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Premier League LIVE! Tottenham v Everton and Manchester United v Fulham


 David Moyes feels the pressure after Fulham snatch an injury time point at Old Trafford
by Sam Dymond

  • Sunday's results

    • Tottenham 1 (Adebayor) Everton 0 FT
    • Adebayor's superb second half strike takes Spurs above Toffees
    • Manchester United 2 (Van Persie, Carrick) Fulham 2 (Sidwell, Bent) FT
    • Bent's stoppage time header rescues point for brave Cottagers
    2/9/2014 6:08:58 PM
  • Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of Sunday’s Prem…THUD!...HOOF! There’s no time for fancy introductions today, much like certain teams, the need for being direct is greater if we’re to get results. Here’s what you need to know. Tottenham are playing Everton. Manchester United are playing Fulham. They all need the points. It’s unlikely they’ll all get them.
    2/9/2014 2:10:12 PM
  • Here’s how the teams line up at White Hart Lane. There’s one change to the Tottenham side that drew at Hull with Mousa Dembele coming in for Roberto Soldado which means Tim Sherwood is opting for a lone striker over his favoured 4-4-2. Roberto Martinez, meanwhile, brings in three players to the side that started the win against Aston Villa last week; Seamus Coleman, Steven Pienaar and Steven Naismith replace John Stones, Aiden McGeady and Ross Barkley.

    Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Rose, Dembélé, Dawson, Vertonghen, Bentaleb, Paulinho, Adebayor, Lennon, Eriksen

    Subs: Kaboul, Soldado, Capoue, Naughton, Townsend, Defoe, Friedel

    Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Barry, Jagielka, Distin, Naismith, McCarthy, Mirallas, Osman, Pienaar

    Subs: Robles, Hibbert, McGeady, Deulofeu, Barkley, Stones, Traore

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg

    2/9/2014 2:10:31 PM
  • Tottenham 0 Everton 0: And it's live...
    2/9/2014 2:10:44 PM
  • Tottenham 0 Everton 0: Leon Osman could have scored three times in the opening ten minutes. First, the diminutive Everton midfielder unleashed a brilliant half volley from outside the box that required an equally special one-handed stop from Hugo Lloris and then, from the resulting corner, headed over the bar when unmarked. Moments later, he was in on goal again, but his shot was weak and straight at the Tottenham keeper.
    2/9/2014 2:10:55 PM
  • Tottenham 0 Everton: A first sniff for Tottenham as Christian Eriksen lets fly with an audacious free-kick from fully 35 yards out that dips and dips and dips, but doesn't quite dip enough to test Tim Howard in the Everton goal. An impressive if fruitless effort. 
    2/9/2014 2:11:11 PM
  • Tottenham 0 Everton 0: Everton are beginning to take control of the match in midfield, but are yet to find a way past Michael Dawson's no-nonsense English defending. Seamus Coleman then jinks his way into the box but his effort lacks the power to truly test Lloris.

    Moments later, Danny Rose races down the other end and whips in a low delivery across the face of goal that Emmanuel Adebayor is just unable to get a toe on.

    2/9/2014 2:11:22 PM
  • Tottenham 0 Everton 0: In one of the season's less confusing mathematical equations, Sky Sports commentator Alan Parry states,"It's goalless and I don't know why." Dawson does his best to help explain the problem, but heads Eriksen's corner well over the bar.
    2/9/2014 2:11:34 PM
  • Tottenham 0 Everton 0: I'm not sure what what Steven Naismith has ever done to Kevin Mirallas, but the Belgian clearly doesn't trust his teammate. Three times Mirallas could have played in the Scot as Everton broke on the Tottenham defence, but the forward preferred to go alone and eventually fired over the crossbar. Maybe Mirallas is a Rangers fan.
    2/9/2014 2:13:21 PM
  • Half-time - Tottenham 0 Everton 0:
    2/9/2014 2:16:39 PM
  • Tottenham 0 Everton 0: The second half is underway at White Hart Lane. Will the next 45 minutes between the sides bring a goal? Because the previous 135 haven't.
    2/9/2014 2:32:59 PM
  • Tottenham 0 Everton 0: Emmanuel Adebayor's close control is a glorious thing. The gangly Tottenham forward has just taken two touches that took him fully 20 yards across the pitch in pursuit of the ball. 

