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Everton vs Manchester City at Goodison Park

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Goodison Park Referee : Craig Pawson
6th February 2019 7:45 PM (GMT)
  • 0 Everton

  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘45'+2' Aymeric Laporte
    • ‘97' Gabriel Jesus

#mancity

Commentary By Neil Leigh

22:56

Oh what a night!!

Not a bad night's work was it?

City back on top of the Premier League and City's Women through to the final of Women's Continental Cup.

Thanks for your company and hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have relished bringing you all the news and updates.

Join us again on Sunday when we play host to Chelsea in what will be another huge Premier League clash.


22:32

Two sides of the same coin

After bagging the quickest goal of the season (24 seconds) at Newcastle, Gabriel Jesus's strike (96 minutes 52 seconds) was the latest since January 2017.

Proof that the Blues are a potent threat at every stage of the game.

22:10

More from Pep...

"I don't think too much about that (being top) but four or five days ago we could have been seven points behind, it is a lesson to never give up.

"We have an incredible test on Sunday against Chelsea."

22:09

Pep's verdict...

"Goodison Park is always tough.

"It was a good game and to score in the last minute of the first half helped us a lot.

"In the second half they pushed more, and they made it more difficult for us but we did it."


21:50

What a week...

What a difference seven days makes!

From feeling down after Newcastle, the mood is now utterly transformed.

Still so much work to do of course but tonight felt like a truly pivotal evening.

21:47

Gabriel's focus

"We need to focus to win the games even when we are not at our best.

"We try to play well every game and we want to win the title."

21:43

Fight to the finish

It wasn't easy and we had to dig deep but that feels like a HUGE win.

Champions find a way to win when not at their best and that's what we've done tonight.


93'

Blocked off

Gabriel Jesus is blocked by Kenny but ref Pawson waves play on and Bernardo wins another corner with some intricate play on the right flank.

92'

Scrap mettle

To their credit the Blues are still fighting for every loose ball as if their lives depended on it. 

Now we win a corner to help wind down more precious seconds

87'

Safe hands

Ederson claims under fierce pressure after Fernandinho can only head back Davies's cross.

We're having to dig deep here as the clock runs down.

82'

Bruised Blues

City will know they have been in a battle tomorrow. Now Fernandinho sent clattering to the ground in a  challenge with Davies as Everton threaten again.

Eight minutes remaining. Anyone got any finger nails left?

73'

Toughing it out

Everton don't look like a side who have lost four of their last six games. The hosts are still pressing here and making life tough for us.

City fans urging the Blues on.

70'

So close

Raheem Sterling almost makes an instant impact but his shot is deflected over after he weaves through several Everton defenders. Better

61'

Game of patience

City happy to build form the back so far.

Understandable as we have the lead but we could with a second as Everton still look a threat

49'

Pain game

After extensive treatment the god news is that Laporte's back on his feet. It was a heavy challenge - nothing malicious just a coming together.

46'

Ouch

Laporte and Walcott come together in an aerial challenge and both are still down on the turf. Looked very painful and Laporte looks groggy as he receives treatment

HT

Still work to do...

Everton were more than a handful in that first half so there is still much to do to secure the three points.

Big second half coming up...

HT

So far, so good

Pep Guardiola's side ahead at the break and Nick Cushing's team in front in the second half at Chelsea.

Wednesday shaping up quite nicely so far!

HT

Digging deep

We haven't been at our free-flowing fluent best and Everton have fought hard.

But that goal could prove priceless as the hosts may now be forced to attack more which could open up more space for us to exploit.

HT

Digging deep

We haven't been at our free-flowing fluent best and Everton have fought hard.

But that goal could prove priceless as the hosts may now be forced to attack more which could open up more space for us to exploit.

44'

Penalty shout

Gundogan goes down under a challenge from Gomes in the box but referee Pawson says no.

Looked debatable from here.

Then City are caught offside again as Silva is denied by Pickford.

41'

Frustration

City try to build again but Sane is adjudged offside as he tries to latch onto Laporte's through ball.

Then Everton race upfield and force a corner

35'

Tactical switch

Looks like the Blues have gone to a back three with Stones pushed into midfield as Sane's touch lets him down in the box after a fine Stones through ball.

