Jermaine Beckford’s double downs Sunderland

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Jermaine Beckford’s double downs Sunderland

 

Everton beat Sunderland 2-0 in a Premier League encounter at the Goodison Park on Saturday evening. Jermaine Beckford scored a brace for the hosts, who cruised to 10th spot in the league table with this win.

David Moyes made one change to his starting line-up that beat Chelsea in the fourth round of FA Cup, last weekend. Tim Cahill was replaced by Jermaine Beckford upfront.

Steve Bruce made three changes to his side that lost to Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in their last fixture. Simon Mignolet, Anton Ferdinand and Steed Malbranque replaced Craig Gordon, Ahmed El Mohammadi and Nedum Onouha for the visitors.

The first half started with visitors enjoying the early possession and came extremely close of scoring in the sixth minute. Keiran Richardson beat the offside trap and made a beautiful run in the box before shooting awfully wide of the post. The hosts converted their first chance of the game into a goal; Leon Osman played a lovely through ball to Beckford in the box, who dinked it past Mignolet to make it 1-0 for Everton.

The game dried up after the goal, neither of the sides could hold onto possession. Sunderland came close again, when Stephane Sessegnon’s shot cannoned off the bar to deny an equalizer for Sunderland.

Just before the half time whistle, Beckford and Everton doubled their lead. Mikel Arteta cut two defenders inside to storm into the box and played a ball to Beckford, whose mis-hit effort found the back of the net. Everton ended the half 2-0 up.

Just after the resumption of second half, the hosts could have scored their third of the evening. Louis Saha’s volleyed shot went just whiskers above the post. The hosts continued the pressure as they looked to score their third goal and seal the tie. Seamus Coleman and Saha forced two beautiful saves from the visiting goalkeeper. Sunderland looked down and out and couldn’t threaten the Everton goal in the second half. The Black Cats slumped to their eighth defeat of the season.

Everton will play Newcastle United in their next match on 5th March, while Sunderland take on Arsenal the same day.

 

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