Typical, isn't it? Just when a prospective England manager emerges who enjoys the support of most of the country, his team go and lose three Premier League games on the trot. The curse of the England manager seems to have struck Harry Redknapp while still in waiting.
If David Moyes is interested in taking over from him at White Hart Lane this was a pretty good job application --you would never have guessed Everton were the side with the shoestring budget -- but much more of this from Spurs and Redknapp will start to look less of a shoo-in for the national side. Just as Spurs are no longer looking quite so certain to finish above Arsenal or even stay in the top four.
The game was something of a slow burner, with neither goalkeeper being asked to do anything for the first quarter of an hour, although Spurs could have scored first when Jermain Defoe expertly found space and turned Johnny Heitinga, only to shoot wide with just Tim Howard to beat.
That seemed to wake Everton up a little, and for a time Brad Friedel was the busier of the two goalkeepers, saving a shot from Marouane Fellaini before being beaten midway through the first half when Nikica Jelavic scored a goal on his home debut, in the week of Moyes' 10th anniversary at the club.
Quite a lot of the credit for that belonged to Leon Osman, who had earlier dispossessed Emmanuel Adebayor with one of the neatest pieces of skill of the afternoon, before he accepted Leighton Baines' pass with his back to goal and made light work of turning past Scott Parker and striding into the area. Osman released a quick square ball to the former Rangers striker that he despatched first time past Friedel.
Royston Drenthe tested the American next with a low shot that Friedel stopped on the line, before Jelavic had him racing across goal to keep out a shot from a free-kick.
Spurs began the second half as if they had been told in no uncertain terms that being outplayed by Everton was not good enough, and Defoe forced a sharp save from Howard within minutes of the restart. Seven minutes later, the Everton goalkeeper produced an even better stop from the same player, really coming to his side's rescue after Parker's pass to Defoe had exposed Sylvain Distin's slowness on the turn.
Spurs cranked up the pressure further still just before the hour by sending on Louis Saha for the ineffective Adebayor. Howard had to make another save from Defoe even as Rafael van der Vaart was preparing to take the field for the last 20 minutes, though Everton do not lack heart and after Jack Rodwell had knocked Bale off the ball, Osman raced into the area to bring a save from Friedel.
When Defoe finally beat Howard from Benoit Assou-Ekotto's cross he was correctly adjudged to have been standing a yard offside. There was predictable fury when the fourth official signalled five extra minutes after a half that contained no goals or serious injuries, added time in which Saha managed to hit a post following a corner.
Everton's luck must have been in. Redknapp's is out for the time being, yet in the end, after a truly frantic finale, this was anything but a poor Spurs performance. The bad luck was simply a run of games featuring Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton at their feistiest.
Sunday Indo Sport