LONDON — Tottenham Hotspur beat Everton as Harry Kane and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored to safe a 2-0 win on Saturday to attract stage on factors with second-placed Manchester Metropolis within the Premier League.
Spurs struggled to work themselves into the lead, solely incomes their breakthrough from a Jordan Pickford error as he introduced down Kane for the sixtieth minute spot-kick after Frank Lampard’s Everton missed good alternatives within the first half.
Conte’s aspect made positive of victory 4 minutes from time as Hojbjerg struck a late blow. Midfield associate Bentancur discovered Hojbjerg within the field and the Danish midfielder despatched a deflected shot previous Pickford to wrap up all three factors for Spurs.
1. Tottenham win once more however can Conte’s lack of rotation actually final?
Any informal observers can be forgiven for considering Tottenham solely had about 16 gamers. Regardless of the return of Champions League soccer this season, Conte is minimally rotating positions, largely at left-sided centre-back, left wing-back and on the precise aspect of his assault in the popular 3-4-3 system. These had been the three positions by which he modified personnel in opposition to Everton on Saturday and after a promising opening 10 minutes, Spurs had been flat for lengthy intervals.
They did produce higher spells within the second half to grind out a 2-0 win, however it’s tough to not assume fatigue could possibly be an element — particularly given Conte’s notoriously gruelling coaching regime. However, Tottenham discovered a strategy to win as soon as extra, their seventh victory from 10 league video games, to maneuver inside one level of Arsenal having performed a recreation additional.
This was one other case of Spurs dragging themselves over the road relatively than impressing with the authority of their efficiency however Conte’s methodology is vindicated by the stats: it is their highest factors complete after 10 video games since 1963-64, having received 11 of final 12 league house video games courting to final season. The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is proving a tough place for any crew to come back proper now.
2. Kane nets one other penalty in four-hundredth recreation however Richarlison disappoints
The England captain is getting loads of penalty apply earlier than the World Cup. Saturday noticed Kane take his fifth spot-kick of the month, changing for the fourth time after 59 minutes right here to interrupt the impasse in a good recreation previous to that second. It marked his four-hundredth look for Tottenham in essentially the most optimistic manner, extra so than Richarlison in opposition to his former membership.
The Brazilian scored 43 targets in 135 Premier League video games for Everton previous to becoming a member of Spurs this summer time in a £60 million deal. He was one thing of a shock inclusion right here given the knee harm he sustained in opposition to Marseille in midweek however then once more, Dejan Kulusevski was dominated out utterly and, as already mentioned, Conte is presently not contemplating many choices exterior of what he sees as a core group inside the first-team squad. Richarlison was a peripheral determine — trying simply 4 passes and three pictures in 52 minutes earlier than limping off with what gave the impression to be a calf drawback.
Everton really had the higher possibilities within the first half and Richarlison’s harm prompted Conte to introduce Yyes Bissouma and swap to a 3-5-2 form which helped Spurs impose themselves thereafter. The very fact each Rodrigo Bentancur and Hojbjerg vacated central midfield to mix for Tottenham’s second purpose was a good thing about this alteration.
3. Pickford falters as Everton’s progress slows
Every week in the past, Everton had one of the best defensive file within the division. Successive defeats in opposition to Manchester United and now Tottenham have dented the promise created by that run with Jordan Pickford successfully handing a bonus to Spurs with a second of poor goalkeeping.
Pickford failed to carry Matt Doherty‘s tame shot after which collided with Kane as he reacted to the rebound, conceding a penalty which turned the sport irrevocably within the house aspect’s favour.
Pickford is more likely to stay England’s No. 1 for the World Cup however Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale and Newcastle’s Nick Pope are making urgent circumstances to interchange him. Excessive-profile errors like this is not going to assist membership or nation.
Tottenham: Lloris 7, Romero 7, Dier 7, Davies 7, Doherty 7, Bentancur 7, Hojbjerg 8, Perisic 7, Richarlison 6, Kane 7, Son 7.
Subs: Bissouma 6, Moura 6, Spence 6, Moura 6.
Everton: Pickford 5, Coleman 6, Coady 6, Tarkowski 7, Mykolenko 6, Iwobi 6, Gueye 6, Onana 6, McNeil 6, Maupay 5, Grey 6.
Subs: Calvert-Lewin 6, Garner 6, Rondon 6.
Greatest and worst performers
BEST: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Tottenham.
Gave Spurs a way of management in midfield and capped his show with a well-taken second purpose, steering a shot previous Pickford into the highest nook.
WORST: Jordan Pickford, Everton.
One mistake compounded the opposite as he gifted Tottenham their essential opening purpose.
Highlights and notable moments
A purpose to mark his four-hundredth Spurs look ✊
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— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 15, 2022
A exceptional achievement for the captain.
After the match: What the managers, gamers mentioned
Spurs’ Harry Kane on his penalty in opposition to Jordan Pickford, to BT Sport: “Everytime you miss a penalty the following one is a very powerful one. I’ve practiced so many in opposition to Jordan and I really feel like I am arising againat lots of English keepers this season. It was good to get that one, it was actually necessary.”
Everton’s Amadou Onana on the loss, to BT Sport: “That penalty broke us down mentally however we’ve not received time to really feel sorry for ourselves. We have got to bounce again at Newcastle.”
Key Stats (offered by ESPN Stats & Data)
– Harry Kane has reached the 30-goal plateau from the penalty spot, changing into the fourth Premier League participant to realize this (Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard).
Tottenham: Spurs go to Previous Trafford subsequent on Oct. 19 after which Newcastle on Oct. 23. With Manchester United in fifth place and Newcastle in sixth, Conte’s aspect can be put to the take a look at to carry onto their third place spot. Spurs will then host Sporting within the Champions League, when a win will all however verify their qualification into the knockout stage.
Everton: Frank Lampard’s aspect go to an in-form Newcastle subsequent on Oct. 19, adopted by a house match in opposition to Crystal Palace on Oct. 22, after which a go to to Fulham Oct. 29. Everton is beneath strain this season to carry out after final season’s relegations scare, and gamers similar to Iwobi and Calvert-Lewin can be anticipated to step up.