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December 4, 2011
• Goodison Park, Liverpool
Referee: L. Mason
• Attendance: 33219
R. Huth 15'
The final whistle goes here at Goodison Park and Stoke have won 0-1. It was a first-half goal from Robert Huth that secured Stoke's first win at Everton since 1961 and their first points off the back of a European fixture. The Everton fans met the whistle with a loud chorus of boos and rightly so as the home side lacked any real ideas as to how to break down their opponents. Everton have now lost four times already at home this season.
90' + 6'
Everton are now lumping the ball into the Stoke area at every opportunity as they go in search of this equalizer. Whitehead makes a good tackle giving Everton a last minute corner though the Everton fans wanted a penalty.
90' + 3'
Osman dinks a ball into Fellaini but he is unable to get any power to trouble Begovic. Nearly all of Everton's attacks have been from corners or deep crosses which has been bread and butter defending for Huth and Shawcross.
90' + 2'
Looks like this one is going to end in a win for Stoke. Everton are struggling to break down Stoke and have done all afternoon though the fans have been buoyed by the announcement of seven minutes of added on time!
Good spell of possession for Stoke in the Everton half there as they try to run down the clock. If things stay as they are Stoke will go above Everton in the table and they will have their first win on the back of a European fixture.
Just five minutes of normal time left to play and Stoke appear happy to sit-back and soak up the Everton pressure. The home side have lacked quality and creativity in the final third.
Huge chance for Everton and Rodwell! A header falls to Rodwell just inside the area and he volleyed it well but Stoke just had so many men back and his shot hit Huth. That is the closest Everton have come this half.
Baines has had more attempts than any other Everton player this afternoon and tries his luck from the edge of the area with a low drive but Huth blocks it before it gets to substitute stopper Begovic.
Stracqualursi now on for Everton replacing Vellios. It was the Greek striker's first Premier League start but he was largely absent. Everton need to change their game-plan as they are playing into the hands of Stoke. Very one-dimensional.
Ed Maylon from Goodison: Everton fans are far from enamoured with Thomas Sorensen who seemed to have recovered from his clash with Tim Cahill but is now being stretchered off. Gangly Argentine Denis Stracqualursi is coming on for Everton in a desperate bid to get an equaliser. He has around twenty minutes to get his first goal in English football.
Sorensen is being helped off the pitch here and is clearly in a lot of discomfort. The keeper took a heavy blow from Cahill in the penalty claim and the Everton fans are being far from understanding.
Everton players and fans alike are growing extremely frustrated. Stoke are out-working Moyes' men and have been unable to have shot at Sorensen throughout despite having the majority of the ball.
Penalty shout from Everton turned down to the fans displeasure. A mix up between Huth and Sorensen almost allows Cahill in but the Danish keeper just got in first. Everton fans will see the referee has made the right decision when they see a replay.
Ed Maylon updates us from Goodison; Jack Rodwell readies himself as David Moyes recognises the need for a change if Everton are to get anything from this game. The Blues are far too predictable and lacking in ideas at current.
We see the first long throw from Stoke of the afternoon from Ryan Shotton but there wasn't enough room on the touchline to get a good run-up. A game of very few clear chances.
Again its Baines that is being picked out by his Everton teammates but Fellaini and Cahill have won none of their battles with Shawcross and co. Everton need to change something as Stoke are comfortable.
Whelan delivers a deep set-piece which Crouch gets his head too. Alarmingly for Everton it was the diminutive Hibbert given the task of marking the beanpole Stoke striker.
Vellios has been a passenger for the majority of this game though Moyes has little option on the bench today with just the largely untried Stracqualursi the obvious option on the bench.
Stoke are putting plenty of men behind the ball and Everton's build-up is too slow. Stoke are switching to a 5-3-2 when they don't have the ball with Shotton sliding back on the right whilst Woodgate tucks in as a third central defender.
Everton are having all of the ball so far this half but Stoke are standing firm. There is no creativity in the Everton midfield which could see the introduction of Ross Barkley.
Yellow Card Marc Wilson
Evertons best attacking threat has come through the crosses of Leighton Baines and he tests the Stoke defence early on in this half. There was a lot of holding by the Stoke defenders but as is often is seen in the Premier League it goes unpunished.
Its Stoke getting us underway for the second period. Will be interesting to see if they are unable to shake off their terrible record after European fixtures!
Ed Maylon updates us from Goodison Park: At half-time the home crowd's frustration is palpable at Goodison. Having edged the opening exchanges, the Toffees were then second best after a goal which was conceded through their own sloppiness and Stoke have performed in a professional and capable manner.
