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Match Report: Everton 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Everton Fan's Perspective)

Tuesday 13th March 2012
David Moyes celebrates 10 years in charge at Everton this week, with arguably one of the most challenging weeks of his Everton career looming ahead of him. What better way to start it than claiming 3 points from another ‘Top 4' side at Goodison Park.

It may not have been the most classic of games at Goodison Park, especially in the opinion of Harry Redknapp, but Everton once again proved that they are a very difficult team to break down and were, once again, defensively excellent.

The first half didn't offer too much action, neither ‘keeper had a lot to do and there wasn't much to keep the crowd entertained. It was certainly Everton who looked in control of the game, with Royston Drenthe giving the Tottenham defence something to think about and a few half chances falling early on to Seamus Coleman and Marouane Fellaini.

That was until the 22nd minute when Everton new boy, Nikica Jelavic, stepped forward to mark his home debut in style. Excellent movement by Leon Osman found him in the Spurs box with Jelavic dropping back away from his marker, free and unmarked on the edge of the area. When the pass did come, the Croatian still had a lot to do but his very cool technique saw him side foot the ball into the Goodison net, for his first goal for his new club. It was an excellent finish by the striker, who took his chance when he needed to, something Everton have been crying out for.

Jelavic almost got a second later on in the first half after his free kick forced Brad Friedel into a save. To be fair, it wasn't the hardest of saves for the former Liverpool ‘keeper but it was a fair attempt on goal by Jelavic, who was clearly enjoying his first Goodison run out.

The teams went in with Everton deservedly on top. There was a hunger and passion about the team and Goodison was a positive place again. Spurs offered very little to the first half and certainly looked like a team who had lost their last two games.

Harry Redknapp had to whip his team into shape and it seemed as if that was the case as a new Tottenham team walked onto the Goodison pitch. The Spurs of the second half showed the attitude and heart that has put them in the top four this season but they didn't quite have enough to break Everton down.

Redknapp was clearly upset after the game, claiming his side deserved the win and that Everton didn't deserve a point. I'd like to give Harry the benefit of the doubt, he was saying things in the heat of the moment. I'd like to, but I won't. I found it quite insulting from Redknapp that there was no mention of Everton's defensive work, how the Blues didn't allow Tottenham the chance to score, the chance to create anything. Yes, Tottenham were excellent in the second half, with a goal (correctly) disallowed for offside and former Everton striker, Louis Saha, hitting the post in the final seconds, but to cry to the cameras after the game about how the team ‘couldn't do any more' without giving the opposition any credit was quite spoilt of Redknapp, something he is much better than.

Everton can take an awful lot from this game, they did what they had to do, when they had to do it. It has started their most important week of the season perfectly and they will hope to take this form into the Merseyside derby on Tuesday and the FA Cup quarter final on Saturday.

10 years in charge for David Moyes, here's to another 10.
Jake Mills

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