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Sunday, 20 February, 2000, 18:00 GMT
Villa destroy Goodison's dream

Steve Stone celebrates his headed goal in style

Everton 1-2 Aston Villa

Steve Stone and Benito Carbone scored as Everton's lengthy unbeaten run at home was ended by a determined defensive display from Villa.

Everton had almost two-thirds of the possession without creating the chances they should have.

Meanwhile Villa broke dangerously, defended well under pressure and will now play Bolton in an FA Cup semi-final.

Key moments
16: Myhre makes a mess of Stone's header
21: Barry's error this time and Moore chips just over the line
45: Merson breaks from Everton free-kick and Carbone scores
69: Boateng escapes red card for two bad tackles
89: Carbone goes for two minor offences
All that marred the visitors' day was a sending off for goalscorer Carbone in the dying moments of the game, and Joe-Max Moore's first half equaliser.

His strike followed Stone's opener, while Carbone snapped up the eventual winner in first half injury time.

Villa had FA Cup debutant Peter Enckelman in goal after David James lost his fitness race.

An Everton readjustment saw manager Walter Smith copy Villa's three-man central defensive system.

The home side were brighter throughout the first half as young keeper Enckelman was plunged into a fierce cup atmosphere.

Campbell congratulates strike partner Moore

But it was the Finn's opposite number Thomas Myhre who made the crucial goalkeeping error of the afternoon.

Merson received a short corner back from Carbone and the former England man chipped the ball for Ugo Ehiogu to head back across from the far post.

Stone's header was straight at Myhre, but bounced alarmingly at the keeper and went into the goal off the keeper's shoulder.

Everton responed swiftly as new England squad member Gareth Barry was guilty of trying to trap a ball in his own crowded penalty area.

The punishment was severe as Moore pounced to chip over the advancing Enckelman, and although Stone hooked the ball away it had crossed the line.

Although the result is the most important thing it would have been nice to have done it with a bit of style, because we've been playing very well of late and I don't think we did today
John Gregory
And Everton desrved to be level with Collins' intelligent passing and Barmby's running allied to the powerful Campbell, who he had one shot deflected wide by Ehiogu's desperate lunge.

But as they sought a lead to take to the dressing room by throwing bodies forward at a free-kick, Villa's clearance eventually found Merson.

He ran half the length of the field, sidestepped a challenge on the edge of the box and shot low to Myhre's left.

We were thwarted by a poor final ball and hitting the post
Walter Smith
The Norwegian keeper could only push the ball out to Carbone who tapped home for the easiest of his five FA Cup goals this season.

Merson's run was his last act of the match, with Ian Taylor introduced at half-time.

Carbone was still on the pitch, and shot just wide of Myhre's right-hand post from 25 yards in the first minute of the second period.

Everton's push forward in search of a second equaliser saw Campbell head over the bar and Don Hutchison shoot straight at Enckelman from distance.

Southgate and colleagues rarely gave Everton an opening
But Villa's organised defence were content to play safety-first and hook the ball into the stands where necessary.

George Boateng, who had already been booked for a first half foul on Hutchison, was given merely a stern talking-to by referee Dermot Gallacher when he did it again midway through the second half.

Unsworth put the resulting free kick just wide, with Carbone following suit with a similar opportunity two minutes later.

Everton increased the pressure with Francis Jeffers and Danny Cadamateri added to the attacking threat.

The hosts simply had to create at least one clear chance, and when it came Rochard Gough struck the ball against the post.

Ehiogu's fantastic saving tackle then stopped Campbell tapping into the empty net.

Finally came controversy involving Carbone, who angered the home fans bt going down theatrically under a challenge from Unsworth.

That was a flashback to three months ago - how the matches were refereed then
Gregory on the red card
The Italian had earlier been booked for kicking the ball away, so when he failed to retreat 10 yards at a free kick the home fans bayed for his blood and referee Gallacher duly obliged.


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

Aston Villa: Enckelman, Delaney, Ehiogu, Barry, Southgate, Wright, Merson, Boateng, Stone, Carbone, Joachim. Subs: Watson, Taylor, Cutler, Hendrie, Walker.

Referee: D Gallagher (Banbury)

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