Everton vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Final score 0-0, snore draw at Goodison

Tony Marshall

If anyone was expecting excitement from Goodison Park as Tottenham Hotspur took on Everton, they were left sorely disappointed as the teams battled to a very stale 0-0 draw in which a pair of penalty shouts and a collision were the only incidents of note. Both sides essentially nullified the opposition, forcing the attacking players to feed off scraps all match, and the scoreline is an excellent reflection of just how quiet the match ended up being.

Spurs were the better side in the first half, but all they had to show for it was a penalty shout when Jan Vertonghen and Seamus Coleman got themselves tangled up as the left back looked to race into the area, but Kevin Friend waved the Tottenham protests away to the bafflement of pretty much everyone. The rest of the time was spent with the visitors taking potshots from range, singularly failing to trouble Tim Howard.

Everton were much improved after the break (they needed to be, considering how poor their midfield was in the first half), and kept Spurs at arms length for most of the second half. That said, they didn't create much of the way of chances either. Romelu Lukaku and substitute Gerard Deulofeu came closest, and they had a penalty should of their own when Vertonghen clipped Coleman only for the Toffees right back to get back up and snatch inconsequentially at a shot.

A nasty collision between Lukaku and Hugo Lloris did end up marring the game. The striker and goalkeeper both chased after a punt forward, and Lloris got there fractionally ahead of the big Belgian -- only to receive a knee to the face in the process. Lukaku was booked as Lloris fell down in a daze, but surprisingly (and perhaps foolishly) the goalkeeper was allowed to stay on.

Nine minutes of injury time followed in which Spurs began to look more lively, but neither team managed to break the deadlock.

Everton starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Tim Howard; Leighton Baines, Sylvain Distin, Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman; Gareth Barry, James McCarthy; Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman (Ross Barkley 63'), Kevin Mirallas (Gerard Deulofeu 63'); Romelu Lukaku (Nikica Jelavic 86').

Tottenham Hotspur starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Jan Vertonghen, Vlad Chiriches, Michael Dawson, Kyle Walker; Paulinho, Sandro (Moussa Dembele 61'); Aaron Lennon (Gylfi Sigurddson 68'), Lewis Holtby (Christian Eriksen 86'), Andros Townsend; Roberto Soldado.

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