Tuesday January 31, 2012 Day 23 Finished Goodison Park

Everton 1 - 0 Manchester City

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  1. Everton down City as title race hots up

    Everton down City as title race hots up

    Darron Gibson did his old club a favour by giving Everton a 1-0 win at home to Manchester City, blowing the Premier League title race open. More

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    Time:90'
    • Everton
    • Manchester City
    • - Phew! What entertainment at Goodison Park, on so many levels. Continue the chat if you like on Twitter @Reda_Maher, about the game, THAT fan or whatever takes your fancy. FOLLOW HERE!
    • 90+4 The final whistle goes! Manchester City lose at Everton and the title race has been blown wide open by none other than Darron Gibson, who joined from Manchester United this month!
    • 90+4 The corner amounds to nothing and Howard has it. Long upfield and Vellios flicks it on but behind Donovan. Long by City now, Aguero heads on but not to a red and black shirt.
    • 90+3 Dzeko has a pop from range again, deflected and it's a late corner! Hart wants to go up but he's ordered back.
    • 90+2 Dzeko appears to have committed a foul but play on and he shoots but, from a long way out, he blasts it well over.
    • 90+1 Free-kick to City on halfway, taken short but chasing from Vellios sees it back to Hart.
    • 90' In the last minute and City have a corner. Everton clear and four minutes added time are announced.
    • 89' EVERTON SUB: He has run himself into the ground and he gets an ovation. The Straq comes off, kissing the turf and crossing his chest, with Vellios on in his place.
    • 88' Cahill heads for the corner and uses his strength and touch to hold it up before winning a throw.
    • 87' Donovan with a clever flick and he runs it wide right. Keep the ball, he tells his team-mates.
    • 86' CITY SUB: De Jong on for Barry. Like for like in a way, with De Jong quicker at least.
    • 86' De Jong is warming up. Not sure how that will help although he did score in the Cup the other day.
    • 85' City piling it on now as Kompany surges forward, Nasri wide to Kolarov, he cuts inside though and finds Nasri once more but his shot is deflected into the arms of Howard.
    • 84' The Straq races away but Richards shows great pace and composure to get back and dispossess him.
    • 83' Nasri and Aguero combine, Barry almost gets in but hacked away! Baxter swings at the ball and misses. All very frantic now.
    • 82' Everton break in numbers and City are all over the shop! Nev races away for the first time this match and he puts in a deep cross, Baxter unmarked tries a volley but straight at a defender!
    • 81' Terrible touch from Baxter, his first of the match. Cahill is hurt in the middle of the park...
    • 80' A Hart clearance drops short under pressure from Cahill and the Straq tries a lob with Hart off his line but he gets it all wrong and the keeper was back quick enough anyway.
    • 79' EVERTON SUB: Moys decides to withdraw Drenthe. Baxter on in his place.
    • 78' Fizzing ball in but headed clear by the Straq. Clichy curls one in and Richards tries a Pele but miskicks it.
    • 78' The ref pulls play back for the foul on Richards and Drenthe is booked. Separate free-kick to City on the right.
    • 77' Silva with a bending cross that Howard semi-fumbles. Now Drenthe on the ball, he loses it and seems to go in late on Richards. Play on says the ref, advantage, and Richards to be fair bounces straight up. Think these lads are mates or something.
    • 76' Silva wide to Kolarov, who is playing as a winger. Good cross but Heitinga gets a head away. Now Nasri shoots low but somehow clears.
    • 75' Everton break through Donovan but the move breaks down.
    • 74' Aguero has it on the edge of the box, now Nasri, to Silva, short passing and Kolarov crosses into the body of Neville - they think it's a pen! No. His arm was by his side and he was trying to remove it. Good call from the ref - again!
    • 72' TACTIC: If you have Darron Gibson in your team just put in loads of average crosses - a defender will head it clear and he will hit the volley towards goal.
    • 71' GIBSON JUST WIDE! A left-foot volley after Kompany's defensive header lands nicely for him.
    • 70' Kolarov puts it in the mixer, Nasri at the byline hits it into the ground and he almost gets lucky as it bounces up and off the top of the bar!
