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Everton 2-1 Cardiff City: Toffees snatch late win to pile misery on Cardiff (video)

Mar 15, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

Everton left it late to beat Cardiff City on Saturday at Goodison Park, as Seamus Coleman‘s fortunate injury time strike sealed a dramatic 2-1 win for the Toffees.

The home side went ahead in the second half through Gerard Deulofeu‘s deflect effort, but Cardiff equalized soon after through Juan Cala. Then came the dagger in Cardiff’s heart late on, as Coleman sliced an effort than fortuitously flew past the excellent David Marshall and sent Goodison Park into raptures.

With the win Everton keep their top four hopes alive, as they sit in sixth spot on 51 points. As for Cardiff, they are still 19th on 25 points as their relegation fears grow.

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The Toffees started the brighter of the two sides, but Cardiff were dangerous on the break in the opening stages.

A few goalmouth scrambles ensued as the home side forced the issue early on, and their first big chance arrived after 24 minutes when Kevin Mirallas was found in the box but Cala blocked the Belgian’s shot superbly.

That sparked a flurry of chances as Cardiff were thwarted by Everton’s U.S. national team ‘keeper Tim Howard after going clean through, as Howard used his feet to stop the Cardiff’s strikers low shot.

Then Gerard Delofeu shuffled the ball on the edge of the box and arrowed an effort towards the bottom corner but David Marshall tipped it wide. Then in the 33rd minute Marshall saved superbly from Romelu Lukaku as the Belgian cut in from the right and hammered a shot on goal that Cardiff’s Scottish ‘keeper tipped acrobatically over.

The rest of the first half played out with Everton trying to force the issue, but Cardiff held on to go in level at half time.

After the break Cardiff started well and forced Howard into another save as Campbell again found space in the box but his drilled show was tipped wide by Howard at the near post. However soon after Everton were ahead as Deulofeu cut in from the left and saw his shot deflect off Ben Turner and past Marshall at his near post, to put the Toffees 1-0 up.

Just as you feared the floodgates would open for Cardiff, the Bluebirds hit back in the 68th minute when Cala bagged his first Bluebirds goal. The Spaniard attacked a cross from the left and after kneeing and heading the ball at the same time, the ball dribbled into the bottom corner and made it 1-1.

Wilfried Zaha came on to give Cardiff an extra boost late in the game, as Solkjaer’s side pushed hard for a winner but were indebted to Marshall who once again made a fine stop to keep Lukaku out. However Marshall’s heroics couldn’t grab Cardiff a point, as Coleman shanked an effort towards goal that flew in and handed Everton victory right at the death.

When you are at the bottom those are the kind of breaks which go against you.

LINEUPS

Everton: Howard, Baines, Coleman, Deulofeu (McGeady, 62), Mirallas (Naismith, 62), Distin, McCarthy, Lukaku, Barry, Osman (Barkley, 82), Stones

Goals: Deulofeu (59), Coleman (90)

Cardiff City: Marshall, Caulker, Medel, Campbell, Kim, Noone (Daehli, 62), Mutch (Whittingham, 57), Cala, Theophile-Catherine, Fabio (Zaha, 77), John

Goal: Cala (68)

  1. frankdlaw - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:07 AM

    In truth, it was a brave and battling performance from Cardiff City and Solsjaer and the players can hold their heads up high! It’s impossible to win every game in the Premier League and the one point was not going to save Cardiff anyway. Instead, with the recent performances, the team can expect to start picking up shock victories, even in away games. For the next 8 games, Solksjaer has nothing to lose now but to:

    1. continue to pick battlers and players who are willing to put their bodies on the line and play each game as if it was a cup game, for shock results abound in cup games, even against the top 6,
    2. tweak his game plan slightly by playing an intense high pressing game when the opponent has the ball high up in their own area of the field and park the bus when the ball passes Cardiff’s half way line; then counter attack at speed when Cardiff has the ball,
    3. alleviate the relegation pressure that his team feels by telling them to play with gay abandon by pretending that they are already relegated and show the opponents that they are much better than the opponents think. Many relegated teams start producing shock results as they begin playing with gay abandon,
    4. discourage his team players from talking up their own game, even fighting talk, but instead to respond in interviews that they’d “let their football do the talking”; it is trite sports psychology that when you talk up your own game, your form will dip for the actual game. That has happened to every Cardiff player who has talked up their game.
    5. talk up the opponents game for when you do that, instead of motivating them, you are raising their own expectations and increasing their own pressure to meet the expectations. If you talk up, say, Suarez’s, Sturridge’s and Sterling’s game, just watch them struggle when it comes to the actual game. It is well established in sports psychology that only the rarest of rare breed of exceptional athletes such as Tiger Woods in his prime were immune from this. Today, even Tiger Woods slumps when the media talks up his game! I’ve been doing that to golf opponents for decades, talking about their game in superlative terms to others, in their presence or with the opponent within earshot, before the game and then enjoy watching them meltdown when the game starts…it happens every time no matter how good they actually are! Mourinho understands this, which is why he’s constantly seeking to talk up his opponents games,
    6. pick Zaha and Noone to play on the right and left wing respectively and throw them on in the second half and watch them rip apart the knackered opposing defenders; Zaha in fact did that, but was denied a stonewall penalty in the Everton game when he came on. Noone was such a waste having to be taken off as he was played out of position!
    7. pick Marshall, Caulker, Medel and Mutch as they are actually the spine of the team and and should be the first names on the teamsheet for every game.

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