Tottenham will want to avoid a repeat of last season’s visit to Everton where they were ahead through a goal scored by Clint Dempsey going into additional time. In the matter of 90 seconds what looked a certain three points turned to nothing. Two quick Everton goals brought a disappointing end to what had appeared to be a good day in Liverpool.
In spite of losing at Goodison Park in the last three seasons, in comparison with other grounds, Spurs’ away record against Everton is one of their better Premier League records, although their last win was back in 2007.
Spurs League Record at Goodison Park (inc. PL)
P 76 W 17 D 26 L 33 For 83 Ag 112
Away Premier League Record against Everton
P 21 W 7 D 9 L 5 For 21 Ag 19
December, 2012 Lost 1 – 2 Dempsey
Spurs were without the injured Gareth Bale but looked set to take the three points only to suffer the most cruel of defeats conceding two goals in additional time having gone ahead through Dempsey midway through the second half. Gylfi Sigurdsson had cracked a shot against the bar with six minutes to play but as the fourth official signalled four minutes of added time, Steven Pienaar headed past Hugo Lloris. Within 88 seconds Everton were ahead through Jelavic.
March, 2012 PL Lost 0 – 1
Six weeks earlier Spurs had outplayed Everton to win comfortably at White Hart Lane. Now, their form had slumped while Everton had made a dramatic recovery. Including that win Everton had gone seven games undefeated while Tottenham had managed only two League wins and and lost three successive League games for the first time under Harry Redknapp. Throughout the second half Everton did what they do best. Having gone ahead before the interval with a goal from Jelavic, they were content to defend in depth and frustrate Spurs.
Jan. 2011 PL Lost 1 – 2 Van der Vaart
This win for Everton ended a run of six seasons without a win over Spurs at Goodison Park. It was only their third home win of the Premier League era with Spurs having won there on seven previous occasions, with nine draws. Tottenham’s good form at Goodison Park coincides with the start of the Premier League in August, 1992 as their previous League success there had been back in 1984.
Everton won their home game against Spurs for the first time since April, 2004. Louis Saha had given Everton the lead after three minutes as he troubled the Spurs defence with his pace and direct running. Rafael Van der Vaart equalised within eight minutes but the loss of Gareth Bale after an hour was a setback for Spurs. Everton scored a deserved winner with fifteen minutes remaining.
Dec. 2009 PL Draw 2 – 2 Defoe, Dawson
Jermain Defoe saw his injury time penalty saved, so denying Spurs of all three points. Spurs had taken the lead two minutes after the interval through Defoe. Michael Dawson added a second after an hour and the points looked secure. A late rally from Everton had brought them level, scoring twice in eight minutes – Saha scoring the first on 78 minutes.
May, 2009 PL Draw 0 – 0
Spurs had the better of the first half but Everton showed greater endeavour after the interval but neither side could find a goal.
Jan. 2008 PL Draw 0 – 0
Jonathan Woodgate made his Spurs debut.
Feb. 2007 PL Won 2 – 1 Berbatov, Jenas
Dimitar Berbatov had given Spurs a first half lead but Everton scored just before half-time. Jermaine Jenas scored the winner with only a minute remaining.
Apr. 2006 PL Won 1 – 0 Keane (pen)
This was an important win as Spurs battled to hold on to fourth place. Keane scored with a first half penalty and Spurs held on quite comfortably although a late injury to Ledley King took the gloss off the win and had a detrimental effect on Spurs hopes of finishing in a Champions League place with the infamous ‘Lasagnegate’ conclusion to the season at West Ham.
Oct. 2004 PL Won 1 – 0 Pamarot
A hard-working defensive display ensured Spurs kept another clean sheet in Jacques Santini’s short reign. An early second half header from Noe Pamarot gave the team something to battle for and they held out to take the points.
April, 2004 PL Lost 1 – 3 Carr
Everton were two ahead inside twenty five minutes and three up by the interval. Stephen Carr’s goal with fifteen minutes remaining was little more than a consolation.
Aug. 2005 PL Draw 2 – 2 Etherington, Ferdinand
The opening match of the season saw Spurs behind at the interval. They scored twice in eleven minutes midway through the second half but Everton levelled with nine minutes remaining.
Start of Premier League era
Feb. 1993 PL Won 2 – 1 Mabbutt, Allen, P.
Spurs won their first game at Goodison since August, 1984. it was to prove a good omen for Spurs as they would go on to experience their best period of results against Everton.
Mar. 2004 PL Won 1 – 0 Sedgley
Previous Win in 1st Division
Aug. 1984 1st Div. Won 4 – 1 Falco, Allen, C. (2), Chiedoze
The perfect start to the season, an opening day success for new manager, Peter Shreeves (or Shreeve). By the end of the season, however, it was Everton who were celebrating as title winners, with Spurs in third.
Christian Gross’ Favourite Ground
There’s not much positive that can be said about Christian Gross’ short time at Tottenham but he did manage to win both his first and last games as manager – victories at Goodison. He must have left Goodison Park after that first game at the end of November,1997 thinking that managing in the Premier League wasn’t going to be a problem. He had overseen a two goal win with goals from Ramon Vega and David Ginola. A week later Chelsea introduced him to the realities of English football.
The following August, a goal from Les Ferdinand gave Spurs their first win of the season after defeats at Wimbledon and at home to Sheffield Wednesday, and he must have left Goodison singing, “Can we play you every week.” His time at Spurs, however, was nearly up and during that international break he was removed from post.
Hopefully, Spurs will be able to bring an end to their run of three defeats at Goodison Park. Everton will provide a stern test for Tottenham’s ambitions for the season and a home win would take Everton two points ahead of Spurs.