After The Match 


Everton-Liverpool 1-0 (0-0)                Sat Dec 11.              Premier League
Goals: Carsley (68)
Team: Kirkland, Josemi, Hyypiä, Carragher, Riise, Kewell, Hamann, Diao, Gerrard, Pongolle, Mellor
Subs: Nunez (Hamann 66), Traore (Pongolle 74), Alonso (Diao 79)
Not used: Dudek, Finnan
Yellow: Diao (29), Riise (58), Josemi (65)
Hibbert (27), Ferguson (84)
Red: None
Referee: S Bennett
Attendance: 40,552

                                              MATCH-REPORTS & RESULTS 
Shots on target: 2-5
Shots off target: 4-11
Fouls conceded: 12-14
Corners: 2-7
Yellow: 2-3





"If you have
chances but
don't score then
you can't win."

                Rafael Benitez

1312: Passion missing in heat of battle
1112: Rafa: Missed chances cost us
1112: Moyes joy at derby win
1112: Carsley and Blues sink Reds


Passion missing in heat of battle

By Larry Moran - Daily Post

The 200th Merseyside derby? The Clash of the Titans? Do me a favour.

Both teams conspired to create the football equivalent of watching paint dry.

When Everton lost Rooney before the start of the season Moyes obviously looked at the players at his disposal and came up with the tactics Everton now employ.

However, it seems the supposed flowing equations of the School of Science have been reduced to one sentence.

Keep a clean sheet and hope we nick one.

The team talks obviously don't take long.

It says something for how poor the Premiership is outside of Chelsea and Arsenal that Everton are second. Liverpool were not much better.

The first half was even but boring with one good scoring chance each.

After a good start in a Red shirt, Josemi looks woeful. Booked again and his distribution is very poor. The interplay between himself, Diao and Pongolle in the first half was awful.

In the second half, it seemed Everton dropped back even further if that were possible and Liverpool had much more of the possession.

Taking Hamann off seemed a bad move to me. Nunez has done nothing to impress so far and within minutes of Hamann leaving the field we were one down as Carsley ran from a mid-field position where Hamann would have been covering to put the ball past Kirkland.

Unsighted? Blindfolded maybe, as once again Kirkland was rooted to the spot.

There seemed little passion in Liverpool's play. Where was the fire in the belly that we have seen recently?

Even Gerrard drifted in and out of the game. It says a lot that Liverpool were awful and Evertonians greeted the victory like VE Day.

Liverpool's away form is awful and needs fixing. Fast.

Rafa: Missed chances cost us

By Paul Eaton - LFC Official Website

Rafael Benitez was left to rue his side's missed chances as his first experience of the Merseyside derby ended in a disappointing defeat.

Lee Carsley's second half strike settled the contest but Benitez believes his players should have made more use of the opportunities which came their way.
Neil Mellor missed a golden chance to break the deadlock with a close range header in the first half while Steven Gerrard went close on a couple of occasions late on.

He said: "In football the team that scores the goals wins games. If you have chances but don't score then you can't win.

"In the first half we had two or three chances and we needed to score. If we'd scored then the second half would have been different.

"I thought we controlled the game in the first half even though it was a very difficult game. Everton are very aggressive and made it hard for us, but I thought we were controlling things.

"Then when they scored we had to change things to try and get an equaliser, but it didn't happen."

On his decision to start with Salif Diao in midfield in preference to Xabi Alonso, Benitez said: "We decided to go with the players who had fresh legs. Didi and Salif hadn't played this week and so we used them today.

"You can ask questions about the team but in my opinion, as I said, we controlled the match in the first half. We just needed to score.

"It's a disappointing end to what had been a good week for us. Now we have to make sure that next week is another good one."

Moyes joy at derby win

By Mark Buckingham - Planet Football/Sky Sports

David Moyes was delighted with his players' dedication after Everton edged a tawdry derby with Liverpool.

A second half goal from Lee Carsley was sufficient to separate the sides at Goodison Park after a turgid contest.

The victory keeps The Toffees in the UEFA Champions League places and temporarily lifts them above Arsenal into second spot.

Moyes was understandably in jubilant mood after the success and praised the desire of his troops to keep Liverpool out.

"It's great for us," Moyes told Prem Plus.

"That's the first time in seven years we've won against Liverpool at Goodison, so we've waited a long time for that.

"It's not just the three points today; it's the 33 we got before today that are also important.

"The team defended so well when they had to. They keep putting themselves on the line and keep picking up wins.

"We didn't get many chances to celebrate victories last season and we are enjoying the wins we get and the goals we score.

"It says we are moving on when a lot of people didn't think we could do so.

"We have an honest bunch of lads; we've got great self-belief - we don't quite have the quality some other clubs have got but we are bridging that gap with every ounce of effort we've got.

"Our job is just to keep playing. Tonight will be as enjoyable as the other 10 wins we've had this season and I think the blue half of Merseyside will have a very good night."

Carsley and Blues sink Reds

BBC Sport Online

Lee Carsley's second-half winner settled the 200th Merseyside derby.

Carsley scored from 20 yards past a motionless Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland after he was set up by the impressive Leon Osman after 68 minutes.

In a tense encounter, both sides had glorious opportunities before Carsley struck to move Everton up to second place in the Premiership.

Tim Cahill missed a headed chance, while Everton's Nigel Martyn saved well from Neil Mellor and Steven Gerrard.

It was Everton's first win over Liverpool for five years and put them 12 points clear of their arch-rivals.

Liverpool dropped Steve Finnan and Xabi Alonso to the bench, bringing in Josemi and Dietmar Hamann.

The opening exchanges were predictably fierce, but Everton created and wasted the first clear opportunity after 21 minutes.

Thomas Gravesen released Bent, and his perfect cross was met by Cahill, who somehow headed wide from only six yards.

Salif Diao was acting as Liverpool's midfield enforcer, and it was no surprise when he was booked for the latest in a succession of fouls, this time on Cahill.

Liverpool had an opportunity that was just as inviting as Cahill's after 32 minutes, but they also wasted the chance.

Gerrard's free-kick found Mellor inside the six-yard box, but his point-blank header was brilliantly blocked by Martyn and Alan Stubbs scrambled clear.

Osman was dangerous on Everton's right-flank, and it took a desperate interception from John Arne Riise to stop him forcing an opening for Bent as the interval approached.

Diao had an early opportunity after the break, half-volleying narrowly over after Everton failed to clear another Gerrard free-kick.

Liverpool started the second-half in control, but Riise was booked by referee Steve Bennett for a foul on the busy Cahill.

Josemi had suffered an uncomfortable afternoon, and he picked up an inevitable caution for a foul on Kevin Kilbane.

Everton broke the deadlock after 68 minutes through Carsley.

Osman set up the Republic of Ireland midfield man, and his shot from 20 yards beat Kirkland, with questions sure to be asked about the goalkeeper's positioning.

And seconds later Riise had to kick off the line from Cahill as Everton went for the kill.

Gerrard, who scored the wonder goal that beat Olympiakos in the Champions League, missed a glorious chance to put Liverpool level with 15 minutes left.

The ball fell perfectly for the Liverpool captain on the edge of the area, and he fired inches wide with Martyn well beaten.

Both sides made substitutions immediately, with Duncan Ferguson replacing the tireless Bent and Djimi Traore coming on for Florent Sinama Pongolle.

Gerrard was driving Liverpool forward, and it needed a fine save from Martyn to deny him again after 78 minutes.

Liverpool mounted a belated rally, and Cahill needed to scramble off the line in the dying seconds as Traore pressurised Martyn.

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