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Louis Saha takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
Effort from inside the six-yard box by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov goes wide left of the target.
Inswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line.
Leighton Baines fouled by Jermaine Pennant, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
Tim Cahill challenges Dean Whitehead unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Whitehead takes the direct free kick.
Effort from just outside the box by Tuncay Sanli goes over the bar.
Foul by Louis Saha on Abdoulaye Faye, free kick awarded. Dean Whitehead takes the free kick.
Ayegbeni Yakubu leaves the field to be replaced by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
Jermaine Pennant fouled by Tim Cahill, the ref awards a free kick. Jermaine Pennant produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the box by Matthew Etherington goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Johnny Heitinga takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
The referee blows for offside against Jermaine Pennant. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
Glenn Whelan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marc Wilson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Neville by Tuncay Sanli. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.
Jonathan Walters goes off and Jermaine Pennant comes on. Foul by Tim Cahill on Tuncay Sanli, free kick awarded. Ryan Shawcross takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leighton Baines on Robert Huth. Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.
Ayegbeni Yakubu gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Everton 1-0 Stoke.Tim Cahill provided the assist for the goal.
Effort from just inside the penalty box by Tim Cahill strikes the post.
Louis Saha takes a shot. Dean Whitehead gets a block in.
Corner taken right-footed by Tuncay Sanli from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Louis Saha.
Shot by Matthew Etherington from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
Booking for Leighton Baines for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Leighton Baines on Tuncay Sanli. Dean Whitehead takes the direct free kick.
Seamus Coleman leaves the field to be replaced by Louis Saha.
Tim Cahill takes a shot. Blocked by Abdoulaye Faye.
Marc Wilson booked for unsporting behaviour. Marc Wilson challenges Johnny Heitinga unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
Johnny Heitinga takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines by Tuncay Sanli. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Steven Pienaar. Direct free kick taken by Marc Wilson.
Mikel Arteta takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Sylvain Distin challenges Robert Huth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Clearance by Abdoulaye Faye.
Abdoulaye Faye challenges Tim Cahill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.
Ryan Shawcross has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Ayegbeni Yakubu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Abdoulaye Faye. Free kick taken by Dean Whitehead.
Inswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines from the right by-line, Phil Jagielka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Shot from just outside the box by Marc Wilson misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc Wilson by Johnny Heitinga. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.
Seamus Coleman takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Marc Wilson takes a shot. Blocked by Sylvain Distin.
Marc Wilson challenges Mikel Arteta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Mikel Arteta from the free kick, blocked by Jonathan Walters.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Ayegbeni Yakubu. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Matthew Etherington takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Abdoulaye Faye has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Walters on Leighton Baines. Sylvain Distin takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Johnny Heitinga challenges Kenwyne Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Etherington.
Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line, Headed effort from the edge of the area by Phil Jagielka goes wide of the right-hand post.
Short corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line.
Tim Cahill has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Phil Jagielka by Tuncay Sanli results in a free kick. Phil Jagielka takes the direct free kick.
Steven Pienaar fouled by Dean Whitehead, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Collins on Seamus Coleman. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
Phil Neville takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
Johnny Heitinga takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Leighton Baines, save made by Asmir Begovic.
Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
Unfair challenge on Sylvain Distin by Kenwyne Jones results in a free kick. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.
Johnny Heitinga challenges Kenwyne Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marc Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Asmir Begovic by Ayegbeni Yakubu results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Walters on Steven Pienaar. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.
Asmir Begovic fouled by Seamus Coleman, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Effort from the edge of the area by Kenwyne Jones goes wide of the right-hand post.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Ayegbeni Yakubu results in a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Ryan Shawcross challenges Steven Pienaar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leighton Baines crosses the ball in from the free kick, Kenwyne Jones manages to make a clearance.
Ayegbeni Yakubu fouled by Ryan Shawcross, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from Mikel Arteta from the free kick.
The referee starts the match.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Arteta doubt for Everton
Everton manager David Moyes will make a late decision on Mikel Arteta's availability for the Barclays Premier League match with Stoke at Goodison Park.
Midfielder Arteta, who missed last week's 1-1 draw at Tottenham with a slight hamstring strain, will undergo a fitness test.
Moyes concedes the game comes "too soon" for Jack Rodwell who is closing in on a return after two months out with an ankle injury, meaning he remains on the sidelines alongside Leon Osman (ankle), Marouane Fellaini (hamstring), Ross Barkley (broken leg) and Victor Anichebe (knee).
Ahead of the game, Moyes has revealed he believes nice guy Phil Neville has it within himself to become "nasty and horrible" when he eventually decides to move into football management.
Toffees skipper Neville recently expressed his desire to become a manager, claiming it is "the obvious step" for him after 16 years as a professional player.
With 59 England caps to his name, and after working primarily under Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and Moyes, Neville feels he has the grounding that will allow him to make the transition.
But whether Neville has the character is another matter as the 33-year-old is viewed as one of the game's more mild-mannered players.
Moyes, for one, is convinced Neville would bare his teeth should the need ever arise.
"Phil will find it when it comes to it," said Moyes.
"When you have to get results for the team you soon become nasty and horrible. I'm sure Phil can do that.
"But he has all the other credentials - he's a great leader, a good motivator, and he loves the game.
"It is really important you actually like football, that you want to be involved and are willing to put in the hours.
"There are an awful lot of people who think 'yeah, I'll have a go at that,' but actually don't want to put in the hours and the time.
"I've got to say, when you go into football management, it's an all-consuming job."
Convinced Neville has all the qualities required, Moyes is also certainly willing to give Neville a hand where he can along the way.
