Along with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison has been ruled out of the game at Spurs
Everton brought their frustrating 2018-19 season to a close with their first visit to Tottenham's new stadium, where they could not hold on to a brief 2-1 lead in the second half.
Everton started with three centre-backs in Zouma, Mina and Keane, Zouma playing right-back. Schneiderlin retained his place with Gomes only on the bench, returning from a 3-match ban. Coleman, Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin were out injured.
An early corner was not cleared and fell to Eric Dier who smashed it past a stunned Jordan Pickford. The return of zonal marking? Everton huffed and puffed but could not get out of their own half in the first 5 mins, perhaps a little awestruck facing the Champions League Finalists in a magnificent new stadium...
Finally, a free-kick that Keane got to and kindly headed straight into the arms of LLoris with the goal at his mercy. Spurs scampered upfield, despite being offside, but getting a potshot at Pickford, which he saved well from a close angle.
The slipshod Everton defence again allowed Spurs to run through, Alli firing just over the bar. Spurs kept attacking at will, with the Blues unable to get their game in gear, exemplified by Gueye firing the ball out of play behind Digne.
But after 18 minutes, the Blues constructed something approaching an attack, Bernard's ball in from the left reaching Tosun who prodded it at Lloris. The ball was cleared up the other end for a corner that was fired over.
Bernard shipped a lovely ball up for Tosun to chase but he naive shoulder charged Dier who collapsed for the slight pressure, drawing an easy foul from the generous Andre Marriner. Sigurdsson tried to release Tosun on the right but a poor touch saw the ball lost.
A better move saw the two combine but Tosun cut it back to the Icelander rather than shoot himself and the attempt was blocked. Walcott and Tosun made space for Sigurdsson who also choose to slot it back across goal rather than shoot.
A cross was cleared to Bernard who tried to sneak it inside the post but his shot was too weak and Lloris got down to it. Spurs pushed forward again but, after letting in the early goal, Everton's rejigged defence seemed to have a better handle on things, Alli firing wide.
Everton showed more intent toward the break, first Keane again getting his head on a free-kick and then Sigurdsson firing in a very difficult shot that Lloris did well to get his body behind. Bernard did well to roll a nice ball in for Walcott whose extra touch wasted any chance. A nice ball to Tosun hit his standing leg. At the other end, some more sloppiness was not punished.
Walcott was knocked over in a dangerous place, setting up a tasty free-kick that Digne smacked into the top of the wall, the Blues winning a corner in the second phase, that came to nothing
A bright restart for Spurs, Walker-Peters sending a deflected cross teasingly in front of Pickford and out for a corner. A buffoon then ran on the pitch.
Digne forced Sissoko to give up a corner that was worked around to Walcott who again wanted the extra touch so he could shoot at a defender. Sigurdsson floated a free-kick well beyond the far post and out. At the other end, Eriksen's cross-shot was deflected out for a corner that was eventually cleared.
Walker-Peters caught Tosun above the ankle but was not punished. Tosun seemed to have set up Bernard but he could only poke it wide on the stretch. Keane won a double duel with Eriksen to stop him striking. Pickford had to be alert to keep out Llorente's header before there was a double change: Gueye and Bernard off for Gomes and Lookman.
Spurs were now containing Everton at a canter, without seemingly trying all that hard to press for a second goal, as the Everton fans celebrated news of Man City's 3rd goal with the prospect of Spurs winning an upcoming European final in Madrid, much to their mutual delight.
Then, from nothing, Digne fed Lookman who did really well to feed Sigurdsson and it was Walcott who fired home low and hard, a great shot beyond Lloris and inside the far post.
A brilliant piece of work by Sigurdsson set up a great cross from Digne and, from the ensuing corner, there was a real scramble, Tosun getting the credit for forcing it over the line after Lookman's shot was blocked. Everton had turned the game around in 3 minutes.
