Everton v Blackburn Live!

20 September 2009 02:14
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90+3 Roberts tries to beat Howard at the near post with a snapsnot but his effort misses the target.

90+2 The corner comes to nothing but Robinson spared Blackburn's blushes even further with that stop.

90+1 Fantastic save from Robinson as Pienaar's deflected shot almost sneaks in only for the keeper to tip over when seemingly beaten.

90 There will be three minutes added on, one for each of Everton's goals.

89 Everton are keeping possession well waiting for an opening with patience as they sense the three points.

88 Hesitation from Yobo almost allows Hoilett in for Rovers.

86 The spark has fizzled out of the game as both sides seem content with the outcome. Everton are dominating possession with no urgency.

85 Rodwell's cross is well over-hit and Blackburn have a throw on the opposite side in their own half.

84 Jo tees up Heitinga but his effort with his unfavoured left-foot sails well wide.

83 Baines delivers instead and Givet nods clear for the away side.

83 Grella is penalised and Pienaar prepares to deliver from a wide position.

82 That is the midfielder's last contribution as Osman is replaced by Dan Gosling.

81 Osman receives a pass from Pienaar before shooting on goal - his effort is deflected over the bar and Everton have a corner.

80 Howard launches the ball up-field towards Fellaini.

79 Hibbert's first action is to head the ball out of play for a Rovers thro deep in Everton territory.

78 Hibbert comes on for Cahill as Everton look to close things up.

77 Distin and Yobo force Kalinic to run the ball out of play.

76 Blackburn enjoying more of the ball now but they are still struggling to open up the Everton defence.

74 Diouf forces Howard into a save with a technically brilliant effort but Howard is equal to it.

74 Jo gets his chance up-front as goal hero Saha makes way.

73 Diouf does really well to dig out a cross but Hoilett is penalised in the box.

71 Saha's exchange with Heitinga is poor as Rovers win back possession.

70 Fellaini wins the header from the corner and beats Robinson only for Andrews to head clear off the line.

69 Pienaar shoots from a wide angle just on the edge of the box but Robinson tips over, corner to the Toffees.

68 Distin forces Roberts to run the ball out of play, good defending from the Frenchman.

67 Hoilett spins Heitinga inside out before drilling a shot on target but it's straight at Howard.

66 Rodwell loses possession as Blackburn break but no one is forward to collect Andrews' pull-back.

65 Diouf goes into the book for a late foot in on Fellaini.

64 Heitinga does well to retrieve a misplaced pass from Cahill.

63 Pienaar is penalised for a fairly innocuous challenge on Andrews.

62 Diouf gets a cross in but Howard is again equal to Blackburn's efforts.

62 Nikola Kalinic comes in for Salgado in a positive move by Sam Allardyce.

61 Dunn's floated cross is plucked out of the air easily by Howard.

60 Confusion between Samba and Robinson almost lands the away side in even more bother with Saha almost picking up the pieces.

59 Blackburn have crumbled after making a bright start to the second period. The home crowd are in full voice now.

Nelson fails to clear from the corner and Yobo thumps home from close range.


57 Samba's poor headed clearance falls for Osman who tries a snapshot, forcing Robinson to save.

56 Fellaini wins a corner off Grella.

55 The goal is a shocking blow to Blackburn's hopes as they were just beginning to come back into things.

Fellaini flights in a great cross and Saha rises unmarked to head the ball into the bottom-corner. Text-book stuff from Everton.


53 Blackburn piling on more pressure now, pulsating start to this second-half.

52 Diouf's cross causes havoc in the Everton area before Yobo clears in a goalmouth scramble.

51 Hoilett comes on for Pedersen as Blackburn's second sub.

50 Andrews brings down Saha for an Everton free-kick which Pienaar stands over.

49 Robinson is off his line fast to beat Saha to a Pienaar through-ball.

48 Cahill is penalised for clashing with Robinson as he leads with an arm, almost as though he was attempting a 'hand of god.'

47 Grella hooks the ball clear after Salgado halted another Everton attack.

46 Cahill collects a clearance and shoots from range but is way off target.

46 The game re-starts for the second-half.

Gael Givet makes way for Ryan Nelsen in the Blackburn side as they are about to begin the second-half.

Everton are worthy of their lead but Blackburn have been causing some problems with long balls towards Samba, who eventually had two men marking him as the problem persisted. Still all to play for though, join us for the second-half and let me know your thoughts jamie.casey@bskyb.com

The referee blows for Half-time.

45+2 Diouf wins a free-kick and Blackburn will launch one more long ball before the whistle.

45+1 Everton in possession as they look to see out the 2 added minutes at the end of this first-half.

