Match SummaryColeman started the game playing on the left partnering Leighton Baines in the absence of Steven Pienaar, ineligible to play against the team from whom he is being loaned.
Sylvain Distin needed to be alert after a poor pass from Osman. At the other end, Drenthe and Osman combined well but the shot is driven wide as Everton started to get into the match.
Gareth Bale was getting ample room down the Everton left where defensive duties seemed to suffer as Baines was getting forward well.
Osman did well to dispossess Mondric, while at the other end a Coleman shot was deflected safely into the goalkeeper's hands. Heitinga had to put in an excellent stop to deny Defoe who had run into the area and was about to shoot.
Fellaini got a good chance off a Jelavic header down but the angle was narrow and the keeper stuck out his leg to save. Moments later and absolutely brilliant work by Osman, a fantastic pullback ball perfect for Jelevaic who struck it well and Brad Freidel could only push it on to the post and in to give Everton a worthy lead.
How would Everton play with such a wonderful first half advantage? The answer came quickly with Everton searching forwarded every opportunity looking to build on that lead. Osman was having an excellent game and almost repeated the scoring move minutes later. Then Drenthe came forward and had a good shot that was deflected but Friedel saved.
Tottenham were being well contained by the Blues' defense but Bale had to have a poke from distance that was well wide of Howard's post. Spurs won a soft free kick in a good position and Bale had another poke with the same result.
Everton won a dangerous free kick and Jelly stepped up to put in a superb shot around the Spurs wall and Friedel had to be very alert to push it around the post.
But the pace flag somewhat toward the break, Everton failing to take advantage, Osman giving the ball away too easily with a pass that Modric picked off far too easily. Spurs pressed hard toward the break, but could not breach a resolute Everton defense.
After the break and Spurs were straight into the action Defoe firing a good shot on target for Howard to save. Spurs kept pressing and the Blues were hanging on their nerves a little, working to retain their lead.
Defoe got free and had another good shot at Howard as Louis Saha warmed up to come on in placeof Adeybayor, Everton going on the back foot almost immediately, struggling to make much work going forward. Another lively Spurs attack ended with Modric firing over. I shockingly poor corner from Bale was followed by a poor foul by Assou-Okotu that earnt him a yellow card, with Jermain Defoe following him into the book soon after.
The hour mark came and Coleman fouled Assou-Okotu in the Dee... Kabul blasting the ball hilariously high and wide from the free kick. Jack Rodwell then coming on to replace Royston Drenthe, with Moyes going to secure a famous 1-0 victory.
But where is had other ideas, with Defor getting another shot on Howard has have a med Redknapp made his second substitution. Saha showed some turkey work cutting in the past at Neville and shooting into Serevent Diskus face
Everton finally mounted the first attack of the second half Coleman pushing the ball out wife to Osman in acres of space for a great chance for great chance but it was poorly executed, his shot going straight it Friedel. I poor sign of Everton's lack of adventure was the inevitable passing back to Howard, with Spurs continually allowed to apply more and more pressure.
With Everton becoming very stretched and panicky, Defoe fired home but thankfully was well offside. Jelavic had been ineffective in the second half an was finally replaced by Stracqualursi as the minutes ticked away.
Johonny Heitinga went in the book when another dangerous free kick was conceded. But Bale's floater went nowhere. Could the Blues hold on for 10 more minutes? David Moyes decided to increase the odds by swapping out Coleman for Jagielka.
Everton were shockingly poor when breaking from defense, Baines too easily dispossessed to set up yet another in a relentless stream of Spurs attacks. Redknapp swapped Parker for Livermore as Everton soaked up more and more pressure from a succession of Modric corners.
Into the last minute of full-time and incredibly five minutes of added time went up on the fourth official's board. The visitors kept plugging away with Everton backtracking but staying solid and continuing to neutralize every Spurs attack, a deflected shot from Vandover on sending five to close to the bar. in something of a scramble Saha poked the ball against Howard's post and away off Howard's knee he knew nothing about it, but got a card on 95 minutes for time wasting.
The game finally ended with another crazy sequence of headers ending in a safe by Alan and will see learning a little after 5½ minutes added time. A tremendous result for all Blues and David Moyes as he approaches his 10-year anniversary in the Goodison hotseat, finally propelling the side into a decent run of form after a dreadful first half to the season that can should not be forgotten in all the hoopla.