Gomes fouled in a dangerous spot and Eriksen fired it beyond a hapless Pickford with consummate ease, 2-2, a fantastic strike. Spurs then made a double-sub.
Sigurdsson beat his man but the cutback did not sit up for anyone. Everton gave up another dangerous free-kick a little further out, the defensive header conceding a corner. At the other end, Digne placed a perfect cross to Tosun whose header was straight at Lloris.
Everton attacked with some zeal, Zouma winning a corner, played short and then easy for Lloris. Everton ran forward but could not find a way through, going into the last 5 minutes of the 2018-19 season, and it finished 2-2.
Everton finish 8th behind Wolves, who this season take the accolade of being the Best of the Rest.
Scorers: Dier (3'), Eriksen (75'); Walcott (69'), Tosun (72').
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Davies, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Dier, Sissoko, Alli (46' Wanyama), Eriksen, Lamela, Moura, Llorente. Subs: Gazzaniga, Trippier, (77' Janssen) Aurier, Marsh, (77' Skipp).
Everton: Pickford, Mina, Keane, Zouma, Digne [Y:90'], Gueye (65' Gomes), Schneiderlin [Y:71'], Sigurdsson, Walcott, Bernard (65' Lookman), Tosun. Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Jagielka, Davies, Kenny.
Referee: Andre Marriner
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1 Posted 12/05/2019 at 14:10:20
2 Posted 12/05/2019 at 14:15:02
Not an encouraging sign for Jonjoe Kenny, you have to say.
4 Posted 12/05/2019 at 14:24:39
5 Posted 12/05/2019 at 14:30:11
Their way looks unbalanced to me!
6 Posted 12/05/2019 at 14:32:01
7 Posted 12/05/2019 at 14:40:03
8 Posted 12/05/2019 at 15:11:10
9 Posted 12/05/2019 at 16:03:01
The injuries and their replacements highlight how shallow our squad depth is, but Silva has compounded matters and not helped himself or the team with his radical change of line up.
Instead of going with the tried and trusted flat back four that has delivered so much in recent weeks, the three centre backs has had a detrimental knock on effect throughout the whole team.
At the back we are too narrow and leaving Spurs with ample space to attack us down the flanks. Spurs are deliberately leaving players out wide to exploit this. Our right side is an open door without Coleman. The midfield is sitting too deep as a result. The forwards almost anonymous.
This is allowing Spurs to squeeze our space and there is no out ball or opportunity to play some of the short, sharp and quick interplays that we have seen in recent weeks.
The last 15 minutes was better, but even when we got into good positions, rather than take on the shot, the likes of Tosun and Sigurdson have laid it off and the chance was gone.
This was a chance to make a big statement at a top six ground to carry us into next season. At the moment, we are spurning it.
Will Silva be bold enough to revert to a flat back four, replacing (probably) Mina for Baines?
10 Posted 12/05/2019 at 16:57:23
11 Posted 12/05/2019 at 17:01:33
We have a strong nucleus, especially if Gomes and perhaps Zouma can be cajoled.
12 Posted 12/05/2019 at 17:07:49
13 Posted 12/05/2019 at 17:08:24
But no. Within a couple of minutes, Gomes gives away a really soft free kick in a dangerous position. The lining up of the wall didn't look right to me and so it proved.
Even it improved second half, the back three still didn't look right all game. There was particularly slow transition out of defence down the right where Zouma was playing. Not blaming the lad, but more the manager for setting the team up that way.
Lookman did well for our opening goal. His shimmying run drawing Spurs players out of position, creating space for Siggy and Walcott for the goal. Good pressure by Keane and ultimately Tosun for our second.
But this was a game we should have taken three points from with a bit more intensity over the 90 minutes and better game management having taken the lead.
Big summer ahead, and not just for Everton.
14 Posted 12/05/2019 at 17:08:39
We might have been better off if we really played 3 at the back, or had Jonjoe Kenny replaced Coleman, which would give the back four more balanced. However, I think Silva finds Kenny unable to handle the pace and trickery of Eriksen. The Eriksen free-kick could have been avoided, if the wall was better constructed.
