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Southampton 0 Everton 0 match report

Southampton 0 Everton 0: Pochettino era starts with stalemate as both sides waste chances

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21:51 GMT, 21 January 2013

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22:06 GMT, 21 January 2013

Mauricio Pochettino's first game in charge of Southampton ended in a goalless draw with Everton at St Mary's.

Both sides missed a number of opportunities, with Nikica Jelavic's scuff from close range the most glaring, as Everton failed to close the gap to fourth-placed Tottenham.

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Stalemate: Leighton Baines and Nikica Jelavic of Everton combine to scramble away a Southampton chance

Stalemate: Leighton Baines and Nikica Jelavic of Everton combine to scramble away a Southampton chance

MATCH FACTS

Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Puncheon (De Ridder 87), Cork, Schneiderlin, Ramirez (Steven Davis 71),Lambert, Do Prado (Rodriguez 62).

Subs Not Used: Kelvin Davis, Fox, Richardson, Chaplow.

Booked: Hooiveld,Schneiderlin.

Everton: Howard, Coleman (Anichebe 58), Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Naismith, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Jelavic (Mirallas 66), Fellaini.

Subs Not Used: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Duffy.

Booked: Osman.

Att: 28,359

Ref: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire).

Opportunity: Jelavic missed a chance to claim all three points for Everton

Opportunity: Jelavic missed a chance to claim all three points for Everton

New manager: Mauricio Pochettino took charge of Southampton for the first time

New manager: Mauricio Pochettino took charge of Southampton for the first time

New manager: Mauricio Pochettino took charge of Southampton for the first time

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Mauricio Pochettino

Protest: One fan holds up a sign dedicated to former manager Nigel Adkins


Dribble: Steven Pienaar takes on Jos Hooiveld as Morgan Schneiderlin looks on

Dribble: Steven Pienaar takes on Jos Hooiveld as Morgan Schneiderlin looks on

Leighton Baines scarred as Gary Cahill"s studs go through shirt

You ripper! Baines scarred as Cahill's studs go right through Everton defender's shirt

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15:48 GMT, 30 December 2012

Leighton Baines was left with a sore reminder of playing against Chelsea after the Everton defender was caught by Gary Cahill's studs.

Baines and Blues defender Cahill clashed accidentally early in the second half at Goodison Park and it was the home favourite who came off worse.

As these pictures from Sky Sports show, Cahill's studs went right through Baines' shirt and left a scar on the England international's back.

Ripped: Leighton Baines was caught by Gary Cahill's studs as the pair hit the ground at Goodison Park

Ripped: Leighton Baines was caught by Gary Cahill's studs as the pair hit the ground at Goodison Park

Baines, true to form, was straight back up and in the thick of the action.

Meanwhile, Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech did not come out for the second half.

The Blues stopper picked up an ankle injury and was replaced by Ross Turnbull.

Turnbull's sole previous appearance this season was the Capital One Cup drubbing of Wolves in September.

And he was celebrating at the end of the match on Merseyside as the visitors took the three points back to London after Frank Lampard's double cancelled out Steven Pienaar's early strike.

Collision: Cahill and Baines hit the ground and the Chelsea defender catches his opponent

Collision: Cahill and Baines hit the ground and the Chelsea defender catches his opponent

Accidental: Cahill looked worried for a second as Baines lay on the pitch

Accidental: Cahill looked worried for a second as Baines lay on the pitch

War wound: Baines was caught by Cahill's studs

War wound: Baines was caught by Cahill's studs

West Ham 1 Everton 2 – match report

West Ham 1 Everton 2: Two off as Pienaar strikes to send Toffees fourth

PUBLISHED:

16:53 GMT, 22 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:23 GMT, 22 December 2012

Referee Anthony Taylor was the pantomime villain in West Ham and
Everton's final match before Christmas as two needless red cards spoilt
the latter's victory at Upton Park.

Taylor all but handed the Toffees three points and a place back in the
top four after controversially deciding Cole had left his foot in on
Leighton Baines midway through the second half.

Controversy: West Ham's Carlton Cole (L) was sent off for this challenge on Everton's Leighton Baines

Controversy: West Ham's Carlton Cole (L) was sent off for this challenge on Everton's Leighton Baines

Controversy: West Ham captain Kevin Nolan (C) appeals to match referee Anthony Taylor as he sends off Carlton Cole

Match facts

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Tomkins, Collins, Reid, O'Brien (Spence 81), Noble, O'Neil (Maiga 58), Taylor, Nolan, Jarvis (Collison 88), Cole.Subs Not Used: Spiegel, Diarra, Moncur, Lletget.

Sent Off: Cole (67).

Booked: Maiga.

