A game of two halves for what turned out to be a rampant Everton, who dispensed with high-flying City in great style after a very poor first half showing.
Perhaps David Moyes selected Anichebe so that the boos for him starting another game could not be distinguished from the inevitable catcalls for Joleon Lescott, returning to Goodison for the first time since his acrimonious departure nearly two years ago. Everton won the toss and chose to play toward the Gwladys Street with the bright sun behind him.
Arteta pulled off a great dive from a nothing Zabaletta challenge early on winning an early free-kick that Baines cut squarely and Osman got three points from the off with a fabulous aerial strike... that cleared the Gwladys Street roof! Unbelievable. Next it was a hopeless hoofball to no-one from Jagielka. Was this to be the pattern for the game?
Some good midfield possession and passing for Everton ended with a bad pass from Hibbert and Silva ended up lashing a searing drive across Howard's goal and just past the far post: first warning shot! It looked a certain City goal on 11 mins, a beautiful Milner chip over the Everton defence, cut back brilliantly by Silva and blasted over by Viera... only a matter of time, surely, the way City were cutting through the highly vaunted Everton defence.
Anicebe laid off a nice ball for Osman that the little man lashed at the corner flag... oh deary me. But Everton won their first corner on 18 mins and Osman delivered a nice deep cross to the far post. Baines took the next one from the right that was even higher and deeper. Neville won the third corner when he crossed directly to the defender 7 feet away and the Blues worked it better to get a good cross in that was just in front of Distin.
20 mins and Everton started finally to play with some desire and purpose, a great ball in from Arteta drawing a bad foul on Anichebe by Kompany. Arteta banged the free-kick, just outside the area, into the wall, which prevented it from flying high and wide. A better Baines delivery from the corner came to nothing but at least Everton had looked more up for the game.
At least Anichebe was getting stuck in to Lescott, much to the pleasure of the Everton crowd, who appreciated the effort. But Milner looked to break the Everton offside trap and in the next attack, City sliced through all too easily, Silva and Toure combining and Toure firing in from a narrow angle to put them ahead..
Neville was getting better with his Delap throws but with no-one really on the receiving end they were of limited value, Everton still favouring an aerial route that was being easily repelled by the tall City defence. Osman's clever feet were no match for three City marauders and he stayed down after having his ankle troden on. Rodwell was showing some signs of life and not always chosing the safe backwards pass.
Hibbert delivered a great cross, lower and harder, that Anichebe almost got back for Rodwell, but the short corner routines were not really working (although they were probably a better bet than those soft looping floated crosses that never seem to do anything). Silva was causing havoc but the bigger cheer was for Anichebe winning another battle with Lescott. Arteta wasted the free-kick, though, playing it wide to Hibbert but from a trow-in, Neville crossed well and Rodwell should surely have got a powerful header on target! Chance missed.
Jagielka did brilliantly to deny Toure and what looked a certain City goal, and if not, a penalty, but his touch back to Howard could not have been better. Dowd then overruled his linesman, giving a free-kick against the Blues and then booking Neville for his protest. Everton had really not done enough to threaten Hart's goal in the first half.
David Moyes decided a change was needed, switching in Jermaine Beckford for Tony Hibbert after the break. Injury or tactical? Arteta moving inside to Osman's place, Osman and Anichebe playing wide. A free-kick was driven in by Baines, bounced off Anichebe an could not be turned in by Rodwell. Good corners form either side put real pressure on the City goal.
But a simple move got Toure free and one-on-one with Howard, the Everton keeper did very well to block away. From a free-kick, Djeko almost scored with a good header. Osman did well to touch a ball on for Baines whose cross Beckford turned on but his shot was weak. Still, it showed better intent, Everton pressing forward with conviction.
A good move involving Anichebe and Beckford ended in a half-chance that Baines and tripped, with muted screams for an Everton penalty. But instead it was a free-kick for City at the other end, that Howard came out for and punched away well.
A great penetrating run down the right by Jagielka saw him put in a brilliant ball cut back but behind both Beckford and Osman... maddening!
Rodwell went in far too hard on De Jong and Komapany reacted stupidly, preciptating hadbags alll round. Yellow cards for both. Rodwell looked to advance but failed to shoot and instead passed sideways to Anichebe, whose first touch was atrocious, and who then passed across field to nobody. A good opportunity wasted in classic style by the Big Galloot, but it was Rodwell who came off for Cahill.
