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 Wednesday, 1 January, 2003, 17:06 GMT
Everton deny Man City
Steve Watson celebrates his early strike for Everton
Watson celebrates his early strike
Everton 2-2 Manchester City

Tomasz Radzinski salvaged a point for Everton with an injury-time equaliser to deny Manchester City victory at Goodison Park.

A sixth goal in six games from Marc-Vivien Foe looked to have given the visitors a third straight win before the striker's late rescue act.

Steve Watson had earlier given Everton a sixth-minute lead only for goalkeeper Richard Wright to gift-wrap Nicolas Anelka an equaliser before half-time.

It was the French striker's 10th goal of the season and City looked the more likely winners after the interval.

Key moments
6 mins: Watson puts Everton in front
20 mins: Wright-Phillips volleys just over
33 mins: Anelka equalises for City
51 mins: Benarbia puts good chance wide
81 mins: Foe heads City in front
90 mins: Radzinski grabs Everton's equaliser

Everton's Wayne Rooney had a frustrating afternoon, picking up his fifth yellow card of the season.

That will see the 17-year-old pick up an extra one-match ban on top of the three he will already miss this month for his recent sending-off against Birmingham.

The home side got off to a perfect start when a precise build-up reached Rooney, whose pass released Watson through the inside-right channel.

There is a sense of relief after getting something out of a game that seemed to be going away from us.

Everton manager David Moyes

The former Newcastle player, recalled to the starting line-up, drilled home his first Premiership goal of the season into the bottom left-hand corner.

The match was held up temporarily after 15 minutes as referee Andy D'Urso was forced off with a knee injury, to be replaced by the fourth official Alan Wylie.

The lively Shaun Wright-Phillips then almost fashioned an equaliser for City with a dipping 30-yard volley just over the bar.

But it duly arrived in the 33rd minute when Ali Benarbia sent in a cross that Wright failed to collect, and Anelka volleyed home the loose ball from six yards out.

Wayne Rooney tangles with Man City defender Richard Dunne
Rooney had a frustrating match

Rooney, who had earlier sent a long-range effort narrowly over, headed wide from a tight angle just before half-time.

Everton suffered a double blow when Kevin Campbell and Joseph Yobo both failed to reappear after the interval.

Radzinski joined Rooney in attack with Lee Carsley coming into midfield and Watson reverting to right-back.

We're disappointed to get a draw against a team high in the table

Man City manager Kevin Keegan

City spurned two good chances to go in front when first Benarbia and then Foe put efforts wide and high.

But Foe made no mistake when he headed home an inviting cross from Sun Jihai nine minutes from time.

Everton staged a late rally though and Watson sent a header over before Radzsinksi pounced at the death.



Everton: Wright, Yobo (Carsley 45), Weir, Stubbs, Naysmith, Watson, Tie Li, Gravesen (Gemmill 56), Pembridge, Campbell (Radzinski 45), Rooney.
Subs Not Used: Baardsen, McLeod.

Booked: Rooney.

Man City: Schmeichel, Dunne, Howey, Distin, Jihai, Wright-Phillips, Benarbia, Jensen, Horlock, Foe, Anelka (Huckerby 81).
Subs Not Used: Wiekens, Goater, Nash, Mettomo.

Booked: Jensen, Horlock. Attendance: 40,163.

Referee: A D'Urso (Essex).

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 BBC Five Live's Stuart Hall
"An exciting game but not a classic"
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"We dominated the second half"
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"It was a relief to get the goal back"
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