Five-star Spurs smash Everton
By Rob Lancaster. Last Updated: 01/01/05 4:58pm
Everton suffered a second defeat in as many matches as they were humbled 5-2 by a red-hot Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
Dean Marney proved an unlikely hero for the home side as he scored twice and created one other to help Spurs record their sixth win in the last seven league outings.
Few of the home fans could have expected such a scoreline against a visiting team flying high in the table and without star forward Jermain Defoe due to a knee injury.
However, the Toffees simply had no answer to a buoyant Tottenham team who were too slick for their opponents.
It took the hosts just 16 minutes to take the lead, as Marney coolly converted the first real chance of the game to make an instant impression on his first start of the season.
With just Richard Wright to beat, the youngster refused to be rushed as he slotted over the advancing custodian to begin what would be a surprisingly comfortable afternoon's work.
If David Moyes was unimpressed by his team's start to the contest then he must have been livid at seeing his team conceding a second from a long throw as Reto Ziegler neatly chested and controlled Fredi Kanoute's flick on to double the hosts advantage just before the half hour.
Spurs were denied a third by the woodwork as Robbie Keane's lob hit the bar, but their domination came to an abrupt halt as they saw the lead cut in half through Tim Cahill's volley five minutes before the interval.
The Australian's run in to the box was perfectly timed to capitalise on Marcus Bent's flick on and he made no mistake with the finish to give the away team an unlikely lifeline.
Everton knew they needed to score next if they were hoping to stave off a fifth defeat of the campaign in the capital but, although they did start the second half the brighter, it was Spurs who found the net for the third time in the afternoon.
Erik Edman gave a sign of things to come as he flashed a shot goalwards from the left that Wright - making his first Premiership start in 15 months - somehow managed to deflect wide of his right upright.
However, Pedro Mendes did restore their two-goal cushion on the hour mark with a neatly placed shot from the edge of the box after Kanoute had cleverly laid the ball off to the midfielder.
The Portuguese star's strike gave renewed the confidence in Martin Jol's team as they began to run a tiring Everton backline ragged.
Marney jinked his way past Alessandro Pistone on the right to square the ball for Keane to tap home a fourth and then the midfielder crowned a fine personal display with a stunning fifth.
Picking the ball up just inside Everton's half, the youngster was given licence to shoot from distance by the visitors who paid the full price as he curled home a 25-yard effort that left Wright clasping at thin air.
The travelling fans did manage to get something to cheer about ahead of the long journey home to Merseyside as James McFadden was allowed to ram home a late consolation with his left foot.
But conceding a late goal could not take the gloss off a fine Spurs performance as they scored five at home for the second time this season and proved they are far from a one man team.
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Tottenham v Everton
|Tottenham Hotspur||Team Name||Everton|
|8||Shots on target ( Inc Goals )||3|
|3||Shots off Target (inc woodwork)||3|
|9||Total Fouls Conceded||13|
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Liverpool0 - 1Chelsea
Fulham3 - 1C Palace
Man City2 - 1Southampton
Charlton1 - 3Arsenal
Bolton1 - 1West Brom
Newcastle2 - 1Birmingham
Tottenham5 - 2Everton
A Villa1 - 0Blackburn
Portsmouth1 - 1Norwich
Middlesbro'0 - 2Man Utd
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|16||West Bromwich Albion||34||33|