Last gasp Branthwaite header steals Spurs’ thunder

Everton 2 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Harrison 30′ Richarlison 4′, 41′
  • Branthwaite 90+4′

A dramatic Jarrad Branthwaite equaliser deep into added time spoiled the party for Spurs in an action packed game at Goodison Park.

Everton, sstruggling after their ten points deduction earlier in the season and with the threat of another hanging over them, looked set for defeat after two magical first half strikes by in form former Toffees striker Richarlison, the first after just four minutes as he met Destiny Udogie’s cross with a skillful left footed volley on the angle from about seven yards.

The Brazilian respectfully did not celebrate, instead bowing his head apology to the Merseyside fans who appreciated the geature.

Everton equalised on the half hour as they exploited Tottenham goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario’s nervousness on the line at corner kicks. Dominic Calvert-Lewin looked to have ended his goal drought which stretches back to October, but his header during the melee hit Jack Harrison on its way into the net, robbing him of a much needed stat.

Soon after the Italian keeper redeemed himself with an amazing block and clearance from another corner as Everton looked to repeat their previous set piece.

Man of the match Richarlison’s second late into the first half was a brilliant shot, this time with his right foot, from outside the box after the subtlest of set ups from James Maddison, who seemed to be at the heart of everything involving Spurs going forward.

Meanwhile their most recent signing, Timo Werner, was so ineffective as to be almost invisible apart from a first half effort which was well stopped by Jordan Pickford.

With chances aplenty at both ends throughout the game and England no1 Pickford keeping Everton hopes alive denying Richarlison a hat trick and saving efforts from Maddison and Pedro Porro, the Blues made one last push from a free kick 30 yards out, Spurs skipper Romrro’s header was dangerously goalbound before being met at th far post by Branthwaite to secure a last gasp point for the home side.

While obviously disappointed about missing out on all three points with his team fighting for a Champions League place, Lilywhites boss Ange Postecoglu was full of praise for his on fire front man who has now scored nine goals in the past eight Premier League appearances.

“He worked really hard for the team and he is the one who deserves all the credit,” he said, adding: “There’s more to come from him.”

Spurs are next in Premier League action when Brighton and Hove Albion visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday February 10 (3pm)

Everton: Jordan Pickford, Ben Godfrey (Coleman 75′), James Tarkoweski, Jarrad Branthwaite, Vitaliy Mykolenko, Ashley Young (Ramalho Chermiti

at 80′), Idrissa Gueye, James Garner, Dwight McNeil (Dobbin 85′), Jack Harrison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Gomes Betuncal 85′). Subs not used: Patterson, Keane, Neves Virgínia, Hunt, Metcalfe.

Tottenham Hotspur: Guglielmo Vicario, Pedro Porro. Cristian Romero, Mickey van der Ven, Ienoma Udogi, Pierre Hojberg (Dragusin 89′), Rodrigo Bentacur (Sarr 64′), Brennan Johnson (Kulusevski 64′), James Madison (Gil 86′), Timo Werner (Skipp 86′), de Andrade Richarlison. Subs not used: Forster, Emerson Royal, Davies, Scarlett.Referee: Michael Oliver Assistants: Dan Cook, Wade Smith. Fourth official: Andy Madley. VAR: Stuart Attwell. Assistant VAR: Harry Lennard. Attendance: 39,321

Mick Ferris

Editor Email: mickferris@yellowad.co.uk