Stekelenberg denies Spurs at the death

Everton keeper Martin Stekelenberg pulled off two brilliant late-match saves to deny an undercooked Tottenham side three points at Goodison Park on Saturday.

  • Everton 1 Tottenham 1
  • Barkley’s cross floats past Lloris for the opener
  • Lamela grabs an equaliser
  • Stekelenburg denies Spurs two late chances

Match summary

The Spurs defence couldn’t deal with an early swerving free-kick cross from Ross Barkley, which bounced past an embarrassed Hugo Lloris and into the goal.

Christian Eriksen failed to stretch Maarten Stekelenburg after he was given some space on the edge of the penalty area, striking the ball straight at the Everton keeper.

Spurs’ substitute keeper Michel Vorm, meanwhile, kept his side in the match with an excellent save from Gerard Deulofeu on the stroke of half-time.

Tottenham equalised against the run of play after Kyle Walker’s excellent cross found Erik Lamela, who finished well with his head.

And they almost fashioned a winner late on, with Stekelenburg producing two exceptional saves in the final ten minutes, the first from substitute Vincent Janssen and the second from a Lamela strike that took a deflection on it’s way towards the goal.

Full Report

The home side wasted no time in getting themselves in front, albeit with a somewhat bizarre effort.

Barkley stepped up to curl a free kick into the area. None of his teammates could get a head to it but the Spurs defence failed to intercept the cross which bounced past Lloris and into the open goal.

The Toffees looked in excellent form going forward and a flustered Tottenham backline regularly looked uncomfortable under pressure.

Spurs had their first shot on target on 26 minutes when Eriksen forced a save from Stekelenberg. The Spurs playmaker found himself in some space at the edge of the area following some neat passing amongst the Tottenham forwards but curved the ball straight into the hands of the Everton keeper.

Tottenham captain Lloris hobbled off on 35 minutes with an injury, handing a rare Premier League appearance for Michel Vorm.

Despite monopolising possession, Tottenham were completely unable to break down the Everton defence and posed no threat to the host’s goal for the remainder of the half. 

Vorm did exceptionally well to deny Gerard Deulofeu on the stroke of half-time after the makeshift centre-forward pounced on a poor back-pass and had only the Dutch keeper between himself and the goal.

The second half started with Spurs looking no more comfortable in any area of the pitch and Everton looking happy to soak up the pressure and attempt to hit the visitors on the break.

With 60 minutes on the clock, Tottenham grabbed the equaliser seemingly out of thin air. Walker did exceptionally well to shake off his marker and deliver an inch-perfect cross for Lamela whose low header had the beating of Stekelenburg.

The match threatened to open up after the goal but never quite did and it was clear that both teams would need to improve significantly if they were to meet their fans’ expectations for the season.

Janssen came close to opening his Premier League account after a scrap in the Everton six-yard-box resulted in the ball falling at his feet. His snapshot was brilliantly saved by his countryman Stekelenberg, though.

The Dutch keeper did even better four minutes later when Lamela’s rasping strike from the left hand side of the penalty area took a wicked deflection and looked for all the world to be heading for the top corner of the net. The new Toffees keeper showed exceptional reflexes to parry the ball out for a corner.