Hugo Lloris and Heung-min Son’s weird confrontation offered the most important speaking level from an in any other case dreary contest as Tottenham Hotspur beat Everton 1-0.
The Spurs pair needed to be separated by a number of of their bemused teammates at half time after Lloris charged to the half-way line to confront the South Korea worldwide.
It appeared as if the World Cup winner was left incensed after Son appeared to tug out of a problem which leading to a uncommon Toffees counter-attack.
The hosts had been already forward by this level, with Giovani Lo Celso’s erratic effort bouncing in off the chest of Michael Keane to depart Jordan Pickford flat-footed and helpless to cease the ball from bouncing into the web.
After a timid show in opposition to Sheffield United in midweek the place they slumped to a 3-1 defeat, the show of ardour from each Son and Lloris will persuade Jose Mourinho and Spurs followers they care in regards to the membership.
The end result strikes Spurs above the Blades into eighth as final season’s Champions League finalists purpose to not less than make the Europa League.
Whereas Carlo Ancelotti shall be disillusioned somewhat, than aggravated, that his daring 4-4-2 attacking formation failed to actually ship any type of attacking risk.
After back-to-back wins over Norwich and Leicester City, the Italian will now try and regroup his troops for the go to of high-flying Southampton to Goodison Park on Thursday, whereas Spurs face Bournemouth on the Vitality Stadium.
Mourinho reached his 200th Premier League victory on Monday night, with solely Sir Alex Ferguson reaching the milestone in fewer video games. Nevertheless it was hardly a basic contest.
If Son was at fault he almost made up for it early within the second half as he had an excellent likelihood to double Spurs’ lead.
Toby Alderweireld pinged an outstanding ball excessive of the defence and Son latched onto it however his low shot was saved by Pickford.
The South Korean was within the thick of the motion and had two extra probabilities in fast succession.
First he curled an effort simply vast from the sting of the world after which, after a Lucas Moura burst, stung the palms of Pickford, who made an excellent low save.
That was the extent of Spurs’ attacking risk as Everton got here on sturdy searching for an equaliser.
They didn’t actually check Lloris into any significant motion, although, as they appeared as limp as their opponents in assault.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin flicked an effort straight on the Spurs keeper, who additionally made a routine save from Moise Kean on the dying.