• English Barclays Premier League
  • 9 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Goodison Park
  • Attendance: 36,494
  • Pienaar, 90
  • Jelavic, 90+2
  • Dempsey, 76

live commentary

94 mins:Full Time: Everton 2-1 Tottenham. Everton go fourth! Tottenham once again let a winning position slip in the dying minutes but Everton will feel their performance was worthy of the three points.

92 mins:GOAL: EVERTON 2-1 TOTTENHAM. They've turned it around! Vellios' over-head falls for JELAVIC who makes no mistake in finishing into the bottom corner.

90 mins:GOAL: EVERTON 1-1 TOTTENHAM. PIENAAR LEVELS! Coleman floats in a good cross and the South African is on hand to head home from twelve yards. No less than the Toffees deserve.

88 mins:The ball is pumped long to Fellaini but the Spurs defense are looking more resolute now.

86 mins:Falque replaces Defoe.

85 mins:Sigurdsson gets the ball out of his feet and curls a wonderful effort towards the top corner from range but it comes back off the crossbar.

84 mins:Time is running out for Everton now. AVB is preparing to make his final change.

82 mins:Vellios on for Osman.

81 mins:Everton are throwing everything at Spurs now. I expect to see plenty of balls tossed into the box in the final ten minutes.

79 mins:If Premier League games had finished on 80 minutes, Spurs would be top this season. Can Everton come back into this one?

77 mins:Sigurdsson is immediately brought on for Dembele.

76 mins:GOAL: EVERTON 0-1 TOTTENHAM. Clint Dempsey gives Spurs the lead! The American gets into the box and shoots, it takes a wicked deflection off Distin and loops into the net.

74 mins:Osman forces a good save from Lloris with yet another curling effort.

73 mins:Baines gets into a good position but fails to find a team-mat with his cross.

71 mins:Less than twenty minutes to go and it remains goalless.

69 mins:Dembele is likely to play from wide as Lennon is replaced by Huddlestone.

68 mins:Osman opts to take a booking as he brings down Walker cynically.

66 mins:Baines breaks to the byline and pulls it back low for Osman but he fires over as another Everton chances goes begging.

65 mins:Superb pace from Walker as he races back to prevent an Everton counter attack, winning a throw off Pienaar.

64 mins:After a bright start to the second half the game has gotten a little scrappy once again.

62 mins:Gibson swings the ball in to Fellaini in the middle but he can't generate enough power on the header to test Lloris.

61 mins:As we tick past the hour mark Jelavic and Pienaar combine well on the right hand side, but the move comes to nothing.

59 mins:Coleman leads Everton on the counter attack but his cross is well headed clear by Caulker.

57 mins:Dembele's out-swinging corner finds Verthongen in the middle but his header is straight at Howard.

56 mins:Verthongen takes the free-kick and delivers a dipping strike that forces Howard to turn it over the bar.

55 mins:Good feet from Dempsey wins a free-kick as Gibson hangs out a leg. This is a good position for Spurs.

53 mins:Adebayor hassles Distin deep into Everton territory and the Frenchman is forced to hack the ball up-field.

52 mins:Much better from Spurs as they move the ball well in the midfield before Sandro's deflected shot creeps narrowly wide.

50 mins:This isn't the start to the second half the travelling Spurs fans were looking for.

48 mins:Baines' free-kick comes back to him off the wall and he drives it across the box. Naismith is there in the middle but manages to shoot wide from six yards. What a chance.

47 mins:Everton have a free-kick on the edge of the Spurs box as they make a bright a bright start to the second half.

46 mins:The second half kicks off.

46 mins:Naismith is on for Mirallas at halftime.

45 mins:Halftime: Everton 0-0 Tottenham. The halftime whistle goes and Spurs survive the onslaught from the men in blue. It's not been the best of games, but Everton will feel they should be in-front.

45 mins:Pienaar's shot hits Gallas on the arm but again there's nothing given. Seconds later Osman's goalbound effort is chested behind by Caulker.

45 mins:Penalty claim for Everton as Dempsey points to his chest. Referee Friend waves away the appeals - he was well placed to spot that one.

45 mins:Better from Lennon as he races past Baines who hacks down his compatriot. Yellow card.

44 mins:Everton are winning the individual battles here. Lennon loses out to Pienaar before Coleman pinches the ball from Dempsey.

42 mins:Fellaini finds Osman who curls a left-footed shot towards the far corner but it drifts agonizingly past the post. That's as close as anyone has gone so far.

40 mins:The first free-kick comes to nothing but now Verthongen checks Coleman and is the second player to be booked.

38 mins:Defoe is cautioned for creeping forward before the free-kick is taken.

37 mins:Fellaini once again shows his physical power as he holds off Sandro and wins a free-kick.

35 mins:Sloppy from Adebayor as he mis-controls a simple pass out from the back four.

34 mins:Baines finds space on the left hand side and whips a cross into the back post but it doesn't connect with Fellaini. Throw-in for Spurs.

32 mins:Fellaini surges forward from the middle of midfield but his pass into the box is too strong for Jelavic.

30 mins:Pienaar's cross is met by the towering Fellaini but the header bounces wide of the post.

29 mins:Both sides have struggled to get into their passing rhythm at the moment as Spurs concede possession cheaply once again.

