Everton 2-2 Tottenham

Jermain Defoe missed a stoppage time penalty as Tottenham blew a 2-0 lead at Goodison Park to draw 2-2 with Everton in the Premier League.

Spurs were the better side throughout and took a two-goal lead through Defoe and Michael Dawson early in the second half but, to their credit, the Toffees fought back and goals from Louis Saha and Tim Cahill earned them a point – although it could have been so different had Defoe’s late spot-kick not been kept out by the feet of Tim Howard.

Everton move up to 15th in the table as a result, while Spurs stay fourth but missed the chance to jump above north London rivals Arsenal.

The Toffees started brightly and Heurelho Gomes had to be alert to keep out Jack Rodwell’s strike from a tight angle, but from there Spurs began to dominate possession.

Firstly, Peter Crouch blazed over the bar with only Howard to beat and then the in-form Defoe forced the USA goalkeeper into a smart save with his feet.

Crouch squandered another opportunity for the visitors before Jo’s strike at the other end flew wide and then Diniyar Bilyaletdinov’s curling free-kick was expertly clutched by the diving Gomes.

The game then became scrappy and littered with yellow cards, although Niko Kranjcar’s strike beat Howard but flew a yard wide as the half came to an end.

The home side were rocked back onto their heels within two minutes of the restart when Aaron Lennon’s superb cross from the right was swept in by Defoe at the near post to give Spurs a deserved lead.

Spurs made it 2-0 in the 59th minute when Kranjcar’s corner from the right was met by a brilliant diving header from an unmarked Michael Dawson.

David Moyes introduced Louis Saha and Yakubu from the bench in a bid to spark a response from his lacklustre side but Spurs continued to look bright on the break, with Gareth Bale drifting a free-kick just wide and Crouch squandering another opportunity.

It was game on, however, with 12 minutes to go when substitute Seamus Coleman’s brilliant run and cross down the right was volleyed home at the near post by Saha.

Saha then came within inches of levelling matters when his magnificent overhead kick just missed the target as Everton began to crank up the pressure.

And that pressure told with three minutes to go when Leighton Baines’ drive torwards goal was nodded home by the unmarked Cahill from close range.

But there was more drama to come in injury time when Hibbert shoved Wilson Palacios in the area, but Defoe’s poor penalty down the middle was saved by the feet of Howard and a pulsating 90 minutes came to an end.