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Everton"s Thomas Hitzlsperger wanted by Eintracht Frankfurt

Toffees could come unstuck in battle to keep Hitzlsperger as Eintracht Frankfurt line up bid

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23:20 GMT, 31 December 2012

Eintracht Frankfurt want Everton midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger.

The 30-year-old Germany international is out of contract this month as he only signed a short-term deal after joining as a free agent.

Everton manager David Moyes is contemplating giving him a fresh contract after his performances in recent weeks but his resources are limited.

Blue is his colour: Thomas Hitzlsperger has impressed in his brief Everton spell

Blue is his colour: Thomas Hitzlsperger has impressed in his brief Everton spell

That could change if Galatasaray firm up interest in defender John Heitinga with a bid. The 29-year-old is keen to leave and Gala and Fenerbahce who – are also showing interest in West Brom defender Jonas Olsson – have been monitoring his situation since the summer.

His agent Rob Jansen last week said: 'Heitinga is definitely not happy with what it happening at Everton and we don't hide that. He is looking at a solution. When an appropriate situation arises for a transfer, we will certainly not ignore it.'

Meanwhile, Everton scouts have watched 22-year-old Moreirense striker Nabil Ghilas. The Algerian has a French passport and has scored seven goals in 12 games this season.

Everton 1 Chelsea 2: Frank Lampard double helps Blues to victory

Everton 1 Chelsea 2: Lampard delivers again as Blues recover from early blow to move back into third place

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21:50 GMT, 30 December 2012

Frank Lampard has made a habit of being in the right place at the right time over his years at Chelsea.

How peculiar, then, that from the end of this season, he will probably be somewhere else entirely.

Of all the bizarre events that have characterised Chelsea’s recent history, the apparent decision to jettison one of their most important players next summer is among the more perplexing.

At the double: Lampard celebrates his second and decisive goal

At the double: Lampard celebrates his second and decisive goal

MATCH FACTS

Everton: Howard, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Naismith (Vellios 76), Osman, Hitzlsperger (Barkley 78), Pienaar (Oviedo 80), Anichebe, Jelavic.
Subs not used: Mucha, Gueye, Duffy, Browning.
Goal: Pienaar 1.
Bookings: Distin, Pienaar.

Chelsea: Cech (Turnbull 46), Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Ramires, Luiz, Lampard, Mata (Oscar 85), Torres, Hazard (Moses 74).
Subs not used: Ferreira, Marin, Piazon, Ake.
Goals: Lampard 42, 72.
Bookings: Cole, Luiz, Cahill.

Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

Lampard has made almost 400 Barclays
Premier League appearances for Chelsea as the club have established
themselves as one of the best in Europe. He has been a cornerstone of
all that has been achieved in the Roman Abramovich years. However, those
who suggest that Lampard should be rewarded for his loyalty with a new
contract miss the point.

He should be invited to stay at
Stamford Bridge not out of sentiment but simply because he still has
something to offer a squad that needs continuity more than most others.

Lampard’s two goals at Goodison Park
yesterday were certainly timely. They enabled his team to recover from a
second-minute Everton goal to continue their impressive recent
progress and they also provided a reminder of his enduring worth as a
footballer. At 34, Lampard may not be as mobile or as dynamic as he once
was. Time has inevitably diminished him.

Nevertheless, the England midfielder’s ability to pass and read and anticipate play remains undimmed.

One senses that Rafael Benitez
recognises this and it is a shame that it is someone else other than the
club’s interim manager who would appear to be making the decisions
about players at Chelsea.

Certainly, yesterday, Benitez will have been grateful.

Giving Everton the Blues: Lampard scores Chelsea's winner

Giving Everton the Blues: Lampard scores Chelsea's winner

Heads up: Frank Lampard scores Chelsea's first half equaliser

Heads up: Frank Lampard scores Chelsea's first half equaliser

Chelsea fell behind after only 63
seconds and then had to withstand something of a blitz from David
Moyes’s progressive Everton team.

That they did so says much for the
manner in which Benitez has organised his team and the confidence that
has come from recent victories.

Putting eight goals past a poor Aston
Villa team at home is one thing but moving forward to win at Norwich and
then here on Merseyside is arguably more impressive.

Get in there, Frank: Lampard is congratulated after scoring

Get in there, Frank: Lampard is congratulated after scoring

Are you listening, Roman A Chelsea fan holding up a special banner at Goodison Park

Are you listening, Roman A Chelsea fan holding up a special banner at Goodison Park

The first half-hour belonged to
Everton. Unfortunately for the home side, it brought them only one goal.
Ultimately, that proved critical.

