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  • Date:20 Aug 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Goodison Park
  • Attendance:35,008

Live Commentary

93:54 +3.54

Akos Buzsaky concedes a free kick for a foul on Phil Jagielka. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.

92:27 +2.27

Adel Taarabt challenges Phil Neville unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is crossed by Leighton Baines, Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Save made by Patrick Kenny.

91:45 +1.45

The assistant referee flags for offside against Marouane Fellaini. Indirect free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.


Unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick. Adel Taarabt takes the direct free kick.


Short corner taken by Adel Taarabt.


Ross Barkley challenges Alejandro Faurlin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.


Shot by Ross Barkley. Save made by Patrick Kenny.


Foul by Leon Osman on Hogan Ephraim, free kick awarded. The referee cautions Leon Osman for unsporting behaviour. Fitz Hall takes the direct free kick.


Mikel Arteta takes the outswinging corner, Fitz Hall makes a clearance.


Louis Saha comes on in place of Johnny Heitinga.


Shot from just outside the penalty area by Ross Barkley misses to the left of the target.


Tim Cahill is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.


Ross Barkley fouled by Daniel Gabbidon, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel Arteta has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.


The offside flag is raised against Tim Cahill. Patrick Kenny takes the indirect free kick.


Tommy Smith goes off and Hogan Ephraim comes on.


Ross Barkley has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.


Ross Barkley takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Alejandro Faurlin manages to make a clearance.


Shot by Tim Cahill from 12 yards. Save by Patrick Kenny.


Leighton Baines challenges Alejandro Faurlin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marouane Fellaini on for Jermaine Beckford. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.


Drilled right-footed shot by Leon Osman. Shaun Derry gets a block in.


Johnny Heitinga has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.


Akos Buzsaky challenges Johnny Heitinga unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel Arteta joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jack Rodwell. Patrick Agyemang leaves the field to be replaced by Jay Bothroyd. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.


Shot by Akos Buzsaky. Blocked by Leighton Baines.


Unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt by Tim Cahill results in a free kick. Daniel Gabbidon restarts play with the free kick.


Unfair challenge on Leon Osman by Akos Buzsaky results in a free kick. Leon Osman takes the direct free kick.


Phil Neville concedes a free kick for a foul on Adel Taarabt. Matthew Connolly takes the free kick.


Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.


Tim Cahill has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.


Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. Comfortable save by Patrick Kenny.


Bradley Orr challenges Ross Barkley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrick Agyemang by Phil Neville. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adel Taarabt from left wing, Leon Osman manages to make a clearance.


Close range headed effort by Tim Cahill goes wide of the left-hand upright.


Fitz Hall booked for unsporting behaviour.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Fitz Hall on Tim Cahill. Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines from left wing.


The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.


Tommy Smith finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 0-1 QPR.Assist by Akos Buzsaky.


Adel Taarabt has a drilled shot. Sylvain Distin gets a block in.


Shot from long distance by Ross Barkley misses to the right of the goal.


Phil Neville fouled by Patrick Agyemang, the ref awards a free kick. Phil Neville takes the direct free kick.


Fitz Hall fouled by Jermaine Beckford, the ref awards a free kick. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Connolly on Ross Barkley. Leighton Baines has a direct shot on goal from the free kick,


Unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt by Phil Jagielka results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adel Taarabt.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Tim Cahill on Shaun Derry. Patrick Kenny takes the direct free kick.


Tim Cahill challenges Daniel Gabbidon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.


Tim Cahill challenges Alejandro Faurlin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Patrick Kenny takes the direct free kick.

