A point for Conte as Spurs draw a blank at Goodison

Everton v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – Goodison Park – Report

Everton 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Not one to stick long in the memory, but Antonio Conte has a Premier League point and is up and running in what will surely be the biggest challenge of his managerial career at Tottenham Hotspur.

The Italian knows the size of the task ahead of him, and at Goodison Park – just as they had in N17 against Vitesse three days earlier – his side offered glimpses of where he would like them to be.

Against an Everton side, themselves perpetual underachievers, Spurs made little headway, although Giovani Lo Celso almost gave his new boss the perfect start when his curling effort hit an upright in the final stages.

The real drama surrounded VAR – On this occasion advising referee, Chris Kavanagh to have a nose at the monitor after Richarlison had gone over following a clash with Spurs skipper, Hugo Lloris. Kavanagh overturned his initial decision to award a spot-kick – The points shared along with their collective frustrations.

“Today I have seen the heart of my players, the passion, the will to fight, the will to sacrifice, the will to understand that there was a moment very, very difficult for us and to see this type of reaction make me more confident for the future,” Conte enthused.

“Sometimes, you can teach our players the tactical aspects and improve your players’ physical aspects but the heart, the passion, the will, the intensity, you have or not. 

“My players are showing me these aspects and that we are in a good position and it is a good point to start for me.”

Spurs return to Premier League action on Sunday, November 21 when Leeds United visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (2pm).

Everton: Pickford, Coleman (Capt), Godfrey, Keane, Digne, Gordon, Delph (Davies 60′), Allan (Holgate 82′), Townsend, Richarlison, Gray (Gbamin 90+3′) Subs not used: Begovic, Kenny, Iwobi, Tosun, Branthwaite, Rondon

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (Capt), Romero, Dier, Davies, Royal, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Reguilon (Doherty 71′), Lucas (Lo Celso 71′), Son (Ndombele 85′), Kane Subs not used: Gollini, Tanganga, Sanchez, Winks, Dele, Bergwijn

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Assistants: Dan Cook and Harry Lennard#

Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor

VAR: Jonathan Moss

Assistant VAR: Marc Perry

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Brian Jeeves

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