PLAYER RATINGS: Everton 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

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The Lilywhites dominated the first half and looked dangerous on occasion in the second but couldn’t find the net at Goodison Park as Everton held them to a goalless draw.

Spurs move into the top 4 despite the draw, but it could have been more as we had 16 shots on goal including 6 on target, compared with the Toffees’ 8 (just 1 on target). Soldado and Paulinho had good chances but we couldn’t find a way through, whilst Lloris carried on despite receiving a serious knock to the head and being told by 15 different people that he should come off. In other news, we haven’t conceded a league goal to a team outside of London since May 12th. bwin sports currently have us down as heavy favourites for victory on Sunday despite Newcastle’s impressive turnover of Chelsea last weekend.

Hugo Lloris – 8 – Made a few crucial interceptions including a top save from Deulofeu and was extremely courageous to stay on despite receiving such a terrible knock on the head. He clearly saw Friedel on the touchline, remembered the penalty shoot-out from Wednesday and thought “no way am I subjecting Spurs to that again”. His head injured Lukaku’s knee, not the other way round.

Kyle Walker – 7 – Another good performance from Walker who is improving game-by-game. A flourishing partnership with Townsend was showcased again although he didn’t create as much as he would have liked.

Michael Dawson – 7 – Bravely blocked a Jelavic strike and handled the Everton attack well, with a clean sheet being the reward.

Vlad Chiriches – 7 – Generally dealt with the threat of Lukaku accomplishedly and made a couple of crucial interceptions; I had worries that he would be found out today but he stepped up a level and showed that he is cut out for the higher echelons of the Premier League.

Jan Vertonghen – 8 – An excellent performance from the Belgian, repeatedly venturing down the left wing whilst also finding time to attend to his defensive duties; deservedly rewarded man of the match.

Sandro – 7 – Played extremely well and we looked lighter at the back when he went off. Probably should have stayed on as his removal invited pressure and he didn’t play midweek.

Paulinho – 5 – A quiet game in a crowded midfield as he didn’t have as much freedom as against weaker teams; looked a bit indecisive in front of goal but was quite solid in a defence.

Andros Townsend – 6 – Yet again, he looked dangerous without ever creating too much; shot too close to the keeper on a couple of occasions and was a bit safe in his crosses (i.e., he didn’t cross).

Lewis Holtby – 6 – Evidently energetic and pumped up but didn’t influence proceedings as much as he would have wished, having the ball too deep and unable to link up with Soldado too much.

Aaron Lennon – 5 – Quiet again as he returns from injury although there were a couple of occasions when he stretched the Everton defence.

Roberto Soldado – 6 – Didn’t receive enough of the ball and as a result looked isolated up top, although he did still get stuck in and didn’t allow life to be easy for the opposition defence.


Substitutes:

Mousa Dembele – 5 – Hardly had the ball after making way for Sandro and as a result didn’t offer too much offensively; solid defensively without ever being truly tested.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – 6 – Worked a couple of good opportunities to shoot but failed to properly work the goalkeeper.

Christian Eriksen – 6 – Also lacked possession of the football but delivered a killer free-kick from wide on the right wing which deserved to be headed into the goal.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. IMHO we need a rethink, the team never look like they can score, keep the all well but that’s about it! I’m no coach but something is clearly not workin!

    What about holtby and pualinho! My 1st 11 would be

    …………………lloris…………………..

    ..walker…chriches….vert…..rose…

    ………………paulinho……holtby……..

    ..Townsend…….eriksen…..lamela…

    ……………………soldado…………

    I know soldado hasn’t done much yet but I feel with the right service he would the team looks set up to keep the ball and defend they need to start to take a few calculated risks

  2. Paulinho isn’t good enough. He’s very one paced and the majority of his passes seem to be sideways and backwards. I fail to see any reason why he is ahead of dembele to start in PL games. If it wasn’t for holtby always making himself available he’d have looked even worse today. If he’s first choice all year we can forget champions league football

    • He is easily good enough. Good enough to be a regular in the Brazil midfield, which Sandro isn't. Whether our team is set up to get the best out of him is another matter.

  3. I'd have given Walker an 8 and Lennon a 4. Lennon tried to play his way to the right but Townsend either didn't pick up on it or didn't want to shift to the left side. I think Lennon and Townsend could be a great combo, but that have to be on the same page about switching back and forth on sides, then they can cut in at times and cross in at other times.

    Also, I still rate Holtby, but I'd start Eriksen over him. I think the corners and free kicks are just better from the Dane. I'd love to find a way to play them both.

    Also, I feel for Siggy, his form is great and really should be in our 11.