Cahill immediately won a free-kick to set up an opportunity for himself but the wonderful ball from Baines was powered home by Distin, just inside the far post, beyond the reach of Hart, to a great Goodison cheer. Osman's name then went in the book for crashing late into Zabaletta, then Anichebe got sandwiched and won Everton an advanced for kick that Arteta drove too deep across the City goal.
Fantastic spirited response form Everton since Cahill came on, and a lot of of action as the Blues pushed City hard. Anichebe won a good ball and slips it to Beckford who had run past Lescott and was offside.
A seemingly nothing move down the right saw Neville loop in a typically lazy looping cross that the diminutive Osman saw early and leapt at like a salmon to meet perfectly, and head home superbly from around the penalty spot despite getting flattened by Kompany in the process, to send Goodison delirious. A fantastic turnaround by the Blues, and an absolutely top-class goal by Osman.
Everton almost scored again, a ball lashed in from the right that Hart knew little about, Everton put in one of their best second-half performances of the season before a vibrant Goodison crowd and that bear-pit intimidating atmosphere which Goodison should be famous for.
But with 10 mins left, the pace slackened as Zabaletta and then Anichebe spent time lying on the ground and Balotelli came on for Zabaletta... although he didn't quite get the message! A free-kick for City wide left was dealt with easily. But they kept pressing the Everton goal, a Milner shot deflecting up and over the bar. Bodies thrown to block all shots, and Distin getting a key touch on a deep corner... Everton held on, just.
5 mins left and Anichebe, who had put in a decent shift and got a good round of applause was replaced by Seamus Coleman, who proceeded to tuck in and run at the City left flank, but without enough support or flagging effort from his teammates, resulting in more late pressure on the Everton goal. But a Miner corner was neautralized as Dowd blew for various City infractions in the Everton area, with just 3 mins of added time that Everton played out competently, ending sweetly with Arteta holding off Lescott down by the corner flag for a good 30 seconds.
A great, great second half. This is Everton playing the Everton Way ? why can't we see more of it???
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1 Posted 07/05/2011 at 16:59:10
2 Posted 07/05/2011 at 17:05:41
3 Posted 07/05/2011 at 17:02:48
From the BBC website. So instead of trying to have a pop at Neville for anything, give credit where credit is due.
4 Posted 07/05/2011 at 17:12:52
Epic game and a truely Everton second half. That should really be the template of how we play every game.
Still grinning from ear to ear.
5 Posted 07/05/2011 at 17:14:48
6 Posted 07/05/2011 at 17:14:37
Cahill was back in midfield doing what he does best ? breaking up play, intelligent use of the ball and joining the attacks rather than standing between two massive centrebacks hoping for a flick on.
Arteta finally started to look a bit more interested and we looked so much better and balanced when we had one holding midfielder in Heitinga and an attacking three of arteta osman and cahill.
Learn something, Moyes, and stick with the 4-4-2 this time rather than reverting back to 4-5-1 at the soonest convenience.
7 Posted 07/05/2011 at 17:10:56
8 Posted 07/05/2011 at 17:06:54
I thought Vic played well in the 2nd half and was pleased for him when he got an ovation.
Ossie ? continues to play out of his skin. Fantastic goal. 'Tater looking good and Neville seemed to have fire in his belly. I'm a very happy Blue.
9 Posted 07/05/2011 at 17:23:28
10 Posted 07/05/2011 at 17:25:23
11 Posted 07/05/2011 at 17:27:10
12 Posted 07/05/2011 at 17:32:08
13 Posted 07/05/2011 at 17:32:45
14 Posted 07/05/2011 at 17:20:42
I'm especially pleased that Osman is continuing his great run of form and a brilliant goal too. The substitutions were masterful and changed everything and big Vic actually played well when he moved over to the right. Arteta also played much better in CM.
I somehow feel that Beckford has to play, Vic isn't a striker and Beckford's movement really troubles defenders. What really pleased me too was the effort that they all put in in the second half.
15 Posted 07/05/2011 at 17:33:17
Cahill/Beckford-not fully fit. Weapons to be employed late on. Rocket science it ain't... And yes ? hindsight is a wonderful thing!!
16 Posted 07/05/2011 at 17:51:15
Big improvements from Rodwell and Arteta, and Heitinga was efficient, in fact the midfield functioned well, once they got Neville out of the way! A well earned 3 points, won by a header Dixie Dean would've been proud of.
