Everton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur Match Report

It was a Sunday afternoon that will forever be remembered for the horrific injury suffered by Andre Gomes as Spurs conceded a late goal at Goodison Park. The injury to Gomes deflected the attention away from more questionable refereeing decisions and another poor Spurs performance.

A surprise exclusion from the squad on Sunday was Harry Kane as the striker missed out due to illness as reported by the club and it’s thought to be nothing more than that. Mauricio Pochettino opted to play Lucas Moura up to in the absence of Kane.

It was a dross first half for both teams with neither Everton nor Tottenham Hotspur really threatening the goal and you could see clearly that this match was played between two teams who are both struggling for form and confidence. Spurs had a penalty shout waved away by both Martin Atkinson, who had a terrible game and VAR. Yerry Mina clumsily fell against Son Heung-min in the box and the South Korean’s foot got caught under the big defender but the Tottenham man did make the most of it which may have ultimately led to the decision not going in Spurs’ favour. Richarlison went close on a couple of occasions, forcing one good save from Paulo Gazzaniga who continues to impress in between the sticks for The Lilywhites.

A loose pass from former Arsenal man Alex Iwobi was pounced up on Son, who played a lovely pass in for Dele Alli, who still had a lot to do. He glided infield and into the box, past Mason Holgate and slotted the ball into the corner of the net. He showed the predatory instinct with this goal that the Dele Alli of old would’ve shown before he was side lined through injury.

VAR became centre of attention yet again as Stockley Park checked for a handball by Dele Alli from an Everton corner. 26 replays were watched to finally come to the decision that a penalty shouldn’t be awarded. For us, Alli was lucky to get away with it but if a decision needs 26 replays to come to a decision, then it shouldn’t be contended.

Then came the biggest talking point of the game – the horrific leg break suffered by Andre Gomes. The Portuguese midfielder got away from Son who decided to clip him to try and bring him down and to try and thwart the Everton attack. Unfortunately, Gomes’ foot planted into the ground as he fell into the oncoming Serge Aurier and Martin Atinkinson showed Son a yellow card. It quickly became apparent that Gomes was in a massive amount of stress and had suffered a horrendous injury. Flashbacks to Aaron Ramsey, Eduardo and Seamus Coleman who suffered similar injuries as both sets of players were visibly upset – some praying and some rushing around Gomes to make him feel a little more comfortable. Son Heung-min was crying into his hands with players of both Everton and Spurs trying to console him. Martin Atkinson saw the degree of injury Gomes had sustained and decided to then send Son off. An absolutely outrageous decision as Atkinson’s decision was hugely influenced by the emotion of the game. It’s never a red card and Son hasn’t gone in there to injure Gomes.

The FA released a statement to express that the reason Son was sent off was that ‘he endangered the safety of another player.’ Face it, Atkinson got it wrong and they’re trying to cover his back. Farcical.

Spurs now down to ten men conceding a late goal after Cenk Tosun headed home deep into the lengthy additional time but it didn’t really feel like anything when looking at the bigger picture. Spurs are still winless on the road in 12 games in the league.

Man of the match – Dele Alli

The midfielder looked like the player he was before he suffered his injury and took his goal well. 23 passes in the opposition half were the highest of any player on the pitch.

Poch’s thoughts

“First of all, I want to send my best wishes on behalf of the team and the Club to Andre, his family and everyone because this is a tough moment and we all feel sorry. We hope he can be on the pitch again as soon as possible.

“Then, talking about the game, until then, it was always under control. We were the better team and we’re disappointed because we didn’t score more goals. After that (the injury and red card), it all changed and at that moment we conceded the goal.

“I’m disappointed because I think 11 v 11 we were the better team but the red card changed the belief, the atmosphere and everything on the pitch.

“I thought we played well, dominated, only the last 12, 15 minutes after the red card did they dominate a little. The team was good, the spirit… that’s the way to recover our best way. There is still a lot of work to do, but that is the way we wanted to work and, after, to improve our performance.”

Next up

Spurs travel to Belgrade to face Red Star in the Champions League on Wednesday.

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