Report: Everton 3-1 Spurs
English Barclays Premiership
It was anything but a Good Friday as Everton completed a convincing victory against us at Goodison Park.
The damage was done in the first half as two goals from free-kicks and another from a short corner left us reeling.
We repaired some of the damage after the break only for Stephen Carr to follow his goal after 74 minutes by getting sent off for a second bookable offence three minutes later.
Hopes were high with Simon Davies back in for his first start since February and both Jamie Redknapp and Christian Ziege passed fit.
But it wasn't to be. Everton hunted in packs, refused to give us a second's peace and had enough guile up front despite the absence of suspended duo Duncan Ferguson and Wayne Rooney.
The first goal arrived on 16 minutes. Thomas Gravesen worked a short corner with Tobias Linderoth, his cross was flicked on by Steve Watson and David Unsworth buried his volley at the far post, albeit with a more than a hint of offside.
James McFadden's darting runs were causing problems and led to the second goal on 24 minutes. Gary Doherty's lunge halted McFadden in his tracks and Gary Naysmith did the rest from the free-kick, curling beyond Kasey Keller from 20 yards.
Our best two moments followed as first quick feet from Jermain Defoe opened up a yard in the box but he couldn't get enough power on his curler from 16 yards.
Minutes later an attempted cross from Davies clearly struck Naysmith's right arm but - as was the case against Chelsea on Saturday - appeals were waved away.
Doherty had to clear Kevin Kilbane's header off the line after 38 minutes but the big man soon brought down the same player on the edge of the box. It was another favourable position and Gravesen let no-one down, his low curler parried by Keller and Yobo tapped in the rebound.
The second half was always going to be salvage job and, if nothing else, some pride was restored.
Fredi Kanoute came on for Ziege, Robbie Keane was handed a free role but the man of the half was Carr - in more ways than one.
As we enjoyed more possession and purpose in our play, the full-back fired over a couple of times as he raided down the right flank but it was third-time lucky in the 74th minute, latching onto Rohan Ricketts' clever pass inside Naysmith and curling home with his left foot.
However, just as things were looking up, they quickly took a turn for the worse. Everton broke away with the dangerous McFadden and Carr, covering on the left side, dragged the Scottish international down. Rob Styles had little hesitation in showing a second yellow card
With Everton restricted to breaks and wasting no end of good crossing positions, Michael Brown and Keane went closest to adding to the scoring - Martyn did well to palm out Brown's 25-yard thunderbolt while Keane curled a free-kick into the side-netting.
MINUTE BY MINUTE
2mins: Watson worked a yard of space against Kelly down right flank, low cross to near post prodded just wide by Radzinski.
7mins: Watson inside to Radzinski, right side of box, shot from tight angle parried away by Keller.
15mins: Keane 30-yarder straight at Martyn.
16mins: GOAL. Gravesen short corner, cross flicked on by Watson and volleyed home by Unsworth at far post. Possible offside. 0-1.
18mins: Ziege snap shot from 18 yards easily gathered by Martyn.
24mins: GOAL. Naysmith curled in free-kick from 20 yards after Doherty foul on McFadden. 0-2.
29mins: Quick feet from Defoe lost Yobo in the box but couldn't curl past Martyn from 16 yards.
32mins: PENALTY? Handball from Naysmith as Davies attemped a cross went unpunished.
34mins: McFadden cut in from right, curler from 25 yards easy enough for Keller.
36mins: YELLOW. Redknapp for foul on McFadden.
38mins: OFF LINE. Doherty redeemed own error after leaving back pass short for Keller, Keller had to head away, Kilbane headed back towards empty net but Doherty there to nod away.
38mins: YELLOW. Doherty for foul on Kilbane.
39mins: GOAL. Keller could only parry Gravesen's low curling free-kick from 20 yards, Yobo tapped in rebound. 0-3.
43mins: YELLOW. Carr for foul on Gravesen.
Half-time: Everton 3, Spurs 0
Half-time: SUB. Kanoute for Ziege.
51mins: Radzinski into McFadden, shifted the ball wide of Doherty but missed the target from 18 yards.
54mins: Carr driving run from the right but tame shot wide with left foot from 20 yards.
67mins: Much better possession football, decent move ended with Redknapp stretching to hit 25-yarder, sailed over.
72mins: SUBS. Ricketts for Davies, Bunjevcevic for Redknapp.
74mins: GOAL. Ricketts fed Carr on overlap, cut onto left foot, curled home from close range. 1-3.
77mins: OFF. Carr second yellow for dragging down McFadden.
80mins: SUB. Jeffers for McFadden.
85mins: Brown thunderbolt palmed away by Martyn.
87mins: SUB. Carsley for Gravesen.
89mins: CLOSE. Keane curled 20-yard free-kick into the side-netting.
Injury time: YELLOW. Linderoth for foul on Brown.
Line-ups: Everton: Martyn, Watson, Pistone, Unsworth, Radzinski, Kilbane, Naysmith, Gravesen (Carsley, 87), Yobo, Linderoth, McFadden (Jeffers, 80). Subs: Wright, Nyarko, Hibbert.
Spurs: Keller, Carr, Kelly, Doherty, Gardner, Davies (Ricketts, 72), Brown, Ziege (Kanoute, 45), Redknapp (Bunjevcevic, 72), Keane, Defoe. Subs: Hirschfeld, Jackson.
Referee: Rob Styles.