City Grind out a point at Goodison Back to main page
Everton 0 Manchester City 0
Match Report for Get Your Kits Out, Sunday December 07 2003
Everton and Manchester City have played out to a 0-0 draw in a lively Premiership encounter at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.
The result moves the Toffees out of the relegation zone, above Aston Villa on goal-difference.
David Moyes' search for goals meant that he went in to the game with a three-pronged attack of Tomasz Radzinski, Francis Jeffers and Wayne Rooney.
With defensive lynchpin Joseph Yobo still out, David Unsworth once again partnered Alan Stubbs in the back four, while Chinese international Li Tie held onto his place in midfield.
Kevin Keegan went with a Nicolas Anelka and Robbie Fowler front-pairing, who had also been desperately short of goal in recent weeks.
The first half was a fairly open affair, though clear-cut chances were hard to come by.
The visitors were mainly restricted to shots from distance, with Fowler, Joey Barton and Richard Dunne all coming close.
Everton were trying to get the pacy Radzinski in behind the City defence and it almost worked just after the half-hour mark, but the Canadian international failed to control the ball when through on goal against David Seaman.
Jeffers was selfish in shooting from a tight angle when Radzinski was well-placed in the six-yard box, but perhaps the chance of the half fell to the visitors, as first Anelka and then Fowler missed with close-range headers in quick succession as the ball bounced about in the Everton box.
Moyes made to changes at halftime, the ineffectual Rooney was removed at halftime to be replaced by James McFaddon, while Kevin Kilbane entered the scene in the place of Tony Hibbert.
There were chances for each side immediately after the break.
Lee Carsley should have scored for Everton when he was allowed to shoot unopposed at the far post, but skies his shot from six-yards. Fowler then fired narrowly over at the other end as his snap-shot surprised the Everton defence.
Kevin Ellegaard replaced David Seaman after 50 minutes, the former Arsenal goalkeeper succumbing to his long-running injury problems.
The home side almost took the lead just after the hour, Thomas Gravesen's free-kick headed back into the mix by Carsley and Kilbane's shot was deflected wide off Richard Dunne.
Moyes replaced Jeffers with Kevin Campbell soon afterwards and it was from his knock-down that Radzinski almost scored, but for the alert goalkeeping of Ellegaard, who got to the ball first.
Anelka had a chance to give his side the lead after 75 minutes when he a free-kick dead-centre, but he fired the shot hopelessly high and wide.
Everton should have taken the lead with six minutes remaining after Radzinki's break found Gravesen in acres of space in the area, but his placed shot came back off the inside of the post.
Unsworth's header from a McFaddon free-kick was well-saved by Ellegaard, as Everton went into over-drive in the final few minutes.
Everton: Martyn, Hibbert (Kilbane 45), Stubbs, Unsworth, Naysmith,
Carsley, Li Tie, Gravesen, Jeffers (Campbell 64), Rooney (McFadden 45),
Subs Not Used: Simonsen, Linderoth.
Man City: Seaman (Stuhr-Ellegaard 52), Jihai, Sommeil, Dunne, Distin,
Wright-Phillips (Wanchope 77), McManaman, Barton, Sinclair, Fowler, Anelka.
Subs Not Used: Reyna, Sibierski, Berkovic.
Attendance: 37,871 Back to main page