Manchester City 3 Southampton
FA Cup Round 4
Sunday January 28th, 2007: Michael Walker for GYKO
at the COMSTAD
Things became heated at Manchester City yesterday but it would be an
exaggeration to say it was Cup fever. Stuart Pearce's post-match
announcement regarding England's Under-21s was more compelling than
most of the action had been. City were only occasionally fluent in a
of missing persons but they are in the hat for the fifth round and
it was a day when the bottom line mattered more than anything else,
even England, especially after Kenwyne Jones gave Southampton a
Had the Saints held on to it for more than a few minutes this might
have been a trial for Pearce, but Darius Vassell nipped that
possibility in the bud quickly and Joey Barton's goal on the stroke
of half-time changed the mood of the afternoon. City never looked
back and deserve credit for perseverance.
So there remains in this part of the world the fantasy of an all
Manchester final. United were represented here by Carlos Queiroz and
Mike Phelan but they were more interested in Saints' 17-year-old
left-back Gareth Bale than their local rivals. Tottenham appear to
have moved in front of United in the race for Bale's signature but,
with the Cardiff-born boy said to fancy Old Trafford more than White
Hart Lane, twists are expected to come.
Anyway Bale's current manager, George Burley, said afterwards that
his young talent would not be leaving, certainly not this month.
"Gareth Bale's here and Gareth Bale will be at the club until the
end of the season and hopefully for one more after that," Burley
said. There was defiance in the Scot's tone but he knows that money
Bale played well yesterday but, as with Southampton as a team, some
weaker moments undermined good work. That enabled City to progress
and after the previous game here - a 3-0 defeat by Blackburn Rovers
- Pearce and his club needed that. "Obviously we made it a little
difficult for ourselves but I think in the end we deserved to win,"
the manager said.
He had praise for Barton and suggested he should be in the next
England squad but it was the tidy, less extrovert player alongside
him, Stephen Ireland, who threw subtle light on a humdrum occasion.
The 20-year-old midfielder does not have the benefit of forwards who
read and make good his teasing through-balls and Ireland must have
been dismayed to see the leaden Georgios Samaras all but miss his
kick after Ireland had lanced the visitors' back four.
Samaras was clean through yet all Kelvin Davis had to do was to pick
the ball up. From Davis it went swiftly to David McGoldrick and his
40-yard pass was met on the bounce by Jones as Nicky Weaver charged
recklessly off his line and clattered into Sylvain Distin. It was a
poor goal from a Blue perspective and Ireland must have experienced
As the ball sailed into the net, City looked a little bedraggled.
The near-immediate restoration of parity was essential to the
overall recovery. Bale will not reflect happily on his part in the
equaliser, the teenager being harassed off the ball by Hatem
Trabelsi in the corner of his penalty area. The ball ran to Vassell
and his volley beat Davis at his near post.
That was too soon for Southampton to exploit their lead and a
stadium lacking atmosphere. Instead City encouraged some cheer with
sporadic attacks and Bale cleared off the line a Samaras cross in
the 42nd minute. But then in first-half injury-time Ireland
delivered a pass almost identical to the one that teed up Samaras.
Now Barton was the receiver and with his left foot he calmly beat
Davis. Barton then celebrated in front of the visiting fans. Pearce
says he is more mature these days.
DaMarcus Beasley sealed the win, the American scoring his first City
goal from a long pass by Richard Dunne. Davis made it a bit too easy
for Beasley, a comment that could apply to Southampton who, as
Burley said, have big league games this week against Sheffield
Wednesday and Burley's former club, Derby County.
Man City: Weaver, Richards, Dunne,
Distin, Beasley, Barton (Hamann 86), Dabo, Ireland,
Trabelsi, Vassell (Abdoun 89), Samaras (Miller 76).
Subs Not Used: Isaksson, Corradi.
Booked: Vassell, Trabelsi.
Goals: Vassell 26, Barton 45, Beasley 70.
Southampton: Davis, Ostlund (Licka 63),
Baird, Powell, Bale, McGoldrick, Viafara, Pele,
Wright, Rasiak (Wright-Phillips 63), Jones.
Subs Not Used: Bialkowski, Dyer, Makin.
Booked: Ostlund, Jones.
Goals: Jones 23.
Ref: M Clattenburg (Co Durham).