17 Posted 07/05/2011 at 17:44:53
What can you say about yet another J & H performance from the lads? I was ready to call it quits at HT as I am sure we all were, expecting another dismal day but the second half banished all my reds away.
Ossie's form lately has been a revelation but the way the team has pulled together for another great result was marvellous, I think Beckford especially, once he gets his act together, will be a real force next season.
So here's another nice result youv'e gotten us into Dave... roll on Chelski,
18 Posted 07/05/2011 at 17:59:30
Anyone else see I think it was Balotelli punch Coleman at the end of the game and must surely be done by the FA for it, if not a straight red from the fairly useless Dowd or an FA panel. Neville went to talk to Dowd and Kidd was trying to pull him away so something definitely went on.
A definite game of two halves, only wish it was 90 minutes of the same each week.
19 Posted 07/05/2011 at 18:04:21
When we get results like this, it just annoys me how we lost loads of points to crap teams this season. Will the real Everton please stand up much more next season.
20 Posted 07/05/2011 at 18:20:27
And I defy anyone who says they've had a better atmosphere than that at their ground for any game this season, never mind one where there's virtually nothing to play for. No standing area needed today, the place was shaking in it's old foundations.
So proud of our lads ? they're a great bunch which we have to give Moyes credit for. Beating them will never get boring ? no matter how many times we see their smug faces turn to smacked arses. Proud to be a blue today and this season just went up (very slightly) in my estimation.
21 Posted 07/05/2011 at 18:14:10
Game won, double done over a top 4 side with a galaxy of stars and two World Cup winners (Silva, Vieira) and I feel thoroughly satisfied.
Credit to Moyes and the boys.
22 Posted 07/05/2011 at 18:29:33
Sorry, I've just re-thought that. It's days like losing to Reading that makes us Evertonians. Always, always back for more.
23 Posted 07/05/2011 at 18:33:18
24 Posted 07/05/2011 at 18:39:41
Man Citteh, Man Citteh,
Can we play you every week
Can we play you every week
25 Posted 07/05/2011 at 18:56:34
26 Posted 07/05/2011 at 19:07:30
Will be brilliant if Stoke do them over next week so it's yet another season winning FUCK ALL after spending a fortune (and also to see their dickhead fans cry!)
27 Posted 07/05/2011 at 19:12:44
If Moyes has real nous, it would not have taken him 45 minutes of utter shite like that to try and put it right. We were at home and we should have played that formation from the start. If you're happy to have a risk all 1st half in order to give Moyes plaudits about substitutions then, quite frankly, we will lose more matches than we win.
I'd rather praise Moyes and his tactics from the start, not from the 2nd half on. COYB
28 Posted 07/05/2011 at 19:25:29
Paul: You cannot categorically state that we would have won the game had Moyes taken your advice. Had he done so, and the result was unsatisfactory, you would have found ANOTHER reason to be critical.
Moyes is not a soothsayer, he's paid to plan ? yes; but also to react to how it unfolds. Ultimately, he delivered correctly.
29 Posted 07/05/2011 at 19:36:45
30 Posted 07/05/2011 at 19:40:03
31 Posted 07/05/2011 at 19:34:33
The Hibbo sub was forced ? the lad was constantly being skinned defensively. The manager had to do something, anything to get him off at half time.
The most baffling was allowing Anichebe to stay on, while he brought another striker on for a defender, then bringing on Cahill for no obvious reason. He wasn't fit, didn't look fit, and contributed absolutely nothing to the match.
Arteta on the other hand looked a bit better, but at times still tried / unfit?
Distin another quality performance showing our strikers how to actually score, and then little Ossie with a sublime finish... which makes a mockery of our striking options up top.
Shocking first half; sublime second half. Our great record against those Middle easterns goes on!
32 Posted 07/05/2011 at 19:45:40
33 Posted 07/05/2011 at 19:47:01
Does anybody know what went on at the end? I didn't see what kicked it off, but there seemed to be a lot of angry people as they left the pitch...
34 Posted 07/05/2011 at 19:33:11
None of us know whether we win playing Beckford up top from the start. Whether Cahill could go the whole 90 minutes. He did switch Osman and Rodwell around in the first half. Let's be honest whatever the pros and cons, with what he had available, Moyes seemed to have a better grip of the game than his illustrious Italian opponent.