Match Preview

Moyes tempers expectations Everton manager David Moyes has deliberately lowered expectations this season by admitting his side could struggle to finish in the top 10 of the Barclays Premier League. Financial restraints at Goodison Park have meant Moyes has been unable to bring in any new players. But he has had to watch the clubs who finished below them last season make considerable investment. "We are going to have a big struggle to finish in the top 10 this season," said the Scot, who is preparing for a delayed start to the season against QPR after last weekend's opener at Tottenham was postponed because of the London riots. "My hope is to do as well as we can. It is well-documented what has happened in terms of clubs buying to improve and I don't just mean the top clubs. "I can see the likes of West Brom, Stoke, Fulham and Sunderland have all tried to improve and the reason they have done that is to finish where Everton can. "We have tended to be somewhere fifth, sixth, seventh over the last five years. "We have to aim to do that if we can but I think it will be tougher for us this season. "Last season I had higher expectations so maybe people think we have dropped expectations - but when they do that we tend to do better. "But (repeating last season's) seventh place will be a tough finish looking at it right now. "I am incredibly ambitious and want to win something with Everton. "If we can get the players I have brought here firing we have a good side." After falling a match behind their rival Moyes said his players were raring to go after a hastily-arranged friendly against Bohemians in Ireland on Monday helped some players with their fitness. "The players are ready to play. We had some who needed the extra week to get some more training in," he added. "I have a brilliant group of players, a really good team and if we could add to it we would like to do so but not every manager is lucky enough to have millions. "We may miss out on little bits and pieces but the one thing Everton will be is competitive in the Premier League. "What we want to do is get ourselves up the league as quickly as we can. "First of all this year is to get the points to make sure we are not in a relegation situation and then kick on from there." QPR manager Neil Warnock believes his side can give Everton a "good game" - but admits reinforcements are needed if they are to stave off relegation this season. The west Londoners' 15-year absence from the Premier League came to an end last weekend, although they got off to the worst possible start against Bolton. Warnock's charges were trounced 4-0 at Loftus Road, while summer signing Kieron Dyer picked up an injury and veteran defender Clint Hill received a red card. Both will be missing for the trip to Everton but Warnock believes his side can put in a decent performance on Merseyside. "It is a difficult one," he told Press Association Sport. "I won't have any new players by this weekend so we're going to have to really [raise our game]. "They are a good side, Everton. They didn't play last week so they will be desperate to start off well. "If you look at their team it is full of [good players]. I know they've not signed anybody but I think they are one of the best eight clubs in the country. "So it is always difficult but there's always a great atmosphere down at Goodison Park. "I am looking forward to going there and I am sure we can give them a good game." Warnock has endured a frustrating summer in the transfer market as he looks to build a side capable of avoiding relegation. The former Sheffield United boss has managed to bring in six new faces but hopes for up to five more before the transfer window closes. Warnock's hopes of further strengthening the squad were boosted as Malaysian business tycoon Tony Fernandes completed his takeover of the west London club. "It has been difficult [this summer] but I don't think we need to worry about the past now," he said. "We've got to look forward. "We've still got nearly two weeks left of the [transfer] window and we have got to try and get the players in that I think we need to stabilise ourselves. "Mangers want good players and the Premier League is a cruel place if you haven't got them so to be able to hopefully get another three, four, five players before the end of the window is an exciting time for us."

Formation:4411Manager: David Moyes


Formation: 451Manager: Neil Warnock


  • Tim Howard
  • Phil Neville
  • Phil Jagielka
  • Sylvain Distin
  • Leighton Baines
  • Ross Barkley
  • Johnny Heitinga
  • Jack Rodwell
  • Leon Osman
  • Tim Cahill
  • Jermaine Beckford
  • SUBS
  • Jan Mucha
  • Tony Hibbert
  • Louis Saha
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Marouane Fellaini
  • Apostolos Vellios
  • Victor Anichebe



