Last Time We Met; Sunderland (H)
With Everton’s game against Sunderland tonight we are looking back at our previous fixture at Goodison against the former Preamier League team.
The league cup has given Everton some memories over the years, some good, some bad. Our best run in the competition has only been to the semi finals which David Moyes and Roberto Martinez have both took us too.
Last years League Cup campaign wasn’t a too memorable one for Everton. They came into the second round draw due to a poor league performance the season previous under Roberto Martinez. A 4-0 win against Yeovil Town at Goodison gave us the win in the second round with goals from
Everton then got drawn against Championship side Norwich City in the third round draw, the game yet again being played at Goodison. We were of course playing against former blues player Steven Naismith who coincidentally scored and helped knock us out of the competition. Naismith scoring at the Street end and getting applauded by certain fans around the ground which caused a stir on social media.
NOW THEN! Lets turn the attention to the actual opponents at hand, Sunderland. Now I know the question you are all asking, “when did we last play Sunderland at Goodison?” (God knows why you are asking that because it was only in February) It’s time to look back!
Saturday the 25th February 2017
Everton vs Sunderland – Premier League – Goodison Park
Full time score; 2-0
Everton; Joel, Coleman, Baines, Williams, Funes Mori, Barkley, Davies, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Lookman, Lukaku
Sunderland; Pickford, Oviedo, Kone, O’Shea, Jones, Larsson, Borini, Ndong, Gibson, Januzaj, Defoe
The last time Everton met Sunderland we saw Everton give out another solid performance which was seeing them currently unbeaten in 2017.
Before the game kicked off though we saw the teams lead out by the captains but the eyes we’re all fixed on little Bradley Lowery who was been carried in Jermaine Defoe’s arms. Little Bradley was took into everyones heart’s at Everton and across the country. God bless him and his family.
David Moyes’ return at Goodison did not seem to faze the Everton and no stick was given to the former blues manager. Sunderland albeit had some familiar faces in their match day squad with their new signings Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson returning, Joleon Lescott also return to Goodison with them but was on the bench for Moyes’ men. (However he did get a fair bit of stick from the crowd when warming up and didn’t venture close to the Gwladys Street)
Sunderland’s defence certainly tried their best with Everton applying a good amount of pressure with their attacks. Idrissa Gueye managed to break the deadlock 5 minutes before the half time whistle as his shot sailed into the net. Jordon Pickford was not saving that one.
Sunderland were giving Everton their own problems though but did not just create enough on the day, their best chance being a good effort from Jermaine Defoe which bounced off the underside of the bar just missing out on crossing the line.
Not too long after Defoe’s effort on goal Romelu Lukaku went forward for the blues with a decent run on goal escaping Oviedo’s tackle and getting the ball into over Pickford and into the Gwladys Street net equalling Duncan Ferguson’s record of 60 Premier League goals.
The win put Everton four points behind 6th placed Manchester United and left Sunderland struggling at the bottom as they were three points behind 17th placed Crystal Palace
Both sides since in the coming fixture have changed dramatically since the last fixture for two completely different reasons. Tonight’s game won’t be an easy one but here’s hoping for a similar result as the previous against Sunderland!
Up the blues!