It seems the Premier League is conspiring against Spurs this week. After that epic 3-4 reverse at the San Siro in midweek, Spurs was forced to play an early kick-off barely three days later. Is this fair? After all, Man Utd played the same night and was rewarded with a Sunday match. Hurm.
Not only that, but the Premier League saddled Spurs with one of the worst bunch of match officials I’ve ever seen. Referee Jones and his assistants went out of their way to deny Spurs, applying double standards between the teams. For example, in the 1st half when Palacios received a yellow card for a foul, Everton’s Phil Neville only got a lecture (and no card) for a similar offence! Throughout the game, Peter Crouch could do nothing right in the ref’s eyes, where every physical contact with a defender was considered a foul against the gangly striker. Yet, the ref saw fit to close his eyes whenever Everton’s midfielders hacked away at our ball players.
In this context, Spurs did well to come back from Baines’ free kick goal to earn a draw (from Van der Vaart’s close range tap in) and at the end, there was only one team in the match. Spurs made the conquerors of Liverpool look positively ordinary but the midweek efforts ultimately took its toll and you could see hat-trick hero Gareth Bale was absolutely shattered at the very end. Still, in the circumstances, a draw is a good enough result and proves that this Spurs side is a much tougher team than their predecessors. They would need all their resources as the dreaded trip to Old Trafford arrives next week.