Spurs send warning to title rivals
Tottenham moved within striking distance of Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City after coasting to a 2-0 victory over Everton thanks to goals from Aaron Lennon and Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Knowing a win would put them level with second-place Manchester United, Tottenham started nervously in the first half, but Lennon cut in from the right after getting on the end of Assou-Ekotto's brilliant cross-field pass and slotted past Tim Howard to open the scoring.
The full-back then added a second just after the hour when he blasted a 30-yard shot which flew past Howard via a slight deflection off Tim Cahill.
It took 10 minutes before Emmanuel Adebayor had Tottenham's first chance, which he blazed over and the striker's touch let him down again in the 25th minute as he wasted a golden opportunity. Gareth Bale galloped through after a brilliant ball from Rafael van der Vaart and squared to the unmarked Adebayor - but he miscontrolled.
Van der Vaart curled a wicked shot on to the roof of the net in the 34th minute as Spurs upped the pressure and that pressure paid off a minute later when Lennon scored his fourth goal of the season.
The winger picked up Assou-Ekotto's cross-field pass, drifted past two Everton players and squirted a shot that beat the wrong-footed Howard.
Marouane Fellaini headed over and moments later was then lucky to escape a booking for using knocking Van der Vaart in the head with his forearm.
Spurs doubled their lead in the 63rd minute through Assou-Ekotto's first goal since the opening day of the 2009-10 season. The full-back cut inside from the wing and after being given time by the Everton defence, cracked a 30-yard shot which deflected off Cahill and flew in.
Leighton Baines flung himself in front of Adebayor to deny the striker as Spurs kicked in to top gear.
Royston Drenthe thought he should have had a penalty after he went down under pressure from Steven Pienaar but referee Martin Atkinson disagreed. A clumsy tackle from Younes Kaboul on Drenthe led to another penalty shout but again the referee waved play on, summing up Everton's night.