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Liverpool   1 - 0   Everton

Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt, second from the right, celebrates
Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt, second from the right, celebrates his precious winner

By Sam Lyon

Dirk Kuyt grabbed the only goal of the game to settle a truculent Merseyside derby as 10-man Liverpool beat Everton to further their top-four ambitions.

The Dutchman rose to head home a Steven Gerrard corner to settle a fierce game.

It was little more than the hosts deserved after recovering from Sotirios Kyrgiakos's first-half red card for a lunge at Marouane Fellaini.

Tim Cahill headed Everton's best chance over but the visitors rarely threatened before Stephen Pienaar's late red card.

The defeat ends a run of nine matches unbeaten for Everton, but manager David Moyes might quietly admit his side simply did not do enough to earn any more from a match that saw Liverpool play more than 60 minutes a man down.

For the Reds, though, it was a precious win that served to underline their renewed strength of late.

We can fight until end of season - Benitez

And with Tottenham and Aston Villa drawing in Saturday's later game, Rafael Benitez's side remained in fourth despite enduring a season to forget so far for many of their fans.

The red half of Merseyside have now secured 17 points from a possible 21 in their last seven league matches.

But few of those will have been earned in such trying circumstances from a pulsating encounter memorable as much for its ferocity as its football.

Referee Martin Atkinson was always likely to be a key figure in a fixture that before kick-off had seen more dismissals than any other in the Premier League, 17, and eight in the last 10 league games - and so it proved.

Keen to give the game a chance to flow, he allowed a host of forceful early challenges to go without sanction.

But if his hope was that the spice would soon temper, he was wrong, and his patience was exhausted as early as the half-hour mark.

Jamie Carragher was particularly aggressive in the opening exchanges, Fellaini was fortunate that Atkinson missed him kicking out at Kuyt after the striker had been felled, while a booking for Pienaar after he had raked his studs down Javier Mascherano's shin also looked lenient.

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And so the home supporters were incensed when Kyrgiakos saw red.

The Greek defender's challenge on Fellaini was undoubtedly fierce, leaving the ground as he launched himself two-footed towards the ball.

However, replays suggested Fellaini was equally guilty of a misjudgement as he too missed the ball, succeeding only in connecting with Kyrgiakos's shin.

The Everton midfielder, stretchered off as a result of the challenge, was not punished, while Krygiakos had to have stitches in his leg in the dressing room before taking his early bath.

Amid the ferocity of the challenges, the match was barely allowed to flow, ensuring clear-cut chances were at a premium.

We lacked special players - Moyes

Leighton Baines forced Reds keeper Pepe Reina into action with a 20th-minute free-kick, while Gerrard crashed a whipped set-piece of his own on to the top of the bar in first half injury time.

The best chance of the half fell to Cahill, though, the Australian heading over on the dive just before the break after Mascherano's attempted clearance had fallen straight to him 10 yards out.

It was a miss he would rue 10 minutes into the second half. Kuyt was the scorer, muscling free of Phil Neville and Tim Howard to smartly nod in Gerrard's corner from close in.

It was the Dutchman's 50th goal in Liverpool colours and, with a record of only one goal against in their last six matches, the hosts visibly grew in confidence despite their numeric disadvantage.

It was clear something had to change for the visitors if they were to make their extra man count, and Moyes reverted to 4-4-2 with 20 minutes left with the introduction of Yakubu and Victor Anichebe.

It was a typical derby match - Kuyt

But it made little difference as Liverpool repelled Everton's increasingly desperate forays into the box with ease, even when Anichebe found room in the area in injury time as Reina and Daniel Agger combined to clear.

It was somewhat fitting, then, when Pienaar was handed a second yellow card deep into injury time as the Toffees' frustration got the better of them.

The result leaves Everton without a win at Anfield since 1999, and means they have it all to do if they are to continue their push for a top-six finish and European football.

However, Liverpool's recent renaissance continues and Benitez's promise of a top-four finish and Champions League qualification looks ever more possible on this form.


Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez:
"It was massive for us. To win in a derby is really important - to win in a derby with 10 players at Anfield is more important.

"I was really pleased for the players and the fans because everyone was working so hard that I think at the end we deserved to win. Hopefully we'll have even more confidence for the next game against Arsenal.

"As for the referee, I think there were too many tackles which you can analyse so I prefer not to speak about him."

Everton manager David Moyes:
"I think there have been lots of derbies very similar; quite feisty and that's why fans like them because they sometimes have a little bit extra in them.

"The first sending-off (Kyrgiakos) was a two-footed tackle, both feet off the ground. I guess Fellaini could have gone too. I've no complaints about Steven's sending-off as there was a tackle earlier in the game where he might have been fortunate to stay on.

"I thought we certainly didn't deserve to lose the game today. We might not have deserved to win it, we didn't do enough, but we shouldn't have lost it."

