Everton and Tottenham Hotspurs played out to a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park with this game of two halves.
The Londoners totally dominated the first-half and will be disappointed not to have taken at least one of the many chances they had created during the first period.
Both clubs missed the chance to grab second place behind log-leaders Arsenal after the stalemate even though both sides created opportunities.
Spurs completely bossed the home side in the first 45minutes and had 10 shots at goal with four of those testing American goalkeeper Tim Howard in the Everton goal.
Sandro forced the first save out of Howard when his swerving shot was well tipped over by the home side’s keeper. Roberto Soldado should have done better soon after the Spanish striker had got on the end of an Aaron Lennon cross, but he could not keep his header down and it went over the bar.
Andre Villas-Boas’ men then came close once more when James McCarthy's fouled Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker’s 20-yard free-kick was well kept out by Howard once more.
After sustaining a huge amount of pressure, Everton finally went forward and Leon Osman tried his luck from outside the box on the half-hour mark but French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris pushed the Toffee’s midfielder’s shot over the crossbar for a corner.
Roberto Martinez’s men looked like a different side in the second-half and Belgium internationals Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Miralas combined well before a last ditch tackle by Vlad Chiriches prevented Miralas a sight at goal.
Lloris and Lukaku then clashed after the Everton striker chased a through ball, but the Spurs keeper beat the big striker to the ball and hit his head against the Everton player’s knee.
Lloris then seemed to overrule his bench and refused to be substituted with Brad Friedl already warmed up and ready to replace him and he was called up to thwart substitute Gerard Deulofeu in a frantic finish that included nine minutes of additional time.
Tottenham now move up to fourth and Everton, who dropped points at home for just the second time in 11 matches, stay seventh.