Tottenham vs Everton game updates and reaction-As Frank Lampard’s team were trounced and humiliated, Tottenham heightened Everton’s relegation fears while maintaining their own top-four ambitions.
Spurs ran rampant as Everton capitulated in a manner that raises genuine doubts about their capacity to maintain Premier League status on an awful night for Lampard and his players.
After 14 minutes, Everton defender Michael Keane put Ryan Sessegnon’s cross into his own net, while goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was at fault for Son Heung-second min’s three minutes later.
Eight minutes before halftime, Matt Doherty let Harry Kane free to put the game out of reach, while Everton’s fragile dreams of a comeback were dashed when replacement Sergio Reguilon scored with his first touch at the far post seconds after the restart.
Kane added the fifth after 55 minutes, meeting Doherty’s exquisite cross with a precise left-footed volley as Everton crumbled
With a game in hand on Burnley below them, Everton sit just one point and one place above the relegation zone.
Tottenham are still in seventh place, three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal for the final Champions League qualification slot.
This could be really bad for Everton
Everton was last relegated from the Premier League in 1951, and they have had two last-minute comebacks in 1993-94 and 1997-98, but they could expect another cliffhanger this season.
Years of mismanagement on and off the field have resulted in the acquisition of a motley crew of people who don’t seem to have the heart or stomach for a battle, especially when they’re away from home.
Everton crumbled at the first hint of trouble, as they have so frequently this season, and once Keane, who is having a horrible season, smashed emphatically into his own net early on, it was only going one way.
The ruthless manner in which Everton looked to throw in the towel when Spurs beat them with two quick goals will worry Lampard the most – and it should be recalled that he inherited this issue rather than caused it.
Everton’s midfield was non-existent, and their defense looked dangerously susceptible, allowing Kane and Son to take advantage of them.
Everton will now be reliant on home form to keep their heads above water, especially because two of their remaining away games are against relegation rivals Watford and Burnley.
They have two vital home games coming up against Wolves and then Newcastle United, who are rapidly improving. Failure in either is unfathomable, yet it is a distinct possibility given the level of stupidity on display here.
Spurs are the Premier League’s most unpredictable team, with FA Cup losses to Burnley and Middlesbrough interspersed with a 4-0 win against Leeds United and this impressive performance.
Everton made life easy for Conte’s team, but they exploited those flaws to close the gap on north London rivals Arsenal to three points, despite having played one more game.