Goals by Joleon Lescott, Leon Osman and Alan Stubbs took Everton FC to the top of the nascent Premier League after a 3-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur FC.
Everton took a third-minute lead when Lescott escaped the attentions of defender Anthony Gardner to head Mikel Arteta's free-kick past Paul Robinson. The home side levelled on 26 minutes as Gardner returned Lescott's compliment by beating the defender to Jermaine Jenas's corner. Everton restored the lead when Arteta chipped the ball to the far post from the right and, though Ricardo Rocha headed clear, Osman rifled into the roof of the net from eight metres.
On the stroke of half-time it was 3-1 as Stubbs' deflected free-kick from the area's edge left Robinson with no chance. Dimitar Berbatov's powerful header hit the post shortly after the interval and both Everton's Andy Johnson and Spurs's Jermain Defoe, in front of the watching England manager Steve McClaren, were denied by late saves but Tottenham remain without a point while the Toffees have a maximum haul from two games. Six fixtures follow tomorrow.
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