Nevertheless, much as it was two points dropped, and a missed opportunity to get a psychological boost by winning away at one of the top teams, we did end the season undefeated, save for the Fulham debacle.
15 Posted 12/05/2019 at 17:14:13
16 Posted 12/05/2019 at 17:19:18
We're getting ready, we really are. Nice to see Gomes celebrating so unambiguously by the way. Be happy, Blues, be happy.
17 Posted 12/05/2019 at 17:30:41
Anyway onwards to next season where we will need to drastically improve on five away wins, games at the likes of Southampton, Brighton, Palace, Bournemouth,Newcastle need to start yielding wins if we are to reclaim 7th spot and try and seriously progress furthermore.
Our home form has been very strong as per usual and defensively other than today when injuries dictated has been sound.
I think Silva is the man to get things working again but we surely cant start the season again with the same frailties and question marks about centre forward, and the signing of Zouma should be a must, also a decent experienced backup goalkeeper to push Pickford who many times this season didnt cover himself in too much glory it has to be said.
18 Posted 12/05/2019 at 17:31:15
Still having said all that I felt we could have won that game today, which basically was a dead rubber, but we should be developing that winning mentality for the future so it comes as second nature.
Here's looking to a busy Transfer Market with plenty of outgoings and some really new talented young faces.
19 Posted 12/05/2019 at 17:38:43
So we end the season with optimism. And also, Walcott and Tosun both scored which tells you something. I really hope we concentrate on getting shut of the loanees that don't have a future and also add to what we have here. That's progression. We finish no better off than last season but the difference is that this time we shouldn't be looking to rip it up and start again.
20 Posted 12/05/2019 at 17:46:35
Get behind it all my fellow Blues. This is going to be our time, let's relish it.
21 Posted 12/05/2019 at 17:52:42
"Zouma was actually played at right back...So, actually, we stuck to a back four, only that it's not a proper back four."
Have to disagree Terence, based on what I saw on the pitch. For the vast bulk of the first half our three centre backs default positions were Zouma right, Keane centre and Mina left, occupying the space the width of our penalty area. There was no true right back to speak of. Digne's default position was more of a wing back, in advance of that back three.
The set up created all the problems I outlined in my half-time post @ 9.
22 Posted 12/05/2019 at 18:07:42
Again, City are out on their own - 31 points - with the 'poo second on 23 points. City won 10 of their 12 games in these fixtures. T'other lot just 6.
The remaining five are really closely bunched and finished thus:
Arsenal - 15
Chelsea - 13
EVERTON - 12
Spurs - 11
United - 10
Of these group, Arsenal won 4 games, Chelsea, Everton and Spurs 3 games, United just 2. Like ourselves, Arsenal and Chelsea failed to win away in these fixtures.
This suggests to me (other than the woeful tanking home to Spurs) we can compete with and get results against 'the elite', as our late season results show. Add just 2-3 more wins against them and we can start making serious inroads into the points difference that currently exists between us.
Where we need to do better is consistently putting away the mid-table and lower teams, both home, but particularly, away.
23 Posted 12/05/2019 at 18:07:43
24 Posted 12/05/2019 at 18:14:35
Lot of work to do this summer though. We need a better pre-season than last and we need to get the squad sorted as early as possible.
I definitely feel optimistic, and Im confident Brands will deliver and so next year we will be higher than 8th.
25 Posted 12/05/2019 at 18:31:17
No need to remind you of his away record against 'the elite' as to why we never broke the glass ceiling.
My mini-league table highlights how 'middling' - other than the top two - the top six (plus ourselves) results are against each other. However, they are twatting away lesser sides more consistently then we do, thus the points difference.
A combination of upping our win ratio against mid-table and lower teams to the levels Moyes achieved, plus getting those elusive wins on the road to 'the elite', and a quantum leap is feasible.
