Eardley curls in a cracker to open the scoring for the Tangerines
By Mark Ashenden
Everton twice came from behind to draw a lively encounter at Blackpool.
Neil Eardley's curling free-kick scored the opener for the hosts but Everton hit back as Tim Cahill nodded in Yakubu's cross for a swift equaliser.
Blackpool regained the lead after the break as David Vaughan hooked in from a goalmouth scramble before Seamus Coleman's low shot levelled the score.
Everton's Louis Saha dragged a shot wide and Marlon Harewood was denied a dramatic winner late on for a push.
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway said last week he was dreaming of Champions League football and after his side squandered the lead on two occasions the emotional manager will be unhappy not to have secured all the spoils as they continue to impress in the Premier League.
Holloway delighted with vital home points
The Tangerines were up against an improving Everton side, now unbeaten in six, and although Holloway's men struggled with possession at times, a draw was deserved and only a questionable call from referee Andre Marriner in the dying seconds prevented the victory.
In the first league fixture between these sides since 1971, the Bloomfield Road crowd witnessed a pretty uninspiring opening but things changed dramatically when Charlie Adam picked up the ball in midfield after 10 minutes.
Mikel Arteta sensed the danger for the visitors outside the box but he could only hack down Adam, still playing despite a bonus dispute with his employers.
Scottish midfielder Adam however handed duties over to defender Eardley who curled in a delightful direct free-kick from 30 yards on the day he was also celebrating his 22nd birthday.
Only three minutes later the visitors were level.
Sylvain Distin and Yakubu exchanged neat passes on the left leaving the sprightly Nigerian to cross over for Cahill to leap brilliantly and nod powerfully past the home side's goalkeeper Matthew Gilks.
Having started October at the bottom of the table the Toffees had secured three victories and a draw before Saturday's trip to Blackpool and their equaliser injected fresh belief that another three points were within their grasp.
Steven Pienaar and Leighton Baines were menacing down the left side with Cahill and Yakubu foiled by an increasingly desperate defence.
The chances kept coming and in the final stages of the first period, Coleman went close to scoring against the side that took him on loan last season with a long-range shot and then a fine volley from the edge of the box.
Thanks to some late lunging tackles by Evatt and Craig Cathcart, the Tangerines held on and immediately after the break their efforts were rewarded when they regained the lead.
Missed chances frustrate Moyes
As the Everton defence dithered with several chances to clear the danger on the six-yard line, a mis-timed DJ Campbell shot fell to Vaughan whose second shot was hooked in.
After conceding one goal in five games, keeper Tim Howard was picking the ball out of the Merseysiders' net twice in less than an hour.
Blackpool's lead lasted even less than their opening goal and it arrived after a sloppy header by Stephen Crainey on the right.
Coleman was swiftly on to the ball and the 22-year-old Irishman burst through to bury the leveller underneath the body of Gilks.
Substitute Matt Phillips and Adam both had great chances to get Blackpool ahead again but Everton always threatened and Saha dragged the ball wide when hassled by Evatt, followed by Pienaar going close with a scuffed shot.
In stoppage time it seemed the home side had nabbed the winner when Harewood slotted in but the whistle had gone for a push on the halfway line.
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway: "I was pleased with my team and it looks like we're getting to grips with this league. It's wonderful to see us play that well against Everton.
Everton manager David Moyes: "In the last 10 to 15 minutes Blackpool put us under pressure. We showed a lot of character but we started badly. We made the wrong decision too many times."
90:00+3:23 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
90:00+0:22 Phil Jagielka concedes a free kick for a foul on Dudley Campbell. Strike comes in from Charlie Adam from the free kick. Neal
Eardley takes the inswinging corner, Sylvain Distin makes a clearance. Matt Phillips takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken
by Charlie Adam from the right by-line.
90:00+0:22 Booking Phil Jagielka goes into the book.
89:32 Marlon Harewood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phil Jagielka. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
88:35 A cross is delivered by Matt Phillips, clearance by Phil Jagielka.
87:31 Charlie Adam takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard. Corner taken by David Vaughan played to the near post, Effort from the edge
of the box by Elliot Grandin goes wide of the left-hand upright.
87:16 Leighton Baines concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Phillips. Free kick taken by Neal Eardley.
86:47 The ball is crossed by Dudley Campbell, save made by Tim Howard.
84:59 Charlie Adam takes a shot. Sylvain Distin gets a block in.
82:00 The ball is crossed by Tim Cahill, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.
80:31 Marlon Harewood takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
79:53 The ball is delivered by Neal Eardley, save by Tim Howard.
79:30 Jermaine Beckford is caught offside. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
78:23 Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. Ian Evatt gets a block in. Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line, Ian Evatt
manages to make a clearance. The ball is delivered by Leighton Baines.
77:43 A cross is delivered by Elliot Grandin.
76:53 Louis Saha produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
76:53 Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Jermaine Beckford coming on for Johnny Heitinga.
76:12 The official flags Marlon Harewood offside. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
75:59 The ball is crossed by Charlie Adam.
74:51 Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Diniyar Bilyaletdinov coming on for Steven Pienaar.
74:24 Phil Neville sends in a cross, Neal Eardley makes a clearance.
73:30 Outswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line played to the near post, Charlie Adam manages to make a clearance.
73:30 Substitution Marlon Harewood comes on in place of Luke Varney.
73:30 Substitution Elliot Grandin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
71:57 Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Luke Varney goes wide of the right-hand upright.
71:11 Effort from inside the area by Louis Saha misses to the right of the goal.
