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Tottenham Hotspur were denied just a fourth Barclays Premier League win over Chelsea as they were held 1-1 at White Hart Lane in the lunchtime kick-off. Gylfi Sigurdsson put the home side in front after 20 minutes before the visitors drew level with their first away goal in the league this season courtesy of a John Terry header.
The hosts had won just three times in their 42 previous Barclays Premier League meetings with Chelsea and Andre Villas-Boas was unable to get one over on Jose Mourinho, despite Fernando Torres' late dismissal. David Luiz partnered John Terry in the heart of defence, with Gary Cahill dropping to the bench, while Frank Lampard took the place of Andre Schurrle and Fernando Torres started ahead of Samuel Eto'o in attack. Spurs were unchanged from their Barclays Premier League victory over Cardiff City, leaving Jermain Defoe on the bench, despite scoring twice in their midweek Capital One Cup win over Aston Villa.
After a series of half-chances for both sides, the north Londoners began to assert their dominance, taking the lead through Sigurdsson after 20 minutes. The in-form midfielder got his third Barclays Premier League goal of the season, latching on to a lay-off from Roberto Soldado before breaking past John Terry’s challenge and calmly finishing past Petr Cech.
With Chelsea reeling, the hosts continued to enjoy plenty of possession, with Kyle Naughton next to test Cech with a long-range effort. The visitors eventually found their feet in a 10-minute period before the break, Eden Hazard threatening with a deflected strike before Oscar fired straight at Hugo Lloris. Tottenham Hotspur could have gone in at half-time two goals up with Brazilian midfielder Paulinho hitting the outside of a post after being played in by Andros Townsend.
After the break Chelsea had the appearance of a different side, as Mata came on for John Obi Mikel, and the visitors almost immediately levelled, Oscar unable to get a firm enough touch on a Torres cross on 47 minutes in what was a frantic period of play.
Hazard was the next to test Lloris a minute short of the hour before Terry levelled the scores. Mata delivered an expert free-kick with the Chelsea captain, who had evaded the attentions of Michael Dawson, glancing a header past Lloris after 65 minutes.
Torres then played in substitute Andre Schurrle but the German was denied by Lloris, before the Spain forward was dismissed nine minutes from time. After a long-running battle with Jan Vertonghen, Torres was shown a second yellow card following an aerial challenge with the Belgian defender.
However, despite plenty of pressure from the home side, they were unable to take advantage of their extra man.
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Andre Villas-Boas: "It was a difficult, hard battle between two teams that wanted to win the game. It was a fair result but the league won't be decided on games like these. The result serves Chelsea better as they have already been to Manchester United and Tottenham and drawn.
“The decisive moment of the game was the ball that hit the post just before half-time because that could have been the killer and forced Jose [Mourinho] into some changes. The second half we didn’t perform as well as we wanted. We didn’t look to create the opportunities to make it 2-0 and they did well coming back into the game on the counter and through set-plays.”
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: “When you get a draw at the home of a title contender it's never a bad result. When you get to the end of the season, March, April, May and June you will see if you get a lot of points at home and win some matches away, and don't lose against your direct opponents for the title, we will be there.
“I'm not saying we are going to win but we will be there. We won't be like two seasons ago, 20 points behind, or like last season, 15 points behind, we will be there. If you told me before the match I would get a point at Tottenham I would say not bad. If you said at half-time we would get a point I would say okay, but the way we played in the second half we should have won the game.”
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