28 mins:Osman is well found in the right channel but once again an Everton player fails to hit the target.

26 mins:Coleman bursts forward and opts to shoot rather than cross but his effort is sliced wide.

24 mins:Sandro gets a ticking off for his second foul of the game. No booking though.

23 mins:Osman looks to spread the ball wide for Baines but he is well marshaled by Walker.

21 mins:The resulting corner comes out to Gibson but his volleyed effort flys wide of the mark.

20 mins:Mirallas crosses towards Jelavic but Gallas makes a vital interception. Everton on the front foot here.

18 mins:Dempsey takes the free-kick and curls it over the wall but Howard makes the save look comfortable.

17 mins:Osman gives it away and Dempsey latches onto it to win a free-kick 25 yards from goal.

15 mins:Tim Howard is put under pressure by Defoe and has to slam the ball into row Z to clear the danger.

13 mins:The game has been a tad scrappy in the last few minutes. Both sides conceding possession in the final third.

10 mins:Great goalkeeping from Lloris. Jelavic breaks through and looks set to score before the keeper races off his line to scupper the chance.

8 mins:Walker's cross is turned back into the path of Dembele who's stinging drive forces a good save from Howard.

7 mins:That's a bit better from the visitors as Demebele spins in the middle and smartly finds Sandro.

6 mins:Spurs have made a slow start to this game.

4 mins:Coleman bursts down the right hand side and cuts it back into the middle but Spurs scramble it away.

2 mins:Everton take a free-kick quickly and Osman finds Jelavic but his shot is well blocked.

1 mins:The match kicks off.

Defoe and Adebayor are paired in attack by Villas-Boas with Dempsey playing on the left in Bale's absence. Dembele and Sandro are the preferred midfield combination.

Everton, who have lost three in a row now, have Jelavic heading up the attack with Fellaini providing the support. Gibson also starts in midfield.

Tottenham: Lloris, Verthongen, Gallas, Caulker, Walker, Lennon, Dembele, Sandro, Dempsey, Defoe, Adebayor.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Distin, Baines, Jagielka, Pienaar, Mirallas, Gibson, Osman, Jelavic, Fellaini.

Hello and welcome to Goodison Park as Everton look to turn their recent poor run around against a resurgent Spurs.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 9 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Goodison Park
  • Attendance: 36,494
  • Pienaar, 90
  • Jelavic, 90+2
  • Dempsey, 76

match report

Two dramatic late goals from Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic helped Everton record a dramatic 2-1 victory against Tottenham at Goodison Park.

Clint Dempsey's deflected effort opened the scoring for the visitors after 76 minutes, but South African Pienaar superbly headed home to restore parity and then 88 second later Jelavic stole in to meet Apostolos Vellios' attempted overhead kick to seal victory.

The three points helped the Merseysiders extend their unbeaten home league record to 12 matches and they earned the added bonus of moving above their opponents into fourth position in the Premier League standings on goal difference.

Leon Osman and Pienaar both missed Jelavic's cut-back early on with the Croatia striker himself denied by William Gallas after Kevin Mirallas broke down the right.

Seamus Coleman fired into the side-netting, Marouane Fellaini headed over a corner and Osman clipped left-footed cross-shot wide from Fellaini lay-off as Everton dominated.

Shouts for a penalty against Dempsey after the ball came off his chest were magnified greatly when Pienaar's shot hit William Gallas' arm but referee Kevin Friend remained unmoved.

After the break, Leighton Baines' strike from a free-kick rebound flew into the penalty both Jelavic and substitute Steven Naismith failed to get the decisive touch which would have brought the opening goal.

It took until the 54th minute for Spurs to properly test Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard with Jan Vertonghen's swerving and dipping shot tipped over by the United States international.

The visitors then produced an ultimate sucker-punch as Dempsey received the ball with his back to goal 30 yards out, turned and hit a shot which took a slight-enough deflection of Sylvain Distin to send it dipping over Howard.

Substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson hit the crossbar with a curling shot as gaps opened up as Everton pressed for the equaliser.

And it duly came in the last minute when Coleman crossed and Pienaar firmly headed past Lloris from just inside the area.

But there was further late drama as Darron Gibson's pass was touched on by substitute Apostolos Vellios and Jelavic struck to the delight of the home faithful.

team line-up

24Tim Howard
15Sylvain Distin
23Seamus Coleman
6Phil Jagielka
3Leighton Baines
4Darron Gibson
11Kevin Mirallas45
21Leon Osman81
22Steven Pienaar
7Nikica Jelavic94
25Marouane Fellaini


1Ján Mucha
8Bryan Oviedo
5Johnny Heitinga94
16Thomas Hitzlsperger
27Apostolos Vellios81
14Steven Naismith45
20Ross Barkley


Kevin Friend

team line-up

25Hugo Lloris
28Kyle Walker
5Jan Vertonghen
13William Gallas
33Steven Caulker
7Aaron Lennon72
19Mousa Dembélé77
2Clint Dempsey
10Emmanuel Adebayor
18Jermain Defoe85


29Jake Livermore
24Brad Friedel
31Andros Townsend
16Kyle Naughton
22Gylfi Sigurdsson77
6Tom Huddlestone72
27Iago Falqué85


Kevin Friend

match stats

possession %4950
shots on target45
shots off target91
tackles won1712