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Everton   2 - 1   Chelsea

Everton were delighted after Louis Saha scored the winner for Everton
Everton deserved their victory after a performance of great character

By Paul Fletcher

Everton striker Louis Saha scored twice as Chelsea had their lead at the top of the Premier League cut to one point.

Florent Malouda's strike put Chelsea ahead but Saha headed Everton level after his clever run lost John Terry.

Saha then saw a poor penalty saved by Petr Cech after Ricardo Carvalho had brought down Landon Donovan.

The Everton striker smashed his second with a crisp finish after Terry failed to clear, while Didier Drogba later headed against the woodwork.

The result was no less than Everton deserved after a performance of skill and determination - and it ensured that David Moyes's 300th game as a Premier League manager ended with his first victory over Chelsea.

There was further good news for Moyes, with the influential Mikel Arteta starting a game for the first time this season.

The visiting team would have lost top spot if Manchester United had won at Aston Villa but Sir Alex Ferguson's team were held to a 1-1 draw.

Chelsea were unbeaten in 13 games in all competitions coming into the fixture and Carlo Ancelotti's team certainly had their moments, pushing hard for an equaliser after Saha scored for the second time with 15 minutes remaining.

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But they were far from their best as they lost for the fourth time in the league this season, with all of their defeats away from Stamford Bridge.

They lacked cohesion in attack and were uncharacteristically uncertain in defence - with none more so than former England captain Terry, who was at least partially to blame for both goals.

There was little hint of what was to follow when a scrappy and unremarkable opening period ended when Chelsea took the lead with a disarmingly direct move.

Drogba lost his marker and flicked on a long, raking kick up field by Cech that Malouda chased down, giving Phil Neville the slip in the process before shooting across goal with a crisp first-time strike.

The only real notable moment of craft and invention prior to the 16th-minute opener had fallen to Frank Lampard after Nicolas Anelka dummied a low cross from Ashley Cole, but the England midfielder shot wide from 20 yards.

Moyes 'gleaming' after win over Chelsea

Everton's marking was occasionally slack and Tim Howard was forced into action after Terry was left unmarked at a corner.

But it was Terry who was at fault with Everton's equaliser, failing to track Saha's superb run towards the near post that culminated with the striker heading beyond Cech.

All of Everton's goals in the 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge in December came from set-pieces but Chelsea had obviously failed to heed the lesson.

Anelka was a largely peripheral figure but should have restored Chelsea's lead after the heavily involved Drogba cut the ball into the path of the French striker, who missed the target with his first-time effort from six yards.

The contest really came to life in the closing stages of the opening half, with Cech first denying Saha and then shortly afterwards saving the Frenchman's penalty after Carvalho's foul on the impressive Landon Donovan.

It was a poor spot kick from Saha, whose effort lacked power and was struck at a good height for the keeper.

Cech was the first stopper called into action after the restart, tipping over a miscued cross from the recalled Diniyar Bilyaletdinov that almost crept under his crossbar.

Chelsea were struggling to cope with Everton's high-tempo game and another mistake from Terry created a shooting chance for Saha, whose shot appeared to be deflected wide even though referee Alan Wiley awarded a goal kick.

Wilkins full of praise for Everton

The visiting team's cause was not helped when Ashley Cole limped off after a challenge with Donovan, while Branislav Ivanovic made a vital block to deny Bilyaletdinov.

Michael Ballack replaced Cole and Salomon Kalou came on for Anelka and Chelsea did appear to be inching their way back into the contest before Saha smashed the winner.

Terry failed to deal with a long cross-field pass that Saha controlled with his first touch before striking the ball beyond Cech with the outside of his left boot.

Replays suggested that Cech might have at least got a hand to the ball.

Chelsea immediately went on to the offensive and Drogba almost restored parity with a thumping header that rebounded off the crossbar, while Howard was at full stretch to save a low strike from Lampard.


Everton manager David Moyes on his first win over Chelsea:
"It has been a long time coming.

"After the weekend defeat to Liverpool I thought that we showed great character. And we did it without two of our important players.

"I thought that we deserved our victory, which was against one of the top teams in the country."

Chelsea assistant boss Ray Wilkins:
"If you look at the game as a whole you could say that Everton just about deserved to win it.

"It is disappointing but all good things must come to an end. We have got to be disappointed with the goals that we gave away.

"We have been on a good run but now we have to go on another one."

