Despite the similar disparities to last week in terms of the gulf in financial and playing resources in relation to Liverpool, as with City, no-one imagined that David Moyes could possibly repeat the same negative bus-parking anti-football in front of a fervent Goodison Crowd. After all, a part of the rationale was that Everton weren't at the Etihad to provide entertainment for a partisan City crowd...
Well, the imperative could not be more different with hopefully the first full house of the season keen to see the nasty neighbours put to the sword. Thankfully he elected to tart with a recognized striker in Louis Saha upfront, with Hibbert preferred over captain Neville and Osman set to assist Baines with the set-pieces.
It started with a hoof upfield that was returned and Hibbert fouled Downing. ut The Blues won an early corner off a weak deflected Fellaini shot.
It was the usual high intensity game of attrition from there on, A dreadful messed up clearance by Jagielka that Kuyt rescued and gave Suarez a golden headed chance he could only bumble into Howard with the goal gapping. At the other end, a good deep cross produced a trademark header that Cahill tried to power over Reina but he tipped it over the bar and Everton threatened from the ensuing corner, Distin controlling the ball superbly but firing over.
Saha tried to curl one in with power that screwed just wide as Everton looked to a structure some attack when they had possession, Baines and Osman winning a succession of corners, Coleman's shot easily blocked.
The game through exploded with another astounding red card when Rodwell clipped the ball past Suraez who ran on to his foot and cartwheeled over, referee Atkinson incredibly showed him a straight red, and it was not even a foul!!! The Goodison crowd were rightly apoplectic but at least it injected a much needed fire into Everton bellies.
Cahill was then booked for going in hard on Carragher with his foot high, and the determination was evident in every blue touch, determined to seek retribution for a heinous piece of refereeing. But Liverpool started to dominate possession and craft their attacks, with Everton having to be more defensive.
Fellaini gave away a dangerous free-kick but Adam could only power it into the wall. Everton did get forward but Hibbert's cross was hopeless. A poor challenge by Adam on Osman was greeted by loud screams for a card which were of course ignored by Atkinson.
Incredibly, a ridiculous challenge by Jagielka on Suarez in the corner of the area gave a way a totally unnecessary penalty to Liverpool that Kyut powered toward the corner but Howard leapt across and pushed it brilliantly around the post for Liverpool's first corner, much to the delight of an elated Goodison crowd, and upping the intensity of the game and the incredible atmosphere yet another three notches as half-time approached.
A superb snapshot by Adam from nothing flashed past Howard and off the underside of the bar and out as Atkinson ended the fractious half to a huge crescendo of boos and catcalls.
No changes at the half as Tim Howard was given a massive reception by the Gwladys Street. Saha was having trouble getting into the game but a foul on him by Lucas was finally awarded with a yellow card for Liverpool.
A great piece of play by Fellaini created a great chace for Saha but his shot was shockingly weak, off-target and dribbled past the post. But Saha redeemed himself with an excellent clearance of a Caroll header off the line. A succession of corners saw Liverpool almost score but for a simple but crucial save by Howard.
A quick free-kick went to Kuyt wide open but he powered it wide. Lucas then lashed one wide as Moyes decided to bring Drenthe on at the hour mark for Coleman, who was close to getting a card, the Dutchman immediately winning a good free-kick off Kyut that went to the back post where Fellaini was offside.
Saha was allowed to turn and fired a tremendous shot just wide of Reina's post. Fellaini went down with cramp and Dalglish brought on Gerrard and Bellamy in place of Adam and Downing with 25 mins left, which encouraged Moyes to switch the increasingly ineffective Osman with Captain Neville.
Some good work resulted in a cross to Saha that Carrahgher defended and from that, a sweeping move involving Bellamy's pace down the Everton right forced the Blues defence to backpedal alarmingly and Enrique beat Hibbert to set up Carroll for an easy goal. Cahill had a shot at the other end that was straight at Reina with Everton once again forced to change their approach to get anything from the game.
But Liverpool could now relax and Everton started to struggle, despite having possession, as they were unable to penetrate effectively. Moyes reacted by bringing Vellios on for the last 12 mins in place of Hibbert.
A dreadful mix-up between Distin and Baines getting in each others way after denying Suarez then gifted the Uruguayan with a simple shot for the second Liverpool goal as the spirits of Blue hearts visibly sagged. Baines resorted to shooting from distance.
Liverpool almost got a third with some silly defending from Everton, as Bellamy was pelted with objects while taking a corner that Gerrard almost scored from, but for a crucial deflection off Jagielka.
Drenthe had a pop from distance, right at Reina as the minutes ticked painfully away and Kuyt hit the post from a corner. A horrible end to a horrible, horrible game.
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1 Posted 01/10/2011 at 15:00:25
I'm going to break out the ice cream and watch Curb Your Enthusiasm and watch someone more unlucky than us.
