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Everton   2 - 0   Sunderland

Tim Cahill and Landon Donovan
Early goals from Tim Cahill and Landon Donovan sealed an easy Everton win

By Kevin Darling

Tim Cahill and Landon Donovan gave Everton a comfortable win as Sunderland's freefall continued.

The Toffees dominated throughout and took the lead when Cahill deftly headed in Marouane Fellaini's lofted pass.

Cahill then turned provider, knocking the ball down for Donovan to lash home his first Everton goal from 15 yards.

Only a goal-line clearance from George McCartney denied Donovan a second while Tim Howard saved well from Bolo Zenden in a rare chance for the visitors.

It was an imposing display from David Moyes' in-form side but they were rarely made to work for the win against a woefully out-of-sorts Sunderland.

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The visitors had shipped 13 goals in their last three away games, including seven at Chelsea in their last league match.

Steve Bruce responded by naming a revamped back four, featuring new signing Matthew Kilgallon at centre-back, and a five-man midfield.

But the visitors' cautious game-plan was quickly left in tatters when Everton took the lead with the first chance of the game.

Fellaini's flighted ball into the box was missed by Nyron Nosworthy and Cahill expertly flicked a back header past the flat-footed Craig Gordon.

The Black Cats' recent run of bad luck was exemplified by replays suggesting Cahill was marginally offside when the ball was played.

And things quickly got worse - with Cahill's aerial prowess once again proving decisive.

The Australian out-jumped Kilgallon from Leighton Baines' long pass and knocked the ball down into the path of the Donovan, who burst into the area and rifled home his first Premier League goal.

Bruce regrets sloppy defensive start

Bruce quickly resorted to plan B, bringing on striker Kenwyne Jones for the apparently limping Kieran Richardson with just 25 minutes played.

But the change had little impact as Everton continued to dominate and Sunderland's unfamiliar defence struggled to deal with their opponents' aerial threat.

Cahill almost notched a second but he directed a header straight at the keeper after Louis Saha easily beat Nosworthy in the air.

Nosworthy then did well to block a Saha shot before Baines blasted a free-kick into the arms of Gordon.

Sunderland finally mustered a chance of their own in first-half injury time but a stretching Jones couldn't make proper contact with Bolo Zenden's dangerous cross.

Everton remained in control after the break and only desperate last-ditch defending kept Sunderland in the game.

First, McCartney superbly cleared off the line after Donovan latched on to Cahill's pass and rounded Gordon.

Moyes happy with consistent form

Moments later, John Mensah's perfectly-timed challenge denied Saha a clear run at goal.

Leon Osman then dragged a shot wide after being set up by Donovan, while Jones fired well off target from outside the box on one of Sunderland's rare forays upfield.

The Black Cats finally managed to trouble Tim Howard in the dying minutes. The Everton goalkeeper did well to palm a fierce drive from Zenden round the post and then tipped over a powerful header from Jones.

But the late flurry proved to be in vain for Sunderland, who are now without a win in nine league games and find themselves alarmingly embroiled in a relegation battle.


Everton manager David Moyes on Landon Donovan
"I thought in his first two games he did really well against Arsenal and Manchester City, which is not easy.

"He has not had many chances in those games but tonight he got his first one and he took it.

"He has a great goalscoring record in America - I think it is one in two - and he deserved that tonight."

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce
"We didn't defend properly and we have to show a better attitude.

"We've been talking the last few days about Tim Cahill arriving late in the box and six minutes in we allow him a free header.

"We have now got back-to-back home games which will define our season - we must get results in those games."

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Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Everton 2-0 Sunderland FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Cahill 7
  • Donovan 19

