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Thanks to John Ellis for his eye-witness comments Everton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

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Tonight this collective bunch of losers brought further embarrassment to a beleaguered, weary and totally fed up fanbase. It is said the league table doesn’t lie but most Spurs fans would put up a strong argument to say that tonight it does. Conte has left the club but his sidekick is still in place as are his tiresome tactics, formation and pathetic style of play. Everton, a team struggling against relegation, started without a regular striker and played more than half an hour with ten men.

With a little over 20 minutes remaining, Spurs and Harry Kane had their second and final shot on target from the penalty spot to take what should have been a winning league. But oh no… not this shower.

Once in front, they went back to their tried and untrusted formula of passing the ball round in their own penalty area and losing possession in their own half. Against a team down to ten men and with barely a goal threat amongst them, Spurs handed the Everton team the initiative and the home crowd belief.

It was a diabolical, frustrating watch.

No lessons were learnt from the last match when they conceded the initiative and the lead to bottom of the table Southampton. Heung-Min Son has already attained legendary status at the club but this season his form fallen away alarmingly. Not only has his golden touch in front of goal deserted him but also any kind of first touch. It is an indictment on the rest of the squad that he continues to be a first choice pick. If ever a player needs to be given a rest, it is Heung-Min Son. Management however continue to persist in playing him.

Tonight, how Son stayed on the pitch until the 82nd minute was a mystery to the travelling support. Moura who it seems is leaving at the end of the season was yet again the chosen substitute.

Having scored 21 goals in 52 games for Villarreal, Danjuma joined on loan in January but like Djed Spence hasn’t been given a chance to prove himself at the club. It begs the question as to why he was brought in.

With Spurs hanging on to the most slender of leads, Everton won possession in their own half with just two minutes remaining. Moura, on the pitch just six minutes, uncharacteristically lunged in and deservedly received a red card to level the numbers up. It was totally unprofessional and reckless in the same vein as that of Romero in the dying embers of Spurs Champions League campaign. There was no threat on the Spurs goal and a ridiculous lack of judgment by Moura.

In the last three Premier league matches, a Spurs substitute has had a significant negative impact on the match. Kulusevski gave a penalty away v Forest. Sarr gave a penalty away v Southampton and Moura was sent off tonight. It is a worrying trend. Management also decided to bring on Sanchez for Lenglet. Sanchez showed at Mura away that he cannot play on the left side of a back three. He also showed in the defeat at Sheffield United, he cannot be relied upon and so it proved again tonight with several errors which put the team under even more pressure.

In going 1-0 up against ten men, Spurs' tactics were bewildering. It is beyond comprehension how a team which finished last season scoring for fun, has changed a winning formula in adopting such a negative attitude. It is anti football and as sad as it is to write… They got what they deserved. Actually no, they didn’t deserve anything for that shambolic performance.

As a fan who like many others travels up and down the country following the team, it is sickening to watch.

There is no joy whatsoever in watching your team playing the ball around in their own penalty area and invariably losing it. The general view forming is many fans are questioning their own sanity in paying out a fortune to watch such drivel. A massive clear-out is needed of many of this team and squad along with those out on loan.

This is as big a rebuilding job as it was when Pochettino first came in to the club.

In my opinion, with such a massive task ahead, time cannot be wasted running down the season under Stellini. It is difficult to imagine how planning and transfer spadework can be ongoing without a Manager or a Director of Football. With such a lack of stability, the club is also risking the wrath of a fanbase which is becoming increasingly disillusioned.



We are not alone in our view of our team. As I was walked away from Goodison Park tonight, I listened to Everton fans talking amongst themselves. These are actual quotes I heard:-

"This must be the worst Spurs side since the days of Villas-Boas"

"Tottenham just played the ball backwards and sideways."

"They offered very little threat"

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