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David Moyes wants Marouane Fellaini to be like Lionel Messi

Moyes urges main man Marouane to copy Messi and keep his cool

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22:24 GMT, 31 December 2012

Marouane Fellaini has been urged to model himself on Lionel Messi as he prepares to make his comeback from suspension at Newcastle on Wednesday night.

The fiery Everton midfielder reiterated his apology for the headbutt on Ryan Shawcross that cost him a red card at Stoke and reassured manager David Moyes over his future by insisting he would not try to engineer a move away from Goodison Park in the January transfer window.

But while Everton will welcome him back after three games out for violent conduct, Moyes is taking steps to ensure there is no repeat of the costly loss of control.

Smile, be happy: Marouane Fellaini has been told to chill out by his manager

Smile, be happy: Marouane Fellaini has been told to chill out by his manager

Heads, you lose: It comes after the Belgian was sent off for butting

Heads, you lose: It comes after the Belgian was sent off for butting

‘If I was playing against Felli, I’d try and wind him up,’ said the former Preston centre half. ‘Anybody would. It’s what happens with good players, and I keep telling him he just has to get on with it.

‘The best person to look at for that is Lionel Messi. Every person targets him, everyone tries to kick him and stop him. They’ll do everything.

'He is the best in the world and he gets physically attacked every game, but all he ever does is get up and get on with it. That is the sign of a top player.

‘I feel as if Felli let us down at Stoke, but that is in the past. He has paid his punishment, as we have as well, but I don’t have any concerns about his character overall.’

Despite being targeted by Chelsea and Manchester United, Fellaini claimed he was in no hurry to leave Goodison.

‘I have a contract with Everton until 2016, and, if the club want, I will see that out,’ he said. ‘I know I am hot, and I want to move forward one day, but I will finish my Everton contract if they want me to.

‘Normally I am an honest player but that was just frustration at Stoke. Shawcross was pushing and pulling me the whole game and, in the end, I just exploded. But I shouldn’t have, and I’m sorry for what I did.’

Get on with it: Lionel Messi takes his fair share of kicks and knocks, but stays cool

Get on with it: Lionel Messi takes his fair share of kicks and knocks, but stays cool

Fellaini, 25, revealed how he has become a target for unwanted attention off the pitch and has been forced to move away from Merseyside.

‘I am living in Manchester now, because in Liverpool, the women were crawling for me,’ he said. ‘It was too much. In Manchester, people don’t recognise me that much and tend to treat me in a more respectful way.

'I don’t want to be a star. I just want to play football.’

Moyes, who has secured Seamus Coleman’s long-term future on a new five-and-a-half-year deal, confirmed that midfielder Darron Gibson will be out for a month with a thigh strain.

‘It’s a big loss,’ he said. ‘It also limits our options, because Phil Neville is recovering from a knee operation. At least Marouane can drop back in and John Heitinga can step in, too, if need be.’

Mersey XI for 2012… combined Liverpool and Everton side

Mersey XI for 2012: Find out who makes the cut for our combined Liverpool-Everton side

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15:56 GMT, 28 December 2012

It has been another dramatic year on Merseyside. Trophies have been won, managers have gone, big signings have arrived and the banter between supporters remains as fierce as ever.

But, given the way both teams have performed over the last 12 months, if you were to pick a team that comprises both Liverpool and Everton players, who would make your final cut History suggests a Mersey XI would be dominated by Red shirts but is that now the case

This time last year, Mersey Beat put forward its Liver-ton team of 2011. It was as follows…

Pepe Reina, Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Lucas, Marouane Fellaini, Maxi Rodriguez, Leon Osman, Craig Bellamy, Luis Suarez.

That was seven Reds, compared to four Blues. Will that be the case now

Here, for your arguing and debating, is the class of 2012. Some choices are obvious, others less so. The system we have chosen is 4-1-3-2, so there should be plenty of goals.

