Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Everton | Match Report By Sam Quine

Everton suffered their second consecutive defeat after losing 2-0 to a strong Spurs side who dominated proceedings. 

The Blues started the game on the back foot as Spurs sominated the ball in the early stages, firing crosses into the box regularly.

Everton were seriously struggling to get out of their defensive third, opting to play the ball long to Maupay who lacked the physicality and hold up play to deal with the Tottenham back three.

As the game progressed the away side grew into the game, winning second balls and getting further up the pitch through outlets such as Iwobi and Gray.

The Everton momentum nearly paid off in the 42nd minute when Onana found himself in acres of space after a Tottenham mixup. The Belgian midfielder ran through and sound himself one on one, but he lacked the composure and fire his shot well over. A spurned opportunity.

Not soon after it was close to a nightmare reunion for the Toffees as former Everton man Richarlison got in front of his man and got on the end of a dangerous cross only to direct his header wide. 

The sparring match finally came to an end when Pickford spilled a shot in the area and subsequently tripped up Harry Kane resulting in a penalty. It was the England strike who stepped up and wrapped his attempt in the bottom left to put his side one up.

The Blues finally did make their substitutes as they brought on target man Calvert-Lewin and Garner in search of the equaliser.

The game was done and dusted for the home side after Bentancur delivered into the path of Hojbjerg who was left completely unmarked. The Dane’s attempt on goal took a wild deflection to take it past the outstretched glove of Pickford.

Going forward Everton have to try and find a way to play on both ends. Shutting up shop simply isn’t an option that is going to work every game and the players need to be playing on the front foot, taking the game to the teams above us.

Everton are really struggling to score at the minute and look rather clueless on an attacking front with players like Gray and McNeil often running into dead ends with no real target to aim for.

Sam Quine