Goals: Cole 14.

Everton: Howard, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Gibson, Neville (Naismith 85), Pienaar (Oviedo 88), Jelavic, Anichebe (Duffy 90). Subs Not Used: Mucha, Hitzlsperger, Barkley, Vellios.

Sent Off: Gibson (90).

Goals: Anichebe 64, Pienaar 73.

Att: 35,005

Ref: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

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The official evened up the red-card count in stoppage-time, finding Gibson guilty of a similar offence, having earlier angered Everton by chalking off Leon Osman's early header.

Cole gave West Ham a half-time lead and Victor Anichebe marked his Everton recall with his first goal for three months three minutes before Cole saw red, with Steven Pienaar making the man advantage count six minutes later.

Today's game was a test of how Everton and their opponents coped without their midfield heavyweights, with Toffees star Marouane Fellaini starting a three-match ban and Hammers talisman Mohamed Diame still out injured.

There certainly appeared to be a lack of drive from both sides in the opening moments and it was no surprise to see the first chance arrive via a set-piece in the ninth minute.

Baines delivered the type of devilish free-kick that is certain to keep him in the thoughts of bigger clubs with the transfer window looming, the unmarked Sylvain Distin nodding it into the ground and over the crossbar.

Baines produced another special three minutes later for Osman's disallowed goal, his corner headed home by one of the smallest players on the pitch but ruled out seemingly for Anichebe's block on Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Having yesterday called for clarification on “grappling” in the box, the irony surely could not have been lost on Everton boss David Moyes.

Up for it: Everton's Victor Anichebe equalised with a header

Up for it: Everton's Victor Anichebe equalised with a header

Cheers: Everton's Steven Pienaar (left) celebrates scoring the winner

Cheers: Everton's Steven Pienaar (left) celebrates scoring the winner

His players were furious and their ire only increased when Cole fired
West Ham in front two minutes later, the striker cutting inside the
recalled Johnny Heitinga far too easily before cracking in a low drive
from the edge of the box.

Heitinga continued to flounder and Moyes must have been ruing his
decision to switch Phil Jagielka to right-back in order to accommodate
the surprise return of Phil Neville from knee surgery, the Toffees
captain filling in for Fellaini.

The pace dipped again, although Osman almost provided a moment of
inspiration when Nikica Jelavic just strayed offside onto the
midfielder's through-ball.

Jelavic got his timing all wrong again four minutes after half-time when
a rare mistake from James Collins saw the ball ricochet through to the
striker, who could only send it straight at Jaaskelainen.

hIGH BALL: Everton striker Victor Anichebe (L) vies with West Ham United defender James Collins (R)

High ball: Everton striker Victor Anichebe (L) vies with West Ham United defender James Collins (R)

On the ball: Steven Pienaar takes on James Collins

On the ball: Everton's Steven Pienaar takes on James Collins

Gibson curled a free-kick narrowly wide and Everton continued to probe,
prompting West Ham boss Sam Allardyce to replace Gary O'Neil with Modibo
Maiga just before the hour mark, a move that almost paid off
immediately when the Malian scuffed Cole's cross wide.

And that was when it all went horribly wrong.

Maiga got himself booked for pushing Pienaar over in the 64th minute
and, from the resultant free-kick, the ball was worked left to the South
African, whose cross was glanced home brilliantly by Anichebe.

Three minutes later, Taylor made a the call that swung the game.

Cole hung his leg out in a bid to control a dropping ball and definitely
made contact with Baines but it looked anything but a reckless lunge.

'Ave it: Everton's Steven Pienaar, right, feels full force of James Tomkins

'Ave it: Everton's Steven Pienaar, right, feels full force of James Tomkins

To Cole's horror, Taylor thought otherwise, brandishing a straight red card.

The momentum was all with Everton and they completed their comeback six
minutes later, Osman's cross inadvertently played against Pienaar by
Kevin Nolan before trickling into the net.

Ten-man West Ham refused to concede defeat and Nolan almost made amends by volleying narrowly wide.

Several substitutions followed, including Jack Collison's first appearance of the season after knee surgery.

And just as the game was drifting towards the final whistle, it exploded into life in the dying seconds.

Jelavic sent a rebound wide from barely six yards and Nolan was unable to prod home after being played in at the other end.

And Gibson then saw red for an almost identical challenge to Cole's on
Mark Noble, although this one was slightly less debatable.

Andre Villas-Boas holds meeting with Spurs defenders over late goals

Enough is enough! Villas-Boas holds crisis talks with Spurs defenders over late goals

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11:53 GMT, 19 December 2012

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has held a meeting with his defenders in a bid to stop the late goals that have blighted their season, centre-back William Gallas has revealed.

