May

May

May saw the glory of beating two of the country’s best sides – Man City and Chelsea – with the frustration of a lacklustre defeat to West Brom sandwiched in between.

Duncan Ferguson’s appearance on the pitch at Goodison before the game against Roberto Mancini’s City ensured a rousing atmosphere – but it was the visitors who hit the ground running.

David Silva’s magical first half display had the Blues chasing shadows and Yaya Toure’s goal gave his side a well deserved lead.

After the break it was a different story, however, and once Sylvain Distin had restored parity, Leon Osman rose to score the type of majestic headed winner the returning Ferguson would have been proud of.

The 1-0 defeat the following week at West Brom was particularly inexplicable given the two results that bookended it, with Moyes’ men back to their best to see off Chelsea in their Premier League finale.

That win secured seventh place in the table and the goal that did the trick is one that will be talked about for some time at Goodison.

Jermaine Beckford himself probably had little clue where he was going when he collected the ball inside his own box with no teammates in support and six defenders ahead of him.

And even after slithering through and beyond an initial cluster of opponents another roadblock appeared in the shape of John Terry and Ashley Cole.

This time he needed a bit of luck and it arrived when a ricochet spooned up into the air and put him clean through against Peter Cech.

Once in on goal Beckford coolly lifted the ball over the Chelsea keeper to spark jubilant scenes inside Goodison and finish the season with an almighty flourish.

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