The Straits Times
Published on Dec 10, 2012

Everton late show ends Andre Villas-Boas' winning streak at Spurs


LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom (AFP) - Nikica Jelavic and Steven Pienaar grabbed late goals to complete a remarkable fightback as Everton beat Tottenham 2-1 at Goodison Park to go fourth in the Premier League on Sunday.

Clint Dempsey struck for Tottenham in the 76th minute with the help of a deflection off Everton defender Sylvain Distin and that goal looked set to win it for the north London side.

But David Moyes' men snatched a deserved victory thanks to an equaliser from South Africa midfielder Pienaar in the 90th minute and Croatia striker Jelavic's winner in the second minute of stoppage-time. The sensational finale lifted Everton above Tottenham on goal difference and ended a run of three successive wins for Andre Villas-Boas's side.

"It was the right conclusion. We found ourselves 1-0 down after playing really well," Moyes said. "The effort and commitment the players showed was terrific. When you get to the 90th minute you think this isn't going to be your day but credit to the boys as they kept going." Villas-Boas added: "It's difficult to take and in the end we didn't deserve this. We didn't see it coming."