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BBC Sport's Alan Biggs
"Everton were a shambles"
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Man City manager Joe Royle
"We needed are front men to score"
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Saturday, 9 December, 2000, 16:56 GMT
Man City crush Everton

Paolo Wanchope opened the scoring for City
Manchester City 5-0 Everton

Manchester City halted a run of six straight defeats in spectacular style by thrashing Everton at Maine Road.

City stopped the rot in emphatic fashion - but it was a day of humiliation for Everton boss Walter Smith and his team.

Maine Road boss Joe Royle insisted his side were playing well enough to move up the table despite their poor results, and City rewarded his faith.

Everton were battered and beaten at the end of a first half in which City scored three times through Paolo Wanchope, Steve Howey and Shaun Goater.

Substitute Paul Dickov piled on the agony for Everton - and sent Maine Road into ecstasy - by adding to the tally after the break.

Gary Naysmith's own goal only confirmed this as one of the worst days since boss Smith arrived at Everton from Glasgow Rangers.

City boss Royle wanted his side to enjoy the luxury of a lead after their run of defeats - and they granted his wish after 13 minutes.

Paul Dickov
Dickov was on target again
Everton goalkeeper Gerrard, brought to the club by Royle, could only palm out Kevin Horlock's free kick.

Wanchope was lurking to score from inside the six-yard box.

As City threatened to over-run Everton, Gerrard almost suffered further embarrassment five minutes later.

Danny Tiatto's long clearance bounced awkwardly, and Gerrard had to leap to avoid being beaten.

It was only a brief reprieve as City deservedly extended their lead after 23 minutes.

Former England defender Howey powered a header past Gerrard from Horlock's corner.


It has been coming for some time. Someone was going to get that - and I thought some of our passing was outstanding
  Manchester City manager Joe Royle
This was the last action for referee Steve Bennett, who had to go off with an injury.

It had been a staggeringly inept Everton display, with only the robust Dane Thomas Gravesen showing the stomach for a fight.

But City were also in irresistible mood, and to emphasise the point added a third three minutes before half time.

Goater easily shrugged off the attentions of Everton captain David Weir before beating Gerrard with a powerful shot.

Alfie Haaland
Haaland - off injured
It was a sweet moment for Goater.

But his joy was short-lived as he limped off within seconds and was replaced by Dickov.

Both sides made half time substitutions, with City replacing Alf-Inge Haaland with Gerard Wiekens.

Everton senr on striker Danny Cadamarteri for David Unsworth.


It was a poor performance. We can't hide from it. When we had to fight for possession, we didn't do it
  Everton manager Walter Smith
It made no difference to the torture for Everton.

City went four ahead after 54 minutes, substitute Dickov slamming home from close range after more shambolic defending from the Merseysiders.

And just when Everton thought their day could not possible get worse, Scotland defender Naysmith turned a cross into his own goal to give City their fifth in the 67th minute.


Man City: Weaver, Charvet, Tiatto, Howey, Dunne, Haaland, Whitley, Horlock, Wright-Phillips, Wanchope, Goater. Subs: Dickov, Kennedy, Wiekens, Bishop, Wright.

Everton: Gerrard, S. Watson, Weir, Unsworth, Naysmith, Nyarko, Pembridge, Gemmill, Gravesen, Campbell, Ball. Subs: Alexandersson, Hughes, Simonsen, Cadamarteri, Ferguson.

Referee: S Bennett (Orpington)

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