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Everton's Michael Keane was the one who took over during the first half
Tottenham's Premier League debut game under Antonio Conte ended in a draw against Everton at Goodison Park.
Conte only had a few days with his players. He started his tenure on Thursday with a win over Vitesse in Europa Conference League. This was an indication of his ability to handle the task ahead.
Tottenham has been in the league for more than three hours without scoring, but Conte was almost on the winning side when substitute Giovani Lo Celso scored against the post two minutes before the end.
It was also an Everton that looked much better than in recent weeks. However, Rafael Benitez's team, which had not won the top flight since September and Mason Holgate were dismissed for high follow-through on Pierre Emile Hojbjerg.
They thought they had a golden opportunity to break the deadlock after Chris Kavanagh gave a penalty in half-time, but the referee overturned the decision after consulting with the pitch-side monitor.
Richarlison seemed to beat Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris with the ball. He was brought down in the area, but Kavanagh determined that Richarlison had a fingertip to it.
Spurs had more possession, and Conte's successful past sides showed some tentative signs of his traits. The visitors displayed more energy and intensity this season than before.
Everton looked the more dangerous of the two teams in this game with few chances. Demarai Gray scored with 10 minutes remaining and Michael Keane headed over the bar.
Perhaps Conte's influence was evident in the fact that Spurs had one of their best chances. Sergio Reguilon, a wingback, won the ball unmarked at the backpost from Harry Kane’s cross just before the break.
The draw kept the teams one point apart with Spurs 9th and Everton 11th respectively - although both are within one win of the Europa League spots.
Spurs are up for the fight, but little is being done
Conte would love to have taken the excitement from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday, when his reign began, and brought it to Goodison Park for the Premier League's first appearance in over three years.
After the chaotic Europa Conference League win against Vitesse, Conte warned that this job would require patience and hard work. However, there were already signs that Conte is ready to demand aggression and willingness for his players to take risks.
The 52-year old has won five league titles at Juventus, Chelsea, and Inter Milan. He also displayed all the passion that makes him a serial winner as he patrolled technical areas with his collar raised and barking orders to those closest to him.
Conte was initially keen for his side to have possession at the back. Conte had some nervous moments with the visitors giving it away on numerous occasions in dangerous areas. However, Spurs were much more willing to play through the midfield this season than they were in previous Premier League seasons.
Emerson Royal also gave an indication that both wing-backs were granted a licence to move forward. Reguilon sent a deep cross to Reguilon's back post, which Emerson Royal nodded over before Reguilon failed to hit Kane's cross.
However, that was their best effort until Lo Celso's late strike rattled post. Conte will be concerned that Kane, Son Heungmin, and Lucas Moura did not really test the Toffees backline.
Spurs are now down to two league games and have not managed to score a goal in either of their last two defeats. However, this draw was a positive step towards ending their two-and-a-half-year streak of consecutive defeats.
Conte's clean sheet and the fact that his players were ready for the fight will provide a solid foundation for Conte. However, Tottenham can expect their new boss to drill attacking patterns into them at the training ground over the next few weeks.
Encourageing signs for Benitez
Spurs responded quickly to a disappointing run of results by sacking Nuno Espito Santo. However, Benitez was under increasing pressure to fix Everton's recent slide.
The Toffees have been without a win for five games since their 2-0 victory over Norwich at September's end. Benitez will be happy with the resilience and strength displayed in Sunday's spirited encounter.
The recent success of Everton comes with the caveat, however, that Benitez was without forward Dominic Calvert Lewin for most part of the season and influential midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure the past three matches.
Calvert-Lewin's absence was evident when Lucas Digne, the left-back returning from the break, flung a ball over the six-yard line in the first period.
Even though the hosts tried to press late, Holgate was eventually dismissed. However, there were very few chances against a side that looked more defensively reorganised under their new boss.
Son Heung Min Son Heung Min was the player of the match with an average 6.44 Everton Everton Everton Everton.
Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Everton AVg Squad Number 14 Player Name Townsend Average Rating 5.78 Squad Number 11 Player Name Gray Average Rating 5.36 Squad Number 22 Player Name Player Player Player Player Player Player Player Player Player Player Player Player Player Player player name Allan Average Rating 5.36 Squad No. 29 Player Player Player Player named Emerson Royal Average Rating 5.64 Squad No. 12 Player Player Player Player Playername Skipp Average ranking 5.64 Squad no. 3 Player Player Player number Emerson Royal Average ratings 5.65 Squad numbers 10 Playername Kane 4.63 Squad rating 10.63 Player, Kane 4.33 rating 4.33
Live Text Line-ups Everton Formation 4-1-4-1-1 1 Pickford 23 Coleman22 Godfrey 5 Keane12 Digne24 Gordon 8 Delph6 Allan11 Gray 14 Townsend7 Richarlison1 Pickford
8 Delph Booked in 26mins Substituted by Davies at 60' Minutes
6 Allan substituted for Holgate at the 82' minute Booked at 90mins
11 Gray Substituted For Gbamin at 90+3’ minutes
7 Richarlison Booked in 69 Minutes Substitutes 2 Kenny
33 Rondn Tottenham Formation 3-4-2-1 1 Lloris 4 Romero 15 Dier 33 Davies 12 Leite de Souza Junior 5 Hjbjerg 29 Skipp 3 Reguiln 27 Lucas Moura 7 Son Heung-Min 10 Kane 1 Lloris
4 Romero booked at 69mins
12 Leite de Souza Junior
29 Skipps Booked in 90 Minutes
3 Reguilns Booked at 12mins Substituted For Doherty @ 71' Minutes
27 Lucas Moura Substituted at 71' Minutes for Lo Celso
7 Son Heung Min Substituted For Ndombele at 85' Minutes Booked at 8:87mins
10 Kane Substitutes 2 Doherty
6 D Snchez
18 Lo Celso
28 Ndombele Referee Chris Kavanagh Attenance: 39.059 Match Stats, Live Text, Post update Match ends. Everton 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Full Time Second half ends, Everton 0. Tottenham Hotspur 0. Post update Foul by Giovani Ló Celso (Tottenham Hotspur). Post update Tom Davies (Everton), wins a free kick at the defensive end. Post update Corner, Everton. Emerson Royal conceded the goal. Emerson Royal gives the yellow card to Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur), for a foul. Post update Foul by Oliver Skipp, Tottenham Hotspur. Post update Andros Townsend, Everton, wins a free kick at the defensive half. Post update Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Jean-Philippe Gbamin concedes. Substitution Substitution Everton Jean-Philippe Gbamin takes over for Demarai Gray. Dismissal Mason Holgate is (Everton). Post-VAR Decision: Mason Holgate (Everton) was upgraded to a card. Post update Pierre-Emile Hjbjerg, Tottenham Hotspur, wins a free kick during the attacking half. Mason Holgate (Everton) has posted a post-update Foul. Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur) posted a post-update Foul. Post update Anthony Gordon (Everton), wins a free kick during the defensive half. Post update Giovani Ló Celso (Tottenham Hotspur), hits the left post from outside the box with a left-footed shot. Oliver Skipp assisted. The yellow card is displayed to Tanguy Ndombele, booking agent for the Tottenham Hotspur. Post-update Foul by Tanguy Nyombele (Tottenham Hotspur). Post-update Samus Coleman (Everton), wins a free kick at the defensive half. Page 1 of 6 Rewind Previous Navigate to Next Navigate To The Last Page Forward