A good goal it was, though, as Everton
took advantage of Eden Hazard’s misplaced early pass to sweep down the
right through Phil Jagielka.

The emergency right back’s cross was a
good one, and it enabled Victor Anichebe to climb above Cesar
Azpilicueta — with the help of a shove in the back — and head powerfully
against the post. If Chelsea thought the danger had passed, they were
wrong. Steven Pienaar was lurking 12 yards from goal and the technique
he showed in drilling the ball low past Petr Cech was exemplary.

What a start: Steven Pienaar fires Everton in front after just a minute

What a start: Steven Pienaar fires Everton in front after just a minute

Pure delight: Pienaar celebrates his goal

Pure delight: Pienaar celebrates his goal

A goal to the good so quickly, Everton
were effervescent and inventive. For a while, Chelsea had no answer.
The likes of Lampard, David Luiz and Juan Mata were slow into the game,
and they were almost invisible as the hosts swept forward.

Moyes’s players created chances but
couldn’t take them. Nikica Jelavic struck a free-kick against the post
with Cech stranded before Anichebe headed over after a throw-in was
flicked on from the right.

Perhaps the turning point arrived in
the 24th minute, though, as another Jagielka cross reached the
impressive Leon Osman and Cech somehow managed to smuggle a fierce low
drive past his left-hand post.

Had Chelsea fallen two goals behind at
this point, there might have been no way back. They really had offered
very little at this point.

As it was, though, Cech touched a
Jelavic cross-shot wide after a superb Pienaar pass, and Chelsea sprung
forward to equalise just before half-time.

The goal hadn’t exactly been coming, but Chelsea had been improving quietly as time went on.

Making his point: Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez (right) and Everton boss David Moyes on the sidelines

Making his point: Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez (right) and Everton boss David Moyes on the sidelines

Battle: Sylvain Distin clashes with Fernando Torres

Battle: Sylvain Distin clashes with Fernando Torres

In the 34th minute, Ashley Cole had
been an inch away from diverting a low Azpilicueta cross into the net at
the far post, and they equalised when Fernando Torres ran the ball down
the right, fed Ramires and watched the Brazilian drop a right-foot
cross on the forehead of Lampard eight yards from goal. He simply wasn’t
going to miss.

No doubt relieved to be level, Chelsea
began the second half the stronger, even though they had lost
goalkeeper Cech at half-time to an ankle injury.

With Luiz, Mata and Ramires now
looking more like themselves, a Luiz chipped pass deserved better than a
poor Torres touch while Chelsea’s centre forward found a much better
contact in bringing a superb save from Tim Howard in the 67th minute.

At the other end, Everton’s threat was
by now more sporadic, but they remained very much in the game and
superb work from Leighton Baines down the left enabled Jelavic to head
against the bar as the game hung in the balance with 20 minutes left.

Moyes was later to rue his team’s failure to follow up rebounds.

It was pertinent, then, that Chelsea
won the game just minutes later when a superb move involving Ramires,
Torres, Mata and Hazard ended with Lampard bundling the ball in from
close range after Howard had saved.

Still there was time for Jelavic to
dawdle over a late chance after another Baines cross, and perhaps
Everton would have deserved a point.

Chelsea, though, are threatening to become as ruthless on the field as they are off it.

Frank Lampard knows this well.

Fan-tastic: Everton supporters watch the action unfold on the final Sunday of 2012

Fan-tastic: Everton supporters watch the action unfold on the final Sunday of 2012

Everton 2 Wigan 1: Match report

Everton 2 Wigan 1: Osman and Jagielka keep Toffees on track as captain Neville reaches 500 not out

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17:17 GMT, 26 December 2012

Leon Osman and Phil Jagielka made sure Everton captain Phil Neville enjoyed his 500th Premier League game.

After a goalless opening 45 minutes, Osman fired home, with the help of a deflection, early in the second half and Jagielka looked to have put the result beyond doubt with a header after being set up by Neville.

Arouna Kone set up a frantic finish when he cut the deficit in half but the hosts held on to stay in fourth place in the table – for a few hours at least.

Breakthrough: Leon Osman punches the air in celebration after scoring for Everton against Wigan (below)

Breakthrough: Leon Osman punches the air in celebration after scoring for Everton against Wigan (below)

It's there: Osman's opener for the Toffees at Goodison Park
MATCH FACTS

Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin (Heitinga 70), Baines, Osman, Hitzlsperger, Gibson (Naismith) 46), Pienaar, Jelavic, Anichebe (Oviedo 70).

Subs not used: Mucha, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios.

