Saturday, May 30, 2009

Everton's FA Cup dream ends in defeat

Everton's dream of hoisting the FA Cup came to an end as they lost 2-1 to Chelsea at Wembley.

The match started perfectly of David Moyes' side as they grabbed the 1-0 lead less than thirty seconds as Marouane Fellaini provided the ball to Louis Saha for a close range finish. However down a goal, Guus Hiddink took care in providing his side a patient vision and they squared the match up twenty minutes in by Florent Malouda's cross was headed in with power by Didier Drogba. Everton was clearly on their heels now as Chelsea was in a attacking mode. At the half Lars Jacobsen was summoned in for Tony Hibbert to try and shore up the problems at the back but Chelsea was driving forward relentlessly. After a Saha header screamed just wide of the post Frank Lampard got on the end of Michael Ballack's pass and pounded the ball in with eighteen minutes left. With the goal Chelsea's confidence grew and the Toffees barely threatened as the match ended with a 2-1 loss.

Following the match David Moyes echoed his support of this side to BBC Sport:

"It's disappointing not to finish with a trophy but I'm very proud of the players. I can't fault them, they have been excellent and I've told them that," he said.

"I've got to give them credit. Last year we reached a semi-final in the League Cup, this year a final.

"Whether or not we won, it was progress for us. Hopefully the next bit, winning a cup, will come next year."