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Wigan Athletic 0 - 1 Everton
30 Jan - There are no easy games in the Premier League, and this encounter at the DW Stadium underlined that fact as Wigan nipped at heels, blocked players runs, and did everything they could all afternoon to stop Everton playing football. Everton simply persevered, perhaps knowing that chances would come... indeed after Saha had been denied a clear penalty, Fellaini looked to have scored but the move was deemed offside at some point. No matter; a nice corner from Baines and a brilliant run in from behind everyone by Tim Cahill in the 84th minute, powered home superbly. 1-0. Job done. Full report
Wigan Athletic vs Everton
29 Jan - Everton make the short trip to the DW Stadium tomorrow hoping to translate their recent good League form into a third away win for the season and set themselves nicely for what promises to be a challenging February programme. A groin strain looks likely to rule Mikel Arteta out of further action following his return from 11 months out so there will be changes on the bench but David Moyes is expected to start with the same XI that beat Sunderland in midweek. Kick off is 3pm.
Jagielka set to start training
Match-fit in another month
29 Jan - David Moyes hopes that Phil Jagielka will return to training next week but it may be another month before he is match-fit. The defender tore cruciate knee ligaments at the end of last season and, in a similar scenario to team-mate Mikel Arteta, has suffered numerous setbacks.Arteta has returned to the fold after making two substitute appearances in recent weeks, however, Jagielka is still at least four weeks away from playing in games.
Donovan strikes as Blues coast to victory
Everton 2 - 0 Sunderland
27 Jan - Everton moved into ninth place thanks to a powerful first half-hour, though they left the home faithful somewhat unfulfilled with an untidy second half that didn't yield the goal glut many were hoping for. After a bitty start, Marouane Fellaini chipped a great ball in that Cahill flicked off his head perfectly inside the far post after just 6 minutes to make it 1-0. In the 19th minute, the Australian nodded down Baines's lofted cross for Landon Donovan to control it well off his chest and stroke it smartly into the net for his first goal in an Everton shirt. He looked set to score his second after the break but it was cleared off the line and Louis Saha was foiled by John Mensah when put clean through in a poor second half were the players seemed happy to sit on their lead and take the points. Match report
Everton vs Sunderland
27 Jan - Everton face Sunderland at Goodison this evening hoping to erase the bad memory of Saturday's disappointment in the FA Cup by taking another leg up in the ascent towards the upper reaches of the Premier League. David Moyes may ring some changes but Mikel Arteta and Philippe Senderos are likely to start on the bench as both are lacking match fitness. Kick off is 8pm.
Wembley dreams shattered on home turf
Everton 1 - 2 Birmingham City
23 Jan - Everton were dumped out of the FA Cup by Birmingham City who won at Goodison for the first time in 53 years thanks to two first-half goals that stunned the home crowd. Compared with their recent form and the last time these two sides met, the Blues were awful in the first half and conceded goals to Benitez and Ferguson before the break. They pressed hard in the second half, though, pulled one back through a lovely strike by Osman, but couldn't find the equaliser despite Saha striking the post, Vaughan firing inches over, Fellaini twice going very close and Arteta almost capping his return as a substitute with a late effort. Full report
Deals agreed for Senderos and Mucha
Slovakia goalkeeper to join in the summer
23 Jan - Everton have confirmed the acquisition of Swiss defender Philippe Senderos on loan for the remainder of the season. The 24-year-old watched the defeat to Birmingham from the stands and formalities are now complete on his temporary switch from Arsenal. He will wear the No 23 jersey vacated by Lucas Neill. Additionally, the club have announced that Jan Mucha will make his reported switch from Legia Warsaw on a free transfer in the summer after personal terms were agreed with the Slovakia international goalkeeper.
Everton vs Birmingham City
FA Cup 4th Round Preview
23 Jan - Everton get another crack at ending Birmingham's impressive unbeaten run — now standing at 14 games in all competitions — when Alex McLeish brings his side back to Goodison Park just over a month after escaping Merseyside with an almost unfathomable point in the League. Leon Osman is fit but David Moyes might go for an unchanged line-up from the team that bested Manchester City so impressively last weekend. KO is 3pm.
