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Everton vs Manchester City at Goodison Park

Goodison Park Referee : Paul Tierney
26th February 2022 5:30 PM (GMT)
  • 0 Everton

  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘82' Phil Foden


Commentary By David Clayton


Good evening and good night!

OK folks - still plenty to come so stay with the app and as reaction rolls in. Seems like only 5 hours or so since we started the Matchday Centre. Thanks for staying with us and let's do it all again at Peterborough United in the FA Cup on Tuesday. Until then....


Pep reaction on Sky Sports

"I have to admit (it was) really important. The second half was much better for the consequences of the first half. Goodison Park for us is always so difficult. Good victory, another step.

"In general we controlled in the second half, not a lot because it was not possible but the second half much, much better.

"When the opponent decides the striker to mark the midfielder it is difficult with the spaces. Everton make a moment. It is difficult, we knew it. I said to the guys they are doing well and be patient and we will find the moment.

"We did everything to win. When you have that the manager will be alongside the players that is for sure. Have to try again and try again and in the end Phil was there and score.

"We were searching. We tried and we were there. We earned the good fortune. Everton has top players. Their quality is there, we knew it.

 "It is six points (the gap) but one game more. Eleven games to finish the Premier League, the players we spoke to the team we have to win all the games. Against Tottenham, Southampton and today we performed who we are. Keep going and try to do it."


Highlights schedule

You'll be able to see short highlights from 21:15 (UK) and then extended highlights and a full match replay from midnight tonight.


Matchday Live reaction

Shaun Goater:  "This is what City are all about  -to grind out a result when we aren't playing well. I have to give Everton credit because they really fought hard."  

Shaun Wright-Phillips: " To go to another hard team, where they were fighting - it was hard to maintain the intensity they gave in the first half. When Bernardo goes out and forces that cross in, little pieces of luck go your way and it is down to Foden to win it."  


VAR will be the main topic of post-match discussion - you get some you don't expect and vice-versa. Evens itself out over a season, they say...


The players applauding the travelling City fans and Pep is delighted with that, blowing kisses to the supporters as he leaves the pitch. Feels like a very big win, doesn't it?


Hard-earned and very welcome three points that sees City go six points clear of Liverpool but that VAR decision really could have gone either way. Everton made us work hard for that


Ederson had just saved the ball and Rodrigo was mopping up but he put his arm out - I'm a little surprised and very relieved that VAR say no penalty. Phew!


It was fully deserved but you do wonder if it's coming sometimes - City just need to keep doing what we've been doing all half - keep the ball and keep Everton out




We needed a slice of luck or something different and when the ball deflects into his feet in the six-yard box, he strays cool and then slots past Pickford to put City ahead. GET IN!!



That should have been it - De Bruyne drills a low shot that Pickford parries and Bernardo's fierce follow up is well saved by the England keeper. That was as close as we've come!



Foden fires a shot in from Bernardo's cross into the box but it's straight at Pickford - Cancelo then is fed in the same passage of play but his fierce shot it blocked by the keeper and then collected


One or two signs City are getting it together here as Gundogan, Foden and Bernardo all threaten during one passage of play but again, we don't test Pickford in goal


Ederson starts a counter-attack that Sterling races on to and gets to the corner of the Everton box but his attempt at picking De Bruyne out is easily cut out,


I'd be tempted to throw Gabriel Jesus into the mix and also top scorer Riyad Mahrez. We'll see what Pep does as we get back underway in a few seconds...


MDL half-time verdict

SWP:  "They have been really aggressive, stopping our key players, putting them under pressure. Not sure they can keep it up, KDB was running in the other direction and if he puts the ball in it creates a chance for someone.   hey have given us the best they can, they haven't troubled us in too many ways, apart from one save for Ederson from Richarlison there is not more they can give and I cant see them keeping that intensity up."


MDL half-time verdict

Goater: "For me City haven't controlled the game the way we like to, we move the ball and shift to one side and if the angles aren't there. It is highly transitional. It's unusual for us.. Everton have given as good as they give but we have played a part in that."


Half-time: Everton 0-0 City

Not our best 45 so far but Everton pumped up and committed. We'll need to think how we can tweak things after the break if we are to win this game.


Pep looking pensive as he paces the technical area. Mahrez, Jesus and Grealish all options after the break if needed. Free-kick for Everton  25 yards out



City lucky as Richarlison sends in a snap shot from Iwobi's pass and Ederson saves easily - either side of the City keeper and that would have been a goal


Everton's Achilles heel is set-pieces this season - but City waste a corner as KDB sends it to Laporte at the edge of the box and the header floats over the bar



Jonjoe Kenny is fed by Allan who nicked it off De Bruyne and he shanks a rising shot into the side-netting - decent chance that probably fell to the wrong player



Anthony Gordon is putting himself about on the left flank. If he keeps diving around like this he'll be seeing a card before long. Van de Beek is booked for a clumsy challenge on Gundogan,


Halfway through the first-half

It's even-Stevens so far . The home side will be happier and City can definitely be more incisive in the final third. We need to create a couple of clear-cut chances and get Bernardo more involved


Everton's high press is causing one or two misplaced passes and the home support like what they're seeing - we need to get the ball and calm things down a bit



Everton's only victory in the past 17 Premier League meetings was      by 4-0 in January 2017. It remains Pep Guardiola's biggest top-flight      defeat as a manager.

City have won each of our last four away league games against Everton, which is as many as we managed in their first 20 visits to Goodison Park in the Premier League.

