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“Eriksen’s game lacks authority” – Full player ratings as Spurs squander lead at Everton

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 18:42, 3 November 2019

Tottenham Hotspur were denied a first Premier League away win since January after snatching a 1-1 draw at Everton.

A lacklustre first half made way for a chaotic second as Dele Alli put the visitors in front before Andre Gomes suffered an unfortunate injury that saw Heung-min Son dismissed.

The use of VAR as well as Gomes’ lengthy medical check-up saw 12 minutes added on at the end and halfway through stoppage time substitute Cenk Tosun would ensure the spoils were shared.

Here’s how the players rated at Goodison Park:

Everton

Jordan Pickford – 6 – Provided a highlight of the opening half when his long punt forward nearly put Theo Walcott through on goal.

Djibril Sidibé – 5 – Occasionally found himself in the opposition’s final third but never looked like producing a goalscoring opportunity.

Mason Holgate – 6 – Started his first home league game of the season, never missed a beat and couldn’t be blamed for Spurs’ goal.

Yerry Mina – 6 – Fortunate not to give away a penalty early into the second half when a trailing leg brought Son down.

Lucas Digne – 7 – A constant outlet on the left flank, Digne was his normal marauding self and a very late first time pass saw the Toffees level proceedings deep into stoppage time.

André Gomes – 6 – More proactive than usual, Gomes often found himself in – or around – the penalty area, had one chance that went just over the Spurs goal. Was forced off in the final 10 minutes after suffering a horrible injury.

Tom Davies – 6 – Recently won his place back in midfield, proved to be a challenge for Spurs’ midfield with the Liverpudlian winning all four of his attempted tackles.

Fabian Delph – 6 – Back in Everton’s starting line up, and played just in front of their defence, kept the ball ticking along.

Theo Walcott – 5 – Given his former allegiances it was no surprise to see Walcott being lively from the off. Booked for an overzealous challenge on Ben Davies before the half-hour mark.

Richarlison – 6 – Playing in the false nine role he often found himself isolated but had a wonderful opportunity to put the hosts in front before half-time.

Alex Iwobi – 4 – Needlessly gave the ball away which ultimately lead to Spurs’ opening goal, had been positive up until then.

Substitutes:

Cenk Tosun (for Walcott 68) – 6 – Came on when Everton were desperately pushing for an equaliser and he rewarded his manager’s faith with an injury-time strike.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (for Davies 83) – N/A – Brought on at the death.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (for Gomes 84) – N/A – A late sub.

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Tottenham Hotspur

Paulo Gazzaniga – 5 – Seldom troubled by Everton in normal time, but was powerless to stop Tosun’s injury time equaliser.

Serge Aurier – 5 – A much better showing than some recent performances, Aurier created one of the few goalscoring opportunities by Spurs.

Davinson Sánchez – 6 – Colossus in the air, complemented Toby Alderweireld and did whatever was asked of him.

Toby Alderweireld – 6 – Regained that sharpness and composure which made him the league’s most outstanding centre-back a few seasons ago.

Ben Davies – 5 – Hugged the touchline but was ineffective and would be dispossessed on more than one occasion.

Moussa Sissoko – 6 – Kept things neat and tidy, wasn’t spectacular but didn’t need to be in a tight midfield battle.

Tanguy Ndombele – 5 – A constant threat from central midfield, Ndombele completed three take-ons more than anyone who started this game. Booked late on for a bad challenge.

Son Heung-min – 4 – Often successful pinning Everton’s defence back and was rewarded when Iwobi’s wayward pass came into his path; the mercurial South Korean forward would then tee up Alli for Spurs’ opening goal. However, an unfortunate challenge on Gomes saw him sent off.

Dele Alli – 7 – Answered his critics with a trademark finish just after the hour mark before enduring a heart in the mouth moment which could have led to Everton receiving a penalty. Alli was adjudged by the video assistant referee to not have handled in the penalty area.

Christian Eriksen – 5 – Handed a yellow card for a tactical foul midway through the opening 45 minutes. Was unable to stamp his authority on this game – which has become a familiar sight – and needlessly gave away possession far too much for a player of his calibre.

Lucas Moura – 5 – Came in for the ill Harry Kane but would see large swathes of the game pass him by.

Substitutes:

Giovani Lo Celso (for Ndombele 73) – 5 – Anonymous, but not his fault as Spurs would lose a man just moments after coming on.

Juan Foyth (for Aurier 88) – N/A – A late sub.

Ryan Sessegnon (for Eriksen 90+11) – N/A – A late sub.

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