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Everton   1 - 1   Wolverhampton

By Owen Phillips

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
Bilyaletdinov's late strike was his first Everton goal

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov slid home a dramatic late equaliser as Everton denied Wolves a priceless away win.

Wolves edged a tame first half but the game came to life after the interval.

Kevin Doyle put the visitors ahead when he raced on to huge clearance by keeper Wayne Hennessey and nonchalantly flicked the ball under Tim Howard.

But Bilyaletdinov levelled from Jo's cross in a frantic finale which also saw Wolves substitute Stefan Maierhofer sent off after two yellow cards.

Such a thrilling finish seemed highly unlikely after a tepid opening period short on goalmouth incident and excitement.

Despite coming off the back off a six-game unbeaten run, Everton made a sluggish start. They created just two chances in the opening period, the best of which was wasted by Tim Cahill.

A long pass upfield fell to Louis Saha whose poor attempt to control the ball allowed Cahill to race through to the edge of the box, but he rushed his attempt and the ball sailed over the bar.

Mixed feelings for Moyes after draw

Saha was then unable to keep a headed chance down from a corner, and that was about as good as it got for the hosts.

Wolves, beaten 1-0 at home by previously winless Portsmouth in their last outing, could have been forgiven for packing the defence and settling for a point against an Everton side unbeaten in six.

But boss Mick McCarthy has faith in his young side's attacking prowess.

The fact he was able to include one of his star men Michael Kightly from the start for the first time this season was a huge boost.

And although winger Kightly failed to have an impact, their attacking threat was provided by the lively front pairing Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and record signing Doyle.

It was the first time McCarthy has been able to pair them in attack this term, and the duo were a constant menace to Everton's defence.

McCarthy questions Everton equaliser

Doyle had an excellent curling effort tipped away by Howard, and the former Reading frontman saw another well-struck attempt bounce to safety after crashing into Ebanks-Blake.

But it was Ebanks-Blake, last season's top-scorer in the Championship, who came closest to breaking the deadlock just before the interval.

A flowing move saw Ronald Zubar pull the ball back and Ebanks-Blake's low shot drifted inches wide with Howard beaten.

Everton emerged after the break with all the signs of a side given a severe half-time talking-to.

Their positive intent was show with the introduction of striker Yakubu for full-back Tony Hibbert.

And within seconds of the kick-off Hennessey was forced into a fabulous save from Saha's downward header.

Bilyaletdinov was then denied by Hennessey who raced from his goal to block the winger's shot following a lovely crossfield pass by Leighton Baines.

And as the game completely opened up Saha once again tested Hennessey after a swift break and Yakubu drilled a fierce shot across goal.

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But the breakthrough came at the other end against the run of play when Toffees skipper Joseph Yobo mis-timed his attempt to head clear Hennessey's punt forward and Doyle ran through and flicked a shot home under Howard with the outside of his right foot.

The strike was his third goal in four league games and looked certain to end Everton's unbeaten run.

However a swift break in the dying seconds rescued a point for David Moyes' men and left Wolves furious.

The visitors were screaming for a foul on Doyle in the build-up but referee Stuart Atwell played on.

Jo ran through on the left and his low cross was met first time by Bilyaletdinov whose cool strike beat Hennessey from close range.

There was still time for Maierhofer to see red for a second caution for blocking Howard.

Both sides had chances to win the match in injury-time, but Doyle's shot was saved by Howard and Baines blasted a shot just wide.


Everton boss David Moyes:
"We are not playing the way we would like, but we got a point regardless when maybe we didn't think we were going to get one.

"The goal we conceded I reckon I could have stopped. That is what is disappointing. It bounced over a defender (Yobo) and their man was in. Maybe I could have done something about that.

"It is a lack of concentration against one ball up the pitch. I wish we could get into attacking situations as easily as that.

"A lot of our best attacking came through Bilyaletdinov, he played well and deserved his goal. We were not anywhere near how we can play. We are still hunting for that balance.

"We have to keep plugging away, overall we have to come through it to find form and a bit of style."

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy on Stefan Maierhofer's red card:
"The red card was harsh, bordering on downright disgraceful to be honest. I felt the first tackle he put in (on Cahill) was a booking for the manner he went into the tackle.

