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BBC Sport's Ron Jones
"Everton deserved their win"
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Saturday, 18 November, 2000, 17:04 GMT
Arsenal come unstuck against Toffees
Kevin Campbell and Oleg Luzhny
Campbell netted against his former club
Everton 2-0 Arsenal

Arsenal suffered their first ever Premiership defeat at Goodison as Danny Cadamarteri and Kevin Campbell struck to seal victory for Everton.

Although neither team were at their best, Everton were slightly less poor than the visitors and deserved a win which leaves the Gunners five points behind Premiership leaders Manchester United.

The goals came in the second half with Cadamarteri netting his first of the season nine minutes after the break.

Former Arsenal striker Campbell then sealed victory with 73 minutes gone and the visitors had no response.

It was always likely that, with so many players from both sides out through injury, the match would lack cohesion and fluidity.

The first 45 minutes passed almost without incident as both teams struggled to create any opportunities.

Everton had begun the brighter, taking advantage of Arsenal's weakened midfield and dominating the midfield in the early stages.

Chance

But it was Arsenal who came closest to opening the scoring, when they broke for their first attack, after seven minutes.

A succession of blocks and rebounds led to Everton defender Gary Naysmith making an excellent goal-saving header from Freddie Ljungberg's shot.

Dennis Bergkamp
Bergkamp could not inspire Arsenal
When Kanu blocked an attempted clearance the ball fell into the path of Wiltord, whose shot was smothered by goalkeeper Paul Gerrard.

The rebound fell to Ljungberg on the edge of the penalty area and the Swedish international's volley took a deflection and was headed for the top corner.


I do not like using lack of players as an excuse. We had enough players to put a good side out on the pitch and we should have enough good players to pick up points away from home
  Arsene Wenger
Naysmith managed to get his head to the ball, nodding it onto the crossbar and out.

It proved to be the only real goalmouth action of the half as the game failed to ignite.

Everton's Israeli winger Idan Tal caused veteran defender Lee Dixon problems with his pace.

It was no shock when Dixon received a booking for a foul on the forward early in the second half.

Wasted

After the restart Everton looked more purposeful and Kevin Campbell should have opened the scoring when the ball dropped to him in the box.

But he blazed his volley over the bar from just six yards.

Arsenal continued to pass the ball around, but were not looking threatening without Patrick Vieira in midfield and Thierry Henry up front.


Considering the team we had to put out I couldn't have asked for more from the players. We had a makeshift defence and they handled some top-class strikers very well
  Walter Smith

Everton were content to allow Arsenal posession and hit them on the break, and their tactics bore fruit.

On 54 minutes Cadamarteri got behind Ashley Cole, chested the ball down and slotted the ball past Alex Manninger.

The scorer was also involved in Everton's second goal, sliding the ball to Campbell who smashed the ball into the roof of the net.

Arsenal were unimaginative in their response, demonstrating perhaps how they have come to rely upon the prolific Henry to maintain their title challenge.


Everton: Gerrard, Weir, Campbell, Hughes, Pembridge, Ball, Naysmith, Gemmill, Cleland, Cadamarteri, Tal. Subs: Simonsen, Moore, McLeod, Clarke, Osman.

Arsenal: Manninger, Dixon, Keown, Pires, Ljungberg, Bergkamp, Wiltord, Parlour, Luzhny, Kanu, Cole. Subs: Stepanovs, Upson, Lukic, Wreh, Vernazza.

Referee: M Riley

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