GOALKEEPER…

TIM HOWARD – Everton’s No 1 takes the gloves off Pepe Reina. /12/28/article-2254232-1687D968000005DC-44_634x416.jpg” width=”634″ height=”416″ alt=”Net gains: Tim Howard is the rock at the back for Everton” class=”blkBorder” />

Net gains: Tim Howard is the rock at the back for Everton

RIGHT-BACK…

GLEN JOHNSON – The lazy argument to put forward about Johnson is that he can’t defend. That simply isn’t the case. Whether he has been played on the left or in his natural position on the right, his performances through the year have generally been high class.

CENTRAL DEFENDERS…

PHIL JAGIELKA and DANIEL AGGER – Everton’s vice-captain has stamped himself as one of England’s best and has claims to be first choice at international level, now that John Terry and Rio Ferdinand are out of the picture. Agger, meanwhile, has enjoyed his best year at Liverpool and regularly showed why Manchester City made a 20million offer for him.

Inspirational: Phil Jagielka

Hardman: Daniel Agger

No way past: Phil Jagielka (left) and Daniel Agger have been solid for their respective sides

LEFT-BACK…

LEIGHTON BAINES – The upward trajectory Baines has been on shows no signs of tapering out. A sign of how good he has been comes from the fact that a legitimate debate can be held over who should start for England: him or Ashley Cole. The first name on Everton’s team-sheet.

HOLDING MIDFIELDER…

DARRON GIBSON – Is this the most contentious selection He was rather unheralded when arriving from Manchester United but he has been crucial in Everton’s development. His range of passing and discipline has been outstanding.

Central figure: Darron Gibson has been an inspired signing for David Moyes

Central figure: Darron Gibson has been an inspired signing for David Moyes

RIGHT-SIDE ATTACK…

LEON OSMAN – That he was given a first England cap in November shows how well Osman has played this year. David Moyes described him recently as having “happy feet” and when he gets on the ball, he is always capable of making something happen.

LEFT-SIDE ATTACK…

STEVEN GERRARD – Finishing a momentous year in which he won his 100th cap in style, been back to his best in recent weeks and – significantly – looks fitter than he has in recent seasons. Was England's top performer at Euro 2012.

Leader: Steven Gerrard still commands the park for Liverpool

Leader: Steven Gerrard still commands the park for Liverpool

ATTACKING MIDFIELDER…

MAROUANE FELLAINI – Some colossal displays over the past 12 months, the highlights being his bullying of Manchester United in August and his domination of Arsenal in November. Hugely effective in both an attacking and defensive role. Obvious choice.

CENTRE-FORWARDS…

NIKICA JELAVIC and LUIS SUAREZ –
Surely this selection cannot be debated Jelavic has stripped the art
of striking down to its most basic form. Shoot and score. A man with ice
in his veins, he rarely looks like missing when presented with a chance
and the 5million it cost to sign him from Rangers was superb business.
As for Suarez, his importance to Liverpool simply cannot be
underestimated. A genuine world class talent and a frequent scorer. What
more could you want

Hitman: Nikica Jelavic

Deadly: Luis Suarez

Deadly: Nikica Jelavic (left) and Luis Suarez are among the Premier League's most clinical strikers

So, then, the roles are reversed. This time it’s seven Blues, compared to four Reds.

Do you agree Let us know your thoughts.

More of the same in 12 months but, for now, Happy New Year to you all.

West Ham 1 Everton 2 – match report

West Ham 1 Everton 2: Two off as Pienaar strikes to send Toffees fourth

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16:53 GMT, 22 December 2012

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17:23 GMT, 22 December 2012

Referee Anthony Taylor was the pantomime villain in West Ham and
Everton's final match before Christmas as two needless red cards spoilt
the latter's victory at Upton Park.

Taylor all but handed the Toffees three points and a place back in the
top four after controversially deciding Cole had left his foot in on
Leighton Baines midway through the second half.

