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Last Updated: Monday, 7 March, 2005, 17:54 GMT
Tackling Skills with BBC Sport - Everton v Blackburn
Blackburn's Jonathan Stead
BBC Sport has teamed up with the Foyer Federation to bring you the best sports reports from budding young journalists around the country.

Tackling Skills is a project that gives Foyers residents the chance to work with BBC sports journalists to help develop their literacy and communication skills by using sport to inspire, motivate and re-engage them.

Here's a selection of reports from the Premiership clash between Everton and Blackburn at Goodison Park.

Andrew Lewington

Blackburn's Jonathan Stead who scored the winner last season against Everton did it again at Goodison Park.

The 1-0 win puts Blackburn 14th in the Premiership and away from the relegation battle.

Everton still remain fourth, eight points ahead of Liverpool.

In a very physical game, Everton had quite a lot of possession but couldn't quite get the ball and the players up the field.

The first half brought two injuries, the first being Blackburn's Paul Dickov who was helped off the pitch after a horrible tackle, and Everton's Mikel Arteta who limped off after trying to run-off the effects of a bad tackle in the game.

The referee wasn't the crowd's favourite after getting in the way of both teams and making several decisions which warranted a second look.

In the second half the blues came out fighting and seemed to have Blackburn on the ropes, but in the 71st minute Jonathan Stead struck a blistering shot from the edge of the box and rewarded the 500 or so Blackburn fans that came to the match.

It was Stead's first goal this season and a big confidence boost to himself and also to Blackburn who have a hard few weeks ahead of them.

Everton meanwhile are still in fourth place and have fifth placed Liverpool to play in a fortnight's time.

They need to win against Liverpool if they want to play in Europe next season and the derby could be the tie-breaker to find out which of these two teams play Champions League football.

Billy Leather

Blackburn came away from Goodison Park with a 1-0 win over Everton thanks to Jonathan Stead's goal in the 70th minute.

His goal repaid the manager's confidence in him as he was brought on as a substitute 14 minutes into the first half when Paul Dickov came off injured.

Blackburn's three points puts them in 14th place in the table.

There were a few bookings - David Weir 36 minutes into the game and Tim Cahill in the 79th minute for Everton and Jonathan Stead for Blackburn in the 75th minute but surprisingly he was still made man-of-the-match.

The 32,406 Everton fans at the match left disappointed but that wasn't the case for the 500 Blackburn fans.

The blues are still battling for a Champions League place despite getting no points and manager David Moyes didn't look too happy about it.

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