You can stake your last dollar that all 'the elite' will be spending large this summer, but will they spend well? Other than the top two, there is some disarray, a greater vulnerability, in the ranks of Chelsea, Arsenal and United, possibly even Spurs if Ponch walks, than there has been for some time.
Let's hope Moshiri, Brands and Silva are working towards taking advantage of that.
26 Posted 12/05/2019 at 18:37:45
We would have well qualified with ease for the Europa League, so let's hope we do actually build on what we have achieved, both in terms of points and personnel over the Summer.
Obviously a lot hinges on what happens with Gana, Zouma and Gomes, and whether they stay or go. I appreciate we have a large contingency to be found new pastures for, but I am hopeful again that Marcel Brands can weave his magic in the Transfer Market.
A lot criticised Mina, but I think he is a decent player, but not really on today's showing. Why Jonjoe wasn't used in place of Seamus, and our usual shape retained, is a mystery.
I would have also liked to have seen more of the younger ones on the bench, I know it was almost a 'dead rubber' but even a loss today would have still seen us finish 8th, but that is retrospective. Arithmetically, we could have been caught.
27 Posted 12/05/2019 at 18:39:56
On the whole, a very inconsistent season, with some dire moments that hopefully will not return, but ending with a positivity that should lead to a positive summer.
A lot of movement to happen, with deadwood moving on. Big questions of Tosun, and Walcott who, in my mind, need to be moved on. And Lookman... does he have a future? Schneiderlin has done a bit of a Teon Greyjoy and gone from Public Enemy No 1 to almost full redemption – the Schneiderlin who played the last 6 games or so is an asset.
Gomes hopefully can stay but, if he does get poached, I imagine we can find someone, or maybe give a chance to Davies, Bowler, or Adeniran.
Keeping Gana is imperative. A striker (or wide forward) also, as Bernard lacks goals; Calvert-Lewin has promise but also lacks goals.
6th next season is the target; with Man Utd looking decadent, there is an opening.
28 Posted 12/05/2019 at 18:42:55
30 Posted 12/05/2019 at 18:50:43
Overall, Everton played well, though not at their best. At last, they looked to have the beating of Tottenham.
31 Posted 12/05/2019 at 18:51:04
32 Posted 12/05/2019 at 19:00:01
33 Posted 12/05/2019 at 19:08:04
34 Posted 12/05/2019 at 19:13:07
Only the present and the future matters, the past is gone.
35 Posted 12/05/2019 at 19:28:13
I agree that we should try very hard to keep him but, if he really wants to leave, then I think he's earned that opportunity and, at his age, he may not get too many more.
36 Posted 12/05/2019 at 19:52:33
37 Posted 12/05/2019 at 21:29:39
38 Posted 12/05/2019 at 21:52:40
39 Posted 12/05/2019 at 22:15:24
40 Posted 12/05/2019 at 22:52:58
41 Posted 12/05/2019 at 23:16:34
That is a great point. I'm of the mind that Gueye will be off this summer.
But as you say, why?
If we're going to gate-crash the Top 6, we need to start to act like a Top 6 club with our dealings.
Stay or go, I've no doubt Marcel Brands will, in the end, make the right move regarding Gueye. But your point is well taken.
42 Posted 12/05/2019 at 23:33:19
43 Posted 12/05/2019 at 23:37:00
But we hold the contract on Gana. Gomes and Zouma are more out of our hands.
But Gueye? He's ours. In the end it's our call. Gana has demonstrated, quite beautifully I might add, that he'll buckle down and do the business no matter what.
So in that regard, we do hold some cards in the poker game.
44 Posted 12/05/2019 at 00:09:17
I am on the fence about Gomes. His error in tackling like a schoolboy on the edge of our box is symptomatic of his lack of pace and application in the Premier League and his inconsistency shows why Barca and their fans do not rate him.
Zouma makes an otherwise leaky defence look very solid and I have little faith in Mina who was at fault for their first goal and always seems to have a mistake in him.
