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 Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool Premiership  Saturday 20 Nov 2004; 3:00pm 
 Ferguson (60')   Half Time: 0-0
    
 Attendance: 34,763 (Fixture 14) Referee: Graham Poll


Match Summary


David Moyes: Will see this weekend's game as another "should win" encounter


Tomasz Radzinski got a right roasting on his first return to Goodison Park, the Everton fans relishing the opportunity to make their feelings known about the ill-advised comments that led to his departure last June.

Mark Pembridge also returned as part of the Fulham team, with Brian McBride on the bench.

The game started slowly with Fulham ceding possession to Everton early on but the Blues were having trouble getting their passing game together.

Radzinsky went to ground, under a clean tackle from Stubbs, much to the delight of the Goodison Crowd, who continued to give him plenty of stick.

Marcus Bent looked rather confident, having a couple of ambitious pops at goal a couple of times inside the first ten minutes.

The first real chance came with a move out wide by Osman, who delivered a lovely cross.  Cahill's header was just fractionally over the bar and on to the roof of the net.  This was followed by another good ball in by Osman but Kilbane's header was blocked.

Radzinski was the main threat for Fulham, each time under a crescendo of boos, while Everton struggled to raise their game, with Gravesen trying desperately to inject some tempo an life into the game.

The first half dragged as the game was in dire need of a goal, with neither goalkeeper forced into action, and no shots on target.  That was until 4 mins before the break, when Radzinski got a superb header in on Martyn who was very alert to claw the ball away.  

A flurry of Everton corners just before the break was not built upon as the half fizzled out.  Everton's 4-5-1 formation just wasn't cutting it, but there were no changes from David Moyes. 

Kilbane got a good header in that was fractionally wide right after the restart.  It was 15 mins before Bent danced his way into the Fulham box but the cross was bundled away for a corner.  Everton kept the pressure up and won another corner which was headed behind by Stubbs.  It simply wasn't happening.... Do something, Moysey!

But it was the players who responded with Cahill coming close, and then a fantastic 35-yard shot from Bent that Crossley touched away for a corner.  Osman was then sacrificed, letting Big Dunc come on to stir things up.

Bent then won a corner with some great work, the ball spinning off Radzinski.  From Gravesen's in-swinger, Kilbane's header was only parried by Crossley and it bobbled to the back post where Duncan Ferguson flung his massive frame just a few feet above the ground to nod the ball inside the Fulham post. Fulham nearly came back into it minutes later after a right scramble in the Everton area. 

Brian McBride came on to bring Fulham's ex-Everton contingent to three; Marcus Bent came off in the last 7 mins as Watson came on to lock things down.  Gravesen went down, and lit looked a little concerning as Baz Rathbone called for McFadden to replace Gravesen, who went straight down the tunnel... worrying!

McBride and Radzinski combined to give Everton a real fright toward the end, his shot deflecting just wide!  That would have been very annoying.   But Everton held on for three more points the sixth 1-0 win out of nine in their Championship campaign, and that was the most important thing from a very poor game.  That, and no bookings or silly decisions from Everton nemesis, Graham Poll.

Michael Kenrick

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Premiership Scores
Saturday 20 Nov 2004
Man Utd 2-0 Fulham
Arsenal 1-1 West Brom
Chelsea 2-2 Bolton 
C Palace 0-2 Newcastle
Everton 1-0 Fulham
Middlesbro 2-0 Liverpool
Norwich 2-1 Southampton
Portsmouth 1-3 Man City
Sunday 21 Nov 2004
Blackburn 3-3 Birmingham
Monday 22 Nov 2004
Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

Premiership Table
Pos Team Pts
1 Chelsea 33
2 Arsenal 31
3 Everton 29
4 Middlesbrough 25
5 Aston Villa 24
6 Man Utd 24
7 Bolton 23
8 Liverpool 20
9 Newcastle 19
10 Charlton 18
11 Man City 17
12 Portsmouth 15
13 Fulham 14
14 Birmingham 13
15 Tottenham 13
16 Palace 12
17 Southampton 11
18 Norwich 11
19 West Brom 10
20 Blackburn 10
After 22 Nov 2004

