December 4, 2022

By Oliver Holt For The Mail On Sunday
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The song remains the same. Spurs did not play particularly well. Their football did not quicken the pulse often. But they won. And they won relatively comfortably. Not only that, they moved level with Manchester City in second place in the Premier League. If this is what they are like when they are idling, God help the rest of them when they move up through the gears.
If Spurs are still being damned with faint praise, it is perhaps worth noting that they have now won 23 points from their ten league games this season, a mark which represents their highest points tally at this stage of a top-flight campaign for nearly 60 years. They have resilience and tactical acumen to spare under Antonio Conte and they are stacking up more building blocks with every game.
‘To see the intensity we played with tonight was really positive,’ said Conte after the match, reserving special praise for Matt Doherty, Ivan Perisic and Yves Bissouma. ‘It shows if you work in the right way, the performance of your players is always up. I am really delighted for the players because this performance repaid the effort they put in every day. We are doing everything with common sense.’
Harry Kane’s second-half penalty helped Spurs earn a 2-0 win against Everton to climb level on points with Manchester City
Jordan Pickford brought down the England captain in the box after spilling an effort from Spurs full-back Matt Doherty
Harry Kane scored the crucial goal, a second half penalty he won himself when he was tripped by Jordan Pickford after the England goalkeeper had made a mistake that will give Gareth Southgate something else to worry about as his defence drops all around him. There is no reason to worry about Kane, though. His goal took him within eight of Jimmy Greaves’ all-time Spurs record.
Spurs sealed the victory with a late strike from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg but they were grateful to Everton for their profligacy in front of goal. The visitors missed two gilt-edged chances in the first half but their manager, Frank Lampard, will be worried by their toothlessness in attack. Everton were routed 5-0 here late last season and Lampard appears to have banished the sense of chaos that was enveloping the club then.
Still, the game was not a classic. In an interview that appeared before the game, Richarlison, the Brazil striker who left Everton for Spurs in the summer, suggested his departure owed much to a ‘lack of ambition’ at the Merseyside club. In the context of this match, it was rather an unfortunate choice of words. Because this match screamed a lot of things: pragmatism, caution, opportunism perhaps. But not ambition.
Spurs started the stronger of the two teams and Son was creating chances almost from the kick-off. He found Kane with a curling cross from the left but as Kane tried to glance the ball in, he failed to make proper contact with it and it bounced off a defender for a corner.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg doubled Tottenham’s lead in the 86th minute thanks to a well-crafted assist from Rodrigo Bentancur
Amadou Onana missed a glorious chance to take the lead for Everton late in the first half but fired his effort over the crossbar
A minute later, Son’s quick thinking unlocked the Everton defence again, clipping a quick free kick down the left that released Perisic. Perisic crossed deep to the back post where he found Richarlison unmarked but the Brazil forward could only balloon his header over the bar.
Son kept going. A few minutes later, he burst into the Everton area and slalomed between Seamus Coleman and Idrissa Gueye. He tumbled over Gueye’s right leg and the home crowd yelled for a penalty but the referee waved play on. Son did get a free kick on the edge of the box soon afterwards but he hit it into the heart of the wall.