"But for the second yellow card he did what I would expect any centre-forward in the world to do and that is to run across the keeper's path to stop him clearing quickly, that is all he has done."

"But their keeper Tim Howard is very fortunate not to be walking off the pitch too. My understanding is that when you raise your hands above neck high and use your hands to push someone either in the face or close to it, then that is a sending-off.

"I feel that pushing someone in the back of the head - the back of the head is just above the neck as far as I am concerned - is close to getting a red.

"I felt it was unnecessary, he could just have let it go and everyone gets on with things. But it happens, it has taken the gloss off a very good away performance."


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Saturday, 17 October 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Everton 1-1 Wolves FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Bilyaletdinov 88
  • Doyle 76

Everton

Substitutes

Wolverhampton

Substitutes

Ref: AttwellAtt: 39,319
EVERTON
WOLVES

Possession

  • Everton 52%
  • Wolves 48%

Attempts on target

  • Everton 5
  • Wolves 6

Attempts off target

  • Everton 8
  • Wolves 6

Corners

  • Everton 6
  • Wolves 5

Fouls

  • Everton 6
  • Wolves 15
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:08 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+3:27 Segundo Castillo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines. Strike comes in from Leighton Baines from the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:47 Booking The referee cautions Tim Howard for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+2:35 Sent off The referee red cards Stefan Maierhofer for second bookable offence.
  • 90:00+2:08 Karl Henry takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.
  • 90:00+1:50 Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
  • 90:00+1:13 The assistant referee signals for offside against Matthew Jarvis. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.
  • 89:13 Unfair challenge on Tim Cahill by Ronald Zubar results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Leighton Baines, clearance by Jody Craddock.
  • 87:57 The assist for the goal came from Joao Alves Jo.
  • 87:57 GOAL - Diniyar BilyaletdinovEverton 1 - 1 Wolverhampton A goal is scored by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 1-1 Wolverhampton.
  • 87:53 The ball is sent over by Joao Alves Jo,
  • 84:59 Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
  • 84:59 Booking Caution for Stefan Maierhofer.
  • 84:37 Stefan Maierhofer takes a shot. Blocked by Sylvain Distin. Free kick awarded for a foul by Stefan Maierhofer on Tim Cahill.
  • 83:44 George Elokobi challenges Diniyar Bilyaletdinov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.
  • 78:16 Substitution Sylvan Ebanks-Blake goes off and Stefan Maierhofer comes on.
  • 78:16 Tim Cahill takes a shot. Jody Craddock gets a block in.
  • 77:37 Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the left by-line, clearance by Jody Craddock.
  • 75:06 Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Marouane Fellaini coming on for Leon Osman.
  • 75:06 The assist for the goal came from Wayne Hennessey.
  • 75:06 GOAL - Kevin DoyleEverton 0 - 1 Wolverhampton Kevin Doyle grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 0-1 Wolverhampton.
  • 75:04 Effort on goal by Tim Cahill from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 73:54 Johnny Heitinga has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
  • 72:09 Substitution Joao Alves Jo replaces Louis Saha.
  • 68:09 Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines from left channel, clearance by Ronald Zubar.
  • 68:09 Booking David Edwards is shown a yellow card.
  • 68:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Edwards on Leighton Baines.
  • 65:20 Substitution Segundo Castillo on for Greg Halford.
  • Correction - 63:49 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard. Matthew Jarvis takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post. Effort on goal by Ayegbeni Yakubu from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
  • 63:49 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard. Matthew Jarvis takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post. Ayegbeni Yakubu produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 60:27 Louis Saha takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey. Inswinging corner taken by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
  • 59:00 The ball is sent over by Leighton Baines, clearance made by Christophe Berra. Corner taken left-footed by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to the near post, clearance made by Kevin Doyle.
  • 57:26 Substitution Matthew Jarvis replaces Michael Kightly.
  • 55:59 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey. Corner taken by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Greg Halford.
  • 54:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on George Elokobi by Louis Saha. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 53:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Louis Saha on George Elokobi. Free kick crossed right-footed by Michael Kightly, clearance made by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
  • 52:22 Outswinging corner taken by George Elokobi from the right by-line played to the near post, Tim Cahill manages to make a clearance.
  • 50:30 Greg Halford gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tim Cahill. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.