Everton v Fulham:
Prior League Games
 Overall  
 Everton 12
 Fulham 0
 Draws 4
 Premiership  
 Everton 2
 Fulham 0
 Draws 0
 Last Season:

Everton 3-1 Fulham 


Match Facts
 EVERTON (4-5-1; 4-4-2)
 
Blue shirts, white shorts, white socks
FULHAM (4-4-2)
White shirts, black shorts, black socks
Martyn
Hibbert
Weir
Stubbs {c}
Pistone
Carsley
Cahill
Gravesen (89' McFadden)
Kilbane
Osman (55' Ferguson)
Bent (85' Watson)

Subs Not Used
Wright, Yobo


Yellow Cards: —

Red Cards: —



Unavailable:

(International Duty:) Li Tie
Crossley
Volz
Bocanegra
Malbranque
Knight
Pembridge
Cole {c}
Boa Morte (55' Legwinski)
Diop (82' McBride)
Radzinski
Rehman

Subs Not Used:
van der Sar,
Hammond, Pearce

Yellow Cards: Diop (39')

Red Cards: —

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Match Preview

It has to be said, financial woes aside, it's great being a Blue these days. It would be satisfying enough if we were confounding the critics merely by sitting comfortably mid-table a third of the way into the season. But to be riding high in third place in the Premiership with few signs so far that we're about to give up pride of place behind the front two is doubly gratifying.

The visit of an unpredictable Fulham offers another opportunity to consolidate that position, representing as it does another "should win" game. The morale-boost of having triumphed at Birmingham despite not playing particularly well will only add fuel to the Blues' confidence.

David Moyes looks able to name his first choice XI once more after Marcus Bent came through last weekend's game without incident.

That leaves the usual jostling for a place on the bench. Joseph Yobo's apparent ankle injury sustained late on Friday last week could sideline him again amid escalating rumours that he will be sold in January and Kevin Campbell remains a doubt after also missing out last week.

Gary Naysmith came through another 90 minutes for the Reserves midweek but finds his way blocked by Alessandro Pistone but could make the bench again if Yobo is ruled out.

Fulham come to Goodison on the back of a 4-1 thumping by Chelsea at Craven Cottage last weekend but scored four goals past Newcastle in their last Premiership away game and against Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup, so they are both susceptible to conceding but also possess firepower up front. In all competitions they have won their last three away from home, reason enough for Everton to be wary.

This game not only reunites Tomasz Radzinski with Goodison Park for the first time since his acrimonious departure over the summer, which will add spice to what is traditionally a bad-tempered encounter. For those keeping score, both he and his replacement, Marcus Bent, have scored five goals so far this season, but four of Radzinski's have come in the Cup, while four of Bent's were scored in the Premiership.

Oh, and the referee is none other than Mr anti-Everton himself, Graham Poll. The Poll factor on its own is enough to swing a match against us — how on earth is he still considered a top flight referee?

Lyndon Lloyd


Matchday Stats

This will be the 40th meeting between Everton and Fulham in all competitions, and the 21st at Goodison Park.  This match will be the 7th meeting in the Premier League and the 4th at Goodison.

Everton's full record against Fulham is:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Premier League

6

3

0

3

8

8

Division One

22

12

5

5

41

21

Division Two

4

0

3

1

5

8

FA Cup

7

0

3

4

5

9

TOTALS:

39

15

11

13

59

46

Our record at Goodison Park against Fulham is:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Premier League

3

3

0

0

7

2

Division One

11

9

2

0

25

5

Division Two

2

0

2

0

5

5

FA Cup

4

0

2

2

3

5

TOTALS:

20

12

6

2

40

17

The last match between the sides was on 4 February this year in a replay in the FA Cup 4th round at Loftus Road, which Fulham won 2-1.  The last match between the sides at Goodison Park was the original 4th round tie on 25 January this year, when a last minute Francis Jeffers goal saw the sides draw 1-1.  The last Premier League match between the sides was on 10 January this year when Fulham won 2-1 at Loftus Road.  The last Premier League match at Goodison Park was on 23 August 2003 when Everton won 3-0 with the goals coming from Gary Naysmith, David Unsworth and Steve Watson.  In fact, in every Premier League match between the sides, the home team has always won.  Also, Everton have never lost a league match against Fulham at Goodison Park.

