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  • 13 April 2013
  • • 19:30
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 34876
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  • That's all from me, Rhys Turrell. Make sure you head over to Goal.com's main page for all the reaction from today's Premier League games. Until next time, goodbye.
  • QPR were woeful in attack throughout, with just Loic Remy posing any real problems for the hosts. In all likelihood he will be playing Premier League football next season, his current club will not, however. The R's are heading for the Championship.
  • It's all over and Everton complete a comfortable 2-0 win to enhance their Champions League qualification hopes. They looked good at time today, but in all honesty were really threatened by a dejected-looking opponent.
  • 90' + 2'
    Substitution Victor Anichebe John Heitinga
  • 90' + 2'
    QPR are meandering forward but they look like a well beaten team, and they soon will be. The R's will be playing Championship football next season, without a doubt.
  • 90' + 1'
    Nick McGee reports: "Andros Townsend fires just wide from long-range for QPR. There are four minutes of added time to be played but this one has been over for a while."
  • 90' + 1'
    Andros Townsend flashes a shot towards goal, but it is wide of Tim Howard's near post, and in any case the USA No.1 looked to have it covered.
  • 90'
    Four minutes of added time. It won't make a difference, this game has been over since the 50th minute.
  • 88'
    The home fans bellow for a penalty for an alleged handball after the ball is pelted at a defender from close range. It would have been very harsh, and in any case seemed to come off the body instead.
  • 87'
    Substitution Kevin Mirallas Steven Naismith
  • 86'
    No. It is poor, once again. Their set pieces have been pretty woeful this afternoon. Perhaps they could learn a lesson from the artistry of Shaun Maloney?
  • 85'
    A late corner for the visitors, can they grab something from it?
  • 84'
    Darron Gibson sees another goalbound shot deflected, but this time it goes wide of the target, and the Toffees have yet another corner.
  • 83'
    Everton are back in control, and with substitute Nikica Jelavic looking lively, they could yet bag a third here.
  • 81'
    Substitution Leon Osman Nikica Jelavic
  • 81'
    Tim Howard does well with a save from Onuoha which could have offered QPR a chance to get back into the game. The defender found himself inside the area and he powered a shot towards Howard's near post, but the American reacted quickly to palm his effort to safety.
  • 80'
    Remy, the one real bright spark for the R's this afternoon, delivers a rather poor cross into the area from the left side of the box, and it is easily gathered by Howard.
  • 79'
    Yellow Card Darron Gibson
  • 78'
    Kevin Mirallas, who has been a little quiet today (well, by his standards), sees a drilled effort from the right gloved to safety from Cesar. It may well not have gone on, but it was a good save nonetheless by the the Brazilian.
  • 76'
    An ambitious one-two almost sees Fellaini get through on goal. Everton counterattack rapidly from a corner, with Pienaar pacing forward he tried to loft a ball forward to the Belgium midfielder, but his effort is over-hit and rolls through to Cesar.
  • 75'
    15 minutes to go, and this game is flat. The atmosphere has dropped, and both sides seem to have accepted their fate for the afternoon. That suits the Toffees, but is no good for the R's.
  • 74'
    Substitution Esteban Granero Samba Diakité
  • 72'
    Yet more dire attacking from the visitors, as a hopeful ball forward is aimed in the direction of Remy, but the pass is over-hit, and goes behind for a Tim Howard goal kick. Woeful, really.
  • 70'
    Some signs of life out of QPR here as Andros Townsend and Loic Remy combine, but the cross-cum-shot from the former is well wide of anything and anybody and goes behind for a goal kick.
  • 68'
    Anichebe is struggling with a shoulder problem. He's strong and physical, but a little unrefined as a player, not that David Moyes will mind, as he's probably secured a win for the Toffees this afternoon.
  • 66'
    QPR are not looking like getting back into this match, and if anything you would bet on the hosts bagging the game's next goal the way things are going.