Spurs have conceded 10 goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this campaign, which is a Barclays Premier League high along with bottom side Reading.

That inability to keep things tight until the final whistle has cost them – so much so that if matches had ended at 80 minutes they would be top of the Premier League.

Focus: William Gallas (right) knows only too well Spurs have been sloppy late on

Focus: William Gallas (right) knows only too well Spurs have been sloppy late on

'We've had a meeting with him (Villas-Boas) because we've been conceding late goals and we have to be a little bit more focused, a bit more strong,' Gallas told talkSPORT.

'Sometimes maybe we are panicking and we've let goals in. So we've been working very hard and we've had some meetings to look at the video to see what is good and bad, and against Swansea it was good to keep a clean sheet.

'In this period, we have a lot of games and some players are tired – they have already played more than 20 games this season, which is a lot. It's very intense.

Once is bad enough: But Everton scored twice in the dying minutes - through Nikica Jelavic and former Spurs player Steven Pienaar - earlier this month

Once is bad enough: But Everton scored twice in the dying minutes – through Nikica Jelavic and former Spurs player Steven Pienaar – earlier this month

'If we want to stay in the top four, we have to get all the players ready for the matches over Christmas and New Year, because we are going to be playing four games in 11 days.'

Stoke kick off the festive period with their visit to White Hart Lane this weekend, before Spurs head to Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

'Stoke are a strong side and it will be difficult but we've got the quality,' Gallas said.

'We can play football and we're playing at home, so we don't have any excuses to lose the game.

Late show: Spurs led Everton until the 89th minute before going down 2-1

Late show: Spurs led Everton until the 89th minute before going down 2-1

'Then we play Villa, who are on fire at the moment after winning 3-1 at Liverpool in their last game, and at the moment they are confident.

'They have Christian Benteke in attack, who has shown this season what a good player he is.

'At the moment, we are in the top four and they are trying to survive in the Premier League, so it will be a good game.'

Sort it out: Manager Andre Villas-Boas is sick of Spurs' late lapses

Sort it out: Manager Andre Villas-Boas is sick of Spurs' late lapses

Ulster 9 Northampton 10: Saints blow group wide open with tight win at Ravenhill

Ulster 9 Northampton 10: Van the man seals
Saints' stirring win

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21:22 GMT, 15 December 2012

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UPDATED:

21:42 GMT, 15 December 2012

Northampton Saints produced a stirring defensive display to end Ulster's four-year unbeaten run at Ravenhill.

Northampton No 8 GJ Van Velze scored the game's only try as Jim Mallinder's side recovered from last week's humbling defeat to blow Pool Four wide open.

Not since 2008 had Ulster lost a European tie in Belfast but Ruan Pienaar missed a late winner as Saints held on. Northampton were facing the embarrassment of a second season without reaching the quarter-finals of Europe's elite competition.

Ben Foden of Northampton takes on Paddy Jackson

Breaking free: Northamton's Ben Foden in action with Ulster's Paddy Jackson

Against last year's finalists,
unbeaten so far this season, Northampton threw everything into a
predictably physical opening and their abrasiveness and aggression saw
fly-half Stephen Myler land an early penalty.

With so many South Africans in
Ulster's ranks, it was little surprise that Saints No 8 Van Velze felt
as though he was at a home from home.

And the forward swatted aside Andrew
Trimble to touch down in the corner on 18 minutes. Myler added the
conversion to open a 10-0 lead that, in such a closely contested tie,
could prove decisive.

 Tom Court of Ulster is tackled by Lee Dickson

Crashing down: Saints pummeled the Ulster line after last week's embarrassing defeat

Against last year's finalists,
unbeaten so far this season, Northampton threw everything into a
predictably physical opening and their abrasiveness and aggression saw
fly-half Stephen Myler land an early penalty.

With so many South Africans in
Ulster's ranks, it was little surprise that Saints No 8 Van Velze felt
as though he was at a home from home.

And the forward swatted aside Andrew
Trimble to touch down in the corner on 18 minutes. Myler added the
conversion to open a 10-0 lead that, in such a closely contested tie,
could prove decisive.

Having been humbled at home last
week by the RaboDirect Pro12 leaders, Saints restricted Ulster
effectively and it was not until 31 minutes that Paddy Jackson finally
got on the scoreboard with his first penalty.

Northampton's Dylan Hartley (2nd L), Paul Doran Jones and Alex Waller (R) look dejected with team mates

Hard fought win: Northampton's Dylan Hartley (2nd left), Paul Doran Jones and Alex Waller (right)

Ulster's New Zealander Nick Williams
used his huge frame to break the visitors' line twice but lacked the
pace to finish and Ulster showed niether the patience nor the accuracy
to take advantage.

