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Everton   5 - 3   Blackpool

Seamus Coleman (left) congratulates four-goal striker Louis Saha
Seamus Coleman (left) congratulates four-goal striker Louis Saha

By Owen Phillips

Louis Saha grabbed four goals as Everton broke Blackpool's spirited resistance in a remarkable game.

The hosts dominated before the break and Saha stroked them ahead but Alex Baptiste's six-yard shot levelled it.

A neat near-post Saha effort made it 2-1 but Jason Puncheon's side-footed finish and Charlie Adam's measured header put the visitors ahead.

Saha headed home to make it 3-3 and he added his fourth on the break after Jermaine Beckford volleyed number four.

It was a quite awesome match at a rain-soaked Goodison Park, full of incident, controversy and free-flowing, no-holds barred attacking football.

Moyes praises 'unstoppable' Saha

But the first 35 minutes threatened little of the excitement that followed as a strangely subdued Blackpool barely got out of their half.

Their attacking intent was once again on display as manager Ian Holloway opted for three up front, with DJ Campbell accompanied by full debutants James Beattie and Puncheon.

But their refreshing approach seemed to have been crushed by a run of six defeats in seven Premier League games and they struggled to get a kick.

Leighton Baines, Mikel Arteta and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov all wasted free-kicks from the edge of the area within the first 20 minutes as the hosts seized control.

Johnny Heitinga saw a fizzing shot beaten away by keeper Paul Rachubka, who was recalled at the expense of Richard Kingson, while Blackpool defender David Carney almost put through his own net after an unfortunate rebound.

Marouane Fellaini and Jack Rodwell also both wasted good chances but Saha's calm 20th-minute finish, after excellent work by Bilyaletdinov on the left, looked like setting the platform for a routine win against an out-of-sorts Blackpool.

But the game turned from pleasantly entertaining to jaw-droppingly exciting when Baptiste bundled the ball in for the leveller after Ian Evatt's shot from an Adam corner rolled along the line.

Everton then had a goal ruled out in hugely controversial circumstances when referee Kevin Friend disallowed a Saha effort.

Jason Puncheon enjoys his debut goal
Blackpool debutant Jason Puncheon enjoys his goal

Friend blew up to penalise full-back Carney for a tug on Seamus Coleman, but his whistle sounded just as Saha was about to see his strike cross the line.

Everton boss David Moyes - who last week profited from a generous call against Arsenal - was understandably furious but there was nothing Friend could do, even though he must have known he had made a major error.

However, what seemed destined to be the game's talking point turned out to be largely insignificant after a breathless second half.

The refereeing team emerged for the second half to a chorus of boos but Saha's second - after wonderful work and a pinpoint cross from the outstanding Baines - seemed to get the hosts back on track.

Maybe the sense of injustice helped and Everton continued to press with Rachubka forced into a decent save to deny Bilyaletdinov after a cheeky Saha flick.

But the Seasiders were a different side after the interval and their belief was restored after Puncheon drew them level following a smart pull-back from former Everton frontman Beattie.

A sweeping counter-attack saw them forge ahead when Puncheon robbed Sylvain Distin, steamed forward and found Campbell. The striker fired a fine effort against the bar but Adam - who showed no signs of displeasure at his failure to earn a move to the Red half of Merseyside - was on hand to head home.

Everton responded immediately and piled forward in search of an equaliser.

Neal Eardley was forced to hack away a goalbound effort and Evatt made a stunning sprawling clearance to deny Rodwell after Rachubka inexplicably came racing out of his goal.

Defensive lapses concern Holloway

But Everton, chasing only their sixth Premier League victory of the season, were not to be denied for long and in a frantic final 14 minutes they wrapped up a win they thoroughly deserved.

Saha equalised when he headed home from three yards following an Arteta corner and six minutes from time Beckford smashed home a wonderful first-time volley from a teasing Baines centre.

And there was still time for French striker Saha to triple his league tally for the season - and consign Blackpool to a fifth consecutive league defeat - when he ran half the length of the pitch and coolly finished past Rachubka.