  • 65'
    Mirallas almost puts the final nail in the coffin as he gets a shot off from the angle on the left side of the box. Cesar makes a routine save, however.
  • 63'
    It's rubbish. A waste.
  • 62'
    Substitution Ji-Sung Park Adel Taarabt
    The ineffective Park is replaced by Taarabt. He's a game changer, but is it too late?
  • 62'
    Yellow Card Steven Pienaar
  • 62'
    Perhaps a glimmer of hope for QPR here with a free kick from range. They've not looked like scoring from open play, perhaps they can from a set piece?
  • 60'
    30 minutes left at Goodison Park. With Arsenal trailing 1-0 at home, this is a big result for Everton and their Champions League ambitions.
  • 58'
    As Nick suggests, this really could be curtains for QPR as far as Premier League survival is concerned. They have played OK today, but find themselves 2-0 against far superior opponents.
  • 57'
    Nick McGee reports: " It's been coming, and it's game over for QPR at Goodison Park and possibly for their time in the top flight as Victor Anichebe smartly flicks home from a yard out after latching onto a Distin header."
  • 56'
    Assist Sylvain Distin
  • 56'
    Goal Victor Anichebe
    GOAL! Everton get a second through Anichebe! Baines swings over a deep corner which is met by the head of Distin, and his goalbound effort is nudged past Cesar by the big Nigeria striker. Game over?
  • 54'
    After being so fluent in possession in the first half, Harry Redknapp must be tearing his hair out at the paucity of his side's keep-ball since the break. Everton's pressure has been relentless.
  • 53'
    Yellow Card Andros Townsend
  • 52'
    Everton are not so much knocking on the door here, as battering it with all their might. This time the ball falls to captain Phil Jagielka how powers a shot at goal from inside the area, but his shot blocked by an army of R's defenders using whatever means possible to keep it out of their net.
  • 51'
    Yellow Card Esteban Granero
  • 51'
    Another Everton set piece is cleared for a corner, but this time it is Granero, and not Cesar, who weighs in with the heroics.
  • 50'
    Another wondersave from Cesar. This time Distin gets up well to get his head on a Baines corner, and his effort is heading inside the far post until the Brazil No.1 gets up to claw his effort clear.
  • 48'
    Nick McGee reports: "What a stunning save from Julio Cesar, the former Inter Milan stopper keeps his side in it by tipping Anichebe's point-blank effort onto the post after brilliant work down the left from Kevin Mirallas. The home fans thought the ball had trickled over the line, but no goal was given"
  • 47'
    How have Everton not extended their lead here? Julio Cesar has made a belting save from Anichebe after good work down the right by Kevin Mirallas. That save could prove vital.
  • 46'
    Positive start from the R's here, and it's that man Remy again. The Frenchman finds some space outside the area and jinks past a few defenders, before driving a left footed effort towards goal which Howard deals with reasonably comfortably.
  • 45'
    QPR get the second period underway, and we're ready for a big 45 minutes at Goodison Park.
  • The two teams are out on the pitch, and the second half is just a few moments away.
  • Nick McGee reports: "When your down at the bottom, it is often the case that luck goes against you. That is the certainly case for QPR, who at times played some excellent football in the first half, but find themselves behind by virtue of Darron Gibson's deflected strike. Harry Redknapp will need to deliver quite the teamtalk to rally his team after that cruel blow."
  • Darron Gibson's hugely deflected shot has given Everton the lead at the break, but I'm not sure they deserve it. QPR have been positive but ultimately rather blunt in attack, whilst the hosts have been largely uninspiring and one-paced. I expect that the R's will come out all guns blazing in the second, but you fear for them from this position.
  • 45' + 1'
    Everton do well to win themselves a corner, but there is not enough time to take it, as the referee blows the whistle for half time.
  • 45'
    There hasn't been much action to report since the goal, with Everton trying to hold on until the break, and QPR looking more than a little dejected. They'll be one minute of added time.
  • 44'
    Coincidentally, that is the first goal scored in the Premier League today!