Manchester City 0 Blackburn Rovers 3
Back to reality
Saturday January 20th, 2007: Ian Whittell at the
City of Manchester Stadium
Two stunning goals from Blackburn winger Morten Gamst Pedersen
helped bring the curtain down on Manchester City's recent revival.
Pedersen struck before half-time with a powerful header and then
up on the hour with a sweeping free-kick before substitute Matt
Derbyshire completed the triumph in the 90th minute.
It could have been a different story for City if referee Phil Dowd
had spotted a clear handball from David Bentley before Pedersen had
broken the deadlock. Instead an unbeaten of run of four matches over
the Christmas and New Year period that had yielded 10 points was
brought to a sudden halt at Eastlands.
The victory, Blackburn's first at City for 12 years, means manager
Mark Hughes' side are back in the top half of the table for the
first time in three months. It also proved they can cope adequately
without the services of now former captain Lucas Neill after his
decision to move to West Ham, with that deal likely to be completed
on Monday. Hughes has Liverpool's Stephen Warnock lined up as
replacement for the Australian, but with Neill on his way Hughes was
forced into a late reshuffle for this game.
Robbie Savage was surprisingly handed the captain's armband and,
while he may not be many people's choice as a leader who sets the
ideal example, he steered the side through a tricky encounter.
Rovers were composed and accomplished, although they failed to make
any headway until taking the lead just before the interval. Prior to
that they had dominated possession, passing the ball neatly and
crisply, but with City again resilient in defence.
Instead, it should have been Stuart Pearce's side taking the lead,
only for referee Dowd to somehow miss Bentley's handball on the
goalline in the 31st minute. From City's second corner, whipped into
the area by Ousmane Dabo, Micah Richards rose unchallenged to power
in a header. Replays showed Bentley attempting to clear with his
right foot before the ball struck his outstretched left arm. Despite
standing just five yards away, and with an unobstructed view of the
incident, Dowd waved away the penalty appeals that followed from the
City players. As Rovers had conceded more penalties this season than
any other Premiership team with nine coming into this game, many of
which Hughes has contested, they were perhaps due an element of
Yet while lady luck smiled on Blackburn in that respect, Hughes
immediately suffered another defensive blow with the loss of Andre
Ooijer. As Bentley was using his arm to good effect, City striker
Bernardo Corradi fell on Ooijer who appeared to severely twist his
ankle as he too went to ground on top of the Italian. Several
minutes of treatment followed before he was taken off on a stretcher
and replaced at right-back by Brett Emerton.
After captain Richard Dunne headed another corner from Dabo over the
crossbar, Bentley then played a key role in helping Blackburn break
the deadlock 70 seconds from the interval. Delivering a piercing
cross from the right wing, Pedersen raced onto the inch-perfect ball
to plant a bullet header past Nicky Weaver who previously had had
nothing to do.
Pearce opted for a half-time shake-up by bringing on DaMarcus
Beasley and Georgios Samaras for Trevor Sinclair and Corradi. Within
six minutes of the restart Samaras came within inches of hauling
However, a curled shot from the edge of the area shaved the
left-hand post after deflecting off the head of Zurab Khizanishvili.
Amid a spate of bookings for Rovers players - Stephane Henchoz,
Emerton and James McEveley - Benni McCarthy almost made it 2-0.
Savage first won a 50-50 challenge with Dunne in midfield, with the
ball springing forward to Shabani Nonda. A short ball on to McCarthy
allowed the South African to run at the City defence before
unleashing a 19-yard left-foot drive that flashed past Weaver's
After Dunne joined the yellow card recipients in the 61st minute,
Rovers then duly opened up a two-goal cushion. A foul from Richards
on Pedersen led to the Norway international curling a stunning
22-yard free-kick around the wall to take his tally to five for the
City should have pulled one back in the 66th minute, only for
Friedel to make a point-blank save to Vassell's side-foot volley
after being picked out by Beasley's precision left-wing cross.
That was as close as City came before Derbyshire wrapped up the
points late on with a precise finish inside Weaver's left-hand post.
Get Your Kits Out View : Another hugely disappointing game at
the COMSTAD. Nothing to say about this excuse of a performance other
than can I have my thirty quid back please, I wish to invoke the
sale of goods act because this was neither entertaining, exciting or
any other ing - I'm gutted. Also please Stuart, I will never lose
the faith but for heavens sake stop mentioning Europe, we aren't
Man City Weaver, Richards, Dunne, Distin,Trabelsi (Miller
75), Sinclair (Beasley 46), Ireland, Dabo,Jordan, Vassell, Corradi
Subs Not Used: Isaksson, Johnson.