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Saturday, 5 February 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Everton 5-3 Blackpool FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Saha 20
  • Saha 47
  • Saha 76
  • Beckford 80
  • Saha 84
  • Baptiste 37
  • Puncheon 62
  • Adam 64

Everton

Substitutes

Blackpool

Substitutes

Ref: FriendAtt: 38,202
EVERTON
BLACKPOOL

Possession

  • Everton 48%
  • Blackpool 52%

Attempts on target

  • Everton 16
  • Blackpool 7

Attempts off target

  • Everton 7
  • Blackpool 4

Corners

  • Everton 9
  • Blackpool 5

Fouls

  • Everton 9
  • Blackpool 17
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:11 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+3:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marouane Fellaini on Alex Baptiste. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam from right wing, Tim Howard makes a save.
  • 90:00+3:15 Phil Jagielka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Elliot Grandin. Paul Rachubka takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+3:04 Mikel Arteta crosses the ball.
  • 90:00+1:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Evatt on Jermaine Beckford. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:37 Neal Eardley is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
  • 87:59 Effort on goal by Jermaine Beckford from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 85:37 Substitution Louis Saha leaves the field to be replaced by Phil Jagielka.
  • 83:32 The assist for the goal came from Marouane Fellaini.
  • 83:32 GOAL - Louis SahaEverton 5 - 3 Blackpool Louis Saha grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 5-3 Blackpool.
  • 79:09 Assist on the goal came from Leighton Baines.
  • 79:09 Substitution Marlon Harewood is brought on as a substitute for James Beattie.
  • 79:09 GOAL - Jermaine BeckfordEverton 4 - 3 Blackpool A goal is scored by Jermaine Beckford from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 4-3 Blackpool.
  • 75:36 Shot from 25 yards by Leighton Baines. Mikel Arteta takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, assist by Jermaine Beckford.
  • 75:36 GOAL - Louis SahaEverton 3 - 3 Blackpool Goal scored by Louis Saha from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Everton 3-3 Blackpool.
  • 74:20 Short corner taken by Mikel Arteta.
  • 73:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Louis Saha by Alex Baptiste. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
  • 73:36 Substitution Keith Southern replaces Dudley Campbell.
  • 73:36 Substitution (Blackpool) makes a substitution, with Rob Edwards coming on for Jason Puncheon.
  • 70:53 Louis Saha takes a shot. Save by Paul Rachubka.
  • 70:21 Dudley Campbell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sylvain Distin. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
  • 69:17 Substitution Jack Rodwell leaves the field to be replaced by Jermaine Beckford.
  • 69:17 Substitution Diniyar Bilyaletdinov leaves the field to be replaced by Tim Cahill.
  • 67:30 Mikel Arteta takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Louis Saha by Dudley Campbell. Shot comes in from Mikel Arteta from the free kick.
  • 67:00 Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Ian Evatt makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 65:02 Marouane Fellaini has an effort at goal. Save made by Paul Rachubka.
  • 65:02 Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Brilliant save by Paul Rachubka.
  • 63:45 Dudley Campbell takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard. Assist by Dudley Campbell.
  • 63:45 GOAL - Charlie AdamEverton 2 - 3 Blackpool Charlie Adam scores a goal from the edge of the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Everton 2-3 Blackpool.
  • 62:44 Corner taken by Leighton Baines, Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. David Carney manages to make a clearance.
  • 61:16 James Beattie provided the assist for the goal.
  • 61:16 GOAL - Jason PuncheonEverton 2 - 2 Blackpool Jason Puncheon fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 2-2 Blackpool.
  • 58:39 Jack Rodwell produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 58:22 Ian Evatt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Louis Saha. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
  • 57:25 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Elliot Grandin from the left by-line, Seamus Coleman makes a clearance.
  • 56:44 Corner from the right by-line taken by Charlie Adam, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
  • Correction - 54:58 Foul by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Charlie Adam shoots direct from the free kick. Corner taken right-footed by Elliot Grandin from the left by-line, Effort from outside the penalty box by David Carney goes wide left of the goal.
  • 54:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov on Charlie Adam. Charlie Adam shoots direct from the free kick. Inswinging corner taken by Elliot Grandin from the left by-line, David Carney has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 53:35 Leighton Baines fouled by James Beattie, the ref awards a free kick. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
  • 52:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell by Mikel Arteta. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.
