Coleman spurs Everton to win

Seamus Coleman bagged his fourth goal of the season as an excellent performance saw Everton topple Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on Wednesday night.

Seamus Coleman bagged his fourth goal of the season as an excellent performance saw Everton topple Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on Wednesday night.

The 22-year-old headed home the winner in the 75th minute after Louis Saha's early opener had been swiftly cancelled out by Rafael van der Vaart.

After Coleman's opening league goal for Everton this term, against Blackpool in November, the Killybegs native refused to overly celebrate his goal against the side against whom he was on loan last season, but admitted he was not really a "big celebrator."

He proved that against Spurs when he turned humbly to the crowd and then his teammates in what was his first goal at Goodison.

But if there was an air of innocence about the celebration, there certainly wasn't about the performance filled with pace, energy, directness, a refreshing sense of adventure, a willingness to learn and a marked lack of ego.

The run he made for the eventual winner, from inside his own half, was the only reason he was in such a position to head home after Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes could only palm a Saha effort following Steven Pienaar's incisive break.

How Coleman must love the meetings with Harry Redknapp's side on Merseyside. Just 13 months ago, Coleman was summoned from the bench for his Premier League debut against the north London team to put in a man-of-the-match performance in a game in which Everton came from two goals down to claim a dramatic draw.

After the game on Wednesday, Redknapp and Everton's David Moyes spoke highly of Coleman, with another bottle of champagne on tow, and both managers agreed that he operates in a similar guise to Spurs' electric Gareth Bale, who, like the Donegal man, was recently moved from full-back to a berth on wide midfield.

Typcially, Coleman played down the comparisons and was respectful of the compliments.

"That is a great compliment," he said "I won't let it get to my head but it is great to hear those compliments. Hopefully I can build on it. I am learning more every week. At the start of a game I have a battle with the left-back, I get my head down and try to get past him.

"I'm not in awe of anyone. I want to get on that pitch and get my head down and I don't look around admiring other players."

Everton boss Moyes was eager to salute the youngster he snapped up from League of Ireland Premier Division side Sligo Rovers in the January transfer window two years ago.

"Rightly so everyone should talk about Gareth Bale because he is an outstanding talent," Moyes said. "He has got everything about him but I think if you want to talk about a wide player after this game, you should talk about Seamus Coleman. He would be the one on my lips if I was a neutral. He did great, he scored a goal and should probably have scored another one."

Spurs manager Redknapp admitted Coleman had been a thorn his side throughout the game as the former St Catherine's defender tormented left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto from start to finish.

"Gareth gives us an outlet - pace - like the boy Coleman does for them," Redknapp said. "When someone is willing to run and run it is difficult and he was always an outlet for them."