So neither side goes second. Instead Tottenham go fourth, above Manchester City and Southampton. They've scored 19 goals fewer than City, though. Room for improvement. Everton stay seventh. Thanks for reading. Bye.

Full-time: Everton 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Spoils shared.

90 min+6: Townsend cuts in from the right - Howard holds his dipper.

90 min+5: Now Sigurddson works space for the shot from the left but he drags it firmly wide of the far post.

90 min+4: Distin concedes a free-kick on the right, a meaty trod on Soldado's foot his crime. But the free-kick flashes right across the face of goal. Now Tottenham really want that win! They really want that second place! Suddenly it's panic stations in Everton's defence, Eriksen's volley after a half-cleared cross charged down by Barry.

90 min: There will be nine - count 'em - minutes of added time. And Everton really want that win! They really want that second place!

90 min: Lukaku has an ice-pack on his knee.

88 min: And who's there to clear the corner under pressure? Hugo Lloris. But Everton keep pushing. With seemingly nothing on, Deulofeu somehow wriggles clear of two Tottenham midfielders, before slipping past Chiriches and through on goal - but Lloris pushes his dink away! What a goal that would have been.

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87 min: Late pressure from Everton yields a corner on the left, Walker knocking Baines's cross behind.

86 min: Romelu Lukaku is replaced by Nikica Jelavic, the late hero in this game last season. Tottenham almost make their final change, Christian Eriksen on for Lewis Holtby, who did very little.

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85 min: Barkley slides a pass through to Lukau but Lloris has it under control and blasts the ball clear. He's fine.

84 min: Rob Smyth emails this, Les Sealey refusing to go off back in the day.

82 min: Poor Brad Friedel. He's chuckling on the touchline as Lloris walks back t his goal. Incredible. Lloris takes the free-kick and boots it up field.

81 min: Lloris is having to be talked off by his team-mates! He wanted to stay on. The French Stuart Pearce over here. He's having to be led off by members of Tottenham's coaching team. But look at this! He's run back to his goal! It's surely not his decision to make.

80 min: Lloris is conscious again, and walking, but I'm not sure he knows where he is. Brad Friedel is surely coming on.

77 min: This isn't good. It's not good at all. Barry knocks a pass over the top for Lukaku but Lloris is quickly off his line to smother it. He dives at Lukaku's feet but as he does so, Lukaku accidentally - surely - knees him in the face. Lloris appears to be out cold and Tottenham's defenders are quickly beckoning the medical team over. Lukaku is too. I think it was the pair's momentum that led to the collision - I'm not sure if Lukaku could have pulled out of it because both players were going for the ball at pace. Either way, Lukaku is booked.

76 min: Tottenham show up in Everton's half for the first time in a while. Sigurdsson moves the ball on to his right and tries to bend one into the far corner from 25 yards. Howard dives to his left to parry to safety.

73 min: Here, Roberto Soldado is lucky not to be sent off. Challenging for a high ball with Jagielka, he let his frustration get the better of him and swung an elbow, digging it into the Everton man's chest. I don't think Kevin Friend saw it but he has a word with Soldado to make it look like he did.

72 min: Everton are getting closer. McCarthy zips down the right and whips another inviting cross to the near post, where Lukaku, under pressure from Dawson, flicks wide of the far. It was no more than a quarter-chance, but Tottenham were still in a spot of bother momentarily.

71 min: It's Everton who are turning the screw now. A terrific cross from Deulofeu just evades Lukaku and Dawson has to react quickly to stop Distin from getting on the end of it.

69 min: Aaron Lennon, who hasn't had a sniff in this second half, is replaced by Gylfi Sigurdsson. Dawson then heads a cross away, McCarthy's follow-up volley deflected wide by Sigurdsson.

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68 min: Paulinho is booked for a foul on McCarthy. 

66 min: What does Jan Vertonghen have to do to concede a penalty? I'd say pull down someone's shorts but, well, not even that. Here he was lucky again. Deulofeu moves the ball inside to Coleman, who turns from Vertonghen, who then clips Coleman's heels inside the area. It's a clear foul - but because Coleman didn't fall properly and got back up to scuff wide, Kevin Friend saw nothing wrong with it. But the reason he goofed the shot was because he was knocked off-balance by Vertonghen. No penalty, though. Go figure.

