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A weakened and barely fit Everton team that included Gascoigne, Tal and Moore, with Chadwick on the bench, as the match started despite heavy snow in the Northeast. A Yank on each side, with Claudio Reyna playing for Sunderland.
Sunderland were first out of the gate, challenging a weakened Everton team. Mad Dog Gravesen's head wound seemed to have affected his frontal lobe as he hacked down Gavin McCann and got himself in the Ref's notebook with a yellow card after just 3 mins.
Naysmith was the next into the book for arguing with the referee on 18 mins as Everton came under increasingly persistent pressure from a keen Sunderland who started brightly.
Gravesen again attracted the attention of the referee with another bad tackle that earned him what must have been a final warning. In one of Walter's best, if most obvious decisions of the season, Gravesen was substituted for his own good by Alexandersson.
Everton had some good moments but Sunderland had most of the goalmouth action, with both teams having shots cleared off the line. Everton finished the first half strongly, pushing the Black Cats back into their lair.
Into the second half, a good Sunderland attack saw Phillips and Reyna both having shots well saved by Simonsen in quick succession.
Some good pressure form Everton led to a few corners in succession, as the Blues started to feel they could perhaps get something from this game...
But it was not to be as Reyna finally scored on his home debut, after Simonsen had saved well. This happened just minutes after Jesper Blomqvist finally made his debut, coming on for a tiring Idan Tal. And his name was also in the referee's book just a few minutes later as the game started to slip out of Everton's control.
And that's how it ended; a pity, as it would have been nice if the weakened but lively Everton had rolled the Cats over. Ah well... next up, Manchester United, who seem to have recovered their form just in time for their visit to Goodison Park on Boxing Day...
|M A T C H F A C T S|
| FA Premiership 2001-02, Game 18
3:00pm Saturday 22 December 2001
Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Referee: Barrie Knight (Orpington)
|Line-ups||Subs not used|
|Sunderland|| Sorensen, Haas, Gray, McCann, Thome, Williams, Reyna,
McAteer, Arca, Quinn (78' Kyle), Phillips.
||Macho, McCartney, Thirlwell, Kilbane.|
|Everton:||Simonsen; Watson, Xavier, Unsworth, Naysmith; Gemmill, Gascoigne, Gravesen (22' Alexandersson), Tal (74' Blomqvist); Moore, Radzinski (88' Chadwick).||Gerrard, Cleland.|
|Unavailable: Campbell, Ferguson, Pembridge, Pistone, Stubbs (injured); Cadamarteri (on trial at Barnsley); Nyarko (on loan)||Suspended: Weir, Pistone|
|Sunderland:||Red & white shirts; black shorts; red socks||4-4-2|
|Everton:||Royal Blue shirts; white shorts; blue socks.||4-4-2|
|Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|Everton:||Gravesen (3'), Naysmith (18'), Gascoigne (61'), Blomqvist (83')||--|
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