Controversy: West Ham's Carlton Cole (L) was sent off for this challenge on Everton's Leighton Baines

Controversy: West Ham's Carlton Cole (L) was sent off for this challenge on Everton's Leighton Baines

Controversy: West Ham captain Kevin Nolan (C) appeals to match referee Anthony Taylor as he sends off Carlton Cole

Match facts

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Tomkins, Collins, Reid, O'Brien (Spence 81), Noble, O'Neil (Maiga 58), Taylor, Nolan, Jarvis (Collison 88), Cole.Subs Not Used: Spiegel, Diarra, Moncur, Lletget.

Sent Off: Cole (67).

Booked: Maiga.

Goals: Cole 14.

Everton: Howard, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Gibson, Neville (Naismith 85), Pienaar (Oviedo 88), Jelavic, Anichebe (Duffy 90). Subs Not Used: Mucha, Hitzlsperger, Barkley, Vellios.

Sent Off: Gibson (90).

Goals: Anichebe 64, Pienaar 73.

Att: 35,005

Ref: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

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The official evened up the red-card count in stoppage-time, finding Gibson guilty of a similar offence, having earlier angered Everton by chalking off Leon Osman's early header.

Cole gave West Ham a half-time lead and Victor Anichebe marked his Everton recall with his first goal for three months three minutes before Cole saw red, with Steven Pienaar making the man advantage count six minutes later.

Today's game was a test of how Everton and their opponents coped without their midfield heavyweights, with Toffees star Marouane Fellaini starting a three-match ban and Hammers talisman Mohamed Diame still out injured.

There certainly appeared to be a lack of drive from both sides in the opening moments and it was no surprise to see the first chance arrive via a set-piece in the ninth minute.

Baines delivered the type of devilish free-kick that is certain to keep him in the thoughts of bigger clubs with the transfer window looming, the unmarked Sylvain Distin nodding it into the ground and over the crossbar.

Baines produced another special three minutes later for Osman's disallowed goal, his corner headed home by one of the smallest players on the pitch but ruled out seemingly for Anichebe's block on Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Having yesterday called for clarification on “grappling” in the box, the irony surely could not have been lost on Everton boss David Moyes.

Up for it: Everton's Victor Anichebe equalised with a header

Up for it: Everton's Victor Anichebe equalised with a header

Cheers: Everton's Steven Pienaar (left) celebrates scoring the winner

Cheers: Everton's Steven Pienaar (left) celebrates scoring the winner

His players were furious and their ire only increased when Cole fired
West Ham in front two minutes later, the striker cutting inside the
recalled Johnny Heitinga far too easily before cracking in a low drive
from the edge of the box.

Heitinga continued to flounder and Moyes must have been ruing his
decision to switch Phil Jagielka to right-back in order to accommodate
the surprise return of Phil Neville from knee surgery, the Toffees
captain filling in for Fellaini.

The pace dipped again, although Osman almost provided a moment of
inspiration when Nikica Jelavic just strayed offside onto the
midfielder's through-ball.

Jelavic got his timing all wrong again four minutes after half-time when
a rare mistake from James Collins saw the ball ricochet through to the
striker, who could only send it straight at Jaaskelainen.

hIGH BALL: Everton striker Victor Anichebe (L) vies with West Ham United defender James Collins (R)

High ball: Everton striker Victor Anichebe (L) vies with West Ham United defender James Collins (R)

On the ball: Steven Pienaar takes on James Collins

On the ball: Everton's Steven Pienaar takes on James Collins

Gibson curled a free-kick narrowly wide and Everton continued to probe,
prompting West Ham boss Sam Allardyce to replace Gary O'Neil with Modibo
Maiga just before the hour mark, a move that almost paid off
immediately when the Malian scuffed Cole's cross wide.

And that was when it all went horribly wrong.

Maiga got himself booked for pushing Pienaar over in the 64th minute
and, from the resultant free-kick, the ball was worked left to the South
African, whose cross was glanced home brilliantly by Anichebe.

Three minutes later, Taylor made a the call that swung the game.

Cole hung his leg out in a bid to control a dropping ball and definitely
made contact with Baines but it looked anything but a reckless lunge.