35 Posted 07/05/2011 at 19:25:27
If the rumours are true that the manc,s are willing to pay £20mill for him, then it can only be for the holding midfield role, which is he,s best position but still needs a to do a lot of work, i.e, start using he,s right foot because he is becomming to left sided. But still a very young lad, so lets improve him in he,s fav position instead of again playing players out of there fav position, which has happened far too many times.
36 Posted 07/05/2011 at 19:44:56
First of all, well done Victor Anichebe. Terrific performance and all we can do is hope for some more of the same, just one bad pass and when Cahill was warming up he looked knackered only to perk up when he realised he wasn't going to be subbed.
Three MotMs today: Anichebe, Osman and Distin.
Gavin, I think it was Kolorov having a go at Coleman. Can't be sure, just saw the bit where Tim steamed in!
That 2nd half even saw the Upper Bullens singing... that's when Goodison really rocks... it's the walking sticks and zimmer frames pounding the wooden floors!
37 Posted 07/05/2011 at 19:37:24
38 Posted 07/05/2011 at 19:59:50
39 Posted 07/05/2011 at 19:45:33
You berate someone and accuse them of being a Moyes hater when you come out with nonsense and hypocritical stuff like - Ultimately, he delivered correctly.
In what way did he deliver correctly? I am curious. Bringing on Cahill was so inspired wasn't it, baring in mind he was unfit and contributed practically nothing and could have broken down further while playing in a competitive match (he was clearly not ready to play, therefore the chance of further injury is heightened)... and it was sublime bringing on Coleman who should have started the first half.
Clearly you are a Moyes apologist that can't see past real facts... such as the blunder he made naming the starting squad!
40 Posted 07/05/2011 at 19:59:30
41 Posted 07/05/2011 at 20:05:11
42 Posted 07/05/2011 at 20:01:32
43 Posted 07/05/2011 at 20:07:59
44 Posted 07/05/2011 at 20:12:44
He's never gonna be a goalscorer, but was an effective battering ram today, which resulted in a couple of chances and more than a few set pieces won. Maybe Dave Willson is right, maybe some people just have blind hatred toeards the lad.
45 Posted 07/05/2011 at 20:10:11
Victor from the start? Great call, Beckford's playing shite atm. Cahill not starting? Right decision, he's nowhere near fit. The subs were spot on and the 4-5-1 initial formation is your only shout really. When it didn't work, however, Moyes changed it. Give him some credit.
46 Posted 07/05/2011 at 20:16:49
47 Posted 07/05/2011 at 20:12:41
But, if the rumours are true, the Mancs will do a lot of work with Rodwell, as they did with Rooney.
Jags is a fantastic defender but you're right.
48 Posted 07/05/2011 at 20:16:14
I thought during the game Cahill was really getting stuck in on Lescott. When he first came on, he just ran straight up to Lescott and pushed him and carried on giving him shit for the rest of the game. Well done, Timmy.
Thought Arteta was brilliant today but Ossie was MotM. Brilliant header. He looked a class above the England regular, Milner. Ossie for England!
49 Posted 07/05/2011 at 20:16:50
A couple of pointers:
If you are going to slag Moyes off, wait until he hasn't just sent a team out to do the double for the second season running against the world's richest club ... it smacks of sour grapes.
And if your going to slag Anichebe for playing badly, you might want to wait for a time when Goodison Park hasn't just risen as one and "hounded him out" by giving him a standing ovation for his performance.
50 Posted 07/05/2011 at 20:19:00
51 Posted 07/05/2011 at 20:14:17
I think the points made above were that given the bench another striker and less defensive midfielders did have a positive effect on the game and certainly helped Anichebe gain a cause and intent. I'm elated with the win but appreciate the point about the starting line up being overly defensive.
52 Posted 07/05/2011 at 20:24:13
53 Posted 07/05/2011 at 20:30:58
54 Posted 07/05/2011 at 20:34:19
55 Posted 07/05/2011 at 20:37:19
Good that he limited himself to only one ground thumping hissy fit as well as we have another game to play on that pitch and wouldn't want it damaged.
56 Posted 07/05/2011 at 20:46:00
It doesn't matter what the system is, in the first half we just weren't at the races doing the basics, moving off the ball, closing down, getting stuck in. We were lucky not to be three-nil down. Credit to the lads for showing character though.
57 Posted 07/05/2011 at 20:42:51
There are two forums currently getting a lot of hits from Evertonians-and you've stunk BOTH of them out.
First you claim that I berated Paul. The man himself didn't take it that way, and in fact responded to me by telling me that my opinions were "fair,very fair."
