Dec 7 2009 Ed Casey
DAVID Moyes hailed Tim Howard for denying Spurs a last-gasp win with a stunning penalty save.
Everton staged an incredible fightback when they were 2-0 down with just 12 minutes left andwere holdingonfor a point - only for ref Andre Marriner to point to the spot.
Tony Hibbert had brought down Wilson Palacios and up stepped Jermain Defoe to take the kick.
But the England striker was foiled by US No.1 Howard ahead of the countries' World Cup clash nextsummer.
And Moyes was left in ecstasy.
The Scot said: "It was a vital save.
We work hard to do what we can on penalties but Tim is a good keeper, he is lively and should make penalty saves because heis so agile.
"I thought we deserved a bit of luck and the keeper helped it.
"But I'm not convinced it was a penalty. When two people go for the ball undoubtedly one is going to get there before the other and I think it is harsh.
"I thought when it went to two each if anyone was going to make it 3-2 it would be us rather than Tottenham." Defoe opened the scoring two minutes after the break before Michael Dawson added the second 12 minutes later.
But Louis Saha then Tim Cahill netted to send the home fans into raptures.
Injuries continue to plague Everton who lost centre-back Joseph Yobo to a hamstring strain after just 15 minutes - but that actually turned into a positive for the Toffees.
Moyes had to send on Seamus Coleman for only his second EPL appearance and the 21-year-old had a hand in both goals,earning the man-of-the-match award.
The Goodison boss said: "Seamus was fantastic. He played well, got forward and made a difference at times.Good on the youngster."
Harry Redknapp was raging with his side's late collapse that cost them the chance of going back to third in the table.
The Spurs boss interrupted his post-match press conference three times to watch replays of Everton's goals being shown on televisions in the room.And Redknapp said: "There looked to be only one winner. It was game over as we seemed in control and I couldn't see any way we weren't going to go on andwin.
"We had chances to go 3-0 up then Everton pulled a goal back. It was poor defending, we got sucked in then suddenly the crowd get a lift.
"Everton got some light where there wasn't any before, came on strong and it was a different game for 10minutes.
"When you get it back to 2-1 you are going to throw the kitchen sink at the opposition and that is what they did.
"Thenwe get a great chance to win it through a penalty with the last kick of the game.
"Robbie Keane i s our penalty taker but you'd fancy Defoe to score with the form he is in but it wasn't to be."
Defoe had more joy earlier though when he nipped in front of Hibbert at the near post to convert Aaron Lennon's cross.
ThenSpurswere2-0upthanks to Dawson's diving header.
But the Toffees hit back and Coleman drove toward the byeline before crossing to Saha who fired high into the net.
Four minutes from time they were level with Cahill heading home the glory goal.