St Dom-index Player Ratings for the Everton vs. Tottenham Hotpur game on Sunday 3rd November 2013
The Blue Match Review
A draw to Tottenham is never a bad result, but with the prospect of going second in the table, anything but a win was always going to leave us blues disappointed. In the first half Spurs were quick out the blocks and were looking the most likely to score. Martinez insisted on sticking with the three up front, which in my opinion, against a quick side like Tottenham can leave us vulnerable to the counter attack.
Tim Howard had another solid game making 3 or 4 very good saves to deny Tottenham a goal, a lot of people are critical of Howard because he doesn’t command his box enough; however I believe he is one of the best shot stoppers in the league.
Lukaku had a quiet game but in the main this was down to poor level of service from the defence. The second half introduction of Barkley and Deulofeu certainly made a difference, with the pair looking dangerous on the counter attack. Barkley looked his old self again, picking the ball up in the middle of the park and taking it past players with ease. Deulofeu put in a very pleasing performance and when he came on we looked very likely to score. There was one instance where he took on two defenders and was very close to lifting over the onrushing keeper, with support arriving at the back post.
In my opinion the unsung hero and Sunday’s man of the match was Gareth Barry, he’s one of those players you only realize what he does when he’s not playing and there’s no one there to do all the dirty work that he does so brilliantly.