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  • January 31, 2012
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: P. Walton
  • • Attendance: 29856
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Everton 1-0 Manchester City: Second-half Darron Gibson goal gives hosts priceless victory over Premier League leaders

Darron Gibson strike for Toffees earns home side a deserved three points over league leaders who struggle in front of goal against strong Everton defence at Goodison Park

Darron Gibson second half strike for Everton gave the home side a deserved 1-0 win over league leader Manchester City which drops points in poor performance leaving it tied with Manchester United at the top of the EPL.

It was a fairly quiet first half at Goodison Park with just a few chances between the teams.

The first and probably best chance of the half fell to Everton just five minutes in as Denis Stracqualursi's head found Royston Drenthes’ corner at the back post. The ball beat Joe Hart but it was cleared off the line by Joleon Lescott.

It took around half an hour before the sides created more chances. A deep ball in from Leighton Baines found Stracqualursi who headed down for Fellaini, who fired his shot just wide.

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And then just two minutes later in the 37th minute Manchester City had its first real chance of the match as Samir Nasri fired a shot from around 25 yards out, beating Tim Howard but hitting the bar before Aguero's shot from the rebound was well saved from Everton's keeper.

But the talking point of the first half came five minutes from halftime when the match was briefly delayed following a disturbance on the pitch, in which a supporter emerged from the stands and handcuffed himself to the post next to City keeper Joe Hart.

The fan spent five minutes attached to the post before being removed by police before the game restarted.

It was a quiet start to the second half until the game hit the hour mark and Everton took the lead. The Toffees broke and Drenthe crossed in deep to find Donovan, who controlled it and played it to the edge of the box, where new signing Darron Gibson drove a shot at goal and with a slight deflection, the shot went past Hart to give the home side the lead.

Everton continued to press, as Stracqualursi took the ball down the left hand side putting in a cross which was headed away but met by the volley of Darron Gibson who put the shot just wide of Joe Hart's post.

There was controversy on 72 minutes as City had a penalty shout when Kolarov claimed for handball as his cross looked like it may have hit the hand of Phil Neville in Everton's penalty area.

Manchester City continued to push for equalizer but just couldn’t find a way past the solid home side, which hung on for a deserved three points at Goodison Park.

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