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Stoke 2-3 Everton Match report


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By Caroline Cheese

1540: Don't know about you, but I very much enjoyed that match. I heartily recommend MOTD2 on BBC2 at 2200 BST, if only for one of the more bizarre refereeing decisions you'll ever see. Ta ta.

1538: "A last word from Danny the Stat... "Yakubu is the main man on our Player Rater at full-time with a seven-breaking score of 7.65. Mikel Arteta's not far behind on 7.21, while Stoke's Liam Lawrence has 7.18. Unfair? Unjust? Rectify with your own vote..."
Stoke v Everton Player Rater

1536: "You wont see more drama and controversy in EPL for a long time. My poor heart."
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1531: Wonder if we'll ever hear Alan Wiley's version of events? Leon Cort definitely handled the ball inside the box. Still, football justice was in full force today. Ricardo Fuller has what looks like a good goal ruled out, then Stoke score anyway. Everton are denied a penalty, then Everton score anyway.

1529: "It was really tough. We did everything to defend. It was a good afternoon to get three points. With the penalty incident, the ref pointed to the spot and from where I was standing, (Leon Cort) was two yards inside the box. If I'm wrong, I'll apologise. I expect (Alan Wiley) to do the same if I'm right."
Everton boss David Moyes

1526: Everton's second away win of the season sees them shoot up to 10th in the table, while Stoke's first defeat at home means they fall to second from bottom.

1526: FULL-TIME Stoke 2-3 Everton

1525: Thomas Sorensen up for a corner... but Everton clear.

1525: Everton eat up some time by replacing Victor Anichebe with James Vaughan.

1523: Another long throw from Rory Delap and Danny Higginbotham's shot is turned around the post by Tim Howard. Frantic end to a thrilling half...

1522: Stoke sub Ibrahima Sonko volleys into the side netting... prompting a huge cheer from the opposite side of the ground. Reality quickly hits home.

1520: Blimey, five minutes of added time to be played. Where did they come from? David Moyes is absolutely delighted about that, as you can imagine.

1518: "David Moyes has two natural states: Fuming and About to be Fuming."
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1516: Liam Lawrence makes way for Richard Cresswell in Tony Pulis' last throw of the dice.

1515: Mikel Arteta is booked for delaying a Rory Delap throw and then is a teeny bit fortunate to escape another yellow moments later for a foul on Andy Griffin. Ricardo Fuller shoots just over the bar as Stoke look for another equaliser. Six minutes remaining.

1511: Time for a change. Everton swap Tim Cahill for Jack Rodwell. Stoke introduce Michael Tonge and Mamady Sidibe for Abdoulaye Faye and Dave Kitson.

1509: By the way, David Moyes was absolutely fuming after that 'penalty that wasn't' incident and was sent to the stands for his protests. He is now sitting about three rows behind the dug-out - right in front of the home fans.

1507: GOAL Stoke 2-3 Everton
Back with a bang. Mikel Arteta swings over the corner from the left and Tim Cahill comes to meet it at the near post, sending a bullet header past Thomas Sorensen. He's off to punch the corner flag...

1502: What drama. And indeed massive controversy. The referee seems to blow for a penalty for a handball by Leon Cort as the Stoke defender challenges for the ball with Yakubu. Then he spots his linesman flagging. There follows a long conversation - after which Alan Wiley decides on a free-kick for Everton outside the area. The handball is clearly inside the area. That was bizarre.

1457: Victor Anichebe tries to ease the pressure on Everton with a run from defence, but is brought crashing down by Abdoulaye Faye on the halfway line. Yellow for Faye.

1454: I reckon that's a bit of justice for Stoke. Didn't see a whole lot wrong with Ricardo Fuller's tangle with Joseph Yobo before his 'goal'. Everton are reeling a bit here and the atmosphere at the Britannia is cracking...

1452: GOAL Stoke 2-2 Everton
What a game this is turning out to be. Rory Delap launches one of those aerial missiles from the right and Phil Jagielka can only divert it into the net off his head for an own goal.