Jô follows Neill to Galatasaray
Moyes lost patience after Brazilian missed training
21 Jan - Updated: Galatasaray have confirmed reports that they have signed Jô on loan from Manchester City for the remainder of the season, simultaneously ending prematurely his one-year loan at Everton. The striker fell out of favour with David Moyes and was suspended after flying back to his native Brazil over Christmas without permission and then compounded that misstep by missing training this week. That prompted Moyes to send him back to Manchester City: "When he never came in to work on Monday that was the final straw." Jô follows Lucas Neill from Goodison to Turkey but his departure leaves another hole to fill in the Everton squad.
Young tykes back in training
Rodwell and Gosling back from injury
21 Jan - Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell will both resume full training today, and could be included in the squad for the FA Cup 4th Round clash with Birmingham City on Saturday. The pair have been suffering with similar hamstring problems, both picked up during Europa League games in December. Gosling said: “It’s been six and a half weeks now. The estimated time out was a minimum of six so I’m on track,” while Rodwell's comments included “Hopefully if I get a training session under my belt on Thursday with no reaction, and the same on Friday, then we’ll see what the manager and the physio think."
Arteta nearing first-team comeback
Midfielder to resume full training this week
19 Jan - Mikel Arteta starts what he hopes will be the final phase of his long recovery from a ruptured ACL when he resumes full training this week. The Spanish midfielder has been sidelined since February but says, "I have been doing nearly everything in training with the lads over the last week and I am hoping to start doing contact work this coming week." He will no doubt be eased back into action but he's ready to get back playing for the Blues: "Whenever the manager says Mikky you are ready — I am there!"
Superb Everton put City in their place
Everton 2 - 0 Manchester City
16 Jan - Everton put the pretenders from Manchester firmly in their place with a powerhouse performance underpinned by a quite majestic display by Marouane Fellaini. City enjoyed the better of the opening quarter of an hour but the Blues then took control, getting their reward when the excellent Steven Pienaar swung a free kick to Shay Given's near post and the 'keeper couldn't keep it out. Then, in first-half injury time, in a pleasing example of the letter of the law finally being applied, Louis Saha won a penalty when Micah Richards tugged him back by the shirt and the Frenchman calmly slotted the spot-kick home. Fellaini and Tim Cahill both hit the woodwork in the second half as David Moyes's side threatened to add more and easily claimed their biggest scalp of the campaign thus far and move back up into the top half of the Premier League table. Full report
Everton v Manchester City
15 Jan - Tomorrow's game against Manchester City is set to be a massive one as Everton have been building on recent improvements against increasingly renowned opposition, while Roberto Mancini brings his new and highly-priced charges to Goodison Park on the back of four straight wins. Depending, perhaps, on the fitness of Louis Saha, David Moyes could field an unchanged line-up which would mean a home debut for Landon Donovan and Lucas Neill playing his final game for the Blues before he leaves for Turkey. KO is 5:30pm GMT.
Neill leaves Everton for Galatasaray
Defender: “Move has come as a surprise to me”
13 Jan - Update: Galatasaray have completed the transfer of Lucas Neill from Everton in a deal reported to be £800,000, and there is now confirmation from Everton. He will not be leaving until after the big match against Manchester City, however, and could play his last game for the Blues this weekend. The Australian arrived at Goodison on a free transfer just four months ago but David Moyes has reluctantly agreed to make a profit on the 31-year-old despite his impressive displays in central defence this season. According to Goal.com, Neill has signed an 18-month deal and links up with his Socceroos teammate, Harry Kewell, who has resurrected his career in Turkey after a failed spell at Liverpool, and ex-Everton midfielder, Tobias Linderoth.
Fellaini finally delivering
Belgian playing where he should
11 Jan - Marouane Fellaini has suffered from being played out of position as part of settling in to life in the Premier League. But now he is thriving in the defensive midfield role which first brought him to the attention of David Moyes. His performance was one highlight for the Blues during the 2-2 draw with Arsenal that they felt they should have won, and he confirmed: “I’ve said all along that my position is a defensive midfielder." His father, meanwhile, is talking up apparent interest in the Belgian international from Chelsea and admits that he hopes to see Marouane "at a really top club."
