Monday, October 18, 2010

Everton Beats Reds Blue

Liverpool's season went from worse to worse again with a 2-0 defeat to Everton in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon. Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta were on target for David Moyes' side on a day when - Steven Gerrard excepted - the lack of spirit, creativity and interest shone through in the away side. Everton made the better start and both Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin showed a lack of poise in front of goal, shooting over with plenty of time. However, the first effort on target came from Liverpool when the otherwise inept Fernando Torres flicked Joe Cole's cross towards the goal. However, Tim Howard saved easily. Roy Hodgson's men began to press at this point and Gerrard was beginning to find his range of passing, but it was the Toffees that struck the first blow. Young Irish raider Seamus Coleman broke down the right and his cross found Cahill, who applied a crisp right-footed finish past Jose Reina. Liverpool were stunned and had no response, save for a couple for hopeful shots from distance by Raul Meireles. Maxi Rodriguez once again proved himself to be woefully incapable of being a footballer, with much lauded summer capture Cole little better. Any hope Hodgson's team had of snatching anything were gone as early as the 50th minute, when Arteta smashed a brilliant shot through a crowded penalty area and past Reina. The team in red had most of the possession in the second half but failed to produce a single worthwhile effort. Torres looked more disinterested than ever, his touch letting him down time after time, while Gerrard's effervescence failed to rub off on his team-mates. Jermaine Beckford had a great chance to make it 3-0 in injury time for Everton, but blazed over.

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