Everton 1 Tottenham 1: Spurs Settle for a Point
In a game that was overshadowed by a serious injury to Everton’s Andre Gomes, Tottenham travelled back from Goodison Park with a point on Sunday which leaves the team in 11th place in the table. It’s not exactly been a scintillating start to the campaign and while the result extends our long unbeaten run over this side, the battle for the Top Four is starting to look tough.
There’s a long way to go, of course, but it’s difficult to be entirely positive over a run which has yielded just one win in our last five league games.
After an indifferent first half in both camps, Dele Alli looked to have snatched the points as he swooped on Alex Iwobi’s mistake to put Tottenham in front just after the hour mark. Spurs had looked comfortable but the turning point in the game came on 79 minutes with Son’s sending off.
Gomes’ injury looked horrific and Son had to be consoled by players on both sides. Whether it was a sending off was debatable but the incident subdued the game even further and Everton’s equaliser, deep into stoppage time, had seemed inevitable.
We naturally wish Andre Gomes well on an afternoon where the result ultimately seemed irrelevant to most. However, it rather masked another disappointing outcome and the gap between Spurs and fourth placed Chelsea now extends to ten points.
Speaking to Spurs TV after the game, manager Mauricio Pochettino said:
The performance was good. I’m happy with the spirit and the energy and of course we had the game under control when the situation with Andre Gomes happened.
After that, it was a completely different game. We all feel sorry. First of all I want to send all my best wishes on behalf of all the team and the club to Andre.
Other points of note from Sunday’s game include yet another farcical 90 minutes for VAR which we seem to be getting the better of right now. On most afternoons, Everton would have surely had a penalty which would have changed the face of the match.
Christian Eriksen started, much to the annoyance of many fans, but the Dane made way for Eric Dier at half time. Dele Alli scored his second goal in three games after a long lean spell and he was quick to address criticism after the match.
I don’t look too much into what other people say.
Dele told Sky Sports.
I didn’t have a great season last season – I had injuries – but I’ll put that behind me.
I don’t want to get back to where I was, I want to surpass that.
It’s a quick turnaround for Spurs this week as they travel to Belgrade for the return Champions League match with Red Star.
Following that Wednesday clash, we will host in-form Sheffield United on Saturday – kick off 3pm – before Premier League sides head into the third international break of the season.