'Ave it: Everton's Steven Pienaar, right, feels full force of James Tomkins

'Ave it: Everton's Steven Pienaar, right, feels full force of James Tomkins

To Cole's horror, Taylor thought otherwise, brandishing a straight red card.

The momentum was all with Everton and they completed their comeback six
minutes later, Osman's cross inadvertently played against Pienaar by
Kevin Nolan before trickling into the net.

Ten-man West Ham refused to concede defeat and Nolan almost made amends by volleying narrowly wide.

Several substitutions followed, including Jack Collison's first appearance of the season after knee surgery.

And just as the game was drifting towards the final whistle, it exploded into life in the dying seconds.

Jelavic sent a rebound wide from barely six yards and Nolan was unable to prod home after being played in at the other end.

And Gibson then saw red for an almost identical challenge to Cole's on
Mark Noble, although this one was slightly less debatable.

Phil Neville ready to return for Everton three weeks early

Everton boost as captain Neville stays on course for return three weeks early

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23:08 GMT, 18 December 2012

Phil Neville is in contention to return to Everton's starting line-up this weekend three weeks ahead of schedule following a knee operation.

The Toffees captain underwent surgery to clean up his knee 33 days ago and it was initially feared he would be out for eight weeks.

However, his rehabilitation has gone so well that manager David Moyes is considering starting him against West Ham on Saturday. Neville's return would offset the loss of the suspended Marouane Fellaini.

Fitness fight: Phil Neville could return to action ahead of schedule from surgery

Fitness fight: Phil Neville could return to action ahead of schedule from surgery

Joey Barton slams FA over Marouane Fellaini suspension

Barton still bitter over 12-game ban as midfielder has dig at FA over Fellaini suspension

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09:54 GMT, 18 December 2012

Joey Barton has mocked the FA over their lenient ban for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

The Belgian has escaped with a three-match suspension despite headbutting Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross during their running battle at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

He could also face a fine of 150,000 as manager David Moyes is furious that he will be without his star player for the crucial Christmas period, which includes games against West Ham and Chelsea.

Head to head: Marouane Fellaini and Ryan Shawcross had a running battle

Head to head: Marouane Fellaini and Ryan Shawcross had a running battle

Head to head: Marouane Fellaini and Ryan Shawcross had a running battle

Barton, the QPR midfielder currently on loan at Marseille, tweeted to his nearly two million followers: 'Wouldn't wanna see a fellow pro banned for a long period but you gotta' love the FA's consistency, haven't you #felliani'

Barton himself was banned by the FA for 12 matches and fined 75,000 after being sent off and reacting violently at Manchester City on the explosive final day of the Barclays Premier League season.

The FA appointed an independent regulatory commission who dished out the heavy punishment after he elbowed Carlos Tevez in the face and then kicked out at Sergio Aguero as he left the pitch.

Letting rip: Joey Barton has been on Twitter having a dig at the FA over Fellaini

Letting rip: Joey Barton has been on Twitter having a dig at the FA over Fellaini

On Saturday referee Mark Halsey and his assistants missed Fellaini's headbutt at a corner in the 59th minute, as well as several other incidents involving the two players during the 1-1 draw.

In two separate clashes between the pair later the Everton midfielder appeared to elbow Shawcross in the face and then swipe at him with his right hand.

Hammered: Barton landed a lengthy ban for his tantrum at Manchester City

Hammered: Barton landed a lengthy ban for his tantrum at Manchester City

Hammered: Barton landed a lengthy ban for his tantrum at Manchester City

Steve Clarke wins Premier League manager of the month and Marouane Fellaini wins player of the month

Winter warmers: Everton star Fellaini and Baggies boss Clarke pick up Premier League awards for November

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16:54 GMT, 11 December 2012

Steve Clarke has won the Barclays Premier League manager of the month award after guiding West Bromwich Albion to four victories in their five league games in November.