Goals: Osman 52, Jagielka 77

Booked: Jelavic

Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa, Stam (Gomez 79), McCarthy, Jones (Di Santo 72), McArthur, Beausejour, Maloney, Kone.

Subs not used: Pollitt, McManaman, Boselli, Ramis, Golobart.

Goal: Kone 82

Booked: Beausejour, Figueroa, Caldwell

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

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A large group of Wigan fans came in banana costume, in keeping with their town's Boxing Day tradition of fancy dress.

But the party will be limited to town centre revellers after a sixth game for the Latics passed without a win.

The visitors thought they should have had a penalty when Shaun Maloney went down in a challenge from Osman but referee Lee Mason was not convinced.

Everton, who will now hope to push on and mount a strong top-four challenge, also had some good chances, not least when Thomas Hitzlsperger hit the bar. Everton almost made the perfect start as Nikica Jelavic laid off a Darron Gibson cross and Victor Anichebe flashed a shot wide with just 13 seconds on the clock.

Wigan also wanted to attack and a good Jean Beausejour cross aimed at Kone was clutched by Tim Howard at the second attempt.

The influential James McCarthy also had a powerful effort from outside the area blocked.

Leighton Baines created a chance for Everton when he skipped over a challenge from Ronnie Stam to supply Steven Pienaar and Ali Al Habsi did well to turn his shot around the post.

Heads up: Phil Jagielka (right) is congratulated after scoring Everton's second

Heads up: Phil Jagielka (right) is congratulated after scoring Everton's second

Stretch too far: Wigan keeper Al Habsi fails to stop Jagielka's header as Steven Naismith watches the ball go in

Stretch too far: Wigan keeper Al Habsi fails to stop Jagielka's header as Steven Naismith watches the ball go in

Anichebe headed wide from a Hitzlsperger cross but Wigan began to assert themselves in the game more as McCarthy and James McArthur drove forward.

Kone and Maloney linked up well outside the area but attempted one pass too many and a promising attack broke down.

Maloney tried his luck from a free-kick after McCarthy was tripped by Gibson – who was free to play after appealing against his red card at West Ham last weekend – but Howard parried and then gathered.

Howard was in action again as Stam struck a low shot from 20 yards but saved comfortably.

500 not out: Everton captain Phil Neville (right) in action against Wigan on Boxing Day

500 not out: Everton captain Phil Neville (right) in action against Wigan on Boxing Day

Everton applied some pressure by winning a series of corners in quick succession and felt they should have had penalties at two of them.

Anichebe first claimed he was being held back by Beausejour and then there was an appeal for handball against Maloney but referee Mason gave nothing.

The first half came to a tame end but Everton returned with renewed vigour after the break and were soon rewarded.

Lifeline: Arouna Kone (right) scored late on as Wigan pressed

Lifeline: Arouna Kone (right) scored late on as Wigan pressed

Wigan were given a warning when Hitzlsperger struck a thunderous long-range effort against the bar and then Osman dribbled his way through the area only to fail to test Al Habsi.

Osman got lucky when he next aimed for goal after 52 minutes, his shot from just outside the area striking Caldwell's arm and wrong-footing the unfortunate Al Habsi.

There was controversy as Wigan tried to respond as Maloney went to ground in the area in a challenge from Osman.

Too little, too late: Kone was keen to get on with things after his goal but Wigan couldn't find a second

Too little, too late: Kone was keen to get on with things after his goal but Wigan couldn't find a second

Latics were incensed not to be awarded a penalty and Beausejour was booked for his protest but replays suggested Maloney may have already been going down before the contact.

Kone had a good opportunity from six yards after Maloney whipped in a good ball from the right but Neville made a vital block at point-blank range.

It was a miss the visitors were to rue as Everton grabbed a decisive second 13 minutes from time.

Ground force: Ronnie Stam slides in to challenge Everton full-back Leighton Baines

Ground force: Ronnie Stam slides in to challenge Everton full-back Leighton Baines

Neville was on hand to receive a short corner from substitute Bryan Oviedo and marked his landmark appearance by sending in an inch-perfect cross for Jagielka, who powered in a header off the bar.

But Wigan, as ever, fought on and gave themselves late hope when Kone bundled the ball in at close range after Jagielka and Baines failed to clear from a Maloney shot.

The visitors applied more pressure as time ran out but were unable to find a way through stubborn Everton defending.