Blackburn Friedel, Ooijer (Emerton 35), Henchoz,Khizanishvili,
McEveley, Bentley, Kerimoglu (Gallagher 84),Savage, Pedersen, Nonda
(Derbyshire 78), McCarthy.
Subs Not Used: Enckelman, Peter.
Booked: Henchoz, Emerton, McEveley.
Goals: Pedersen 44, 62, Derbyshire 90.
Ref: P Dowd (Staffordshire).
Manchester City 2
Sheffield Wednesday 1 - FA Cup 3rd round rep
Tuesday January 16, 2007: Get Your Kits Out at the
Thirty-eight years have passed since Manchester City last won the FA
Cup and there is plenty of
improvement needed, particularly in attack, if they are to end that
long, undistinguished sequence this year. Yet Stuart Pearce's team
are into the fourth round, where they will host Southampton, after
overcoming a spirited challenge from Sheffield Wednesday.
There was plenty to admire about the Championship side but City were
ultimately too strong and the margin of victory would have been
greater had it not been for Mark Crossley's goalkeeping at the age
of 37. As it was, City had to endure some anxious moments after
Stephen Ireland gave them the lead shortly before half-time. Lee
Bullen, the Wednesday captain, headed in an equaliser early in the
second half but Darius Vassell promptly restored City's lead on a
night when the only real disappointment for Pearce was the sight of
a half-empty stadium at a time when admission prices had been
slashed to as low as £15 for Adults and £5 for the nippers and
senior cityzens. Indeed this was City's lowest attendance at the
COMSTAD for an FA Cup match inspite of the low admission prices.
Inflatable yellow bananas seem to be making a comeback among City's
supporters but this was a night when the atmosphere was far removed
from Cup nights of old at Maine Road. Vast expanses of blue seats
were left redundant and the vast majority of noise emanated from the
6,000 supporters shoehorned into the away end. Wednesday's was a
loud and boisterous contingent and they were encouraged by the way
their side set about bridging the gap between the Premiership and
the hoi polloi of the Football League. The Championship team were
strong in the tackle, quick to the ball and lacked no shortage of
Crucially, however, their defending was notably inferior to the
level of opposition to which City are accustomed. Twice in the
opening 34 minutes, Ireland sent Vassell running clear of the
defence only for Crossley, Wednesday's goalkeeper, to thwart him on
both occasions. A fault-line had appeared in the visitors' offside
trap and when it happened a third time not even Crossley could save
This time Trevor Sinclair sent Joey Barton scampering towards goal
on the right of the penalty area. The midfielder had two choices:
either to try to beat Crossley from a tight angle or square the ball
into Ireland's path. Unselfishly, Barton made the right choice and
Ireland did the rest for his second goal of the season.
On the balance of play, City just about merited the lead. Wednesday,
however, will reflect on a number of their own chances in this
period. Marcus Tudgay and Steve MacLean both had opportunities to
score at 0-0 and Chris Brunt whistled a 25-yard effort only inches
over the crossbar. Brian Laws, the Wednesday manager, had reminded
his players before kick-off that City had lost to Doncaster,
Chesterfield and Oldham in various cup ties over the last two years.
The message was clear: City are notoriously vulnerable when playing
teams from leagues below them.
The theory was given credence five minutes into the second half.
Brunt whipped in a dangerous free-kick and Bullen darted in front of
Sinclair to divert the ball beyond Nicky Weaver.
Within three minutes Crossley denied Vassell for a third time but in
City's next attack the former England striker finally accepted one
of his opportunities in front of goal. The paradox was that it was
probably the hardest chance of all.
Vassell, without a goal in his previous 10 games, had defenders in
close proximity and was at a difficult angle when Bernardo Corradi
flicked the ball into his path. Vassell took one touch to get the
ball under control then turned and fired in a diagonal shot that was
still rising as it speared into the top corner of Crossley's goal.
Wednesday huffed and puffed but Tudgay volleyed over their only real
chance of note in the final stages.
