December 2008 Archives
STEVEN PIENAAR'S only goal of the season so far has been taken from him.
But the Blues' midfielder has targeted progress in the FA Cup as the best way of bouncing back from that disappointment.
The FA's dubious goals panel has ruled that Pienaar's matchwinner at Tottenham on November 30 was a Vedran Corluka own goal.
There was better news for Louis Saha, whose first strike at West Ham three weeks earlier which also took a slight deflection off Lucas Neill, has been cred- ited to the striker.
But Pienaar is focusing on Saturday's FA Cup trip to Macclesfield.
Yesterday's Everton v Sunderland match saw yet again an Everton side without a single acknowledged fit striker named in the starting eleven due to injuries. However an outstanding "classical performance" from Mikel Arteta and with excellent form from senior players like Jolean Lescott, Phil Jagielka, Tim Cahill making an assured Everton victory come to fruition with only a handful of Sunderland chances or shots on goal in 92 minutes of play. Even when the odd dubious chance arose the assurance of Tim Howard gave only momentary things for blues to worry about. There was only a 10 minute spell in the second half where Everton needed to get a hold of the ball and put a foot on it, possibly due to fatigue and in which Anichebe, Gosling and Lukas Jutkiewicz were brought on and didn't disappoint. Everton shored up, the workrate increased and a rout seemed inevitable.