Spurs player ratings v Everton: Adebayor the standout once again

Emmanuel Adebayor

The home side grabbed a narrow victory over their top four rivals, as Jermain Defoe made his last appearance at White Hart Lane

It wasn't a classic performance by any means, but Tim Sherwood's men got the three points to take them above Everton into fifth place in the Premier League, thanks to Emmanuel Adebayor's great second half strike.

Below are the Tottenham player ratings from the match:

Hugo Lloris 7/10 - Made a superb full stretch save to deny Leon Osman's fierce volley as Everton started well. A couple of excellent charges off his line made up for the lack of Spurs pace in central defence.

Kyle Walker 6/10 - Was left exposed too often against Leighton Baines and really failed to instill confidence in that part of the pitch, such a vital area of Everton's attack. Improved after the break as he began to get forward himself and put in crosses, with his free kick to Adebayor for the goal a great delivery.

Danny Rose 6.5/10 - Once again more effective coming forward than in his defensive duties, put in a couple of strong crosses that just missed Adebayor but had a tough afternoon against Seamus Coleman. Did make a fantastic last ditch challenge on Gerard Deulofeu.

Michael Dawson 6/10 - Different week, same problem for Michael Dawson. The space between his midfield and defence gave Everton forwards plenty of scope to pick up the ball and run at the Spurs captain with pace. Given the run around by Leon Osman and Kevin Mirallas but resolute late on.

Jan Vertonghen 6.5/10 - Not quite his imposing self as he continues to work back to fitness following a couple of months out. Still marginally Spurs' best defender, and made some great challenges in the last few minutes as Everton threw everything at the hosts.

Nabil Bentaleb 5.5/10 - Had a difficult game against Everton's own three man central midfield and was not effective enough with his passing. Also improved a little in the second half but didn't really justify Sherwood's continued faith in him.

Paulinho 6/10 - Displayed some nice touches and passes early on as he continues his route back from injury, but found Gareth Barry difficult company. Withdrawn for Etienne Capoue just after the Spurs goal.

Moussa Dembele 6.5/10 - As the more advanced of Tottenham's central midfielders, Dembele often struggled to get up alongside Adebayor, and seemed happier in a deeper role scrapping for the ball. His dribbling is always impressive, but he often keeps hold of the ball a little too long, which slows down the play in such an advanced role. Having said all that, he was still at least able to get on the ball, and was the most involved of the Tottenham midfielders.

Aaron Lennon 6.5/10 - Sought to get on the ball whenever he could but struggled to influence the game. Moved away from his right wing spot and came into the game somewhat. Once Townsend arrived the two were switching flanks, though Baines and Coleman still arguably won their battles. 

Christian Eriksen 6.5/10 - Looked Tottenham's brightest player early on, being the only one to show any real invention and threat in the opening period, before fading from proceedings a little. Shot just over with a long range free kick. Replaced by Andros Townsend with half an hour left.

Emmanuel Adebayor 7.5/10 MOTM - Scored an outstanding goal with Tottenham's first shot on target, though that was in the 65th minute. Isolated at times up front and would then come looking for the ball, leaving nobody up top. Headed just over from a corner early in the second half. Showed great strength to smash in his goal at the near post. Came into the game after that and had another outstanding strike that flew just over.

Substitutes -

Andros Townsend '57 5.5/10 - Failed to get into the game much after coming on, unsurprisingly looking short of match fitness. Made a couple of runs that didn't really go anywhere but Tim Sherwood will be glad to have such a direct player back for selection.

Etienne Capoue '68 6/10 - Came on to add some genuine defensive steel for Spurs, and certainly closed up the space that had been available ahead of the Tottenham defence. Was lucky with a late challenge on Seamus Coleman that could have easily been a pen.

Jermain Defoe '86 5.5/10 - Was this Defoe's last appearance for Spurs? It was his last at White Hart Lane, as the England man was given a short run out against Everton before being carried on his teammates shoulders after the final whistle. He nearly grabbed a goal at the death too, forcing Howard to deflect the ball wide for a corner.

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