Sunday, April 12, 2009

Villa spoils Toffees day

Heading into Villa Park, Everton had the firm mission of leaving with three points and leaping over their hosts for a Champions League spot. However with a stunning two comeback by Aston Villa the match ended with a 3-3 draw and David Moyes' forces will need to wait for another day.

Former Standard de Liège midfielder Marouane Fellaini continued his remarkable play for the Toffees as he sent Leighton Baines cross in from close range at the twentieth minute. With a tide clearly in Everton's favour Aussie international Timmy Cahill fought his way into the box to nod in the rebound of his own effort that came off the cross-bar. However any thoughts of taking complete control of the match ended soon as the play was wide-open and couldn't be slowed. Three minutes after the hour John Carew brought Villa within one from close-range as Tim Howard in a rare slip up, seemed out of sorts in allowing a cross into the box go without challenge. Eight minutes after the break Phil Neville's provision to Steven Pienaar resulting in a perfect strike into the net from seventeen metres. However 'Villa came storming back, first with James Milner's perfectly placed free-kick two minutes later before the stage was set for the dramatic leveler. Five minutes past the hour Joleon Lescott was adjudged a controversial penalty for a high contact of Stiliyan Petrov by none other than referee Howard Webb. Along with the referee's resume of questionable calls, it was unclear if contact was made and whether a penalty was deserving. However Gareth Barry sent the ball in to bring it to a 3-3 draw.