Jackson landed a second penalty and the Ulster fly-half's third kick drew the home side to within a point.

Saints centre Tom May fumbled a golden scoring chance when he failed to collect a delicate kick by Myler.

However, Ulster also had chances as Williams was held short and Rory Best and Craig Gilroy went close.

Even when Ulster looked certain to score after Myler's drop-goal was charged down, the Saints defence somehow survived.

Paddy Wallace broke clear and when he
passed to rising Ireland star Gilroy, a try appeared innevitable only
for Jamie Elliott to snuff out the danger.

The Saints wing came up trumps again
three minutes from time to deny Tommy Bowe, who was carried off with a
serious knee injury. The delay may have distracted Pienaar, who pushed
his penalty wide.

Stoke 1 Everton 1: Match report

Stoke 1 Everton 1: Fellaini could face retrospective FA action after headbutt

PUBLISHED:

16:51 GMT, 15 December 2012

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17:16 GMT, 15 December 2012

Kenwyne Jones' first Barclays Premier League goal in 16 months ensured Stoke emerged with a point from their clash with their fellow draw specialists Everton.

The Potters fell behind in the 36th minute through an own goal from captain Ryan Shawcross, who inadvertently nodded in a Steven Pienaar cross.

Jones, retaining his starting place up front with Peter Crouch again named as a substitute, equalised in the 52nd minute, heading Shawcross' long-range delivery past Tim Howard.

Embarrassment: Stoke's Ryan Shawcross stands dejected after scoring an own goal

Embarrassment: Stoke's Ryan Shawcross stands dejected after scoring an own goal

Match facts

STOKE: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Cameron, Walters, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Etherington (Kightly 84), Adam (Jerome 72), Jones (Crouch 76). Subs not used: Sorensen, Palacios, Whitehead, Upson.

Goals: Jones 52

Booked: Begovic

EVERTON: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Naismith (Barkley 69), Osman, Gibson, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic. Subs not used: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Vellios, Duffy.

Goals: Shawcross (o.g) 36

Referee: Mark Halsey

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The previous time Jones – who also hit the post – had netted in the top flight was in August 2011.

A draw was probably a fair result for
both ninth-placed Stoke and fourth-spotted Everton, although the
visitors might have had Marouane Fellaini sent off if the match
officials had spotted the midfielder's apparent headbutt on Shawcross in
the second half.

And, given that the sides had drawn
eight top-flight games each this season before the encounter, it perhaps
came as little surprise that the points were shared.

Everton made a lively start to the
contest, with Nikica Jelavic seeing his shot from Seamus Coleman's
tee-up blocked by Shawcross in the ninth minute.

Two minutes later the visitors
appealed for a penalty when Pienaar's strike appeared to hit Glenn
Whelan's arm, but referee Mark Halsey waved for play to go on.

Pull your finger out: David Moyes speaks to Steven Pienaar (centre) as he celebrates Everton's goal

Pull your finger out: David Moyes speaks to Steven Pienaar (centre) as he celebrates Everton's goal

The previous time Jones – who also hit the post – had netted in the top flight was in August 2011.

A draw was probably a fair result for
both ninth-placed Stoke and fourth-spotted Everton, although the
visitors might have had Marouane Fellaini sent off if the match
officials had spotted the midfielder's apparent headbutt on Shawcross in
the second half.

And, given that the sides had drawn
eight top-flight games each this season before the encounter, it perhaps
came as little surprise that the points were shared.

Ruthless Huth: Marouane Fellaini (left) is about to feel the full force of a Robert Huth challenge

Ruthless Huth: Marouane Fellaini (left) is about to feel the full force of a Robert Huth challenge

Everton made a lively start to the
contest, with Nikica Jelavic seeing his shot from Seamus Coleman's
tee-up blocked by Shawcross in the ninth minute.

Two minutes later the visitors
appealed for a penalty when Pienaar's strike appeared to hit Glenn
Whelan's arm, but referee Mark Halsey waved for play to go on.

The Potters could only respond with tame efforts from outside the box by Matthew Etherington and Jones.

One in the eye: Stoke's Andy Wilkinson holds off Pienaar

One in the eye: Stoke's Andy Wilkinson holds off Pienaar

Just after the half-hour mark,
though, they passed up a clear opportunity when Whelan swung in a
corner, Jon Walters headed the ball back and an unmarked Steven Nzonzi
could only nod it into the arms of Howard.

Soon after Shawcross was on hand to
hook Steven Naismith's goal-bound attempt away from danger, before
Howard – making his 200th consecutive league appearance – dived to keep
out a curling Etherington shot.