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Saturday, 6 February 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 1-0 Everton FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Kuyt 55

    Liverpool

    Substitutes

    Everton

    Substitutes

    Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 44,316
    LIVERPOOL
    EVERTON

    Possession

    • Liverpool 54%
    • Everton 46%

    Attempts on target

    • Liverpool 4
    • Everton 3

    Attempts off target

    • Liverpool 5
    • Everton 3

    Corners

    • Liverpool 8
    • Everton 8

    Fouls

    • Liverpool 11
    • Everton 23
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+6:48 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+5:19 Substitution Martin Skrtel replaces Dirk Kuyt.
    • 90:00+5:19 Daniel Agger takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+5:19 Sent off Steven Pienaar is shown a red card for second bookable offence.
    • Correction - 90:00+5:07 Steven Gerrard fouled by Steven Pienaar, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 90:00+5:07 Unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard by Steven Pienaar results in a .
    • 90:00+4:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas by Steven Pienaar. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 90:00+3:52 Sylvain Distin crosses the ball, Steven Gerrard manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+1:54 Substitution Fabio Aurelio comes on in place of Rodriguez Maxi.
    • 90:00+1:23 Victor Anichebe crosses the ball, Jose Reina makes a save.
    • 89:17 A cross is delivered by Phil Neville. The assistant referee signals for offside against Sylvain Distin. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 88:49 Javier Mascherano gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
    • 88:10 Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina. Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the right by-line, clearance by Jamie Carragher. Landon Donovan crosses the ball, clearance made by Daniel Agger.
    • 86:08 Ayegbeni Yakubu challenges Jamie Carragher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
    • 84:40 Booking Victor Anichebe booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 84:16 Booking Steven Gerrard is cautioned.
    • 82:04 The ball is sent over by Leighton Baines, blocked by Steven Gerrard. Leighton Baines takes the outswinging corner, save by Jose Reina.
    • 77:30 The assistant referee flags for offside against Tim Cahill. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
    • 75:31 Ryan Babel is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Johnny Heitinga takes the indirect free kick.
    • 74:27 Mikel Arteta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Babel. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
    • 74:12 A cross is delivered by Landon Donovan, clearance by Jamie Carragher.
    • 70:54 Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 70:54 Substitution Victor Anichebe replaces Louis Saha.
    • 70:54 Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Ayegbeni Yakubu coming on for Leon Osman.
    • 70:54 Steven Pienaar produces a cross, Foul by Tim Cahill on Daniel Agger, free kick awarded.
    • 70:23 Emiliano Insua sends in a cross, save made by Tim Howard.
    • 69:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Rodriguez Maxi on Landon Donovan. Free kick crossed by Mikel Arteta, clearance by Steven Gerrard.
    • 66:13 The ball is swung over by Javier Mascherano.
    • 62:45 Substitution David Ngog leaves the field to be replaced by Ryan Babel.
    • 62:29 The ball is swung over by Steven Gerrard.
    • 62:24 The ball is delivered by Emiliano Insua.
    • 61:41 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line to the near post, Landon Donovan makes a clearance.
    • 60:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel Arteta on Dirk Kuyt. Jamie Carragher takes the free kick.
    • 58:37 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta played to the near post, clearance by Jamie Carragher. The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines. The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 58:06 Landon Donovan delivers the ball, clearance made by Dirk Kuyt. Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Jamie Carragher.
    • 57:42 Foul by Leiva Lucas on Leon Osman, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.
    • 55:38 Steven Gerrard shoots direct from the free kick, save by Tim Howard.
    • 55:38 Booking Johnny Heitinga is booked.
    • 55:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rodriguez Maxi by Johnny Heitinga.
    • 54:15 Assist on the goal came from Steven Gerrard.
    • 54:15 GOAL - Dirk KuytLiverpool 1 - 0 Everton Dirk Kuyt scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Liverpool 1-0 Everton.
    • 53:48 Inswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard,
    • 53:40 The ball is crossed by Steven Gerrard, Johnny Heitinga manages to make a clearance.
    • 52:39 David Ngog takes a shot. Blocked by Sylvain Distin. Inswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line, Tim Cahill manages to make a clearance.
    • 50:40 Mikel Arteta concedes a free kick for a foul on David Ngog. Steven Gerrard crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, save by Tim Howard.
    • 49:53 Landon Donovan produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 48:26 Foul by Leighton Baines on David Ngog, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 48:07 Phil Neville crosses the ball, Javier Mascherano makes a clearance.
    • 47:05 Dirk Kuyt concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Pienaar. Leighton Baines takes the free kick.
    • 46:37 Tim Cahill takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.
    • 45:52 The ball is sent over by Dirk Kuyt, Sylvain Distin gets a block in. Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line, clearance made by Tim Cahill.
    • 45:26 Handball decision goes against Steven Pienaar. Jamie Carragher takes the free kick.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+4:13 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+2:23 Landon Donovan crosses the ball. Close range header by Tim Cahill goes over the crossbar.
