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Everton v Tottenham - Match Highlights

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Everton may not have won the game but a much improved performance against an in-form Tottenham side gave cause for optimism heading into 2016.

Tottenham dominated possession the opening stages but the Blues looked much more solid at the back than they have in recent matches.

They took the lead against the run of play when Aaron Lennon fired into the top corner from Romelu Lukaku's lay-off. It was a welcome reversal of fortunes for Everton who tended have most of the ball before conceding at the other end in recent matces.

It was too good to last though and Tottenham levelled in first half stoppage time when Dele Alli superbly controlled a long pass before volleying past Tim Howard.

Everton had the better of things after the break, with Muhamed Besic seeing his volley superbly tipped over by Hugo Lloris before Ramiro Funes Mori headed the resulting corner just wide.

They couldn't find the winner though and the Toffees had to make do with a point in their opening game of 2016.