  • 49:02 George Elokobi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.
  • 47:53 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 45:21 Centre by Leighton Baines, Louis Saha takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey. Outswinging corner taken by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov from the left by-line. Leon Osman has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • 45:01 Substitution Tony Hibbert leaves the field to be replaced by Ayegbeni Yakubu.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:11 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+1:50 Christophe Berra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Louis Saha. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:00+0:09 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin Doyle. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.
  • 44:07 Long range shot from Ronald Zubar misses to the left of the target.
  • 42:05 Leighton Baines crosses the ball, save by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 41:34 Effort on goal by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
  • 40:22 Unfair challenge on Jack Rodwell by Karl Henry results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
  • 39:47 The ball is swung over by Tony Hibbert, save by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 38:36 Kevin Doyle has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 38:00 Unfair challenge on David Edwards by Johnny Heitinga results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jody Craddock.
  • 35:58 Shot from 18 yards from Greg Halford. Blocked by Johnny Heitinga.
  • 35:24 Leon Osman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Greg Halford. George Elokobi restarts play with the free kick.
  • 29:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Louis Saha by Jody Craddock. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
  • 28:55 Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
  • 28:55 Booking Booking for Michael Kightly for unsporting behaviour.
  • 28:53 Foul by Michael Kightly on Leighton Baines, free kick awarded.
  • 28:05 Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.
  • 22:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jody Craddock on Louis Saha. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
  • 18:55 Greg Halford gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines. The ball is swung over by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Sylvain Distin has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
  • 17:25 Louis Saha is ruled offside. Christophe Berra restarts play with the free kick.
  • 16:18 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov produces a cross, clearance by George Elokobi. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Louis Saha has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
  • Correction - 15:08 Shot on goal by Tim Cahill from just inside the area goes over the target.
  • 15:08 Tim Cahill produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 13:52 The offside flag is raised against Leon Osman. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
  • Correction - 11:23 David Edwards has a volleyed shot. Blocked by Jack Rodwell. Corner taken by Michael Kightly from the left by-line, Sylvain Distin makes a clearance. Michael Kightly takes the outswinging corner, Jack Rodwell makes a clearance.
  • 11:23 David Edwards has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Jack Rodwell gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Michael Kightly, clearance made by Sylvain Distin. Corner taken right-footed by Michael Kightly from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jack Rodwell.
  • 10:03 Foul by David Edwards on Tony Hibbert, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
  • 9:42 Christophe Berra takes a shot. Joseph Yobo gets a block in.
  • 8:16 Michael Kightly takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Leon Osman makes a clearance.
  • 6:19 Tony Hibbert produces a cross, save by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 5:39 Tony Hibbert challenges Greg Halford unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by George Elokobi.
  • 3:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jody Craddock by Tim Cahill. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 1:20 The assistant referee signals for offside against Tim Cahill. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 0:27 Unfair challenge on Johnny Heitinga by Kevin Doyle results in a free kick. Tony Hibbert takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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Premier League results

17 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 3-1 Birmingham R
Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea R
Everton 1-1 Wolverhampton R
Man Utd 2-1 Bolton R
Portsmouth 1-2 Tottenham R
Stoke 2-1 West Ham R
Sunderland 1-0 Liverpool R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 17 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 9 12 22
2 Chelsea 9 11 21
3 Tottenham 9 8 19
4 Arsenal 8 16 18
5 Man City 7 7 16
6 Aston Villa 8 5 16
7 Sunderland 9 4 16
8 Liverpool 9 9 15
9 Stoke 9 -3 12
10 Burnley 8 -9 12
11 Everton 8 -2 11
12 Wigan 8 -7 9
13 Bolton 8 -2 8
14 Wolverhampton 9 -7 8
15 Fulham 7 -4 7
16 Birmingham 9 -5 7
17 Blackburn 7 -7 7
18 Hull 8 -12 7
19 West Ham 8 -4 5
20 Portsmouth 9 -10 3

see also
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17 Oct 09 |  Football
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