Just before the half-time whistle blows Fellaini heads over from a corner. The Belgian did well under severe pressure from Shawcorss and pleaded for a penalty but his pleas fall on death ears from Lee Mason.
Free-kick taken by Etherington in almost a corner position that was met by Shawcross ahead of Howard. The header went just over and the Stoke defender feels he should have scored. That was a let-off for Everton. Two minutes of time added on before the interval.
Terrific ball by Jagielka from the back picking out a clever run from Cahill but the Aussie couldn't connect to trouble Sorensen. Cahill is currently in a 24 game barren run in front of goal.
A good period of pressure from Everton but Sorensen takes all the pressure of his defence with a commanding punch away. Everton are putting in a lot of crosses which is certainly playing to the strengths of the Tony Pulis' defence.
Rare chance for Everton to test Stoke with a corner after Baines' corner was blocked. Cahill will be the target but you would suspect he will get little luck today from the giant Stoke defence.
Stoke are starting to dominate this game and have another chance to put Everton under pressure with a corner. Huth flicks on Etherington's delivery which just evades Shawcross and Shotton arriving quickly at the far post.
Just over half-hour played here and Everton are seeing Stoke dealing comfortably with their attacks. Vellios started brightly but is struggling to get in the game at the moment
Good deep cross from Bilyaletdinov for Cahill but referee Lee Mason decides the Aussie has fouled Sorensen and blows for a free-kick. Very soft decision.
Ed Maylon live from the ground: The Goodison Park crowd is very subdued as, for the ninth time this season, they have conceded the first goal. Sloppiness from the Blues saw Robert Huth divert home a Dean Whitehead strike and send the pocket of red and white fans in the corner into a rapturous rendition of 'Delilah'
Terrific, patient build-up from Everton allows Baines to whip in a dangerous cross that Sorenson punches off the fore-head of Fellaini before Whelan scrambles it clear. Good response from the home team.
Everton have given away a number of soft free-kicks around their penalty area allowing Stoke to put them under pressure from set-pieces. The Goodison faithful are sounding restless early on.
Stoke are the lowest scoring Premier League side on their travels this season and have certainly taken Everton by surprise by taking the lead here. Everton have gone straight back on the attack with Cahill
Assist Dean Whitehead
Goal Robert Huth
Completely against the run of play Stoke have taken the lead through Robert Huth! A mistake from Baines led to a corner for Stoke and although Everton initially cleared, Whitehead volleyed back into the danger-area and Huth stuck out a toe to flick it past Howard.
Our man at Goodison Park this afternoon is Ed Malyon, and he updates us: Everton have had slightly the better of the opening stages here and their verve and energy is noticeable particularly in the movement of Vellios and Cahill as soon as the ball goes wide. This will be an intriguing tactical battle, and I wouldn't be surprised to see a headed goal.
First chance of the game as Bilyaletdinov fires wide. Coleman delivered a good cross that was flicked away from Vellios to the Russian but he fired well wide from a good position.
Dangerous cross from Bilyaletdinov flicked away by Woodgate. Everton have started much the brighter here at Goodison.
Nice football from Everton then as Tony Hibbert makes a rare dart forward. Fellaini chipped it through but it just skidded through to Sorensen. Hibbert has never scored for Everton and is approaching 300 appearances.
Tim Cahill is the first to try his luck flicking a Leighton Baines cross over. Baines will be key to Everton's attacks today as they try to take advantage of Woodgate playing in the uncomfortable position of right-back.
Its Everton who get us underway here with the home side looking to win their third Premier League game on the trot, something they haven't managed in nearly three years.
Before we get away here there will be a one minute's applause in respect for the late Gary Speed who passed away recently. Speed was a boyhood Everton fan and played at Goodison for two seasons.
Good Afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of Everton v Stoke. Consistency has been the problem for both sides this season, especially Stoke who play today after their Europa League triumph mid-week. The visitors have lost every game after a European fixture and will be hoping to stop that trend this afternoon!
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Baines, Heitinga, Jagielka, Fellaini, Osman, Bilyaletdinov, Coleman, Cahill, Vellios. Subs: Mucha, Neville, Distin, Rodwell, Gueye, Barkley, Stracqualursi
Stoke: Sorensen, Huth, Shawcross, Woodgate, Wilson, Shotton, Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Begovic, Jones, Fuller, Upson, Wilkinson, Jerome, Palacios.
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