So near... yet so far
Arsenal 2 - 2 Everton
9 Jan - Everton started the only 3pm kick-off played in the Premier League superbly, going ahead off an excellent Donovan corner that Osman power-headed home but their vulnerability after an early goal reared its head, though they were unfortunate when Osman deflected a harmless shot from Denilson past Howard for the equaliser. Moyes's side were solid for most of the second half, but seemed to lack the drive needed to really put Arsenal away, until a brilliant breakaway, and pivotal work from Cahill, set Pienaar up to score an exquisite chipped goal to surely give Everton a fully deserved win. Sadly, the Blues would rue their luck and chances not taken, particularly when Vaughan was denied on a breakaway, as another cruelly deflected goal allowed Arsenal to escape with a point when they could really have been well beaten. Report
Arsenal vs Everton
9 Jan - Everton's daunting visit to the Emirates is still set to go ahead despite the Arctic grip on Britain, though David Moyes might be wishing the game had been called off so he could get a few more injured players back! Louis Saha faces a late fitness test on his hamstring but Landon Donovan will make his debut. Kick off is at 3pm as the Blues look to atone for that shocking 6-1 opening-day defeat at the hands of Arsene Wenger's men. Despite the cold weather and snow, the game is ON and has not been postponed.
Fellaini finally getting praise
Best midfielder in the country?
7 Jan - The bushy hairdo remains as big as ever, but it is Marouane Fellaini’s talent rather than his eccentric appearance that is finally making an impression at Everton. The moans and groans that bellowed around Goodison Park at the sound of his every touch just a few months ago have been replaced by a growing admiration for the towering midfielder’s skills. So starts this piece in the Daily Express, inspired by David Moyes proclaiming the big Belgian to be “probably the best midfielder in the country at the moment.”
Donovan ready to get sharp
US star gets the famous Number 9 Shirt
5 Jan - Everton's latest acquisition, Landon Donovan was at Goodison Park for the FA Cup tie against Carlisle and says in this EvertonTV interview he is looking forward to the faster pace of the Premier League. He has been working out in preparation for the loan deal at Everton but admits he hasn't played for two months, which may be a factor in Moyes's team selection for the big game at the Emirates on Saturday. Everton have finally confirmed he will wear the famous Number 9 shirt.
Blues eventually fight off plucky Carlisle
Everton 3 - 1 Carlisle United
2 Jan - Everton booked their place in the FA Cup Fourth Round but the 3-1 scoreline was cruel on Carlisle who came within a whisker of setting up a historic upset when, with the scores level with 15 minutes left, Tim Howard touched Danny Livesey's shot onto the crossbar. James Vaughan had seemingly put the Blues on their way after 12 minutes when he benefited from a poor backpass and rounded the 'keeper to score. But the League One side equalised when Adam Clayton poked it goalward and the ball deflected in off Hurst six minutes later. Everton laboured to increasing displeasure from the home crowd in the second half but when Seamus Coleman came on with 10 minutes to go and set up Tim Cahill with his first involvement, the Australian fired home his 50th Everton goal at the second attempt. Kieron Agard came on for Vaughan late on and when he raced clear and was hauled down, it gave Leighton Baines the chance to bury an injury-time penalty.
Everton vs Carlisle United
1 Jan - Everton kick off both 2010 and their FA Cup campaign with a home tie against League One side Carlisle United in the Third Round, but David Moyes begins the new year with something of a headache when it comes to strikers. Jô is suspended, Yakubu is away, Louis Saha is injured but Tim Cahill is fit and James Vaughan may start. KO is 3pm.
AWOL Jô suspended by Everton
1 Jan - Everton have suspended Jô after the striker made an unauthorized trip to his native Brazil over the Christmas period. David Moyes confirmed the disciplinary action at a press conference today, saying: "There has to be discipline at a Football Club. He left during a busy period for us so he is suspended. It might not be indefinite, I need to see how it is but I feel right now I have to take some action.” With Yakubu on international duty and Louis Saha ruled out of tomorrow's cup tie with Carlisle, it leaves Moyes with just James Vaughan and perhaps Tim Cahill as striking options.