    Meanwhile, the second half has begun in a similar vein to the first with Everton demonstrating more energy than the hosts without really threatening to take the lead.
    2/9/2014 2:38:53 PM
  • Tottenham 0 Everton 0: The first major drama of the game comes on the touchline as Tim Sherwood unleashes his annoyance on a water bottle that inadvertently sprays his opposite number, Roberto Martinez. Embarrassed, Sherwood scuttles back to his seat in the dugout like a mischievous schoolboy.


    2/9/2014 2:45:04 PM
  • GOAL! Tottenham 1 Everton 0: Tottenham have the lead! For all their impressive work this afternoon, Everton completely switched off after Steven Naismith was unfortunate to concede a free-kick just inside their half. The alert Kyle Walker took it quickly, and played a pinpoint ball up to Emmanuel Adebayor, whose close control was excellent (yeah, that's me told) as he chested down, took another touch to take it away from Coleman, and fired left-footed past Tim Howard at the near post. Adebayor's sixth goal of the season was Spurs' first effort on target this afternoon.
    2/9/2014 2:51:03 PM
  • Tottenham 1 Everton 0: Roberto Martinez makes his third and final change as his side go in search of an equaliser. Ross Barkley, Gerard Deulofeu and Aiden McGeady are all on which means there will be no game time today for six foot eight battering ram Lacina Traoré. The newcomers have quarter of an hour to make a difference.
    2/9/2014 3:01:56 PM
  • Emmanuel Adebayor takes exception to my comments about his first touch.

    2/9/2014 3:06:45 PM
  • The teams are in for the four o'clock game at Old Trafford.

    Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Carrick, Fletcher, Mata, Young; Rooney, Van Persie

    Subs: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Giggs, Valencia, Kagawa, Januzaj, Hernandez

    Fulham: Stekelenburg, Riether, Burn, Heitinga, Riise, Tunnicliffe, Sidwell, Kvist, Richardson, Holtby, Tankovic

    Subs: Stockdale, Hangeland, Kacaniklic, Duff, Cole, Parker, Bent

    Referee: Kevin Friend


    2/9/2014 3:10:06 PM
  • Tottenham 1 Everton 0: Spurs are doing well to see the game out with just two minutes of normal time remaining. The visitors were the better team for long periods but never recovered after going behind. 
    2/9/2014 3:16:07 PM
  • Tottenham 1 Everton 0: The Toffees are having one last push in injury time and have a real shout for a penalty as Coleman goes down following Etienne Capoue's challenge just inside the area. Mark Clattenburg had a clear view of the incident and was unmoved. Not only have I seen them given, but I've seen them given by Clattenburg.
    2/9/2014 3:19:13 PM
  • FULL TIME - Tottenham 1 Everton 0:
    2/9/2014 3:19:55 PM
  • Jermaine Defoe is hoisted upon the shoulders of Jan Vertonghen and Emmanuel Adebayor at the final whistle of his last White Hart Lane appearance for Tottenham, and leaves the pitch to rapturous applause from the home fans. There's a joke there somewhere about him being carried by his strike partner, but I'm too hungover to work it out.
    2/9/2014 3:29:21 PM
  • And so to Old Trafford, and the internet is already awash with murmurs and stifled laughter at Fulham's starting XI this afternoon. There's no place for either captain Brede Hangeland or vice-captain Scott Parker, but there are debuts for John Heitinga and former United youngster Ryan Tunnicliffe. Up top, it appears that academy product Muamer Tanković will lead the line for the visitors; the FA Cup cameos of the 18-year-old have been one of the very few bright spots in Fulham's disastrous season.
    2/9/2014 3:35:43 PM
  • Rene Meulensteen was joined by Ray Wilkins for an in-depth chat with Sky Sports earlier today. The Fulham head-coach was actually giving a very impressive interview until he was joined by Butch. Did you see what I did there?
    2/9/2014 3:39:40 PM
  • Here's a sombre thought for Cottagers...


