Roll out the old “Joy of Six”

Kane, Eriksen, Alli & Son run riot at Everton | Everton 2-6 Tottenham | PL Vault 23/12/2019


I’m dreaming of a Lilywhite Christmas… Pochettino’s Spurs gifted Pochettino’s wife a 2-6 victory on the couple’s 26 wedding anniversary.

A nice way to start the festive season, another away victory with a thumping six goals. The only disappointment was that it wasn’t more. It could quite easily have been.

Spurs were on the up and had numerous chances before Everton opened the scoring. They could have had a second but for some decent officiating. Calvert-Lewin pushed Sanchez. The defender was in the air so had no purchase against it, it’s a foul it was a foul every time he did it, which was numerous.

Marco Silva can have no complaints, Kane should have been awarded a penalty in the first half, while their keeper should have been sent off on the cusp of the break for a cowardly challenge on Dele, that saw his England team-mate go off at half-time.

Luckily Pickford was on for that first half, when he gifted Spurs the equaliser. Shortly after that second goal was chalked off, Eriksen found Kane, who again found himself in acres of space, his first time ball over the top was for Son but Pickford and Zouma got there first, bounced into each other and the ball bounced to Son. He still had a lot to do to score from there but he did. Yet again another important goal, an equaliser, from Son.

Not long after and Sissoko started the move for the next goal. A one-two with Dele and then a lovely pass to Son, his attempt was saved by Pickford – who has a habit of deflecting saves back into dangerous areas – the ball went out to the middle of the box where Dele was ghosting in – all on his own – to bang the ball through Pickford, into the net.

A few minutes later it was three. Son, involved again won a free-kick and Pickford misjudged his wall with Trippier hitting it through the end of the wall, the ball rebounded off the post back into the middle of the goal again where Harry was – yet again – all on his own to score his first of the afternoon.

How on earth to you let Dele and Harry roam as freely as Everton did?

The second half was minutes old when another spurs player found himself free, Eriksen. A ball over the top found Kane, his ball across was headed clear but only to Eriksen, who brilliantly fired in Spurs’ fourth. A glorious shot.

They got one back. Still like Gylfi. But the two goal deficit didn’t last long, it wasn’t still a game on. Sonny restoring the three goal lead, winning the ball back, Sissoko again, Lamela played the ball through to the Korean, hanging on the shoulder of the defence, and he put it through Pickford for the fifth.

It was soon six. Harry at the end of a glorious buildup. A load of passes, and then some cracking one touch stuff. Slow, slow, quick, quick, quick. After the buildup Toby’s lofted ball to the left was guided by Davies to the charging Son, his first time cross was met by the inside of Harry’s right foot. Right into the net. City score that, or Liverpool, or United or Woolwich and we wouldn’t hear the end of it.

There was only 75 minutes on the clock surely there should be more than six. Surely the vidiprinter should be at lest selling out “Seven”. But no.

With a bit of a good run after the league NDL defeat, with other teams around them dropping points – City and Chelsea – this could have been a banana skin but no. And after a slow start to the season, that’s seen then not be at their brightest but stay in and around the top, they now look to be kicking on just 6 points off the top, only two points away from the greatest team the media have ever seen take to the field.

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