A Tottenham win – 3 points – a clean sheet – Spurs move up to 5th place ahead of Everton in the Premier League – keeps us within touching distance of Liverpool for the final Champions League position – those are the important points from the win over Everton.
Tottenham defeated Everton with a single goal from Emmanuel Adebayor. Which players earned their ‘Spurs’ in the game for their endeavour and overall contribution?
The overall performance was summed up in one tweet from Nikhil Saglani
@SpursOfficial Superb character shown be the lads today, showed grit and determination to withstand pressure. Excellent goal, Ade.
— Nikhil Saglani (@Nikhil_Saglani) February 9, 2014
Spurs started slowly with Everton having early dominance and the opportunity to take an early lead but thanks to Hugo Lloris’ performance he kept us in the game. One save in particular after 6 minutes from Osman was outstanding. Lloris kept his 14th clean sheet of the season, the 10th in the league.
Emmanuel Adebayor worked hard, especially in the second half. He tracked back into midfield to put pressure on the Everton player in possession and regained the ball on numerous occasions. He looked to get forward quickly and took his goal with great composure. He controlled Kyle Walker’s chipped pass on his chest and held off the challenge of the defender. Once the ball was on the ground he hit it with precision inside the post to give Tim Howard no chance.
As the the Spurs Poet tweeted:
Sherwood is lucky ade has a point to prove … His goals have been the major reason for the decent run !! Not Sherwood's management
— the spurs poet (@thespurspoet) February 9, 2014
Kyle Walker, making his 100th PL appearance for Tottenham, played well against the double threat of Steven Pienaar and Leighton Baines who were a constant danger on the left. Walker’s quick thinking which brought the goal deserves praise. His decision to take the free-kick before the Everton defence had re-organised paid dividends. His delivery of a perfect chipped pass to Adebayor gave the striker the split second advantage he needed to get in on goal and score.
In midfield Mousa Dembele played further forward than normal and proved a handful for Everton and Nabil Bentaleb worked hard and showed desire throughout the game when other were less interested and willing to compete.
Who Earned Their Tottenham ‘Spurs’ against Everton?
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