"I'll advise him, and I have done so by telling him to take his coaching courses," added Moyes.
"He knows that at any time, if he wanted any help or wanted time working with the younger players, we would give it to him."
Stoke boss Tony Pulis hopes Kenwyne Jones and Jermaine Pennant will have recovered from a virus in time to lead the line.
Winger Pennant and striker Jones both played in the midweek Carling Cup tie at West Ham despite suffering from flu-like symptoms and were given Thursday off in a bid to speed their recovery.
Striker Mamady Sidibe is Stoke's only long-term absentee, although Matt Etherington, Ricardo Fuller and Danny Collins missed the Upton Park match.
Ahead of the game, Pulis has claimed Matthew Etherington deserves rave reviews - but stopped short of urging Fabio Capello to hand him an England call.
The winger joined from West Ham in January 2009 and admitted months later that he had accrued gambling debts of around #1.5million.
But Etherington has been steered away from problems off the field and his performances have been telling, with Stoke seeing the one-time teenage sensation fulfil the potential he was always reckoned to have.
The player's own family have been a major factor behind the upturn in fortunes, but Pulis also believes Stoke's owners, headed by chairman Peter Coates, deserve credit for bringing the best out of the 29-year-old former Tottenham and Peterborough man.
"He's been a quality player and very, very good for us," Pulis said.
"He's got his life sorted out off the pitch, and you've got to give the Coates family great, great credit for getting involved with that and as a football club giving him the help he needed.
"I think Matty will always appreciate what this football club has done for him off the field.
"We've cleared everything out of the way so he can see clearly in respect of his life.
"Matty's a professional footballer and we've allowed him to concentrate on that which has born fruit for us as a team and as a football club.
"I think if Matty was playing now for, say, Tottenham or one of the top teams in the country then he would definitely get recognition."
Yakubu ends goal drought
Ayegbeni Yakubu struck his first goal since April to maintain Everton's Barclays Premier League revival at the expense of Stoke.
The Nigeria international, linked with West Ham in the summer and criticised for lacking match fitness early in the campaign, hit the only goal of a cagey Goodison Park encounter after 67 minutes.
Matthew Etherington had a late chance to equalise for Stoke but shot wide when well placed.
The game only came to life in the second half but Everton deserved their victory having dominated possession and created the better of the chances.
Yakubu showed a brilliant striker's instinct to snatch his chance after Tim Cahill had hit the post.
His goal was the first from an Everton striker this season and finally justified manager David Moyes' faith in him after featuring in the eight previous games.
Victory extended Everton's unbeaten run to five games and continued their march up the table after sitting bottom with six games gone.
Stoke's promising start is now beginning to fade after three consecutive defeats.
It took Everton some time to get into their stride despite the return of fit-again Mikel Arteta, who passed a fitness test on a hamstring injury.
Stoke were without goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen due to an elbow injury but replacement Asmir Begovic was not seriously tested in the first half.
Everton did have an early opportunity when Yakubu was tripped after turning Ryan Shawcross on the corner of the area but Arteta blasted the free-kick well over.
Kenwyne Jones, who overcame flu to play, got an unexpected shooting chance for Stoke after Sylvain Distin smashed a clearance straight at Arteta but sliced wide.
Begovic required treatment after coming out of goal to prevent Seamus Coleman reaching the ball and getting an accidental kick in the face for his trouble.
Everton attacked again after the resumption with Steven Pienaar setting Yakubu away but the Nigerian lacked pace and was unable to test Begovic with a firm shot.
Pienaar also had a shot from distance after collecting a neat flick from Yakubu but Begovic comfortably gathered.
Arteta created another good opening by finding Phil Neville in space in the box but Faye got back to deflect the Everton captain's shot into Begovic's arms.
Tim Cahill also tried his luck from long range but his effort flew into the stand.
Stoke had a rare chance five minutes before the break after winning a corner but an unmarked Abdoulaye Faye shot well wide after receiving the ball at the back post.
Arteta lined up another free-kick early in the second half after being tripped by Marc Wilson but Jonathan Walters blocked his powerful shot.
Everton then pieced together a good move which appeared to break down on the edge of the box as Coleman lost control.
But the Irishman showed tenacity to win it back and burst into the area after playing a one-two with Neville, only to shoot tamely at Begovic.
Nevertheless, the game had finally started to warm up and Leighton Baines picked out Cahill with a good cross which the Australian headed over.
With 50 minutes on the clock, Stoke finally enjoyed a good spell with first Wilson cutting in from the right to shoot over.
Shawcross then spurned a glorious chance from 12 yards, slicing wide after team-mate Robert Huth had a shot blocked.
Tuncay claimed a goal at the far post after bundling the ball over the line but referee Lee Probert correctly penalised the Turk for barging into the back of Baines.
Everton replied with a quick counter-attack but John Heitinga blazed over.
Tuncay won a free-kick after being felled by Baines but Etherington could not take advantage.
Everton finally grabbed the lead after Pienaar broke clear of Collins on the right.
Faye chose to let the ball hit his shins instead of clearing and Yakubu nipped in to set up Cahill.
The midfielder drove a powerful shot at the base of the post and Yakubu again quickly picked up the loose ball.
This time the former Middlesbrough striker cut inside and fired an unstoppable left-foot shot into the roof of the net.
Stoke responded by throwing on former Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant.
The visitors should have equalised 10 minutes from time after Etherington broke down the left but the midfielder dragged his shot across goal.
Yakubu, satisfied with his contribution, was withdrawn five minutes from time and replaced by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
The Russian could have added a second in injury time but fired narrowly wide from close range.
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