    Although I think most of those 24 goals were scored when the sides met in the reverse fixture.
    2/9/2014 3:44:11 PM
  • Fulham's dreadful run of form coupled with their surprising team selection has most convinced that a thumping Manchester United victory is a couple of hours away, but it's worth remembering that there is considerable pressure still on the Old Trafford club and their manager. The arrival of Juan Mata was supposed to signal a new dawn but so far all there has been is a comfortable if unconvincing home win against Cardiff and defeat at out-of-form Stoke. If Fulham's urgency for points wasn't even greater, then it could have been an awkward proposition for the Red Devils. As it is...
    2/9/2014 3:55:33 PM
  • Manchester United 0 Fulham 0: After an impeccable minute's silence in memory of the 1958 Munich air disaster, Manchester United kick matters off...
    2/9/2014 4:01:13 PM
  • Manchester United 0 Fulham 0: In the least surprising blog post of the year, the opening minutes have all been played in Fulham's half with United dominating possession. The visitors have lined up with two flat banks of four and Lewis Holtby playing just off Tankovic. So far the hosts only have a couple of corners to show for their start.
    2/9/2014 4:07:46 PM
  • Manchester United 0 Fulham 0: It's more of the same at Old Trafford with United pressing and sending a multitude of crosses into the box but, as of yet, none of them have connected with their intended targets. However, surely it's only a matter of time before one does and then it will be intriguing to see how Fulham react.
    2/9/2014 4:17:58 PM
  • GOAL! Manchester United 0 Fulham 1: Incredible! Fulham have the lead! In a rare foray forward into the Manchester United half, John Arne Riise found Lewis Holtby, and the on loan midfielder's lofted pass over the the top of the United defence was breathtakingly perfect for the arriving Steve Sidwell. Fulham's captain for the day and top goalscorer met it first time and side footed low past David De Gea to give the visitors a shock lead.
    2/9/2014 4:19:56 PM
  • Manchester United 0 Fulham 1: Normal service has been resumed in terms of possession and attacking, but United have yet to find a reply. Robin van Persie had an immediate opportunity to equalise after the goal but sliced wide at the far post, and then Michael Carrick took aim from long range, but was only able to thump the ball into the chest of Sidwell to wind the Fulham goalscorer.

    Moments later, Carrick has another go from a similar distance with a first time volley, but that effort swerves away from the right-hand post.
    2/9/2014 4:30:34 PM
  • Manchester United 0 Fulham 1: Wow! Fulham could have...should have...been two up. Keiran Richardson scuffed a clearance away from a United corner to Tankovic, and the youngster ran and and ran and ran at the United defence, eventually playing in the man who started the move. However, with just De Gea to beat, Richardson fired over the bar from ten yards. That could be a huge moment.

    At the other end, Nemanja Vidic plants a header from another corner straight into the arms of Maarten Stekelenburg.
    2/9/2014 4:42:08 PM
  • Fulham celebrate a particularly good move that takes them into the Manchester United half.

    2/9/2014 4:43:47 PM
  • Manchester United 0 Fulham 1: In one of the more creative insults of the day, Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler refers to Patrice Evra as a 'surprise weapon' as the left back is United's furthest forward player to meet another cross into the box. However, the Frenchman's header lacks power and fails to trouble Stekelenburg.
    2/9/2014 4:47:33 PM
  • Half-time - Manchester United 0 Fulham 1:
    2/9/2014 4:47:51 PM
  • I wonder what David Moyes' cross count is at the moment...


    That should be 46 crosses now at half-time.
    2/9/2014 4:56:26 PM
  • Steve Sidwell prods Fulham into the funniest lead of the season.

    2/9/2014 5:01:22 PM
  • Manchester United 0 Fulham 1: Fulham make one change as they kick-off the second half with Darren Bent replacing Muamer Tanković. It's possible that Rene Meulensteen sees the experienced striker as more likely to test the home defence on the counter attack, but the expected charge from United after the break will surely be the greater issue.
    2/9/2014 5:05:24 PM
  • There is a suggestion that Darren Bent's Fulham performances have been on the detrimental side this season...


    2/9/2014 5:10:47 PM
  • Manchester United 0 Fulham 1: Maarten Stekelenburg in a nutshell! The Fulham goalkeeper makes an unconvincing claim for another cross into the six yard box, but when Rooney gets a goal-bound shot away in the aftermath, the Dutchman recovers brilliantly to flip the ball over the bar. Ten minutes into the second half and Fulham still lead.
    2/9/2014 5:14:54 PM
  • Manchester United 0 Fulham 1: Robin van Persie is screaming for a penalty, but he's going to be disappointed with the lack of decision. The United striker tried to sneak around Dan Burn inside the box and the ball flicked off the centre half's hand and away, but neither referee Kevin Friend nor his linesman were moved.
    2/9/2014 5:17:55 PM
  • More crosses than Easter weekend...


