Everton FC 2, Chelsea 1: full time report

10 February 2010 10:19
LOUIS SAHA gave an instant response to his manager's call for greater firepower with a double barrelled blast that saw the Blues come from behind to beat Chelsea for the first time under David Moyes' watch.[LNB]The Frenchman scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season - and could have been celebrating a hat-trick but for a missed penalty on the stroke of half-time.[LNB]Saha's salvo was the perfect antidote for the post-derby Blues and gave Everton a thoroughly merited victory.[LNB]Florent Malouda drilled the visitors ahead after 17 minutes, before Saha thundered a header past Cech to level.[LNB]The Frenchman then shot too close to Cech after Donovan had been tripped by Carvalho but made up for it with a stunning chest down and volley 15 minutes from time.[LNB]It was a stunning response from the Blues after Saturday's derby disappointment and a rocking Goodison Park roared their side off at the final whistle.[LNB]With Marouane Fellaini still awaiting a specialists' verdict on his ankle injured in Saturday's demolition derby and Steven Pienaar suspended, David Moyes was forced to make two changes to his starting line-up.[LNB]Mikel Arteta made his first start for almost a year and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov started for the first time since the FA Cup defeat by Birmingham last month.[LNB]Arteta lasted 75 minutes and was increasingly influential as the match wore on.[LNB]John Terry, predictably, was booed by a handful of fans - presumably active campaigners for the Sanctity of Marriage Bureau - but it was a token effort and hardly deflected the former England skipper from his game.[LNB]In fact the opening exchanges were tepid, Frank Lampard fizzing a firm drive a yard wide after seven minutes the[LNB]only meaningful goalmouth action.[LNB]That all changed after 17 minutes.[LNB]Petr Cech's long clearance was straightforward enough, but Phil Neville fatally stepped forward to shove Drogba in[LNB]a folorn bid to put the muscular striker off his header. The Ivorian simply cushioned a header behind him to the man[LNB]Neville had left, Florent Malouda, who crashed the ball past Howard.[LNB]The early strike allowed Chelsea to sitdeep, trying to lure Everton out of their own half and chisel further[LNB]openings in the Blues' back four, but the home side seemed reluctant to comply.[LNB]After 27 minutes Bilyaletdinov's first time cross from the left was met on the run by Leighton Baines dashing into[LNB]the Chelsea penalty box, but his first time volley flew straight at Cech.[LNB]But the effort seemed to rouse the Blues and they forced a couple of corners, the second of which produced a[LNB]glorious headed equaliser.[LNB]Landon Donovan's corner, from the Blues' right, was curled away from Cech and Louis Saha met it on the run to lose[LNB]his marker, John Terry, and bury a thunderous header past Cech.[LNB]Two minutes later Leon Osman went close with a rising 20-yard drive as Everton started to up the tempo.

Source: Liverpool_Echo