Midway through the half, though, Everton should have taken the lead. They launched a long ball out of defence and Demarai Gray took it skilfully in his stride as he turned past Rodrigo Bentancur and sprinted clear of him. Neal Maupay was screaming for the ball in the middle but Gray went alone and lifted his shot high over the bar from six yards out. On the touchline, Lampard put his head in his hands.
The visitors missed another golden chance three minutes before the interval. This time, the opportunity came from a Spurs mix-up. Hojbjerg and Cristian Romero both went for a loose ball and when both of them missed it and collided with each other, Amadou Onana raced in on goal. With only Pickford to beat, Onana pushed the ball just too far in front of him and stretched to make his shot, lifting his shot just too high. ‘When I wanted to shoot,’ Onana said later, ‘the ball jumps a bit, so I put it over.’ 
Kane – on his 400th appearance for Spurs – put his penalty miss in midweek behind him to convert confidently from the spot
The Spurs talisman’s successful effort gave Antonio Conte’s men the platform to go on and take three points in north London
Frank Lampard’s side fell to 14th spot on goal difference behind rivals Liverpool, Crystal Palace and West Ham on 10 points
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Spurs hit back on the stroke of half-time when Kane whipped in a cross from the left. Richarlison forced his way in front of his marker ten yards out and met the ball first time on the volley. Once again, the ball flew too high. The Everton fans behind the goal breathed a sigh of relief. Richarlison, the striker who left them for £60m in the summer, was the last man they wanted to score.
Richarlison was substituted six minutes after the break when he limped off with what looked like a calf injury. We are at the stage of the season now when players have little recovery time left ahead of the World Cup. If Richarlison has torn a muscle, he will be sweating on his place in the Brazil squad for the tournament in Qatar.
Spurs shook off his loss and looked like a better side with his replacement, Bissouma, dominating midfield. Kane stung the hands of Pickford with a volley that he slammed into the turf and which the Everton goalkeeper pushed away. The rebound fell to Son but he blasted his first time shot high over the crossbar.
It was only a brief reprieve for Everton, though. A couple of minutes later, Pickford spilled a shot from Doherty that he really should have held on to and Kane pounced on the rebound. Kane nudged the ball round Pickford and Pickford brought him down as he desperately tried to recover. The referee pointed to the spot and Kane dispatched the penalty decisively.
Spurs put the game out of reach four minutes from time when Kane freed Bentancur on the right and his cross found Hojbjerg unmarked 12 yards out. Hojbjerg had time to take the ball down, jink to his right and clip a shot towards goal. It took a deflection off the shin of Alex Iwobi and the deflection took it beyond the dive of Pickford and into the net.
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Relive Sportsmail’s live coverage of the Premier League clash between Tottenham and Everton below.
Host commentator
Tottenham climb level on points with Manchester City in second after a comfortable 2-0 win against the Toffees.
SUBS: 90+3′
OFF – Doherty, Kane, Bentancur
ON – Spence, Skipp, Moura
86′ – That should be that for Tottenham!
Kane sets up Bentacur, who crosses the ball to his open team-mate Hojbjerg in the box, and the Dane slots the ball past Pickford thanks in part to a deflection off an Everton body.
2-0!
82′ – Mykolenko picks up a booking for a mistimed tackle on the edge of Everton’s area.
SUB: 80′
OFF – Gueye
ON – Rondon
 