Marouane Fellaini picked up the player of the month award as a reward for scoring four goals for Everton last month, taking his goal tally to seven for the season by the end of November.

West Brom manager Clarke oversaw four consecutive wins for West Brom, including a memorable 2-1 victory over Chelsea at the Hawthorns.

His side also secured victories over Wigan, Southampton and Sunderland in November, and Clarke was pleased to see his team’s efforts recognised.

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Clarke has got off to a flying start in his managerial career with West Brom 6th in the Premier League

Clarke has got off to a flying start in his managerial career with West Brom 6th in the Premier League

WEST BROM IN NOVEMBER

Mon 5 Nov (H) 2-0 v Southampton

Sat 10 Nov (A) 2-1 v Wigan

Sat 17 Nov (H) 2-1 v Chelsea

Sat 24 Nov (A) 4-2 v Sunderland

Wed 28 Nov (A) 1-3 v Swansea

He said: 'It’s a good reward for a good
month in November. It’s a good reward to pick up, but it’s a reward for
the work of my staff and the players.

'The players have done exceptionally well in November. We had a great run and four victories in a row in the Premier League is difficult to do. We managed to do that.

'This trophy is a little reward for them. We wanted to start well and try to build on it. Up until November, we have done really well.'

However, the Baggies’ boss is aware that his team ended the month with a 3-1 defeat to Swansea, which has been followed up by defeats at home to Stoke and away to Arsenal. Nonetheless, West Brom remain 6th in the Premier League and Clarke remains relaxed about the club’s change of fortunes.

He added: 'We have now lost a couple and it’s a different challenge for us and a different pressure. We’ve always said that there will be good moments in the season and there will be bad moments and you have to stay level-headed and remain objective over the course of the season.'

For Everton, Fellaini has been integral to another impressive month for the Merseyside club, scoring two goals in the draw at Fulham, as well as the equalisers in the draw at home to Arsenal and the 2-1 win over Sunderland at Goodison Park.

The Belgian midfielder celebrates scoring against Everton in a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage

The Belgian midfielder celebrates scoring against Everton in a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage

Fellaini's four goals this month have been vital for Everton's European aspirations and the Toffees lie 4th in the table

Fellaini's four goals this month have been vital for Everton's European aspirations and the Toffees lie 4th in the table

And Fellaini is keen for his team to continue their progress, revealing that the squad are desperate for a shot at the Champions League.

The Belgian midfielder said: 'I work hard. I work every day. I try to give my maximum every game. I’m happy but the most important for me is the team.

'Everybody wants to play in the Champions League next season so everybody works hard for this and I hope that at the end of the season we can finish in the top four.'

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Ilombe Mboyo penalty miss – the worst ever?

Is this the worst penalty ever Spot-kick miss so bad that Belgium striker resigns captaincy of his club

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15:33 GMT, 11 December 2012

Belgian football is having something of a renaissance recently, with a surge of hugely gifted players including Eden Hazard, Marouane Fellaini and Vincent Kompany shining in their national team.

Unfortunately though, the consensus remains that their national league remains short of quality, and this woeful penalty by AA Gent striker Ilombe Mboyo will do little to change that perception.

The now former Gent captain (we'll get on to that later) strolled forward coolly to take the penalty with an air of nonchalance. He sent the goalkeeper the wrong way, but his casual roll appeared to hit a divot around the penalty spot to send the ball skewing wide of the goal.

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Shocker: Mboyo talks to the press on Monday

Shocker: Mboyo talks to the press on Monday

It proved pivotal for Gent; as they went on to lose the game 2-0 to Waasland-Beveren. Mboyo’s side sit in 11th place in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League table, but have now gone seven games without a victory and it is not difficult to see why with penalties like this on show.

The drama did not end there, however, as the 25-year-old – who has two Belgium caps – lost his cool and confronted fans at the end of the match.

And during an unscheduled press conference on Monday Mboyo then apologised to Gent's fans, alleged his post-match outburst had been provoked by racist comments from a few supporters, and resigned the captaincy.