Match Report

Rangers defeat deepens Everton's woes A difficult week off the pitch for Everton was matched on it as their delayed start to the Barclays Premier League season began with a 1-0 home defeat to newcomers QPR. In the days preceding kick-off the Merseyside club had been in the news as their financial plight came under the spotlight once again. So tight are the finances at Goodison Park - chairman Bill Kenwright admitting that they cannot borrow any more money from the bank and desperately need a new owner - that manager David Moyes has not been able to sign anyone this summer. With a number of senior first-teamers still not fully fit, Moyes' resources were stretched even thinner and QPR - who this week were taken over by airline boss Tony Fernandes - took full advantage to snatch victory. Tommy Smith scored the goal just past the half-hour - securing their first points of the season - in what was probably the visitors' only real chance to inflict Everton's first home defeat since December. It was also the visitors' first top-flight away win since February 1996. In fact, the last time QPR beat Everton 15 years ago they did so with the help of the likes of Ray Wilkins and Mark Hateley. But the early focus was not on the past but the future as, with Mikel Arteta, Louis Saha and Marouane Fellaini on the bench, Moyes gave a debut to 17-year-old Ross Barkley. The teenager, who has been at the club since the age of 11, did not disappoint as he gave many of his more experienced team-mates something to think about. Despite his depleted resources Moyes will wonder why his team dominated throughout but the closest they came to scoring was Leighton Baines' first-half free-kick which crashed against the crossbar. Smith had given an early warning of the danger he posed with a low snap-shot half-volley which flew narrowly wide of Tim Howard's right-hand post. Everton took control after that with Jack Rodwell having an appeal for a penalty turned down after a challenge from Matthew Connolly. But it was the performance of the debutant Barkley which was drawing all the attention. Midway through the first half a driving diagonal run from left to right saw him twice feign to shoot before he was brought down by Fitz Hall. Baines' free-kick cleared the wall and had goalkeeper Paddy Kenny rooted to the spot but cannoned back off the woodwork. Barkley's confidence continued to grow as he sprayed crossfield passes around seemingly at his leisure, also curling a low 25-yard shot just wide. However, Everton's early dominance began to wane and from QPR's first real spell of pressure they took the lead. Phil Jagielka, a target for Arsenal, carelessly gave the ball away to Alejandro Faurlin and it was quickly transferred to Akos Buzsaky in the inside-left channel whose low cross perfectly picked out Smith. The winger's first touch took the ball out of his feet and with marker Jagielka out of position he coolly slotted his shot past Howard's outstretched left hand and into the far corner of the net. After that it was all Everton up until the break with the previously quiet Tim Cahill suddenly finding himself at the centre of everything. Having been tripped by Hall, the Australia international appeared to be pushed as he challenged for Baines' free-kick but when the ball was crossed back in by Jermaine Beckford, Cahill missed from close range at the far post. Cahill and Beckford could both have equalised with headers just before the break while Rodwell tamely chipped into Kenny's arms a couple of minutes into the second half. It prompted the introduction of Arteta and then Fellaini, whose replacement of Beckford did not meet with wholehearted support from the Goodison Park crowd. However, it almost paid instant rewards as Fellaini teed up Cahill, now playing as a striker, for a narrow-angle shot from the right which Kenny turned behind. Barkley continued to look one of Everton's better players and fired a low drive wide before his deflected shot after cutting in from the right was well held by Kenny as QPR held on quite comfortably. A return to full fitness of their major stars will improve things for Everton, but any hopes Moyes had of getting off to a good start for once were ended by the Londoners. The Toffees boss admitted on Friday that finishing in the top 10 would be a tough task this season. On the basis of one match, he may be right.

Form Guide

  • Everton
  • VS
  • QPR
  • L

Last Meetings

  • QPR
  • 3 - 1
  • Everton
  • 08/04/1996
  • Everton
  • 2 - 0
  • QPR
  • 22/11/1995
  • QPR
  • 2 - 3
  • Everton
  • 18/03/1995
  • Everton
  • 2 - 2
  • QPR
  • 17/09/1994
  • QPR
  • 2 - 1
  • Everton
  • 16/04/1994
  • Everton
  • 0 - 3
  • QPR
  • 20/11/1993

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