All about Alli - Toby
04 January 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
The superlatives were flowing for Toby Alderweireld’s pass – but the man himself deflected all the praise Dele Alli’s way after the 1-1 draw at Everton.
The pair combined to devastating effect for the second time this season at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Last month, Toby spotted Dele’s run between defenders at West Brom and dropped a pass onto his right foot from 60 yards, Dele volleying home from close range.
On Sunday, it was even better. Toby’s pass was weighted perfectly again but Dele had more to do this time, darting in off the left, inside Seamus Coleman, the midfielder controlled on his chest before volleying home in one movement.
The goal came in first half injury time and was no less than we deserved for a fine display in that opening 45 minutes.
“I know Dele is always looking for that space behind the defence and I have to be honest, the ball has to be a bit lucky as well, but it was a brilliant finish from him,” said Toby, typically modest.
“He did the same at West Brom as well. I think it’s brilliant that he can make those runs because it’s very difficult for any defence.
“It’s a great finish as well. He controls on his chest and it’s difficult because he has a man right behind him and he finished clinically. All the credit goes to him.”
Toby didn’t need too many words to sum up both his and the team’s feeling after the 1-1 draw.
“We deserved to win, and that’s it,” he stated.
“Everyone is disappointed. If you play the first half how we played, you have to score more goals. We were a little unlucky as well, we hit the bar and the post.
“In the first half they didn’t even come close to Hugo so it’s frustrating that a ball like that goes in for their goal. There wasn’t much we could do about it.
“The team showed character to keep on going and we did well to get back to 1-1 but we couldn’t score again for the win.”
Below: Toby speaks to Spurs TV at Goodison Park
Meanwhile, Toby and Jan Vertonghen managed to keep their free-scoring Belgium team-mate Romelu Lukaku in check - as he said, Everton’s goal in the first half was very much a bolt from the blue.
“Romelu has scored a lot of goals here so I think we kept him quiet, we didn’t give a lot away,” he added.
“Everton are very strong offensively and we were solid at the back, everyone worked so hard, we’re all exhausted as well because we ran a lot.
“We just have to keep going and next time we will win a game like this.”