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EVERTON 3-0 Liverpool, 9 September 2006
(Cahill 24, Johnson 36, 94)
Att: 41,746


Everton claimed the 204th Merseyside derby in stunning fashion.

Club record signing Andy Johnson hit a brace after Tim Cahill, so often Liverpool's tormentor-in-chief, had given the hosts an early lead at Goodison Park.

The Blues' biggest victory over their city rivals on home soil since 1909, this was a game which will live long in the memory of those who there to witness it.  

To add to the delight, the win completed the Toffees' best start to a campaign since their title-winning season of 37 years ago.

Indeed, in taking their tally to 10 points from four games, David Moyes' men briefly put themselves top of the Premiership table.

A big factor in their blistering start has been the goalscoring form of new boy Johnson. In netting twice - the first a sweet, sweeping finish under the body of Pepe Reina, the second an opportunistic tap-in after a howler by the Spanish stopper - the former Crystal Palace forward took his record for the Blues to four in four games.

Cahill, who became the first Everton player in 102 years to score derby goals in each of his first three seasons on Merseyside, will likewise be proud of his contribution.

But the afternoon was undoubtedly Johnson's. Four games into his Everton career and already a hero.

For a full match report, click here.

Line-Ups

Everton                                  

Howard                      

Hibbert                                   

Yobo                          

Lescott                                   

Naysmith                                

Arteta (Valente 90)                

Neville                        

Carsley                       

Cahill                          

Osman (Beattie 83)    

Johnson                      


Manager: David Moyes         

 

Liverpool                    


Reina

Finnan

Carragher

Hyypia

Aurelio

Gerrard

Alonso

Sissoko (Pennant 78)

Garcia

Fowler (Riise 64)

Crouch (Kuyt 53)


Manager: Rafael Benitez

What They Said

"It feels as good as any other victory any other Everton manager has had in a Merseyside derby. We have not won many in the past and I have to give great credit to our players for how they played today." - David Moyes

"This is for the pride of the city, the fans deserve it and so do we. We fought hard and that's what it's all about. We showed character and I am really happy for AJ especially, because now he knows what it is about to be a Blue." - Tim Cahill

"It is a massive, massive occasion. The fans have been brilliant and the boys have been brilliant." - goalscorer Andy Johnson

"I dreamt last night that we would win 2-0 with AJ and Cahill scoring. It has been just the best day." - Everton chairman Bill Kenwright.

In The News

  • 'Beatles Day' is celebrated worldwide as remastered versions of the band's albums are released.

  • North Korea holds celebrations to mark the 61st anniversary of its founding

  • Mobile network operators T-Mobile and Orange announce they are to merge their British businesses.

  • Stephen Farrell, a journalist with The New York Times, is rescued in northern Afghanistan after four days as a captive of the Taliban. Farrell's Afghan colleague is shot dead during the raid.

  • Justin Timberlake's 'SexyBack' is the UK's No.1 in the music charts, while comedy 'You, Me and Dupree', starring Owen Wilson, is the pick of the flicks at the cinema.

What Happened Next

  • Andrew Johnson scored again in Everton’s next game, a 2-2 draw against Wigan, to take his tally to five goals in five games.

  • Another successful season for the Blues culminated in a sixth-place Premier League finish and qualification for the UEFA Cup.

  • Liverpool went on to end the campaign in third behind Chelsea and runaway champions Manchester United.

For a full 2006/07 fixture list, click here.

shaun standingJames Beatie in a Everton, that's a sight i dont ever want to see again lol

Thursday 19th July 10:06 Report Comment

Luan NascimentoI'll never forget this!!

Tuesday 17th July 23:11 Report Comment
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