Everton 1 - 0 Derby County

7 January 1995

Everton: Hinchcliffe 77
Yellow cards
Everton: Hinchcliffe
Derby: Williams, Carsley, Gabbiadini
Everton: Southall 7, Jackson 7, Unsworth 7, Watson 7, Burrows 6 (60. Limpar 7), Horne 7, Ebbrell 7, Parkinson 7, Hinchcliffe 8, Ferguson 7, Rideout 7
Derby: S Sutton, Wassall, Short, Williams, Nicholson, Kavanagh, W Sutton (Forsyth 73), Carsley, Simpson, Gabbiadini, Stallard (Wrack 73)
Subs not used: Barlow, Kearton (Everton), Quy (Derby)
Attendance: 29,406


Not the classiest of games, Everton having the better chances, but Derby was also threatening to make this into a nightmare with a few good chances.

Everton had a few good shots, Parkinson and Ebbrell providing most of the ammunition. Unluckily, the shots were either blocked or deflected past the goal. Derby threatened the Everton goal only once in the first half, but a goal-mouth scramble was eventually cleared.

Second half saw a more fighting Derby team and for a while it looked like they could turn the match to their favor. An excellent reflex save from a header and a great save from a Simpson freekick by Southall denied the visitors. After an hour's play, Royle brought Anders Limpar in to bring some creativity, but it still took some five minutes before Everton created anything.

A cross from the flank was met by Dave Watson's volley, but the ball flew over the crossbar.

This, however, seemed to encourage the team and just minutes afterwards, Parkinson fought hard at the edge of the Derby box, and was able to pass the ball to Ferguson. Ferguson tapped the ball to Hinchcliffe, who shot a perfectly aimed shot low into the right corner.

A deserved win, although the performance wasn't a memorable one.

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