Stoke's defensive record has been
formidable and they had only let in two goals at home in the league this
term going into this game.

Jump to it: Kenwyne Jones (left) tangles with Sylvain Distin of Everton

Jump to it: Kenwyne Jones (left) tangles with Sylvain Distin of Everton

It was, therefore, somewhat fitting
that, when Everton managed to make a breakthrough, it was not a Toffees
player who scored. Instead, the ball went over Asmir Begovic and in
having come off the head of the unfortunate Shawcross, who had been
trying to clear Pienaar's cross.

Having gone in front, Everton swiftly
looked to go for the jugular and Leon Osman really should have made it
2-0 but blasted wide from Leighton Baines' cut-back, drawing an angry
reaction from his manager David Moyes.

Honours even: Charlie Adam (right) and Everton's Leon Osman battle for the ball

Honours even: Charlie Adam (right) and Everton's Leon Osman battle for the ball

Stoke appeared full of purpose after
the restart and within three minutes, Howard was called into action to
save a mis-hit close-range volley from Charlie Adam.

Another four minutes passed before the American was beaten as Jones headed home from Shawcross' long ball into the box.

Having broken his long scoring
drought in the league, Jones looked in the mood for more and moments
later he dinked the ball over Howard, only to see it hit the woodwork.

Heading home: Kenwyne Jones powers home to put Stoke level

Heading home: Kenwyne Jones powers home to put Stoke level

Showing the strain: Stoke manager Tony Pulis

Showing the strain: Everton manager David Moyes

Showing the strain: Stoke manager Tony Pulis (left) and his Everton counterpart David Moyes

Everton then seemed lucky to escape
punishment, with Fellaini appearing to headbutt Shawcross as the two
players marked each other in the box.

The Stoke man was left lying on the
turf, but the officials took no action. Potters boss Tony Pulis shuffled
his attack by introducing Cameron Jerome for Adam and Crouch for Jones,
and the two new men were soon in the thick of the action.

Glaring miss: Kenwyne Jones (left) fails to score from close range

Glaring miss: Kenwyne Jones (left) fails to score from close range

With 12 minutes of normal time
remaining, Jerome found himself through on goal and saw his shot come
off the legs of Howard, with Crouch's follow-up lob then being headed
away by Sylvain Distin.

Another Potters substitute, Michael Kightly, struck off-target in the closing stages, as did Pienaar at the other end.

Everton 2 Tottenham 1: match report

Everton 2 Tottenham 1: Jelavic and Pienaar stun Spurs with last-gasp goals for hosts

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16:54 GMT, 9 December 2012

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17:14 GMT, 9 December 2012

Everton scored twice in the last couple of minutes to snatch a well-deserved victory over a Tottenham side who looked to have escaped the Goodison Park fortress with all three points.

Despite dominating, David Moyes' side found themselves trailing to Clint Dempsey's 76th-minute deflected strike.

However, Steven Pienaar headed an 90th-minute equaliser and Nikica Jelavic turned home the winner in added time to extend their unbeaten home league record to 12 matches.

Late show: Everton's Nikica Jelavic (centre) celebrates scoring his side's winning goal agaisnt Tottenham

Late show: Everton's Nikica Jelavic (centre) celebrates scoring his side's winning goal agaisnt Tottenham

HEADER HERE

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Mirallas (Naismith 46), Gibson, Osman (Vellios 81), Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic.

Subs not used: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Barkley

Goals: Pienaar 90, Jelavic 90

Booked: Baines, Osman

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen, Lennon (Huddlestone 71), Dempsey, Dembele (Sigurdsson 77), Sandro, Adebayor, Defoe.

Subs not used: Friedel Naughton, Falque, Livermore, Townsend.

Goal: Dempsey 76

Booked: Vertonghen, Defoe

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

Attendance: 36,494

Had they not got at least a point it is certain Moyes would have been complaining about a penalty claim which did not go their way late in the first half when Pienaar's shot hit the arm of William Gallas.

Everton have been on the end of some rough decisions in recent weeks and Moyes, most pre-emptively, made a point of highlighting that in his programme notes.

'We've had decisions which have cost us points….on a regular basis at the moment decisions (are) being made by officials are affecting the outcome of games,' he wrote.

'I will continue to try to support the Professional Game Match Officials but they must work to improve their standards throughout the game.'

Fortunately for him he did not have reason to complain as much after team's late turnaround ended a dismal sequence of seven draws in nine Barclays Premier League matches.

With the injured Gareth Bale out of the team Tottenham did not have the same attacking thrust down their left as Dempsey was in no way a like-for-like replacement.

As a result Everton were able to take advantage, particularly in the first half, by pouring forward down their right side.

