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Last Updated: Sunday, 2 April 2006, 14:20 GMT 15:20 UK
Tackling Skills with BBC Sport - Everton v Sunderland
Rory Delap (l) is congratulated by team-mates after scoring Sunderland's equaliser

BBC Sport continue their partnership with Foyer Federation to bring you the best sports reports from budding young journalists around the country.

Tackling Skills is a project that gives Foyer 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 are some of the reports from Everton's 2-2 draw with Sunderland at Goodison Park.

By Ashley Shaw

Alan Stubbs' first game against his old team ended in a disappointing two-all draw against a supposedly inferior team, Sunderland, and we can only guess how he and the rest of the team and the fans are feeling.

At the start of the match it was mainly the Sunderland fans who were singing.

The first goal was scored after only five minutes by Leon Osman, for Everton. This cheered on the Everton fans who had been very quiet.

To level the score Jon Stead scored from a nodded-on ball from Brown after a corner kick had been taken in the 16th minute. This quietened the fans once again, probably due to frustration.

In the 25th minute, however, a long throw-in by Phil Neville allowed James McFadden to put the ball into the back of the net and Everton went in at half-time 2-1 up.

Overall the second half was very disappointing. The players on both sides were continuously kicking the ball high and due to the wind this made it very difficult for both teams to determine where it would go. This often meant that the ball would either go to the wrong person or in most cases the opposing team.

Sunderland needed to score to avoid relegation, so in the 81st minute they came back all guns blazing and managed to level the match with a goal from Delap.

He shot again soon after but failed to score.

By Lauren Hawkeswood

With an attendance of 38,093, Goodison was quite subdued. Sunderland's fans seemed to be making the most of the noise. Perhaps Everton's fans were expecting a win against the nearly-relegated Sunderland but they could only manage a two-all draw.

Everton had won their previous six home games. Perhaps they were hoping to make it seven, especially having won the previous past five matches when they have faced Sunderland.

The match got off to a good start. Everton had most of the possession, which lead Osman to score after just six minutes, but Sunderland fought back with a goal in the 16th minute by Stead.

The crowd seemed frustrated that the ball was being played mainly in the air and seemed to be going from one end of the pitch to the other. But with the help of Phil Neville's long throw, McFadden managed to steal the ball to score a goal in the 25th minute.

This was shortly followed by an attempt by Davis but with no joy. The first half finished with a minute added of stoppage time.

The first five minutes of the second half were poor with not a lot happening. Everton had a few attempts at goal but even the wind was against them, and when they took a corner the wind kept moving the ball which made it very difficult.

Davis was substituted for Arteta which seemed to please the crowd, as did Ferguson being brought on. Sunderland equalised in the 81st minute from Whitehead crossing the ball to Delap. They then suffered an injury when Chris Brown clashed heads with Joseph Yobo, causing Daryl Murphy to be brought on as a replacement.

Everton then went on to have two more good attempts at the goal but both missed. Even with three minutes extra time, the score remained two-all.

Everton were a bit like the weather in this game, neither of which were on top form or very consistent.

By Wayne Kulicke

Despite Everton being favourites to win this match, Sunderland managed to hold them to a 2-2 draw at Goodison.

The Sunderland fans were cheering on their team from the beginning but there was hardly any noise coming from the Everton fans until the end, when they realised their team were only going to draw instead of winning.

Both teams had shots on goal in the first couple of minutes of the match but Osman scored after five minutes from close range. He also closely followed this by another shot but it went wide.

The Everton goalkeeper made a few good saves as Sunderland attacked the goal and mounted the pressure. Sunderland then scored with a goal from Stead, his first goal for the club.

This provoked the Everton crowd into cheering for Arteta; he did not come on until the second half.

In the 25th minute, Phil Neville had a thrown-in which McFadden scored from, putting Everton back in the lead.

The half-time team talk should have pushed the players to play better but instead the second half did not produce the best football, despite McFadden hitting the post after five minutes.

Sunderland needed at least a point because of their position in the Premiership, and nine minutes from the end Whitehead crossed the ball and Delap scored the equaliser.

Overall it was not the best football ever but Sunderland came away with a good result, leaving Everton feeling deflated perhaps more so than the defeat in the Merseyside derby.

By Chantelle Hughes

Everton were hoping to maintain their 100% unbeaten home record when they entertained Sunderland at a sunny Goodison Park. The Black Cats had relegation looming them in the face, whereas a strong couple of months from David Moyes' men had them chasing for the Uefa Cup and, after a disappointing Champions League exit, would give them another chance for European silverware.

The Blues fielded a strong team, with Alan Stubbs in inspired form, which has seen him keep Joseph Yobo on the bench, with Stubbs facing the Black Cats for the very first time.

Everton started very strongly attacking towards the Park End. It wasn't long before Osman broke the deadlock on four minutes. A half-shot by Beattie was missed by Davies, but a deflection by Osman gave Everton the lead.

This seemed to spur Sunderland on. They produced some fine attacking football and equalised 10 minutes later. A shot from Stead was saved well by Richard Wright, but from the resulting corner Stead rose well to head the ball home.

The goal lifted the spirits of the Sunderland players but it wasn┐t long before Everton restored the lead via James McFadden. After some very poor defending, he turned well on six yards to slot home. Everton 2-1.

Sunderland started the second half more determined than Everton who seemed to still be in the dressing room, and they got a deserved equaliser on 81 minutes when Delap stole in to head Whitehead's cross past a despairing Richard Wright.

Sunderland were not playing like a team threatened by relegation and almost won the match when Delap launched a thirty-yard strike, beating the keeper, but watched the ball rebound away to safety.

Not the most entertaining of matches, which was marred slightly by a serious head injury to Chris Brown, which led to him being substituted. Whilst a point is not really good enough to save Sunderland from the Championship, it's now very hard for Everton to make that coveted Uefa Cup spot, with some very hard matches on the horizon.

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