Snippets & RumoursHull match on Sky
31 Jan - The return league match against Hull City will now kick-off on Sunday, 7 March 2010 at 4pm to accommodate the live (3D?) cameras and incisive punditry of Sky TV.
Moyes: We need to be in Europe
30 Jan - David Moyes says that he and his players have to believe they can make it back into Europe next season because of the benefit to the club, his development and that of his players and, not least, the ability to attract the right calibre of players.
Norwegian fullback returns to Molde
29 Jan - Knut Olav Rindaroy left Finch Farm and returned to Molde in Norway this week without signing for Everton because, he claims, they couldn't afford to buy him in the current transfer window.
Moyes dampens deadline day fever
29 Jan - David Moyes says that he doesn't expect to be busy between now and the transfer deadline but left the door ajar for some activity by saying, "I have one or two loans signings that I could bring in if I want to."
Nigeria denied final berth by Ghana
28 Jan - Yakubu came on as a second-half substitute for Nigeria but he couldn't save the Super Eagles as they were beaten 1-0 by Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola this evening.
Donovan feels at home
28 Jan - Landon Donovan says he feels at home with the Blues after scoring his first goal in the 2-0 victory over Sunderland "You kind of get a sense of family and community here that I haven't felt at other European clubs. I think that wears off on you and when you feel comfortable and you feel at home you're going to play better."
Ruddy and Jutkiewicz stay at Well
27 Jan - As expected, Everton reserve duo, John Ruddy and Lukas Jutkiewicz, have successfully extended their loan spells at Motherwell until the end of the season.
Milan insist Huntelaar's staying put
27 Jan - AC Milan have poured cold water on Klass-Jan Huntelaar's chances of a loan move to the Premier League or Bundesliga by insisting that the Dutch striker stay to fight for his place at the San Siro.
Moyes expects lull in transfer frenzy
27 Jan - David Moyes says that the credit crunch afflicting many clubs these days could have the effect of bringing down transfer fees and significantly reducing the number of big-money moves. The Everton manager has had to bring in loan signings this month and is eyeing two more before the window closes.
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Nigeria through after penalty drama
25 Jan - Yakubu captained Nigeria before being substituted in the second half as the Super Eagles and Zambia played out 120 minutes of goalless football. That set up a penalty shootout during which Zambia's Thomas Nyirenda was the only player to miss, sending Nigeria through to an AFCON semi-final date with Ghana.
Arteta glad to be back
25 Jan - "I've been away for a long time and I've been training hard to get back. It's been difficult and I have learned a lot. I've had three surgeries for three different reasons. But it's a part of football and sometimes when you're out you can see things differently. But I'm glad to be back and I couldn't wait." — Mikel Arteta.
Moyes expresses Huntelaar interest
25 Jan - It wasn't a confirmation of anything pending (though he always maintains, "I don't talk about players at other clubs") but David Moyes has admitted that if Klaas-Jan Huntelaar were available, the Dutchman is a player he would be interested in signing.
Mucha pens pre-contract agreement with Everton
23 Jan - Everton have announced that Slovakia international goalkeeper Jan Mucha has signed a pre-contract agreement with Everton ahead of a free transfer to Goodison in the summer under the Bosman Ruling.
Arteta makes the bench!
23 Jan - After being lost to Everton for almost a full year since rupturing his cruciate knee ligament against Newcastle United last February, Mikel Arteta finally returns today with a place on the Everton substitutes' bench for the FA Cup 4th Round tie with Birmingham City.
Dewsnip looks ahead to Preston
22 Jan - Under-18s head coach, Neil Dewsnip, acknowledges that his team's FA Youth Cup Fifth Round tie against Preston will be tough but is backing his charges after they saw off Brighton & Hove Albion in the last round thanks to late goals by Shane Duffy and Adam Forshaw.
Mucha talks underway
22 Jan - David Moyes says that reports suggesting Everton have agreed to sign Slovakia international goalkeeper Jan Mucha this summer are premature but confirmed that talks with the 27 year-old Legia Warsaw stopper are ongoing.