    • 45:00+1:20 Foul by Sylvain Distin on David Ngog, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Javier Mascherano.
    • 43:27 Foul by Tim Cahill on Steven Gerrard, free kick awarded. Steven Gerrard has an effort direct from the free kick,
    • 43:21 The ball is delivered by Emiliano Insua, clearance made by Leighton Baines.
    • 43:12 The ball is sent over by Javier Mascherano, Leighton Baines manages to make a clearance.
    • 42:52 Dirk Kuyt sends in a cross, Leighton Baines makes a clearance.
    • 42:08 Landon Donovan challenges Daniel Agger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 41:19 Steven Pienaar challenges Javier Mascherano unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 40:36 Emiliano Insua sends in a cross, Johnny Heitinga manages to make a clearance.
    • 39:53 Substitution Mikel Arteta on for Marouane Fellaini.
    • 38:25 The assistant referee signals for offside against Louis Saha. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 33:33 Leighton Baines crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance by Steven Gerrard.
    • 33:33 Sent off The referee red cards Sotirios Kyrgiakos for serious foul play.
    • 33:31 Sotirios Kyrgiakos gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini.
    • 30:47 David Ngog produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
    • 29:54 Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
    • 29:54 Booking Jamie Carragher goes into the book.
    • 29:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Carragher on Steven Pienaar.
    • 28:54 Sotirios Kyrgiakos restarts play with the free kick.
    • 28:54 Booking Steven Pienaar receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 28:43 Steven Pienaar concedes a free kick for a foul on Javier Mascherano.
    • 27:39 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Steven Gerrard, Steven Pienaar manages to make a clearance.
    • 27:00 Dirk Kuyt fouled by Leon Osman, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Agger takes the direct free kick. Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Blocked by Leon Osman.
    • 26:12 Unfair challenge on Rodriguez Maxi by Phil Neville results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard. The ball is crossed by Jamie Carragher, clearance made by Leon Osman.
    • 25:32 Daniel Agger concedes a free kick for a foul on Tim Cahill. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.
    • 24:31 Steven Pienaar challenges Dirk Kuyt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Javier Mascherano restarts play with the free kick.
    • 22:50 Steven Pienaar produces a cross, clearance by Jamie Carragher.
    • 22:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Marouane Fellaini. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.
    • 21:46 Leighton Baines sends in a cross, save made by Jose Reina.
    • 20:04 Shot on goal comes in from Leighton Baines from the free kick, save made by Jose Reina. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Landon Donovan from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Emiliano Insua.
    • 20:04 Booking The referee books Dirk Kuyt for unsporting behaviour.
    • 19:58 Dirk Kuyt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Landon Donovan.
    • 17:13 The ball is swung over by Emiliano Insua, save by Tim Howard.
    • 16:26 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Tim Cahill.
    • 16:14 Centre by David Ngog, Johnny Heitinga manages to make a clearance.
    • 15:33 Leighton Baines produces a cross, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.
    • 14:36 Emiliano Insua delivers the ball.
    • 13:55 A cross is delivered by Jamie Carragher, clearance made by Marouane Fellaini. Leiva Lucas has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Blocked by Leighton Baines. Steven Gerrard takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Louis Saha.
    • 13:42 Leiva Lucas fouled by Leon Osman, the ref awards a free kick. Javier Mascherano restarts play with the free kick.
    • 12:27 Outswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard, Johnny Heitinga makes a clearance. Effort on goal by Daniel Agger from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 10:18 Landon Donovan takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, David Ngog manages to make a clearance. The ball is delivered by Landon Donovan, Foul by Marouane Fellaini on Sotirios Kyrgiakos, free kick awarded. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
    • 9:33 Javier Mascherano gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.
    • 8:26 Tim Cahill has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 6:25 Leiva Lucas fouled by Tim Cahill, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 4:39 Marouane Fellaini concedes a free kick for a foul on Rodriguez Maxi. Javier Mascherano restarts play with the free kick.
    • 4:03 David Ngog challenges Steven Pienaar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines, Sotirios Kyrgiakos makes a clearance.
    • 3:24 Emiliano Insua takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
    • 2:44 Unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard by Phil Neville results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard, save by Tim Howard.
    • 1:06 Landon Donovan produces a cross, blocked by Daniel Agger. Leighton Baines takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Jamie Carragher. Leighton Baines takes the inswinging corner, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jose Reina by Leon Osman. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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    As it stood on 6 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 25 41 56
    2 Chelsea 24 38 55
    3 Arsenal 24 32 49
    4 Liverpool 25 17 44
    5 Tottenham 25 20 43
    6 Man City 23 13 41
    7 Aston Villa 24 13 41
    8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
    9 Everton 24 -2 32
    10 Fulham 25 -1 31
    11 Stoke 23 -4 29
    12 Blackburn 25 -18 28
    13 Sunderland 24 -10 25
    14 Hull 25 -25 24
    15 Burnley 24 -22 23
    16 Wigan 23 -23 23
    17 Bolton 23 -15 22
    18 West Ham 24 -10 21
    19 Wolves 23 -21 21
    20 Portsmouth 24 -22 15

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