Kyle Walker helps Tottenham claim narrow win over Everton

Sunday 09 Feb 2014
Tottenham's Kyle Walker (left) in action against Everton
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England defender Kyle Walker had a major part to play in Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Everton at White Hart Lane.

The right-back, making his 100th Premier League appearance for Spurs, played a quick free-kick to Emmanuel Adebayor, who chested the ball down and fired home what proved to be the only goal of the game on 65 minutes.

The win moves Tim Sherwood’s side above Everton into fifth place in the Premier League table, three points behind Liverpool as the race for Champions League qualification hots up.

England quartet Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, Gareth Barry and Leon Osman all started for the Toffees and Ross Barkley came off the bench in the second half.

Walker was joined in the Tottenham line-up by Michael Dawson, Danny Rose and Aaron Lennon.

Jermain Defoe replaced Lennon late on for his final home league appearance in a Spurs shirt, ahead of his imminent move to Toronto.

Tottenham captain Dawson said: "It's a massive win. We didn't play like we can in the first half but we dominated in the second."

In Sunday's other Premier League match, Darren Bent, who has scored four goals in 13 England internationals, netted a dramatic late equaliser at Old Trafford as Fulham claimed a 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

Steve Sidwell gave the visitors a first-half lead, but Robin van Persie and Three Lions midfielder Michael Carrick hit back in the second half to put United ahead with 10 minutes to go.

However, Bent popped up in added time to earn the Cottagers a valuable point in their battle against the drop.

Chris Smalling, Ashley Young and Wayne Rooney started alongside Carrick, while former England U17 midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe made his Fulham debut against his former club.

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By Glenn Lavery