2 Posted 01/10/2011 at 15:06:40
3 Posted 01/10/2011 at 15:15:15
We should ask Atkinson to pay it all back...
Football is dying in front of our very eyes.
4 Posted 01/10/2011 at 15:09:27
The sending off was scandalous, so obviously Atkinson is a cunt for that; the thing is though, Fellaini and Hibbert could have easily both have seen red for very late tackles, and the pen was a pen.
I think we need to move away from the ref's a cheat, the Shite are cheats etc, because it just makes us look like were living up to our 'Bitters' tag.
The lads did us proud out there today, and Moyes deserves credit for going for it from the off; let's just take those positives from the game.
5 Posted 01/10/2011 at 15:14:02
It is too fucking hard being an Everton fan at times because you get nothing back but, when you don't even get a fair crack of the whip, it is ten times worse.
I only hope the that the team use the injustice and cheating against them to go on a run like before and, if I ever meet that corrupt shitbag of a ref, I will do untold damage.
6 Posted 01/10/2011 at 15:23:55
It seemed that right from the start, Martin Atkinson was determined to referee the game in a manner that stopped Everton from playing their usual chasing, pressuring and challenging game. Should he be allowed to do that? Should the referee dictate whether certain tactics are allowed, even if those tactics are well within the bounds of the rules of the game?
It seems that Martin Atkinson sought to avert controversial decisions, but in fact, his preconceived ideas and his actions early in the game have led to a far more controversial outcome.
I don't imagine for one minute that the sending off will be upheld if challenged, but even if referee Martin Atkinson is sanctioned for being an idiot, he still irreparably changed the course of a Premier League game.
7 Posted 01/10/2011 at 15:23:21
I want to win a derby game when we're outplayed and score against the run of play, or when we're given the benefit of an outrageous decision, but those decisions only go to the "big" clubs. I've had so many disappointments in derby games since my first one in 1955 when the second division mob came to Goodison and won a cuptie 4-0. It's the game when we never seem to get an even break.
8 Posted 01/10/2011 at 15:19:38
Can't really fault the players, it was an uncomfortable day weather-wise, and with such a prize at stake it was always going to get a little more heated. Fuck Liverpool really, fairly certain they won't be up to much this season, Dalglish is not the answer, and they won't have/can't have referees playing favorites every week, they are nothing special as Tottenham showed everybody the other week.
Won't be watching the highlights this night, think a few strong drinks will be much more fun than a handful of boring stone-faced turds and their expert analysis, I don't care what order they put us on.
A frustrating afternoon, referee was a shower of shit, but we should've seen that coming... I'm not the best of company right now.
9 Posted 01/10/2011 at 15:16:56
Anyway, totally undeserved red card.
So. Why does this idiot ref give a card to Rodwell, who had not played agressively earlier on either? Did his eyes do him a trick? Is he just stupid? Is he a Redshite? Or is he on the payroll for some gangster, hoodlum or maybe a ferry? Maybe Dalglish has some pics of them togehter in the sauna?
All I do know is this red card was not deserved. And I will blame the loss on the red card, given by this idiot Atkinson. Who's on the payroll of Dalglish, Vito Corleone and a gay midget.
10 Posted 01/10/2011 at 15:29:38
Without meaning to sound anti-Moyes, I think Moyes should talk about fair refereeing BEFORE the big games to put some pressure on the refs instead of always talking about the gulf in finances.
11 Posted 01/10/2011 at 15:42:34
Moyes should not be criticised in any way today, just wished he played this line-up more! Great game by the lads and they really tried hard and were winded in the end!
12 Posted 01/10/2011 at 15:46:20
13 Posted 01/10/2011 at 15:46:46
14 Posted 01/10/2011 at 15:47:20
Time for video refs, not that we'll get anyone forward-thinking enough to implement that. If I'd paid good money to have the game spoilt by a decision like that I'd be pretty pissed off.
Vincent (11) thought Saha did alright today too, got some decent long shots in. Not 100% convinced he's really a target man, but better than Cahill for that role.
15 Posted 01/10/2011 at 15:55:14
I thoroughly enjoyed a cracking first 23 minutes of fair and exciting play, then the match was ruined yet again by what can only be described as a biased decision... I can't and won't accept that tackle as a red card ? Moysie should do another "Clattenberg" and get that twat off our match referee list.
Love to hear what the FA thought about that! Why, within minutes did he not do the same to Hibbo and Cahill ? they WERE fouls?
16 Posted 01/10/2011 at 16:00:36
17 Posted 01/10/2011 at 16:05:42
18 Posted 01/10/2011 at 15:53:30
Still don't like 4-5-1, but will take 1 striker over none as a sort of compromise with Moyes in team selection. The team he put out there actually looked pretty good and obviously switched on for the match.
