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 Worthington Cup (4); Stamford Bridge, London; Wednesday 4 December 2002; 7:45pm
   Hasselbaink (26', 71')
 Petit (44')
 Stanic (69')
 
Attendance: 32,322
Halftime: 2-0

Facts
Reports
Naysmith (80')
Rooney missed pen (79')


Referee: Paul Durkin
 

Match Review

Everton's first cup adventure this season is over after David Moyes's side came up woefully short against an enterprising Chelsea side that compehensively outclassed the Toffees in the all-important attacking third.  Wayne Rooney partnered Kevin Campbell and Tomasz Radzinski in attack, but despite a fairly lively first 20-odd minutes, they showed little penetration.

Chelsea, on the other hand, had no such problems in front of goal and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink helped himself to a brace and and Emmanuel Petit and Mario Stanic also scored as the Londoners romped to a 4-0 lead before Everton managed to get onto the scoresheet themselves.

Joseph Yobo, along with David Unsworth, were pinning their derby hopes on victory at Stamford Bridge as they would have served their suspensions during the 5th Round tie on December 18th instead of at Anfield on the 23rd.  However, neither was alert enough to keep up with Hasselbaink in the 26th minute and that allowed the Dutchman to race onto Gianfranco Zola's through-ball to fire past Richard Wright to break the deadlock.

A minute before half time, Zola's chip into the area found Petit and he volleyed home to make it 2-0 and put the home side in a commanding position.

Everton, for their part, had forced a number of early corners and enjoyed their fair share of possession but really only had Mark Pembridge's narrow miss from 10 yards out to show for themselves in the first period.

After the break, Chelsea resumed normal service and went 3-0 up in the 69th minute when Stanic headed a corner past Wright and just two minutes later it was four when Hasselbaink slammed a 20-yard effort into the net.

Too little too late, the visitors found some attacking poise and earned a penalty with 11 minutes left on the clock for a handball in the area.  David Unsworth looked momentarily to be pulling rank over the enthusiastic Rooney to take the kick himself but then relented, probably because the game was beyond salvation and gave the 17 year-old the honours.  Unfortunately, Rooney's spot kick was poor and Cudicini saved it, the loose ball being hacked behind for a corner.

Everton's consolation came off that corner when Gary Naysmith prodded the ball home to give the traveling support something to cheer and hope for the rematch in the league at Goodison Park on Saturday.


Joseph Yobo: Everton's failure to progress means he'll miss the derby through suspension


Chelsea v Everton:
Prior Cup Games
 Overall  
 Chelsea  
 Everton  
 Draws  
 League Cup  
 Chelsea  
 Everton  
 Draws  
 Last Time:

Chelsea 0-0 Everton 


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Worthington Cup
Fourth
Round
Tuesday 3 Dec
Burnley 0-2 Man United
C Palace 2-0 Oldham
Sheff Utd 2-0 Sunderland
Wednesday 4 Dec
Aston Villa 5-0 Preston NE
Blackburn 4-0 Rotherham
Chelsea 4-1 Everton
Liverpool[p] 1-1 Ipswich
Wigan 2-1 Fulham
 


Match Facts
 Chelsea  (4-4-2)
 Blue shirts, shorts, and socks
Everton   (4-3-3)
 White shirts, white shorts, and blue socks
  Cudicini
Melchiot
Gallas
Terry
Babayaro
Stanic (Morris 72')
Petit
Lampard
Gronkjaer (De Lucas 65')
Zola (Gudjohnsen 58')
Hasselbaink

Subs not used:  
De Goey, Desailly

Yellow Cards: —

Red Cards: —

Wright
Pistone
Unsworth
Weir
Yobo
Pembridge (39' Naysmith)
Gravesen
Li Tie (70' Gemmill)
Rooney
Radzinski
Campbell

Subs not used: 
Simonsen, Stubbs, Hibbert

Yellow Cards: Pistone

Red Cards: —


Unavailable:

(Injured:) Injured:) Alexandersson, Carsley, Ferguson,
Linderoth, Rodrigo, Watson
(on Loan): Gerrard, Nyarko,
Osman, Pilkington

 
Match Reports

Everton Web Sites
ToffeeWeb Match Summary
EvertonFC.com Match Report
When Skies Are Grey Match Report
Blue Kipper Match Report
Everton Fans' Reports
Jonathan Martin All that glistens isn't gold
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The Observer Match Report
The Guardian Match Report
The Independent Match Report
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Liverpool Echo Match Report
Daily Post Match Report
Premiership Table
Pos Team Pts
Arsenal 16 35
Liverpool 16 31
Chelsea 16 30
Man Utd 16 29
Everton 16 29
Newcastle 15 25
Middlesbrough 16 24
Tottenham 16 24
Blackburn 16 23
Southampton 16 23
Birmingham 16 20
Charlton 16 20
Man City 16 20
Fulham 16 19
Aston Villa 16 19
Leeds 16 17
West Brom 16 15
Sunderland 16 14
Bolton 15 13
West Ham 16 12


All that glistens isn't gold

Question: How is it possible to come away from a comprehensive 4-1 stuffing without a complete sense of bewilderment?  Answer: When its the Worthless Cup of course...

