slides though a pin-point pass from the halfway line looking for Mirallas who just fails to get a touch, but the offside flag is up.

Everton launch a swift counter through Coleman and he looks for Naismith in the box but Vertonghen gets in a vital block to deny him.

Walker skips round the challenge of Barry but Distin makes a vital block at the near post as Spurs build up a head of steam.

A determined Dembele shakes off the challenge off Barry andntries to slip in Lennon, but Baines reads the danger and clears.

Tottenham have their eighth corner of the game and Adebayor meets it but heads wide.

The hosts have a corner after good work from Rose but Naismith heads clear at the near post.

Spurs have certainly come out with intent but Everton look very dangerous on the break.

Everton get free down the left through Pienaar who gets to the by-line and tries to pull it back for Naismith but Dawson gets in ahead of him.

Rose tries to find Lennon on the edge of the box but Barry makes a great interception.

Eriksen takes it and Distin climbs highest to head it clear for Everton.

Paulinho then leads a counter and feeds Walker down the right but his cross is blocked by Baines at the expense of a corner.

Spurs force an early corner that Eriksen takes but it goes right across the box with no white shirt able to get on the end of it.

Everton get the second-half started and neither side has made a change at the interval.

We will have a minimum one minute of added time and the whistle is blown without further incident. Spurs leave the field knowing they can only improve in the second period, while Everton will wonder how their domination has not resulted in them taking the lead.

It will certainly be Spurs who will be most glad to hear the half-time whistle as they have been second best for the majority of the first period.

Paulinho tries to play a reverse ball looking for Lennon's run into the box but it's overhit and Everton have a goalkick.

Howard has to come off his line to clear from Adebayor who almost got on the end of Rose's pass.

Walker has to help out Paulinho after a poor pass threatens to let in the lively Osman.

The hosts have failed to get a hold in midfield and a result Adebayor has been left badly isolated up front.

Spurs have a throw midway inside the Everton half and it's a chance for them to relieve some of the pressure that has been mounting on them.

Everton win it back and Barry earns another corner and this time Dawson heads clear.

Pienaar, playing against his former club, wins a corner for Everton which Baines clips to the penalty spot but Paulinho heads clear.

Frustration is growing among the home fans with their side being given a severe examination.

Howard has to deal with an awkward Distin backpass as Adebayor closes him down, but he gets the ball to safety.

Everton again win the ball back in midfield where Spurs are being overrun and Mirallas leads the break but fires over from 20 yards with passing options either side.

Baines, Pienaar and Naismith play a neat triangle close to the Spurs box, but Vertonghen steps in to make a vital interception.

Spurs get the corner clear but this is another good spell of pressure for the visitors.

Dawson is penalised for a foul on Pienaar but makes amends by getting the resulting free kick clear.

Decent chance that for the big central defender and he will feel he should have at least got it on target.

Spurs earn another corner which Eriksen takes and Dawson heads over from eight yards.

The pace has been relentless so far and this game obviously means so much to both sides.

Rose earns a corner after a block from Coleman. Eriksen takes it and Howard punches clear as Naismith almost gets in his way.

Baines whips in a dangerous cross and Everton respond but Lloris comes off his line to gather.

Just as I say that Rose powers down the left and plays in a delightful low cross that Adebayor just fails to get a touch to for what would have been a certain goal.

You have to say the visitors have looked the more likely side to break the deadlock so far.

A good move by Everton sees Coleman cut in from the right and his low shot is saved by Lloris who has been much the busier of the two keepers.

It's end-to-end stuff at the moment and the only surprise is that we've not had a goal so far.

Baines gets free again and his cross causes confusion in the Spurs box, but the pressure is eased with Pienaar punished for a foul on Rose.

Adebayor and Lennon try to link up but get in a tangle and the result is an Everton goalkick.

Kyle Walker drives down the Spurs right and tries his luck from 25 yards but his low shot skids well wide.

Lloris almost plays his side into trouble with a wayward kick out and Naismith puts it back into the box looking for Mirallas, but it richochets off Dawson and back to a relieved Lloris.

Mirallas meets a Baines cross first-time and Lloris makes a great save to deny him - but the flag is up with the England left-back offside.

