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Sunday, 17 November, 2002, 17:01 GMT
Everton edge past Blackburn
Kevin Campbell turns to score for Everton
Kevin Campbell turns to score for Everton
Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Everton

Everton's resurgence continued with a fifth successive league win as they beat Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Kevin Campbell's first-half strike settled an eventful game - with Everton's defence forced to resist a powerful late rally from Graeme Souness's side.

Goalkeeper Richard Wright was outstanding as the revival under David Moyes took another step forward, cementing fourth place in the Premiership.


You can only imagine how my players are feeling - but we won't get carried away
Everton manager David Moyes

Everton, without the injured Mark Pembridge, should have gone ahead within seconds, when Tomasz Radzinski steered Lee Carsley's cross straight at a grateful Brad Friedel.

Wright came to Everton's rescue as Andy Cole raced through - and it set up Moyes' side to take the lead after 19 minutes.

Carsley was again the creator, finding Campbell on his own eight yards out to slide an easy finish past Friedel.

Alan Stubbs battles Andy Cole
Alan Stubbs battles Andy Cole

And Friedel came to Blackburn's rescue again five minutes before half time when he instinctively stuck out a hand to palm away Campbell's header.

Blackburn looked lethargic after their midweek Uefa Cup exertions, but they came out for the second half with renewed vigour.

They forced a series of corners which came to nothing, although Damien Duff flashed a half-chance over the bar.


If we keep playing like that we will no problems whatsoever
Blackburn Rovers manager Graeme Souness

David Dunn also powered in a shot, but Everton's elegant defender Joseph Yobo made the block.

Everton were being pushed back, and it needed another perfectly-timed tackle by Yobo to halt Egil Ostenstad in full flight.

Inevitably, with 10 minutes remaining, Everton sent on Wayne Rooney in an attempt to restore their early supremacy.

There were no heroics from the teenager - and Everton relied on their defenders to confirm the win.

In stoppage time, David Thompson and Cole both looked certain to grab a last-gasp equaliser.

But first David Unsworth and then Wright threw their bodies in the way to secure victory.



Blackburn: Friedel, Neill, Short, Johansson, Curtis (Yorke 69), Thompson, Dunn, Tugay, Duff, Cole, Ostenstad.
Subs Not Used: Jansen, Grabbi, Robinson, Bjornebye.

Booked: Short, Johansson, Ostenstad.

Everton: Wright, Hibbert, Yobo, Stubbs, Naysmith (Rooney 81), Carsley, Tie Li (Watson 57), Gravesen, Unsworth, Campbell, Radzinski (Weir 89).
Subs Not Used: Pistone, Simonsen.

Booked: Tie Li.

Attendance: 26,496

Referee: G Poll (Hertfordshire).

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