  • 43'
    That really was unlucky for the R's; the deflection gave Cesar no chance. Their play has been more positive than the home side, and they'll be miffed to be heading into the break a goal down.
  • 41'
    Nick McGee reports: "The home fans breathe a huge sigh of relief as Everton take the lead with Darron Gibson's low drive deflected past Julio Cesar by Clint Hill. QPR have arguably been the better team, but as it stands they are once again staring down the barrel of a defeat."
  • 40'
    Goal Darron Gibson
    GOAL! Everton take the lead through Darron Gibson - his first of the season! Baines did well down the left whipping in a cross, the ball then fell to Mirallas who took a shot which was deflected into the path of Gibson on the right side of the area, and his powerful shot towards the far corner took a huge deflection which wrong-footed Cesar.
  • 38'
    My is Victor Anichebe a frustrating player. He does well in the first instance to hold the ball up, but once he turns and runs towards goal it all starts to go wrong. His through ball to the onrushing Darron Gibson is over-hit and inaccurate. Really poor from the big striker.
  • 36'
    Yellow Card Marouane Fellaini
  • 35'
    Nick McGee reports: "How Everton aren't in front I don't know. Leighton Baines plays a clever corner back to Darron Gibson on the edge of the area, who in turn finds Sylvain Distin six yards from goal. The Frenchman fluffs his lines however, inexplicably firing wide with the goal at his mercy."
  • 34'
    Yellow Card José Bosingwa
  • 34'
    The resultant free kick is played to Darron Gibson on the edge of the area, but his shot is poor and going wide, but before it does it reaches Sylvain Distin, however, his effort inexplicably goes wide from just six yards. Shocking miss.
  • 33'
    Ah, finally some attacking verve from the home side! Coleman shows a burst of pace down the right and edges past Bosingwa, with the former Chelsea man booked after fouling the Ireland defender.
  • 31'
    The ball finds its way into the QPR area, and the Toffees earn a corner. Baines lofts a free kick forward and the ball lands at the feet of the powerful Anichebe who holds off Chris Samba and earns his side a corner. They waste the resultant corner kick, however.
  • 29'
    Everton are struggling to really get a foothold in this game; they have been quiet since the 10th minute. They win a corner on the right which is swung in by Baines, but it's easily cleared. Lacking a bit of quality so far, are the hosts.
  • 27'
    Nick McGee at Goodison Park: "Huge chance for the visitors, Ji-Sung Park shows excellent control on the right-hand side of the box, neatly bringing the ball down before laying off for Loic Remy, whose fierce drive was excellently parried away by Tim Howard. QPR are getting closer."
  • 26'
    And he's gone ever so close to scoring! A square ball from Park finds Remy free in the area and his first time shot towards the near post is brilliantly turned around the post by Howard. Great save.
  • 25'
    The lively Remy is putting in a solid shift up top for the visitors this afternoon. My how the hosts could do with someone of his skill this afternoon.
  • 24'
    I would say that the R's have played in a bit of a carefree fashion this afternoon. Such in the likelihood of them being relegated, they have almost played as if they are without pressure, which is bizarre, really.
  • 22'
    QPR are keeping the ball much better than the hosts so far, who have been rather too reliant on the long ball. Fellaini has been very quiet, but the visitors must be wary of his ability in the air.
  • 20'
    Nick McGee at Goodison Park: "A slow start at Goodison Park, Everton have gone close a couple of times through Victor Anichebe and Marouane Fellaini, bet the best chance of the game has fallen to QPR, who have settled well and almost took the lead when Junior Hoilett curled wide following an excellent solo run from Andros Townsend."
  • 19'
    QPR are well on top just now, with Loic Remy's aerial ability, and pace on the deck causing lots of problems.
  • 18'
    Everton just need to relax a little here. They have been very direct so far, and a little more patience in attack may lead to greater rewards.
