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Everton 1 - Blackburn Rovers 0

Goodison Park

10th February 2007. 15:00

Attendance: 35,593

Everton 1.v.0 Rovers

On a cold but clear afternoon on Merseyside, a Blackburn Rovers side succumbed to injuries and an impressive display from Everton.

Everton started the game brightly in their usual four-five-one formation, spearheaded by birthday boy Andrew Johnson. He was showing all the typical endeavour and running he normally does, worrying the Rovers defence in the process.

It wasn`t long before he had some reward for all of his hold up play and movement. A ball into the box in the 10th minute wasn`t dealt with by Rovers, which allowed the 26-year-old England international to nip in behind and poke the ball beyond Brad Friedel.

Already Rovers were up against it and were dealt another blow in the 15th minute that further disrupted their plans. David Dunn, making his first start for Rovers since re-signing for the club, was called upon to replace the injured Morten Gamst Pedersen. However, he joined the Norwegian on the injury list after an innocuous challenge with Phil Neville. This meant Jason Roberts was brought on prematurely for the second consecutive game. He went up front with Paul Gallagher reverting to left-wing.

These disruptions and the resolute Everton midfield ensured Rovers generated little in the first half. In fact it was Everton who continued to press and could have doubled their lead through Johnson again and Everton debutant Manuel Fernandes. Fernandes` effort was particularly close, requiring a smart finger-tip save from Friedel at full stretch just as half-time loomed.

The only effort Rovers could muster was from distance and came from Zurab Khizanishvili. He lashed an effort at goal from distance that almost caught Tim Howard out but the burly American recovered to tip the ball over.

Rovers needed a lift and it appeared Mark Hughes gave them that during the half-time interval. Rovers came haring out of the traps at the beginning of the second half.

Paul Gallagher did well to work an opening for himself before firing an effort across goal that Howard once again tipped to safety.

Rovers were showing the urgency needed to force a way back into the game but it was Everton, on the break, who should have doubled their lead.

Andrew Johnson was again making a nuisance of himself and he connected with an Arteta ball across the six-yard box. He really should have hit the net with his left foot but he opted for his right and flicked it off target.

As the minutes seeped away, the Everton defence dropped deeper and their midfield became more compact. In a scrappy exchange of play, Chris Samba hurried fired over when presented with a half chance from a corner.

Francis Jeffers was introduced to replace Paul Gallagher and he was greeted by a chorus of boos, boos that were attached to him every time he received the ball.

Rovers continued to press whilst encamped in Everton`s half and bar a few sticky moments for the Toffees, they looked resolute enough to repel anything a weary Rovers side threw at them.

This appeared to be a game too far for Rovers who looked short on ideas and rhythm against a solid Premiership defence.

Star Player

David Bentley.

It was hard to notice anyone who stood out in particular but Bentley provided urgency and sparks of creativity at times.

Player Ratings


Friedel 6

Did little wrong and could do little about the goal.

Berner 6

An unspectacular but solid debut. Will provide good cover for Warnock.

Khizanishvili 6

Worked hard but doesn't look comfortable at right back.

Nelsen 7

Still finding his feet but makes his presence known.

Samba 7

The giant centre-back is looking promising.

Emerton 7

Plenty of effort as always from the Aussie.

Dunn 5

Lasted just 15 minutes!

Tugay 5

Couldn't influence the game as he would have liked.

Bentley 7

He is really starting to develop into a mature midfielder now.

Gallagher 7

Worked hard to create openings for himself and was unlucky when denied by Howard.

McCarthy 5

Failed to impact the game.

Roberts 5

Doesn't seem to offer much in the way of attacking options and I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't score all season.

Jeffers 5

Another forward who is offering little at the moment.

Todd 4

Managed to get booked in his seven minutes on the pitch!




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The Journalist

Writer: Roversman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 11 2007

Time: 10:32AM

Your Comments

Disappointing really wasn't it, as you say a game too far. You did me proud, I was hoping you'd get the phrase "sticky moments for the Toffees" in there somewhere and you did. We'll bounce back in midweek. MickeyGamst losses his unbeaten record too foesn't he.
Hughes Da Man
LOL i had an unbeaten run of about 16 games over 5 years until i got a season ticket! That included the win against United (flitcroft scored) and the win against Arsenal when it looked like Cygan was playing for us for the day!
BomBom
I must say I was surprised by Gallys game. Always thought he's got the talent, but never really fulfilled it, did he. Hope that at 22 he'll make it to the starting 11 on a regular basis. Not sure about his best position though (not an orthodox winger, nor a classic striker).
IsraeliRover
Gally almost scored a cracker didn't he. He seems to have a good game, then a poor one. If he can find that settled position he could be a world beater.
Hughes Da Man
He seems to have all the attributes to be a forward rather than a winger however he seems best suited to the role of 2nd striker beside a target man, something rovers do not currently employ as we are playing very good passing football as of late. Personally i would rather that styler continue, even if that means Gally doesnt get a run in the side. I agree with what HDM says though, he seems to struggle with consitency but i guess that goes with the territory when you arent playing regularly, especially when its not in a settled position.
BomBom
 

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