Date:Wednesday December 4 2013
Wednesday, November 4, 19:45
Everton broke a 20 year hoodoo as they beat Manchester United led by former manager David Moyes, 1-0 at Old Trafford courtesy of a late strike from Bryan Oviedo. In what was a largely even affair with both sides creating chances, it was Everton's left back that found himself in the right place at the right time to score his second goal in as many matches to give Everton the 3pts, a result which sees them 5th, level with 4th placed Liverpool as Martinez impressive start as Everton manager continues.
Everton made two changes to the side that beat Stoke 4-0 on the weekend, the impressive Deulofeu and Osman were dropped as Barkley and Mirallas regained their places in the starting XI. For United they also made two changes to the side that drew with Spurs with Evans and the suspended Jones replaced by Rafael and ex-toffee Fellaini.
Martinez promised a more attacking Everton and he definitely kept his word as Everton started the brightest in the early stages and created the first notable chance with Kevin Mirallas stinging the palms of United keeper De Gea from 20yds out. However, as the match went on the Champions began to flex their muscles as star man Wayne Rooney forced a good reaction save from Tim Howard from close range, the Englishman was also centimetres away from tapping in a Patrice Evra cross, however could not get his foot onto it.
Then United had the best chance of the first half as Wayne Rooney picked up the ball on the edge of the box, then with his quick feet he managed to make some room for a shot which took a big deflection off of Distin and Howard could only watch as the ball crashed into the post, however the American shot stopper was the quickest to react to rebound managing to poke the ball out of the path of a couple of United players.
It was a largely even first half, Everton were good early on in the half and United shaded it towards the end, both sides created some chances, with United probably creating the slightly better chances, but Everton would've been happy with entering half time with the draw.
In the 2nd half, United created the first chance inside the first 5 minutes after Howard had to parry away an Evra thunderbolt from 25yds out. Around the hour mark Martinez introduced the impressive youngster Gerard Deulofeu in place of Ross Barkley, and the Spaniard nearly had an immediate effect, after some nice build up play in midfield, Lukaku threaded through Deulofeu on the right side, then the youngster continued his run into the box and tried to slide it under the legs of De Gea, however the shot stopper was up to the task as he pulled off a fine block, then seconds later United youngster Januzaj had his effort from 25yds saved by Howard.
United then began to really crank up the pressure on the Everton side as the Everton defence had to deal with wave after wave of attacks and around the 70th min mark United had their best chance of the game. An in swinging corner was met powerfully by Patrice Evra, however his header was directed straight at Howard who pulled off a fine reaction save, the rebound fell straight to Welbeck, but Welbeck could only guide his header onto the crossbar and Everton managed to clear the danger.
With United failing to capitalise on their chances, Everton then issued a warning to the United side that they were capable of scoring themselves. Everton were next to hit the woodwork after a Kevin Mirallas free kick left De Gea with little chance only for the woodwork to come to United's rescue.
With 5mins to go, Everton ultimately punished the United side as left back Bryan Oviedo found himself at the right place at the right time to slot home the winner. After Lukaku managed to turn Fellaini at the edge of the box, his shot across goal was mishit, however Oviedo was at the far post to slide it under the sprawling De Gea and give Everton their first win at Old Trafford since 1992.
It was a good performance from Everton and a signal of their intent under Martinez, Martinez wanted Everton not to be afraid of United and play our brand of football, and it paid off, albeit with Untied missing some chances. It was a massive feather in Martinez's cap to get this win, much was made of Moyes' poor record against the traditional sky 4 clubs, where he did not manage to beat them away from home in his 44 attempts, and for Martinez to do it on his first attempt is a testament not only to Martinez but to his players. It does't get any easier for Martinez and his players as they travel to the home of the league leaders Arsenal on the weekend in search of another big away win, and with confidence sky high at the moment, it would take a brave man to write this Everton side off. COYB!!!
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Date:Wednesday December 4 2013
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