Tonight showed us just how far we've come as team — which actually isn't as far as many of us would like to think.  If we'd hung on to the victory at Newcastle on Sunday and gone second in what many believe to be the best league in the world (whereas in fact it's probably only the 3rd or 4th best in Europe), gone above the likes of the Mancs and Chelsea (have I forgotten anyone???), that would have been a major travesty.  Because, being brutally honest, we're not that good a team — yet.  Based on the evidence put before us tonight, we have a lot to learn before we can sit at the same table as the top four or five teams.

As a team, we showed a number of our inadequacies.  First up, the decision to play the majority of the team that had battled for 70-odd minutes on Sunday with 10 men.  The league must be a priority for us and, as such, it showed a degree of naïveté on the part of the management not to put out a weaker team than the one we did.  I know we want to win every game and that winning is a good habit to get into, but at some point you have to add a touch of realism.  For the first 20 minutes we looked fine.  But when things went against us, we went from good to average to downright poor.

The selection showed up how small a squad we have.  The decision to play a 4-3-3 formation with no forward on the bench was a poor one.  Isn't this the sort of game where the likes of Chadwick and McLeod should be given a run out, at least on the bench?  Whilst I'm all for playing the Boy Wonder from the start, playing him first out wide left, then out wide right, then in a sort of "in the hole" position behind Campbell and Radzinski smacked of the sort of experimentation that we all know isn't going to work.  The lad is a forward.  If you want to play around with things, play him up front with Campbell in a normal 4-4-2 formation with someone on the bench to replace him as and when...

One good thing was the resting of Hibbert — not that he hasn't looked superb all season, just that he probably could do with a rest.  Also, the sub-conscious hint that the playing of Pistone at right-back showed that there actually is competition for his place, should his exceedingly high standard begin to slip.

As for the game, Chelsea were very good.  At times they played some lovely neat, quick incisive football that we couldn't live with.  Petit and Lampard were more than a match for Gravesen and Li Tie (does anyone else think he probably needs a rest for a week or two?).  And up front, the irrepressible Zola and Hasselbaink made us look leaden footed at times.

First half, we were pretty much in control for the first 20 minutes.  Then a poor piece of defending let Hasselbaink in behind J-Yo and we were behind.  Rather unjustly but it showed the difference in class between the two teams.  Then, crucially, just a minute before the break, another lovely piece of invention from Zola and some poor tracking of Petit saw the Frenchman arrive in the box on the end of a lovely weighted chip and we were 2-0 down.

The second half continued much as the first had finished with the Blues (errmmm, make that the Whites!) looking very lacklustre throughout the team and Chelsea growing in confidence.  Some more shocking marking from a corner on the Chelsea left allowed the previously non-existent Mario Stanic a free header to settle the game.  If there was any doubt, another Hasselbaink corner a minute later rebounded back to the Dutchman on the edge of the box and he buried a cross-shot past Wright into the far corner of the net.  Game over.

The Boy Wonder experiment continued late on in the game when for some unknown reason (at least from my end of the ground), Paul Durkin gave us a penalty. Rather than Unsworth tucking it away with aplomb, BW grabbed the ball and a very weak shot was easily saved by the excellent Cudicini. Fortunately, from the resulting corner, Naysmith ghosted into the 6 yard box to tuck away a consolation goal.

So, as I said at the beginning, how is it possible to come away from such a comprehensive beating with just the slightest hint of a spring in my step?  Well, if ever there was a competition where you want to get a bad result out of the way, then this is it.  We're not a second-in-the-league team yet.  We might be in years to come.  But not yet. 

Maybe, we were beginning to believe our own press a bit too much.  Maybe Moyes was beginning to believe that he could tinker around with the team and get away with it.  Maybe the Boy Wonder needed bringing down a peg or two to remind him that he still has a lot to learn and that its going to be a tough, long road to the success that will surely come his way.  Maybe the defence needed to realise that they have to continue to work at being the best in the league.

Hopefully, they've learnt some lessons from this game. Hopefully Saturday's game can't come quick enough for them.  I know one thing, we won't be on the end of a 4-1 drubbing then.

Looking ahead to Jan 1, we have six league games between now and then, four of which are at home.  Where will we be in the league at the turn of the year?  Will we discover that we really do have some golden nuggets in this team or will it all turn out to be Iron Pyrite?

Performance:

  • Wright: Generally good but his kicking was poor.
  • Pistone: Playing at right back (shades of Walter here) showed glimpses of how good he can be, if only he could stay fit.
  • Yobo: Was at fault ofr the first goal but at least he managed to stay on the field this time
  • Weir: Did nothing particularly good or bad.
  • Unsworth: Same as for Weir.
  • Rooney: Undefined role caused him to be ineffectual for most of the game
  • Li Tie: Looked tired as the game wore on. Not the same player he was at the beginning of the season.
  • Gravesen: Started well but tired as the game went on. Sunday's exertions took their toll.
  • Pembridge: Went off after about 35 mins with yet another injury...
  • Campbell: Despite my crucifying him after the Southampton game, looks a different player from last season. I admit, I was wrong!
  • Radzinski: Too many headless chicken impersonations.
  • Naysmith (for Pembridge): Scored a good goal, much better going forward than defending.
  • Gemmill (for Li Tie): Showed up the poor squad selection.  Was he really the man to change everything around when the game was fast disappearing before us.  No.  Surely, take a defender off, risk three at the back and go for it with someone more attack minded?  An unusual lack of adventure from Moyes.

Jonathan Martin



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