Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool Premiership  Saturday 22 January 2005; 3:00pm
    Half Time: 0-1
  Holland (45')  
 Attendance: 36,041 (Fixture 24) Referee: Howard Webb

Match Updates


James Beattie: Make his home debut today

James Beattie leads the line in what looks like the first-choice team for David Wright, with the exception of Richard Wright, who has expressed his own frustrations about the rusty aspects of his form.  Time for the a clean sheet?  For Charlton, Graham Stuart and Francis Jeffers started on the bench.

The game started slowly, with Charlton taking the early initiatives.  But Lean Osman, declared fit after missing last week's Boro draw, found himself in space after 8 mins and ran at the Charlton goal, with Kiely spoiling his first effort.

A late tackle on Hibbert brought El Karkouri an early yellow card from Howard Webb.  Everton then went to 4-4-2 after only 20 mins, with Bent moving forward after having a poor first quarter on the right.

Everton got a lucky corner (it should have been a goal kick, ref!) and created a glorious chance from Weir's header, on a flick-on from Bent, but was lacking power and Murphy could clear off the line. 

Pistone and Stubbs contrived to blow a wonderful chance minutes before half-time.  But a brilliant volley from 25 yards by Matt Holland gave Charlton the lead moments before the break following a Hreidarsson corner. 

It was another lacklustre first half for Everton, with Bent and Beattie lacking in movement (Everton have had the lead at half-time only once this season!).  Cahill and Kilbane not involved, while Charlton effectively retaining possession. 

David Moyes took immediate action during the break by replacing Marcus Bent, who has appeared increasingly out of touch in recent games, with Duncan Ferguson. 

After 55 mins, Beattie so nearly scored, with Cahill sliding in, but it hit the inside of the post and bounced harmlessly out.  But it was Charlton who did most of the pushing, with Wright looking nervous on a succession of corners. 

Ferguson and Carsley combined well to break through but Konchesky chased back to deflect the ball away before Cars could shoot.  McFadden then came on for Kilbane to hopefully provide some much-needed pizzazz that could change the game.

Everton started to push, with McFadden and Carsley working a short corner that gave McFadden a chance to fire in on Kiely.  But, with time relentlessly ticking away, the Charlton defence held firm, unperturbed by McFadden's erratic running and shooting.

A good free-kick from Beattie forced a diving save from Kiely as an ominous defeat loomed for the Blues with less than 10 mins left.  Ferguson was winning all the high balls but no-one was getting on the end of them, and the Goodison crowd was becoming increasingly frustrated. 

As ever, the Blues pushed harder and harder while the clock ran down, Ferguson doing all he could to keep up the pressure.  But corners were wasted with annoying profligacy as the limitations of this squad become more and more manifest with each passing game.  Yobo came on with a few minutes remaining.

Everton's charge for the Champions League is now showing every sign of falling apart, with a rather poor performance overall.  The fundamental inability to score vital goals is costing them dear, with Bent becoming increasingly ineffective and Beattie still to get off the mark.  But we are still fourth!  And with a seven-point gap behind us to protect for the next 14 games...

The London curse continues; Tommy, Tommy, wherefore art thou, Tommy?  We miss you desperately!

Michael Kenrick

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Yobo to score first: 33/1
Stubbs to score first: 33/1
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Premiership Scores
Saturday 22 Jan 2005
So'hampton 2-0 Liverpool
Birmingham 1-2 Fulham
Chelsea 3-0 Portsmouth
C Palace 3-0 Tottenham
Everton 0-1 Charlton
Man United 2-1 Aston Villa
Norwich 4-4 Middlesbro'
West Brom 2-0 Man City
Sunday 23 Jan 2005
Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle
Monday 24 Jan 2005
Blackburn 0-1 Bolton

 
Premiership Table
Pos Team Pts
1 Chelsea 61
2 Arsenal 51
3 Man Utd 50
4 Everton 44
5 Liverpool 37
6 Middlesbrough 37
7 Charlton 37
8 Tottenham 33
9 Man City 31
10 Aston Villa 31
11 Bolton 33
12 Newcastle 29
13 Fulham 28
14 Portsmouth 27
15 Birmingham 26
16 Blackburn 25
17 Palace 21
18 Southampton 18
19 Norwich 17
20 West Brom 16
After 16 Jan 2005

