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The BBC's Peter Slater
"Derby had shaded the early stages"
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Saturday, 12 February, 2000, 18:30 GMT
Rams leave it too late

Moore Joe-Max Moore gave the home side an early lead


Everton 2-1 Derby

Everton continued their unbeaten home league record to end Derby's mini-revival at Goodison Park.

Joe-Max Moore and a Michael Ball penalty gave the home side a comfortable lead at the break, but Derby refused to fold and Avi Nimni gave the visitors hope on 58 minutes.

Match facts
24mins: Moore puts Blues ahead
45 Ball converts from the spot
59 mins: Nimni pulls one back for Derby
Derby started with purpose and invention and Everton were pressed back by a side looking confident and focused after five games unbeaten.

With so much possession, Derby should have created more chances, but with one serious shot in the first half, they failed to convert pressure into points.

Tony Dorigo got himself booked for a bad foul on Danny Cadamarteri after 23 Minutes. A minute later Everton were ahead.


I am very pleased with Joe, he's a worker as well as a goalscorer and he puts in a lot of effort for the team.
Everton boss Walter Smith
Referee Uriah Rennie played an excellent advantage when Nicky Barmby was fouled, and the ball was fed brilliantly by Mark Pembridge out on the right.

Moore raced into the box to crash a right footer past Mark Poom for his fourth goal in five games.

In first half injury time Rennie awarded a penalty when Spencer Prior looked to catch Richard Gough in the face with his arm in the box.

He did not produce a card, but Michael Ball stepped up to slam home the penalty.

Derby boss Jim Smith made drastic half-time changes by leaving both his strikers, Dean Sturridge and Branko Strupar in the dressing room and sending out substitutes Malcolm Christie and Marvin Robinson as a new strike force.

Derby had a strong case for a penalty turned down after David Weir had shoved Christie off the ball, but seconds later they were rewarded with their goal.

Kinkladze sent Nimni clear on the left and he sidefooted the ball past Myhre.

Derby played with purpose in the closing stages, but somehow Everton survived.

Teams:

Everton: Myhre, Ball, Gough, Weir, Dunne, Barmby, Pembridge, Hutchison, Cadamarteri, Campbell, Moore. Subs: Watson, Collins, Jeffers, Xavier, Simonsen.

Derby: Poom, Dorigo, Laursen, Elliott, Eranio, Prior, Johnson, Burley, Kinkladze, Strupar, Sturridge. Subs: Christie, Nimni, Oakes, Robinson, Riggott.

Referee: U Rennie (Sheffield)

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