Manchester City wasted a golden opportunity to go top of the Premier League tonight with a 2-1 defeat at home to Everton.
Tim Cahill – got Everton’s first goal after just 3 minutes
That’s the way the Premier League has been this season, with Man City unbeaten in their last 7 games and Everton not having won in their last 7 games, but Everton were the worthy winners tonight, and simply outfought the club that has spent £500M on players in the last 28 months.
Money can’t buy you love and not success on the football field either it seems.
And even through Everton went down to 10 men in the second half when Victor Anichebe foolishly got himself sent off after 60 minutes, it was a great performance by the Everton defense with American goalkeeper Tim Howard in superb form, that gave Everton a well deserved victory.
Everton climb up to 14th position in the table on 21 points, just one point behind Newcastle, who are in 8th position.
And good news for Newcastle in that vice captain Kolo Touré got himself sent off in injury time, and will now miss the game at Newcastle on Boxing day.
But what Everton showed tonight is that Man City can be out-fought and that their defense is not too strong as Everton went 2-0 up after only 19 minutes with good goals from Tim Cahill and Leighton Baines, when the Man City defense seemed to go to sleep.
And Mario Balotelli, their 20 year old Italian striker was taken off in the second half with what looked like a recurrence of his knee injury, and the player may also miss the game with the Magpies this coming weekend.
But what Everton showed tonight is that a number of Man City players do not like the physical game, and an all out passionate performance by Newcastle the day after Christmas could get the lads another 3 points at home.
But Newcastle could do worse than look at Everton’s game plan, which worked perfectly tonight to get the win at Eastlands, against a team the Toffees did the double over last season.
We’ll look for Newcastle to put in another fighting performance on Sunday afternoon, and if the lads can do that, there’s no reason we cannot take all 3 points.