Everton (4-4-1-1): Howard; Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines; Coleman, Fellaini, Osman, Drenthe; Cahill; Jelavić.
Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Jagielka, Rodwell, Stracqualursi, Gueye, Anichebe.
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587 Posted 10/03/2012 at 16:45:15
Why does Dave play for a 0 - 0 scoreline every week? Why must he wait for us to go one down then panic and bring on another striker?
Dave, I love Cahill but please give him a seat on the subs bench and play two up front instead of being so negative week-in, week-out.
595 Posted 10/03/2012 at 18:25:59
602 Posted 10/03/2012 at 19:34:20
603 Posted 10/03/2012 at 19:36:14
604 Posted 10/03/2012 at 19:43:35
605 Posted 10/03/2012 at 19:58:08
606 Posted 10/03/2012 at 19:53:55
608 Posted 10/03/2012 at 19:59:33
Fantastic result again and hopefully it'll continue for another couple of games.
I thought Ossie was brilliant first half and Felli was Man of the Match again with JH, who is having a great season coming a close second.
As Dean says, onwards and upwards.
609 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:01:54
610 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:03:48
Spot on. Same shit, different day.
The RS lost and we won.
Happy fucking days :)
611 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:00:56
Also, the day he walked free from court was probably as good as it got for Harry. He destroyed West Ham, Southampton and totally fucked Portsmouth. Maybe he can do it for Spurs. I've been totally bewildered by his apparent shoe-in as England manager. Whatever my views on Moyes, I wouldn't swap him for Redknapp plus cash.
612 Posted 10/03/2012 at 19:58:19
Moyes's subs today were 100% right, Jags was needed in defence because Neville was struggling. And Straqualursi made a smart tackle from behind that put a smile on my face, I love it.
I feel we need to raise our game play overall if we are to beat the red shites. We were too passive in second half, I feared we were going to give away a sloppy goal at the end.
Pienaar will be back and we need him dearly, as Coleman just isn't 100% yet.
Our defence is ok, but Phil Neville is our weakest defender in the whole squad. He is too slow and he does not dare to tackle, I prefer Hibbert any day of the week.
As I said, we need to raise our game overall if we are to beat Liverpool.
614 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:02:03
Harry Redknapp dismayed but at the end of the day; Harry, you did have all the possession in the second half, we lost it and went into trench mode but ? between me and you ? fuck off! 1-0... you knew what you were going to get today and you royally got it... Get In Blues! Sweet seeing Saha hit that post too.
Let's have a performance on Tuesday but we must beat Sunderland on Saturday, massive game. COYB!
615 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:12:58
Very impressed by Jelavic, his ability to take a high ball and play with his back to goal is encouraging and he took his goal superbly.
617 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:00:20
A typical David Moyes win - a great turn by Osman and a cool finish by Jelly (he looks like a proper footballer) to give us a 1 nil lead. Followed by a backs to the wall nail-biter of a 2nd half.
A fitting way to celebrate 10 years at the club, and what a fantastic atmosphere.
A big week ahead - COYB
618 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:16:36
Get in there..
619 Posted 10/03/2012 at 19:51:28
The goal apart, Jelavic still has a way to go. The win was just reward for 'Arry's reneging on the 'Gentlemen's Agreement' not to play Saha. I think we may have a shot in the derby if they play as bad as they did v Sunderland, a bloody awful game to watch.
621 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:19:32
Then, if he really wanted to give Rodwell game time, he could have put him on for Cahill in that advancd role. Instead, he pushes Osman wide against Bale (only one winner there) and we had the proven failure that is the Rodwell/Fellaini axis: neither one pressing, both trying to occupy the same area.
Stracq was a good sub but should have been made earlier for Jelavic who was offering nothing towards the end (great goal though) and then Jagielka came on to disrupt a centre-back pairing thatr had looked solid most of the game.
Great 3 points though. Shows the advantage of playing players in their correct positions; showed Drenthe can be trusted in big games, and that Osman can play against quality opposition in the centre of the pitch.
