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Ryan Noble takes a shot. Phil Jagielka gets a block in.
Kieran Richardson takes a shot. Blocked by Leighton Baines.
Leon Osman takes a shot. Clearance by Ahmed Elmohamady.
John Mensah fouled by Leon Osman, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Ryan Noble takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a comfortable save.
Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
Leon Osman takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Foul by Stephane Sessegnon on Leighton Baines, free kick awarded. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
Effort from the edge of the area by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov goes wide of the right-hand post.
Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Leighton Baines gets a block in. Shot from deep inside the area by Stephane Sessegnon goes over the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Asamoah Gyan on Mikel Arteta. Direct free kick taken by Phil Neville.
Louis Saha goes off and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov comes on.
The referee gives a free kick against Steed Malbranque for handball. Phil Jagielka takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Kieran Richardson, Sylvain Distin manages to make a clearance.
Seamus Coleman takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet. Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line to the near post, Headed effort on goal by Tim Cahill from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
Steed Malbranque is brought on as a substitute for Sulley Muntari.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tim Cahill on Titus Bramble. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.
Leon Osman has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leighton Baines on John Mensah. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Jermaine Beckford leaves the field to be replaced by Tim Cahill.
Asamoah Gyan produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
Effort from long range by Sulley Muntari goes wide right of the target.
Sulley Muntari gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Louis Saha. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
Ryan Noble on for Anton Ferdinand.
Unfair challenge on Louis Saha by Phillip Bardsley results in a free kick. Strike comes in from Mikel Arteta from the free kick, blocked by Titus Bramble.
Outswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines, save by Simon Mignolet.
Louis Saha takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet. Seamus Coleman takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet. Phil Neville takes a short corner.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Neville by Kieran Richardson. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
The offside flag is raised against Jermaine Beckford. Simon Mignolet takes the indirect free kick.
Jermaine Beckford concedes a free kick for a foul on John Mensah. Anton Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Leon Osman from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Jermaine Beckford takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Effort from the edge of the area by Louis Saha goes wide of the right-hand post.
Effort from 20 yards by Asamoah Gyan. Comfortable save by Tim Howard.
Foul by Phil Neville on Kieran Richardson, free kick awarded. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
(Everton) makes a substitution, with Jack Rodwell coming on for Marouane Fellaini. The offside flag is raised against Kieran Richardson. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.
Jermaine Beckford scores a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 2-0 Sunderland.Assist by Mikel Arteta.
Phil Jagielka challenges Kieran Richardson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Asamoah Gyan takes the direct free kick. Phillip Bardsley takes a shot. Blocked by Leon Osman.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Leon Osman goes wide left of the target.
John Mensah fouled by Jermaine Beckford, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Brilliant save by Tim Howard. Tim Howard fouled by Kieran Richardson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Louis Saha by John Mensah. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
Jordan Henderson is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
The offside flag is raised against Seamus Coleman. Simon Mignolet takes the indirect free kick.
The referee gives a free kick against Leighton Baines for handball. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Beckford on John Mensah. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Sulley Muntari results in a free kick. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Titus Bramble by Louis Saha results in a free kick. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.
Leon Osman takes a shot. John Mensah gets a block in.
Mikel Arteta challenges Stephane Sessegnon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sulley Muntari takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Sulley Muntari by Mikel Arteta results in a free kick. Titus Bramble takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Asamoah Gyan. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
Seamus Coleman takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Goal scored by Jermaine Beckford from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 1-0 Sunderland.The assist for the goal came from Leon Osman.
Mikel Arteta decides to take a short corner.
Effort from the edge of the area by Kieran Richardson goes wide of the right-hand post.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Asamoah Gyan. Indirect free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
Moyes wants momentum
Everton manager David Moyes is eager to build on last weekend's potentially season-changing victory over Chelsea.
The Toffees stunned the Barclays Premier League champions with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win in their FA Cup fourth-round replay at Stamford Bridge.
The result has breathed new life into a stale campaign spent largely in the bottom half of the table.
But previous uplifting victories over Manchester City in December and Tottenham in January proved false dawns and Moyes is anxious to ensure his team do not let standards drop for the visit of Sunderland.
Moyes said: "There was a great feeling in the dressing room and a great feeling on the train coming back after the game.
"We knew it was a big achievement to win at Chelsea.
"But we are not daft enough to think we didn't carry a bit of good fortune at the right time.
"Anybody who wins on penalty kicks knows it is unfortunate for the other side. It is a lottery but thankfully it went our way.
"I thought the players deserved it, they were brave enough in the game.
"There has been in a good feeling in the place and we will hope to make that stick and continue.
"At the end of the day I've always said the Premier League is more important than the cup.
"I also think that game has gone - we can't do anything about the Chelsea game now.
"We can only do something against Sunderland now. Since Monday we have had our heads on getting ready for Sunderland and we have worked hard."
Everton have lacked consistency this term and their last Premier League outing ended in a dismal 2-0 defeat at Bolton which Moyes described as one of the worst in his nine years in charge.
The Merseysiders are still just three points above the relegation zone but Moyes was impressed by the display at Chelsea and is backing the players to turn the situation around.