Mboyo told the supporters: 'I am the club captain. I want respect. I play all the time at 100 per cent. I missed a penalty but it happens. I did not mean to. I wanted to score.

'Maybe I would not have reacted if I wasn’t captain. To show that I shouldn’t have done so, I will no long wear the captain’s armband.'

Premier League Golden Boot race – Who"s the most clinical of Demba Ba, Michu, Luis Suarez and Robin Van Persie

The Premier League's top scorer race is hotting up… But who's the most clinical of Ba, Michu, Suarez and Van Persie

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12:36 GMT, 6 December 2012

We may be about to enter the deep freeze of winter, but the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot award is hotting up.

Four players are currently tied on ten goals apiece – Demba Ba of Newcastle, Michu at Swansea, Luis Suarez at Liverpool and Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie – as they jostle to be the league’s top scorer.

Suarez was out in front entering the weekend but his failure to score against Southampton allowed Michu, who grabbed two late strikes at Arsenal, and Van Persie, who scored the winner at Reading, to pull level.

And then on Monday night, Demba Ba's double in Newcastle's 3-0 win over Wigan allowed him to catch up.

Marksmen: Four players - (left to right) Luis Suarez, Michu, Robin Van Persie and Demba Ba - are now locked on ten goals apiece at the top of the Premier League top scorers chart

Marksmen: Four players – (left to right) Luis Suarez, Michu, Robin Van Persie and Demba Ba – are now locked on ten goals apiece at the top of the Premier League top scorers chart

THE CURRENT CHART

Ten Goals
Demba Ba (Newcastle United)
Michu (Swansea City)
Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Robin Van Persie (Manchester United)

Nine Goals
Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur)

Eight Goals
Marouane Fellaini (Everton)

Seven Goals
Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)

Six Goals
Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
Edin Dzeko (Manchester City)
Steven Fletcher (Sunderland)
Rickie Lambert (Southampton)

Poised just behind them ready to strike are Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe on nine goals and Everton’s Marouane Fellaini on eight.

But when our four ‘Perfect Ten’ leading goalscorers are broken down and analysed, very different styles and patterns emerge in the way they grab their Premier League goals.

Of the four, it’s only Suarez that has a mixture of goals from inside and outside the penalty area. The Uruguayan is almost as equally capable of hitting the target from long range than finishing from inside the area – four of his ten have come from outside.

The other three, by contrast, are more poacher-like – Michu and Ba can claim just one from beyond 18 yards, while all of Van Persie’s have come from close range.

Michu, who certainly wins the ‘Best Value’ contest at just 2m, also springs a surprise with four headed goals this season, though the other six have been with his favoured left-foot.

Van Persie is the most ambidextrous, scoring six with his left, three with his right and one with his head. Ba and Suarez have two headers apiece.

It’s clear that Suarez is carrying the Liverpool attack in a good number of games – he has vastly more touches of the ball than the others. His total of 906 in the 15 matches so far is a long way ahead of the second-placed Michu, on 670.

Back of the net: Luis Suarez of Liverpool knows where the goal is, having scored ten already this season in the Premier League

Back of the net: Luis Suarez of Liverpool knows where the goal is, having scored ten already this season in the Premier League

Revelation: 2m summer signing Michu has netted ten times for Swansea this season, including twice against Arsenal last weekend

Revelation: 2m summer signing Michu has netted ten times for Swansea this season, including twice against Arsenal last weekend

CONTRIBUTIONS

Ba – 10 of Newcastle's 17 league goals (59%)

Suarez – 10 of 19 (52%)

Michu – 10 of 23 (43%)

Van Persie – 10 of 37 (27%)

A lot of those do seem to come in the
danger areas, however, with 19 per cent of Suarez’s contributions inside
the area compared to 12.7 per cent of Ba’s and 12.6 per cent of Van
Persie’s.

The Dutchman does seem to be the most unfortunate, with four efforts coming back off the woodwork.

