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Cristian Stellini reaction: Interim boss can’t defend same old issue as Tottenham completely collapse again

Cristian Stellini Everton v Tottenham

Cristian Stellini was at a complete loss as to why Tottenham collapsed again at Everton on the Monday night football, throwing away a 1-0 lead against 10 men to draw 1-1 at Goodison Park.

Michael Keane scored a stunning long-range strike in the 90th minute to salvage a Premier League draw for the Toffees in a game which saw both teams reduced to 10 men.

Centre-back Keane stepped up from the back to arrow a 25-yard drive into the top corner, the point taking Sean Dyche’s men out of the relegation zone.

Harry Kane had given Tottenham the lead in the second half from the penalty spot after Keane himself had fouled Cristian Romero in the area.

Toffees midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure was given a deserved straight red card after pushing Kane in the face off the ball.

Kane’s penalty looked to have won it, but the visitors paid for dropping off completely and preserving their advantage.

Firstly, substitute Lucas Moura was red-carded for an awful challenge on Keane, who then recovered to smash home the leveller.

The point lifts Everton three places up to 15th while Tottenham climb to fourth on goal difference, albeit having played two more games than Manchester United in fifth.

And speaking after the game, Stellini told Sky Sports: “My feeling now is that we have lost two points this evening because with 11 men against 10 we have to control the game much better. We try to but not the way I expect.

“After our red card the power of the game was with them. They find an amazing goal and they draw the game. We have to do much better.

“We tried to press them to not give much possession away but if you do this they kick long. We have to win the second balls and start again. We didn’t do good in possession. You control the game with the ball, not without.

“We have to control the game much better with the ball. We know when they play they kick long and they fight for the second ball. We were ready to do it but with 11 men we have to control the game much better.”

No issues with Lucas red card

On the red cards, Stellini added: “I think Harry Kane conceded a lot of tackles today and it was a red card. I also think Lucas Moura did a dangerous tackle and it was a red card.”

On playing at Goodison Park: “It was a tough game. It is not easy to come here and play against Everton. We play a good game and many situations with Pedro Porro, with Ivan Perisic and we should have created a lot. But when you play this game it is not easy. With 11 players my expectation is that you have to do much better.”

A close top-four race? “It will be a tough race but one year ago we had 51 points and we were fifth and today we are fourth with Manchester United and Newcastle United.

“We are in the same position as last year. We have to be ready to fight and play the next game.”

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