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Everton 1-1 Tottenham: What Were The Main Talking Points As Spurs Suffer A Collapse At Goodison Park?

Tom Dunstan in Editorial, English Premier League 4 Apr 2023

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In what was a fiery affair from Goodison Park on Monday night, Everton mounted a thrilling last-gasp comeback as they played out a 1-1 draw against Tottenham.

While the first-half on Merseyside might have been an incredibly nervy contest, things certainly sprung to life after returning from the half-time interval.

With Abdoulaye Doucoure shown a straight red card on the 58th minute following an altercation with Harry Kane, the England skipper then handed Spurs the lead from the penalty spot as he powered past international teammate Jordan Pickford.

However, while Tottenham might have been seconds away from getting the post-Antonio Conte era underway with a crucial victory, it was Michael Keane who broke Tottenham’s heart thanks to a remarkable 30-yard thunderbolt moments before injury-time.

With Everton’s late charge helped as second-half substitute was shown his own straight red card following a horror challenge on Keane seconds before the defender’s equaliser, Spurs will know that they are set to come under more scrutiny.

On a night when the Toffees climbed out of the relegation zone, we have taken a look at the main talking points from Goodison Park.

Another last-gasp collapse for Tottenham

Finally completing what was a messy divorce from Conte last week, all eyes were on how Tottenham would fair without the one-time Chelsea boss in their dugout.

However, while Conte might have eventually left north London following a stunning tirade against both Spurs’ hierarchy and their first-team stars, it was a similar story for the Lilywhites on Monday night.

Heading into the international break by throwing away a two-goal lead at relegation scrappers Southampton as they eventually had to settle for a 3-3 draw at St. Mary’s, Spurs have continued to gain a reputation for their inability to hold onto a lead.

While Monday’s point at Goodison might have sneaked Tottenham back into the top-four, they will know that they face what looks set to be an uphill struggle in their bid to claim back-to-back Champions League finishes this season.

More than aware that they will face even more scrutiny after another last-gasp collapse on Merseyside, Spurs have the feel of a club that is dealing with a host of issues both on the pitch and behind the scenes.

Yet to bring in a new permanent replacement for Conte and crashing out of the Champions League at the hands of AC Milan last month, Spurs have also notched just a single victory since back on February 26th.

A point that could save Everton’s season

While Everton might have faced a huge struggle after falling 1-0 behind and watching Doucoure get shown a straight red card just before the hour mark, Sean Dyche would have been hugely proud of the resolve that his side showed on Monday night.

Backed by a vocal home support at Goodison and sent into overdrive as Keane produced a famous last-gasp wonder-strike, there is no doubt that Monday’s hosts have breathed life back into their charge for Premier League survival.

Finding a route out of the bottom-three and clearly enjoying a new lease of life under the ex-Burnley boss, fans around the blue half of Merseyside should find the mood in their camp at the highest it has been all season.

Heading into the international break as they once again demonstrated their mental resolve thanks to a late 2-2 draw away at Chelsea, Everton are now unbeaten in each of their last four straight Premier League appearances.

Really appearing to turn a corner over the past month, Dyche will now be using Monday’s dramatic comeback as a platform to build on going forward.

Although Everton might face a tough task next time out when they travel to Manchester United this weekend, the Toffees will travel to Old Trafford enjoying a real boost.

Spurs’ away day issues will cost them a top-four spot

While Monday’s 1-1 draw might have briefly moved Tottenham back into the top-four, it will be their rather glaring issues outside of north London that will cost them a crucial Champions League spot come May.

Now suffering back-to-back late stalemates away at relegation scrappers Everton and Southampton, Spurs have now failed to win any of their last six straight away appearances across all competitions.

Shockingly crashing out of the FA Cup on March 1st following a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Championship outfit Sheffield United, the Lilywhites have also failed to clinch a Premier League victory on their travels since the end of January.

Eventually crashing out of the Champions League due to a first-leg 1-0 loss away at Italian heavyweights AC Milan, Tottenham also have plenty of tough tests down the line.

Along with what looks set to be a season-defining trip to St. James’ Park on April 23rd, Spurs also face visits to the likes of Liverpool and Aston Villa before the end of the season.

Match Report

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Tarkowski, Godfrey, Iwobi, Doucoure, Gueye, Onana, McNeil, Gray

Subs: Simms, Mykolenko, Garner, Davies

Tottenham: Lloris, Romero, Dier, Lengte, Perisic, Hojberg, Skipp, Porro, Kulusevski, Son, Kane

Subs: Moura, Sanchez

Goals: Everton: Keane (90’) – Tottenham: Kane (68’ pen)

Yellow Cards: Kane, Lenglet, Romero

Red Cards: Everton: Doucoure – Tottenham: Moura

Referee: David Coote

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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