65 min: Barkley is involved straight away, moving away from Dembele and lashing over from 25 yards out. Barkley is supposed to be 19 but I'm not having it.

63 min: Everton make a double change, Gerard Deulofeu replacing Kevin Mirallas and Ross Barkley on for Leon Osman. They're nice options to have.

61 min: Tottenham make their first change, Sandro replaced by the more attacking Mousa Dembele.

59 min: Tim Howard's kicking is so dodgy. He sliced one horribly in the first half and then clunks a clearance, Barthez-style, straight at Holtby, who is too surprised to take advantage of his good fortune.

58 min: After some treatment, Distin is up for a limp. He's off the pitch for a few more moments, though.

57 min: Tottenham respond to Everton's response, Vertonghen sliding a perceptive pass through to Paulinho, in space in the Everton area. He turns and shoots but can't get past Distin, who injures himself as he makes the block. Seems to have hurt his knee. 

54 min: This really is better from Everton now. A drilled cross from Mirallas - I think - zips right through the way area, eventually falling at Pienaar's feet on the left. He takes a touch to set himself but his attempted curler is blocked by Dawson. Suddenly Everton's fans are finding their voice again, feeding off their side playing with some vigour.

53 min: Everton aren't bothering with the tippy-tappy stuff so much now, instead looking for Lukaku early. He brings down a high ball on his chest, holding off Chiriches, and finds Mirallas on the right. His cross is blocked behind for a corner. Which comes to nothing much in particular.

52 min: Everton are pressing forward a bit more but they are nervy on the ball. There have been so many errors and misunderstandings.

50 min: Everton's passing remains atrocious, though. It's not very Martinez.

48 min: What fabulous defending from Vlad Churches. After a Tottenham attack breaks down, Everton break three on two, Lukaku leading the charge through the middle. He plays the ball to the right to his fellow Belgian, Mirallas, who takes a touch to set himself but before he can shoot, there's Chiriches to deny him with a superbly timed challenge, even winning a goal-kick in the process. That was good. Mirallas is booked for mithering about not getting a corner.

46 min: Off we go again. Any chance of a chance in this half? We live in hope. Straight away, Townsend catches Baines dawdling down by the right touchline and he finds Holtby, whose low sighter is blocked. "The diving, the cheating, the feigning of injury, the histrionics...That I can handle,". But those haircuts with geometric lines shaved into them? That's got to stop. Just check out Kevin Mirallas in the photo at the top of the webpage if you don't believe me.

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Half-time: Everton 0-0 Tottenham

Tottenham have absolutely battered Everton on possession. They haven't created any chances and it's goalless.

45 min: Townsend feeds a pass into Paulinho, who audaciously flicks it on to Soldado. He turns in one instant but sends his shot over the bar from 20 yards out, Jagielka doing enough to put him off.

43 min: Mirallas, not Baines, takes it and his effort bounces off the wall and out for a corner on the left. Baines will take this one.

42 min: Baines and Pienaar combine down the left. Baines slips a pass inside and Pienaar steps over the ball cleverly, causing Sandro to stumble and handle on the floor. The free-kick is to the left of the D. "Their fans don't know anything, Tottenham are *awesome* to watch," says Philip Podolsky. "Being a La Liga aficionado, I'm always impressed by this super athletic high tempo directness which is nothing like what I was reared on; and it gives me immense joy to see them taken apart by teams of greater guile and quality since it means the stuff that I really like is still better. It's a win-win type of thing."

41 min: I wonder if Everton are starting to believe that Tottenham aren't going to create a goalscoring chance despite all their possession. They have dominated to an embarrassing extent but they still lack a cutting edge.

39 min: "So if Eriksen is on the naughty step after the West Ham match why is Sigurdsson there after all those goals?" says John Tumbridge. I'll level with you: I don't know. Tottenham aren't exactly short of options in those areas and today it's Aaron Lennon's turn.

