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Cardiff defender Steven Caulker (R) celebrates after scoring the winner against Swansea in the English Premier League, November 3. Reuters
Cardiff defender Steven Caulker (R) celebrates after scoring the winner against Swansea in the English Premier League, November 3. Reuters
Cardiff defender Steven Caulker (R) celebrates after scoring the winner against Swansea in the English Premier League, November 3. Reuters

Goals were very much the order of the day on Saturday in the English Premier League; but not so much on Sunday as Everton, Tottenham, Cardiff and Swansea only managed to find the back of the net once between them.

Everton and Tottenham, both, lost the perfect opportunity to go second behind Arsenal in the Premier League table, with their attacks misfiring in a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park.

Starting the day on 18 and 19 points, Everton and Tottenham respectively huffed and puffed but rarely threatened to bring the roof down as both sides were left to ponder what could have been.

The point, though, did take Spurs above Manchester City and Southampton into fourth, level on points with Chelsea and Liverpool, who all find themselves five behind the Gunners. Everton are seventh on 19 points after all 20 teams completed 10 matches each.

Both Tottenham and Everton could have been awarded a penalty each by referee Kevin Friend, with the two incidents interestingly involving the two same players - Jan Vertonghen and Seamus Coleman.

Tottenham had the first shout in the first half, which they dominated, with Coleman seemingly tripping Vertonghen, playing at left-back, inside the box. However, Friend with a friendly wave asked the play to continue, before Everton were left to rue a decision in the second 45.

This time it was Vertonghen's turn to challenge Coleman inside the penalty area, with the Everton fullback then deciding to get back on his feet and scuff his shot straight at Hugo Lloris.

"He [Coleman] is may be not sure if he is going to get the penalty," former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports on the Coleman penalty appeal. "He should get the penalty but he also has half a chance in the box on his left foot.

"May be he made the referee's mind up by the fact that he carried on. We are giving the referee a bit of stick for not giving the penalty but his positional play is fantastic. But you think, 'how has he not given it'. He is not unsighted.

"Really we should be talking about two penalties that have been given," the boyhood Everton fan added.

In the first ever South Wales Derby in the top flight, Cardiff City took the honours, topping Swansea 1-0 thanks to a 62nd minute header from Steven Caulker.

Swansea had an evening to forget at the Cardiff City Stadium, with goalkeeper Michel Vorm also receiving his marching orders in stoppage time for bringing down Fraizer Campbell. That forced right-back Angel Rangel to don the gloves, which he did pretty well, saving Peter Whittingham's ensuing freekick.

But there was to be no reward for Swansea as their struggles this season continued, with last year's Capital One Cup winners only 13th with 11 points from ten games.

Cardiff moved above their Welsh rivals to 12th with the three points and manager Malky Mackay could not have been happier to see his side create history.

"It's put smiles on people's faces here and I've never seen an atmosphere like it," he said. "And it was not only the win, but also the performance. We were very dominant.

"It's a tough, uncompromising league but it's the only place to be. We've got good people here and we enjoy playing here in this division."