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Tottenham come unstuck at Toffees

Everton 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1: Everton put Tottenham's title aspirations and ambitious plans to sign David Beckham in the shade with victory in a compelling Barclays Premier League encounter last night.

Seamus Coleman grabbed a 75th-minute winner at Goodison Park after the outstanding Rafael van der Vaart had cancelled out Louis Saha's superb early opener.

Both sides had numerous opportunities to win an absorbing contest but it was Everton, rediscovering the spark that has been missing for much of the season, who held on for a victory greeted with much jubilation.

The only consolation for Spurs was that they retained fourth place in the table thanks to yet another defeat for ailing champions Chelsea.

Fans' favourite Robbie Keane was thrown on 10 minutes from time on the day it was confirmed talks had begun over a possible £7million to Birmingham.

But the Republic of Ireland striker could not make a final telling contribution and his Spurs career could now be over.

Spurs were caught cold after just three minutes as Saha finally ended his 11-month league goal drought with a fine strike from 25 yards.

William Gallas backed off his fellow Frenchman outside the area and the striker unleashed a ferocious low shot which beat Heurelho Gomes from distance.

But Spurs netted the equaliser on 11 minutes after Alan Hutton swung in a right-wing cross. Peter Crouch pounced on a John Heitinga slip to head the high ball back across goal and Van der Vaart met it with a powerful header Tim Howard could not keep out.

Everton threw themselves forward later in the game and although Gomes parried Saha’s long-range piledriver, Coleman followed up to put home the rebound with a diving header.

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