Getting to grips: Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar tries to get away from Emmerson Boyce

Getting to grips: Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar tries to get away from Emmerson Boyce

Tussle: Everton's Victor Anichebe (left) and Wigan star Maynor Figueroa battle for the ball

Tussle: Everton's Victor Anichebe (left) and Wigan star Maynor Figueroa battle for the ball

Sam Allardyce and David Moyes both set to appeal red cards from referee Taylor

Allardyce and Moyes both set to appeal red cards from pantomime villain Taylor

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19:32 GMT, 22 December 2012

Sam Allardyce and David Moyes were
united in their condemnation of referee Anthony Taylor after he
controversially sent off one player from both sides in Everton's 2-1
Barclays Premier League win at West Ham.

Taylor was the pantomime villain at
Upton Park in each club's final game before Christmas, showing needless
red cards to both Hammers striker Carlton Cole and Toffees midfielder
Darron Gibson.

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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Both were sent off for dangerous play after catching opponents while raising their legs in respective attempts to control and win the ball.
West Ham boss Allardyce and opposite number Moyes each confronted Taylor after the final whistle, confirming they would appeal the dismissals.

Allardyce accused Taylor of being trigger-happy, saying: 'It is how quickly the referee got the red card out, he couldn't wait, he didn't deliberate over the decision or anything.

'There is nothing much we can do about the result but we can appeal the decision and hopefully we can get Carlton down to a yellow card and get him off.'

Moyes added: 'I will appeal it.

'I'll have a word with Sam as well, because I don't think you could put the word frivolous next to that appeal.

'Because I think you would say there was genuine reason why maybe you could appeal that.

'Now, you don't want to go and appeal and find out that maybe you get an extra game on it. That's what you don't want to do.'

Allardyce was planning more than an appeal, however.

'I spoke to the ref but that is between me and him,' he said.

'We will go through the channels of 'reporting' that the system has in place and I will take that up and pursue it quite vigorously.

'If he is not getting the right feedback or coaching and is told it was okay and 'Carry on' then we have got a big problem.'

Off you go: Everton's Darron Gibson was sent off for fouling West Ham's Mark Noble

Off you go: Everton's Darron Gibson was sent off for fouling West Ham's Mark Noble

Fuming: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce sees red after Carlton Cole is sent off

Fuming: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce sees red after Carlton Cole is sent off

West Ham 1 Everton 2 – match report

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

PUBLISHED:

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.

QPR and Tottenham on alert as Everton defender Sylvain Distin wants Premier League stay

QPR and Tottenham on alert as Everton defender Distin says he wants Premier League stay

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22:31 GMT, 3 December 2012

Everton defender Sylvain Distin, who is out of contract in the summer, says he wants to remain in the Premier League.

The 35-year-old, who has attracted interest from QPR and Tottenham in recent months, has been in and out of Everton's side this season but has impressed when starting in the last three games.

However, manager David Moyes is eager to bring in younger players and has scouted Molde's Vegard Forren, 24, and revealed a desire to take Joleon Lescott on loan from Manchester City. Distin believes he can still perform at the highest level.

Interest: QPR and Tottenham have been linked with a move for the veteran

Interest: QPR and Tottenham have been linked with a move for the veteran

He told EvertonTV: 'Being on the bench, I didn't like it and I think it's my longest spell on the bench since I started football. I did hate it but I did try to take the positives out of it and it made me realise that I'm not ready to stop at all.

'I'm not ready to be on the bench at all and that's a good thing. 'I'm working hard every day not to be on the bench, but we have four great centre-backs.

'We have an England international [Phil Jagielka], a Dutch international who played in the final of the World Cup [John Heitinga] and then you have me and [Shane] Duffy.

'It's tough competition but it is healthy competition. We enjoy playing with each other and there is no tension between us.

'This can only make us better and we know that we have to perform week in and week out, otherwise there will be another two players who will be picked.

'The reason I am in England is to play against the best strikers and I would rather have those kind of challenges every week rather than play in a league where I don't enjoy my football. 'I know it is difficult but that is what makes football magic for me.'

Reading Everton match report:

Reading 2 Everton 1: Le Fondre double secures first Premier League win and lifts Royals out of drop zone

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16:51 GMT, 17 November 2012

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17:24 GMT, 17 November 2012

A second-half brace from Adam Le Fondre gave Reading their first
Barclays Premier League win of the season at the expense of Everton.

David Moyes' side had lost only one in 20 league games heading into the
clash and looked on course to keep their good start to the season on
track as Steven Naismith gave them a half-time lead.

Denied: Everton's Phil Jagielka sees his shot saved by Reading keeper Adam Federici

Denied: Everton's Phil Jagielka sees his shot saved by Reading keeper Adam Federici

Match facts

Reading: Federici, Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey, Robson-Kanu, Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, Roberts, Le Fondre (Hunt 81). Subs Not Used: Stuart Taylor, Mariappa, Pogrebnyak, McCleary, Harte, Cummings.

