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Everton   1 - 0   Stoke

Yakubu celebrates his goal
Yakubu celebrates his winner at Goodison Park

By Oliver Brett

Yakubu scored his first goal of the season as Everton stretched their unbeaten run in the league to five.

The Nigerian striker showed neat control before lashing into the roof of the net after Tim Cahill's driven shot had rebounded off an upright.

Stoke defended stoutly in the main, and Tuncay thought he had grabbed the opener - but was adjudged to have fouled Leighton Baines in the process.

However, Everton generally produced more quality than their opponents.

A contest that was played at a lively pace throughout weathered some dull passages of play either side of half-time, but came alive at a Stoke free-kick just past the hour mark when the ball rebounded off a melee of players and trickled towards Baines and Tuncay.

Disallowed goal should have stood - Pulis

The Turkish midfielder, playing in a supportive role just behind striker Kenwyne Jones, was quicker to react than the Everton left-back, but referee Lee Probert adjudged he had unfairly impeded Baines before bundling the ball into the net.

Within a minute, Abdoulaye Faye got some part of his body in the way of a fierce Tim Cahill volley as one of a series of Everton attacks again failed to come to fruition.

Immediately after that, Everton boss David Moyes sent on a second striker in Louis Saha to assist Yakubu with Seamus Coleman - who had had a disappointing afternoon on the right wing - withdrawn.

And around five minutes later, the hosts finally got the goal their more purposeful football had threatened.

Following Yakubu's strike, gleefully celebrated by Moyes who has stood by the 27-year-old despite his scoring drought, Stoke - who had never gone into an overly defensive shell - reacted with some bright football of their own.

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Jermaine Pennant and Glenn Whelan came on - but Matthew Etherington who was putting in a good performance on the left side of midfield remained their most productive player.

A decent effort from him late on flashed past Tim Howard's far post.

Stoke's greatest fault throughout was their inability to force saves from the big American goalkeeper - best summed up by two incidents that could have seen them opening the scoring early in the second half.

First, Marc Wilson ignored pleas from Etherington and Tuncay for a pass and instead cut inside his marker to blast a wayward shot harmlessly wide.

Then centre-half Ryan Shawcross also failed to find the target when hitting a right-foot volley goalwards from just inside the area following Roberth Huth's cross.

Moyes praises Stoke after 'welcome' victory

That period of pressure from Stoke suggested they might be the team to break the deadlock - and when a series of decisions from Mason went against the home team the crowd started showing its frustration.

In that sense, Yakubu's goal could not have come at a better time - but to suggest their win was undeserved would be to stretch a point.

Everton had been much the better team in a first half devoid of interest. Yakubu, the otherwise excellent Steven Pienaar and Neville all failed to make the most of decent opportunities in the first 45 minutes.

Stoke were unable to make that profligacy count in their favour, and Tony Pulis's side are now winless in their last three games.

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Saturday, 30 October 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Everton 1-0 Stoke FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Yakubu 67

