With Everton and Tottenham both in contention for spots in Europe as the English Premier League season comes to a close, Sunday morning’s match had a lot on the line.
In the end, the teams split the points at White Hart Lane as Everton and Tottenham drew at two goals apiece.
Both Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey started for their respective clubs and both went the full 90.
There was little Howard could have done on either of Tottenham’s goals. The first goal came in the first minute of play as Emmanuel Adebayor pushed home a nice cross from Jan Vertonghen. Adebayor’s effort was from point-blank range and went through Howard’s legs as he tried to react.
On Tottenham’s second goal, Adebayor fired a shot off the post. Howard dove for the shot, leaving the net wide open for the rebound which fell to Gylfi Sigurdsson for the put back.
Throughout the game, Howard was strong, coming off his line to claim a number of crosses and set pieces. In the 53rd minute, Howard had his best moment of the contest as he was somehow able to push a deflected shot taken by Mousa Dembele onto the crossbar and then strongly punched away the loose ball. Howard also looked good as he slapped away a blast by Kyle Walker in the 64th minute.
Clint Dempsey had an up-and-down game for Spurs. Dempsey was listed in Spurs lineup as the withdrawn forward, but spent most of the game on the right flank. He was involved in a number of nice combination plays on the day, but his teammates could not, or did not, find him on a number of nice diagonal runs in the first half.
Dempsey was also involved on Tottenham’s second goal as he dummied the pass from Kyle Walker for the shot by Emmanuel Adebayor that set up the goal.
Brad Friedel did not play for Tottenham.