    Everton

    Substitutes

    Sunderland

    Substitutes

    Ref: DowdAtt: 32,163
    EVERTON
    SUNDERLAND

    Possession

    • Everton 55%
    • Sunderland 45%

    Attempts on target

    • Everton 7
    • Sunderland 3

    Attempts off target

    • Everton 4
    • Sunderland 2

    Corners

    • Everton 3
    • Sunderland 8

    Fouls

    • Everton 10
    • Sunderland 19
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:08 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+2:28 Unfair challenge on Andy Reid by Leon Osman results in a free kick. Craig Gordon takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+1:55 The ball is swung over by George McCartney, Tim Howard makes a save.
    • 90:00+1:02 Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard. Inswinging corner taken by Boudewijn Zenden from the right by-line, James Vaughan makes a clearance. Jordan Henderson crosses the ball, Johnny Heitinga makes a clearance.
    • 90:00+0:13 Andy Reid restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+0:13 Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Victor Anichebe coming on for Steven Pienaar.
    • 90:00+0:13 Unfair challenge on Lorik Cana by James Vaughan results in a free kick.
    • 89:43 Jordan Henderson crosses the ball, Johnny Heitinga manages to make a clearance.
    • 88:24 Lorik Cana concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel Arteta. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
    • 87:41 Paulo Da Silva produces a cross, Boudewijn Zenden takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard. Corner taken by Boudewijn Zenden from the left by-line to the near post, Mikel Arteta manages to make a clearance.
    • 86:28 The ball is swung over by George McCartney, save by Tim Howard.
    • 85:30 The ball is sent over by Boudewijn Zenden, clearance made by Leon Osman. Corner taken by Andy Reid, Marouane Fellaini makes a clearance.
    • 85:01 Corner taken left-footed by Boudewijn Zenden, Marouane Fellaini makes a clearance.
    • 83:41 John Mensah concedes a free kick for a foul on James Vaughan. Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.
    • 79:30 Kenwyne Jones has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 78:15 Andy Reid takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
    • 77:55 James Vaughan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Mensah. Craig Gordon takes the direct free kick.
    • 76:48 Substitution Louis Saha leaves the field to be replaced by James Vaughan.
    • Correction - 74:37 Substitution Mikel Arteta replaces Landon Donovan.
    • 74:37 Substitution Mikel Arteta on for Landon Donovan.
    • 74:09 The ball is swung over by Boudewijn Zenden, clearance by Johnny Heitinga.
    • 73:58 The ball is swung over by Boudewijn Zenden, clearance by Phil Neville.
    • 72:49 Centre by George McCartney, clearance made by Marouane Fellaini. Boudewijn Zenden takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Johnny Heitinga. Boudewijn Zenden takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
    • Correction - 72:09 Outswinging corner taken by Boudewijn Zenden from the left by-line.
    • 72:09 Outswinging corner taken by Boudewijn Zenden.
    • 71:57 Boudewijn Zenden crosses the ball, Sylvain Distin makes a clearance.
    • 70:28 George McCartney crosses the ball, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
    • 68:24 Jordan Henderson produces a cross, Marouane Fellaini makes a clearance.
    • 67:12 Leon Osman produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
    • 66:40 John Mensah challenges Tim Cahill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free kick.
    • 65:12 George McCartney sends in a cross, clearance made by Marouane Fellaini.
    • 63:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Landon Donovan by Andy Reid. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.
    • 62:04 Leighton Baines sends in a cross, clearance by Matthew Kilgallon.
    • 61:29 Paulo Da Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Pienaar. Direct free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
    • 61:05 Andy Reid sends in a cross, save by Tim Howard.
    • 60:03 Paulo Da Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Pienaar. Direct free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
    • 57:51 Substitution Paulo Da Silva comes on in place of Nyron Nosworthy.
    • 57:51 Outswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line, Tim Cahill produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 57:00 A cross is delivered by Marouane Fellaini. The referee gives a free kick against Tim Cahill for handball. Craig Gordon restarts play with the free kick.
    • 56:28 Landon Donovan takes a shot. Blocked by George McCartney.
    • 56:10 Leighton Baines delivers the ball, clearance by Matthew Kilgallon.
    • 55:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones by Johnny Heitinga. Free kick crossed left-footed by Andy Reid, save by Tim Howard.
    • Correction - 53:59 Foul by Nyron Nosworthy on Steven Pienaar, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
    • 53:59 Steven Pienaar fouled by Nyron Nosworthy, the ref awards a free kick. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
    • 53:12 Tim Cahill is adjudged to have handled the ball. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
    • 52:02 A cross is delivered by Steven Pienaar, save by Craig Gordon.
    • 51:22 Jordan Henderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.
    • 50:27 Lorik Cana takes a shot and missed to the right of the net.
    • 49:47 Leon Osman has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
    • 48:45 Lorik Cana gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Louis Saha. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Leon Osman from right channel, John Mensah manages to make a clearance.
    • 47:20 Direct free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
    • 47:20 Booking Boudewijn Zenden booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 47:16 Unfair challenge on Tim Cahill by Boudewijn Zenden results in a free kick.
    • 46:37 The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines, clearance made by Matthew Kilgallon.
