Match of the Day 05/10/2013

My match of the day is going to be Manchester City vs Everton. This clash was clearly very important for the obvious reasons such as Everton being unbeaten in the premier league this season and Man City having got 3 points at home this season in every fixture they played there. One of those records would have to budge. Joe Hart was a hot topic going into the match having had a screamer against Bayern Munich and generally not looking very confident in goal. Before the match, I generally felt than Norwich City goalkeeper Ruddy deserved a chance in goal for England and it wouldn’t have come as a huge shock to me if he was put in goal for England against Montenegro and Poland.   

  The match took place at the controversially named Ethiad Stadium, the fortress of Manchester City. It didn’t seem much like a fortress however when a long ball left a huge gap in behind Man City’s defence and the man in form, Romelu Lukaku latched on the end to beat Hart. Hart did get a hand to the ball and probably should have saved the shot but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt as replays showed that the ball took an awkward bounce before reaching the City goalkeeper. 15 minutes played, Man City 0-1 Everton. It was a great lead for Everton, although they were unbeaten this season, they were still the underdogs. The lead lasted a massive 92 seconds as Yaya Toure slid through a brilliantly disguised through ball for Alvaro Negredo to latch onto, striking the ball with his left foot to score his first Premier League goal of the season. 16 minutes played, Man City 1-1 Everton. A giant hammer blow came for City as captain Vincent Kompany came off after 34 minutes with a leg injury. I thought that City heads would then drop but they proved me wrong as Aguero fired home from a tight angle after missing several previous shots. 44 minutes played, Man City 2-1 Everton. The second half was not nearly up to the standard of the first with the only goal coming from a controversial penalty which was given for much less than a foul on Lukaku at the other end which incidentally, wasn’t given. Howard was extremely unlucky as he pushed Aguero’s penalty onto the post but it ricocheted off of him and went back in, counted as an own goal. 69 minutes played, Man City 3-1 Everton. The match finished at that scoreline with Everton’s unbeaten streak coming to an end but I must say that they were, in my opinion, good money for a draw and were unlucky not to get this result. A solid match in general for Hart should see him start for England against Montenegro an Poland. I think that Everton are playing better without Fellaini but they could’ve done with a player like him in midfield today. All in all, a good match but Everton were unlucky not to get a draw.

-SJ

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