In front: Clint Dempsey's shot takes a deflection off Sylvain Distin before looping into the net

In front: Clint Dempsey's shot takes a deflection off Sylvain Distin before looping into the net

It also gave midfielder Darron Gibson the opportunity to display his extended range of passing as full-back Seamus Coleman exploited plenty of space created by Kevin Mirallas, back after four matches out with a hamstring injury.

He was able to get to the byline with alarming regularity as far as Spurs were concerned but they would have been thankful no real chances came from it.

Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar both missed Nikica Jelavic's cut-back from the left with the Croatia striker himself denied by Gallas after Mirallas broke down the right.

False dawn: Tottenham celebrate taking the lead before Everton hit back in stunning style

False dawn: Tottenham celebrate taking the lead before Everton hit back in stunning style

Coleman fired into the side-netting, Marouane Fellaini headed over a corner and Osman clipped left-footed cross-shot wide from Fellaini lay-off as Everton dominated without threatening.

Shouts for a penalty against Dempsey after the ball came off his chest were magnified greatly when Pienaar's shot hit Gallas' arm but referee Kevin Friend was not interested.

Everton had to replace Mirallas with Steven Naismith at half-time after the Belgium international aggravated the hamstring injury which had sidelined him for a month.

Level pegging: Everton's Steven Pienaar scores the equaliser with just minutes remaining

Level pegging: Everton's Steven Pienaar scores the equaliser with just minutes remaining

And the Scot should have made an immediate impact but when Leighton Baines' shot from a free-kick rebound flew into the penalty both Jelavic and Naismith failed to get the decisive touch which would have brought the opening goal.

It took until the 54th minute for Spurs to properly test Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard with Jan Vertonghen's swerving shot tipped over by the United States international.

Osman's side-foot drive from Baines' cut-back sailed just over the crossbar before the England international also drew a low save out of Hugo Lloris.

Tussle: Seamus Coleman is brought down by Spurs player Jan Vertonghen

Tussle: Seamus Coleman is brought down by Spurs player Jan Vertonghen

Having soaked up so much pressure it was almost inevitable the visitors would produce a sucker-punch and it duly arrived in the 76th minute.

Dempsey received the ball with his back to goal 30 yards out, turned and hit a shot which took a slight-enough deflection of Sylvain Distin to send it dipping over Howard.

Substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson hit the crossbar with a curling shot as gaps opened up as Everton pressed for the equaliser they at the very least deserved.

Out of luck: Everton's Kevin Mirallas attempts to break the deadlock at Goodison Park

Out of luck: Everton's Kevin Mirallas attempts to break the deadlock at Goodison Park

Eyes on the prize: Sandro and Marouane Fellaini fight for the ball as Everton take on Tottenham

Eyes on the prize: Sandro and Marouane Fellaini fight for the ball as Everton take on Tottenham

It duly came in the last minute when Coleman crossed and Pienaar headed past Lloris.

But there was further late drama as Gibson's pass was touched on by substitute Apostolos Vellios and Jelavic struck to the delight of Moyes, whose exuberant celebrations saw him encroach onto the pitch.

David Moyes: I broke my rule to re-sign Steven Pienaar for Everton

I broke my rule to re-sign Pienaar for Everton, says Moyes

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22:59 GMT, 7 December 2012

David Moyes has urged Steven Pienaar to rekindle Everton's push for the top four after admitting re-signing the South African went against all his beliefs.

Pienaar's return to Goodison Park from Tottenham, initially on loan in January, provided the spark for the good form Everton have enjoyed this year and he will have a key role to play at Goodison Park on Sunday when the two sides meet.

Key man: Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar

Key man: Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar

While Moyes is thrilled that Pienaar is helping make Everton tick, he was less happy in the summer when it came to completing his 4.5million move from White Hart Lane. At the back of the Everton manager's mind was a small fear that Pienaar, 30, would not recapture the form of his first spell.

'I had a worry when it was first mooted about him coming back,' said Moyes. 'But he has been inspirational to how we have played. He has helped the team and he has helped the crowd as well. He has certainly improved us and made us better.

Everton boss David Moyes

Call: Everton boss David Moyes

'I was worried about it second time around. At Everton we have always tried to do good deals and tried to buy at the right age or certainly at the right price. We had to buy Steven back for more than we sold him and he was a year older.

'It's been a great deal for us and we've been delighted to have him and I've done many a worse deal. But at the time it just felt as if it wasn't lying well with me.'

Northampton 6 Ulster 25: Saints and Dylan Hartley face early exit

Northampton 6 Ulster 25: Future bleak for Saints and Hartley as early exit looms again

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23:36 GMT, 7 December 2012

Northampton's hopes of avoiding a
second successive Heineken Cup pool-stage exit were all but extinguished as they were smashed aside by unstoppable Ulster.