    • 69' A Johnson ball is fisted over by Howard for a corner. The cross in is touched on but Drenthe clears.
    • 62' While I was looking at the replay of the goal Adam Johnson came on for James Milner.
    • 68' CITY SUB: Boos for Lescott as Kolarov replaces him. Bit of a reshuffle as Richards moves to centre-back and the full-backs trade places.
    • 67' Gibson feeds Stracqualursi, now Drenthe, now Gibson but his shot is deflected wide. No, the ref awards a goal kick. Weird - clearly blocked by Silva.
    • 66' Kompany is down hurt now. The goal was deflcted off Barry, by the way, and the initial cross was Baines, who was found by Drenthe. Just clearing that up.
    • 65' @Andy_Mitter: The Stretford End is singing "One Darron Gibson" and "Fergie, sign him up."
    • 64' One of these gaps is left by Nasri as he refuses to chase back, Donovan and Hibbert get forward but Kompany clears to touch. Kompany is furious.
    • 63' City on the offensive now as they leave gaps at the back.
    • 61' The replay shows the shot took a deflection off a pair of City defenders en route to goal. But he is claiming that. City think Dzeko was fouled in the build-up - I don't, to be honest.
    • 60' DARRON GIBSON SCORES FOR EVERTON! WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT! Fellaini tackles Dzeko, Drenthe runs away, his cross lands for Donovan who sets up Gibson - who just joined from Manchester United, remember - for a piledriver.
    • 59' The replay shows Fellaini did get the ball, despite flying in at an odd angle. Well done. Lescott, meanwhile, is booked down the other end.
    • 59' Silva takes a throw quickly and Aguero races in - Fellaini dives in but no penalty! That looked like one but no-one complains so I assume he got the ball and they all know it.
    • 58' Good near post delivery but Richards's flying header is blocked. Milner puts it back in but Hibbert eases Dzeko off the ball and it's out for a goal kick.
    • 57' Milner finds Richards but Drenthe again covers well to put to touch. Corner to City.
    • 56' Aguero almost sends Dzeko in but Heitinga and Hibbert combine to clear.
    • 55' Dzeko is penalised for backing into the defender. A bit sloggy still. That fan ruined my game! Wah!
    • 54' Fellaini heads the ball clear at the near post. Back in by Silva and Dzeko flicks on, Lescott flies on to it but he collides with Howard and Hibbert is on hand to clear. Easy for the ref to make a decision as Lescott was backing in.
    • 53' Aguero on the move and Dzeko is free but he plays it behind him! It lands at the feet of Nasri but his shot is deflected over. Corner.
    • 52' Hibbert gets forward to win a throw off Clichy. Then he puts a cross in, blocked by Barry and another throw.
    • 51' Great ball from the right by Donovan but Stracqualursi mis-hits the shot in the air and it's cleared.
    • 50' Great play by Silva to win the ball on the edge of the box, surging run and a one-two with Nasri but the Spaniard has drifted half a yard offside.
    • 49' Clichy with a super cross to Dzeko with the header but, with Heitinga in close attention, he heads straight at Howard!!
    • 48' Miscued clearance from Heitinga and Aguero drills it in for Nasri but Neville is able to clear.
    • 47' Heitinga heads a high ball clear but then Drenthe rattles into Milner - free-kick on the right wing.
    • 46' The second half is underway. How ironic that the fan should stage such a protest when, minutes later, £8m signing Jelavic is paraded to the fans. Almost comic timing.
    • - Right - I have been told I am being some kind of soft Southern so-and-so for calling the police 'Old Bill'; I am reliably informed they are 'Bizzies' on Merseyside. Sorry for not speaking Scouse, although if it makes it any better I am semi-fluent in jive. Have your say on that bizarre incident either among the spam and bile below, or in more civil fashion on Twitter @Reda_Maher. FOLLOW HERE!
    • 45+5 Half-time and goalless - the delay not for an injury but for a bizarre on-pitch protest in which a fan apparently cuffed himself to the goalposts.