Don't want to lament on the red because it's all we're going to hear about, and, quite frankly, makes me ill to think about it again.
What needs addressing is Phil Jagielka. Today he was woeful. His tackling and marking have been his strength his whole career, and they aren't bad, but not as good as it used to be. His work on the ball, however, is worse than Hibbo has ever been. Completely unacceptable at this level, and as captain, he should be expected to put in a much better shift than he did today.
19 Posted 01/10/2011 at 15:59:42
He ruined what upto that point was a good game, and he should be forced to come out and apologise to all the Evertonians who paid good money to watch a game of football, not Martin Atkinson.
Moyes said he won't contest the decision, I hope he reconsiders.
20 Posted 01/10/2011 at 16:00:53
After last week's disgrace, I was pretty optimistic seeing the line-up, other than hoping for Drenthe in place of Ossie. The Shite were truly shite and Atkinson's decision was the game decider.
Fair play to Moyes for a having a go; almost expected him to play for the point second half. Despite the result, head is higher than last week. Laughable for that crowd to think they'll get anywhere this season.
21 Posted 01/10/2011 at 16:12:35
22 Posted 01/10/2011 at 16:14:09
23 Posted 01/10/2011 at 16:08:53
Also, he was in charge when Liverpool beat Chelsea 3-1 for the 2006 Charity Shield and three Chelsea players were cautioned.
In all Atkinfuck has shown '42' red cards in the last six seasons! This guy really does love the color red I'm guessing.
24 Posted 01/10/2011 at 16:20:48
I could go on but I really can't be arsed.........
25 Posted 01/10/2011 at 16:26:37
26 Posted 01/10/2011 at 16:25:23
27 Posted 01/10/2011 at 16:26:32
It is Jagielka's job to do that otherwise bans get extended. I would also like to add that Jagielka was shit today ? don't rate him; never have, never will.
28 Posted 01/10/2011 at 16:34:06
29 Posted 01/10/2011 at 16:39:44
30 Posted 01/10/2011 at 16:40:55
Jagielka's poor distribution and lack of leadership have nothing to do with his injury and personally I didn't rate him before he was injured. He was truly found out against Spain during his first England cap.
I personally don't like his style of play, he invites pressure onto the line by allowing players on to him. He hasn't got enough pace to go tight, but I do have to admit he doesn't get turned often.
If you look at Johnny H who defends the area in front of him, he wins the ball and PASSES it. Don't forget we played some great football when Jagielka was crocked and Heitinga came in.
31 Posted 01/10/2011 at 17:02:49
We look like we will concede in every match ? and don't have 2 goals in us a match, which means it will be a long season.
32 Posted 01/10/2011 at 17:03:59
Howard-9 Superb neither goal his fault.
Hibbert-6 Always puts in a shift.
Distin-4 Would've been 7 but second goal horror.
Baines-4 Would've been 6 but at fault for both goals.
Rodwell-6 Played well until comedy ref ended his afternoon.
Fellaini-6 Played his part, some good play.
Cahiil-8 Kept going, nearly scored twice, constant pain to redshite.
Osman-7- Very good until injured late on.
Saha-7 Best display for a long while again went close on at least 3 occaisions I remember.
Drenthe-6 Looked lively.
Neville-* Not on long enough.
I'm sure you'll have a different opinion to me.
33 Posted 01/10/2011 at 17:12:23
34 Posted 01/10/2011 at 17:22:20
35 Posted 01/10/2011 at 17:24:23
36 Posted 01/10/2011 at 18:25:29
By all accounts there's just as big a derby game going on in North London tomorrow. But no. Lets give this ego maniac the Merseyside game instead. TWAT.
Correct me if i'm wrong but isn't a straight red given when the tackle sees two feet off the ground? You know, like Gerrard did against us some years back. What a great game of football it was too until we were cynically extracted from the game.
You can see a pattern here as well with the City game. Three yellows in the first what, 20 mins. Well that certainly stopped us defending as well as we could.
Corrupt? You bet. Thats why we'll never see video reffing to get that all important decision "Correct"
I mean we couldn't have S.Korea v Wales in a World Cup Final could we.
What would the "sponsors" say?
And oh, to have had a deal on Jags and kept Arteta.
37 Posted 01/10/2011 at 19:11:52
38 Posted 01/10/2011 at 19:11:02
Liverpool fans are just pathetic as usual, they only sing when they're winning. Everton fans were great today. I'm not bothered about the coin throwing, I wish it was a bullet that hit Suarez, the cheat.
I'm annoyed in the manner we conceded both goals, both of them were just pathetic goals to concede. Our defence now looks awful, Jags is useless, he's just another Yobo.
The referee simply got everything wrong today, he is simply useless. Everybody is going on about the sending off but he made numerous mistakes. I'm fully expecting the Echo to say Liverpool deserved to win and, when we went down to 10 men, they did deserve to win.
