Premier League Scores: Result and Highlights from the EPL Fixture between Everton v Sunderland on Saturday, November 10, 2012.
Result: Everton 2 – 1 Sunderland
Location: Goodison Park – Everton
|Everton – 2||Sunderland – 1|
|Marouane Fellaini (76’)||Adam Johnson (45’+1’)|
|Nikica Jelavic (79’)|
I predicted a 2 – 0 win for Everton, so 2 – 1 wasn’t too far off. It was a deserved win for Everton who pushed really hard against a tough Sunderland defense. In the end Everton just wore them down, but the 2 goals scored were quite brilliant.
The start of the match saw some great end to end play with Sunderland getting the first good chances. Everton turned on the pressure and were fairly dominant, but just weren’t able to finish in the first half. They had 2 penalty claims, but one was turned away and the other was given, correctly, as a free kick on the edge of the box. The Toffees were stunned in stoppage time of the first half when Adam Johnson got onto the end of a high cross and slid it in low past American keeper Tim Howard. Howard seemed to be slow to read the play and was not able to get there in time. Easy enough goal for Johnson, but he did well to take it down and shoot.
Everton came out strong in the second half and really turned up the pressure on Sunderland. To their credit the Black Cats held strong defensively while also going on the counter attack. From here the match really heated up with both sides flying in on tackles. The referee got some of these wrong and was certainly in danger of losing control.
Everton continued to push forward and the breakthrough finally came in the 77th minute through Marouane Fellaini. Leon Osman had the assist, but it was purely a created chance from Fellaini as he took the ball at the top of the box, turned and shot low through the Sunderland defense and into the back of the net.
Everton were not done there, just three minutes later Fellaini was again involved in their 2nd goal. This time his little one touch through ball found Nikica Jelavic running into the box. He took it in stride and his one touch strike put Everton ahead.
The 2 – 1 win over Sunderland keeps Everton solidly in 4th place with 20 points.