75′ – Paul Tierney blows his whistle midway through Everton’s attack as McNeil goes down with a head injury.
71′ – Kane pivots in the penalty area and fires a snapshot towards Pickford, who keeps the effort out and manages to spill the ball towards an Everton body this time.
Spurs would almost certainly have the game done and dusted with a second goal.
SUBS: 66′
OFF – Maupay, Coleman
ON – Calvert-Lewin, Garner
63′ – The Tottenham fans are in full voice now having taken the lead, and Everton have instantly come out of their overly defensive shape.
It’ll be an uphill battle for the Toffees now, who have been keeping things tight since the goal.
59′ – Harry Kane fires in from the spot, opting for the left-hand side of the net! No mistakes this time!
1-0 to Tottenham!
58′ – Pickford spills his save after Doherty strikes an effort on goal, and penalty box predator Harry Kane gets his foot to the ball first.
The goalkeeper brings down the England captain, and it’s a simple decision for Paul Tierney.
56′ – Another chance for Spurs and this time it falls to Son in the six yard box.
The winger is found from the left flank and looks to have an easy header on goal, but Tarkowski does enough to put Son off. Regardless, the South Korean must do better there.
55′ – Gray picks up a yellow for a fierce challenge on Hojbjerg.
From the subsequent free-kick, Mykolenko blocks a thunderous effort from Doherty and hits the deck in pain as a result.
53′ – Wow! What a goal that would have been!
Son fires a cross to the back post towards Kane, who sweetly strikes the ball on the volley and thumps it towards Everton’s goal.
Pickford produces an exceptional save to keep it at 0-0. Everton knew they needed him to have a great match today.
SUB: 52′
OFF – Richarlison
ON – Bissouma
50′ – The physios have come on here to assess Richarlison, who is on the floor in some pain, and Lucas Moura is sent out to warm up on the sidelines.
The Brazilian has hobbled off and looks to have run his race today.
48′ – Davies threads a lofted pass through to Son, who uses his quick feet to find space and whip a cross to the back post towards Doherty.
Mykolenko clears for a corner and Everton survive unscathed.
46′ – Gray gets us back underway at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
0-0 at the break. And Lampard’s gameplan is working so far.
Everton had the best chance of the half through Onana and should be ahead, despite Tottenham’s overwhelming possession.
45+2′ – Kane whips a glorious cross into the area, which Richarlison can only prod goalwards – and his effort heads wide of Pickford’s net.
44′ – Paul Tierney shows McNeil a yellow card for a poorly timed tackle deep in Everton’s half.
From Son’s free-kick, Onana snuffs out the danger by heading behind for a corner.
Two minutes of added time to go.
43′ – Onana misses a HUGE chance for Everton as he bursts through into a one vs one against Lloris. 
But the midfielder blazes the shot well over the bar and squanders easily the best chance of the match.
What a bonus that would have been for Lampard with half time approaching!
37′ – Bentancur goes into the book for a challenge on Gray in midfield, and the Spurs players crowd the referee in disagreement.
They have a right to be confused – at first glance it looks a very soft booking.
31′ – Kane dazzles the Everton defenders with quick feet in the area, and looks somehow to have fashioned a goal scoring chance out of nothing, but England’s No 1 charges out to close the angle and make a fine save.
29′ – Everton cause some problems from a deep free-kick as the ball bobbles out to Coleman, who strikes the ball against switched-on Son. From the subsequent corner, Tarkowski rises above the defence but can only shepherd the ball over the bar. 
Better this from Everton, who are growing more and more into the match by the minute. 
24′ – A hopeful long ball from out of defence almost ends in the opening goal, as Gray uses great strength to bounce off Bentacur and charge into the Spurs penalty area.
The angle was tight and he was slightly off balance, but Gray should have done much better in that position, having blazed his shot over the bar.
That’s the gameplan for Lampard’s side!
22′ – Kane hangs off rather than running into the penalty area, and is found by Ben Davies before rifling a long shot towards goal. 
Fortunately for Everton, Tarkowski is there again to block it behind for a corner.
19′ – Tottenham have recaptured the possession but are struggling to attack with the same intent as they did during the opening stages. 
There’s plenty of passing around the back and the odd long ball into the forwards, but Spurs will need to get their midfielders on the ball if they want to unlock Everton.
Still very much 0-0.
16′ – After a challenging opening 15 mins, the Toffees put together their first spell of meaningful possession.
13′ – Dier goes down after Maupay catches him with an elbow, jumping to try and win the aerial challenge. 
The Frenchman subsequently goes into Paul Tierney’s book.
11′ – Onana goes down on the halfway line after Doherty clumsily brings down the midfielder. 
8′ – Spurs fans scream for a penalty after Son is seemingly brought down by Gueye in the penalty box, but on review it’s clear the winger dived.
Excellent decision from Paul Tierney, who instantly waved play on.
7′ – Spurs take a quick free kick after a foul on Son, and Perisic picks out Richarlison for a free header. 
But the Brazilian can’t direct his header goalwards, and Everton are let off the hook early on. 
This could be a long afternoon for the Toffees if they don’t stay switched on.
5′ – Tarkowski puts in a strong challenge in the area to snuff out the danger, after Perisic bursts through a gap in the Everton line.
He then manages to keep Kane at bay in the box as Spurs seem to fashion a half chance.
1′ – Richarlison hits the deck in pain after a tough tackle from Mykolenko. Is that a sign of things to come from Everton?
We’re underway at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium!
The players took the knee ahead of kick-off to endorse the No Room for Racism campaign.
Son Heung-min is just one goal away from equalling Teddy Sheringham’s Spurs record of 97, a feat that has only been surpassed by team-mate Harry Kane.
He’ll no doubt beat the record at some point, but will today be the day?
🥇 Harry Kane (191)
🥈 Teddy Sheringham (97)
🥉 Son Heung-min (96)

