Moyes: Martyn took blame
By Patrick Goss - Planet Football/Sky Sports
David Moyes revealed that Nigel Martyn had accepted
responsibility for both goals conceded in Everton's 2-1
defeat to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby at Anfield.
Although clearly at fault for the second, when he failed
to deal with Fernando Morientes's long range effort, it
appeared the former Leeds United man was not to blame
for Steven Gerrard's opener when he fired through a
crowd of players from a set piece.
However, Moyes paid testament to Martyn's honesty in
admitting his mistakes, and insisted that the keeper had
distinguished himself over the past two years.
"Nigel Martyn has probably been our best player over the
past two years," asserted Moyes.
"There was perhaps a case today for Nigel to hold his
hands up, and to be fair, he has done that.
"He has distinguished himself in the past and is a
terrific keeper that has saved us many times in the past
and hopefully it won't happen again."
Moyes believes Liverpool deserved the win for their
scintillating first half display - admitting that
Everton have played beyond themselves to put themselves
fourth in The Premiership.
"I thought Liverpool were excellent in the first half,"
added the Everton boss. "They came out and competed and
put us under pressure, as we knew they would.
"We didn't get a lot of protection and didn't get the
decisions that mattered.
"Four points clear in fourth is a decent number,
although we hoped to make it more today.
"To even talk about Everton being in this position is
exciting for everybody.
"We didn't set out to be here and we don't have the
finance to be in this position. Some people have spent
£100 million to be in fourth."
delight at victory
By Patrick Goss - Planet Football/Sky Sports
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez was overjoyed with a 2-1
victory over Everton in the Merseyside derby.
Benitez praised his players for overcoming injuries and
the sending off of hapless Milan Baros, as they forged a
2-1 victory over their neighbours.
"I'm delighted with the players, the supporters and for
the club," said Benitez. "It was a fantastic victory.
"We started with a high tempo, tried to play well on the
counter-attack and pressured them.
"After 20 minutes, we lost one player [Stephen Warnock]
and at end, with ten players, we did a fantastic job.
Luis Garcia had a problem with his ankle and we
struggled to play on with essentially nine players.
"We tried to keep the defence tight and play on the
counter and Milan had two great opportunities.
"It is difficult we lose one player each game and it
makes it difficult to be consistent.
"We lost Fernando Morientes, Warnock, (Didi) Hamman and
now Baros for at least a game."
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said the Reds
"defended like lions" to make sure of three points from
Sunday's 201st Merseyside derby.
Gerrard opened the scoring and Luis Garcia doubled the
advantage before Tim Cahill set up a frantic finish with
an 82nd-minute goal. But the Reds held on to cut the gap
between Everton and themselves to just four points as
the chase for fourth place - and possible Champions
League qualification - hots up.
Gerrard said afterwards: "The game could have been a lot
easier if Milan Baros had taken his chances but
unfortunately he missed them and was later sent off."
But he added: "As a defensive unit we defended like
"Everything went wrong with injuries (to Fernando
Morientes, Dietmar Hamann and Stephen Warnock) in the
first half but we stuck together and ground it out.
"We dominated the game to get 2-0 ahead - but then there
was hard work."
Gerrard is hoping his performance will silence some of
the critics who were unhappy with the midweek goalless
draw against Blackburn.
He said: "I always enjoy playing and scoring and it was
nice to get my 10th goal of the season - we knew nothing
else would do other than the three points today.
"I'm captain of this club so I'll take criticism - some
of it is a little bit unfair but I'll take it on the
chin and get on with it."
Liverpool see off Everton
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Liverpool deservedly won the 201st Merseyside derby
against Everton and closed the gap to four points on
their rivals for a Champions League place.
Steven Gerrard side-footed in a 20-yard set piece to
give Liverpool the lead.
Luis Garcia nodded in a Reds second after keeper Nigel
Martyn could only parry a Fernando Morientes shot on to
his crossbar and into his six-yard box.
Milan Baros was sent-off for the home side before
Everton's Tim Cahill rifled in a shot which proved to be
The match was billed as one of the most important
derbies between the sides as they chased a Champions
League spot and the much-needed finances qualification
Liverpool started promisingly but were forced into a
reshuffle when left-back Stephen Warnock was forced off
through injury shortly before taking the lead after 27
Garcia was fouled on the edge of the Everton area by
Tony Hibbert and Gerrard caught Martyn out by going for
placement rather than power after Dietmar Hamann touched
the free-kick into his path.
Everton were determined to stop Liverpool getting into
any kind of rhythm but the Anfield side did manage to
produce flashes of the slick play and passing they have
shown only intermittently this season.
And they extended their lead five minutes later when
Morientes attempted a long range dipping shot which
surprised Martyn, who fell into his net as he palmed the
ball on to his crossbar.
The ball bounced into his six-yard box and Garcia nodded
Garcia was in the thick of the action and blazed over
after Baros ended a surge on Everton's goal with a poor
But Rafael Benitez's worries mounted when both Hamann
and Morientes limped off injured.
A Lee Carsley free-kick went wide in Everton's only
threat on goal in the opening half and David Moyes
brought striker James Beattie on after the break to
inject some urgency in their play.
The visitors could have been put out of the game before
Beattie had a chance to have an impact when an Alan
Stubbs slip left Baros with a clear run on goal.
The Czech forward's control let him down and allowed
Hibbert to track back to clear before he fizzed a
25-yard half-volley just over and again spurned a
one-on-one with Martyn.
The striker's misery was compounded when he was red
carded for a late and high challenge on Stubbs.
Cahill powered in an angled shot from a Duncan Ferguson
knock down to give Everton hope only for a desperate
rearguard action to earn Liverpool the points.