  • 49:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Adam on Phil Neville. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 49:48 Booking Booking for Charlie Adam.
  • 48:37 Unfair challenge on Jack Rodwell by Charlie Adam results in a free kick. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov takes a shot. Save made by Paul Rachubka. Effort from outside the penalty area by Leighton Baines goes wide left of the goal.
  • 46:34 Assist by Leighton Baines.
  • 46:34 GOAL - Louis SahaEverton 2 - 1 Blackpool Louis Saha finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 2-1 Blackpool.
  • 45:57 Jason Puncheon takes a shot. Unfair challenge on Sylvain Distin by James Beattie results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:17 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 44:36 Unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini by Dudley Campbell results in a free kick. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.
  • 41:45 Corner from right by-line taken by Mikel Arteta.
  • 39:32 Unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by David Carney results in a free kick. Leighton Baines delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
  • Correction - 36:52 GOAL - Alex BaptisteEverton 1 - 1 Blackpool A goal is scored by Alex Baptiste from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 1-1 Blackpool.
  • Correction - 36:52 Handball decision goes against Sylvain Distin. Charlie Adam has an effort direct from the free kick, blocked by Jack Rodwell. Corner taken right-footed by Charlie Adam, assist on the goal came from Ian Evatt.
  • 36:52 Handball by Sylvain Distin. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Charlie Adam, blocked by Jack Rodwell. Charlie Adam takes the inswinging corner,
  • 36:52 GOAL - Alex BaptisteEverton 1 - 1 Blackpool Alex Baptiste scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 1-1 Blackpool.
  • 36:45 Ian Evatt has an effort at goal from close in that hits the post.
  • 34:54 Unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Rachubka.
  • 32:51 Unfair challenge on Louis Saha by Ian Evatt results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Mikel Arteta from left channel.
  • 31:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Rodwell on Charlie Adam. Charlie Adam takes the direct free kick.
  • 31:12 Dudley Campbell challenges Johnny Heitinga unfairly and gives away a free kick. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.
  • 29:21 Shot from just outside the box by Charlie Adam misses to the right of the goal.
  • 27:18 The official flags Jason Puncheon offside. Free kick taken by Marouane Fellaini.
  • 26:05 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta played to the near post, clearance by Dudley Campbell.
  • 25:09 James Beattie takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Neville.
  • 24:23 Phil Neville challenges James Beattie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Rachubka takes the direct free kick.
  • 19:15 Assist on the goal came from Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
  • 19:15 GOAL - Louis SahaEverton 1 - 0 Blackpool Louis Saha scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 1-0 Blackpool.
  • 17:36 Effort on goal by Marouane Fellaini from just inside the area clears the bar.
  • 15:44 Foul by Neal Eardley on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. Corner taken by Mikel Arteta, Alex Baptiste manages to make a clearance.
  • 14:07 Foul by Phil Neville on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Elliot Grandin, save by Tim Howard.
  • 12:35 Neal Eardley concedes a free kick for a foul on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
  • 11:23 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
  • 10:14 Mikel Arteta takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post. Mikel Arteta takes a short corner.
  • 9:19 Johnny Heitinga takes a shot. Save by Paul Rachubka.
  • 7:38 Inswinging corner taken by Elliot Grandin from the left by-line, clearance by Jack Rodwell.
  • 7:11 Marouane Fellaini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell. Free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
  • 5:30 Mikel Arteta fouled by Charlie Adam, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel Arteta produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 1:16 Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Blocked by Charlie Adam.
  • 0:12 Foul by David Vaughan on Jack Rodwell, free kick awarded. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Leighton Baines.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 5 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 25 31 54
2 Arsenal 25 27 50
3 Man City 26 20 49
4 Chelsea 24 25 44
5 Tottenham 25 8 44
6 Sunderland 26 1 37
7 Liverpool 25 2 35
8 Bolton 26 -1 33
9 Stoke 25 -1 33
10 Newcastle 25 2 31
11 Blackburn 26 -8 31
12 Fulham 26 0 30
13 Everton 25 -1 30
14 Aston Villa 26 -15 29
15 Blackpool 25 -11 28
16 West Brom 25 -17 26
17 Wigan 26 -18 26
18 Birmingham 23 -10 24
19 West Ham 25 -17 24
20 Wolves 25 -17 24

see also
Everton boss hails four-goal Saha
05 Feb 11 |  Premier League
Saturday football as it happened
05 Feb 11 |  Football
Saturday's football photos
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