    • Lennon did actually set up our best chance, and deserves a mark for that. He is just stifled on the wrong side, whilst Townsend is actually not producing much substance despite giving the defence a runaround.

  4. I thought Townsend was quite poor today and AVB really needs to have a word with him in terms of constantly shooting. Instead why not get your head up and slip Soldado in a few times instead. We have 1 of the best finisher in the league but we choose to get 1 cross in the box during the whole 90 mins. Why don't Lennon and Townsend swap wings for like 10-15 mins a game?

  5. well u dumb f***s go on wit all is well shit…. u ll cum 2 kno wen we play against man city & utd consecutively…. avb out…. dis approach is not working

  6. For me the ratings are all 6s, apart from Vertonghen who gets an 8, and maybe Dawson 7, Sandro 7. Not sure how you get Paulinho less than Holtby. A special mention goes out to Baines, who proved his defensive England credentials by taking care of Townsend on his own, without doubling up. On the plus side, this pinned Baines back and limited his attacking threat. However, we were on top in the first half, and if we were more potent, we would have got a goal, and potentially won that tie. By scoring so little, we are making it harder for ourselves. A point away at Everton is good, but eventually we will suffer if we do not score more. Liverpool are level with us by scoring one short of twice the goals we have, and they have conceded twice as many as us. Therefore we can afford to loosen things up a bit, and take more goals at either end – and in encounters like this, we may shade it.

  7. AVB is too defensive minded. He is so afraid to lose. The problem with Spurs is that we have a too defensively-minded midfield; with no players capable of splitting defenses or making killer passes to Soldado. Most of the players just aim for glory – shoot on sight. Yesterday was a prime example. One was Sandro's shot from 30 yards out!??! What the hell? Did he think he was ever going to score from there? NO, I think he was aiming for glory. So was Townsend. He actually does this in all games. Cuts inside and tries to blast shots to goal. He maybe thinks he's another Bale or something. Which he's not. I do think all the hype has really got to his head.
    AVB needs to start playing his top signings – Eriksen, Lamela; as well as Holtby. OK keep Townsend, but instruct him to PASS the ball as much as possible and only shoot when a goal is possible. Re Lamela, I think he is doing to this guy what he did to Lukaku at Chelsea. He'll get him frustrated to the point of just wanting to leave.

  8. AVB is too defensive minded. He is so afraid to lose. The problem with Spurs is that we have a too defensively-minded midfield; with no players capable of splitting defenses or making killer passes to Soldado. Most of the players just aim for glory – shoot on sight. Yesterday was a prime example. One was Sandro's shot from 30 yards out!??! What the hell? Did he think he was ever going to score from there? NO, I think he was aiming for glory. So was Townsend. He actually does this in all games. Cuts inside and tries to blast shots to goal. He maybe thinks he's another Bale or something. Which he's not. I do think all the hype has really got to his head.
    AVB needs to start playing his top signings – Eriksen, Lamela; as well as Holtby. OK keep Townsend, but instruct him to PASS the ball as much as possible and only shoot when a goal is possible.
    I do think that he's giving Lamela the Lukaku treatment. Lukaku ended up getting frustrated at AVB's treatment at Chelsea. So will Lamela. He's not giving the guy any chance to prove himself. AVB is so narrow minded that he thinks he can't play Lamela together with Townsend. But I believe he can. Lamela can easily slot in midfield.

  9. Very unfair on Lennon, think he had a better game than Townsie. My line-up:
    Lloris
    Walker-Dawson-Vlad-Verts
    Eriksen – The Beast
    Lennon -Lamela – Townsie
    Soldado
    Subs: Siggy, Holtby, Dembele, Paulinho, Friedel, Rose, Kaboul

  10. dagobert got it right. must start playing sll the players bought recently. they were bought for their skills and profession al expertise. keep dawson townsenf lennon on the ben h until nreded. come on be a bit brave avb. pls be realistic and do what yoi have been brought to whl for.

  11. Firstly i like chiriches but i like kaboul more either way though dawson should be dropped, n veryonghen brought back into cb, in midfield wr have ZERO creativity other than townsend who provides a constant threat, i have no idea why avb has been selecting holtby ahead of eriksen… who is the most creative player we have, that doesnt make any sense at all! Holtby is average at best whilst eriksen is a top player, lennon also needs to go, he simply doesnt do enough, i think we should play townsend on the right, lamela in the ‘CAM’ role and eriksen off the left wing just hw arsenal rotate their attacking three, either that or just play defoe n soldado together n drop a deensive midfielder beacuse the current system is NOT working. I actually feel sorry for soldado, not a single through ball has been provided! Is holtby really going to pick out killer passes? NO avb needs to open his eyes abit

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