So who can claim to be the most deadly In terms of shooting accuracy, that would appear to be Ba who has a good ratio of 55.1 per cent on target, but his shots to goals ratio is down at 20.4 per cent.

Clinical: Robin Van Persie scores the winner in Manchester United's 4-3 win at Reading on Saturday

Clinical: Robin Van Persie scores the winner in Manchester United's 4-3 win at Reading on Saturday

Lethal: Demba Ba, who also has ten goals this season, celebrates opening the scoring for Newcastle against Wigan on Monday night

Lethal: Demba Ba, who also has ten goals this season, celebrates opening the scoring for Newcastle against Wigan on Monday night

Suarez struggles to make an impression in terms of the stats but this is because he has far more chances that the others – his shooting accuracy is 37.7 per cent and his shots to goals is 14.5 per cent.

Michu edges out Van Persie in both the shooting accuracy percentage and the shots to goals ratio, suggesting the Spaniard is more likely to tuck away a chance when it comes his way.

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Manchester City 1 Everton 1: Roberto Mancini"s men frustrated as Marouane Fellaini hits the target again

Manchester City 1 Everton 1: Mancini's men frustrated by sticky Toffees as Fellaini hits the target again

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17:34 GMT, 1 December 2012

Marouane Fellaini made significant contributions at both ends as Everton frustrated champions Manchester City yet again in the Barclays Premier League.

Fellaini headed the Toffees, victors in eight of their previous 10 clashes with City, into a first-half lead but then conceded a controversial penalty to allow Carlos Tevez to level.

Everton felt Edin Dzeko had gone to ground too easily to win the award but Tevez made no mistake and City went on to dominate the second half.

Back on terms: Carols Tevez celebrates the equaliser

Back on terms: Carols Tevez celebrates the equaliser

Match facts

Man City: Hart, Maicon, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov (Zabaleta 7), Toure, Barry, Silva,Tevez (Aguero 68), Nasri, Dzeko (Balotelli 80). Subs Not Used: Pantilimon, Javi Garcia, Sinclair, Toure.

Yellow cards: Lescott, Zabaleta.

Scorer: Tevez 43 pen.

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Gibson,Osman, Naismith (Oviedo 73), Fellaini, Pienaar,Jelavic (Heitinga 90). Subs Not Used: Mucha, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios.

Yellow card: Fellaini.

Scorer: Fellaini 33.

Att: 47,386

Ref: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

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The result preserved City's unbeaten start to the season in the Premier League and prolonged their run of home games without defeat to 37, a sequence stretching back to a loss to Everton two years ago.

It was also Everton's seventh draw in their last nine games.

The match took some while to warm up and City suffered an early blow as Aleksandar Kolarov limped off after just six minutes.

Manager Roberto Mancini had opted to rest the hard-working Pablo Zabaleta but the in-form Argentinian was summoned from the bench straight away.

Joleon Lescott made an unexpected return to the side, to face his former club, in place of impressive youngster Matija Nastasic.

The England defender looked composed as he resumed his partnership with Vincent Kompany after more than a month out of the starting line-up.

Everton playmaker Leon Osman gave the City defence plenty to think about in the early stages without creating a clear-cut opening.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard had to pick himself up from a collision with Dzeko after coming to claim a cross from Maicon, who looked dangerous in attack but vulnerable in defence.

Calm customer: Carlos Tevez slots the penalty

Calm customer: Carlos Tevez slots the penalty

City threatened the Everton goal in the 20th minute when David Silva crossed and Dzeko headed wide.

Tevez controlled well in the area but was unable to shoot and Dzeko inadvertently took the full force of a Samir Nasri shot in the back of his head.

Everton's 33rd-minute opener came in familiar fashion as the ever-dangerous Leighton Baines, who passed a fitness test to feature, crossed and Fellaini eventually headed in.

Main man: Marouane Fellaini scores for Everton

Main man: Marouane Fellaini scores for Everton

Kompany did well to divert the cross away from Nikica Jelavic but it dropped for Fellaini, who headed home at the second attempt at the far post after Joe Hart saved his initial effort.

