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By Ben Pearce, Tottenham correspondent
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Premier League: Everton 0 Tottenham 0
Tottenham recorded their third successive clean sheet in the Premier League after playing out a goalless draw away at Everton, which took them up into fourth spot.
Both sides could have been awarded penalties as Jan Vertonghen and Seamus Coleman clashed in each half, but referee Kevin Friend dismissed both appeals and neither side could break the deadlock.
Spurs have now kept clean sheets in 13 of their 17 games in all competitions this season, and their latest shut-out at Goodison Park leaves them level on points with second-placed Chelsea and third-placed Liverpool, trailing the duo on goal difference.
Andre Villas-Boas named the same side that had started the previous Premier League game against Hull, and Tottenham dominated the first half.
Tim Howard was forced to get down to save Sandro’s low 30-yard effort, and Andros Townsend then tried his luck from distance while Roberto Soldado headed wide from Aaron Lennon’s cross.
Spurs were winning most of the midfield challenges and Paulinho won the ball and freed Lennon on the left, but the winger’s return pass was wayward.
Kyle Walker thumped a powerful free-kick at Howard, and left-back Vertonghen then stole the ball from Coleman and went down in the box as the Irishman attempted to recover – but Friend waved away the penalty appeals.
Lewis Holtby tested Howard again with a low left-footed effort and Soldado blazed over at the end of a first half as the sides went into the interval all square.
Everton were improved after the interval and Romelu Lukaku fed Kevin Mirallas, who was denied by a superb sliding tackle from Vlad Chiriches.
At the other end, Vertonghen fed the ball into Paulinho, whose prodded effort was well blocked by Sylvain Distin.
Vertonghen and Coleman then tangled in the penalty box again – although this time it was in Tottenham’s area – and it was the Belgian’s turn to escape the appeals for a spot-kick.
The Toffees were on top now and substitute Ross Barkley fired over from 25 yards, while James McCarthy’s volley was deflected wide off Gylfi Sigurdsson and Lukaku was unable to convert a low cross at the near post.
Tottenham threatened again as Sigurdsson’s curling effort was palmed away by a flying Howard – and his opposite number was then called into action.
Hugo Lloris rushed out at Lukaku’s feet and took a nasty blow to the head from the big Belgian’s knee – but the Frenchman insisted on staying on the field and finishing the game.
When play restarted it was Everton who looked the more likely side to find a winner, and Lloris had to fly off his line to smother Gerard Deulofeu’s effort.
However, Spurs fought back during nine minutes of injury-time, with the unmarked Vertonghen failing to make contact with a dangerous free-kick at the back post, Christian Eriksen seeing a powerful shot blocked and Sigurdsson firing across goal.
The final effort came from Townsend, who cut inside and let fly with a left-footed effort, but Howard got behind and held on with Soldado lurking.
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Vertonghen, Sandro (Dembele 60), Paulinho, Townsend, Holtby (Eriksen 86), Lennon (Sigurdsson 69), Soldado
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