    • 45+4 Silva with a lovely reverse pass but Richards realises he went too soon and was half a yard offside. Shame as it was a cute ball.
    • 45+3 Clichy wide to Dzeko, who keeps it in with a backheel but is surrounded - Everton clear.
    • 45+2 Long ball from Howard now. Must have been rather cold for all concerned, standing about waiting for that. Bet they can't wait for half-time.
    • 45+1 Throw to City on the right. That's put a dampener on what had become an enthralling contest.
    • 45' They've got the loon off and play resumes. Five minutes stoppage time.
    • 44' In the meanwhile, hit me up on Twitter @Reda_Maher about this - Everton fans, do you think this fella has a point or is he taking it too far? FOLLOW HERE!
    • 43' In the meanwhile Mancini appears to be writing some sort of tactical essay. The protesting fan won't go quietly - he's getting aggro with Old Bill as they try to release him.
    • 42' This is equally hilarious, sad and worrying. The poor man must have serious mental health issues to stage this kind of protest - okay, Everton have some problems money-wise but this is silly.
    • 41' An idiot fan has run on to the pitch and chained himself to Joe Hart's goal!
    • 40' One-touch stuff from City now but good defensive work from Drenthe to get it from Nasri, and win a free-kick.
    • 39' Corner to City then... on the right, great flick but it flies all the way through. Donovan can clear but City have it back.
    • 38' Heitinga blocks Aguero's effort as City pile it on!
    • 36' NASRI OFF THE ANGLE OF POST AND BAR! And a super save by Howard from Aguero on the rebound! Flag was up. Still, he wasn't to know. Nasri's shot was from about 25 yards, swerving all over the place.
    • - DEAL! Jelavic has completed his move to Everton and apparently we'll see him on the pitch at half-time!
    • 36' Donovan to take the corner but Dzeko again heads clear. Back to Donovan though but the cross is cleared by Kompany. Gibson to Baines, he wriggles away and crosses for Straq with a super flick-on AND FELLAINI WITH THE VOLLEY BUT WIDE!
    • 35' Baines swings in the free-kick, Fellaini attacks but just over his head and flicked away for a corner.
    • 34' Silva is closed down quickly, and now Kompany fouls the Straq - bit of an elbow there, lucky only to get booked.
    • 33' Hart is furious after being clattered by the Straq while he tried to punch the ball away. Come on Hart, you can take that, was nothing in it.
    • 33' Baines to take, no, Donovan takes it and chips it weakly to be cleared easily. Poor.
    • 32' Some fans idiotically booed the move back to defence but the change in direction and tempo has yielded a free-kick to Everton on the edge of the box, Barry sliding into Straq. Baines to take...
    • 31' Everton's turn to come forward, Baines on the left, now Drenthe, Fellaini into Baines, short passing as they play keep ball but are forced back to Howard.
    • 30' Still all City, even Donovan back defending but eventually Everton clear. Two minutes of City ball there.
    • 29' City hold on to possession for an age as they patiently build from the back through midfield...
    • 28' Milner crosses but Dzeko, pressurised by Neville, heads weakly into the air, easy for Howard.
    • 27' Silva drifts it wide to Richards but he's held up by Baines and City have a throw on the right.
    • 26' High boot by Barry as he played the ball back to Hart but no free-kick. Stracqualursi not happy, not for the first time.
    • 25' A bit of a lull now as Everton keep it in their own half for a while, then give it away.
    • 24' Drenthe tries to get away from Richards but just bounces off him. They collide in another challenge and embrace as they stand up.
    • 23' Aguero on the ball, he has little support and defenders ahead of him, he pulls it away from Heitinga, weaves in and out but hits a left-foot drive wide. Lovely first touch to kill the high ball.
    • 22' Brilliant run and cross from Milner but again Aguero is placed to rise - and not Dzeko, who moved near post. Gibson heads behind for a corner.
    • 21' Aguero tries to rise for Clichy's cross but that was more suited to Dzeko and Howard claims.
    • 20' The corner is straight down Howard's throat, the American catching easily enough.