In my opinion, we were set up to lose, I'm not sure with 11 men we'd've won. I predicted a 2-0 defeat and it came true. Liverpool won without having to play particularly good which was worrying.
I'm very worried about the next few games as it's obvious we can't defend or score goals. We didn't really get close to scoring.
39 Posted 01/10/2011 at 19:28:21
40 Posted 01/10/2011 at 19:56:55
Maybe it's time for the foreign ref in the prem experiment.
What do you guys think. It may work as they would definately have no bias either way.
41 Posted 01/10/2011 at 19:34:43
Moyes has a history of not appealing red cards, especially when replays showed the tackle wasn't even worth a yellow, but surely he must this time... up till then, the game was being enjoyed by everyone, proved by the cameras panning around the mixed blue and red shirts in the crowd.
We were up at dawn here in Ontario as the game was live at 7:45 am, and the Blues were playing some good stuff, but what else can be said about a referee who put an end to any chance we had of getting a result by probably one of the worst decision I certainly have ever seen?
One of the game's commentators also stated the red, or even a yellow wasn't warranted; his name: Steve McMannaman, nuff said.
42 Posted 01/10/2011 at 20:04:28
When was the last time Everton got a dodgy decision in our favour in a derby game?
I for one am struggling to think of one?
43 Posted 01/10/2011 at 19:39:18
The only microscopic crumb of comfort is that all the RS I know who berated him as "neutrals" for his "Hand-sen-esque" intervention in the WC against Ghana, now think he's the best thing since sliced bread.
Cunts just doesn't seem strong enough.
44 Posted 01/10/2011 at 20:43:13
0-2, and an unfair red-card to Rodwell.
My reaction, 'Meh'.
45 Posted 01/10/2011 at 22:50:29
The referee cost us the game today and despite investing bloody millions they were bloody awful today.
46 Posted 02/10/2011 at 00:24:18
For the record, I usually don't rate him at all, but Fellaini was our best today.
47 Posted 02/10/2011 at 00:33:04
"He was truly found out against Spain"
Found out against the World and European Champions! What a disgrace!
48 Posted 02/10/2011 at 00:50:21
The worst Liverpool side I've seen for years. Despite expecting the inevitable, there was a small, but sneaking, suspicion we could actually have done them today.
Bet Atkinson's sleeping like a baby right now..
49 Posted 02/10/2011 at 01:03:38
50 Posted 02/10/2011 at 06:07:30
Whether Spain or Liverpool, found out is found out.
51 Posted 02/10/2011 at 09:17:07
52 Posted 02/10/2011 at 11:52:40
53 Posted 02/10/2011 at 12:20:54
The reason jags was found against Spain was his sloppy distribution leading directly to Spain's first goal. In that game if he had found a white shirt, like he should have, the result may have been different. You cannot give the ball away against that quality of opponent, ditto on the Prem, yet Moyes persists with him and we carry on leaking goals.
Teams know how to apply pressure to him and he crumbles time and time again. I played centre half for years and like I said earlier, don't rate him; never have, never will.
54 Posted 02/10/2011 at 12:11:23
55 Posted 02/10/2011 at 17:21:05
Jags, however, is getting more and more unreliable and prone to mistakes on a regualar basis. Not to mention, as has been already, his ability witht he ball at his feet leave a lot to be desired - an ability that Distin and Heitinga have in excess.
56 Posted 02/10/2011 at 17:31:21
Nick 53 Who do you want to replace him with...? Heitinga? Didn't you see the World cup final? He was also found out against Spain.
57 Posted 02/10/2011 at 19:42:33
58 Posted 02/10/2011 at 21:03:41
59 Posted 02/10/2011 at 21:58:14
60 Posted 02/10/2011 at 22:21:03
I am not trying to citicise him, as it is no shame to be found out against the World Champions and the same goes for Jaggs.
I agree he should be in the squad, and given Jaggs recent mistakes maybe he should be in with a shout of making the 1st team, but to knock jaggs for being found out using the example of Spain is absurd.
61 Posted 02/10/2011 at 22:36:51
All good captains display a kind of authority that Jags lacks. Where was he when Cahill was struggling to restrain Leiva and Carragher from getting in the ref's earhole during the Rodwell farce? Why did Adam and not Jags try to console Rodders?
My recollection is that Jags was no where to be seen.
62 Posted 02/10/2011 at 23:02:57
Dick is right. Jags should have been front and centre during the Rodwell debacle, but wasn't.
63 Posted 03/10/2011 at 00:03:05
64 Posted 03/10/2011 at 10:47:03
65 Posted 03/10/2011 at 14:58:34
66 Posted 03/10/2011 at 15:11:55
67 Posted 03/10/2011 at 15:32:41
68 Posted 03/10/2011 at 22:08:51
Baines - no way. Not a captain... yet.
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