Tottenham’s first half against Everton a real show of maturity

A point away to Everton is not a bad result in anyone’s book, but given Tottenham’s performance in the first half at Goodison Park on Sunday, the team are rightly disappointed not to have recorded victory on Merseyside.

Plenty of Premier League teams have struggled to deal with this technically able Toffees side over the years, with the power and pace of in-form striker Romelu Lukaku ripping plenty of sides apart of late.

Despite former Spurs man Aaron Lennon opening the scoring, we completely bossed the first 45 minutes against Roberto Martinez’s men and the team should be proud of their showing.

The level of maturity to control possession, press Everton into mistakes and completely negate the hosts as an attacking force was compelling viewing.

Had Harry Kane or Ben Davies’ strikes hit the back of the net, we could well have broken Everton’s spirit and went on to win the game by quite a few goals. Dele Alli’s sublime goal was the least we deserved.

As it was, the hosts rode their luck and had the wordwork to thank for going into the break level after being completely outplayed by us in the first half.

Mauricio Pochettino’s footballing ideals are clearly getting through to this young team, with some superb play against Everton in the first half in particular and real reason for optimism moving forward.