Everton v Charlton:
Prior League Games
 Overall  
 Everton 10
 Charlton 5
 Draws 6
 Premiership  
 Everton 3
 Charlton 2
 Draws 0
 Last Season:

Everton 0-1 Charlton  


Match Facts
 EVERTON (4-5-1; 4-4-2; 4-3-3)
 
Blue shirts, white shorts, white socks
CHARLTON ATHLETIC (4-4-2)
Red shirts, white shorts, red socks
Wright
Hibbert
Weir
Stubbs
Pistone (87' Yobo)
Carsley
Bent (46' Ferguson)
Osman
Cahill
Kilbane (64' McFadden)
Beattie

Subs Not Used:
Turner, Naysmith

Yellow Cards: 
Stubbs (90')

Red Cards: —



Unavailable:

(Injured:) Martyn, Watson
Kiely
Young
El Karkouri
Hreidarsson
Konchesky
Holland
Thomas
Hughes (87' Johansson)
Murphy
Fortune
Bartlett

Subs Not Used:
Andersen,
Stuart, Fish, Jeffers

Yellow Cards:
El Karkouri (15'), Hughes (83')

Red Cards: —

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Match Preview

Much has been made in the build-up to this match of Everton's "Capital curse" because all five of our defeats thus far have come at the hands of London clubs.  It's no surprise, really.  Historically, we have had a pretty poor record against the London clubs, especially the bigger ones.  But it shouldn't be forgotten that the team against which we have the best record since the Premiership began is West Ham United.  Oh, how we loved playing them!

Nevertheless, Charlton have caused us a few problems in the past, and we haven't actually manage to beat them in the league for the last four games.  Thankfully, the memory of last month's unceremonious 2-0 defeat at The Valley which halted a seven-match unbeaten run is still very fresh in the mind — the perfect opportunity, therefore, to get swift revenge.

James Beattie, who hadn't been signed when these two teams last met, will likely make his home debut in this game which will provide the first indication of how David Moyes will employ his new £6M acquisition on home turf.  So far, he has remained faithful to the 4-5-1 formation and pushed Marcus Bent out wide.  Although the Blues have now won five straight at Goodison Park, he could remain cautious having not yet replaced Thomas Gravesen (if he even will).

The hints from Moyes this week have been that Joseph Yobo will continue in midfield — in the holding role, we have to assume.  That means a continuing reliance on a five-man midfield that may or may not feature Leon Osman, who missed the draw at 'Boro last weekend with a calf strain. He will have a late fitness test but is rated doubtful; Tim Cahill, meanwhile, should make it despite injurying his neck at The Riverside.

Moyes should be wary, however, that so far when the opposition has deployed five-men across the middle, it has choked Everton's forward momentum, leading to the goalless draw at Blackburn and that defeat against Charlton a month ago.

Addicks boss Alan Curbishley is mindful of the same thing afflicting his team at Goodison this weekend and is toying with the idea of going 4-4-2, with former-Blue Francis Jeffers up front with Shaun Bartlett.

With our away form slipping of late, home games are becoming vitally important to our challenge for Europe, so this game is another must-win fixture for the Blues.  There's certainly no reason why they shouldn't win this one by the odd goal — as has become customary this season.

Lyndon Lloyd


Matchday Stats

This will be the 49th meeting between Everton and Charlton Athletic in all competitions, and the 25th at Goodison Park.  This match will be the 12th meeting in the Premier League and the 6th at home.

Everton's full record against Charlton Athletic is:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Premier League

11

5

1

5

15

14

Division One

30

11

7

12

43

49

Division Two

2

2

0

0

14

1

FA Cup

3

2

1

0

8

4

League Cup

1

1

0

0

1

0

Full Members Cup

1

0

1

0

2

2

TOTALS:

48

21

10

17

83

70

Our record at Goodison Park against Charlton Athetic is:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Premier League

5

3

0

2

8

5

Division One

15

6

6

3

26

19

Division Two

1

1

0

0

7

1

FA Cup

1

1

0

0

4

1

League Cup

1

1

0

0

1

0

Full Members Cup

1

0

1

0

2

2

TOTALS:

24

12

7

5

48

28

The last match between the sides was last month at Charlton when Everton were beaten 2-0.  The last match at Goodison Park was almost a year ago, on 17 January 2004, when Charlton won again 1-0.