622 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:21:32
624 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:28:12
625 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:27:07
Normally I can't stand the 10 men behind the ball defend for your lives approach Moyes inevitably employs. But today I think he got it right.
We looked completely gassed at 75 minutes or so and he put the proper people out there - 5 at the back - to defend the lead.
I don't think we would have ever scored and Moyes read it correctly IMO defending the lead. Putting Jags out to bolster our back line with another able body when every player to a man looked to have nothing left in the tank, and a fresh Straq up top to chase and hurry was a proper read of the game.
Again, just my opinion, and I am by no means an "apologist."
3 BIG points, 2 back of the Shite... looking up and not down at the table.
Well done today.
627 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:17:46
That said though, more than happy to see Jelavic finishing what wasn't an easy chance. His all round play seemed pretty decent also, certainly gives us more than Saha. Not impressed with Drenthe though, he only seems to look good against weak opposition. Put him against decent defenders, and he is left looking average at best. I hope Moyes gives him another chance at Anfield, but he needs to take it.
Lets hope we can pick it up Tuesday night, and give the shite a battle. It will be BEAUTIFUL to beat them at analfield and go above them in the table.
628 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:31:00
Sadly however it was not repeated at half time. It should have been obvious that HR would give spurs a bollocking and have them revved up for the second period.
This should of been known and counteracted by Moyes. We should, for the second half have gone up at least 20%. It didn't happen, we were lucky. But 3 points is......
Moyes by now should know that when under pressure like in the second half today that hoofball out of defense does not and will not work forever. We were lucky to get three points today and just like the second half against QPR, if we carry on playing like that then it's only a matter of time till we get hammered.
Sorry to put a downer on it guys but the second half for two games now have been rubbish. Lets just hope we're 4-0 against the shite after 45 mins. COYB
629 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:37:03
630 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:39:48
631 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:45:24
Still 3 points against Spurs can't be bad and so the good run continues although we are still a shambles at the back when we need to be assured.
This week promises to define the season. We can now beat Redshite and leap over them then beat the Black Cats and make the cup semi-final.
What are the odds?
632 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:53:43
633 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:50:43
I agree completely with Rodwell. I thought his inclusion was suspect, but I think the thought was get fresh legs on the pitch as we looked knackered, which wasn't the worst thing even if the inclusion of Rodwell was more heart than head.
Jags - I do hear your argument. But I actually feel in this instance, at that point in the game, Jags addition to the back line was a shrewd (yet ultra-defensive) move.
I concur with you 100% - if Jags is included Tuesday and breaks up the Heitinga - Distin pairing I'll be massively disappointed.
But then again I was disappointed with Duffy being dropped so what the Hell do I know? :0)
But I hear you loud and clear on that count.
634 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:55:20
635 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:52:17
I'll watch out for that on Catch of the Day
636 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:32:20
Unfortunately, he ran out of gas, as did Osman ? who was brilliant at times ? and we started to surrender possession. Backs to the wall last 20 minutes when at times only our desire kept Spurs at bay.
Over the 90, I thought we thoroughly deserved it. But I can't help thinking Redknaps bizzarre tactics of playing the brilliant Modric on the left and the best left winger Europe on the right made our job an awful lot easier than it might have been.
After such a shite season, the atmosphere at GP has been terrific for the past few matches. Everyone was on their feet tonight shaking fists at the players, demanding a little bit more.
I love this club.
637 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:58:50
639 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:55:28
Then came the second half where Jelavic tired and Moyes decided to defend a 1-0 for a full 45 mins plus the unexplained 5 mins of stoppage time. He got away with it but for me personally that's what it was ? a spirited got away with it.
Happy with the result and happy the RS got beaten but there will be days those tactics won't work and Moyes needs some more steel and guile to his game and to make a killer move to go for more goals.
647 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:48:18
We were shagged out in the second half, is it because we ran like hell in the first or fitness?
Pienaar Mk2 looks fitter, leaner and faster to me - are Spurs doing something better conditioning wise?
648 Posted 10/03/2012 at 21:08:21
649 Posted 10/03/2012 at 21:14:51
Fuck you queen Kenny, we are coming after your shite.
651 Posted 10/03/2012 at 20:56:20
Yeah they came at us in the 2nd half but they looked total shite in the first half.