Six days after England managed to end
the All Blacks’ 20-match unbeaten run, one of the Aviva Premiership’s
leading sides emphatically failed to end another double-digit streak.

Catch me if you can: Ulster wing Andrew Trimble scored a try in a brilliant performance at Franklins Gardens

Catch me if you can: Ulster wing Andrew Trimble scored a try in a brilliant performance at Franklins Gardens

Their Irish opponents came to Franklin’s Gardens on the back of a dozen consecutive victories this season, and having already beaten Glasgow away from home, this bonus-point triumph in a traditionally inhospitable arena leaves Ulster firmly on track to top Pool Four.

The runaway leaders of the RaboDirect Pro12 league gave a vivid display of the power and cohesion which has swept all before them. Up front, they had the likes of Iain Henderson and Chris Henry providing the strong-arm graft, while Ruan Pienaar and Paddy Jackson pulled the strings cleverly and Jared Payne ran amok from full back.

For Northampton, this was a damaging indignity, inflicted on their first-choice line-up. Visiting teams don’t tend to come to these parts and dominate so emphatically. In theory, Jim Mallinder’s chastened side go to Belfast for the reverse fixture next Saturday with the their qualification prospects still alive.

In reality, they are surely sunk, as it was at Ravenhill where their local rivals Leicester suffered a record defeat last season.

Just to add to the bleak outlook, Saints captain Dylan Hartley appeared to use his forearm in an altercation with Ulster hooker Rory Best which is bound to attract scrutiny from the citing officer. Northampton could do without losing him to a ban so soon after his return from injury.

Hartley dismissed suggestions of anything untoward, saying: ‘I don’t think it was an incident.’

Try time: Jared Payne of Ulster races clear to score in the heavy defeat of Northampton

Try time: Jared Payne of Ulster races clear to score in the heavy defeat of Northampton

But the Saints skipper was brutally
honest in assessing his team’s performance, adding: ‘They are unbeaten
but we made them look very good. It’s all about intensity — we can’t
just go out there and expect things to happen. We need to sort our form
out for next week but we are capable of going there and winning.’

In the 10th minute, the visitors gave
an illustration of their form and confidence. When Ben Foden sliced a
clearance kick, Ulster’s pack rumbled forward from the lineout. Their
dynamic maul was stopped just short of the home line but the reprieve
was fleeting. The ball was shipped left, Paddy Jackson sent a delicate
chip to the corner and Andrew Trimble nipped in to touch down.

Jackson missed the conversion and the kicking difficulties continued on
both sides, with Ryan Lamb landing only two of his five first-half
shots.

His Irish counterpart slotted one penalty of his own and six minutes
before the break, Ulster struck again. Pouncing on loose ball from a
Northampton lineout, they battered the ramparts and forced a breach.
After Henderson and Trimble were kept at bay on the left, good hands
took the ball to the far flank where Tommy Bowe stormed over.

Ulster turned around 13-6 ahead and within four minutes they were out of
sight. Lamb’s high kick was taken by Payne, who ran back strongly.
Darren Cave burst clear down the right and after Henry drove on,
Trimble’s superb flat pass released Payne again. The Kiwi’s dummy
wrong-footed Foden and he ran clear to touch down. Jackson’s conversion
went over to make it 20-6.

Following sustained Northampton pressure at the other end, Payne sent
Dan Tuohy over in the right corner to clinch the visitors’ bonus point
and complete a miserable night for the Saints.

Putting the boot in: Paddy Jackson kicks a penalty for Ulster as they put the English side to the sword

Putting the boot in: Paddy Jackson kicks a penalty for Ulster as they put the English side to the sword

Salt in the wounds: Dan Tuohy of Ulster dives over for a last minute try on Friday night

Salt in the wounds: Dan Tuohy of Ulster dives over for a last minute try on Friday night

Manchester City 1 Everton 1: Roberto Mancini"s men frustrated as Marouane Fellaini hits the target again

Manchester City 1 Everton 1: Mancini's men frustrated by sticky Toffees as Fellaini hits the target again

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Marouane Fellaini made significant contributions at both ends as Everton frustrated champions Manchester City yet again in the Barclays Premier League.

Fellaini headed the Toffees, victors in eight of their previous 10 clashes with City, into a first-half lead but then conceded a controversial penalty to allow Carlos Tevez to level.

Everton felt Edin Dzeko had gone to ground too easily to win the award but Tevez made no mistake and City went on to dominate the second half.

