Six of the best at Goodison Park!
Everton 2-6 Spurs
Sun 23 December 2018, 18:05|Tottenham Hotspur
Goodison Park became our winter wonderland on Sunday as we sparkled in a 6-2 victory over Everton in our last game before Christmas.
In a superb game to watch, Heung-Min Son unwrapped a double, Dele Alli hammered home and Christian Eriksen struck a beautiful goal shortly after half-time, before Harry Kane went from Scrooge to Santa by completing a fourth consecutive brace against the Toffees, having previously seen a host of chances slip away.
Theo Walcott had given the hosts an early lead while ex-Spur Gylfi Sigurdsson made it 4-2, but a free-flowing, attacking display lit up Merseyside like a Christmas tree and proved too much for Everton to handle.
The game was as entertaining as any festive viewing. In Marco Silva and Mauricio Pochettino, both sides had managers who encourage open, attacking play and with the likes of Everton's Idrissa Gueye and our own Eric Dier absent from their respective holding midfield roles, it began with all-out attack from everyone.
We dominated the ball with some excellent one-touch play at times, but Kane was initially found uncharacteristically wanting in front of goal in the first half. His angled chip on Jordan Pickford rippled the side netting on 12 minutes, he was denied by the off-side flag and then a heavy challenge from centre-back Kurt Zouma, hammered a free-kick marginally wide and whistled a left-footer just over the bar in response to Everton's opener. That came against the run of play on 21 minutes as Dominic Calvert-Lewin withstood Kieran Trippier's advances and laid the ball across for Walcott to side-foot inside the near post from six yards. Trippier had been denied by Pickford moments earlier after Son was accused by the Toffees' fans of dribbling out of play in the build-up. Replays suggested they may have had a point.
During that first period, Calvert-Lewin was having an interesting physical duel with Davinson Sanchez, in for his first appearance since 6 November following a hamstring injury and back at the ground at which he made his full debut for us in September last year. Calvert-Lewin did manage to head the ball in shortly after the opening goal but was deemed to have fouled Sanchez in the process and his effort counted for nothing. Sanchez, though, was enjoying a solid return in the main.
You sensed that a continuation of our exhilarating attacking play would eventually lead to goals and so it proved. Kane played the ball forward, Zouma and Pickford had a mix-up just outside their own box and Son burst away from them before producing a pinpoint curling finish into the empty net on 27 minutes.
Kane's frustrating afternoon continued as he curled wide but we soon found the lead our play had deserved. Moussa Sissoko, on his 100th appearance for us, played Son through, his shot from the left angle was repelled by Pickford but Dele arrived late on the scene to slot home with 36 minutes on the clock. Four minutes later, we had a 3-1 lead as Son was clipped 22 yards out, Trippier beat the wall but hit the base of the post with the resulting free-kick and Kane was on hand to finally get his goal from the rebound.
It was breathless stuff at the start of the second period as we extended our lead on 48 minutes with Eriksen fizzing a delightful shot into the bottom corner after Seamus Coleman had stooped to head Kane's cross into his path, only to gift Everton one back three minutes later as Sigurdsson skipped past our bunched-up defence and slid a shot past Hugo Lloris down to his right.
As we had done after Walcott's opener, we continued unfazed and restored our three-goal lead just after the hour mark as substitute Erik Lamela delayed his pass before eventually feeding the ball through for Son to scurry in behind and slip the ball beyond Pickford one-on-one. It was six on 74 minutes, thanks to another wonderful one-touch move that ran through Ben Davies and Son down the left, the latter sweeping across the box for Kane to divert home.
Sigurdsson's deflected shot was well saved by Lloris later on, but we were in cruise control and went marching into the festive period on a high.
Son's first-half equaliser was vital after we fell behind against the run of play.
Walcott had fired the hosts ahead but we stayed in control of the play and levelled six minutes later when Kane fed the ball forward early and miscommunication between Zouma and goalkeeper Pickford allowed Son to wriggle free at the edge of Everton's box.
The South Korean international still had plenty to do, though, as the ball was running away from the unguarded target to the right. Nevertheless, he added some height to his precise curler to bulge the net in considerable style.
Dele soon made it 2-1 and before long, the goals kept coming.
Thrilled with the manner of the display at Goodison, Mauricio purred: "It was an amazing performance. We feel very proud about the performance and the players and the effort after Wednesday (2-0 Carabao Cup win at Arsenal).
"It was so tough because we started the game really well. We created a lot of chances and then we conceded. We were down but the team spirit was fantastic to come back - it was amazing in the end, the performance.
"We’re flying on the pitch. It’s amazing... that performance, the result and the three points to be in a very good position in the table."
Two-goal Kane added: "We dominated from the start and were unlucky to go 1-0 behind. We created more and more chances and thankfully Sonny took one at the right time.
"We really stepped on the gas. The second half was great as well - scoring the goal straight after half-time definitely helped and we saw the game out well."
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Everton 2-6 Spurs
Everton (4-2-3-1): Pickford, Coleman (c), Keane, Zouma, Digne, Davies, Gomes (Schneiderlin 53), Walcott, Sigurdsson (Tosun 83), Richarlison (Bernard 74), Calvert-Lewin. Substitutes (not used): Stekelenburg, Mina, Baines, Niasse.
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c), Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Sissoko (Lucas 83), Eriksen, Dele (Lamela 46), Son (Skipp 79), Kane. Substitutes (not used): Gazzaniga, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Rose.
Goals: Everton - Walcott 21, Sigurdsson 51; Spurs - Son 27, 61, Dele 36, Kane 42, 74, Eriksen 48.
Yellow cards: Spurs - Trippier 32, Eriksen 71.
Referee: Paul Tierney.
Venue: Goodison Park.
Weather: Light rain, six degrees.