That's it really.
Did we ride our luck?
Spawny right at the end?
But have Spurs been able to spend fucking millions and millions more on players than us?
Exactly...so shut the fuck up you spivvy, moaning cunt.
(anyway imo he should count his blessings - I followed his court case and if there was any justice, he wouldn't have spent today moaning about his 'bad luck', he'd have spent it in a prison hozzy getting stitches in his most recent ring-piece wounds)
653 Posted 10/03/2012 at 21:22:28
654 Posted 10/03/2012 at 21:26:26
Did think it was a bit of a mistake to take Drenthe off having said that, as his pace always gives us an out. Rodwell for Cahill the more logical swap for me
655 Posted 10/03/2012 at 21:37:30
658 Posted 10/03/2012 at 21:44:58
659 Posted 10/03/2012 at 21:45:11
'no, no, no, I can't believe what I've seen today, I can't say no more you'll have to ask the Chairman, we need a few more players, Jamie says so,lovely boy, mugged, mugged today'
Fuck. Off. You got beat at Goodison Park like thousands before you.
660 Posted 10/03/2012 at 21:50:21
He got it spot on in the 1st half though, good balance to the team, got the ball on the deck and we scored a great goal with Osman showing his flash of 'Iniesta' again.
How brilliant will it be to go into the FA Cup game above Liverpool in the league !
661 Posted 10/03/2012 at 22:03:27
How can so many on here dismiss the lad as a` no mark?`
672 Posted 10/03/2012 at 23:03:25
673 Posted 10/03/2012 at 23:14:06
675 Posted 10/03/2012 at 23:55:44
"But the pace flag somewhat toward the break"
"But where is had other ideas"
Where did you got to skool?
678 Posted 10/03/2012 at 22:19:21
Spurs are a top 6 side at least so it is understandable.
What bothers me is the fact that the two youngsters from early on this season have not got any playing time at all.
I would have preferred to see Barkley instead of Rodwell and Vellios instead of Straq.
It is supposed to be Moyes`s biggest strength, bringing youngsters into the game.
I have to be honest and say that Moyes has failed both Barkley and Vellios this season, they deserve more playing time, and especially since Gibson is out injured , and Cahill is in his poorest season yet.
I stand by my view in that Moyes has not yet got the full potential out of this group of young players.
He is not that far behind right now so if he can find a way of giving both Barkley and Vellios more game time then this season will not be seen as a total failure.
I want the best youngsters here to grow, and Moyes still has a lot to learn when it comes to trusting his very best youngsters.
After watching the reserve game against the reds I think it is time for Moyes to hand "Junior" his first team debut against the red shites on tuesday, though I feel he should be used as a sub to begin with.
That guy has quality and I feel optimistic if Moyes can show Nville and Cahill to the bench and bring on Barkley/Junior and Vellios
680 Posted 10/03/2012 at 23:34:14
What a gutsy win, COYB
681 Posted 11/03/2012 at 00:23:23
Also Spurs could learn from Moyes - They need to go back to 4-5-1. Theyve looked so much poorer when they have played two up top this season.
Great win, and Jelavic can finish! COYB
682 Posted 11/03/2012 at 00:59:57
Don't worry - J.Sorheim will always manage to come up with a negative. He has made some ridiculous claims all season and frankly shows himself up just about every time. When I see his posts I ignore them and wait for one from Andy Crooks, Gav Ram or Eugene as at least they make sense.
684 Posted 11/03/2012 at 01:06:21
This is what supporters like M Mason et al are missing and I feel sorry for them ( a bit)
I thought J Heitinga was immense today; he is a top class international centre half
fao Mr Mason...
...much of the above may, or may not, be fact, proveable or otherwise and may be construed as personal opinion (or not)
688 Posted 11/03/2012 at 01:11:48
Didn't get to see the match except for the first 15 minutes of the second half. Great to see us winning, but now will be very disappointed if we don't also beat the Shite this week.
For those who saw the match, what was Cahill's contibution? I saw him on the ball a couple of times in the short time I saw the game, and he appears to be offering less than nothing.