Back on terms: Carols Tevez celebrates the equaliser

Back on terms: Carols Tevez celebrates the equaliser

Match facts

Man City: Hart, Maicon, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov (Zabaleta 7), Toure, Barry, Silva,Tevez (Aguero 68), Nasri, Dzeko (Balotelli 80). Subs Not Used: Pantilimon, Javi Garcia, Sinclair, Toure.

Yellow cards: Lescott, Zabaleta.

Scorer: Tevez 43 pen.

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Gibson,Osman, Naismith (Oviedo 73), Fellaini, Pienaar,Jelavic (Heitinga 90). Subs Not Used: Mucha, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios.

Yellow card: Fellaini.

Scorer: Fellaini 33.

Att: 47,386

Ref: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

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The result preserved City's unbeaten start to the season in the Premier League and prolonged their run of home games without defeat to 37, a sequence stretching back to a loss to Everton two years ago.

It was also Everton's seventh draw in their last nine games.

The match took some while to warm up and City suffered an early blow as Aleksandar Kolarov limped off after just six minutes.

Manager Roberto Mancini had opted to rest the hard-working Pablo Zabaleta but the in-form Argentinian was summoned from the bench straight away.

Joleon Lescott made an unexpected return to the side, to face his former club, in place of impressive youngster Matija Nastasic.

The England defender looked composed as he resumed his partnership with Vincent Kompany after more than a month out of the starting line-up.

Everton playmaker Leon Osman gave the City defence plenty to think about in the early stages without creating a clear-cut opening.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard had to pick himself up from a collision with Dzeko after coming to claim a cross from Maicon, who looked dangerous in attack but vulnerable in defence.

Calm customer: Carlos Tevez slots the penalty

Calm customer: Carlos Tevez slots the penalty

City threatened the Everton goal in the 20th minute when David Silva crossed and Dzeko headed wide.

Tevez controlled well in the area but was unable to shoot and Dzeko inadvertently took the full force of a Samir Nasri shot in the back of his head.

Everton's 33rd-minute opener came in familiar fashion as the ever-dangerous Leighton Baines, who passed a fitness test to feature, crossed and Fellaini eventually headed in.

Main man: Marouane Fellaini scores for Everton

Main man: Marouane Fellaini scores for Everton

Kompany did well to divert the cross away from Nikica Jelavic but it dropped for Fellaini, who headed home at the second attempt at the far post after Joe Hart saved his initial effort.

It was the Belgian's eighth goal of an impressive season.

Out in front: Marouane Fellaini celebrates yet another goal

Out in front: Marouane Fellaini celebrates yet another goal

That brought the game to life and City almost found an immediate equaliser as Tevez met a Nasri cross with a deft header that Howard did well to save.

Gareth Barry then chested down another Nasri cross for Dzeko to turn and shoot but again Howard was alert.

Controversy followed the resulting corner as Dzeko tangled with Fellaini and went to ground. Referee Lee Probert sparked immediate protest from Everton by pointing to the spot and Toffees manager David Moyes clearly thought the award was harsh.

Having words: Everton players protest against the penalty award

Having words: Everton players protest against the penalty award

Tevez made no mistake as he stepped up to tuck home his eighth of the campaign.

Whether or not Fellaini was unfairly penalised, he almost produced the perfect response in the final moments of the first half with a glancing header from a Steven Pienaar cross, but Hart saved.

That proved the final on-field action before the players left the field but Moyes continued to voice his frustration, presumably about the penalty decision, to the fourth official.

Rough and tumble: Steven Pienaar goes down under a challenge from Manchester City's Joleon Lescott

Rough and tumble: Steven Pienaar goes down under a challenge from Manchester City's Joleon Lescott

City upped the tempo at the start of the second half but again it took time before the chances came, aside from a Tevez shot which was blocked by Phil Jagielka.

Tevez almost broke away after a miskick by Distin but the defender recovered quickly to nick the ball away from the striker. Tevez also headed over but it was not until just after the hour that City seriously threatened again as Maicon burst down the field and forced Howard to parry a powerful 18-yard drive.

No joy: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini reacts

No joy: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini reacts

City decided to freshen up their attack by sending on Sergio Aguero, but the crowd were not happy that it was Tevez he replaced and boos rang around the ground.

The game became scrappy as Everton's hard-working defence did their best to repel City's threat.

Mario Balotelli also entered the action for the last 10 minutes in place of Dzeko and did inject a bit of energy into the side.

Eight up: Marouane Fellaini scores

Eight up: Marouane Fellaini scores

His first chance to aim at goal, however, was probably best forgotten as he screwed a shot well wide. Nasri then combined well with Silva in the area but could only win a corner.

Everton went close in injury time from a Jelavic free-kick but Hart saved and the ball squirmed wide.