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Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Everton

By Timothy AbrahamBBC Sport
Arouna Kone, Danny Rose
Everton have failed to score in four of their last five Premier League games with Spurs

Tottenham remain winless in the Premier League after being held to a goalless draw by Everton at White Hart Lane.

Harry Kane had the home side's best chance when he was sent clear but Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard saved.

Jan Vertonghen also skimmed the bar for Tottenham while Tom Cleverley, who was later carried off on a stretcher, went closest for Everton.

Fans recognise Stones potential - Martinez

The last time Spurs did not win any of their opening four league fixtures was under Juande Ramos in 2008-09.

Ramos was subsequently sacked by Spurs a few months later and current boss Mauricio Pochettino will now have to wait until a trip to Sunderland on 13 September for another chance to register their first win of the campaign.

Everton, who included John Stones in their starting line-up even though he handed in a transfer request, lost midfielder Cleverley to injury after an awkward tangle with Eric Dier while Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele also left the pitch on a stretcher.

Relive Tottenham's stalemate against Everton

Reaction to this match and the rest of Saturday's action

Does Harry Kane need a rest?

When Kane raced clear of the Everton defence and found himself one-on-one with Howard, White Hart Lane held its collective breath.

This was the kind of opportunity he scored for fun en route to 31 goals in 51 appearances for Spurs last season, but a combination of Howard's speed off his line and Kane's hesitancy saw the chance go begging.

All strikers go through peaks and troughs, but Kane looked like a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders. Perhaps he just needs a break.

Tottenham have signed forward Son Heung-min from Bayer Leverkusen for £22m, and remain keen on West Brom's Saido Berahino, so he might get some time out of the firing line.

Harry Kane touch map
Even though he didn't score, Harry Kane's touch map (left) shows he had more touches inside the penalty area than Everton trio Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and Arouna Kone combined

Martinez has been cute with Stones

While Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal refuses to pick unsettled goalkeeper David De Gea because of concerns over his focus amid interest from Real Madrid, Stones remains a fixture in Everton's starting line-up.

If Everton chairman Bill Kenwright's determination not to sell the 21-year-old England international is admirable, Martinez's insistence on picking him could prove to be a canny piece of man-management.

Rather than isolate Stones and drive a wedge between the pair, Martinez has ensured their personal relationship remains unaffected.

Stones produced a composed and defensively sound performance and it certainly did not suggest a player who had his head turned.

Man of the match - Tim Howard

Tim Howard
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard kept his second clean sheet of the season at White Hart Lane

Managers' reaction

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino: "We created a lot of chances but you need to score. It was impossible today but I am happy with the performance. I am happy with Harry Kane, he had two or three clear chances but I am happy. He needs to work hard and play. A goal will come for Harry. All strikers have spells like this and only time can do it. I trust in him."

We were the better team - Pochettino

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "John Stones was an immense influence on what we did defensively. The reading of the game, he looks like a player who has grown in the last few weeks under the pressure and speculation. Every single Evertonian will show that respect to him for the way he has handled the situation. You can see the signs of a future England captain."

The stats you need to know

  • Everton have failed to score in four of their last five Premier League games with Spurs
  • Harry Kane has scored just two goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances
  • Everton have now lost just one of their last five away league matches
  • That was only Tottenham's second clean sheet at home in the league in 2015

'The best Spurs have been this season'

BBC Radio London's Bradley Allen: "Some of the Tottenham fans are right to be disappointed because that was probably the best Spurs have played so far this season. Everton were solid defensively, Tim Howard made some fine saves, and it just wasn't Spurs' evening."

What next?

Everton host Premier League champions Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday, 12 September where John Stones could once again be the centre of attention. Tottenham will head to the Stadium of Light on 13 September to attempt to record their first win of the season against Sunderland.

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Walker
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 3Rose
  • 15DierBooked at 61mins
  • 6BentalebBooked at 59mins
  • 19DembéléSubstituted forAlliat 53'minutesBooked at 56mins
  • 8MasonSubstituted forPritchardat 85'minutes
  • 22ChadliBooked at 90mins
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 11Lamela
  • 13Vorm
  • 16Trippier
  • 20Alli
  • 24Pritchard
  • 28Carroll
  • 33Davies

Everton

  • 24Howard
  • 23Coleman
  • 5Stones
  • 6Jagielka
  • 8Oviedo
  • 16McCarthy
  • 18BarryBooked at 38mins
  • 9KonéSubstituted forDeulofeuat 84'minutes
  • 20Barkley
  • 15CleverleySubstituted forMirallasat 45+1'minutes
  • 10LukakuSubstituted forNaismithat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Robles
  • 11Mirallas
  • 14Naismith
  • 17Besic
  • 19Deulofeu
  • 27Browning
  • 38Pennington
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
35,865

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home20
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home20
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Everton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Everton 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Gerard Deulofeu with a cross.

  4. Post update

    James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

  7. Post update

    Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Booking

    Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Alex Pritchard (Tottenham Hotspur).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Bryan Oviedo.

  12. Post update

    Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur).

  14. Post update

    Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Alex Pritchard replaces Ryan Mason.

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Gerard Deulofeu replaces Arouna Koné.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bryan Oviedo.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by John Stones.