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Inside Lane: A Spurs fan’s view of the victory over Everton

10:59 10 February 2014

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Tottenham's matchwinner Emmanuel Adebayor (right) battles with Everton full-back Seamus Coleman

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Tottenham blogger George Lacey looks back on yesterday’s 1-0 home win over Everton at White Hart Lane.

Emmanuel Adebayor only needed one chance to score against Everton yesterday - and he duly delivered with an emphatic finish as Spurs won 1-0 at White Hart Lane.

The Toffees could have been out of sight given the four opportunities that fell Leon Osman’s way in the first 10 minutes. But after the visitors’ early onslaught, Spurs rallied after half-time to clinch a huge victory.

The result lifted us into fifth position, above Everton and three points behind Liverpool, who crushed Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield on Saturday.

The battle for the top four is well and truly on and it could well be a three-horse race after Manchester United dropped points at home again, this time against bottom-placed Fulham.

However, it would be foolish to rule out a side with undoubted class, despite our six-point advantage in the league table.

Tottenham’s performance yesterday wasn’t great but we dug in and stifled Everton, who didn’t really offer much threat after the break.

My only concern was the fact we didn’t really create enough chances ourselves, but the ‘smash and grab’ win was a very welcome one for Tim Sherwood’s men, given our defeat against Manchester City on our previous outing at the Lane.

We already look a much more assured defensive unit after Jan Vertonghen’s return to the heart of the back four, and his presence has clearly brought a more composed feel to the defence.

Furthermore, the Belgian’s classy display in front of the outstanding Hugo Lloris, was rewarded with an encouraging clean sheet.

The return of flying winger Andros Townsend is another added bonus and I feel he’ll play a crucial role in the last part of the season as he aims to plays his way back into the starting XI after a lengthy injury.

Personally I feel that Townsend, who played the last half an hour against Everton, should have started yesterday in order to give us that width and natural pace against Everton’s dangerous full-backs - Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman - and we were crying out for some support for Danny Rose down the left flank.

Christian Eriksen struggled on that side on this occasion, but his performances have been impressive recently and I’m not sure Sherwood will drop the Dane in a hurry as the squad returns to full strength.

Next up, we go to Newcastle on Wednesday, having been denied time and again by Tim Krul as the Magpies won the reverse fixture 1-0 in north London in November.

That said, Newcastle look shot after losing their talisman Yohan Cabaye in January, and I feel this is a great time to add more pressure to a side who look low on morale.

I expect Spurs to go and grab another crucial three points as we welcome back key players during a very crucial period in the Premier League.

Follow me on Twitter @GeorgeLacey_

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