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 Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool Premiership  Sunday 26 December 2004; 3:00pm
 Cahill (25')
 Bent (63')
 
Half Time: 1-1
   Fowler (42')
Negouai sent off (83')
 
 Attendance: 40,530 (Fixture 19) Referee: Phil Dowd

Match Sumary


Steve Watson: Replaced
 Leon Osman due to a knee injury

Stuffed full of turkey and pudding, Everton strode out proudly with just one change: Leon Osman's knee was a problem and Steve Watson started with a superb cross inside the first minute but it went crucially under Kilbane's foot.  It presaged a lively start to the game, with end-to-end action, Man City playing three strikers to Everton's one.

Scouser Joey Barton had made all the headlines during the week for the wrong reasons, with a silly cigar-stubbing retaliation ruining City's Christmas party.  But he would not be ruining Everton's Boxing Day celebrations from his position on the City bench...

City's attacking intent produced an increasing array of chances, with Bosvelt header the closest after 20 mins, while Everton started to look bereft of ideas, and unable to retain possession.

But a free-kick at the other end given away rather cheaply by ex-Blue Richard Dunne when he unnecessarily shoved Marcus Bent off a ball that was destined for touch saw Gravesen float in a lovely ball that Tim Cahill ran in on brilliantly to head home firmly at the near post.  GOAL! And just what the little Aussie needed... 


1-0: Tim Cahill heads past David James to open the scoring
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Another great ball in by Gravesen a few minutes later picked out Watson, whose excellent shot was grabbed by James at the second attempt.

But City were able to equalize just before half-time, with Robbie Fowler nodding a powerful header in from distance after a free-kick that was blocked out by Everton but came back in.  Fowler understandably went nuts, enjoying the moment and taunting the Evertonians with a classic head-smacking celebration, running gleefully the length of the Bullens Road stand to the jubilant City fans a supposedly provocative gesture that earnt him a booking for leaving the filed of play!!! 

Watson appeared to have scored moments later, a dramatic scissor-kick fizzing just wide as Everton perhaps justly went in all square at half-time. 

Gravesen won the ball off Jordan and set Bent off but the forward chose to shoot from too far out, with Watson making a better choice. 

The second goal came for Everton from another great Gravesen cross from the right side of penalty area, a brilliant moment when the Grave could have wellied it at the goal himself but instead chose the elegant cross-goal flick to Marcus Bent, who headed it back across James strongly into the bottom-right of the goal from 6 yards out.

Mills then got booked for a dubious late foul on Gravesen, the Dane reacting a little too strongly and getting his name in the book quite needlessly, while Ferguson later came on for the tiring Watson. 

Following a very nasty-looking stamp on Bent's ankle, Christian Negouai was somewhat surprisingly shown a straight red card only three minutes after he came on as a sub from Macken.

In the last desperate minutes, James came up into the Everton area but could do little to change the outcome, with another vital 3 points secured by the battling Blues 40 points with just half of the season completed! 

Michael Kenrick

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Premiership Scores
Boxing Day 2004
Arsenal 2-0 Fulham
Birmingham 2-0 Middlesbro'
Blackburn 2-2 Newcastle
Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa
C Palace 0-1 Portsmouth
Everton 2-1 Man City
Man United 2-0 Bolton
Norwich 0-2 Tottenham
So'hampton 0-0 Charlton
West Brom 0-5 Liverpool

Premiership Table
Pos Team Pts
1 Chelsea 46
2 Arsenal 41
3 Everton 40
4 Man Utd 37
5 Middlesbrough 32
6 Liverpool 31
7 Tottenham 28
8 Charlton 28
9 Portsmouth 26
10 Aston Villa 25
11 Man City 23
12 Birmingham 23
13 Bolton 23
14 Newcastle 22
15 Fulham 18
16 Blackburn 16
17 Norwich 15
18 Palace 14
19 Southampton 14
20 West Brom 10
After 26 Dec 2004

Everton v Man City:
Prior League Games
 Overall  
 Everton 35
 Man City 15
 Draws 21
 Premiership  
 Everton 3
 Man City 1
 Draws 3
 Last Season:

Everton 0-0 Man City


Match Facts
 EVERTON (4-1-4-1)
 
Blue shirts, white shorts, white socks
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3)
Red shirts, black shorts, red socks
Martyn
Hibbert
Weir
Stubbs
Pistone
Carsley
Cahill
Watson (72' Ferguson)
Gravesen (81' Yobo)
Kilbane
Bent (89' McFadden)

Subs Not Used:
Wright, Naysmith

Yellow Cards: 
Gravesen (72')

Red Cards:



Unavailable:

(Injured:) Osman
James
Mills (80' Onuoha)
Dunne
Distin
Jordan
Wright-Phillips
Bosvelt
Sibierski
Macken (80' Negouai)
Fowler
Anelka

Subs Not Used:
Wattereus, Barton, Flood

Yellow Cards:
Fowler (43'), Mills (72')

Red Cards:
Negouai (83')

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Match Preview

The festive period is often cited as a crucial period in the season because of the number of matches that are played over a relatively short space of time, but it's always been a bit of a mixed bag for Everton.

