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Tottenham Moves Within 3 Points of Premier League Lead by Beating Everton

Tottenham defeated Everton 2-0 to pull even with second-place Manchester United in English soccer’s Premier League.

Aaron Lennon and Benoit Assou-Ekotto scored last night at White Hart Lane in London for Tottenham, which has lost once in its past 18 league matches. Spurs and defending champion United have 45 points, three fewer than leader Manchester City.

“We’re up there,” Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp told Sky Sports. “I keep saying nothing is impossible, you just have to keep believing.”

Since opening their league campaign with back-to-back losses to the Manchester clubs, Spurs have climbed the standings with 14 wins, three draws and one defeat. Tottenham hosts Wolves next before visiting Manchester City on Jan. 22.

Lennon gave Tottenham the lead in the 35th minute when he took a cross-field pass from Assou-Ekotto, went past two defenders and shot past goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Assou-Ekotto doubled the lead in the 63rd minute when he took a pass 30 yards from goal and smashed a shot that glanced off Everton’s Tim Cahill and into the top right corner. It was the defender’s first goal since the opening game of the 2009-10 season.

“He couldn’t have hit it better,” Redknapp said. “It was absolutely superb.”

Last night’s match was originally scheduled for the opening day of the season in August and was postponed by the London riots. Everton lost its second straight game and remains in 11th place.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

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