20 For 20: No Joy For Roy
Derby delight as our rundown of Premier League gems continues.
In a bid to discover the Club's most memorable games of the Premier League's 20 seasons, we asked fans to vote in an exclusive poll on evertonfc.com. Today, we reach the countdown's first - but far from final - Merseyside derby...
EVERTON 2-0 Liverpool, 17 October 2010
(Cahill 34, Arteta 49)
Cometh the hour, cometh the men.
Everton's two leading lights etched their names on the scoresheet but this derby - Roy Hodgson's first as Liverpool manager - was about so much more than the undoubted qualities of Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta.
The Toffees were purposeful and probing in possession and diligent in defence as goals in either half from the aforementioned pair teed up a timely victory.
Cahill's first-half strike was clinically dispatched after a Seamus Coleman surge, and Arteta's second-half stunner from the edge of the box left compatriot Pepe Reina helpless.
Neither side had started the season in form, so much so there was a thickening air of desperation hanging over this latest meeting of Merseyside's two footballing giants.
Yet Everton were off to a flier here and the atmosphere at Goodison was already electric before Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin sent in early efforts at the Liverpool goal.
The Blues continued to dominate possession and it took until midway through the opening period before Fernando Torres sniffed out a something resembling a chance for the visitors.
Tim Howard tipped that flicked header over and soon the focus was at the other end as Cahill met Coleman’s cut back to thump Everton into a deserved lead.
In doing so, the Australian took his career total against our neighbours to five, a haul unmatched by any Blues player in Merseyside derbies since the post-war heroics of Dixie Dean.
Maxi Rodriguez then fluffed his lines when presented with a rare Reds chance at a leveller and Goodison was soon going bonkers once again as Arteta made the Argentine pay.
New man Diniyar Bilyaletdinov won a corner, and when Sotirios Kyrgiakos could only head it as far as the Spaniard, he took one touch before thumping past Reina with aplomb. Bragging rights secured, rarely had they tasted so fine.
For a full match report, click here.
Howard Neville Jagielka Distin Baines Coleman
Manager: David Moyes
Manager: Roy Hodgson
"We've probably played a lot better in a number of games but this was a different type of match. It was a tough derby, we had to be committed and patient and it was a thoroughly deserved three points." - David Moyes
“I came to the club five years ago and the gap between the clubs was big and the manager wanted to close that more and more. I think it has been happening." - Everton captain Phil Neville
“I was desperate to score a derby goal and find out how it would feel. The reaction of the fans was amazing." - Mikel Arteta
- 'Forget You' by Cee Lo Green spends the first of two weeks at No.1 in the UK singles chart.
- Rare German stamps featuring film star Audrey Hepburn smoking fetch €430,000 at a charity auction in Berlin.
- The Sunday Times reports that two FIFA officials offered to sell their votes in the bid to stage the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
- The number of visitors to Expo 2010 Shanghai exceeds 64 million, breaking the record attendance for a World's Fair.
- Australia tops the medal table at the Commonwealth games ahead of India and England.
- Both sides bounced back from stuttering starts to the season to finish in the top seven.
- The match proved to be Roy Hodgson's only Merseyside derby as Liverpool manager. The future England boss was sacked in January after just 192 days in charge and replaced by Kenny Dalglish.
For a full 2010/11 fixture list, click here.