38 min: Townsend just loves a shot. He jinks past Barry, on to his slightly weaker right foot, and cracks straight at Howard from 20 yards out. He never really looked like he was about to score there.

37 min: Lennon scampers past Coleman on the left flank but his cross is cleared by Barry.Everton try to break but it's not long before they give it away, McCarthy, who's having a difficult time of it, the latest culprit.

34 min: Finally, some encouragement for Everton. Lukaku, who has barely done anything apart from head away Tottenham corners, drops deep and chests the ball down, before charging at Chiriches on the right. The Romanian doesn't really fancy this one, hanging out a half-hearted leg and allowing Lukaku to burst past him. But his low centre is cleared by Dawson.

EVERTON WIN A CORNER

32 min: Everton have won a corner, their first. Pienaar's cross from the left is deflected behind. What a chance this is for them to put some pressure on and here comes Baines to take it and he ... sends his delivery out for a goal-kick.

30 min: Baines lets a simple pass from Distin roll under his foot and out for a throw. It's been that sort of game for Everton so far. "Is it just me or are Everton yet to win a tackle in this game?" says David Flynn. "Every 50-50 in midfield them seem to shrink going into it and off Spurs go with possession. " They've given away a lot of fouls, to be fair to them.

28 min: That said, the only criticism of Tottenham would be that they haven't really created any clear chances despite their obvious superiority, which is also down to some fine backs-to-the-wall defending from Distin and Jagielka. But here come Everton, finally acquainting themselves with the Tottenham defence. Leon Osman raps one over from 25 yards out. That was Everton's first shot.

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27 min: I can't remember the last time Everton got into Tottenham's half.

25 min: Another corner for Spurs, this time after Soldado had made a nuisance of himself on the right. Eventually Distin hacks behind in the six-yard box. Holtby's corner is flapped away by Howard but it just keeps coming back at Everton. Holtby dips inside from the right and his low left-footer, sent skimming through the bodies, is well held by an unsighted Howard.

22 min: Well. What an almighty mess this was. Coleman, trying to get the ball under control, ends up falling over in a staggeringly inept heap just outside his own area. Soldado slips Vertonghen in and Coleman, trying to retrieve the situation, seems to pull the Belgian back from behind inside the area. But Kevin Friend waves away the appeals for a penalty and Tottenham are in a funk. 

21 min: Do you like pictures? Of course you like pictures. Who doesn't like pictures?

20 min: Is there a slope on the Goodison Park pitch? Tottenham have already had six attempts to Everton's zero.

19 min: Lewis Holtby is ushered away by Walker and no wonder: he absolutely creams the free-kick through the Everton wall and though it's straight down Howard's throat, it's all he can do beat the ball away, such was the pace on the shot. 

17 min: And still Tottenham press. Vertonghen, not shy of getting forward from left-back, is fouled by McCarthy 25 yards from goal. McCarthy is booked. The free-kick is to the left of the D, made for a right-footer. There's no Bale these days, so Kyle Walker reckons he can start laying the foundations to his own £86m move to Real Madrid here.

15 min: Turns out Tim Howard was booked a few moments ago, taking his complaints about a Holtby challenge on Baines too far. 

13 min: Tottenham are all over Everton like a cheap one. Townsend has another pop from distance and it takes a deflection off McCarthy, looping over the stranded Howard and over the bar. 

12 min: Everton are all over the place at the moment. They can barely string two passes together. Mirallas loses possession in his own half, conceding it cheaply to Paulinho, whose attempt to spring Lennon clear on the left isn't good enough. Under pressure, Lennon's return pass only finds an Everton shirt.

11 min: "Why is Eriksen not playing?" inquires Peter Crosby. "He was brilliant in his first couple of prem games." I believe he's still in disgrace after the West Ham defeat.

9 min: Townsend has pootled over to the right flank, bringing him into direct combat with his England pal, Leighton Baines, who clips the Tottenham winger's heels down near the right corner flag. The whistle blows and a free-kick is awarded, even though Baines disagrees. But Holtby's free-kick is headed away by Lukaku, remarkably effective in his role as a False Defender. He's already headed away two set-pieces!