33'

Home threat

Calvert-Lewin is a real handful and beats Stones to set up a quick Everton counter-attack, City clear for a corner and Ferna further eases the pressure.

30'

Half hour up

Where's that 30 minutes gone?

Can't take your eyes off this. Still no goals but plenty of goalmouth action.

We just need to sharpen up our final ball in the box...

30'

No entry

Now Stones has to be alert to intervene and stop Zouma with a finely timed tackle.

Everton's best spell of the game and a reminder of their capacity to threaten

30'

Danger

A fine move from Everton sees Walcott whip in a dangerous cross and Walker just steps in to beat Bernard and head clear for a corner.

Timely intervention from the full-back.

23'

Ouch

God news is that Leroy Sane appears to have shaken off his knock but David Silva feels the impact of a Michael Keane challenge.

Getting feisty out there.

23'

Full throttle

The seat is pouring off the faces of the players of both teams.

No quarter given so far and an enthralling clash. City on top but Everton have had their moments too.

20'

Hit the bar!

Another wonderful City move sees Silva drill the ball across and it rifled onto the bar from Gundogan at close range.

Inches away from an opener.

10'

Not this time...

More expert probing from City through Silva and Sane but the final ball is just too long as the German tries to whip the ball in from the left.

19:43

Old school

A proper old fashioned ground Goodison.

Some say it may be a bit dated in areas but personally speaking I've always had a soft spot for the place.

19:40

Sprinkle some magic

The sprinklers have been working overtime on the Goodison pitch.

Should make for a fast, true playing surface.

Hopefully we'll be pitch perfect!!

19:32

Plucky omen?

Don't know about you but I am a superstitious sort.

So driving past two Magpies earlier on today helped fill me with confidence.

Here's hoping...

19:30

Depth charge

So two changes by Pep from the side that beat Arsenal with John Stone and Leroy Sane starting.

With Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling on the bench it merely adds to Pep's world-class options as and when he wants to change things.

Quality wherever you look...

19:22

Marco Silva on Everton's five changes

"I have to change something, not just because we were not happy against Wolves. We have two games in four days.

"We expect that City will have more possession and you have to be solid and compact. I expect nothing more than usual from Idrissa Gueye.

"He has that quality which means that Paris St-Germain came in for him. I expect that from him, that level."

19:19

Frantic February

There's no let-up for the Blues this month.

After tonight's assignment we face another tough test at home to Chelsea on Sunday.

But winning becomes a habit they say. And if we can claim the three points tonight we'll be bouncing going into the weekend!

19:16

Mean machine

Charlie Adam on BBC 5 Live: "I've seen a ruthless streak since Pep came in. The momentum is with City, no titles are won in January.

"Now you will start seeing the handbrake come off and they will go for it."

19:07

Pep's pre-match thoughts

"There are a lot of games to play and a lot of things are going to happen.

"There are many points to fight (for)

"Any game here is not easy. We can't about (going top). We have to think about the game."

18:41

Pressure is a good thing

Bernardo: "We feel the pressure like Liverpool and Tottenham.

"Pressure is a good thing. It means we are still fighting for titles and are up there.

"We feel the pressure and we will deal with it. Everton are a good team and we expect a tough game."

18:39

Bernardo - We have to do our job

Bernardo has been speaking ahead of kick-off.

"We never know. A few days ago we though the title was over now we can go top even though Liverpool have one game more.

"We are happy with the situation but we have to focus on our job. If we don't do our job nothing else matters."


18:25

Marco Silva's view...

"When you are winning games the things people say it is good. When you are not (winning), this type of situation is normal.

"It is nothing new in our club, in our last three seasons here, but it is about now.

"We took a decision to make some young players part of our squad at the start of the season. This is one decision we took as a club."

18:24

Beware the Toffees...

It's fair to say it has been a tough few weeks for Everton with the focus fixed firmly on manager Marco Silva after some disappointing results.

However, he sounds more than up for the fight...

18:13

Head-to-head

Everton have won only one of their past 11 Premier League fixtures versus Manchester City - a 4-0 triumph at Goodison Park in January 2017.