1448: The Stoke fans go absolutely berserk as Ricardo Fuller outmuscles Joseph Yobo before taking the ball past Tim Howard and slotting in. It takes Fuller, the fans and manager Tony Pulis a good few seconds before they realise that Alan Wiley has pulled play back for the foul on Yobo.

1444: GOAL Stoke 1-2 Everton
Everton keeper Tim Howard punches Rory Delap's throw-in only as far as Seyi Olofinjana, who rockets a volley into the top corner to make up for that mistake four minutes ago. That makes it interesting.

1440: GOAL Stoke 0-2 Everton
Mikel Arteta chips over a free-kick from the right and Seyi Olofinjana opts against bothering to mark Victor Anichebe at the near post, allowing the striker to flick a back-header home.

1435: Yakubu and Stoke rival Ricardo Fuller having a good old natter just before Everton kick off half number two.

1430: A Ferrari has won the Italian Grand Prix, but it might not be the one you were expecting. Sebastian Vettel in his Toro Rosso has taken the chequered flag, Lewis Hamilton a lowly seventh so his lead is cut to one point.
Live text - Italian Grand Prix

1425: Danny the Stat's here. He only turns up for the big games you know. Glory hunter. He goes like this: "Stoke players are doing surprisingly well on our Player Rater, with many having "broken the seven" (everyone will be using that soon - it's the new "whasssupppp!!"). Indeed, Liam Lawrence, Abdoulaye Faye, Ricardo Fuller, Seyi Olofinjana and Dave Kitson are all ahead of goalscorer Yakubu (who has 6.86). It can all change though... Get involved."
Stoke v Everton Player Rater

1424: "Both new boys did very well. In particular Marouane Fellaini looks like a mix of Lee Carsley and Tim Cahill. Fantastic."
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1418: HALF-TIME Stoke 0-1 Everton

1416: Panic stations in the home defence. Everton break from a Stoke corner and Mikel Arteta stands the ball up at the far post. Victor Anichebe cushions it for Tim Cahill but his shot is blocked by Dave Kitson. Idle shouts for a penalty but nothing serious.

1412: GOAL Stoke 0-1 Everton
That is deadly finishing. Deadly. Marouane Fellaini has a small hand in the goal, heading down the initial long ball from defence. The ball eventually comes to Yakubu, who switches onto his left foot and nonchalantly strokes the ball home. Stoke a bit slow to close down there, but still...

1410: "Re 1357: I beg to differ, Dave Challinor of Tranmere and Bury holds the world record for a throw-in."
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This is true. He threw 46m in 2000.

1408: The ball boy rushes over to collect the ball on the touchline - but only succeeds in blundering into and knocking over one of the advertising boards. Oops. Ten minutes remaining in this half.

1403: Not seen a great deal from Marouane Fellaini, but he is allowed a bit of space for a shot from distance which hits the defender. "He looks like Screech from Saved By The Bell," says one wag on 606. That's a comparison every boy with dark, curly hair has to put up with isn't it?

1359: Victor Anichebe stays down injured, but there's no whistle from the ref so Stoke play on. Ricardo Fuller collects the ball on the left and beats Phil Neville but is eventually muscled out of it in the penalty area.

1357: Rory Delap throws the ball 38m. That's not the longest on record though. Oh no. That honour goes to Notts County's Andy Legg, who managed 44.6m in 1992. So there we are.

1353: Rory Delap has another go at one of his terrifically long throws. Better this time, but Tim Howard collects.

1348: Stoke are doing a good job of not allowing Everton to settle. They look the more likely scorers at the moment too. Dave Kitson hammers the ball across goal but the Toffees clear.

1344: Nice move from Stoke. Liam Lawrence delivers the return ball for the pacy Ricardo Fuller, whose shot from a difficult angle is taken by Tim Howard. Promising from the hosts though.

1343: Fuller is back on his feet. It's all a bit bitty so far.

1342: Ricardo Fuller goes charging down the left wing, but is stopped by a brilliant tackle from Joseph Yobo. The Stoke winger stays down. Griffin is continuing for now...

