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Saturday 23 August K.O. 17:30

March 2007

March 2007

Thanks to Everton's early exit from the FA Cup, coupled with international weekends there were just two matches to occupy the players in March.

Indeed, after the match with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on March 3 there was just one game in a 28 day period for the Toffees.

But what a game it was! The victory over Arsenal was as pivotal to Everton's European qualification as the 1-0 win over Manchester United in 2005 was to securing a top four finish.

Andy Johnson, not for the first time, was the hero. He rifled the ball through a crowded penalty area in injury-time to send Evertonians into a state of delirium. Hail was falling on Goodison by that stage - but that merely added to the atmosphere.

 

Fernandes leaves Fabregas sprawlingFernandes leaves Fabregas sprawling

 

Everton had deserved the win as well. There were a host of chances, the woodwork had been struck and Manuel Fernandes showed off his flair with a memorable cameo that left Arsenal's midfield in a spin.

By contrast, the 1-1 draw at Sheffield United was far less memorable. A Mikel Arteta penalty saved a point after Andy Johnson had been felled by Paddy Kenny.

But the Blues left Yorkshire disappointed, not least because influential midfielder Tim Cahill fractured his foot and was ruled out for the remainder of the season.

 

Phil Neville gets the Evertonians fired up at Bramall LanePhil Neville gets the Evertonians fired up at Bramall Lane

 

Having forged a strong understanding with Johnson in a 4-4-1-1 formation for much of the season, it left David Moyes having to reassess his options.

But the Arsenal victory showed there were plenty of other options in the squad.

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