“four star Louis Saha drinks Tangerine’s juice”

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Ian Holloway brought his resilient Blackpool to Goodison Park on Saturday, 5 of February, in an effort to end the losing streak while Everton were looking to climb up some places in the table. The home side started the game with just 3 points clear from the relegation spot. Blackpool’s last win at Goodison Park came in 1966. This season, Blackpool has scored 17 away goals, as many as Manchestser United, away from home.

Everton had Tim Cahill back in there ranks after coming back from his international duties but he was put on the bench to give him some rest. Toffees went in with just one striker in Louis Saha who seems to have found his goal scoring form back after scoring twice in his last 2 games.

Blackpool’s boss gave his new signings, James Beattie and Jason Puncheon, an away debut while Andy Reid, who made his debut in Blackpool’s last game against West Ham was put on the bench. Holloway also replaced the goalkeeper Richard Kingson with Paul Rachubka.

Everton got the first half underway and went on the attack almost immediately. The home side won a free kick in the 6th minute due to some attacking display. Rachkuba made an athletic save in the Tangerines goal after a fierce strike from John Heitinga. Everton were looking ominous in this short period as the visitors looked shaky at the back allowing the home side to come at them with utmost ease.

Saha got hold of the tangerines defence as Alex Baptiste and Neal Eaedley looked completely out of sorts. Jack Rodwell combined very well with the Spaniard Mikel Arteta in the midfield and this combination allowed Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman to make runs from both the flanks.

As a result of this unrelenting pressure from the home side, they finally got the fruit out of it when Saha tapped in the ball after receiving it from Diniyar Bilyaletdinov on the 20th minute mark. This was his 3rd in as many games.

Blackpool tried to reply with the influential Charlie Adam and ever present David Vaughan but Everton’s defence stood firm over the wall. DJ Campbell used his pace to try and create panic in the Toffee’s defence and won a corner. Adam’s corner wasn’t that threatening but the home side made a complete mess of it as Baptiste netted in the equalizer on the 37th minute mark, after it took deflection from 2 Everton shirts.

The blue side of Merseyside looked to have taken the lead again in the 39th minute but referee disallowed Saha’s goal and instead gave Everton the free kick when he should have played the advantage.

The first half came to a close as the whole stadium booed the referee, Kevin Friend at what appeared to be a mistake that was taken harshly by the home fans.

Visitors got the 2nd half underway but soon the ball was back with the home side. Baines made a run down the left side and provides a perfect ball to the French man who tapped in his 2nd goal of the evening in the 47th minute. Everton were leading again and perhaps got the justice for that disallowed goal.

Adam got the first booking of the game, fouling Phil Neville in the 51st minute. In the very next minute, Rodwell missed a splendid opportunity after doing all the hard work.

The new boys of tangerines, Beattie and Puncheon combined to bring the visitors on level terms for the 2nd time in the game after Puncheon scored on his debut. Everton came back strongly and Blackpool needed some desperate defending to clear the ball and avoid the 3rd Everton goal. The clearance gave Campbell a chance to counter and he took a shot which rattled the cross bar and came towards Adam who headed it into the empty net. The goal came in the 64th minute.

There was a dramatic turnaround as the visitors led for the 1st time in the match. The home fans tried to cheer their team up as Everton started piling up the pressure in search of an equalizer. Ian Evatt showed his heroics twice in the space of few minutes when he made two sliding tackles to deny the toffee’s an equalizing goal. But on the 76th mark, Saha took an advantage of the loose ball and blasted in his and Everton’s 3rd of the evening. This gave the Frenchman, his hat-trick too as the match once again came on level terms.

Jermaine Beckford, who came on for Rodwell in the 70th minute netted Everton’s 4th goal of the evening on the 80th minute mark, after receiving a superb ball from the left back, Baines.

Visitors committed bodies forward in anticipation of an equalizer as Everton looked to hang back for a much needed win. But on the 84th minute mark, Marouane Fellaini found Saha and the striker made no mistake in giving the home side a 5-3 advantage. This was Saha’s 4th of the evening. Tangerines went out of ideas after going 2 goals behind and just over 5 minutes on the clock remaining.

Everton completed a superb victory and they also deserved it after putting in a relentless effort that could have shaken any opposition on this day. Saha’s 4 goals mean that, he now has 6 goals from 3 matches. With this win, Everton take the 13th spot and level on points with Fulham, who are 12th. Blackpool have a lot to do now in their coming matches as they slip to 15th and are just 4 points clear of the relegation zone.


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