Tottenham Hotspurs had a nightmare start to the season but managed to recover well to draw 1 – 1 with Everton in the Barclays Premier League clash staged at Goodison Parkn on Saturday 13 August.
Kenyan international Victor Wanyama got his competitive debut in the match, having previously featured in the preseason matches against Juventus and Atletico Madrid and he did not take too long to establish himself in the game with his hands – off tackles as he battled with Kevin Mirallas in the midfield.
However, it was the hosts who drew the first blood with Ross Barkley teasing in a fifth minute free kick in search of an Everton header, his delivery misjudged by all and trickling in just past the reach of Hugo Lloris in the Spurs goal.
Christian Eriksen had a go on goal at ten minutes but his shot was blocked well by an alert Everton defence before Wanyama gave away a free kick in one of his tussles with Mirallas and on the quarter – hour mark Phil Jagielka had a header tipped over the bar by Lloris as Spurs struggled to settle in the game.
Eriksen drilled yet another shot on target, from 20 yards out but the shot was well spotted by Everton keeper Maarten Stekelenburg and on the 35th minute it got worse for Spurs as Lloris gestured to the bench for a substitution, after suffering a hamstring injury, with Michel Vorm coming on.
Vorm made a great save at the stroke of half time after a poor back pass from Danny Rose was picked up by Gerard Deulofeu but Vorm came out in time to stop his goal bound attempt.
A refreshed lot of players came back in the second period with Everton settling fast enough and winning three quick corner that failed to test the new man between the sticks, Vorm, as Spurs got out of their comfort zone and started threatening.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino then pulled out Eric Dier on the 56th minute to introduce new signing Vincent Janssen and three minutes later the visitors pulled level through Eric Lamela who rose well to head home Kyle Walker’s cross.
Tottenham’s rise forced Everton keeper to two fine saves in the dying moments of the match, denying Janssen and Lamela as the teams shared the spoils.