    • 19' Everton still have it though but Drenthe telegraphs his dribble at Dzeko, who defends well. Baines is robbed by Nasri and City break, now Silva is held up by Heitinga, back to Dzeko who shoots but blocked by the Dutch defender. Corner.
    • 18' Baines wins a corner off Richards. Donovan will take this as it's wide left so suits a righty... Headed clear by Dzeko.
    • 17' Fellaini loses out to Barry but the final pass is straight to Howard. Everton come forward now, this game played at high tempo.
    • 16' Silva on the ball but, with blue shirts ahead of him, he looks backwards to Lescott. City build from the back...
    • 15' Drenthe gets past Kompany, he takes a big tumble after a heavy touch and is neither booked nor given a free-kick. Konmpany did make contact with his arm but Drenthe was on his way down.
    • 14' A couple of long balls test Hibbert and Heitinga but Everton clear their lines.
    • 13' Good cross from Silva after silky skills wide left but over the head of Dzeko.
    • 12' Milner on the charge wide right and a great low cross but it misses everyone - including a swinging Dzeko!
    • - By the way, in case you don't know Saha is not involved as he reportedly prepares for a surprise move to Tottenham.
    • 11' Drenthe finds Donovan as Everton break. Good ball wide for Hibbert who crosses for Stracqualursi - but he heads weakly at Hart.
    • 10' Richards wins a throw on the right, taken to Milner, who goes down as Baines slides in but no foul.
    • 9' Everton play it out from the back with some panache, drawing applause. Now Fellaini rides a few challanges, a one-two with Stracqualursi and now Baines and Drenthe support. Good football from Everton but eventually City have men back and are able to clear.
    • 8' Heitinga almost with a boo-boo of a clearance but he manages to hook it away from Dzeko.
    • 7' Silva swings the corner far post to Lescott, who nods it back across but a bit weakly so Howard gathers.
    • 6' Barry and Silva combine and Richards overlaps to fire a low shot in, batted behind at the near post by Howard.
    • 5' Everton have a corner on the right. Baines to take. Swung far post and Stracqualursi heads it in but OFF THE LINE BY LESCOTT! Stracqualursi met the corner with a terrific header but Lescott did really well to nod it off the line! Everton convinced it was in but it was not.
    • 4' Cahill nods it on to Stracqualursi but a poor ball inside from him straight to a red and black shirt.
    • 3' Milner strays offside as he tries to get on to a short ball down the right.
    • 2' Taken short, Richards wide to Milner, now forward to Silva but the flag is up as it went out of play.
    • 1' Late from Heitinga into Aguero after good movement from the Argentine. Free-kick 35 yards out.
    • 1' The first half is underway as City chase a rare league double over Everton.
    • 19:55 My name's Reda Maher, and if you want to get in touch with me during the game you can Tweet me - @Reda_Maher - or, if you prefer, join the unseemly rabble on the comments board below.
    • 19:50 Carlos Tevez has caused widespread surprise by appealing against his fine for gross misconduct - and the Premier League say they will deal with the appeal "at the earliest available opportunity". Which presumably means as soon as they return from an unauthorised two-month holiday in Argentina. Full story
    • 19:45 Everton have been busy today, and have captured striker Nikica Jelavic from Rangers. A much-needed attacking boost for a club that have mustered just 22 goals in as many Premier League games. Full story
    • 19:40 As you are almost certainly aware, it is transfer deadline day. We'll be bringing you all the latest deals throughout the evening in our live ticker. Transfer Window: LIVE
    • 19:35 Stat: Everton have won their last two PL home matches against Manchester City. They have lost one of the last 13 against them at Goodison Park – 2-1 in April 2009 when Robinho and Stephen Ireland scored the goals.
    • 19:30 Stat: Roberto Mancini is one short of his 50th Premier League victory as a manager. He has won 49 of his 81 matches in charge of the club – 60%. He has lost 16 times in total – four of which have come against Everton. No other PL club has beaten him more than twice in this time. Mancini has failed to win in all four PL visits to Merseyside, losing on three occasions.
    • 19:25 Kompany sure enough back from his suspension in a strong-looking Manchester City line-up. Everton hand a start to Stracqualursi - huge opportunity for him with Jelavic reportedly nearing a deal.
