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Everton 3-1 Pompey

Everton
3 - 1
Pompey

Goodison

Sun 02-03-08, 4pm

Attendance: 33938

Referee:

A crucial game in our season, maybe not quite a definer but as close as you could be at this stage saw us travel to Goodison this afternoon, overall we were deservingly beaten 3-1.

Only one change was made from the victory over Sunderland last weekend, Milan Baros dropped to the bench in place of Kanu - who made such an impact when he came on in that game.

Yakubu had Everton ahead within a minute, but we managed to go in all level at half time after a Jermain Defoe goal. Goals in the final 20 minutes from Tim Cahill and a 2nd from Yakubu wrapped up their win.

The Match
A poorly given away foul - after we had kicked off - after a couple of seconds gave Everton the first chance with a free kick, and even poorer defending gave Yakubu a free header and he buried it, giving them the lead after less than a minute played, around 8 seconds of actual ball in play time…

After 15 minutes Everton were looking more likely to score, they had another free kick - needlessly given away - and created a good opening which we just managed to clear from Tim Cahill, although Niko Kranjcar did have a good chance after a decent move.

Everton were playing some really nice football, and a fine one touch pass movement move deserved a goal to be honest, but Leon Osman shot wide.

For 35 minutes or so we were shocking, Everton could and maybe should have been more ahead, and did have a decent claim for a penalty but suddenly we were level when Glen Johnson swung in a cross, Jermain Defoe made a run and stuck out a leg, but it is not clear if he did touch it - his run and attempted shot did make the difference between a goal or nor and was claiming it…

The goal sparked us into life and we finished the half strongly, 1-1 at half time did me fine, particularly as we were so poor for a good 37 minutes!

We started the 2nd half brightly too basically carrying on where we left off at the end of the 1st and Kanu almost worked a way through.

It was a good 20-25 minutes at the start of the 2nd half but clear cut chances were few and far between for either, Everton fans were crying out for a penalty - several times - but none were worthy of the calls, although Andy Johnson did have the ball in the net, but it was ruled out for offside.

With 17 minutes to play a good Everton move saw Cahill put them ahead again, personally I felt against the run of play in the 2nd half at that time… 2 players appeared to be free in the box, so it was good movement but it did seem poor defending too?

With 13 minutes to play Harry Redknapp made his first change of the game, Papa Bouba Diop coming off for John Utaka, who did not get into the game at all.

A breakaway goal 8 minutes from time from Yakubu - who turned Sol Campbell inside out, but too easily - settled things, he went off soon after.

Match Summary
Overall the result was a fair one, and the better side won, but we paid the penalty for a poor 1st half - well most of it - and failing to create any openings when we did get on the front foot for a decent period.

Well I think that the champions league dream is most certainly just that now a dream, but the uefa cup is still possible - we can keep this in our own hands if we can do the job at Old Trafford next weekend, or at least keep in the cup with a draw.

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Goals
Everton 3 - Yakubu 1, 82, Tim Cahill 73
Pompey 1 - Jermain Defoe 37

David James
Glen Johnson
Sol Campbell
Sylvain Distin
Hermann Hreidarsson
Sulley Muntari
Papa Bouba Diop (John Utaka 77)
Lassana Diarra
Niko Kranjcar
Jermain Defoe
Kanu


Substitutes Not Used
Jamie Ashdown
Lauren
Milan Baros
Sean Davis


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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Sunday March 2 2008
Time: 6:16PM

Comments

0
Think the game hinged on two subs. Johnson changed the game, Utaka was anonymous!
pompey4me
02/03/2008 18:20:00
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true, but we lost the game in midfield P4me. Lucky Johno was playing else we'd had been smacked 4 or 5 nil
ChrisW
02/03/2008 18:36:00
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But he cost £7 million. Good buy Harry, good bye Harry.
007
02/03/2008 18:36:00
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What are you on about 007, god do you ever have anything remotely positive to say? And yes Chris, Glen was magnificent.
pompey4me
02/03/2008 18:38:00
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I did have a little chuckle after the game, towards HR's comments. He says it like you've bossed the game after half an hour and we got lucky. I'd love to see all the chances he claims you created
EvertonMike
02/03/2008 18:41:00
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007, you need to balance your criticism of HR - today he has really p*ssed me off, but there are days when he is ootw. I only hear negatives comment from you about HR. You have to understand tha it is HR's exceptional abilities that have led us to expect excellence every match and when it doesn't happen we get sore - don't confuse that with lack of support for HR in any form.
ChrisW
02/03/2008 18:42:00
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I know what, lets go Harry bashing again, thats original. After all, we have a great squad, quarter finals of the fa cup, 9th in the league (when not playing well!!) Yep, he got it wrong today (my opinion) but overall, the guy is fantastic. Yes 007, you dont like him, but lets balance everything eh.
pompey4me
02/03/2008 18:46:00
0
The opening goal was down to Muntari's bad pass to Diarra when Everton pressed our kick off. A silly mistake we had to make a good start and that threw it out the window. In big games like this as the away side you MUST score when you on top and we didn't. Still 6th is still there for the taking if we can move on.
eastneydave
02/03/2008 18:49:00
0
true ED, but do you remember Djimi Traore's comments about the English managers he had worked with when he left for France? He said they didn't practice specifically for the following weekend's match unlike continental coaches - one wonders if a/ we practised this formation in any depth and b/ if we have ever practised the kick off.
ChrisW
02/03/2008 18:56:00
0
Obviously Harry is crap manager & nothing we have achieved is credited to him. That's about your input 007. Yes the better team won, we had a chance of a draw but got smacked by the Yak. We are adjusting to a new shape, new players & have to be realistic. We came against an Everton team unbeaten in the league this year & are not 4th by luck. Anyway, an easy one next week...
storagematt
02/03/2008 19:28:00
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