It was a horrific winter injury crisis and six consecutive defeats (three of those over Christmas) that pulled the rug from under the Joe Royle regime in 1996-97 and led to his dismissal the following March.

In 2001-02, Walter Smith's forward line was decimated by injury and contributed directly to three losses that Christmas and, eventually, to him losing his job in March as well.

In all, the Blues have won just five of the last 24 festive season matches.  On the plus side, however, our record has been improving over the last couple of seasons, thanks to David Moyes.  Those three defeats under Smith in 2001 became three draws in 2002 under Moyes and last season, two wins out of three was our best return from the Christmas programme since 1997-98.

Of course, the Blues go into this Boxing Day match-up with Manchester City at third place in the table and ToffeeWeb's archives don't go back as far as the last time Everton were anywhere near the top of the table at Christmas time.  Moyes has rightly identified the next three games as being crucial to his side's chances of sustaining a challenge for the Champions League a goal that remains attainable if Everton can maintain current form.

The margin for error is getting smaller all the time, though.  With free-scoring Chelsea forging ahead at the top of the table, Arsenal having seemingly righted their ship and Manchester United having got their act together and snapping at our heels, we can ill-afford more displays like the one that should have resulted in defeat at Blackburn last week.

Hopefully that limp showing at Ewood Park, apparently caused in part by a flu bug that hit some of the players, will galvanise the team into a much-improved performance against a City side who are always unpredictable.

Leon Osman looks to have recovered from a knee injury that threatened to sideline him for this match, but his manager will cognisant of the need to keep a weather eye on his small squad and his core XI, of whom Tim Cahill has played the last with 14 of 18 appearances under his belt.

It will be interesting to see if Moyes tinkers with his starting line-up based either on the Blackburn game or the need to rest a couple of players, or whether he sticks with the tried and tested 4-1-4-1 line-up.  Certainly the Blues will need to be far more adventurous if they hope to take all three points.  That means more drive and inspiration from Thomas Gravesen and more intelligent balls up to Marcus Bent in attack.

With Chelsea, Arsenal and United all at home this weekend and all playing teams that have struggled for consistency in recent weeks, a win for Everton is imperative if we want to keep up with the pace.  Longer term, Moyes may have his eye on Liverpool, Middlesbrough and Charlton in the chase for the fourth Champions League spot but he'll know that as long as his team keeps winning, everything will be fine.

Lyndon Lloyd


Matchday Stats

This will be the 156th meeting between Everton and Manchester City in all competitions, and the 77th away to Blackburn Rovers.  This match will be the 16th meeting in the Premier League and the 8th at Goodison Park.

Everton's full record against Manchester City is:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Premier League

15

6

3

6

20

27

Division One

128

44

35

49

178

181

FA Cup

10

4

3

3

12

8

League Cup

2

1

0

1

2

2

TOTALS:

155

55

41

59

212

218

Our record at home to Manchester City is:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Premier League

7

3

3

1

10

7

Division One

64

32

18

14

118

71

FA Cup

4

2

2

0

5

2

League Cup

1

1

0

0

2

0

TOTALS:

76

39

23

15

135

80

The last match between the sides was on 11 September this year when Everton walked away from the City of Manchester stadium with a 1-0 victory thanks to a Tim Cahill header, who was then sent off by an over-exuberant Steve Bennett.  The last match between the sides at Goodison Park was on 7 December 2003, when the sides battled out a 0-0 draw.

There have been 5 Everton hat-tricks against Manchester City.  The last was by Gary Lineker on 11 February 1986 in a 4-0 victory at Goodison Park.

The most common victory for Everton is 1-0 which has happened 15 times in Everton's 55 victories.  Citys most common victory is also 1-0, which has happened 16 times in their 59 victories.  The most common draw between the teams is 1-1, which has occurred 18 times in the 41 draws between the sides.

Everton's record for 26 December is:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Premier League

11

2

3

6

18

20

Division One

64

32

13

19

109

93

Division Two

2

0

2

0

2

2

TOTALS:

77

34

18

25

129

115

This is the tenth time the sides have met on this day.  The last meeting between the sides on Boxing Day was in 1980, when Manchester City won 2-0 at Goodison Park.  In the nine meetings so far, Everton have won 6 and City have won the other three, with Everton scoring 15 goals to Citys 10.

David Turner was born on this day in 1948 in Derby.  After signing professional forms in 1966, Dave made just one appearance when he played against Chelsea in April 1968 when Harry Catterick rested a number of players prior to the 1968 FA Cup final.  In May 1970, Dave was transferred to Southport, where he stayed for the next three years.

Tommy Lawton scored a goal for the Football League in a game against an All British XI on this day in 1939.

Milestones that can be reached in this game:

  • If Kevin Kilbane starts the match, this will be his 50th start for Everton in all competitions.
  • If Everton win today, it will be their 100th home win in the Premiership.

Steve Flanagan



Report

 

Lyndon Lloyd



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