Get Your Kits Out View : Not wishing to keep repeating myself
this stuff isn't going to bring the crowds flocking into the COMSTAD
which is a great shame. The club has a wonderful cup tradition and
due to my aging years I have many fond memories of great cup matches
involving the Blues but they are beginning to fade into the ether as
they become fewer and fewer. Sheffield had a fighting spirit and
cavalier approach to their game which hopefully didn't go unnoticed
by our management. On a final note - is it just me or is it patently
obvious that Dabo cannot pass a ball to save his life. Surely the
official stats make it glaringly apparent that this guy should be
given a ticket home and any one of our youngsters could be getting
the experience of first team football.
Man City: Weaver, Richards, Dunne, Distin, Jordan, Sinclair,
Barton, Ireland, Dabo, Vassell (Beasley 90), Corradi (Samaras 76).
Subs Not Used: Isaksson, Johnson, Miller.
Goals: Ireland 44, Vassell 56.
Sheff Wed: Crossley, Simek (Wood 88), Bullen, Coughlan, Spurr,
Tudgay, Lunt (Folly 46), Whelan, Brunt, MacLean, Burton (Small 46).
Subs Not Used: Adamson, Graham.
Booked: Coughlan, Whelan.
Goals: Bullen 51.
Ref: M Dean (Wirral)
Bolton 0 Manchester
City 0 Defence hold
Saturday January 13th 2007 : Richard Bott at the Reebok for Get Your
Stuart Pearce headed for Europe last night on a mission to find a
goalscorer in Manchester City’s price range before the transfer
Bolton boss Sam Allardyce, the Barclays Manager of the Month for
December, admitted his side had been "below par" in a game which
they could have won and City should have.
Joey Barton runs his socks off in City’s cause and they welcomed him
back after a three-match ban for a reckless lunge when Bolton beat
City 2-0 at Eastlands only three weeks ago.
But Barton’s afternoon of unstinting effort came to nothing when he
fluffed a golden chance bang in front of Bolton’s goal after 68
minutes. Bernardo Corradi, who simply cannot find a lethal finish,
had already scythed at and missed Darius Vassell’s cross.
The fact that Corradi and his strike partner Vassell were
substituted highlighted City’s problem up front on a day Pearce’s
team stretched their unbeaten run to five.
"We’re delighted with a point," said City assistant manager Steve
City have switched to a 3-5-2 formation and were marshalled expertly
by Richard Dunne as the cornerstone, ably assisted by his young
cohorts Micah Richards and Nedum Onuoha.
Allardyce said: "We were below par on a sticky pitch and didn’t
create very much — but credit City’s rearguard. At least we got
something out of the game."
Kevin Davies, arguably the best target man in the country on his
form for Bolton this season, battled on for more than half an hour
after jarring his right ankle in a clash with Barton in the first
Without him for the last half-hour, Bolton struggled to produce a
telling final pass or finish. Bolton looked strong enough to
continue their impressive challenge for a Champions League place.
They missed the drive of Kevin Nolan in midfield after he failed a
fitness test and will want the other Kevin — Davies — back in action
as quickly as possible.
Meanwhile goal-shy City merely have to find a way to unlock
Sheffield Wednesday’s defence in Tuesday’s FA Cup replay.
Get Your Kits Out View : I find it
quite difficult to criticise City at the moment because these
results are so important and we are steadily building a very very
good defence but, there's always a but with City it seems, the
football is appalling at times. For City to come away from the
Reebok with a draw, however, shows how they have toughened up over
the past few weeks. If SP can improve the midfield as he has
done with the defence then things will improve but today
Jaaskelainen didn't have a shot on target to save although to be
fair Corradi and Barton were guilty of seriously misfiring when it
seemed easier to score. Perhaps a thumping good win on Tuesday night
in the cup against the Owls will give them a bit of a lift in the
confidence department but don't hold your breath.....
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Hunt, Ben Haim,
Meite, Gardner, Speed, Campo, Tal (Teymourian 66), Anelka, Davies
(Giannakopoulos 63), Diouf (Vaz Te 80).
Subs Not Used: Walker, Augustyn.
Booked: Gardner, Tal.
Man City: Weaver, Richards, Dunne, Onuoha, Sinclair, Dabo,
Barton, Ireland, Distin, Corradi (Samaras 71), Vassell (Miller 90).
Subs Not Used: Isaksson, Beasley, Matthew Mills.
Booked: Barton, Dabo.
Ref: A Marriner (W Midlands).