Bill Dean is the only Everton player to get a hat-trick against Charlton Athletic, doing so in only the second match between the sides, played at Charlton on 7 February 1931, which Everton won 7-0.

The most common victory for Everton is 2-1 which has happened 7 times in Everton's 21 victories.  Charlton’s most common victory over Everton is 1-0 which has happened 4 times in Charlton’s 17 victories. The most common draw between the sides is 2-2, which has happened 5 times in the 10 draws between the sides.

Everton's record for 22 January is:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Premier League

2

0

0

2

0

3

Division One

8

4

2

2

13

12

F.A. Cup

2

1

0

1

3

1

Zenith DS Cup

1

1

0

0

4

1

TOTALS:

13

6

2

5

20

17

This is the first meeting between the sides on this day.  The last Premier League match on this day was in 2000 when Everton lost 2-0 at Southampton.  The last home match on this day was in 1991, when 4 goals from Tony Cottee, secured a 4-1 victory over Sunderland in the, now defunct, Zenith Data Systems Cup.  Ironically, all three cup matches played on this day (2 FA Cup matches and the ZDS Cup match) have been against Sunderland who Everton meet next week in the F.A. Cup 4th round.

William Ralph Dean was born on this day in 1907 in Birkenhead.  Signed from Tranmere Rovers for £3,000 in March 1925, Dean played a total of 433 matches for the club whilst scoring 383 goals during this time – a rate of a goal every 102 minutes played for the club.  As well as setting a British record of 60 league goals in a season (1927-28), Dean has also set numerous other records, including:

·          The English record for the most number of league goals with a single club (349) during his time at Everton in 399 league matches.

·          The fastest known hat-trick of headers.  His five goals in the club’s 7-2 win at home to Chelsea on 14 November 1931 included three headers in ten minutes between the 5th and 15th minute of the game.

·          The most league hat-tricks in a career scoring 37 in his time with Tranmere Rovers, Everton and Notts County.  His 34 league hat-tricks for Everton is the most for one player at a single club.

·          He was also the last player to score successive hat-tricks for England against Belgium and Luxembourg on the summer tour of 1927.

·          The youngest scorer of a hat-trick for Everton.  He scored his first hat-trick for the club against Burnley on 25 October 1925 aged 18 years 268 days.

·          The club record for the most number of consecutive matches scored in when he netted in 12 consecutive matches in the 1930-31 season.

·          The club record for the most number of consecutive matches in which he scored a hat-trick, with 3 hat-tricks in as many games when he scored 2 hat-tricks in the final 2 games of the historic ‘60 goal’ 1927-28 season and a hat-trick in the first game of the following season.

·          The club record for the most number of hat-tricks in a single league season when he got 8 in the 1931-32 season.

·          The only player to score 4 goals in a single Charity Shield match, against Newcastle United on 12 October 1932.  Everton won the match 5-3.

Ironically, Dean’s appearance and scoring record for England (16 appearances, 18 goals and 2 hat-tricks) matches, exactly, his playing record against Liverpool!

After 13 years with Everton, Dean was sold to Notts County in May 1938 by the then club secretary Theo Kelly.  Sadly, Dean passed away at Goodison Park in 1980 after a derby match.

Paul Gerrard was also born on this day in 1973 in Heywood.  Signed from Oldham Athletic in July 1996 by his old manager, Joe Royle, Paul went on to make 99 appearances for Everton before his contract was cancelled, moving on to Nottingham Forest in June 2004.

Milestones that can be reached in this game:

·          If Everton win, then they will set a new club record for the most consecutive home wins in the Premier League with 6.

·          An Everton victory will also be the 50th for the club, in all competitions, since David Moyes became manager.

Steve Flanagan



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