City could win consecutive top-flight away fixtures versus the Toffees for the first time since 1992.

18:12

Conflicting emotions?

There has been a fair of pre-match chatter involving some Everton fans over whether they would actually prefer not to win so as to not help arch-rivals Liverpool.

Whatever the truth of that, it could make for a strange old atmosphere at Goodison tonight.

18:08

What a difference a week makes...

Here's the BBC's Conor McNamara: "A week is a long time in football. Last Wednesday, I was at Anfield when Liverpool missed the chance to go seven points clear. Now, seven days on, Manchester City can become league leaders themselves."
18:05

Numbers game...

It's the third time Marco Silva will host Pep Guardiola as a visiting coach. Silva lost the previous two by an aggregate score of 9-0.

Overall, Silva has lost all six of his competitive meetings with Guardiola by an aggregate score of 22-3.

17:54

Marathon men...

Tonight's game, of course, has been brought forward from February 23 due to involvement in the Carabao Cup final that weekend.

It means we face a demanding run of seven fixtures over 28 days this month.

Busy, busy, busy!

17:50

A tough place to play...

PEP: "Goodison Park is always a tough game for us, but the approach is the same - going there to try to win the game and, of course, we have the chance, because Liverpool don't play, to go top."

17:50

Pep's pre-match thoughts

"Three or four days ago we were already done - the champions were Liverpool. And now we are favourites!

"Maybe in three days we will be leading - or we could be six points behind. We try to be calm in this situation."

17:48

Twists and turns

There's been no end of drama at the top end of the table these past few weeks and Liverpool's 1-1 draw at West Ham on Monday was just the latest twist in the tale.

The task at hand for Pep and the players tonight is to try and replicate the form that saw us power to a superb 3-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday.

17:44

Key fixture

With 13 Premier League games still to go, it's far too early of course to be talking about title run-ins but there's no mistaking that tonight's clash does feel hugely important.

Win and we go back to the top of the table for the first time since mid-December.

Plenty of incentive then...

09:43

Everton boss Marco Silva

"When you are winning games the things people say it is good. When you are not [winning], this type of situation is normal.

"It is nothing new in our club, in our last three seasons here, but it is about now.

"We took a decision to make some young players part of our squad at the start of the season. This is one decision we took as a club."

09:42

Pep on the title race

"Three or four days ago we were already done - the champions were Liverpool. And now we are favourites!

"Maybe in three days we will be leading - or we could be six points behind. We try to be calm in this situation.

"Goodison Park is always a tough game for us, but the approach is the same - going there to try to win the game and, of course, we have the chance, because Liverpool don't play, to go top."

09:36

Pep

โ€œGoodison Park is always a tough game for us and depending on the result the last fixtures we did and they done.

โ€œThe approach is the same, go there, try and make a good performance and win the game and we have chance to be top of the league.

โ€œThree, four days ago we are already done, and the champions were Liverpool. Now we are favourites. Maybe soon we will be behind.

โ€œItโ€™s about being calm. There will be surprises, itโ€™s tough for every team to win games. I talk to my players and say donโ€™t forget who we are as a team.

โ€œWe are strong team and thatโ€™s what I want to watch every game. After we will see.โ€

09:33

Good morning!

Hello! Full minute-by-minute coverage of tonight's game will begin at 5.45pm - but here are a few posts to keep you going until then. 

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Liverpool 25 +41 62
3 Tottenham Hotspur 25 +27 57
4 Chelsea 25 +22 50
5 Manchester United 25 +14 48
6 Arsenal 25 +15 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 25 +1 38
8 Watford 25 -1 34
9 Everton 26 -2 33
10 Bournemouth 25 -7 33
11 Leicester City 25 -1 32
12 West Ham United 25 -7 32
13 Brighton and Hove Albion 25 -9 27
14 Crystal Palace 25 -7 26
15 Newcastle United 25 -12 24
16 Southampton 25 -15 24
17 Burnley 25 -20 24
18 Cardiff City 25 -24 22
19 Fulham 25 -30 17
20 Huddersfield Town 25 -33 11
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