London - Tottenham remain without a Premier League win this season after
Harry Kane failed to end his goal drought in a 0-0 draw against Everton on
Mauricio Pochettino's side find themselves down in 15th place with three
draws and a defeat following the White Hart Lane stalemate.
It is a worrying opening for the north Londoners, whose major concerns
revolve around the poor form of England striker Kane and the club's failure to
provide him with quality support.
In the 11 appearances before his England debut last season Kane scored 14
goals, yet in the 12 appearances since netting on his full international debut
in March, he has netted just twice and is still waiting to get off the mark
Much of the pre-match focus was on Everton defender John Stones, who this
week saw his transfer request rejected as the Toffees fight to keep the England
international from joining Chelsea.
Stones had plenty of work to do in the first half as Tottenham dominated
from the moment Nabil Bentaleb fired just wide from Nacer Chadli's cutback.
However, a careless mistake from Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker almost
gifted Everton the lead when he trod on the ball, setting Tom Cleverley in on
goal, only for the midfielder's powerful shot to be pushed away by Hugo Lloris.
Kane's malaise continued when he squandered a golden opportunity to open the
scoring in the 23rd minute.
Ryan Mason's slide-rule pass sent Kane clear on goal, but Everton keeper Tim
Howard blocked his weak effort.
Moments later, Chadli's perfectly-weight pass picked out Mason, but the midfielder's
angled low shot was saved by Howard's legs.
Howard's heroics continued as the American veteran made a fine finger-tip
save to push Toby Alderwierweld's header over the bar midway through the first
Everton suffered a blow just before half-time when Cleverley was stretchered
off with what looked like a serious ankle injury.
Tottenham substitute Dele Alli almost made an instant impression in the
second half when he latched onto a poor touch from Gareth Barry to prod Mason
through on goal but his low shot was saved by Howard.
Kane misfired again, Chadli blazed over from the rebound, then Alli had a
penalty appeal turned down as Pochettino's side tried in vain to break the
Jan Vertonghen was next to try his luck with a dipping strike that Howard
pushed over before Kane had a goal disallowed for offside.
Everton's Kevin Mirallas almost snatched the points in the last minute with
a header that raced straight at Lloris.