    Everton

    Substitutes

    Stoke

    Substitutes

    Ref: ProbertAtt: 35,513
    EVERTON
    STOKE

    Possession

    • Everton 66%
    • Stoke 34%

    Attempts on target

    • Everton 10
    • Stoke 1

    Attempts off target

    • Everton 8
    • Stoke 8

    Corners

    • Everton 6
    • Stoke 2

    Fouls

    • Everton 16
    • Stoke 14
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:24 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+3:58 Louis Saha takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
    • 90:00+3:02 Close range effort by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov misses to the left of the goal.
    • 90:00+2:21 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line.
    • 90:00+1:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines by Jermaine Pennant. Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.
    • 88:31 Tim Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead. Dean Whitehead takes the direct free kick.
    • 87:06 Shot by Tuncay Sanli from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
    • 86:47 Louis Saha concedes a free kick for a foul on Abdoulaye Faye. Dean Whitehead takes the direct free kick.
    • 84:52 Substitution Diniyar Bilyaletdinov comes on in place of Ayegbeni Yakubu.
    • 81:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Tim Cahill. Jermaine Pennant fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 80:37 Effort from the edge of the box by Matthew Etherington goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 80:10 Johnny Heitinga takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
    • 79:15 The referee blows for offside. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.
    • 76:16 Substitution Glenn Whelan is brought on as a substitute for Marc Wilson.
    • 75:22 Tuncay Sanli challenges Phil Neville unfairly and gives away a free kick. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.
    • 72:48 Tim Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on Tuncay Sanli. Ryan Shawcross takes the free kick.
    • 72:48 Substitution Jonathan Walters leaves the field to be replaced by Jermaine Pennant.
    • 70:56 Leighton Baines challenges Robert Huth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.
    • 66:22 Assist by Tim Cahill.
    • 66:22 GOAL - Ayegbeni YakubuEverton 1 - 0 Stoke Ayegbeni Yakubu finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Everton 1-0 Stoke.
    • 66:20 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Tim Cahill hits the post.
    • 65:11 Louis Saha takes a shot. Blocked by Dean Whitehead.
    • 63:59 Tuncay Sanli takes the inswinging corner, Louis Saha makes a clearance.
    • 63:13 Shot by Matthew Etherington from outside the box goes over the target.
    • 62:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tuncay Sanli by Leighton Baines. Direct free kick taken by Dean Whitehead.
    • 62:19 Booking The referee books Leighton Baines for unsporting behaviour.
    • 61:31 Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Louis Saha coming on for Seamus Coleman.
    • Correction - 60:49 Tim Cahill takes a shot. Blocked by Abdoulaye Faye.
    • 60:49 Tim Cahill takes a shot. Abdoulaye Faye gets a block in.
    • 60:17 Marc Wilson challenges Johnny Heitinga unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
    • 60:17 Booking Marc Wilson receives a yellow card.
    • 59:25 Johnny Heitinga produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 58:36 Tuncay Sanli concedes a free kick for a foul on Leighton Baines. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
    • 58:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Steven Pienaar. Marc Wilson takes the direct free kick.
    • 56:04 Mikel Arteta takes the inswinging corner, Robert Huth fouled by Sylvain Distin, the ref awards a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
    • 55:41 Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Abdoulaye Faye makes a clearance.
    • 55:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Abdoulaye Faye on Tim Cahill. Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.
    • 54:23 Ryan Shawcross has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 53:52 Ayegbeni Yakubu concedes a free kick for a foul on Abdoulaye Faye. Dean Whitehead restarts play with the free kick.
    • 51:20 Corner from the right by-line taken by Leighton Baines, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Phil Jagielka. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.
    • 50:33 Marc Wilson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
    • 49:35 Marc Wilson fouled by Johnny Heitinga, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
    • 48:17 Seamus Coleman takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
    • 45:35 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Marc Wilson. Shot comes in from Mikel Arteta from the free kick, Jonathan Walters gets a block in.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:34 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 45:00+2:03 Marc Wilson takes a shot. Blocked by Sylvain Distin.
    • 42:36 Ayegbeni Yakubu is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
    • 39:16 Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington to the near post, Abdoulaye Faye has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 38:39 Unfair challenge on Leighton Baines by Jonathan Walters results in a free kick. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.
    • 38:03 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
    • 33:57 Johnny Heitinga gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones. Matthew Etherington takes the free kick.
    • 32:53 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line, Phil Jagielka has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 32:36 Leighton Baines decides to take the corner short.
    • 31:28 Tim Cahill has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 31:08 Tuncay Sanli challenges Phil Jagielka unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
    • 30:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Whitehead on Steven Pienaar. Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.
    • 28:40 Danny Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Seamus Coleman. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.
    • 27:45 Phil Neville takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
    • 27:18 Johnny Heitinga takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.
    • 25:32 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the left by-line, save made by Asmir Begovic.
    • 23:57 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
    • 21:09 Kenwyne Jones challenges Sylvain Distin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
    • 19:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones by Johnny Heitinga. Free kick taken by Marc Wilson.
    • 19:10 Unfair challenge on Asmir Begovic by Ayegbeni Yakubu results in a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
    • 14:10 Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
    • 12:57 Steven Pienaar fouled by Jonathan Walters, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.
    • 12:36 Seamus Coleman challenges Asmir Begovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
    • 8:15 Effort from the edge of the box by Kenwyne Jones goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 6:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ayegbeni Yakubu on Ryan Shawcross. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
    • 5:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Shawcross on Steven Pienaar. Leighton Baines crosses the ball in from the free kick, Kenwyne Jones makes a clearance.
    • 3:06 Ryan Shawcross concedes a free kick for a foul on Ayegbeni Yakubu. Mikel Arteta shoots direct from the free kick.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 30 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 10 24 25
    2 Arsenal 10 12 20
    3 Man Utd 10 10 20
    4 Man City 10 3 17
    5 Tottenham 10 1 15
    6 West Brom 9 -2 15
    7 Everton 10 2 13
    8 Fulham 10 1 12
    9 Sunderland 9 1 12
    10 Bolton 9 0 12
    11 Newcastle 9 1 11
    12 Aston Villa 9 -4 11
    13 Birmingham 9 -2 10
    14 Stoke 10 -4 10
    15 Blackpool 9 -7 10
    16 Wigan 10 -11 10
    17 Blackburn 10 -3 9
    18 Liverpool 9 -5 9
    19 Wolves 10 -6 9
    20 West Ham 10 -11 6

    see also
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    30 Oct 10 |  Premier League
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