Everton lost 3-2 at Tottenham Hotspur to remain in seventh-place after uninspired play and poor passing proved to be their undoing. Spurs set a Premier League record with nine consecutive home wins, while Romelu Lukaku is now Everton’s top scorer in Premier League history.
Harry Kane capitalized on poor marking from Everton in the first half to create some space and fire in a shot from distance. Spurs had a couple more chances to extend their lead before the break, with Joel having to make a one-on-one save and then the post coming to the Blues’ rescue.
Koeman refrained from making any changes at the break despite his side being heavily overrun and it came as no surprise when the home side’s high press released Kane who slotted home ten minutes after the half.
Tottenham took the foot off the pedal after doubling their lead and let the Toffees come back into the game a little especially after Mirallas came on for Davies and McCarthy replaced Barry.
Out of nowhere though, Lukaku finally scored his first goal against Tottenham to become Everton’s record Premier League goalscorer with his 61st. The goal woke up the Blues as they finally put some pressure on the hosts, but the equalizer was not to be and Everton dropped a point further behind Manchester United who drew yesterday.
Dele Alli then put Tottenham up by two again in time added on but an even later goal from Enner Valencia was not enough to tie the game as Everton slipped to their first defeat in ten games.
Starting XI - Robles, Coleman, Williams, Funes Mori, Baines, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Barry, Davies, Barkley, Lukaku
Bench - Stekelenburg, Jagielka, Mirallas, McCarthy, Valencia, Holgate, Lookman
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