Booked: Roberts, Gorkss, Hunt.

Goals: Le Fondre 51, 79 pen.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines, Naismith (Oviedo 80), Osman, Fellaini, Hitzlsperger (Vellios 82), Pienaar, Jelavic. Subs Not Used: Mucha, Distin, Junior, Kennedy, Duffy.

Booked: Coleman,Fellaini.

Goals: Naismith 10.

Att: 24,184

Ref: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

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But despite dominating the first 45 minutes Everton could not clinch a second goal and a much-improved Reading made them pay as Le Fondre headed an equaliser before firing in a second from the penalty spot as the Royals picked up their maiden league victory in front of a record crowd at the Madejski Stadium.

Everton came close to opening the scoring inside two minutes as a Thomas Hitzlsperger corner was not dealt with and Phil Jagielka forced a smart reaction save from Adam Federici.

But the Toffees took the lead after 10 minutes after some woeful defending by Reading's back line. A hopeful ball out of defence was not dealt with by Reading on a number of occasions before Kaspars Gorkss' back-header fell straight to Nikica Jelavic.

The Croatia forward looped a cross back into the box which was left by both Gorkss and Sean Morrison, with Naismith taking full advantage to slot the visitors in front.

Adam Le Fondre (2nd R) celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Reading

Line up: Adam Le Fondre (2nd R) celebrates after scoring the first goal for Reading

Cool head: Le Fondre scores the winner from the penalty spot

Cool head: Le Fondre scores the winner from the penalty spot

Reading were almost level immediately as Tim Howard rushed out to clear a long ball but was beaten to it by Le Fondre, who could not keep his effort down as Howard scrambled back towards his goal.

More poor Reading defending almost led to a second Everton goal in the 20th minute.

Right-back Chris Gunter was caught dallying in possession by Steven Pienaar, who then ran at the Royals' defence before firing wide of Federici's right-hand post.

Everton continued to control proceedings without truly creating any clear-cut chances in their search for a second goal.

They continued to turn the screw and Hitzlsperger, making his full Premier League debut for the Blues, hit one of his trademark rockets from outside the box that stung the palms of Federici.

Tricky: Le Fondre beats Everton keeper Tim Howard to the ball but fails to score

Tricky: Le Fondre beats Everton keeper Tim Howard to the ball but fails to score

Slide rule: Jobi McAnuff of Reading tussles with Leighton Baines of Everton

Slide rule: Jobi McAnuff of Reading tussles with Leighton Baines of Everton

On the run: Jason Roberts of Reading turns Phil Jagielka of Everton

On the run: Jason Roberts of Reading turns Phil Jagielka of Everton

The Australia international then denied Leon Osman his fourth goal of the season as he blocked the new England international's close-range effort.

Morrison went some way to redeeming his error-strewn first-half when he blocked a Jelavic effort that seemed destined for the back of the net, although the ball appeared to strike the 21-year-old on the arm with referee Martin Atkinson waving away Everton's penalty appeals.

As half-time approached Everton continued to be frustrated in their quest to find a killer second goal, as captain Jagielka saw his flicked header cleared off the line by Jay Tabb.

Reading came out for the second half much more positively and forced two corners in the opening four minutes.

Le Fondre's equaliser came courtesy of a free-kick from Nicky Shorey after Hitzlsperger had caught Tabb on the left side of the Everton box and the former Rotherham striker was picked out superbly to head Reading level with 51 minutes on the clock.

It was Everton's turn to start looking shaky at the back as Hal Robson-Kanu stole the ball from Seamus Coleman before being upended by Jagielka.

Ouch: Everton's Steven Naismith feels challenge of Reading's Kaspars Gorkass (right)

Ouch: Everton's Steven Naismith feels challenge of Reading's Kaspars Gorkass (right)

First blood: Steven Naismith handed Everton the lead at Reading

First blood: Steven Naismith handed Everton the lead at Reading

Steven Naismith (R) scores the first goal for Everton

Shorey again picked out Le Fondre with the resulting set-piece but this time the 25-year-old could not keep his header down.

The visitors still looked dangerous on the counter-attack and Hitzlsperger should have done better when he was found by Pienaar, but the German looked to fire across goal rather than test Federici.

But it was Reading who continued to press and Le Fondre should have put Brian McDermott's side ahead when he was played through by Jason Roberts before scuffing his effort tamely at Howard.

