Everton and Spurs played out a 2-2 draw that could go a long way to defining the final league positions this season as both teams push for Europe.
Spurs took the lead after just 33 seconds through Emmanuel Adebayor converted.
Everton leveled later in the first half through Phil Jagielka and took the lead from a fine solo goal by Kevin Mirallas.
A frantic final couple of minutes saw chances from both sides to snatch the full three points but in the end a draw seemed a fair result after a spirited attacking performance from two sides making light of the absence of some of their most creative players.
Tottenham, who were without influential trio Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe, didn’t allow the absences from dictating the result as a number of players, most notably Mousa Dembele, Sigurdsson and a rejuvenated Adebayor stepped up to the occasion.
Everton themselves were missing influential midfielders Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar, however their own new talisman Kevin Miralles was equal to the task dispatching a finely taken goal to put the Blues 2-1 ahead early in the second half. An effort just as spectacular as the Stoke winner a week earlier.
Spurs started the sharper out of the teams with their quickest goal in more than 12 years.
Vertonghen’s cross missed a number of Everton defenders and found Adebayor, who turned the ball past Tim Howard.
Everton’s first effort came from the boot of Leon Osman curling a right-footed effort narrowly wide of the far post.
The equalizer was not long in coming, a corner from the ever impressive Leighton Baines was met by Captain Phil Jagielka who steered the ball goal ward. An effort the Spurs Keeper, Hugo Lloris would not want to see again which found the net after first going right through the hapless keepers legs.
Spurs proved to be in control of the possession for much of the first half, however never managed to create many chances to worry the Everton defence or ‘keeper
Spurs had a shout for a penalty in the dying minutes of the first half as American Clint Dempsey tried to make a cross into the box. The ball appeared to strike Everton midfielder Darron Gibson on the arm. Replays proved that Spurs remonstrations with the ref to be futile as they clearly showed the ball hitting the midfield maestro on his chest.
Everton began the second half the much more positive team and would consider themselves unlucky not to be 2-1 ahead from an effort from Gibson before Miralles magnificent strike.
Miralles dribbled a mazy run from the right, skipped and left two Spurs players for dead before placing a shot into the far corner.
The game became freer flowing with chances at either end. Adebayor came close but struck his effort straight at Howard before his compatriot Clint Dempsey curled a shot narrowly past the post.
For all of Spurs chances, with 5 minutes to go Everton looked a safe bet to secure three precious points in the race for Champions League football.
However that was not to be. Spurs England right back Kyle Walker sprinted past a tired looking Leighton Baines and managed to cut the ball back to the constant threat Adebayor. His shot ricocheted off the up right straight to the feet of teammate Gylfi Sigurdsson who tapped home.
Lloris made up for his earlier mistake by impressively denying the energetic Anichebe in the dying minutes of the match to keep the match at 2-2.
LINE UPS, BOOKINGS (2) & SUBSTITUTIONS (4)
02 Dempsey Booked
08 Parker (Carroll – 89′ )
9 Dembele (Huddlestone – 75′ )
20 Barkley (Jelavic – 52′ )
11 Mirallas Booked (Naismith – 86′ )