Sheffield Wednesday 1
Manchester City 1 City do just enough
Sunday January 7th 2007 : Michael Walker for Get
Your Kits Out at Hillsborough
The whiff of revival about Sheffield Wednesday since the appointment
of Brian Laws received confirmation here. Laws's arrival in November
has seen the club climb the Championship, away from the relegation
and into a flirtation with the play-offs. Yesterday, less than one
minute after falling behind to a Manchester City penalty converted
by Georgios Samaras, Wednesday struck an equaliser few could say was
undeserved. Steve MacLean was the scorer and his intervention means
a replay in Manchester on Wednesday week.
City cannot enter that fixture thinking the hard work has been done.
Wednesday may have forfeited home advantage but they are a tidy team
on the road, as Laws was keen to stress afterwards. Laws had his
chest out but deep down he may regret that such a coherent
performance did not produce an upset. While Mark Crossley, on loan
at Hillsborough from Fulham, was busy, his opposite number Nicky
Weaver made equally telling saves. Weaver was beaten twice but on
the first occasion Samaras was behind him on the line to head away
Lee Bullen's header. That was in the 46th minute, Weaver having just
made a block himself. Had Wednesday gone in front, it would have
been interesting to witness City's response. There were moments when
Stuart Pearce appeared infuriated by his players' total lack of
But Pearce was calm afterwards; City were not surefooted but they
avoided a tumble. "The draw was the fair result," he said. "We could
have won it but you have to give credit to Sheffield Wednesday."
Laws had done so already. "We showed fantastic character to bounce
back," he said. "The manner of it was very impressive. I'm biased
but over 90 minutes I think we deserved to win it. Sheffield
Wednesday were the better side; there was no great divide between
MacLean took his goal well but then missed an easier chance and this
is a team that would benefit from
some physical power. Neat and inventive, the Championship side are
worthy of the passing tradition of Laws' and Pearce's mentor Brian
Clough, though there is an element of necessity about their style.
"We haven't got the players to play kick and rush," said Laws, "we
have players who are comfortable with the ball."
Kenny Lunt and Chris Brunt were illustrative of Laws' points. City
possess imposing figures such as Richard Dunne, Micah Richards,
Nedum Onuoha and the substitute Ishmael Miller but the visitors were
unable to dominate the ball. The creative impulse of Joey Barton and
Stephen Ireland was missing and in a tense first half a spark was
required. Some thought Richards had supplied it when he felled Glenn
Whelan with what resembled a haymaker. Home fans screamed for a red
card but Graham Poll quite rightly had a yellow in his hand
immediately. "He's not a hothead," Pearce said of his coveted
After the interval Wednesday elongated the play but the space also
gave City some forward impetus and Crossley foiled Darius Vassell
and Samaras. But then, in the 78th minute, Richards surged into the
area and was upended by Lunt. Samaras cooly squeezed the penalty
But instead of self-pity Wednesday displayed purpose. Lunt was
involved and, when MacLean took the ball on the edge of the area, he
beat Weaver with a diagonal shot that went in off the far post.
Get Your Kits Out View : Mightily relieved once again as an
inept performance earned the Blues a replay. It will be interesting
to see how many turn up for the replay at the COMSTAD which
will be well supported by the Owls fans. This one isn't over yet and
I'm not too confident we are good enough or motivated enough to
progress but, you never can tell with this lot.
Sheff Wed: Crossley, Bullen, Coughlan,
Simek, Spurr, Brunt, Whelan, Lunt, Tudgay (Small 76), MacLean,
Subs Not Used: Adamson, O'Brien, Folly, Beevers.
Booked: Burton, Lunt.
Goals: MacLean 78.
Man City: Weaver, Trabelsi (Sinclair 45), Onuoha, Dunne,
Distin, Jordan, Richards, Dabo (Dickov 87), Beasley (Miller 80),
Subs Not Used: Isaksson, Corradi.
Booked: Richards, Dickov.
Goals: Samaras 78 pen.
Ref: G Poll (Hertfordshire).
Manchester City 2 Everton 1
Toffees wrapped up
1st January 2007 : Simon Stone for Get Your Kits
Out at the COMSTAD
Georgios Samaras put 17 games of goalscoring misery behind him to
net the second-half double which allowed Manchester City to welcome
the New Year on a winning note at Eastlands.
Not since September 23 has City's £6million striker found the net.
But his half-time introduction for fellow mis-firing forward
Bernardo Corradi inspired the Blues to a third successive league win
for the first time since August 2005, consolidating their position
in the top half of the Premiership table.
As the transfer window opens, Samaras' efforts could not be any
better timed given the serious misgivings many City fans have over
their woeful quarter of forwards.