Our weakness up front was ruthlessly exposed today when Tosun wasted chance after chance and Walcott wanted too much time. Bernard, for all his silky skills, was again wasteful in front of goal.
We desperately need a clinical goalscorer and more reinforcement up front.
45 Posted 13/05/2019 at 03:22:18
46 Posted 13/05/2019 at 06:42:51
I couldn't agree more. The lack of a top class striker has, once again, cost us dearly. But we have all known that for a few seasons. Hopefully, Brands already has someone lined up.
What a great stadium Spurs have! Easily the best I've ever been in and whets the appetite for what is possible at Bramley-Moore Dock. The away end and the Spurs part behind the goal is obviously designed for safe standing when that, inevitably, comes in, and the large banking at the home end certainly generates noise and must be intimidating for away teams.
47 Posted 13/05/2019 at 07:58:18
48 Posted 13/05/2019 at 09:08:07
I really hope we sign Gomes as I believe both him and Bernard will be vital for us going forward. I believe both will be far better next season with a full pre-season under their belts. Always assuming we get Gomes, of course.
Keeping Gana would be a major coup for us and Zouma is a must if a deal can be sorted out. An interesting summer lies ahead...
49 Posted 13/05/2019 at 09:21:09
By Wayne Veysey
Everton participation in this season's Premier League will earn them £125.7million of TV money, it can be revealed.
The north London club are to pocket the huge sum of broadcasting revenue as a result of their eighth-place finish and 18 of their matches being shown on Sky Sports and BT Sports.
This says all you need to know about Everton's profile with the media. Who the fuck is this Veysey fellow?
50 Posted 13/05/2019 at 09:33:39
Hello, Are you the person that writes in Football Insider? If so, I suggest you get your facts right before spouting to the media. Check out on your satnav the location of Everton (that North London Club) which you have written about. Get your facts right mate, this is lazy or ignorant journalism.
51 Posted 13/05/2019 at 09:43:22
This summer is going to have to be massive off the pitch if we are ever going to be able to really compete with the big boys on a more consistent basis on the pitch.
52 Posted 13/05/2019 at 10:08:07
53 Posted 13/05/2019 at 10:47:00
54 Posted 13/05/2019 at 13:55:28
Silva, may have owned up to the defeat in the changing room, which might then have allowed him to then be a lot more honest with some of his players, and Pickford, got destroyed in the media by absolutely everyone, so this was the biggest game in some respects.
I'm happy with about 9/10 players, some of whom might not be here next season, so I just think we've got a massive summer ahead of us, if we really want to push on.
55 Posted 13/05/2019 at 14:02:28
However I don't want to be selling our young promising players for an overpaid, lazy, no heart or desire to improve for a few seasons.
However, the seasoned pros who just can't cut it or improve the first team should be the first to go namely Bolasie, Tosun, Schneiderlin, Jagielka (great player in his day).
I believe in Calvert-Lewin, Davies, Lookman, Kenny. But I can only judge on what I have seen and the hope they will continue to improve.
For me Zouma is a must but I don't think Chelsea will sell. So we need a new centre-back. To many Qs over Mina.
Gana is probably the hardest player to replace. The talented, unselfish workaholics are not easy to find.
56 Posted 13/05/2019 at 14:10:52
57 Posted 13/05/2019 at 15:35:09
58 Posted 13/05/2019 at 15:47:29
59 Posted 13/05/2019 at 17:35:57
The second goal we gave up was unforgivable. Gomes committed a really stupid foul in a dangerous position. You can't do that, especially at that position on the pitch, at that time of the game.
Poor foul leads to a goal.
You can't hand goals to a side like Spurs. Really poor by Gomes.
60 Posted 13/05/2019 at 22:50:45
For those who say he was part of a 3 centre back system, please have a look at the link below on the official site. Click on Stats on the banner, scroll down to the team and click on Zouma to view all his touches.
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