70:14 Leighton Baines crosses the ball, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.
69:48 Luke Varney is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
68:49 A cross is delivered by Leighton Baines, blocked by Neal Eardley. Corner taken by Leighton Baines played to the near post.
68:00 Louis Saha challenges Ian Evatt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
66:49 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
66:11 The ball is sent over by Seamus Coleman, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.
65:34 Johnny Heitinga takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.
64:35 Phil Neville produces a cross, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.
63:39 Mikel Arteta takes the outswinging corner, clearance by David Vaughan.
63:16 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Blocked by Neal Eardley.
62:13 Matt Phillips takes a shot. Phil Jagielka gets a block in. Charlie Adam produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box
and misses to the left of the goal.
60:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Adam on Seamus Coleman. Free kick crossed left-footed by Mikel Arteta, clearance by
60:03 Substitution (Blackpool) makes a substitution, with Matt Phillips coming on for Keith Southern.
60:03 Substitution Ayegbeni Yakubu goes off and Louis Saha comes on.
59:21 Tim Cahill delivers the ball, clearance made by Stephen Crainey.
57:50 The ball is delivered by Leighton Baines, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.
57:27 Keith Southern takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Jagielka.
56:52 Tim Cahill is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Ian Evatt restarts play with the free kick.
54:50 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Keith Southern gets a block in.
54:04 Stephen Crainey sends in a cross.
52:24 The ball is delivered by Leighton Baines, Close range header by Tim Cahill goes over the crossbar.
50:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Charlie Adam. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
49:46 GOAL - Seamus Coleman:Blackpool 2 - 2 Everton Seamus Coleman scores a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Blackpool 2-2 Everton.
48:47 Centre by Seamus Coleman, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
48:06 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Evatt.
47:04 GOAL - David Vaughan:Blackpool 2 - 1 Everton David Vaughan scores a goal from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. Blackpool 2-1 Everton.
46:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Varney by Phil Jagielka. Craig Cathcart takes the direct free kick.
45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
45:00+1:59 The first half comes to an end.
44:37 Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
41:55 Luke Varney produces a cross, Sylvain Distin gets a block in.
41:33 Charlie Adam fouled by Johnny Heitinga, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
41:19 Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Blocked by David Vaughan.
40:53 Steven Pienaar is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by David Vaughan.
39:59 Seamus Coleman produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
36:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Crainey on Seamus Coleman. Mikel Arteta crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed
from right wing, Charlie Adam makes a clearance. Leighton Baines takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Ian Evatt makes
36:55 Booking Stephen Crainey is shown a yellow card.
35:37 Phil Neville produces a cross, Seamus Coleman takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
34:33 Luke Varney is caught offside. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
34:00 Luke Varney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phil Neville. Phil Neville takes the free kick.
33:16 Steven Pienaar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam. Free kick taken by David Vaughan.
32:37 Leighton Baines sends in a cross.
31:46 Leighton Baines fouled by Keith Southern, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
30:10 The referee gives a free kick against Leighton Baines for handball. Neal Eardley takes the free kick.
28:41 Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Blocked by Neal Eardley. Leighton Baines takes the outswinging corner, Headed effort from inside
the box by Sylvain Distin misses to the right of the target.
28:04 Charlie Adam challenges Steven Pienaar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Neville takes the direct free kick.
25:43 Corner from the left by-line taken by Mikel Arteta, save by Matthew Gilks.
25:36 Centre by Leighton Baines, Craig Cathcart gets a block in.
25:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Ayegbeni Yakubu restarts play with the
24:48 Johnny Heitinga concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Adam. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.
24:07 The offside flag is raised against Seamus Coleman. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
23:46 Mikel Arteta fouled by Dudley Campbell, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.
22:41 Tim Cahill takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
21:44 Unfair challenge on Tim Cahill by Neal Eardley results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
21:44 Booking Neal Eardley receives a caution.
19:37 The offside flag is raised against Phil Neville. Matthew Gilks takes the indirect free kick.
19:01 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta.
18:49 Centre by Steven Pienaar, Stephen Crainey makes a clearance.
18:31 The ball is sent over by Seamus Coleman, clearance by Charlie Adam.
15:57 Ayegbeni Yakubu sends in a cross.
14:17 Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Dudley Campbell results in a free kick. Sylvain Distin takes the direct free kick.
12:46 Centre by Ayegbeni Yakubu. Assist by Ayegbeni Yakubu.
12:46 GOAL - Tim Cahill:Blackpool 1 - 1 Everton Tim Cahill scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Blackpool 1-1 Everton.
12:22 Dudley Campbell concedes a free kick for a foul on Leighton Baines. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free kick.
12:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Neville by Luke Varney. Phil Neville takes the free kick.
11:21 The ball is swung over by Seamus Coleman, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.
10:58 Mikel Arteta fouled by David Vaughan, the ref awards a free kick. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.
9:03 Foul by Mikel Arteta on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded.
9:03 GOAL - Neal Eardley:Blackpool 1 - 0 Everton Neal Eardley grabs a goal from outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackpool 1-0 Everton.
7:32 Ayegbeni Yakubu concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Evatt. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
6:32 David Vaughan produces a cross, Sylvain Distin makes a clearance.
3:42 Foul by Mikel Arteta on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Neal Eardley.
2:36 Tim Cahill produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
1:31 Johnny Heitinga gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell. Neal Eardley takes the free kick.
1:14 Foul by Ayegbeni Yakubu on Ian Evatt, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.
0:00 The referee gets the game started.
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