There have been 2 Everton hat-tricks against Fulham.  The last was on 11 May 1963 when Roy Vernon grabbed 3 goals in a 4-1 victory at Goodison Park.  Prior to this, Harry Catterick scored a hat-trick on 7 October 1950, in Evertons 5-1 victory at Craven Cottage.

The most common victory for Everton is shared between 1-0 and 2-0, which have happened 3 times each in Everton's 15 victories.  Fulham's most common victory is 2-1, which has happened 5 times in their 13 victories. The most common draw between the teams is 1-1, which has occurred 5 times in the 11 draws between the sides.

Everton's record for 20 November is:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Premier League

3

0

2

1

2

5

Division One

12

3

5

4

15

13

League Cup

1

0

0

1

0

1

TOTALS:

16

3

7

6

17

19

This is the first time these sides have met on this day.  The last match on this day was in 1999, when Everton drew 1-1 with Chelsea at Goodison Park, with Kevin Campbell getting Evertons goal.

Dave Watson was born on this day in 1961 in Liverpool.  Signed from Norwich City in August 1986, Dave went on to make 528 appearances for Everton, which is third on the list of all-time appearances for the club behind Neville Southall and Brian Labone.  Dave also scored 37 goals during his time with Everton, before he was released in August 2001.  During his eventful career with Everton Dave also managed the club in a caretaker role from March to May 1997.  He holds the club record for the longest time within a caretaker managerial role in the club and won 1 as well as drawing 1 of the seven games he was in charge.  Dave also won 6 of is 12 caps in total whilst at the club.

Tom Griffiths was in the Welsh side that was beaten 6-0 by England on this day in 1929.

Jimmy Hill won his final Northern Ireland cap as an Everton player on this day in 1963 against England, which England won 8-3.  On the same day, Alex Scott was in Scotlands victorious side over Wales, the final score being 2-1.  Roy Vernon made his final appearance for Wales as an Everton player in this game.

On this day in 1985, Graeme Sharp was a Scottish substitute in their 2-0 victory over Australia.

Thomas Gravesen played for Denmark in their 2-0 victory over Poland on this day in 2002.  On the same day, Lee Carsley played in the Republic of Irelands 0-0 draw with Greece.  Gary Naysmith was also in the Scotland team on that day in their 2-0 defeat to Portugal.

Milestones that can be reached in this game:

          If Duncan Ferguson starts the game he will be making his 150th start for Everton in the Premier League.

          If Everton score 2 goals, the second will be the 150th goal scored in all competitions since David Moyes became manager.

Steve Flanagan



We turn up, Everton get three points, we go home...

If only it was that easy...  A dour, frustrating game for the most part with two 4-5-1 formations largely cancelling each other out.  Quite a few parallels with the Birmingham game last week in that respect again, we looked the better side, but struggled to turn possession into actual goal threat.

Everton unchanged, Fulham with three ex-blues in the ranks.  Unsurprisingly, two of the three got a good reception from the crowd, the third... well, Radz got more than the odd boo here and there as you might expect.

Stalemate in the first half, the first fifteen minutes in particular crawled by.  No-one from either team seemed capable of putting their foot on the ball and creating something, play was very narrow and goal chances were few and far between.  Some of our players Kilbane, Osman, Cahill in particular seemed off their game in the first half. 

Can't recall too much of note apart from an Osman shot that went narrowly over and a Cahill header that landed on the roof of the net, which the scoreboard operator at least thought had crept in.  In fact, the best scoring chance fell right at the end of the half to Radzinski which Martyn did well to smother at the near post.

Half-time was memorable only for the worst effort in history at hitting the crossbar with the ball poor lad could barely reach the goal line, let alone summon up sufficient strength in the shot to trouble the bar.  I've seen mascots with more power in the shot. (If you're reading this, sorry mate, but really...you'd have been better drafting in a ringer!)

Second half and we did begin to play with a bit more purpose, although a break in the deadlock seemed unlikely.  Cometh the hour mark, cometh the (Big) man Duncan on for Osman; Bent pushed wide.  Suddenly we seemed to play with a lot more penetration and threat, and after being on the pitch for a couple of minutes Dunc stooped to place an easy header past Crossley after the keeper had palmed out a good effort from Kilbane. 

