Sunday Times

Spurs coach not happy with draw


Jarrad Branthwait­e scored a 94th minute equaliser as relegation-threatened Everton rescued a point against Tottenham Hotspur with a 2-2 home draw yesterday to move out of the bottom three in the Premier League table.

Richarliso­n, once the darling of Goodison Park, scored a brace in the first half and looked to have won the game for the visitors, but Branthwait­e headed in at the back post after Everton had troubled Spurs with their set-pieces.

Jack Harrison also scored for Everton, and after Spurs failed to kill the game in the second half, the battling Merseyside club always had hope they could take something from the match.

Spurs are fourth in the table on 44 points from 23 games, missing the chance to move level on points with second-placed Manchester City, though they have played two games more. Everton provisiona­lly moved up to 17th with 19 points from their 23 games.

“I’m pretty disappoint­ed, particular­ly conceding so late,” Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglo­u said. “I thought we had chances to kill them off in the second half. We knew they would throw a lot of balls into the box and we would have to deal with a lot of things.

“It seemed like the refereeing was just going to let everything go and let the VAR pick up the scraps, and for us nothing happened in that sense.”

Everton fans protested against the Premier League and held up yellow placards that read “You don’t know what you’re doing” in reference to the Merseyside club’s 10-point deduction for an alleged breach of profit and sustainabi­lity rules.

Their appeal against that penalty was held this week with a verdict due in mid-February.

Tottenham led early through Richarliso­n. Spurs moved the ball well down the left-hand side and Destiny Udogie’s pass was lashed home by the unmarked Brazilian.

Harrison rather unwittingl­y equalised on the half-hour mark as a corner was met at the back post by James Tarkowski. His header into the six-yard box was directed goalwards by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and it went in off Harrison.

Spurs keeper Guglielmo Vicario felt he was fouled by Harrison as the corner came over, but a VAR check allowed the goal.

The visitors were back in front four minutes before halftime as they broke quickly, and from James Maddison’s flick, Richarliso­n placed an excellent shot beyond former teammate Jordan Pickford, his ninth Premier League goal in eight games.

Everton remained a threat from the setpieces and got their reward as Christian Romero’s attempted clearance from a freekick was only steered into the path of Branthwait­e, who beat a flailing Vicario.

“It is a massive point, we have had a rough patch recently,” Branthwait­e told BBC. “We took our chances, obviously a bit disappoint­ed with the goals we conceded but it is a good point and shows the fight we have as a team. We worked putting pressure on the keeper (at set-pieces) through the week and it worked well.”

 ?? Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images ?? Ashley Young of Everton wins a header against Micky van de Ven of Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park yesterday.
Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Ashley Young of Everton wins a header against Micky van de Ven of Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park yesterday.

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