1340: Stoke look like they'll be forced into a very early change, with Andy Griffin - who was a doubt before the game - hobbling about.

1337: "Blackburn will be in the bottom three no matter what after this game. I guess it's like watching your own death. Or you know, not."
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1334: Stoke striker Dave Kitson wins a free-kick just outside the area but Liam Lawrence's effort pings off the wall. That gives Rory Delap his first throw-in opportunity - and he chucks it right onto the top of the goal, which is quite impressive but ultimately pointless.

1332: Away we go...

1328: Here come the teams from the tunnel in the corner of the Britannia Stadium. Marouane Fellaini is a very tall fella, isn't he? Aided by a lovely head of hair.

1326: "If Stoke get any positive result today, none of the teams that came up will be in the bottom three. Could be a classic relegation fight this year."
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1324: "Everton's have got one hell of a week: Stoke today, Bog Standard Liege on Thursday and fourth-in-the-table, Europe-chasing Hull City next Sunday."
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1318: Odd tale from the News of the World this morning. Everton boss David Moyes has missed out on 200,000 by not signing the new contract which was offered to him six weeks ago. He's missed out on an extra 30,000 a week, but is expected to sign in the next few days.

1313: As the sun beats down in London, it's absolutely chucking it down in Monza where Lewis Hamilton is attempting to overtake Kimi Raikkonen for... 12th place. Bonkers. The dashing Sam Lyon will take you through the drama.
Live text - Italian Grand Prix

1311: "Am sitting on a sunbed in Provence expecting a win for the Blues! Don't let me down Cheese!"
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A massive boost for Everton as Tim Cahill returns for the first time since he broke a bone in his foot in March, while Marouane Fellaini and Segundo Castillo make their debuts in midfield. That means Phil Jagielka moves back into central defence with Joleon Lescott returning to left-back. Striker Victor Anichebe starts for the first time this season. Stoke give debuts to Danny Higginbotham and Ibrahima Sonko. Abdoulaye Faye fills in for Amdy Faye in midfield, with Sonko plugging the hole in defence.

1302: You reckon I don't think this game is huge? Sitting to my left is an Everton fan, sitting opposite me a Stoke supporter. Sparks will fly and I cannot wait...

1259: "Don't take the mick Cheesey. It isn't a huge game, but better than Sunderland-Wigan nonetheless. Everton were in Europe last season and this season. Stoke, newly promoted, I could see lots of goals, especially with the shoddy defending that Everton have produced of late. Also, Cahill starts."
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1256: TEAMS Stoke v Everton
Stoke: Sorensen, Griffin, Cort, Sonko, Higginbotham, Lawrence, Abdoulaye Faye, Olofinjana, Delap, Kitson, Fuller. Subs: Simonsen, Whelan, Cresswell, Sidibe, Shawcross, Tonge, Wilkinson.
Everton: Howard, Neville, Yobo, Jagielka, Lescott, Anichebe, Castillo, Cahill, Fellaini, Arteta, Yakubu. Subs: Nash, Baines, Vaughan, Valente, Rodwell, Kissock, Baxter.

1251: It was way, way back in April 1985 when these two teams last met in the league. A month later, I had saved up enough pocket money to buy my first ever album: A-Ha's Hunting High And Low. And if you think that's bad, my second album was Luxury of Life by Five Star.

1245: Welcome to Grand Slam Super Sensational Sunday featuring the relegation six-pointer between Stoke and Everton - the first time these two teams have met in the league for 23 years. Huge.

Barclays Premier League Table
01 February 2010 22:00
    P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 23 38 54
2 Man Utd 24 36 53
3 Arsenal 24 32 49
4 Tottenham 24 20 42

5 Liverpool 24 16 41

6 Man City 22 14 41
7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
9 Everton 23 -1 32
10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
11 Fulham 23 -2 27
12 Stoke 22 -7 26
13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
14 Wigan 22 -23 22
15 West Ham 23 -9 21
16 Bolton 22 -15 21
17 Wolverhampton 23 -21 21

18 Burnley 23 -23 20
19 Hull 23 -26 20
20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15

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