It was the Belgian's eighth goal of an impressive season.

Out in front: Marouane Fellaini celebrates yet another goal

Out in front: Marouane Fellaini celebrates yet another goal

That brought the game to life and City almost found an immediate equaliser as Tevez met a Nasri cross with a deft header that Howard did well to save.

Gareth Barry then chested down another Nasri cross for Dzeko to turn and shoot but again Howard was alert.

Controversy followed the resulting corner as Dzeko tangled with Fellaini and went to ground. Referee Lee Probert sparked immediate protest from Everton by pointing to the spot and Toffees manager David Moyes clearly thought the award was harsh.

Having words: Everton players protest against the penalty award

Having words: Everton players protest against the penalty award

Tevez made no mistake as he stepped up to tuck home his eighth of the campaign.

Whether or not Fellaini was unfairly penalised, he almost produced the perfect response in the final moments of the first half with a glancing header from a Steven Pienaar cross, but Hart saved.

That proved the final on-field action before the players left the field but Moyes continued to voice his frustration, presumably about the penalty decision, to the fourth official.

Rough and tumble: Steven Pienaar goes down under a challenge from Manchester City's Joleon Lescott

Rough and tumble: Steven Pienaar goes down under a challenge from Manchester City's Joleon Lescott

City upped the tempo at the start of the second half but again it took time before the chances came, aside from a Tevez shot which was blocked by Phil Jagielka.

Tevez almost broke away after a miskick by Distin but the defender recovered quickly to nick the ball away from the striker. Tevez also headed over but it was not until just after the hour that City seriously threatened again as Maicon burst down the field and forced Howard to parry a powerful 18-yard drive.

No joy: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini reacts

No joy: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini reacts

City decided to freshen up their attack by sending on Sergio Aguero, but the crowd were not happy that it was Tevez he replaced and boos rang around the ground.

The game became scrappy as Everton's hard-working defence did their best to repel City's threat.

Mario Balotelli also entered the action for the last 10 minutes in place of Dzeko and did inject a bit of energy into the side.

Eight up: Marouane Fellaini scores

Eight up: Marouane Fellaini scores

His first chance to aim at goal, however, was probably best forgotten as he screwed a shot well wide. Nasri then combined well with Silva in the area but could only win a corner.

Everton went close in injury time from a Jelavic free-kick but Hart saved and the ball squirmed wide.

Marouane Fellaini reveals Everton quit plans as Chelsea bid looms

Chelsea plot 30m Fellaini raid as Everton star hints that he wants out

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09:36 GMT, 13 November 2012

Marouane Fellaini has dropped the biggest hint yet that he will be quitting Goodison Park.

The Belgian international has told press in his own country that he will be seeking a fresh challenge in the New Year.

Everton boss David Moyes has insisted he will be looking for a 'big price' should the moment come when a bid is received at the Merseyside club.

End of the road: Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini is ready to quit Everton for pastures new

End of the road: Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini is ready to quit Everton for pastures new

Sportsmail understands that Chelsea will lead the way with a 30m offer for the 24-year-old when the transfer window opens.

Fellaini is reported to have told journalists in his own country: 'I've seen everything with Everton and in January or at the end of the season, I will turn to a new club or a new league.'

As the six-foot four-inch tall attacking midfielder is eligible for the Champions League, he is an attractive target for some of European football's richest.

Hair we go: Fellaini has been in tremendous form so far this season, alerting a host of top suitors to his services

Hair we go: Fellaini has been in tremendous form so far this season, alerting a host of top suitors to his services

However, the player who has become a cult figure on Merseyside with his eye-catching head of hair, only signed an improved five-year deal little more than 12 months ago.

But the cash on offer, allied to the club's financial position, may force Moyes's hand – although the Scot is hoping that the player, who grabbed his sixth goal of the season in the Toffees' 2-1 victory over Sunderland will stay to help the club's push towards Champions League qualification themselves.