You then insist that I accused him of being a Moyes hater.. Where?!! Please point me in the direction of this fiction you're attributing to me.
You can't because it doesn't exist!
You go on by accusing me of hypocrisy. Why-when I've only proffered ONE opinion?!
Finally the piece de resistance: I'm a Moyes apologist. Because I thought he made good subs?-Well he did!
If you're one of those unneccesarily argumentative, inexplicably angry kick-off merchants-take your "real facts,"elsewhere..We won! Time for a tinny..
58 Posted 07/05/2011 at 21:15:25
I am a bit of a masochist and after a game I sometimes like to see the abuse players get from the 'enlightened' on Toffeeweb!
59 Posted 07/05/2011 at 22:15:08
60 Posted 07/05/2011 at 22:07:42
Rotten 1st half with a lot of speculation about the 2nd, then a great fightback and a lot of happy fans.
Just like being at the game, I would say.
We couldn't touch em first half but thank fuck we got sharper and worked much harder 2nd.
We respected them far too much in the first 45, something we've been guilty of doing to certain teams for a while. Gladly Moyes, the players and THE CROWD really turned it on 2nd half.
Main complements to Distin, he was out of place for the City goal but when he scored he REALLY gave it to the City fans, this man understands our club and what being a blue really means.
Something Lescott never understood ? daft cunt.
61 Posted 07/05/2011 at 22:21:29
We've all enjoyed a fine win from a pretty rotten beginning
You sound very smug with your "enlightened" on TW gag
If you think that your better than the rest of us with opinions, fair play mate
But try not to be too clever/smug, might bite you on the arse one day.
Just a thought.
62 Posted 07/05/2011 at 22:29:50
63 Posted 07/05/2011 at 22:58:10
The next bit (62) is a bit off target though, although I can see your point.
It wasn't a dig at anyone or the site in general. It is in fact one of the very few I return to every day. There is a good mix of opinions and ideas on here some refreshing others not.
I do get tired of people slagging off players before kick though.
64 Posted 07/05/2011 at 23:10:20
Looks like we are nearly last on MotD again!
65 Posted 07/05/2011 at 23:16:31
66 Posted 07/05/2011 at 23:09:14
67 Posted 07/05/2011 at 23:48:29
68 Posted 08/05/2011 at 00:29:27
69 Posted 08/05/2011 at 01:04:11
He didn't get involved in any of the handbags and acted oh so professionally. I think we may have gotten the wrong end of the stick with him.
I still believe he was wrong to want to go, but he'll play in an FA cup final in a few weeks and then Champions League football next year so his decision had grounds. Many will disagree but he went up in my estimation a hell of a lot today.
70 Posted 08/05/2011 at 01:45:56
71 Posted 08/05/2011 at 02:31:24
Can't shake the nagging feeling that its another missed opportunity, though. Would I rather have 3 points or a better indication of whether Vellios, Gueye, and Beckford are up to Premier League football? 3 points felt great but if it costs us next season when it actually matters then its a bad decision.
Just seems a bit shortsighted to roll out the likes of Anichebe (who had his game of the season, to be fair), Heitinga, and the half fit half arsed Arteta when we already know what they can or can't do. It would have to be better for our squad depth next season to have Vellios and Gueye with a handful of starts under their belt.
72 Posted 08/05/2011 at 03:17:59
73 Posted 08/05/2011 at 08:29:48
Fair play and in lots of ways think your right
No need to slag players of before the game and it was good to see Vic put in a real stint and Ossie (who has been our best player this year) score a Top class header
I thought you where having a go at people who may have been fucked off at halftime (myself being one of em) and maybe wanted have a go back
I can see i was wrong on that score!
74 Posted 08/05/2011 at 10:20:20
One negative, you lads who are saying Moyes got his tactics spot on 1st half, weren't we shit in the ist half, and only for Viera missing a sitter and Toure being out foxed by Howard we could have gone in 3 down.
75 Posted 08/05/2011 at 11:28:27
Pity he ignored the fans and their support of him before the 1- 6 game; also a shame he didn't respond `professionally' in that match, either
Still, he'll have his diamond-encrusted bogroll holders and 5 cars in the garage to look back on
The look on his face and the panicky shouts to his fellow defenders when he saw Cahill was coming on were priceless
As for Ossie's goal - shades of Sheedy, Gray and Alex Young in that header
76 Posted 09/05/2011 at 23:20:09
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