Injury rules Yobo out of AFCON
20 Jan - A recurrence of the hamstring tear that kept him out of action for Everton for a month has now ruled Joseph Yobo out of further action for Nigeria in Angola. A scan on the injury has determined that he faces another two weeks on the sidelines but he will remain with the Super Eagles squad as long as they are in the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
Everton vs Chelsea Mascot Raffle
20 Jan - The Everton Foundation is offering young fans the chance to be a mascot at the Chelsea game at Goodison Park next month. To be in with a chance of winning, enter a special prize draw by donating a minimum of £10 to the Toffees' top charity, The Everton Foundation, at www.evertonfc.com/efcmascot
Vaughan staying at Everton
20 Jan - Derby County's hopes of taking James Vaughan on loan again have been quashed as David Moyes has decided to hold onto the player for the remainder of the season. The striker's first spell at Pride Park was cut short by injury but now that he's fit again, Everton need him to bolster their attack for the season run-in.
More positive fitness news
20 Jan - Hamstring injury victims Jack Rodwell and Dan Gosling could add to David Moyes's selection pool this weekend with the news that both will return to full training this week. Joseph Yobo, however, is awaiting news on a scan to determine the extent of his own fresh hamstring strain sustained playing for Nigeria this month.
Yakubu skippers Nigeria through
20 Jan - Despite — or perhaps in response to — biting criticism from some quarters for his performance against Egypt, Yakubu was handed the captaincy for Nigeria today and steered the Super Eagles through to the next round of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 3-0 win over Mozambique.
Donovan may consider staying
18 Jan - Landon Donovan is very happy with the way he has been welcomed into the Everton family and is already talking about the possibility of extending his stay beyond March, when pre-season is due to start for the MLS.
Osman out with hamstring injury
16 Jan - David Moyes has confirmed that a surprise hamstring injury to Leon Osman denied his selection for today's 2-0 thumping of Man City. "Tony Hibbert has had an operation today and Leon Osman missed out with a hamstring injury. That came as a blow to me because Ossie has been great in the last two or three games. It seems every time we get one player back we lose another but Billy came in and did very well," said Moyes.
Yakubu gives Nigeria crucial win
16 Jan - Yakubu scored a first-half penalty for Nigeria against Benin and that was enough to earn the Super Eagles their first win in this year's Africa Cup of Nations in Angola. Unfortunately, though, Joseph Yobo suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury and had to be removed from the game with seven minutes left.
Lescott saga not forgotten
216 Jan - In his programme notes for today's game, David Moyes recalls with annoyance how a classless Man City "broke the rules" (presumably a clear case of tapping up a player under contract) when angling to persuade Joleon Lescott to leave Everton last summer.
Hibbert joins the wounded list
15 Jan - Tony Hibbert has been ruled out for a month with a hernia problem that will require surgery this weekend. The defender's absence, combined with Lucas Neill's pending move to Galatasaray, will put further pressure on the back line but David Moyes is expressing his usual pessimism about the "difficult" January market and his ability to bring in cover.
Distin resumes full training
14 Jan - David Moyes has been boosted by the return to training of Sylvain Distin who has been sidelined since the beginning of last month with a hamstring injury. The French defender will be easing back in and declined to set a target fixture for his return to first-team action.
Birmingham get Goodison date
12 Jan - Everton will play Birmingham City in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup after Alex McLeish's men edged past Nottingham Forest 1-0 in tonight's replay at St Andrews. Liverpool's Third Round defeat to Reading means that the tie will now take place on Saturday 23rd January at 3pm.
Nigeria open with defeat
12 Jan - Everton duo Yakubu and Joseph Yobo both played the full 90 minutes as Nigeria kicked off their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a 3-1 defeat to holders Egypt.
Club and LCC plan further talks
11 Jan - In a one-paragraph statement on the Club's official website, Everton reveal that a meeting today between Board representatives and Liverpool City Council to discuss stadium options was "positive" and that further talks are planned.
Neville: most under-rated
10 Jan - This article claims that Phil Neville proved once again he is probably the most under-rated player in the Premier League, single-handedly clearing half of Arsenal’s attacks and following the ball in his area like a bloodhound protecting his kennel. Mailbag Discussion>.