    • 46:03 The referee blows for offside against Darren Bent. Indirect free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • 45:01 Substitution Andy Reid comes on in place of Lee Cattermole.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:28 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+0:20 The ball is delivered by Boudewijn Zenden.
    • 43:38 Lee Cattermole concedes a free kick for a foul on Marouane Fellaini. Leighton Baines produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Craig Gordon.
    • 42:59 A cross is delivered by Phil Neville, clearance made by George McCartney.
    • 41:33 Louis Saha takes a shot. Blocked by John Mensah. Corner from the left by-line taken by Landon Donovan, clearance by Kenwyne Jones. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Landon Donovan from the right by-line, Lorik Cana manages to make a clearance.
    • 41:04 A cross is delivered by George McCartney, clearance made by Leighton Baines.
    • 40:30 Centre by Boudewijn Zenden, save by Tim Howard.
    • 39:36 John Mensah crosses the ball, Phil Neville manages to make a clearance.
    • 39:07 John Mensah fouled by Tim Cahill, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Nyron Nosworthy.
    • 36:52 Tim Cahill takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon.
    • 35:16 Leighton Baines sends in a cross, clearance made by Nyron Nosworthy.
    • 34:54 Landon Donovan produces a cross, Jordan Henderson manages to make a clearance.
    • 33:50 Unfair challenge on Tim Cahill by George McCartney results in a free kick. Phil Neville restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:52 Leon Osman takes a shot. Save made by Craig Gordon.
    • 31:52 Foul by Marouane Fellaini on Nyron Nosworthy, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
    • 31:28 Unfair challenge on Tim Cahill by George McCartney results in a free kick. Phil Neville takes the free kick.
    • 30:47 Phil Neville produces a cross, clearance by Lorik Cana.
    • 29:12 Phil Neville sends in a cross, Nyron Nosworthy makes a clearance.
    • 28:42 Landon Donovan fouled by George McCartney, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.
    • 27:42 A cross is delivered by Leon Osman, clearance made by Matthew Kilgallon.
    • 24:18 Leighton Baines crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by John Mensah. Leon Osman produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
    • 24:18 Substitution Kieran Richardson goes off and Kenwyne Jones comes on.
    • 24:18 Foul by Lee Cattermole on Louis Saha, free kick awarded.
    • 22:48 Kieran Richardson produces a cross, clearance by Leighton Baines.
    • 21:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lorik Cana by Tim Cahill. George McCartney takes the direct free kick.
    • 19:58 Centre by Boudewijn Zenden, Johnny Heitinga manages to make a clearance.
    • 18:49 The assist for the goal came from Tim Cahill.
    • 18:49 GOAL - Landon DonovanEverton 2 - 0 Sunderland Landon Donovan scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 2-0 Sunderland.
    • 17:57 The ball is delivered by Steven Pienaar, George McCartney makes a clearance.
    • 17:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lorik Cana on Leighton Baines. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
    • 17:04 The ball is sent over by Boudewijn Zenden, Sylvain Distin manages to make a clearance.
    • Correction - 16:51 The official flags Louis Saha offside. Nyron Nosworthy takes the indirect free kick.
    • 16:51 The assistant referee signals for offside against Louis Saha. Nyron Nosworthy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 15:24 Darren Bent is caught offside. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.
    • 8:49 Tim Cahill sends in a cross.
    • 8:08 The ball is swung over by Kieran Richardson, Sylvain Distin makes a clearance.
    • 7:49 The ball is sent over by Phil Neville, clearance made by Boudewijn Zenden.
    • 7:01 Marouane Fellaini fouled by Jordan Henderson, the ref awards a free kick. Sylvain Distin takes the direct free kick.
    • Correction - 6:06 Marouane Fellaini delivers the ball,
    • 6:06 Marouane Fellaini produces a cross,
    • Correction - 6:01 Assist on the goal came from Marouane Fellaini.
    • Correction - 6:01 GOAL - Tim CahillEverton 1 - 0 Sunderland Tim Cahill scores a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Everton 1-0 Sunderland.
    • 6:01 The assist for the goal came from Marouane Fellaini.
    • 6:01 GOAL - Steven PienaarEverton 1 - 0 Sunderland Steven Pienaar finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Everton 1-0 Sunderland.
    • 5:16 Lee Cattermole challenges Steven Pienaar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:57 Foul by Tim Cahill on Boudewijn Zenden, free kick awarded. George McCartney takes the free kick.
    • 3:10 Boudewijn Zenden takes the inswinging corner, Phil Neville manages to make a clearance.
    • 2:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marouane Fellaini on Kieran Richardson. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Kilgallon.
    • 1:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Louis Saha on George McCartney. Craig Gordon takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 1:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tim Cahill by Lee Cattermole. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.
    • 1:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nyron Nosworthy on Tim Cahill. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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    As it stood on 27 Jan 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 22 37 51
    2 Man Utd 23 34 50
    3 Arsenal 23 34 49
    4 Tottenham 23 20 41
    5 Liverpool 23 14 38
    6 Man City 21 12 38
    7 Aston Villa 22 11 37
    8 Birmingham 22 -1 33
    9 Everton 22 -2 29
    10 Fulham 22 0 27
    11 Blackburn 23 -15 27
    12 Stoke 21 -7 25
    13 Sunderland 22 -10 23
    14 Wigan 21 -22 22
    15 Bolton 21 -13 21
    16 West Ham 22 -9 20
    17 Wolves 22 -21 20
    18 Burnley 22 -22 20
    19 Hull 22 -26 19
    20 Portsmouth 21 -14 15

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