45 Saha puts in a good cross only for Osman to head wide from around 8 yards.

44 Fellaini is beginning to mark Samba as the big men battle out another launch from Robinson.

43 The ball ricochet's around the Everton penalty area before Baines eventually clears.

42 Dunn is judged to have dived by the referee but no second yellow for the midfielder.

41 Osman does well to beat Chimbonda and get in the cross but Samba heads the ball to safety.

40 Pederson's throw is won in the air by Heitinga as for once Samba doesn't get there first.

39 Heitinga shows persistence as he puts pressure on a casual Blackburn defence.

37 Dunn goes into the book for a late tackle on Rodwell.

35 Pienaar is having a great game down the left for Everton while also frequently cutting into the centre.

34 Everton break quickly from the corner and Pienaar plays in Fellaini who slices wide.

33 Crucial interception from Distin prevents Diouf from a tap-in.

32 Heitinga is penalised and Pedersen will aim for Samba in the box.

31 Pienaar with a great effort as he steps inside and fires a shot on target but Robinson saves well at his near post.

30 Referee plays a good advantage but Baines ends up being flagged offside from the attack.

29 Salgado's header is too strong for Samba to get on the end of.

28 Blackburn have an opportunity for a long throw as the home crowd wind up former Liverpool player Diouf.

26 Samba's header almost loops over Howard but the American recovers to catch the ball on his goal-line.

25 A great break from Everton is broken down by Saha's poor pass as he plays the ball behind the on-running Cahill.

24 Yobo's slip almost lets Dunn in but he is forced wide and his effort id deflected kindly towards Howard.

23 Blackburn look for an immediate response as Diouf pushes forward.

Baines puts in a fine cross and Saha steals in at the near post to direct the ball past Robinson.


21 Everton have a free-kick in a wide position, Fellaini the target surely.

20 Samba is causing some problems for the home side it seems as his aerial threat seems unplayable at times.

19 Diouf hits the bar from Samba's knock-on as he found himself onside and unmarked this time.

18 Heitinga goes into the book for a wreckless challenge on Dunn

17 Diouf is flagged offside from Samba's knock-on.

16 Saha comes back into play as Blackburn regain possession from the throw-in.

16 Play has stalled here as Saha goes off for treatment.

15 Saha goes down with a head injury after an aerial dual with Samba, he was never going to come out on top of that one.

13 Chimbonda concedes a free-kick against Cahill in a wide, dangerous area.

12 Samba is looking for a penalty at the other end this time as he tussles with Cahill.

11 Saha is penalised for a high boot this time. He's in the thick of things the Frenchman.

10 Saha is penalised for offside once more, he seems eager though.

9 Saha shoots from range but fails to trouble the keeper.

8 Cahill goes down in the area looking for obstruction and he may have had a case against Chimbonda.

7 Saha is flagged offside and Robinson takes the free-kick.

6 Salgado looks as though he could be in for a difficult afternoon as Pienaar looks lively in these early stages.

5 Cahill spins on the edge of the box only to see his effort blocked.

4 Osman goes agonisingly close as he collects a cross from Pienaar before winning a corner with a deflected effort.

3 Roberts wins a corner for the away side as his cross is deflected wide.

2 Lovely skill from Pienaar plays in Baines who pulls the ball back across the area but Blackburn clear.

1 Everton get the game underway.

Toffee Tod from Australia is on confident mood and backs Everton to run out 4-0 winners today. Kick-off is any second now so stay tuned for live updates.

Paul White is another Rovers fan concerned by Allardyce's "bizarre" tactics. He's not happy with the amount of game time Roberts is getting and insists they have better options on the bench.

The sides are making their way out onto the pitch, stay with us to see how this one unfolds.

Blackburn fan Tom fancies his team to pick up all three points today in a 2-0 win and is tipping Roberts and Pederson to get on the score-sheet.

Rovers fan Adam Alexander is concerned by Sam Allardyce's formation set-up. He thinks Dunn should play a supporting role behind the strikers as he is wasted out wide.

Spanish-based Everton fan Stewart MacLaren thinks his team will beat Blackurn 3-1 today with goals from Osman, Cahill and Saha.

Everton and Blackburn fans, you can let me know your thoughts on the game by e-mailing me at jamie.casey@bskyb.com

Meanwhile, Spanish full-back Michel Salgado starts for the away side in place of former Toffee Lars Jacobsen as Blackburn seek to inflict further misery on David Moyes' struggling side.

So, John Heitinga starts for the Toffees in the absence of skipper Phil Neville while there is no place for new signing Lucas Neill, a former Blackburn player.

Everton: Howard, Heitinga, Yobo, Distin, Baines, Osman, Rodwell, Cahill, Pienaar, Fellaini, Saha. Subs: Nash, Hibbert, Jo, Gosling, Yakubu, Agard, Wallace.

Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Givet, Chimbonda, Andrews, Grella, Diouf, Dunn, Pedersen, Roberts. Subs: Brown, Nelsen, Emerton, McCarthy, Nzonzi, Kalinic, Hoilett

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

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