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 FA Premiership (26); St Mary's, Southampton; Saturday 21 February 2004; 3:00pm
  Philips (58') 
Beattie (81')
Fernandes (91') 
 
Attendance: 31,875
Halftime: 0-2

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Rooney (7', 78')
Ferguson (32')


Referee: Phil Dowd
 

Match Updates

David Moyes shows few signs of doing anything different upfront as Duncan Ferguson is made captain for this one alongside Wayne Rooney after his exertions for England in midweek.  Radzinski and Campbell are on the bench; Francis Jeffers is nowhere to be seen.

Carsley is finally dropped, but is Linderoth really going to make a difference and provide the much-needed service to the frontline?  Unlikely, as Unsworth is playing, and will be lumping those balls up for the lamppost.  At least Yobo is back, and hopefully can stabilze the leaky defence.

Everton showed intent with an early corner and enjoyed more of the possession in the opening stages, with the reward soon coming.  On 7 mins, Rooney picked up the ball from Linderoth, who had won it brilliantly in the tackle; from 25 yards out The Young Man then fired it in and got a nice deflection to fool Neimi and open the scoring.

Rooney got away and into a great position inside the box but he wasted it with a weak shot after trying to lay it off to a lumbering Ferguson, missing a glorious chance to score again.

Another great piece of work from Rooney saw him cutting inside again to beat his man and he lashed his shot in but it flew just over the bar.  Another good move from Watson and Kilbane got the ball to Ferguson but his header was saved. 

Everton were now really beginning to shine and dominate but not making it count until Kilbane controlled the ball well and fed it to Gravesen.  He floated a great cross in for Ferguson, and there was the Big Yin to nod it in. 2-0!  It looked a lot like handball from Lundekvam a few minutes later but Ferguson was penalized for pushing him.

Ferguson had a great chance to make it three before half-time after a superb run from Rooney, but the Big Yin sidefooted it over the bar when he really should have scored. 

Southampton made a couple of changes after the break, with James Beattie really trying to make amends early on.  It eventually paid off when Everton failed to defend another attack, with Unsworth failing to clear and Philips smacked it in from short range to make a game of it.  Had we seen Everton's one half of football?  Could they hang on for the vital win?

Everton appeared to have weathered the storm when Unsworth and Phillips tumbled down together and the Saints gave a big shout for a penalty but the referee played on.  But worryingly, Everton were struggling to impose themselves on the resurgent home side...

But a good break say Watson running at the Saints down the right-inside channel and playing it back to Rooney who hammered it home from 18 yards, rifling it into the right top corner.  Shirt off, pride and prowess right in front of a very happy band of travelling Evertonians who had suffered so much this season.  Well done, lad!

Linderoth then played in the Saints by bringing down Delap right on the 18-yd line and Beattie smacked home the penalty to keep Everton nerves jangling. 

Everton were still under pressure going into to 2 mins of injury time when Fenandes got the equalizer with a fantastic shot from 25 yards out which went in off the post. 

Losing the second half by the horrible score of 3-1, especially when Everton were 3-1 up in the game with just 12 minutes to go and throwing away two precious, precious points...  criminal! 

 


Rooney: Fires Everton in front early on!


Southampton v Everton:
Prior League Games
 Overall  
 Southampton 17
 Everton 11
 Draws 8
 Premiership  
 Southampton 6
 Everton 2
 Draws 3
 Last Season:

Southampton 1-0 Everton



Premiership Scores
Saturday 21 Feb 2004
Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal
Man Utd 1-1 Leeds Utd
Bolton 1-3 Man City
Charlton 2-2 Blackburn
Newcastle 2-1 Middlesbro
Southampton 3-3   Everton
Wolves 2-0 Fulham
Sunday 22 Feb 2004
Aston Villa -v- Birmingham
Tottenham -v- Leicester
 


Match Facts
 Southampton  (4-4-2)
 Red & white shirts, black shorts, red socks
Everton   (4-4-2)
 Blue shirts, white shorts, blue socks
  Niemi
Dodd {c}
Le Saux
Lundekvam (46' Fernandes)
Phillips
M Svensson
Delap
Higginbotham
Prutton
Telfer
Ormerod (46' Beattie)

Subs Not Used: Crainey,
Smith, Pahars

Yellow Cards: Le Saux (74')

Red Cards:
Martyn
Hibbert
Yobo
Unsworth
Pistone
Watson
Linderoth
Gravesen
Kilbane
Rooney
Ferguson {c}

Subs not used: Simonsen,
Naysmith, Campbell, Radzinski, McFadden

Yellow Cards:

Red Cards:

Unavailable:

(On Loan:) Clarke, O'Hanlon, Osman, Schumacher, Turner;
(Injured:) Li Tie, Weir, Wright
 
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16 Everton 26
17 Portsmouth 23
18 Wolves 23
19 Leicester 22
20 Leeds 21
After 22 Feb 2004


Match Preview

The defeat at Birmingham and the manner of it has really set the alarm bells ringing among the fans, leading to some serious soul-searching, at least among the Internet community.

Coupled with the publication of the Investment in Everton assessment of the club's current financial plight, the team's disastrous form since the turn of the year has finally brought home the crushing reality that we are no longer the Big Five club we once claimed and qualified to be.

So while the international break has seen all manner of empassioned scheming on the part of Blues fans as how best to rescue this once-great club, it's about time the players started showing the same passion and commitment to the future, the immediate aspect of which looks destined to involve another relegation scrap unless things change pretty rapidly on the pitch.

