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Blackburn Rovers 0 - 1 Everton

27/08/2011 |   Comments () :  Add your Comments
A dreadful first half was followed by an increasingly bizarre second in which Blackburn missed not one but two penalties! Howard saved one well (the other smacked off his right-hand post), and also played a more commanding game that saved Blues blushes on a number of occasions in a match that was forgettable for the dreadful anti-football from both sides. And in the final minute, Everton were awarded the third penalty of the game when Samba was penalized for climbing all over Fellaini, Mikel Arteta sent Robinson the wrong way to give the Blues a very undeserved but most welcome first win of the season.

Match Summary

With no regognizable or effective striker apparently available (except Beckford, who's reversion to a League One player so far this season has seen him relegated to the bench), the largely ineffective Anichebe led the line in what should have been a relatively strong team, although Bily, back from suspension, was only named on the bench.

But a dreadful half of Zombie anti-Football ensued, with only Dunn's effort coming close when he hit the post, with absolutely nothing from Everton.

Things got worse after the break, if that was possible, In the first minute, Barkley gave away a soft penalty that Howard saved and 5 mins of solid Blackburn pressure ensued with chaos in the Everton defence,, Moyes hauling off the youngster, fearing for his confidence, and bringing on Cahill.

The first half-decent shot from Everton came from Baines, cutting in from the left with nearly 70 mins played. Anichebe laid in a perfect cross for Fellaini to slam home but he shot poorly over the bar, a golden chance missed. Bily then tried something spectacular from the angle of the penalty box and got it shockingly wrong as Everton finally started to play some half-recognizable as football.

Playing Cahill as striker with Anichebe back out wide left, with Fellaini coming through from deep, made them look briefly more fluid in the final third, but Bily was having his usual enigmatic game.

But it was short-lived and the defence was still at sixes and sevens when Goodwilly would surely score but contrived to clip his open goal shot off the Everton bar.

Formica cleverly played for and won another penalty and this time incredibly Formica slammed his spot kick into the base of teh post! Astounding!!!

Beckford came on in place of Heitinga far too late to make any impact. And in the last minute, from a throw-in, Samba and two others crumpled Fellaini, and amazingly, Lee Mason awarded a penalty to Everton. 92nd minute and Arteta smashed it home, sending Robinson the wrong way. Simply Astounding stuff to give Everton a rather undeserved win to put them up to 10th: they were dreadful.

Original Source: ToffeeWeb Match Report Page

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