Good work by Coleman sees him Shepherd the ball out for a goalkick, under pressure from Dembele.

Spurs have enjoyed more possession in the last couple of minutes, but Howard is still to make a meaningful save.

Good work by Dembele sees him win a corner off McCarthy but Everton get in clear.

A lively, entertaining start as you would expect from two sides in the top six.

Eriksen goes for goal and it just clears Tim Howard's crossbar.

Paulinho is fouled by Pienaar and Spurs have a free-kick 40-yards out and central.

Impressive start by the Toffess, aided by a hesitant Spurs who are continually giving the ball away cheaply.

Spurs again give the ball away and it goes to Osman whose shot from the edge of the box this time lacks power and Lloris makes a comfortable save.

Mirallas takes the flag kick and Osman rises highest but heads just wide as Everton enjoy a great spell of pressure.

The visitors win it back and Naismith holds it up before laying it back for Osman whose volley from the edge of the box is palmed away for a corner by Lloris.

Everton counter through Mirallas down the right and he earns a corner. Mirallas takes it to the penalty spot where Dawson heads clear.

Distin almost lets in Dembele with a badly executed back pass and Everton concede a corner which they are able to clear.

Everton respond and Osman beats two defenders on the edge of the box before curling a shot just inches wide.

Eriksen delivers a dangerous cross and it's just too far ahead of Dembele who was not picked up as he made his way into the box.

Home keeper Hugo Lloris has a couple of early back passes to deal with before his side earn a free-kick midway inside the Everton half after a foul on Dembele.

Spurs get us under way and this really is a vital game for both sides who will feel finishing in the top four is not beyond them.

James Pinnegar says: "Let's do to Merseyside what Merseyside did to Arsenal yesterday ... COYS ... 5-1!"

"I think Everton's defence can hold Spurs who are playing one up top, our midfield is tighter and Naismith is in good form so 2-1 Everton," predicts Bernadette Cranny.

Stewart MacLaren from a warm and windy Torrevieja in Spain says: "Everton will beat Tottenham 2-1 at White Hart Lane this afternoon with good goals from Leighton Baines and Kevin Mirallas."

Simon Potticary, a lifelong Spurs fan from Walthamstow, says: "I'm ever the pessimist - but I reckon we'll nick it 2-1 today. However, going by the current form of the sides currently occupying the top four spots, I am resigned to more Europa League football next year :-(. Oh and as for today's scorers, I fancy Paulinho and Vertonghen for us, and Pienaar to come back and haunt the WHL boys for the Toffees."

Matthew Moss says: "Spurs lack consistent form and it's not a new problem for us - we get into a good place and then pull out our sun beds! But I'm hoping for a 2-0 today with Eriksen to score first and to assist the second - he is the Spurs ace in the pack this season. If we don't win we are offering United our spot in either the Europa or Champions League so COYS ... let's have some!"

Andros Townsend returns to the Tottenham squad after seven weeks out for the Barclays Premier League clash with Everton. The England winger suffered a hamstring injury against West Ham on December 18 and is named on the bench at White Hart Lane, where Mousa Dembele replaces Roberto Soldado in the starting line-up. Everton make three changes after beating Aston Villa, bringing in Seamus Coleman, Steven Pienaar and Steven Naismith.

Spurs head into the match at shorter odds for a top-four finish despite the Toffees being a point better off, although both sides are odds-against with the current occupants all favoured. Sky Bet's match odds also defy the form guide, with the north London side favoured at 6/5 despite winning just two of the last 13 encounters between the two sides. Everton are 23/10 for the win while the draw is 5/2. Sky Bet's Price Boosts include Christian Eriksen to score first at 10/1.

Good afternoon and welcome to White Hart Lane for coverage of today's clash between Spurs and Everton. The Toffees go into the game lying in fifth spot, five points behind Merseyside rivals Liverpool who hold the final Champions League spot following their crushing 5-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday. Spurs start the game in sixth and also have very real ambitions of ending the season in the top four so the stakes could not be higher for both sides. As always, we welcome your views so send them to simon.crawford@bskyb.com and I'll publish the best ones.

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