• Date: Sat 17 April 2010
  • Venue: Ewood Park
  • Ref: Marriner, A
  • Attendance: 27,022
Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers

N'Zonzi (69)

Roberts (81)

2 - 3


Arteta (4)P

Cahill (90)

Blackburn Rovers vs Everton

Team Lineups

Blackburn Rovers

Paul Robinson
Gael Givet
Ryan Nelsen
Martin Olsson (Franco di Santo, 90)
Michel Salgado
Phil Jones
David Dunn
Morten Gamst Pedersen (Jason Roberts, 64)
Steven N'Zonzi
Keith Andrews (David Hoilett, 70)
Nikola Kalinic


Tim Howard
Tony Hibbert (Ayegbeni Yakubu, 79)
Leighton Baines
Phil Jagielka
Sylvain Distin
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Victor Anichebe, 69)
Mikel Arteta
Tim Cahill
Phil Neville
Steven Pienaar
Louis Saha (Joseph Yobo, 90)

Match Report
A last-minute winner from Tim Cahill extended Everton's unbeaten run to eight games and condemned Blackburn Rovers to their first home defeat in nine Ewood matches, with the Toffees edging home 3-2. Brave Blackburn twice came back from behind to equalise through spectacular goals from Steven Nzonzi and Jason Roberts, but Cahill sealed the victory as he joined Mikel Areta and substitute Yakubu on the Everton scoresheet. Rovers, looking for their fourth successive clean sheet, made three changes from the side which held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw six days earlier. Keith Andrews, Ryan Nelsen and David Dunn returned at the expense of Brett Emerton, Chris Samba, both injured and Vince Grella. Everton, unbeaten in their last seven, home and away, welcomed back Arteta and Tony Hibbert, while Louis Saha was preferred to Yakubu in attack. The visitors got off to the ideal start when Arteta fired them in front from the penalty spot after just four minutes after a foul by Nelsen on Cahill. Cahill had to be alert to keep out a good chance for Rovers on 14 minutes as he cleared a shot from Dunn off the line after Tim Howard had parried a header from Nelsen following a corner. On 20 minutes, a spat between Arteta and Morten Gamst Pedersen which threatened to boil over resulted in both players being booked. Rovers' threat on goal increased as the half went on and shortly after Martin Olsson had had a shot blocked in a crowded goalmouth, Pedersen just failed to get a touch on a loose ball after Nikola Kalinic had had a shot on the turn saved by Howard. A minute before the break, the ball fell ideally to Andrews on the edge of the Everton penalty area but his shot was straight at Howard, who saved easily. Everton remained firmly in control in the opening minutes of the second half and in a bid to press for the equaliser, manager Sam Allardyce sent on Jason Roberts and opted for two in attack as he lined up alongside Kalinic. Everton's Leighton Baines had a 25-yard shot cannon back off the woodwork a few minutes later, but Rovers didn't have to wait long for their leveller, as on 73 minutes Nzonzi lashed the ball past Howard from 30 yards for his first goal at Ewood. But with 11 minutes to go, Everton were ahead again when, second after coming on as a substitute, Yakubu touched the ball in from close range after a long throw from Baines had been headed on by Victor Anichebe. The visitors' joy was short-lived, however, as Rovers had a super sub of their own to thank for their second equaliser of the afternoon. Roberts ran on to a pass through from Kalinic and drove the ball low firmly past Howard into the bottom left hand corner. But in the final minute of normal time, Everton took the lead for the third time as Yakubu surged past Phil Jones and crossed for Cahill to turn the ball in from point-blank range.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

And that is it! What a game at Ewood! Everton's European chellenge is back on after Cahill's late, late strike.


Four minutes will be added on.


Franco di Santo is on for Martin Olsson


Louis Saha is replaced by Joseph Yobo


Great play from Yakubu sets up TIM CAHILL to tap home - can Everton hang on this time?


More good football from Everton as Steven Pienaar curls just over, the Toffees have played the better stuff today but have given the lead away yet again.


What a game! ROBERTS volleys home from 25 yards to bring Rovers level.


YAKUBU scores with his first touch! Neville's long throw is flicked on by Anichebe and the Nigerian nods home.


Everton want the win - Ayegbeni Yakubu is on for Tony Hibbert


Rovers are buzzing at the moment and could have taken the lead when Nelsen met Dunn's free-kick, but the New Zealnder put the ball just over.


David Hoilett is on for Keith Andrews


What a strike! N'ZONZI fires home the equaliser from fully 25 yards, out of nothing Rovers are back in the game.


Victor Anichebe is on for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov


Off the post! Hibberts cross is cleared only as far as Leighton Baines whose shot fires off the woodwork.

Yellow Card

Keith Andrews is booked for a late and nasty looking tackle on Phil Neville.


Morten Gamst Pedersen is replaced by Jason Roberts.


Chance for Everton! Hibberts cross from the right is met by Tim Cahill, but his header from 6 yards is just over, massive chance that for Everton.


Things have quietened down a little, though the Everton defenders are working hard to repell the long throws and free kicks from Rovers.


Everton have started well yet again with Arteta once again at the heart of things. No chances of note so far though.

Second half

We are underway again at Ewood.

Half time

Thats the break, Everton have perhaps had the better of things but Rovers remain a threat, an exciting second half to come.


Two minutes to be added on.


Keith Andrews fires in a low shot from 25 yards that is well held by Tim Howard (at the second attempt!)


Chance for Blackburn! Pedersen's long throw is missed by everyone and Martin Olsson fires in a shot that is somehow blocked by Phil Jagielka, desperate defending from Everton.


Tim Cahill is lucky to escape a booking for a cyincal late challenge on David Dunn, looked a yellow all the way for me.


Howard doesn't like the close attention of David Dunn from the corner and the referee sides with the American and awards a free kick to Everton.


Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a free kick that deflects behind for a corner - Tim Howard has looked shaky at set pieces so far...


The game has settled down after that spell of handbags, Everton still dominating possession but have lacked the final pass to really test Robinson.

Yellow Card

Arteta reacts badly to the challenge and pokes Pedersen in the eye - techinically it should be a red but the Spaniard only sees yellow.

Yellow Card

Morten Gamst Pedersen sees yellow for a late challenge on Arteta but....


Tony Hibbert makes a good run down the right but is just deemed offside by the linesman (sorry..referees assistant!)


Mad scramble in the box as Tim Howard fails to clear a corner properly and in the end Tim Cahill has to clear off his own line.


Arteta takes a free kick from 25 yards, but it rolls into the hands of Robinson.


What a start from Everton. they are dominating the possession too, Rovers need to sort themselves out.


ARTETA sends Paul Robinson the wrong way from the spot, great start for Everton.


Penalty to Everton! Arteta upended in the box, no question.


Referee Andre Marriner gets us underway at a sunny Ewood Park

Awaiting Kickoff

Everton also line up with three changes from the side that held Aston Villa last time out as Tony Hibbert, Mikel Arteta and Louis Saha replace Johnny Heitinga, Leon Osman and Yakubu.

Awaiting Kickoff

Blackburn make three changes from the side that drew with Man Utd, bringing in Ryan Nelsen, Keith Andrews and David Dunn for Christopher Samba, Brett Emerton and Vincenzo Grella