And, having seen his Greek forward finally come good, Blues boss
Stuart Pearce might feel more confident about rejecting any big
money offer for youngster Micah Richards, should it eventually
Anyone still believing the Premiership to be the best league in the
world would do well to get a tape of the opening period, which was
not only virtually devoid of chances but any incident worthy of
Everton striker Andrew Johnson did his best with a shot that
whistled wide inside the opening 30 seconds. But after that it was
downhill all the way to Uriah Rennie's half-time whistle.
Admittedly, Johnson could easily have been looking back on an
Everton penalty, only for his unfortunate reputation for going to
ground too easily again to count against him.
Just over a fortnight after Jose Mourinho implied Johnson had dived
against Chelsea, the England forward hit the deck again, shoved in
the back by Richard Dunne close to the goal-line as the pair chased
a loose ball.
TV replays showed Dunne had made no contact with the ball but Rennie
snubbed Everton's spot-kick claims anyway.
The Yorkshire official also waved away City's half-hearted appeals
later in the half when sturdy Everton defender Joleon Lescott
appeared to stop Bernardo Corradi's shot with a hand.
Given Lescott was barely half a yard away from the goal-shy Italian
striker at the time, the decision seemed fair enough.
In between, little happened of any note and certainly nothing to
rival City's robust pre-match denial of any bid from Chelsea, or
anyone else, of £13million for Richards, who is reportedly at the
top of Jose Mourinho's hit-list as he looks solve the champions'
well-publicised defensive problems.
So threadbare is Stuart Pearce's midfield just now that Richards has
been pressed into emergency service at the heart of City's engine
It is hardly the 18-year-old's best position but even against
experienced opponents such as Lee Carsley and Mikel Arteta, Richards
held his own, which says something about his blossoming talent.
The Blues' long-suffering fans are understandably keen for Richards,
and currently suspended midfielder Joey Barton, to stay at
Eastlands, even though Pearce's hopes of major transfer window
surgery probably depend on one of them leaving.
Yet most City supporters also accept the current striking situation
Prior to today, the club's four recognised front-men had scored in a
sum total of three league games, contributing five goals, exactly
the same number as Barton has managed on his own.
In his 45 minute appearance, Corradi did little to suggest he is
suddenly about to hit form. For Samaras though, it was one of those
days when it is entirely understandable why Pearce felt it necessary
to make him the second most expensive player in the club's history
behind Nicolas Anelka.
His goal was certainly well-taken, the Greece international
continuing his run after breaking forward and feeding Darius Vassell
to his left before finishing at the near post when his strike
partner delivered a low cross.
But Samaras also inspired those around him, especially Vassell, who
looked a changed man in the second half and whose pace caught out
Tim Howard as the Everton keeper inexplicably chopped him inside the
box when Joseph Yobo appeared to be running his opponent out of
His confidence levels raised, Samaras calmly slotted home his second
from the spot.
It should have been game over but Leon Osman caused a few anxious
moments when he turned home Phil Neville's cut-back late on.
Nevertheless, City held on and, given the right results and a bit of
inspired recruitment, maybe a European spot is not beyond them over
the coming months.
Get Your Kits Out View : I have to admit to being extremely
nervous about City's Christmas and New Year fixtures but have pat SP
on the back for sticking to his guns and going for points and not
prizes. By this of course I mean that ugly football is sometimes
necessary to guarantee Premier Gold although I find it galling to
shell out hard earned money to watch some of it. It's a fine balance
but at the end of the day we need the money so points come first.
Next week it's off to Hillsborough for the FA Cup but I
suppose it would be asking too much to expect we dump out the famous
Yorkshire club and set up another FA Cup dream....
Man City: Weaver, Onuoha, Dunne, Distin, Trabelsi (Miller
85), Richards, Dabo, Beasley, Jordan, Corradi (Samaras 46), Vassell.
Subs Not Used: Isaksson, Dickov, Matthew Mills.
Booked: Trabelsi, Miller.
Goals: Samaras 50, 72 pen.
Everton: Howard, Neville, Yobo, Lescott, Nuno Valente (Naysmith
46), Davies (McFadden 65), Carsley, Arteta, Osman, Johnson, Beattie
Subs Not Used: Wright, Weir.
Booked: Howard, Arteta, Johnson.
Goals: Osman 84.
Ref: U Rennie (S Yorkshire).