Tottenham 1 Everton 0: Player ratings

Tottenham 1 Everton 0: Player ratings as Spurs close the gap between them and fourth-placed Liverpool

By Liam Garrahan


Hugo Lloris Made a fantastic save from Osman’s early rasping drive but did not have much else to do. 6/10

Kyle Walker Couldn’t deal with the Baines and Pienaar combination but wasn’t offered much support from his midfielders. Committed niggly fouls. Struggled to get the ball off the ground when crossing. Improved in the second half. 5

Michael Dawson Looked a threat in the opposition penalty area from corners and marked Naismith well. 7

Jan Vertonghen Broke up attacks well and managed to keep the in-form Mirallas in his pocket. 7

Danny Rose Didn’t get forward as much as he likes to, largely down to the attacking threat that Coleman possesses. 5

Aaron Lennon His trademark direct play was well handled by the Everton defence but he still looked a threat. 6

Nabil Bentaleb Strong in the tackle, the young midfielder is starting to come of age. 6

Mousa Dembele Strong as ever in midfield, Dembele put in some tough tackles and used his body to shield the ball well. 7

Paulinho Sprayed passes beyond the Everton back four, contributed well to the tempo of the game. 6

Christian Eriksen Always on the look out for that probing final ball but largely misplaced them. 5

Emmanuel Adebayor Strong, held up play well and took his goal superbly. An important goal in a huge match. 8


Andros Townsend Returning from injury, the England international was brought on to inject some pace into the Spurs attack, with Lennon being the only outlet prior to his introduction. Faded a little as the match wore on. 6

Etienne Capou Did his job quietly and helped Spurs finish the job. Lucky not to concede a penalty. 6

Jermaine Defoe N/A


Tim Howard Had very little to do in the first half with only a free-kick from Eriksen looking to challenge him, but that sailed harmlessly over the bar. Could do nothing about Adebayor’s cracking finish. 5

Seamus Coleman He may be recognised for his attacking prowess but the Irish international proved today that he is an equally solid defender. 6

Phil Jagielka Did really well to use his strength to handle the pace of Lennon. 7

Sylvan Distin Kept Adebayor very quiet – a solid performance. 6

Leighton Baines Operating with Pienaar, the pair gave Walker a torrid time. Didn’t put in many crosses and is still looking for his first assist of the season. 6

James McCarthy McCarthy played neat passes and gave the defence a good barrier. 6

Gareth Barry Sat in front of the back four, Barry broke up play well. Becoming an important cog in Martinez’s Everton side. 6

Steven Pienaar Got into the area and was always looking to make things happen. Maybe felt he could have contributed more defensively. 6

Steven Naismith Led the line for the Toffees in a make-shift role but failed to cause too many problems for Tottenham. 6

Leon Osman (Man of the match) Showed quick feet whilst running at the Spurs defence and hit a stunning shot on goal in the early stages. Extremely lively. 8

Kevin Mirallas Always a threat with his pace down the right flank but selfishly shot when a pass to Naismith was the better option. Who could blame him on current form? 5

Ross Barkley His inclusion disrupted Everton’s flow due to the shift of Osman on to the left flank. Couldn’t make the same impact as he has so often this season. 5

Gerard Deulofeu Brought on with the hopes being an impact sub, Deulofeu looked rusty on his return from injury. 5

Aiden McGeady Ineffectual and was kept out of the game by a stubborn Walker. 5


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