Tottenham Hotspur 1 Everton 0 – Adebayor finds a way past a spirited Toffees team
There was little between the two teams at White Hart Lane, with Emmanuel Adebayor finding a second-half breakthrough for Tottenham.
February 9th, 2014
Everton’s hopes of securing a top four spot in the Premier League took a hit on Sunday when the Merseyside team were unable to make their first-half superiority pay against Tottenham.
The scoreline was goalless at the interval despite Roberto Martinez’s side controlling the game and fashioning some decent scoring chances, although Spurs rallied after the break and broke the deadlock midway through the second half when Adebayor latched on to Kyle Walker’s ball to hold off the defence and slot past Tim Howard.
It was far from a convincing Tottenham performance, with Christian Eriksen and Moussa Dembele struggling to make things happen for the home side, while Gareth Barry and James McCarthy were quick to close down and ensure that the visitors dominated possession.
The best chance of the first half fell to Leon Osman after a smart knock down from Steven Naismith, although the midfielder’s shot was palmed away by Hugo Lloris, while Kevin Mirallas wasted another scoring opportunity when opting to shoot rather than feed Naismith.
Tottenham showed more attacking prowess in the second half and Adebayor’s finish means they keep the pressure on Liverpool in fourth place, even if Tim Sherwood’s side failed to create many other clear scoring chances.
The result sees Spurs leafrog Everton into fifth place, now trailing Liverpool by three points although heavy defeats against Manchester City and the Reds themselves means there is a chasm when it comes to goal difference.
Martinez will rue the fact that Romelu Lukaku is out injured at the moment, although Everton might still have lacked a cutting edge that was provided to the home side by Adebayor.