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Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Everton 2-1 Chelsea FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Saha 33
  • Saha 75
  • Malouda 17

Everton

Substitutes

Chelsea

Substitutes

Ref: WileyAtt: 36,411
EVERTON
CHELSEA

Possession

  • Everton 44%
  • Chelsea 56%

Attempts on target

  • Everton 5
  • Chelsea 5

Attempts off target

  • Everton 2
  • Chelsea 9

Corners

  • Everton 5
  • Chelsea 6

Fouls

  • Everton 13
  • Chelsea 15
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:30 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+5:00 Indirect free kick taken by Leon Osman.
  • 90:00+5:00 Booking Florent Malouda is shown a yellow card.
  • 90:00+4:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Landon Donovan by Florent Malouda.
  • 90:00+4:09 Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Philippe Senderos coming on for Louis Saha.
  • 90:00+3:40 Didier Drogba crosses the ball, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
  • 90:00+2:53 John Terry challenges Louis Saha unfairly and gives away a free kick. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:35 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Landon Donovan.
  • 90:00+0:48 Unfair challenge on Sylvain Distin by Daniel Sturridge results in a free kick. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.
  • 89:35 A cross is delivered by Yuri Zhirkov, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.
  • 89:11 The ball is delivered by Yuri Zhirkov, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.
  • 89:03 The ball is crossed by Ricardo Carvalho, clearance by Johnny Heitinga.
  • 88:53 Florent Malouda delivers the ball, Dan Gosling manages to make a clearance.
  • 88:16 Outswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, Sylvain Distin makes a clearance.
  • 87:46 Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, clearance made by Landon Donovan.
  • 87:34 The ball is sent over by Florent Malouda, Johnny Heitinga manages to make a clearance.
  • 85:13 Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
  • 85:13 Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Dan Gosling coming on for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
  • 85:13 Johnny Heitinga fouled by John Terry, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 84:55 Frank Lampard takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Johnny Heitinga.
  • 84:17 Ricardo Carvalho delivers the ball, Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Johnny Heitinga gets a block in.
  • 83:40 Unfair challenge on Florent Malouda by Phil Neville results in a free kick. Frank Lampard crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Tim Howard.
  • 82:08 Ricardo Carvalho delivers the ball, clearance made by Jack Rodwell.
  • 81:41 Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Heitinga.
  • 81:02 Outswinging corner taken by Yuri Zhirkov, Louis Saha makes a clearance.
  • 80:47 Frank Lampard takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.
  • 78:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tim Cahill by Yuri Zhirkov. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.
  • 77:43 John Terry has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 77:12 Corner from the right by-line taken by Frank Lampard, Salomon Kalou takes a shot.
  • 77:03 The ball is sent over by Branislav Ivanovic, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov manages to make a clearance.
  • 76:51 A cross is delivered by Daniel Sturridge, clearance by Leighton Baines.
  • 75:36 Substitution Daniel Sturridge is brought on as a substitute for Mikel.
  • 74:27 Assist on the goal came from Sylvain Distin.
  • 74:27 GOAL - Louis SahaEverton 2 - 1 Chelsea Louis Saha scores a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 2-1 Chelsea.
  • 74:09 Michael Ballack delivers the ball, Tim Howard makes a save.
  • 73:26 Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.
  • 73:26 Substitution Jack Rodwell is brought on as a substitute for Mikel Arteta.
  • 73:26 The offside flag is raised against Tim Cahill.
  • 73:15 The ball is sent over by Landon Donovan, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.
  • 71:48 Yuri Zhirkov produces a cross, clearance made by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
  • 71:11 Salomon Kalou sends in a cross, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
  • 69:36 Foul by Ricardo Carvalho on Louis Saha, free kick awarded. Leighton Baines delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Didier Drogba manages to make a clearance.
  • 69:04 The ball is swung over by Branislav Ivanovic.
  • 67:59 Centre by Salomon Kalou, Sylvain Distin makes a clearance.
  • 67:43 Leon Osman produces a cross, blocked by Mikel.
  • 66:40 Foul by Florent Malouda on Mikel Arteta, free kick awarded. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free kick.
  • 66:00 Substitution Salomon Kalou on for Nicolas Anelka.
  • 65:42 A cross is delivered by Florent Malouda, Phil Neville makes a clearance.
  • 64:20 Branislav Ivanovic sends in a cross, Sylvain Distin manages to make a clearance.
  • 63:44 Indirect free kick taken by Mikel.
  • 63:44 Booking Caution for Landon Donovan.
  • 63:34 Yuri Zhirkov fouled by Landon Donovan, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 63:20 The ball is crossed by Michael Ballack, Johnny Heitinga makes a clearance.
  • 62:32 Branislav Ivanovic produces a cross, Johnny Heitinga manages to make a clearance.
  • 62:06 A cross is delivered by Landon Donovan, save by Petr Cech.
  • 61:53 Booking Mikel booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 61:23 Mikel is adjudged to have handled the ball. Indirect free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
  • 59:52 Tim Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on Yuri Zhirkov. Ricardo Carvalho takes the indirect free kick.
  • 58:12 The ball is delivered by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Ricardo Carvalho manages to make a clearance.
  • 58:06 The ball is sent over by Mikel Arteta, clearance by John Terry.
  • 57:53 Centre by Landon Donovan.
  • 56:55 The assistant referee flags for offside against Louis Saha. Indirect free kick taken by Ricardo Carvalho.
  • 56:35 Phil Neville sends in a cross, clearance made by Yuri Zhirkov.
  • 55:54 Substitution Michael Ballack joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ashley Cole.
  • 55:31 Shot on goal by Didier Drogba from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 55:09 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov delivers the ball, clearance made by Mikel.