689 Posted 11/03/2012 at 02:31:39
691 Posted 11/03/2012 at 03:10:34
696 Posted 11/03/2012 at 04:32:24
Big two weeks with Sunderland the big one for me. Would like a result at Anfield and not impossible - Liverpool were dire today. PS where is Martin Mason on this thread? Come on man my day isn't complete until you join in.
700 Posted 11/03/2012 at 05:21:49
701 Posted 11/03/2012 at 04:04:23
Everything in place but a predator.
704 Posted 11/03/2012 at 05:33:29
716 Posted 11/03/2012 at 07:37:57
Anyone else notice Johnny going straight to Moyes when we scored, the way Neville does/did.
This guy is our next captain.
717 Posted 11/03/2012 at 07:47:46
719 Posted 11/03/2012 at 07:51:38
722 Posted 11/03/2012 at 08:08:43
Only watched on TV but they looked good and it was a great win again. If I was religious I'd be praying now for a good performance and perhaps even a win against Liverpool. I'm so negative about the derby matches now because we usually underperform especially when they look vulnerable.
739 Posted 11/03/2012 at 04:29:31
778 Posted 11/03/2012 at 10:54:14
781 Posted 11/03/2012 at 10:33:37
Having wached the game again this morning I can see how you would have expected a bigger crowd than 35,000 to be anounced. GP looked rammed.
There was quite a lot of empty seats, in the uppper Street end stand - the part that bends around into Bullens.
I couldnt see under the the lower Bullens, but they are usually the last seats to go, so I expect there were a few emty seats there too.It definitely wasnt full.
That said, if you`d have told uncle Bill three weeks ago that only the shit seats would be left for a televised game played out of normal busines hours, he`d have snatched your hand off.
Kenwright comes up smelling of roses again.
Proof - if it were needed - that our love for the club is even greater than our contempt for the board.
792 Posted 11/03/2012 at 11:09:53
The Upper Balcony looked a little sparse towards the Gwladys St End by the way which might account for the below capacity crowd.
Final thought ? does Jelavic remind anyone else of Kanchelskis?
808 Posted 11/03/2012 at 11:39:21
824 Posted 11/03/2012 at 12:12:04
I think Jelavic did what natural strikers do, they dont take the extra touch which allows defenders to close them down but shot first time as the occasion allowed. I would think that most of our forward alternatives in that situation would have taken an extra touch, and maybe lost the chance to score.
Finally 12 months ago I would have been worried about Heitinga having to replace either Jags or Distin but fair play the guy has been outstanding since filling his central defensive role.
831 Posted 11/03/2012 at 12:47:50
Nail, Head. It is nights like this that make the club special, and why the custodians of our club ? whoever they maybe ? must find a way to redevelop the Old Lady.
On a totally different point, I see a few people are jumping on the have-a-go-at-Rodwell bandwagon. Well, watch the match again (as I did) and you will see he had a very specific job. 'Arry pushed up Parker, brought on Van der Vaart and had Modric playing largely free. Rodwell sat on Parker when he was pushed up and trying to thread through balls and then closed down Van der Vaart and Modric.
It gave freedom to Felli to roam around, nicking the ball and trying to set up counter-attacks.
Overall, really pleased with the result. We didn't have Gibson or Pienaar, so not sure that was our strongest XI out there, and in any case had they been available we would have had more options to change things around.
RS will be a tough game, if only because it promises to be a physical encounter, and usually we are at the wrong end of refereeing decisions in these matches. Hope I'm wrong this time.
856 Posted 11/03/2012 at 14:15:29
Is it a motivational factor? Are the players more up for it against the better sides than the supposed lower half of the table sides?
Love beating the top teams, even if I was having kittens every time Spurs came forward in the second half, but God do Everton make me groan against opposition where we're expected to do better....
861 Posted 11/03/2012 at 14:52:58
If he was as consistent as he now 10 years ago he would have a good few England caps IMO.
He has been superb all season and last. He's a very, very clever footballer.
872 Posted 11/03/2012 at 16:45:49
Cahill is still getting picked when he shouldn't and the time is right to bring Rodwell back in.
888 Posted 11/03/2012 at 18:31:42
Reserving judgement on Jelly... it was one game and he was a little ineffective in the 2nd half... I would like to see how consistent his.
Great win though.
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