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EVERTON 7-1 Sunderland, 24 November 2007
(Yakubu 11, 73, Cahill 17, 62, Pienaar 42, Johnson 79, Osman 85)
Att: 38,594

For the first time under David Moyes and the first time this century Everton have scored seven goals in a match.

This was a stunning annihilation of Roy Keane's Premier League new boys. The fact there could have been even more goals underlines that fact on a day when Everton played with class, gusto and finesse.

Listing the goalscorers alone would fill a standard match report. Yakubu and Tim Cahill netted twice - both getting one in each half - with Steven Pienaar, Andrew Johnson and Leon Osman rounding off the rout.

Everton celebrate against SunderlandTim Cahill gets among the goals with a brace.

Everton have been impressively shifting through the gears in recent months - coinciding with the return to fitness of the majority of Moyes' talented young squad.

It was apt, then, that on the weekend every significant player was available, the Blues produced a masterful display that will live long in the memory.

Andrew Johnson scores number sixAndrew Johnson nets the Blues' sixth goal of the game.

Not since Joe Royle's Everton hammered Southampton 7-1 in November 1996 have the Toffees mustered such a display of scoring excellence. That was a squad with many of the players who had secured FA Cup glory in 1995.

If this team continues in its present vein of form, the 12-year wait for a trophy could yet end this season. But such talk is for another day - today the focus should be on the style and flamboyance of this thrilling Everton outfit.

For a full match report, as written by evertonfc.com on the day, click here.

Line-Ups

Everton  Sunderland 
   
 Howard  Gordon
 Neville  Whitehead
 Yobo (Jagielka 81)  McShane
 Lescott  Higginbotham
 Valente  Harte
 Arteta  Edwards
 Cahill (Anichebe 74)  Etuhu (Wallace 46)
 Carsley  Yorke (Collins 46)
 Osman  Leadbitter
 Pienaar  Chopra
 Yakubu (Johnson 74)  Jones
   
Manager: David Moyes   Manager: Roy Keane

What They Said

"I always send the players out with goals in mind but it doesn't always work that way when you are a manager. I sensed in training over the last two days they were at it, there has been a good fire in their belly and I had sensed something could be coming." - David Moyes.

"I'm enjoying our football as much as ever at the moment and the style in which we won today was unbelievable. You do not score seven goals every week. We have to be happy with that." - Mikel Arteta.

"Everything clicked into place. It was certainly the most enjoyable game I've ever played in." - Leon Osman.

“To score seven goals against any team is a magnificent achievement. It was one of those days when everything we tried came off.” – Phil Neville.

"Everton have got three or four really outstanding players. It is a major setback to get a real beating like that." - Sunderland manager Roy Keane.

In The News

  • England manager Steve McClaren and his deputy Terry Venables are sacked after England lose 3-2 to Croatia at Wembley Stadium. The defeat means the Three Lions fail to qualify for the 2008 European Championships in Austria and Switzerland.
  • Elections in Australia result in a change in government as the Labor Party's Kevin Rudd replaces Liberal-National John Howard.
  • Manfo Kwaku Asiedu is sentenced to 33 years in jail for his role in the 21 July 2005 London bombings.
  • Following a controversy, the Supreme Court of Pakistan orders the Election Commission to declare Pervez Musharraf the winner in the country's presidential election.
  • Ridley Scott's American Gangster, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, is top of the UK box office charts, while Leona Lewis is in the middle of a seven-week run at No.1 in the singles chart with 'Bleeding Love'.

What Happened Next

  • Unsurprisingly, Everton's impressive form continued on the back of this victory, the Blues winning five of their next six games to take their overall tally to 11 wins and two draws in 13 unbeaten matches.
  • In February, Yakubu and Co went goal-crazy again as they thumped Norwegians SK Brann 6-1 to progress to the last 16 of the UEFA Cup.
  • A rocky spell throughout March and April ultimately cost the Toffees a second shot at the Champions League in three years but David Moyes' men did hold out to take fifth and re-qualify for Europe.
  • Sunderland finished the season in 15th, just three points above the relegation zone.

For a full 2007/08 fixture list, click here.

 

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