  • 54:54 The ball is sent over by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Frank Lampard makes a clearance.
  • 54:36 Frank Lampard challenges Mikel Arteta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.
  • 51:28 A cross is delivered by Florent Malouda, Leighton Baines makes a clearance.
  • 51:14 Foul by Tim Cahill on Ashley Cole, free kick awarded. Mikel takes the indirect free kick.
  • 50:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Landon Donovan. Mikel takes the free kick.
  • 50:12 The ball is crossed by Leighton Baines, Effort on goal by Louis Saha from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
  • 49:53 A cross is delivered by Phil Neville, clearance by John Terry.
  • 49:24 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line to the near post, Yuri Zhirkov makes a clearance.
  • 49:05 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov crosses the ball, Petr Cech makes a save.
  • 48:36 The referee blows for offside against Didier Drogba. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.
  • 48:22 The ball is delivered by Landon Donovan, clearance made by John Terry.
  • 48:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Nicolas Anelka. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.
  • 46:25 Phil Neville crosses the ball, Ricardo Carvalho makes a clearance.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:04 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+0:56 The ball is sent over by John Terry, Leon Osman manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:00+0:30 The ball is crossed by Branislav Ivanovic, clearance made by Leon Osman.
  • 44:05 Placed penalty taken by Louis Saha saved by Petr Cech. Everton 1-1 Chelsea.
  • 44:05 Ricardo Carvalho gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Landon Donovan.
  • 43:36 The ball is delivered by Landon Donovan, Louis Saha takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
  • 41:04 Landon Donovan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda. Didier Drogba fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 39:30 Mikel Arteta challenges Florent Malouda unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Frank Lampard from the free kick.
  • 38:27 The ball is sent over by Branislav Ivanovic, Johnny Heitinga fouled by Didier Drogba, the ref awards a free kick. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
  • 36:35 The ball is sent over by Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
  • 35:39 Leon Osman produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
  • 34:11 Tim Cahill is ruled offside. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
  • 33:40 Foul by Yuri Zhirkov on Leon Osman, free kick awarded. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.
  • 32:25 Landon Donovan provided the assist for the goal.
  • 32:25 GOAL - Louis SahaEverton 1 - 1 Chelsea Louis Saha finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Everton 1-1 Chelsea.
  • 32:16 Corner taken by Landon Donovan from the right by-line played to the near post,
  • 31:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicolas Anelka on Leighton Baines. Free kick crossed left-footed by Mikel Arteta, clearance by John Terry.
  • 30:22 Corner taken by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Frank Lampard.
  • 29:36 Leon Osman takes a shot. Blocked by Ricardo Carvalho.
  • 29:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel on Tim Cahill. Mikel Arteta takes the indirect free kick.
  • 28:19 Didier Drogba sends in a cross, Leighton Baines manages to make a clearance.
  • 27:20 The ball is delivered by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Leighton Baines takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
  • 25:40 Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line, Ricardo Carvalho takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
  • 22:58 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicolas Anelka. Branislav Ivanovic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 21:29 Inswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line.
  • 20:59 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov produces a cross, clearance by Ricardo Carvalho.
  • 19:39 Florent Malouda fouled by Phil Neville, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Cole takes the free kick.
  • 16:50 Assist on the goal came from Didier Drogba.
  • 16:50 GOAL - Florent MaloudaEverton 0 - 1 Chelsea Florent Malouda fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 0-1 Chelsea.
  • 16:13 Leon Osman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
  • 16:01 A cross is delivered by Landon Donovan, clearance by John Terry.
  • 15:53 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov delivers the ball, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
  • 11:10 Shot from just outside the area by Branislav Ivanovic misses to the right of the target.
  • 11:01 Frank Lampard delivers the ball, Leighton Baines manages to make a clearance.
  • 10:06 Unfair challenge on Frank Lampard by Tim Cahill results in a free kick. Free kick taken by John Terry.
  • 9:29 Florent Malouda crosses the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Didier Drogba misses to the left of the goal.
  • 6:42 Frank Lampard has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 5:45 The official flags Louis Saha offside. Ricardo Carvalho takes the free kick.
  • 4:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Frank Lampard on Leighton Baines. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mikel Arteta, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
  • 4:03 Landon Donovan crosses the ball.
  • 3:42 The ball is crossed by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, save by Petr Cech.
  • 2:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tim Cahill on Branislav Ivanovic. Free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
  • 0:41 Unfair challenge on Ricardo Carvalho by Tim Cahill results in a free kick. Ricardo Carvalho takes the free kick.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 10 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 26 39 58
2 Man Utd 26 41 57
3 Arsenal 26 31 52
4 Liverpool 26 16 44
5 Man City 24 15 44
6 Tottenham 26 19 43
7 Aston Villa 25 13 42
8 Birmingham 25 -2 37
9 Everton 25 -1 35
10 Fulham 26 2 34
11 Blackburn 26 -17 31
12 Stoke 24 -4 30
13 Sunderland 25 -10 26
14 West Ham 25 -8 24
15 Wolves 25 -21 24
16 Wigan 24 -23 24
17 Hull 26 -26 24
18 Burnley 25 -25 23
19 Bolton 24 -17 22
20 Portsmouth 25 -22 16

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