Everton seemed to come back to life with 25 minutes remaining as the game opened up with both sides looking for a winner.

Hitzlsperger saw a snap volley fly just wide before a Reading counter-attack was scuppered thanks to a superb last-ditch challenge from Coleman.

Reading were then awarded a penalty by Atkinson as Coleman bundled into the back of Le Fondre, who brushed himself off to send Howard the wrong way and put the hosts ahead with a little over 10 minutes remaining. Their lead was nearly wiped out instantly however as Marouane Fellaini headed Leighton Baines' corner against the post, with the loose ball falling straight to Federici.

Reading then saw the game out in relative comfort to secure what could prove to be a vital three points.

Holland 0 Germany 0

Holland 0 Germany 0: Bore draw as clash of the titans fails to live up to expectations

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It's supposed to be one of the biggest rivalries in world football.

But Holland versus Germany turned out to be a 90 minute snoozefest in Amsterdam last night as they played out an uninspiring goalless draw.

Maybe both sets of players had their weekend domestic fixtures on their minds – but if ever there was a clear illustration of why so many feel international friendliest are pointless exercises, this was it.

Bore draw: Per Mertesacker and Arjen Robben do battle

Bore draw: Per Mertesacker and Arjen Robben do battle

Germany tried to impose their smooth passing style on the hosts – who honoured former internationals Edgar Davids, Michael Reiziger, Patrick Kluivert and Ruud van Nistelrooy before kick off.

In particular, Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Mario Goetze, the man Arsene Wenger dreams of signing, was enjoying plenty of the ball in the opening 15 minutes.

Tough going: Rafael van der Vaart (left) tries to inspire Holland

Tough going: Rafael van der Vaart (left) tries to inspire Holland

However, despite the wealth of
attacking talent on show at the Amsterdam Arena, former Liverpool
forward Dirk Kuyt mustered up the first opportunity of any real note
with a tame sliding effort in the 20th minute.

Everton defender John Heitinga did well to keep the shackles on Goetze a minute later as the 20-year-old tried to conjure up a yard of space to unleash an effort on goal deep inside the Dutch box before blocking Lewis Holtby's low goalbound effort from Benedikt Howedes' excellent cut-back soon after.

Heads: Mats Hummels and Dirk Kuyt

Heads: Mats Hummels and Dirk Kuyt

Arjen Robben wasted a golden opportunity to give Holland a 30th minute lead when he was sent clear through by Ibrahim Afellay – but the former Chelsea winger failed to squeeze his shot in after rounding German keeper Manuel Neuer.

Howedes and Marxo Reus both had chances to put Joachim Low's side ahead before Heitinga was forced into a superb goalline clearance from Ilkay Gundogan's low shot with the final kick of the opening half.

The second half started with the same pedestrian pace as the first, with neither side eager to impose themselves.

And no amount of encouragement from supporters spark any sort of tempo or urgency to this drabbest of matches.

In fact the first worthy attempt on goal in the second half came in the 77th minute when Neuer produced a brilliant stop low to his left, denying Dutch substitute Daryl Janmaat's low effort from the edge of the box after Kuyt's lay-off.

Eljero Elia flashed an angled effort from 16 yards wide moments later as Holland finally showed signs of life.

But it was merely a flash of entertainment as the clash ended goalless.

David Moyes admits relief at Everton win

Moyes admits relief as O'Neill groans: We should have been out of sight

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18:24 GMT, 10 November 2012

Everton manager David Moyes admitted he did not think he would mark his 400th Premier League match with a victory but was not surprised by side's late turnaround.

Trailing to Sunderland winger Adam Johnson's first goal for the club on the stroke of half-time the Toffees struck twice in quick succession through Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic to clinch three points with 11 minutes to go.

Topsy-turvy: Nikica Jelavic celebrates as Everton dumped the game on its head to delight the home fans

Topsy-turvy: Nikica Jelavic celebrates as Everton dumped the game on its head to delight the home fans

Back on track: Marouane Fellaini equalises for Everton to start the turnaround

Back on track: Marouane Fellaini equalises for Everton to start the turnaround

MATCH FACTS

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Mirallas (Naismith 30), Osman, Neville (Vellios 73), Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic (Hitzlsperger 86).

Subs not used: Mucha, Oviedo, Distin, Gueye.

Booked: Heitinga

Goals: Fellaini 76, Jelavic 79

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson (Vaughan 84), Larsson, Colback (Wickham 88), McClean, Fletcher (Saha 69), Sessegnon.

Subs: Westwood, McFadden, Kilgallon, Bramble.

