Soldado finally scores
LONDON (AP) – Roberto Soldado scored his first Premier League goal since March as Tottenham staged another comeback to beat Everton 2-1 today.
After 593 minutes without a league goal, the struggling striker netted his first goal of the season in first-half stoppage time, after Christian Eriksen had already cancelled out Everton midfielder Kevin Mirallas’ well-struck opener.
“It hasn’t been easy,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “It’s always frustrating for a striker when he doesn’t score … he’s (been) feeling the pressure.”
By coming from behind to win 2-1 for the third time in four league games, Tottenham climbed above Everton from tenth to seventh – just two points from the top four.
The performance, high on intensity and pace, is just what Tottenham was looking for when Mauricio Pochettino was hired in May as the third manager in a year.
For once Tottenham couldn’t use playing in the Europa League on Thursday as an excuse given Everton had also played in the competition, and also secured qualification to the knockout phase with a game to spare.
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris protected Tottenham’s win in the later stage, denying Seamus Coleman with a fine save before Lukaku struck wide.