We then had a good spell of possession and menace, as if the goal had eased the tension in the team.  In this spell, Kilbane and Cahill came into the game a lot more and we had Fulham looking pretty ordinary for a while.  Unfortunately we then did our old trick of defending a one-goal lead far too deeply and put ourselves under some unnecessary pressure in the closing 15 minutes or so.  However, we held out for another 1-0 which moved us closer to the top two, who both dropped easy points at home.

Overall performance was workmanlike and effective rather than pretty.  A number of good performances Weir, Carsley and Stubbs snuffed out any Fulham threat with little problem; Gravesen buzzed about to mostly good effect; and Kilbane and Cahill came into the game well in the second half after poor first-half performances.  The two full-backs did ok by and large although Hibbert's distribution was again poor, and Sandro had his usual 'can't be arsed' spells coupled with some good stuff.  Osman was largely ineffective and was the obvious substitution for Dunc.

Man of the match for me though was Marcus Bent by some distance the lad led the line selflessly and ran his bollocks off.  He held the ball up well and kept going all game despite some pretty poor support from midfield.  He also played well on the right after Duncan came on and epitomised the spirit (and no small ability) that has us enjoying such dizzy heights so far this season.

Fulham did little to suggest they will be anything other than a poor-to-average mid-table team this year, although I have to say the little ginger lad in their midfield had a cracking game think we could pick him up cheaply in the January sales?

Nice in a way to see Liverpool losing again although it would also have been nice to see them nick a couple of points from Boro.  Without actually winning, of course.  Still, plenty of breathing space between us and the chasing pack at the moment.

Long may this run continue.

1-0, to the Everton,
1-0, to the Everton...

Paul Waring

Match Report

It's ironic that I'm getting more worried these days before home fixtures against small clubs like Fulham then away days at an equally poor outfit like Birmingham City. Our style of playing is probably one reason - more suited for an away game - the other reason is that dropping points at home can be criminal for a team looking to stay in third position in the Premier League.

After that massive result at St. Andrew's last week, my thoughts immediately turned to the Fulham game on Saturday. It's no more relaxing to want to stay near the top than trying to fight ourselves away from the relegation places. Quite simply, we had to beat Fulham to keep a bit of leeway between ourselves and 4th place in the table before our visit to St. James' Park next week. Thankfully, we did.

Fulham just didn't want to know. They obviously set out for a draw, perhaps hoping they could sneak out with a lucky 0-1 win. It was up to our lads to take the game to them, to create lots of chances and send them home as losers. It just happened to be one of those afternoon when you start wondering if we're ever going to score with little more than half an hour left.

We tried to play some good football, it just hardly came off. Tim Cahill headed over the bar after a good move, Marcus Bent should've done a lot better when suddenly an opening appeared after good off the ball running by Leon Osman. Unfortunately, Bent hit his shot early and missed. A more accomplished striker would have dribbled a few extra yards before at least hitting the target. That said, Bent had a good game. His first touch improved and he seemed more willing to ask for the ball instead of waiting for it to be played into his feet.

At the other end, Fulham nearly went in front when Alessandro Pistone completely lost track of Tomasz Radzinski at the back stick. Fortunately, Nigel Martyn did well to keep it out. Leon Osman was then denied by a great save from Mark Crossley, 0-0 at half time.

Nothing much changed after the break. We had most of the play and created some half chances, Kevin Kilbane went close with a header and Marcus Bent nearly slung in a contender for goal of the season. Enter Big Duncan Ferguson and 4 minutes later we were 1-0 up! Kilbane's header was parried by another good save from Crossley before Ferguson headed home the rebound.

It's like two years ago all over again. Taking slim 1-0 leads into the last 10-15 minutes of a game and light panic starts to creep in. We were mighty lucky when Andrew Cole mishit his attempted lob when clean through but then we amazingly allowed him another bite at goal when Martyn hesitated and Stubbs stopped while waiting for him. Radzinski then nearly drove in a late equaliser after being cleverly set-up by Brian McBride.

One - nil to the Everton while Chelsea and Arsenal both slipped up, but is anyone really expecting us to be challenging them for the title? They're certainly not at the BBC, the only team they could think of that benefited from the top two losing points was Manchester United. Everton and Middlesbrough will disagree.

Rob van Dijk



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