Booked: Rose, Gardner, Vaughan

Goal: Johnson 45

Att: 35,999

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

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It was Everton's first win in five
matches, keeping them in the top four, and ensured Moyes could end a
landmark game with a smile.

'I thought it was going to be one of
those days. It didn't look as if it was coming,' said the Scot. 'I
thought it looked like a 1-0 to Sunderland – but that was not for us not
trying to keep knocking at the door.

'In the end I think we got what we deserved because we kept at it.

'I thought we played quite well in the first half but found ourselves a goal down and a bit fortunate not to be two down.

'If that had been the case you would have to have said that was unjust.

'We didn't deserve that with our possession, we just hadn't created any clear-cut chances from our good play.

'We needed something because
Sunderland had the third-best defensive record in the Premier League and
they had showed that resilience and made it hard for us to score.

'I thought we kept going and the players showed great character to come from a goal behind.

'Maybe the amount of pressure we had told a little bit.'

Breakthrough: Adam Johnson celebrates opening the deadlock for Sunderland

Breakthrough: Adam Johnson celebrates opening the deadlock for Sunderland

Keeping it up: Tim Howard saw his side maintain their excellent record over Sunderland

Keeping it up: Tim Howard saw his side maintain their excellent record over Sunderland

Diving in: Steven Naismith tries to drag the ball away from the sliding Jack Colback

Diving in: Steven Naismith tries to drag the ball away from the sliding Jack Colback

Sunderland were eventually unpicked
by the vision of Leon Osman and Fellaini. Osman, who received his first
England call-up at the age of 31 this week, twice linked up with
Fellaini, who turned and shot for the first before playing a cheeky
backheel through the legs of John O'Shea for Jelavic to score.

Asked whether Osman warranted a start
against Sweden on Wednesday Moyes said: 'Roy Hodgson picks that team. It is hard enough picking this Everton team without picking Roy's
team.'

The one downside to the afternoon was
an injury to Kevin Mirallas, probably Everton's best player in the
first half hour, which forced the Belgium international off.

Effort: Hard workers James McClean and Seamus Coleman (left) vie for possession

Effort: Hard workers James McClean and Seamus Coleman (left) vie for possession

Well done: Players rush round Johnson to congratulate him on his first league goal

Well done: Players rush round Johnson to congratulate him on his first league goal

Tucked away: Johnson fires his strike past Tim Howard

Tucked away: Johnson fires his strike past Tim Howard

'It looks like he has a bit of a
hamstring injury and it was a miss because we were a bit stodgy after
that, we didn't flow as nicely as we had done,' added the Toffees boss.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill,
who thought his side would end their 11-year win-less run against
Everton, was frustrated with the result.

'We should have been out of sight at
half-time. Instead of being one up we should have been three up,' he
said. 'Having said that, the players played brilliantly away from home
against a side who have a great chance of being in the Champions League.

'It was a great performance by the players. To be fair I thought we were exhilarating in the first half.

'We knew we would be under pressure in the second half but I always thought on the break we looked dangerous.

'The second goal epitomised a bit of luck and a bit of misfortune. We are obviously very disappointed.'

Tussle: Sunderland's Danny Rose and Everton's Naismith (behind) battle for the ball

Tussle: Sunderland's Danny Rose and Everton's Naismith (behind) battle for the ball

Respect: Everton players applauding for Remembrance Day before the game

Respect: Everton players applauding for Remembrance Day before the game

Fulham 2 Everton 2: Match report

Fulham 2 Everton 2: Sidwell rescues point for Cottagers with last-minute equaliser

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18:53 GMT, 3 November 2012

Everton were stunned after Steve Sidwell fired a late equaliser that allowed Fulham to escape with a point from their Barclays Premier League clash at Craven Cottage.

Apart from their seventh-minute opener by Bryan Ruiz and Sidwell's 90th-minute strike, Martin Jol's side were over-run by the rampaging visitors.

On it's way: Fulham's Bryan Ruiz (left) curls the free kick that leads to the opening goal

On it's way: Fulham's Bryan Ruiz (left) curls the free kick that leads to the opening goal

Match facts

FULHAM: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangerland, Riise (Dejagah 58), Duff, Diarra (Petric 75), Baird, Kacaniklic (Sidwell 67), Ruiz, Berbatov. Subs not used: Stockdale, Senderos, Karagounis, Rodallega.

Goals: Howard (og) 7, Sidwell 90.

Booked: Riise, Diarra, Bair.

EVERTON: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Mirallas (Naismith 78), Osman, Neville, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic (Distin 88). Subs not used: Mucha, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Duffy.

