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Bloomfield Road | 6th November 2010 15:00

Blackpool v Everton

Tim Cahill scored his 50th Premier League goal as Everton twice came from behind to earn a point on a rollercoaster afternoon at Bloomfield Road.

The Blues dominated for large spells of a highly-entertaining encounter on the Fylde coast but had to muster a double-recovery after Blackpool found the net early in both halves.

As it was, David Moyes' men hit back almost immediately on both occasions - first through the landmark-reaching Cahill and then former Blackpool loanee Seamus Coleman - to earn a share of the spoils which could - and perhaps should - have been more.

Everton were playing at Bloomfield Road for the first time since August 1980 and the first time in a league fixture since a goalless draw in April 1971, a time when Harry Catterick was still at the helm and our teamsheet carried names such as Kendall, Royle and Ball.

Any concerns of a scoreless draw here were wiped out inside nine minutes - though not in the way Everton would have hoped. 

Mikel Arteta brought down Charlie Adam 30 yards from goal, prompting referee Andre Marriner to award a free-kick. Neal Eardley stepped up to take it and duly bent the ball over the wall and beyond the reach of the outstretched Tim Howard.

Blackpool have not failed to score at home since August 2009. Eardley's strike extended the run to 29 games.

Tim CahillTim Cahill is congratulated on scoring his 50th Premier League goal

It took just four minutes for the Blues to restore parity however, and it was that man Cahill, in the right place at the right time, to meet Yakubu's deft cross with his head to notch up a half century of Premier League goals in the most fitting of fashions.
 
From that point on, it was the visitors' half.

Yakubu and Cahill combined again on 23 minutes. This time the Nigerian held off his marker before feeding the Australian on the edge of box, allowing him to fire in an improvised volley which keeper Matt Gilks had to gather at the second attempt.

The ball broke the way of the Yakubu again soon after but the striker's shot was deflected wide.

From the resulting corner, Sylvain Distin towered above everybody to meet the ball but his header dropped the wrong side of the upright.
 
Much of Everton's best play was coming down the right, with Coleman particularly lively on his return to his former home.

The Irishman played a one-two with Phil Neville, and though he did well to meet the return ball on the volley, his strike lacked the power to trouble Gilks.

Neville then burst forward and fed Coleman out wide. This time the youngster drove into the box, easily skipping past two men before curling the ball agonisingly wide of the upright.

Despite Everton's domination, the scores remained level at the break, and it took the Seasiders just two second-half minutes to make the Blues pay.

David Vaughan's first effort was blocked but a richochet returned the ball to him 10-yards out and the midfielder made no mistake in firing into the net.

Again, Everton's response was immediate. Coleman went into aerial battle with Stephen Crainey down the right, and when the ball fell his way, he rifled in a low shot which broke through the grasp of Gilks to pull the Toffees back level.

Respectfully, he raised just one arm aloft - an act which betrayed the obvious emotions that greeted a player scoring his first ever Premier League goal.

With four now on the scoreboard, the second half took on the same pattern as the first. Vaughan saw another foray forward snuffed out at one end, but it was largely Everton in the ascendancy.

Seamus ColemanSeamus Coleman battles for the ball

Pienaar has one good chance blocked after dancing through the defence and then found Louis Saha, on for Yakubu, with a perfectly threaded throughball. The Frenchman's momentum took him past Ian Evatt, but he was left stretching, causing him to drag the ball past the foot of the post.

Sensing a winner was there for the taking, Moyes sent on Jermaine Beckford in place of John Heitinga for the final 13 minutes. The former Leeds man's impact was nearly instantaneous, but after shuffling away from two markers, a desperate block denied him a place on what would have been his first Premier League scoresheet.

Marlon Harewood had the ball in the net late on as Blackpool launched a late siege on Howard's goal, but the former Aston Villa striker saw his effort ruled out for a push.

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