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Saturday 27 September K.O. 12:45



Goodison Park | 17th October 2009 15:00

Everton v Wolverhampton

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's first Everton goal salvaged a point for Everton in a frustrating 1-1 draw with Wolves.

The Russian scored a dramatic leveller in the 88th minute after Kevin Doyle had given the Premier League newcomers the lead after the break.

A below-par first half began with the visitors on the front foot, Christophe Berra and Dave Edwards both seeing efforts blocked away from the goal.

But Berra was under the spotlight at the other end 16 minutes in. When he stumbled, Louis Saha expertly laid the ball off but Tim Cahill was wild with his left-foot shot.

Tim CahillTim Cahill tangles with Christophe Berra

Saha himself glanced over from a Bilyaletdinov corner moments later but then Tim Howard was in action to deny Doyle.

The Irishman and strike partner Sylvan Ebanks-Blake combined to offer a couple more threatening moments before half time, with the latter sending an effort inches wide of the Everton goal in the 40th minute.

Eager to change his side's fortunes at the break, Moyes introduced Yakubu for Tony Hibbert and switched to 4-4-2.

And Yak was quickly involved as he fed Baines who centred for Saha - the Frenchman seeing his header tipped over by Wayne Hennesey just 30 seconds after the restart.

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov Goal WolvesBilyaletdinov celebrates his goal

The re-shaped Blues looked more threatening and just before the hour mark Bilyaletdinov was denied by Hennesey.

A bizarre near-own goal from Berra and a curled Saha effort served further indication of Everton's intentions.

But Wolves provided warning of their own threat with another Ebanks-Blake effort which was a whisker wide.

With 25 minutes left Yakubu lashed an just wide from the angle and soon after Moyes switched Saha for Jo.

Louis Saha WolvesLouis Saha rues a missed chance

John Heitinga and Cahill shot wide from distance but then Doyle dealt the Blues a hammer blow as he sprung the offside trap and and calmy prodded past Howard with 14 minutes left.

Everton toiled in search of an equaliser before finally, in the 88th minute they clicked, with an excellent passing move allowing Jo to square for Bilyaletdinov's first goal in a Blue shirt.

There was still more drama as Howard saved brilliantly from Doyle in added time and giant Wolves sub was dismissed for two quick-fire yellow cards.

Still Everton pushed and Baines fired a venemous free-kick just wide with almost the last kick of the game.



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