8 min: Everton haven't got going yet. Mirallas is caught offside on the right flank, even though he was looking down the line - a criminal offence.

6 min: This is a cracking start from Tottenham, the Everton fans already transmitting their nervousness. Tottenham are in total control and Vertonghen hurtles down the left flank, beating Coleman, only for his cutback from the byline to be hacked clear. Everton attack but not very well and Tottenham set off again. Now Lennon breaks clear on the left. He cuts inside and dinks a cross towards Soldado, in a pocket of space 12 yards out. He heads but he heads harmlessly wide. A chance.

4 min: Tottenham allow themselves another shot. This time it's Andros Townsend, who's operating off the left flank in these early stages, but his effort sails wide from 25 yards out.

3 min: Now Tottenham do amble forward. Sandro, who once received a rollocking from Harry Redknapp for having the temerity to score a goal against Chelsea, lines one up from range, afforded too much space by the Everton midfield. It's not hit with much pace but the ball swerves awkwardly and Howard scrambles it behind for a corner on the right. Lukaku heads away.

2 min: Tottenham haven't had a touch yet! And now they get a touch, Hugo Lloris collecting a loose punt forward from Phil Jagielka! No real need for either exclamation mark there, but it's good to inject a bit of excitement into proceedings here and there. After all, it's second place that's up for grabs today.

And here we go! Everton get the game going, kicking from right to left in the first half. Soon the air is filled with the noise of Tottenham fans informing the world that they'll sing what they want. As long as it's set to Sloop John B.

And we'll have a minute's silence for Remembrance Day before the action. Everyone keeps schtum, before applause breaks out at the toot of the referee's whistle. And now: the soccer, with the soccer players of Everton and Tottenham Hotspur!

Here come the teams, strolling out the tunnel and into to a sunny Goodison Park. They're led out by members of the armed forces.

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The teams

Everton: Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; McCarthy, Barry; Osman, Pienaar, Mirallas, Lukaku. Subs: Robles, Jelavic, Oviedo, Deulofeu, Naismith, Barkley, Stones.

Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Chiriches, Dawson, Vertonghen; Sandro, Paulinho; Lennon, Holtby, Townsend; Soldado. Subs: Friedel, Kaboul, Lamela, Defoe, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Eriksen.

Referee: Kevin Friend.

Preamble

So off Tottenham go, away from nasty, sullen, sulky White Hart Lane, and into the warm embrace of Goodison Park. Where they lost 2-1 last season, Nikica Jelavic's stretchi-winner coming in the very last minute for Everton, the final kick of a game that was seen as pivotal in Tottenham missing out on Champions League football to Arsenal. By a point. And they've also lost on their last three visits to Goodison Park. Come back, White Hart Lane! All is forgiven!

Mind you, Tottenham do have a great record on the road, defeat at Arsenal the only blip on their travels. Other than that, though, they've won all of their away games this season, a far cry from the old flinty Tottenham Hotspurs of days gone by, Andre Villas-Boas's side tending to flourish more when teams attack them and leave space for Andros Townsend, the hot favourite to win Sports Personality of the Year, to roam into. At White Hart Lane, where the onus is on them to find a way through, they have struggled this season and though they don't help themselves with their rather slow buildup, it's not always easy to break down massed defences. Or, of course, while they're playing to the backdrop of a low-level seethe from their own fans. But, really, it should all be sweetness and light in Tottenham's garden: win today and they go second, three points behind Arsenal.

Then again, so do Everton. They're currently seventh to Tottenham's sixth, a point behind, but Roberto Martinez really is making his presence felt at his new club. After a slightly slow start, three draws in their first three games, they've been on fire since the start of September, winning five of their last six matches, the one defeat during that run coming at Manchester City. They're attacking with intelligence and patience and Romelu Lukaku already has five goals. What's more, they haven't lost at home in the league since last December. Come back, White Hart Lane! All is forgiven!

Kick-off: 1.30pm.

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