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    Match Report: Tottenham 0 – 0 Everton

    The Toffees arrived in North London in search of their first win at White Hart Lane for almost seven years, but instead left with a hard-earned point.

    The opening exchanges were evenly contested with both sides looking to take control of the game, before Spurs began to get a foothold and started asking questions of the Everton defence.

    Harry Kane squandered the first meaningful chance of the game as he fired wide from Eric Dier’s interception.

    On the 15-minute mark Nacer Chadli’s clever wing play found Nabil Bentaleb in space, however the 20-year-old fired just wide of Tim Howard’s left hand post.

    The noisy Everton following behind Howard’s goal were in good voice as they gave a chorus of “Money Can’t Buy You Stones”, to show their support for the young defender.

    The encouragement found its way to the pitch as Tom Cleverley snatched the ball from Kyle Walker and unleashed a powerful drive that was tipped away by the outstretched Hugo Lloris.

    Tottenham then took real control and Howard made an array of excellent saves to keep the scores level.

    In the 23rd minute Ryan Mason set Kane free in acres of space, however the forward’s lack of confidence showed, as Howard raced of his goal to deny him.

    The keeper produced another fine save minutes later, this time from Mason, who had sprinted onto Chadli’s clever pass.

    Bentaleb was next to try his luck from range, but once again the American was equal to it, before he completed his excellent first half showing by tipping Toby Alderweireld’s powerful header over the bar.

    There was then a moment of serious concern for Evertonians as Cleverley was stretched off, following a forceful tackle from Dier.

    Roberto Martinez delivered a killer blow after the game, confirming the midfielder - who has made an excellent start to life at Everton - suffered ankle ligament damage and faces a probable lengthy spell on the sidelines.

    The stretcher was required once more in the second half, this time for Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele who also looked to be in discomfort with an ankle injury.

    Dele Alli came on to replace the Belgian and Spurs continued to press for an opener.

    Mason had a golden chance to give the home the lead after scrappy defending from the Blues, however Howard made yet another save to keep the scores level.

    The Toffees then had a spell of their own and almost snatched victory at the death as Arouna Kone’s glancing header fell inches wide of the post.

    Everton were far from their best and a shadow of the side that defeated Southampton on their previous away outing, however Martinez and the travelling Toffees would have been happy to leave White Hart Lane with a point.

    By Mollie Bennett (@molliebjourno)
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