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November 10, 2012
• Goodison Park, Liverpool
Referee: L. Mason
• Attendance: 35999
M. Fellaini 77'
N. Jelavić 79'
A. Johnson 45'+
Anyway folks that's all from Goodison today. I'm sure David Moyes will be off celebrating Everton's first win in four games. Thanks for joining us on Goal.com today. Be sure to join us again!
Couldn't be any different on Merseyside and Everton will occupy a Champions League position for 24-hours at least. They'll have to play a lot better than they did today if they are to remain in the mix heading into the festive period.
Basically Sunderland failed to build on Johnson's goal just before the break and retreated back into the shot shy shell in the second half. Looks like its going to be a bleak winter on Wearside.
Its now one win in 18 Premier League games for Sunderland and genuine question marks must be hanging over whether Martin O'Neill can turn this gruesome run around.
Probably the first time this season Everton have had to grind out a result. A thoroughly magnificent effort from David Moyes' side to break Sunderland's steely resolve and nick all three points with two goals in a matter of minutes
90' + 5'
Yellow Card Danny Rose
90' + 5'
That's it folks. Everton showing some real character and powers of recovery to come from behind to beat Sunderland courtesy of second half goals from Fellaini and Jelavic. The Black Cats can feel really hard done by.
90' + 5'
O'Neill incensed on the touchline as Sunderland are denied a free kick despite a blatant body check from Fellaini on Rose.
90' + 3'
Yellow Card David Vaughan
90' + 1'
A long spell of possession for Everton ends with Hitzelsperger dragging a tame shot from range just wide of the the post. Not his usual modus operandi.
Five minutes of time added on.
O'Neill making his last throw of the dice with Connor Wickham preparing to enter the fray. Desperate times call for desperate measures you'd presume.
Superb defending from Phil Jagielka to thwart Danny Rose a clear shooting opportunity as the ball spun fell loose in the penalty area. A real captains challenge.
Thomas Hitzelsperger on to make his Everton debut and help his new teammates see out the game.
What a chance to equalise for Sunderland but they've shot themselves in the foot as Cuellar's effort from close range is deflected behind by teammate Gardner.
Have to admit its harsh on Sunderland but it was only a matter of time before their resistance crumbled under the weight of Everton's pressure.
Assist Marouane Fellaini
Goal Nikica Jelavic
What a turnaround at Goodison Park and its Jelavic with the second in a matter of minutes for Everton. A majestic flick from Fellaini through O'Shea's legs finds the onrushing Croatian striker who calmly slots the ball past Mignolet.
Assist Leon Osman
Goal Marouane Fellaini
GOAL! Its that man Fellaini to the rescue again for Everton. The Belgian shows great poise to take Osman's pass, spin and arrow the ball through a crowd of bodies and into the bottom corner.
Another routine catch for Mignolet as Velios fails to properly connect from a nicely floated cross from Coleman on the right. Time running out for Everton to save their skins.
David Moyes is going for broke taking Phil Neville off and replacing him with striker Apostolos Velios. First appearance of the season for the big Greek.
Former Everton striker Louis Saha comes on for a weary looking Fletcher.
Yellow Card Craig Gardner
Gardner is carded for a needless foul from behind on Bains just moments after bringing his Everton counterpart down on the edge of the area.
Good chance for Sunderland to break but Sessegnon delays the cross field switch to a waiting Fletcher and loses possession. Benin international just hasn't been at the races today.
Jelavic has two bites of the cherry to deliver from the right but more dogged defending from Sunderland denies Fellaini a clear sight of goal.
Another excellent piece of goalkeeping from Mignolet to beat Pienaar's dangerous cross away from goal. Coleman sends the ball back into the area but there is no penetrating this Sunderland defence
Yellow Card John Heitinga
Frustrations rising in the Everton camp with Heitinga sending in rash tackle on Fletcher that sees him awarded the first yellow of the game.
Heitinga one again finds space in the Sunderland penalty area but he can only head Baines' delicious cross wide of the goal. Big, big chance for Everton.
Fletcher gingerly hobbles off the field but Martin O'Neill looks in no hurry to make a change. Seems as if the Scotland international is coming back on.
Look away now Sunderland supporters. Fletcher writhes around on the turf after landing awkwardly on his left leg following an aerial duel with Heintinga.
OFF THE LINE! Everton go close to the equaliser as Heitinga rises highest to meet Pienaar's corner but Sunderland goalscorer Adam Johnson is alert on the post to flick the ball clear
Back underway at Goodison Park.
Important that Sunderland take the momentum gained from their goal into the second half. Resting on their laurels could spell disaster now that Everton are hunting for an equaliser.
Everton haven't looked like their usual selves and, despite a few faint knocks on the door, haven't really made the visitors back four sweat. Injury to Mirallas earlier in the half stifled their momentum somewhat. He was the man making things happen before he went off.
Easily the best Sunderland have played all season and they fully deserve their lead. Missed chances earlier in the half were symptomatic of their recent troubles but they've plugged away and Johnson's goal was just reward.
