Win for Everton, Draw for Spurs

US soccer player Clint Dempsey.  Credit: Joe Toth - ISIPhotos.comTim Howard’s Everton beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 on Wednesday at Goodison Park.  Leighton Baines had both of Everton’s goals, scoring in the 29th and converting a first-half stoppage time penalty.  Everton are fifth in the Premier League, a point behind Spurs and with a three-point lead over Arsenal. 

“It’s important that we keep winning games and picking up points in the right places, keep hanging on to the teams above us and close the gap,” Baines said. “Also it will be nice to get a bit of distance from the teams below us. What we want is a good, exciting end to the season where we are competing and are in the mix. We are in a good position and are still in the cup, so it’s all still to play for.”

As for 4th-place Spurs, they came back to draw 1-1 with Norwich City.  After falling behind in the 32nd minute, Gareth Bale equalized in the 80th.  Clint Dempsey started and subbed out in the 71st minute.  Brad Friedel was on the bench. 

“In the first half we were nowhere near good enough, not at the races,” Bale said. “At half-time, the gaffer told us what we needed to do and we came out in the second half a completely different team.”

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