Everton: Howard, Baines, Jagielka, Lescott, Hibbert , Neville , Arteta , Fellaini, Osman, Pienaar , Cahill
Bench: Gosling (Pienaar), Rodwell (Fellaini), Nash, Van der Meyde (Neville), Castillo, Yobo, Jacobsen
Referee: Alan Wiley
Where do you start, the game was from a footballing point of view was a classic. Evertonians have lived through much heartache over the years with Liverpool, but to get a goal with two minutes left on the clock, when the reds had time wasted, cheated and moaned their way through 119 minutes of football it was superb.
After Rafa having a pop at us the other week for parking the bus infront of the goal, their star studded line up held on for their lives and were hoping for a repeat of penalties, which they had won numerous cups from in the past. Steven Gerrard went off and the rest off the team looked at each other as if to say ‘what do we do now?’. Then from that point Everton were the team in control. Of note Tim Howard only had one save to make, while Pepe Reina found his goal under siege. It just seemed to get worse for Liverpool and there fans as Lucas seen red. They were down to ten men, a miracle for us.
The blues then stepped it up a gear with Fellaini getting hauled off and being replaced by Dan Gosling. Not long later Pienaar followed, Jack Rodwell being his replacement. Everton were rampant, with Torres looking Liverpool’s only threat, but then again he could not really do anything sat in Jagielka’s pocket.
Extra time loomed. Osman hit the post, Tim Cahill went close. The clock ticked down, penalties were on the horizon until the ball landed at Dan’s feet. A shimmy here, a shimmy there and his shot curled past Pepe Reina in the Park End net. Cue Bedlam. It took a deflection but he was the one that was going to claim the goal and live in the Everton books for ever as the ‘derby hero’ . Wiley piped up with his whistle to minutes later and Goodison roared. We had beat Liverpool! Knocked them out of the cup. They will tell us that the premiership means everything to them but the look on Carragher’s face at the final whistle tells a completely different story! Tonight it’s the evertonians that go home the happy ones!
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