After a delayed train journey (someone decided to lie on the tracks!!) and a few in The Richmond it was off to Goodison. The team was changed from last week’s win at Villa with Osman starting in place of Barkley.
We are getting used to seeing the Blues pass the ball effortlessly and precisely under Martinez so it was surprising to say the least when we couldn’t string two passes together from the off! Spurs were closing us down quickly and we were losing possession far too easily.
Spurs had chances with Soldado, Townsend and Sandro all going close before Howard punched clear a Kyle Walker free kick.
It was half an hour before we managed a shot of note when Osman fired over from 20 yards. The home support were getting more annoyed with referee Friend than the team as he seemed intent on booking everything in Blue for next to nothing.
Soldado again wasted a chance shortly before the break firing over after about 15 passes! We did get away with a penalty claim from Spurs when Coleman tripped Vertonghen and we were relieved to hear the half time whistle while still at 0-0.
HT Everton 0-0 Spurs
The second half couldn’t possibly be as bad as the first from our point of view and we were better straight away with Mirallas having a shot blocked by Spurs’ defender Vlad Chiriches.
Barkley and Deulofeu were introduced after an hour and we picked up considerably with Barkley firing just over from 25 yards. Deulofeu looks a bit lightweight at the moment but did show us a what he can do with a mesmerising run past 3 defenders before having his shot saved.
Referee Friend made amends by not giving us a penalty in a reverse of the first half incident but we never seemed up for this one today. Ironically the biggest cheer was when Friend finally booked a Spurs player late on.
Lukaku was more effective in our box than theirs and his main contribution to the game was when he picked up a ridiculous yellow card after challenging Lloris for a 50-50 ball which left the keeper out cold.
The Spurs medical staff played hokey cokey with the keeper as he was in and out of the goals 3 or 4 times before deciding he could carry on. With 9 mins of added time though, it was Spurs who came closest to snatching victory with Christian Eriksen’s shot being blocked by Phil Jagielka and Sigurdsson dragging wide.
A rather disappointing day for the Blues but only a point away from 2nd isn’t that bad is it? Palace away next week should be 3 points ( he says with a great deal of confidence).
My Champagne to Jags
My Pint to McCarthy
My Hangover to Mr Friend!