With most of his squad returning from International duty, David Moyes will again face quite a challenge to motivate his players for the visit to St. Mary's.  Only Thomas Gravesen came away on the winning side from the midweek action and, on past evidence, he is the most unlikely to replicate his form for his country.  But he remains our most productive central midfielder....

Once again, you would expect changes from Moyes.  The three-pronged attack employed at St Andrews clearly had no effect, although that was as much due to the complete ineffectiveness of the midfield than anything else.  As much as Duncan Ferguson's form has improved since his bust-up with the manager, he remains a frustrating liability in terms of the effect he has on his teammates.  Whether it is the gameplan or not, the players continually resort to route-one football.... just as they always have done when things aren't going well.

So, Moyes faces the dilemma of whether to keep Big Duncan in there, even though he has offered little in recent weeks, or revert back to an attack based on pace.  He must also decide whether or not to start with Wayne Rooney when he proved both this season and last that he is more effective coming off the bench.

With Tomasz Radzinski and Francis Jeffers mis-firing, and Kevin Campbell without a goal all season, Everton's supposed "embarrassment" of attacking riches (did anyone seriously subscribe to that belief?) is looking anything but.  There is a case for trying something completely different and throwing James McFadden into a forward role, although that is unlikely... sadly!

Once again, the key will be in midfield where Moyes has struggled to find a reliable partner for Gravesen.  Whereas Lee Carsley was dependable last season, he has been found wanting at times this time around; Li Tie has barely figured and is out for the season anyway; Tobias Linderoth and Scot Gemmill appear to be out of the picture; and Alex Nyarko has proven without doubt that he is not the answer either.

So the position that needed the most attention during the transfer window and that, once again, went unresolved in any shape or form (not even a loan deal) is still the one that could be Everton's undoing.  Kevin Kilbane played for Ireland in central midfield on Wednesday and the way he has been playing it might not be a bad idea to try him there.  Even taking a punt on Joseph Yobo alongside the Gravedigger would be worth a shot at this point!

Whatever formation and line-up Moyes plumbs for, the players have absolutely got to show more passion, guile and creativity than was on show against Birmingham.  Even the goals against Manchester United in that fabled comeback all came from set-pieces.  They also have to tighten up at the back as a matter of urgency, having conceded seven goals in their last two outings.

Southampton are not that bad a team to be playing away from home right now.  In turmoil off the field because of the vacancy created by Gordon Strachan's decision to leave management, the Saints have won just once in seven games.

They have not scored in over three hours of football but also don't concede many.  Combined with Everton's poor goalscoring record, this one looks to have 0-0 written all over it!

Lyndon Lloyd

Matchday Stats

This will be the 84th meeting between Everton and Southampton in all competitions, and the 42nd at Southampton, and the 3rd at St Mary's Stadium.  This will also be the 24th meeting between the sides in the Premier League, and the 12th at Southampton (and the 3rd at St. Mary's Stadium).

Everton's full record against Southampton is:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Premier League

23

10

6

7

30

21

Division One

44

24

7

13

88

53

Division Two

6

2

2

2

9

7

FA Cup

9

5

2

2

13

8

League Cup

1

0

0

1

1

2

TOTALS:

83

41

17

25

141

91

Our record away to Southampton is:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Premier League

11

2

3

6

8

14

Division One

22

9

4

9

37

36

Division Two

3

0

1

2

2

4

FA Cup

4

1

1

2

5

7

League Cup

1

0

0

1

1

2

TOTALS:

41

12

9

20

53

63

In the two matches Everton have played at St. Mary's Stadium, we have won 1 and lost 1, with both scorelines being 1-0.

The last match between the two sides was earlier this season on 13 October when we drew 0-0 at Goodison Park.  The last match at Southampton was on 11 September 2002 when Southampton won 1-0.

Everton's biggest victory at Birmingham is 4-0 on 3 October 1987.  The heaviest defeat has been 3-0 which has happened on three occasions, the last being 17 March 1983, with the first being in the first match Everton ever played at Southampton in the 1900 FA Cup.

The most common victory at Southampton, for Everton, is split four ways between 1-0, 2-0, 2-1 and 3-1, which occurring twice each in Everton's 12 victories.  Southampton's most common victory is 1-0, which has happened on 5 of their 20 victories.  The most common draw between the sides is 2-2, which has happened 4 times out of the 9 draws in total at Southampton.  The matches at Southampton have tended to provide goals as the teams have averaged just under 3 goals per match in the 41 in total.

Everton's record for 21 February is:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Premier League

1

0

0

1

0

2

Division One

7

2

1

4

10

11

Division Two

2

1

1

0

2

0

FA Cup

5

2

1

2

7

5

TOTALS:

15

5

3

7

19

18

This will be the first meeting between the two sides on this date.  Everton's only other Premier League match on this date was in 1996 when Everton suffered a 2-0 defeat at Manchester United.

Milestone's that can be reached in this game:

  • If Alessandro Pistone starts the match, it will be his 50th league start for Everton.
  • If Tony Hibbert starts the match, it will be his 50th league start for Everton.
  • If Lee Carsley starts the match, it will be his 50th start for Everton in all competitions.
  • If Wayne Rooney scores a hat-trick before the end of the season, he will be beat William Dean's record of the youngest ever Everton player to score three goals in a match.

Steve Flanagan



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