Wolves 0 Everton 0: Hahnemann dives in to keep McCarthy's men on the up

28 March 2010 12:10
Mick McCarthy is ever the realist. He has seen his Wolves team - forso long struggling in intensive care - emerge with a run of eightpoints from four matches. But he knows they are still a long way from Premier League safety.

McCarthy had every reason to be delighted with a point gained from this clash against an Everton team on form.

'I'd have taken it at the start,' he said.'Everton can play andthey are solid. We can't be happy until it is mathematically impossiblefor us to be relegated. What we have done is drag a few more into thefight.'

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Everton boss David Moyes was equally pragmatic, despite his side'scontrol and what for them was the loss of points they need to claim aChampions League place next season.

They looked to have clinched the victory in the final minute butthat was denied them by the raw bravery of Wolves goalkeeper, MarcusHahnemann.

The American may never have made a better or more timely save than when he dived at the feet of Dan Gosling.

Wolves had defended resolutely for long, taxing spells but Goslinglooked to have slipped through when he ran on to a Leighton Bainescross that had come to him via a Tim Cahill touch. But Hahnemann chasedout to intercept and dived in, where others may have hesitated, to makehis most telling contribution of the game with a blocking save.

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England manager Fabio Capello was watching five Everton players he may wish to try before the World Cup finals: Baines, Phil Neville, Phil Jagielka, Leon Osman and the bright young talent of Jack Rodwell.

At its best, both teams played quality football, if not quite good enough to produce a goal.

Osman had a couple of chances which came to nothing and Saha came within an inch of giving Everton the lead in the 37th minute when he controlled the ball two yards outside the box, strode forward and drove in a shot which zipped past Hahnemann but clipped the bar.

There were a couple more shaky moments for Hahnemann but he survived them both.

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