Tottenham should have won this game and they know it. Everton were the most obliging of opponents, slightly fortunate to take an early lead and positively delusional if they imagined they would be able to hang on to it for 85 minutes. In the end they were glad of a point, so small was their share of the game and so limited their attacking efforts, while Spurs will be satisfied with the result but acutely aware they could have done better.
Everton paraded Ashley Williams on the pitch before kick off though the new signing from Swansea was deemed too short of match practice to make his debut in Ronald Koeman’s new look back three. Mason Holgate, a member of that trio, was also one of three players making their first Everton starts, the other two being goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and defensive midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye. The change Everton found most difficult to get used to, however, was the absence of Romelu Lukaku as an outlet up front. The Belgian is widely believed to be on his way out of the club anyway but he needed stitches in a foot injury in last week’s friendly against Espanyol and was not risked.
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