Everton are on a run of eight straight league defeats against City.      Their only longer losing streaks are 13 versus Portsmouth between 1947 and  1956, and nine to Manchester United between 1999 and 2004.


Goodison is noisy and expectant. This club are not used to relegation battles so Frank Lampard knows it's imperative they pick up points quickly. Teams around the Toffees picking up points so it's a tricky time for the hosts....


Mozzer's City Mag prediction

Everton v City
Saturday 26 February, 5.30pm kick-off

There will be an energy and feelgood factor at Goodison Park and results leading up to this game will play a big part – but most matches follow the same pattern and we usually dominate possession. Not easy, but I think we’ll edge this.
Mozzer’s prediction: Everton 1-2 City



Less than 15 minutes before we're underway. How do you see it going? I'm going to stick my neck out and say a very hard-fought 2-1 win for City. I don't often predict wins for us as I'm old school in that respect but it's a game we have to win.


Sunday derby

Remember, there's another full day of action to come tomorrow as City take on United in the FA Women's Cup... Gareth Taylor preview coming up


SWP on Matchday Live: 'Weird to see...'

"It's weird to see City only three points ahead with those stats. Years back the league would be over with that amount of points, it is surprising that we are having this conversation, no breathing space. That is the great thing about the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp has done a great job to keep pace with those stats, not easy and we are still going and have more to give".  


Around the grounds...

(As they say...)

United held 0-0 by Watford, Newcastle's form continues as they lead 2-0 at Brentford; Palace and Burnley ended 1-1 and Villa lead 1-0 at Brighton - the latter is a late kick-off.


Shaun Goater on Matchday Live: 'I feel good'

"I feel good because we have to go way back when we lost back-to-back. Champions in great times get revived - 'not happening again, don't like that feeling' - and they will be in that dressing room thinking we have got it together and we will go and deliver it." 


SWP on Matchday Live: "Reality check"

"I think that game against Spurs would've given us  reality check. There's a long way to go and we need to perform at the levels we have all season. We played well but didn't take the chances and Spurs went down the other end and took theirs. No better place than Goodison Park to get back on track."



Today’s starting line-up plus the bench: 

Ederson, Stones, Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Rodrigo. De Bruyne, Gundogan (c), Bernardo, Foden, Sterling

Subs: Carson, Slicker, Walker, Ake, Jesus, Grealish, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Mahrez 


Don't worry, be 'appy


I can confirm that Frank Lampard was a lovely bloke during his time at City. Very friendly and humble for a man who achieved so much in the game. Let's hope he gets the Toffees out of trouble - starting next week, though


Liverpool and Chelsea meet in the Carabao Cup final tomorrow so City can open up a six-point gap with victory this evening. Should Burnley grab a winner at Palace, Everton will start this game in the bottom three, though with games in hand over some of the teams around them.



Here's a weird one - by Tuesday night, we will have played Norwich, Spurs, Everton and Peterborough in the space of 17 days. Our 1981 run to the FA Cup final included Norwich, Spurs, Everton and Peterborough - only Ipswich and Crystal Palace are missing and we face Palace on March 14. 


Matchday Live

Shaun Wright-Phillips and Shaun Goater are the special guests on Matchday Live today. They will be offering their expert insight from 16:30 GMT on all digital platforms before, during and after the game. 


I'll do my best to keep you entertained up until kick-off, then relay what's happening at Goodison Park from the first minute until the last. We have plenty of pre-match opinion, goals and suchlike to fill the time between now and kick-off and our Matchday Live show will begin at 16:30 (UK).


Welcome to our live blow-by-blow coverage of Everton v City. Just two hours to go until kick-off - can the reigning champions put last weekend's loss to Spurs to bed with three points against the Toffees?

Here's hoping...

Everton v City


Welcome the Matchday Centre for Manchester City's Premier League game against Everton.

Pep Guardiola's men travel to Goodison Park for a 17:30 (UK) kick-off on Saturday 26 February and will be hoping to bounce back from last weekend's defeat to Tottenham Hotspur with victory against an Everton side also looking to return to winning ways.

There is a familiar face in the Toffees' dugout in former City player Frank Lampard, who has won both his home games since taking over on Merseyside,.

City, however, will be looking to halt that run by reproducing the performance that saw us win 3-0 in the reverse fixture in November. 

You can follow all the action from Goodison Park right here in the Matchday Centre.

Minute-by-minute text updates will begin two hours before we get under way, whilst our Matchday Live show, with guests Shaun Goater and Shaun Wright-Phillips, starts one hour before kick-off.

And, during the game, you can also listen to live commentary from Alistair Mann and Michael Brown.

Make sure you tune in!

Other games that day

  • Crystal Palace1
  • Brentford0
    Newcastle United2
  • Manchester United0
  • Brighton and Hove Albion0
    Aston Villa2
  • Leeds United0
    Tottenham Hotspur4

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Liverpool 26 +50 60
3 Chelsea 25 +31 50
4 Manchester United 27 +10 47
5 Arsenal 24 +11 45
6 West Ham United 26 +11 42
7 Tottenham Hotspur 25 +3 42
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 25 +4 40
9 Southampton 26 -3 35
10 Brighton and Hove Albion 26 -5 33
11 Crystal Palace 27 -1 30
12 Aston Villa 25 -4 30
13 Leicester City 23 -6 27
14 Newcastle United 25 -17 25
15 Brentford 27 -17 24
16 Leeds United 26 -31 23
17 Everton 24 -13 22
18 Burnley 24 -8 21
19 Watford 26 -22 19
20 Norwich City 26 -40 17
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