  • 16'
    Some nice play from QPR in an advanced area. Park has been brought back into the side, and he interchanges play well with Hoilett, with the latter reaching the byline and crossing, but Howard comes out to gather easily.
  • 14'
    The game has lulled a little in the last few moments, with both sides slowing the pace down.
  • 13'
    QPR boss Harry Redknapp has a dreadful record at Goodison Park. In 15 attempts he has won just once. Will that change this afternoon?
  • 11'
    Baines, the game's outstanding player so far, whips in a corner from the right, but Julio Cesar comes flying off his line to deal with it - just. He rather fumbles it, but gathers at the second attempt.
  • 10'
    Despite Everton looking very positive in attack, QPR have held their own so far, and have posed a strong threat on the counterattack.
  • 8'
    Everton have started the game very brightly this afternoon and they've gone close to an opener here. After some excellent work from Baines and Pienaar down the left, the former flashes a cross across the box which is just missed by the head of Victor Anichebe.
  • 7'
    QPR are playing quite deep this afternoon with Loic Remy working alone up front. He's found himself offside a few times already this afternoon after some hopeful hoofs forward from the R's defenders.
  • 5'
    Penalty shout for Everton. Right back Seamus Coleman drove forward into the penalty area and was 'dealt' with with a shove and clash with Clint Hill. Referee Lee Mason decides it was not a spot kick, and he's probably correct.
  • 3'
    QPR have the first real chance of the game. Some good build up play finds Junior Hoilett in space on the left side of the area and his right footed effort goes narrowly wide of Tim Howard's far post.
  • 2'
    QPR enjoy a first spell on the ball, but the Toffees defenders deal with it well and the ball goes behind for a goal kick.
  • 1'
    Leighton Baines whips in an early free kick from the left which is easily cleared by the R's defenders.
  • 1'
    Everton get us underway at Goodison Park.
  • It is impeccably observed, and we are ready for kick-off.
  • Goodison Park falls silent for a minute's silence to remember those supporters from Merseyside rivals Liverpool who were tragically killed in the Hillsborough Stadium tragedy in 1989.
  • The familiar Z-Cars ditty booms through the speakers at Goodison, and here come the teams.
  • Captains Clint Hill and Phil Jagielka are in the tunnel, and we'll soon be underway with the dull formal pre-match nonsense.
  • In terms of a score prediction today, you'd be a fool to bet on a draw in this fixture. Both sides need to get a win to help in their respective goals at either end of the league and will surely throw men forward in a bid to ensure they claim all three points. With that in mind I can't see beyond a home win for the Toffees, but it should feature plenty of goals, so I'll opt for 3-2 to David Moyes' men.
  • We're 10 minutes away from kick-off at Goodison Park. If you want to get in touch with during today's game, you can do so via Twitter @rhysturrell.
  • Harry Redknapp makes three changes from the side which cruelly drew 1-1 with Wigan last time out, with Ji-Sung Park, Esteban Granero and Nedum Onuoha coming in for Stephane Mbia, Armand Traore and the suspended Bobby Zamora.
  • David Moyes brings Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar back into the starting XI after the pair missed the last two matches through suspension. They come in for Ross Barkley and John Heitinga.
  • QPR: Cesar; Bosingwa, Onuoha, Samba, Hill; Park, Granero, Jenas, Hoilett, Townsend; Remy. Subs: Green, Diakite, Taarabt, Mackie, Fabio, Ben Haim, Bothroyd
  • Everton: Howard; Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines; Osman, Gibson,; Mirallas, Fellaini, Pienaar; Anichebe. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Jelavic, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Barkley
  • First things first, lets take a look at the two teamsheets this afternoon, starting with the hosts.
  • I'm Rhys Turrell and I'll be taking you through all the action at Goodison Park as David Moyes' men look to enhance their top-four chances, and Harry Redknapp looks for a glimmer of hope to keep his side in with a chance of survival.
  • Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of this afternoon's crunch clash between Champions League chasers Everton, and relegation-threatened QPR.