The South Korean could go joint second in Tottenham’s all-time Premier League scoring list with a goal today. 🇰🇷 pic.twitter.com/dA10DOP3bM
Richarlison comes in for Spurs to face his former side, and Lampard knows the forward will be ‘hungry’ ahead of the match.
The bigger problem for Lampard is that Kane and Son will likely be very hungry as well! Everton will have to defend expertly to stop the trio from scoring today.
 
🗣️ “Hungry boy, wants to play well and wants to score goals.”

Frank Lampard on facing Richarlison. 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/SSuX9NO91u
The former Spurs and current Everton winger told Sky Sports that Frank Lampard has completely revolutionised the feeling in the Toffees dressing room.
Everton sit 11th in the league, level on points with Liverpool, Crystal Palace and West Ham.
🗣️ “The vibe is completely different to last season.”

Everton winger Andros Townsend says the dressing room is a much better place this year compared to last season. pic.twitter.com/SyET4geJRI
Leicester and Crystal Palace shared the spoils after a 0-0 stalemate in the early kick-off, earning the Foxes their first clean sheet of the season.
Meanwhile, Fulham clawed back a 2-2 draw against Bournemouth at Craven Cottage as Ruben Neves’ penalty helped Wolves edge past rock bottom Nottingham Forest.
RESULTS:
Leicester 0-0 Crystal Palace
Fulham 2-2 Bournemouth
Wolves 1-0 Nottingham Forest
Speculation emerged this week that Bayern Munich could be in for Tottenham star Harry Kane, but Paul Merson has rubbished the idea on Sky Sports.
The ex-Arsenal star can’t believe Kane would give up Spurs just to go and ‘win the Bundesliga’.
🗣️ “What would he go there for, to win the Bundesliga?”

Paul Merson questions Bayern Munich’s ability to pull Harry Kane away from Tottenham. 👀 pic.twitter.com/06HfSzfVgC
Amadou Onana insists his manager has galvanised the Toffees ahead of their clash in the capital.
"The manager has prepared us well this week so we're ready."

Amadou Onana looks ahead to #TOTEVE ⤵️
The Toffees’ 2-1 defeat by Man United last weekend called an end to Everton’s seven match unbeaten run under Frank Lampard.
A comprehensive win would climb Everton ahead of Brentford into eighth place, while a draw would climb the Merseyside club above archrivals Liverpool in 10th.
Spurs have bounced back from their North London Derby disappointment two weeks ago and carved out a three-game unbeaten run in all competitions, drawing 0-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt last Tuesday before beating Brighton 1-0 last Saturday and Frankfurt 3-2 in midweek.
Conte’s side are destined to finish the weekend in third – with fourth-place Chelsea four points behind and second-place Man City three points and 14 goals ahead on goal difference. 
Dwight McNeil comes in for the suspended Anthony Gordon as Seamus Coleman captains the side in Nathan Patterson’s absence through injury.
Neal Maupay is preferred in attack to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who fills a spot on the bench.
Conte hands Richarlison a start against his former club while Matt Doherty and Ivan Perisic return at full-back after missing out in the Europa League on Thursday.
Kane and Son unsurprisingly retain their places after scoring in midweek.
Our team to face Everton ✊ pic.twitter.com/WCoslG2rXw
Tottenham host Everton in the capital as Antonio Conte’s side look to go level on points with Man City in second.
Meanwhile, Everton could go ahead of bitter rivals Liverpool with a point against Spurs.
Stay tuned with Sportsmail’s Ben Willcocks, who will be brining you all the latest updates throughout Saturday’s late kick-off.
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