45' + 2'
Half time at Goodison Park and a few boos from the home support.
45' + 1'
Assist Craig Gardner
45' + 1'
Goal Adam Johnson
GOAL It’s Sunderland who strike the first blow at Goodison Park, as a sloppy clearance from a Black Cats’ corner falls to Carlos Cuellar on the edge of the penalty area. The Spaniard lofts the ball back into the box towards Adam Johnson, who does fantastically to evade Leon Osman and slip the ball past an on-rushing Tim Howard.
Some brilliant retrieval work from Pienaar allows Everton to work the ball to Phil Neville who unleashes a stinging 30-yard drive that is palmed away by Mignolet.
Another chance goes begging for Everton as Baines fizzes another low cross in towards Fellaini, with the big Belgian's strike coming off Carlos Cuellar and flying out for a corner
Big chance for Sunderland to snatch the lead as Jack Colback finds himself with time and space in the penalty are after exchanging passes with Adam Johnson but his tame finish is easily saved by Howard
Great movement from Jelavic to meet Baines' low delivery but he can only flick the ball over the bar from eight-yards.
Cries for a penalty as Seamus Coleman tinkers between three Sunderland shirts before being tripped by Sessegnon and tumbling into the box. Linesman flags for a free kick right on the chalk line
Brilliant pass from Leon Osman to play Pienaar in behind the Sunderland defence but the South African international's low cross is turned behind by Mignolet.
Everton finally back to full health as Steven Naismith comes on to replace Mirallas.
Mignolet makes his first save of the game beating away Steven Pienaar's driven effort away at his near post. Meanwhile, Everton are down to 10 men after Mirallas limps off down the tunnel with a suspected hamstring injury
Sunderland have gone way off the boil after a promising opening 10 minutes. Fletcher marginalized up front by himself while Sessegnon has become a virtual bystander. Everton in total control but just lacking that crucial cutting edge
Another flowing move from Everton ends with the ball landing at Jelavic's feet at the edge of the area but the Croatian's effort is deflected over the bar. Referee signals for a free kick after Heitinga fouls Mignolet from the resulting corner
That's the third good cross James McClean has sent in from the left flank that hasn't been attacked by Fletcher or Sessegnon. Neither displayed even a glimpse of desire to meet the young Irishman's whipped delivery.
David Moyes's side are starting to take control now with the visitors penned in although they're more than holding their own.
Excellent defending from Sunderland again. This time Seb Larsson is well positioned to snuff out Mirallas' cut back after he darted past Gardner and into the penalty area.
Kevin Mirallas easily drifts in from the left and shoots from the edge of the area only for John O'Shea to superbly block the balls path to goal. Lively opening from both teams on Merseyside
What a chance for the visitors. Superb ball from Sessegnon to play Fletcher through down the left and the Scotland striker fires just a fraction wide of the post.
Nasty clash of heads between Leon Osman and Johnny Heitinga. Former stays down for a second but is back on his feet. Roy Hodgson can stop sweating now!
The Toffees leaving all sorts of gaps at the back and in midfield as they pour forward in the early stages. Up to Sunderland, the lowest scorers in the division, to exploit them.
Just moments after Everton have a penalty appeal waved away Sunderland break away at the other end, but Stephane Sessegnon fires straight at Tim Howard from close range. Should do better
Early free kick on the left side for Everton after a foul from Craig Gardner. Baines whips it in looking for Jelavic but Sunderland scramble the ball clear
We're underway at Goodison Park!
A faultless minutes silence observed to remember those who gave their lives for this country. Massive credit to both sets of fans
I'm sure everyone will be keeping a close eye on Leon Osman today after his call-up to the England squad for next weeks game against Sweden
Meanwhile, the visitors make just two alterations to the team that lost to Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light last Saturday. Danny Rose and James McClean return to replace Phil Bardsley (hamstring) and captain Lee Cattermole (cold).
Neither side here at Goodison has been riddled with changes, as Everton name the same side that drew with Fulham last week. Marouane Fellaini struck twice on the Thames against Fulham and will be gunning for more goals back on home turf.
Interesting tweet from the Evening Chronicle's James Hunter earlier on today. Sunderland's last Premier League win at Goodison was in 1996. Back then John Major was Prime Minister, petrol was 53p per litre, beer £1.73 a pint, 20 cigarettes were £2.89 and a 1st class stamp was 26p
Sunderland: Mignolet; Gardner,Cuellar, O'Shea, Rose; Larsson, Colback; Johnson, Sessegnon, McClean; Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Wickham, McFadden, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Bramble, Saha
Everton: Howard; Coleman, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines; Osman, Neville; Mirallas, Fellaini, Pienaar; Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Oviedo, Naismith, Distin, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Vellios
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com’s LIVE! text commentary for todays Premier League duel between Everton and Sunderland. I'm your cordial host Jak Penny and will be guiding you through all the goings on at Goodison Park
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