After losing four of their last six home league games, Tottenham Hotspur was in a must win situation against their fellow rivals Everton in the weekend. When Mirallas put the Merseyside club up front on 15 minutes, the miserable run was set to continue. However, thanks to an immediate response from Spurs, the North London club got a much needed victory.
Tottenham started the season in their usual frustrating inconsistent manner. One week they get a creditable point at Emirates against their North London rival Arsenal, the other day they would lose at home to Stoke City. So when Everton, who were unbeaten in their last eight matches visited White Hart Lane, many feared the worse for the home team especially seeing their recent home run. Their start in the match did little help as Everton took an early and a well deserved lead.
Kevin Mirallas scored a great goal to put Everton ahead in 15 minutes. It was the sixth goal the team had conceded in the opening 15 minutes this season. Hence, the frustration among the home fans can be felt around the stadium, but soon the emotion of the majority turned into elation. As Spurs unlike in previous matches did not put their heads down and started a brilliant fightback. Harry Kane, who has been a revelation for Spurs this season fired in a low drive which Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard could only parry as far as Christian Eriksen, who clipped home the equaliser from a tight angle.
Buoyed by that equaliser, Spurs came forward in waves to keep the Everton’s defence in bay. Just when it looked like both teams would go into the break level on terms, Roberto Soldado put them in front and sent White Hart Lane into wild celebrations. After collecting a pass from Aaron Lennon, Soldado took a touch and produced a neat finish to finally end his goal drought. This was Soldado’s first league goal in 593 minutes and his first in league this season and also his first league goal since March.
The match wasn’t over there as Spurs had to withstand waves of pressure from Everton in the end and were fortunate not to concede a penalty for a handball on Fazio in the box. Nonetheless, Tottenham deserved this victory for their all round performance. It was not only their good play with the ball but, also their workrate without the ball as they closed down Everton players quickly without giving them much time.
Lennon was a key figure in fulfilling Pochetinno’s way of playing as he tightly marked Leighton Baines and hardly gave him space. Lennon didn’t do much with the ball except for the pass to Soldado’s goal but, his off the ball workrate gave him a standing ovation from the crowd when he was taken off. Atlast Spurs are starting to play the ‘Pochetinno way’, however unless they keep on producing this form consistently, the North London club may not make their way into the coveted European positions.
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