Landon did “Okay”
10 Jan - Landon Donovan reflects on his performance in Everton's 2-2 draw against Arsenal on Saturday, where he got an assist for Osman's great goal by delivering the perfect corner.
Light at the end of the tunnel
9 Jan - David Moyes could face an embarrassment of riches when it comes to team selection in the next few weeks with the news that Mikel Arteta and Victor Anichebe are back in training, Phil Jagielka has resumed running, and Jack Rodwell, Dan Gosling and Sylvain Distin in particular are close to returning from hamstring injuries.
Saha negotiations continue
8 Jan - Louis Saha's future remains unsettled as negotiations continue between Everton and the player's representatives, with the Mail reporting that the Frenchman is after £60k a week and The Mirror putting their own slant on things. That would be a hefty outlay for the Blues on a player with a history of injury problems, albeit one who is a gifted goalscorer when he plays.
Jo to return on Monday
8 Jan - Jô, who missed games for Everton while he was suspended, for missing games while going walkabout over Christmas, will no doubt now miss more games because he has not been training for the last two weeks, and is no longer match fit. However, he returns to training on Monday after being heavily fined.
Liverpool dictate Cup date
6 Jan - Everton will play Notts Forest or Birmingham City in the 4th Round of the FA Cup on Saturday 23 January unless Liverpool beat Reading in their 3rd Round replay next week. In that case, because Liverpool have a date to play Wolves the following Tuesday, they will play their 4th Round tie at home to Burnley on the Saturday, and Everton's tie will be bumped to Sunday 24 January at 3pm. Mailbag discussion.
Home comforts strain ties with clubs
5 Jan - Tim Vickery's Blog at the BBC address the question of the motivations and temptations for South American players in the Premier League, and hangs the discussion perhaps erroneously around Jô's inferred desire for a bit of mid-winter sunshine. No mention that he apparently returned for family reasons.
Moyes hoping for New Year’s revolution
4 Jan - In this piece by Andrew Tuft, he sets the performance against Carlisle United in context for the season and thinks that injuries are only partly responsible for Everton's lacklustre performances.
Goal hero Cahill played through injury
4 Jan - David Moyes admitted that Tim Cahill found Saturday's cup win over Carlisle "hard going" as he was playing with an ankle injury sustained against Burnley last Monday. The manager also remarked that an apology from Jô would not be sufficient to make up for his unscheduled trip home, suggesting he may have played his last game in a Blue jersey.
Forest or Birmingham in Round 4
3 Jan - Everton have been handed another home tie in the FA Cup Fourth Round following this evening's draw, this time against the winner of the Birmingham City-Nottingham Forest replay.
Donovan checks in
2 Jan - Landon Donovan made his first off-the-field appearance at Goodison today after flying in from California to start his loan spell with Everton. The USA international forward will get his first opportunity to play in the Premier League when the Blues visit Arsenal next weekend.
Hibbert withdrawn with groin strain
2 Jan - David Moyes has confirmed that Tony Hibbert was substituted late in the FA Cup tie against Carlisle because of a groin strain, though the extent of the injury to one of the few players who can deputise in central defence isn't known at this stage.
Loans extended at Motherwell
2 Jan - John Ruddy and Lukas Jutkiewicz have extended their loan deals at Motherwell for another month. The Scottish club are looking to sign both players despite sacking the manager who brought them in.
Blue Game Brothers Honoured
1 Jan - Evertonians Oliver and Paul Collyer, the brothers behind the iconic Football Manager and Championship Manager computer game series, have been given MBEs in the New Year's Honours List. The pair, who founded Sports Interactive in 1992, were honoured in recognition for their services to the UK's computer games industry.
Blues to trial Bolivian youngster
1 Jan - The Echo reports that Everton are set to take 17 year-old Bolivian prospect Samuel Galindo on trial for seven days. The midfielder will arrive at Finch Farm next week.
No loan move for Vaughan
1 Jan - David Moyes has confirmed that he wants James Vaughan to stick around, rather than going back on loan to Derby County or elsewhere, citing a lack of players, with injuries still biting and two now off to the Afcon for a month.