    • 19:20 EVERTON: Howard, Neville, Hibbert, Heitinga, Baines, Donovan, Gibson, Fellaini, Drenthe, Cahill, Stracqualursi - Subs: Mucha, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios, Forshaw, Duffy, Baxter /// MAN CITY: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Barry, Milner, Silva, Aguero, Nasri, Dzeko - Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Johnson, Kolarov, Savic, De Jong, Razak
    • 19:15 Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City from Goodison Park.
  • Summary

    • 74' Aguero has it on the edge of the box, now Nasri, to Silva, short passing and Kolarov crosses into the body of Neville - they think it's a pen! No. His arm was by his side and he was trying to remove it. Good call from the ref - again!
    • 71' GIBSON JUST WIDE! A left-foot volley after Kompany's defensive header lands nicely for him.
    • 70' Kolarov puts it in the mixer, Nasri at the byline hits it into the ground and he almost gets lucky as it bounces up and off the top of the bar!
    • 60' DARRON GIBSON SCORES FOR EVERTON! WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT! Fellaini tackles Dzeko, Drenthe runs away, his cross lands for Donovan who sets up Gibson - who just joined from Manchester United, remember - for a piledriver.
    • 59' Silva takes a throw quickly and Aguero races in - Fellaini dives in but no penalty! That looked like one but no-one complains so I assume he got the ball and they all know it.
    • 53' Aguero on the move and Dzeko is free but he plays it behind him! It lands at the feet of Nasri but his shot is deflected over. Corner.
    • 49' Clichy with a super cross to Dzeko with the header but, with Heitinga in close attention, he heads straight at Howard!!
    • 41' An idiot fan has run on to the pitch and chained himself to Joe Hart's goal!
    • 36' NASRI OFF THE ANGLE OF POST AND BAR! And a super save by Howard from Aguero on the rebound! Flag was up. Still, he wasn't to know. Nasri's shot was from about 25 yards, swerving all over the place.
    • 36' Donovan to take the corner but Dzeko again heads clear. Back to Donovan though but the cross is cleared by Kompany. Gibson to Baines, he wriggles away and crosses for Straq with a super flick-on AND FELLAINI WITH THE VOLLEY BUT WIDE!
    • 23' Aguero on the ball, he has little support and defenders ahead of him, he pulls it away from Heitinga, weaves in and out but hits a left-foot drive wide. Lovely first touch to kill the high ball.
    • 12' Milner on the charge wide right and a great low cross but it misses everyone - including a swinging Dzeko!
    • 6' Barry and Silva combine and Richards overlaps to fire a low shot in, batted behind at the near post by Howard.
    • 5' Everton have a corner on the right. Baines to take. Swung far post and Stracqualursi heads it in but OFF THE LINE BY LESCOTT! Stracqualursi met the corner with a terrific header but Lescott did really well to nod it off the line! Everton convinced it was in but it was not.
    • 19:20 EVERTON: Howard, Neville, Hibbert, Heitinga, Baines, Donovan, Gibson, Fellaini, Drenthe, Cahill, Stracqualursi - Subs: Mucha, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios, Forshaw, Duffy, Baxter /// MAN CITY: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Barry, Milner, Silva, Aguero, Nasri, Dzeko - Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Johnson, Kolarov, Savic, De Jong, Razak

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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      7.6 7
      7.7 7
      7.5 7
      Midfielders
      Goal 8.9 7
      8.6 7
      8 7
      7.3 7
      Yellow Card Substitution Out79′ 7.2 7
      Strikers
      Substitution Out88′ 7.8 8
      Subs
      Substitution In79′ 6.8 7
      Substitution In88′ 7.1 7
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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      Yellow Card 5.8 7
      Yellow Card 5.2 7
      5.1 6
      Midfielders
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      Substitution Out86′ 4.1 6
      6.4 6
      6.3 6
      5.5 6
      Strikers
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      Subs
      Substitution In86′ 2.4 6
      Substitution In61′ 3.2 7
      Substitution In68′ 4.4 7

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