Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic goals give Everton a 2-1 win over Sunderland
Last Updated: November 11, 2012 12:06pm
Nikica Jelavic: Struck the late winner for Everton
Everton scored twice in three minutes at Goodison Park to secure a late 2-1 victory over struggling Sunderland.
Best of the match
- Man of the match: Sunderland's defence was fantastic, but you have to give credit to Everton's talisman Marouane Fellaini for scoring one and setting up the other to drag victory from the jaws of defeat.
- Move of the match: Fellaini's lovely deft touch from Leon Osman's pass went through John O'Shea's legs and fell perfectly for Nikica Jelavic to score the winner.
- Save of the match: Tim Howard, in front of the watching USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann, did really well to block Stephane Sessegnon's early effort.
- Talking point: Everton fell behind for the sixth successive Premier League game but they have yet to lose any of those matches, David Moyes must be wondering what his side could achieve if they didn't make life hard for themselves. Sunderland though will be feeling sick after this defeat, they can only hope their luck will soon change as their display deserved more.
Marouane Fellaini took a pass from Leon Osman at the edge of the box and turned to dispatch a low shot through John O'Shea's legs into the bottom corner with 14 minutes remaining.
And Osman was the instigator again when his threaded pass was flicked inside the penalty area by Fellaini where Nikica Jelavic pounced to tuck the ball under the advancing Simon Mignolet.
Adam Johnson (45) had given Sunderland a deserved lead when he reacted quickest to Craig Gardner's looped delivery into the box and caught the ball on the drop to place past Tim Howard.
Sunderland created an early chance when Steven Fletcher threaded a pass inside Seamus Coleman to Stephane Sessegnon and his low drive was blocked by Howard's left foot.
The Sunderland duo combined again and this time Fletcher beat Howard with his low angled shot which slid past the far post.
Steven Pienaar stung the palms of Mignolet with an angled shot before the Sunderland keeper got down and prevented a low cross from the same player reaching Fellaini inside the six-yard box.
Jack Colback then shot weakly at Howard from eight yards as Sunderland worked another opening shortly before the diving Mignolet punched a long range drive from Phil Neville away at the other end.
Moyes hopes for tighter defences
Everton's enjoyed a period of pressure after the break and were denied an equaliser when Johnson cleared a header from Johnny Heitinga off the line after the defender rose to meet a Leighton Baines corner.
But the hosts would not be deterred and were rewarded for a dominant second half performance with those two swift goals.
The double ensured that Everton's remarkable 11-year unbeaten record against Sunderland remains intact on what was David Moyes' 400th Premier League match.
It also kept the Toffees in the top four as they stretched their current good run in 2012 to just one defeat in 20 league games.
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|6||Shots on Target||3|
|6||Shots off Target||3|
|64.9||1st Half Poss.||35.1|
|58.7||2nd Half Poss.||41.3|
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Everton vs Sunderland
Carlos Cuellar says he and his team-mates remain confident Sunderland can turn things around despite their latest loss.
David Moyes has praised Everton's resilience as they again came from behind to beat Sunderland 2-1 at Goodison Park.
David Moyes was concerned about Everton's lack of chances, but pleased with the 2-1 win over Sunderland.