Goals: Fellaini 55, 72.

Booked: Osman.

Referee: N Swarbrick.

Att: 25,69.

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Only desperate defending and wayward
finishing, chiefly from Nikica Jelavic, prevented Everton from adding
the scores their superiority deserved – until Marouane Fellaini
intervened.

The roaming Belgium forward took his
tally for the season to five goals in 10 matches with two clinical
finishes, demonstrating his strength to hit the second.

Fulham manager Martin Jol identified
Everton in the build up to the game as the 'best of the rest', the
benchmark to which a club like his must aspire, and he will be
cherishing the luckiest of points.

Leading 2-1 and creating chance after
chance against a team rarely overwhelmed at home, they failed to
produce the third goal they needed to kill the game off and paid a high
price.

David Moyes could barely believe his
eyes when substitute Sidwell stabbed home Sascha Riether's cross as
injury time beckoned and the furious Everton manager stalked from the
pitch at the final whistle.

Laughing boys: Ruiz (right) celebrates with Damien Duff, after Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard turns the ball into his own net

Laughing boys: Ruiz (right) celebrates with Damien Duff, after Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard turns the ball into his own net

A mazy early run from Kevin Mirallas,
who had recovered from an ankle injury to start, was bettered by
Dimitar Berbatov moments later.

The Bulgarian weaved a path across
the edge of the penalty area and the only way Everton could halt his
progress was for Phil Neville to hack him down.

It proved a costly mistake as at the
ensuing free-kick Bryan Ruiz curled the set piece over the wall towards
the right side of the net.

Even with Steven: Pienaar attempts to hold off Fulham's Ruiz

Even with Steven: Pienaar attempts to hold off Fulham's Ruiz

Keeper Tim Howard got a hand to the
ball but only pushed it on to the woodwork and the rebound struck him on
the back and crossed the line.

Fulham held the lead but it was
Everton who were spending more time on the ball, launching a series of
attacks lacking only in a killer final ball.

The lively Steven Pienaar, back from
suspension, lofted two dangerous long passes into the box, giving the
Cottagers defence little margin for error.

Strife of Bryan: Ruiz is closed down by Everton's Leon Osman (left) and John Heitinga

Strife of Bryan: Ruiz is closed down by Everton's Leon Osman (left) and John Heitinga

Slick interchange between Ruiz,
Riether and Damien Duff created space on the right but Phil Jagielka
intercepted the final pass with Berbatov lurking.

Much of Everton's passing was quick
and inventive with Nikica Jelavic wasting a half-chance created by a
pinpoint cross from Leighton Baines.

A curling shot from Seamus Coleman
was saved by Mark Schwarzer and only stout defending from Fulham was
preventing Everton from equalising.

Arms race: Nikica Jelavic attempts to foil Aaron Hughes (left) as Dimitar Berbatov (right) closes in

Arms race: Nikica Jelavic attempts to foil Aaron Hughes (left) as Dimitar Berbatov (right) closes in

Moyes the pity: David Moyes looks pensive on the touchline at Craven Cottage

Moyes the pity: David Moyes looks pensive on the touchline at Craven Cottage

Jagielka blasted just wide of the
left post from long range and then Jelavic's attempt to chip Schwarzer
sailed over the crossbar.

The second half started in a similar vein with Fulham's goal being peppered by the visitors.

Brede Hangeland produced a commanding
header to clear and seconds later Jelavic nodded a cross from Baines to
the far post, where Marouane Fellaini just failed to connect.

The equaliser was inevitable given Everton's dominance and it arrived in the 55th minute through Fellaini.

Hair raising: Everton's Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring the first of his brace

Hair raising: Everton's Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring the first of his brace

Mirallas switched on the afterburners
to dash free down the right before finding out Fellaini, who drilled
the ball home from eight yards out.

With time to compose himself and pick
his spot, Berbatov was kept out by Howard from a tight angle as Fulham
sought to deliver a swift response.

Jelavic, played in by Fellaini, was about to pull the trigger from six yards out but Riether executed a perfect tackle.

Super sub: Steve Sidwell came off the bench to rescue a point

Super sub: Steve Sidwell came off the bench to rescue a point

Chances continued to come thick and
fast and finally Everton's second arrived with Fellaini chesting down
Coleman's long ball, holding off two defenders and stabbing home.

Hangeland nodded over the crossbar,
while at the other end the irresistible Fellaini struck the right post
and was denied by a fine save from Schwarzer.

Disaster struck for Everton in the
dying moments when Berbatov missed Riether's cross, but Sidwell was
there to fire the equaliser.