Tottenham European Hangover in Draw with Everton

Tottenham Hotspur looked jet lagged in today’s early Premier League kick off with Everton at White Hart Lane.

Everton took the lead in the 17th minute thanks to a sublime free kick from Leighton Baines. Tottenham had looked bright in the initial stages of the match, and they weren’t behind for long. Tim Howard flapped at a cross, enabling Peter Crouch to steer the ball into Rafael van der Vaart’s path who smashed in from the goal line for his fifth goal at White Hart Lane since joining in the summer.  For the remainder of the game, Tottenham looked flat and should be content with taking a point from a hardworking Everton side.

Rafael van der Vaart

The Dutch playmaker was fresh from being cup tied for Tottenham’s 4-3 defeat to Inter Milan midweek, and most of Tottenham’s good play came through the Ajax academy product. Technically gigted, van der Vaart is a treat to have in the Premier League, whom won over the Spurs fans before he even stepped foot on the field. He and Luka Modric have limited the talented Niko Kranjcar to just two league appearances this season. Further proof of Tottenham’s strength in depth allowed Harry Redknapp to sub Wilson Palacios off at half time for Brazilian summer signing Sandro who put in a solid second half performance. Palacios was seemingly one foul away from a second yellow card at the end of the first half. An honorary mention must go out to Younes Kaboul who was solid at the back for Tottenham today.

Everton were the better side in the second half, but neither team could find a winner. Roman Pavlyuchenko had a good chance blocked on the counter attack in the second half for Tottenham as they came strong in the final quarter of an hour with both Steven Pienaar and Tim Cahill looking fatigued as the half went on.

Maintaining Midtable Status

This result ends Everton’s two game winning streak, but 7 points in their last 3 games will see Everton maintain their midtable position at the end of this weekend. They picked up 2 points from their opening 7 games.

Champions League Competitors

If both Arsenal and Manchester United avoid defeat on Sunday, Tottenham will drop back into 5th spot where they started this weekend.