    2/9/2014 5:19:57 PM
  • Manchester United 0 Fulham 1: Cometh the hour, cometh the boy. Adnan Januzaj is on for Darren Fletcher in a bid to turnaround this game in United's favour. He has 27 minutes plus injury time to work his magic.
    2/9/2014 5:22:02 PM
  • Manchester United 0 Fulham 1: Two more substitutions for United as Antonio Valencia and Javier Hernandez join the action. Rafael - whose final act was to send a cross straight into the side netting when well placed - and Ashley Young are the players to make way. Twenty minutes and counting.
    2/9/2014 5:28:07 PM
  • Manchester United 0 Fulham 1: Fulham's two banks of four have become a single bank of ten, but they continue to just about survive United's onslaught. Young Dan Burn and new signing Johnny Heitinga have been superb at the heart of the visitors' packed defence. Thirteen minutes and counting.
    2/9/2014 5:35:00 PM
  • GOAL! Manchester United 1 Fulham 1: Finally Manchester United have the breakthrough! Some Fulham players had started to look dead on their feet, and they were unable to fully clear as the ball pinged around their penalty box. Eventually, it fell to Juan Mata on the right and his scuffed shot was turned in from close range at the far post by Robin van Persie.
    2/9/2014 5:36:07 PM
  • GOAL! Manchester United 2 Fulham 1: If the equaliser had started to look doubtful, the second goal was inevitable. With their tails up, United surged forward straight rom kick-off and when the ball fell to Michael Carrick on the edge of the box, the midfielder's shot was deflected off the sliding Scott Parker and flew into the left hand side of Maarten Stekelenburg's net.
    2/9/2014 5:37:26 PM
  • It was always going to be this way, wasn't it?


    2/9/2014 5:42:13 PM
  • Manchester United 2 Fulham 1: There are five minutes of injury time for Fulham to do something extraordinary. The likes of Lewis Holtby and the gutsy Steve Sidwell are giving all they've got, but in truth, they've run themselves into the ground this afternoon and have little left in the tank.
    2/9/2014 5:45:05 PM
  • GOAL! Manchester United 2 Fulham 2: UNBELIEVABLE! There was one last drop left in the tank and Fulham have rescued a point! Steve Sidwell shook off the challenge of Michael Carrick in midfield and sent Richardson through on the left. The Fulham midfielder hardly had the strength to unleash a shot, but he managed to get one away that De Gea could only parry, and there was Darren Bent. The striker has often been ridiculed during his loan spell at Craven Cottage, but he did what he can do best, and nodded the ball into the net despite the despairing dive of Vidic on the line. Astonishing! 
    2/9/2014 5:52:12 PM
  • FULL TIME - Manchester United 2 Fulham 2:
    2/9/2014 5:54:25 PM
  • The most active Darren Bent has been in a Fulham shirt.

    2/9/2014 6:09:44 PM
  • The crosses...


    ...and the clearances.


    2/9/2014 6:20:50 PM
  • For once you feel that such hyperbole has some substance...


    2/9/2014 6:25:01 PM
  • Bent header. Straight in.

    2/9/2014 6:44:57 PM
  • Six years ago, Fulham were down and out in the relegation zone when they travelled to Manchester, but injury time heroics from a much-maligned forward earned the Cottagers an unlikely victory and propelled them to an escape that was indeed great. For Diomansy Kamara then, see Darren Bent now. It may have only been one point this afternoon compared to three at Eastlands, but it could be crucial in fuelling the West Londoners' survival bid.

    Rene Meulensteen, on his return to Old Trafford, set up his bottom of the table team to defend deep and defend well. They did it for so long until two goals in less than two minutes turned Fulham’s shock first half lead on its head and alleviated some pressure on David Moyes. That was until Bent’s late intervention.

    Earlier in the day, Tottenham were the poorer side against Everton but managed to edge out the Toffees to leapfrog them into fifth in the table. An exquisite goal from Emmanuel Adebayor was the difference in a tight encounter, and keeps Spurs' hopes of a top four finish alive.

    However, the day belongs to Darren Bent and Fulham, who weren’t given a chance at Old Trafford, but kept fighting until the end. If they can keep such belief going all the way until May, then maybe, just maybe, it really will be the closest relegation battle in years. 

    We’ll be back in midweek to bring you updates from all of the Premier League fixtures taking place across Tuesday and Wednesday night, but until then, thanks for reading and goodnight.
    2/9/2014 6:47:39 PM
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