He added: "I always think it is the players who are responsible for going over the line.
"I take responsibility for the bad performances but I want them to take responsibility for the good ones because they are the ones who do it.
"Anybody who was at Chelsea - and there were a lot of Everton supporters there - will have seen the players were really at it.
"The players knew Bolton wasn't the level we play or the level we excepted.
"The good thing was they recognised that and did something about it."
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has challenged his players to put their bodies on the line to halt their run of defeats.
The seventh-placed Black Cats head for Everton having lost each of their last three games and in danger of being reeled in by the chasing pack.
A lengthy injury list and a series of fixtures which handed the club difficult home clashes with Champions League rivals Chelsea and Tottenham either side of a tough trip to Stoke are mitigating factors.
And with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City waiting in the wings, Bruce knows that things could get even tougher in the weeks ahead.
However, he insists a new-found fragility at set-pieces rather than Darren Bent's departure for Aston Villa last month - Sunderland have taken only three points from a possible 12 since the striker's #24million exit - is to blame for their recent slide.
As a former central defender himself, Bruce believes the solution is obvious, even if it means a few painful afternoons for his players.
He said: "I don't think it has got anything to do with Darren going. We scored twice against Chelsea, we scored two at Stoke, we scored against Tottenham, we scored two at Blackpool.
"Darren Bent was never going to defend set-pieces for us, never. We have conceded seven goals in our last eight games from set-pieces.
"In the 21 games previous to that, we had conceded six, so you don't have to be a rocket scientist to see what we have tried to work on all this week.
"But it is very difficult to replicate it. If you try to put a ball in and go and defend set-pieces, people get hurt - if you do it properly.
"Unfortunately, we haven't had too many hurt just lately, so that tells me one or two things."
Beckford adds to Sunderland misery
Jermaine Beckford struck twice as Sunderland suffered yet more misery at Everton - going down 2-0.
The former Leeds striker found the net twice in the first half to lift Everton further away from Barclays Premier League relegation danger and send Sunderland home from Goodison Park empty-handed again.
The Black Cats, without a league win at the ground since 1996, went close when Tim Howard saved well from Stephane Sessegnon but Beckford's second just before the interval blunted their threat.
Steve Bruce's side created little after the break and surrendered to a fourth successive loss that could have been more emphatic.
It was another dent in their push for Europe but Everton, winning for only the second time in six league games, could still make a late charge.
Beckford's double took his tally after slow start to his Everton career to eight and emphasised that the Merseysiders still have much to play for after their stunning FA Cup win at Chelsea last week.
Beckford stole the limelight from strike partner Louis Saha, who scored four goals against Blackpool three weeks ago but had been out since with a hamstring injury.
Saha took the place of Tim Cahill, who started on the bench after being a slight injury doubt, in the only change to the side which won memorably at Stamford Bridge.
Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon, recently troubled by a knee injury, also had to make do with a place on the bench as Simon Mignolet took his place.
The visitors almost claimed an early lead but Kieran Richardson, playing in an advanced role, spurned a glorious chance after just three minutes.
The former Manchester United midfielder raced onto a fine ball from Sessegnon and was allowed a clear run at goal as Everton mistakenly stopped in anticipation of an offside flag.
Howard managed to force him wide but Richardson should still have done better than to drag a shot across the face of goal.
Sunderland paid for that miss as Everton claimed the lead four minutes later.
Leon Osman found space on the edge of the box and looked to have slipped Saha in but the Frenchman allowed Beckford to sneak through and fire in a shot which Titus Bramble diverted in.
Sunderland were denied an equaliser as Howard produced a brilliant fingertip save to turn a fierce Sessegnon drive from the edge of the box onto the bar.
Everton continued to drive forward themselves with Saha skipping around a challenge from Anton Ferdinand in the area only to be denied by a fine Sulley Muntari tackle.
Saha had another promising opportunity after being fed by Mikel Arteta but slipped as he shaped to shoot.
Everton doubled their advantage six minutes before the break after Arteta beat Ferdinand and John Mensah to pull back for Beckford in front of goal.
The former Leeds striker scuffed his left-foot shot but the ball still had enough power to creep into the bottom corner.
The only downside for Everton was the loss of Marouane Fellaini just before the interval with an ankle injury suffered in a challenge with Sessegnon. Jack Rodwell took his place.
Everton could have had a third soon after the restart when Saha flicked a Phil Neville throw into the danger area but Osman shot wide on the half-volley.
The Toffees thought they had earned their first penalty in 29 league games when Beckford went down under a Mensah challenge after a powerful run from Seamus Coleman but the flag was raised.
Mignolet then came to Sunderland's rescue by saving with his feet in quick succession from Saha and Coleman after the defence had failed to clear.
Osman tried his luck again from the edge of the box after a Bramble header fell into his path but, despite having time to take aim, the otherwise excellent midfielder again put it wide.
Coleman brought another good save out of Mignolet with a well-struck first-time shot from the right which looked to be creeping inside the near post.
Substitute Diniyar Bilyaletdinov skewed another attempt over the bar as Everton pressed until the end.
Osman should have added a third in injury time when he took the ball round Mignolet but Ahmed Elmohamady headed off the line.
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