Everton 1-1 Blackburn Rovers – Match Review

David Goodwillie’s equaliser 18 minutes from time kept Blackburn from dropping back into the relegation zone as they held Everton at Goodison Park.

Steve Kean’s side looked set to fall back into the bottom three after Tim Cahill’s first goal in over a year put Everton into a controversial first half lead before Goodwillie equalised in fortuitous circumstances late on. There is no doubt that Rovers will have been happy to leave Merseyside with a share of the spoils before kick off but their encouraging performance should have seen them go home with all three points. It was another drab home showing from David Moyes’ men who have now picked up only three wins from 11 at Goodison Park as their top half ambitions continue to slip away.

An entertaining first period saw both sides go close in the early stages with Victor Anichebe squandering a volleyed chance before Tim Howard saved smartly with his feet from David Dunn’s strike at the other end. It was Blackburn who looked more likely to open the scoring as Scott Dann saw his looping header hit the post before Phil Neville went close to celebrating his 35th birthday in style. The home side were celebrating soon after though as Cahill put the Toffees into the lead in controversial circumstances tapping the ball in from close to score his first goal in 34 games after being found by Marouane Fellaini. However Rovers felt the goal shouldn’t have been ruled out after the Belgian midfielder appeared to control the ball with his hand in the build up only for their appeals to referee Mark Halsey falling on deaf ears. But instead of complaining the visitors went in search of an equaliser and Dunn was left ruining his luck after seeing his strike bounce back off the post.

Radosav Petrovic went close just after the break flashing a 30-yard effort just after the break as Kean’s men strived to get the better of Everton’s injury hit back four. Everton threatened nothing in the second half prompting Moyes to throw Royston Drenthe on with the Dutch winger having an immediate impact flashing the ball across Blackburn’s penalty area. Still, the away side continued to press and they finally made the breakthrough in the 72 minute after Howard let Morten Gamst Pedersen’s free kick slip through his hands only for Cahill to see his clearance bounce back off Goodwillie and into the net. The hosts desperately tried to regain the lead and went close through Shane Duffy’s header but had to settle for a point that will serve Rovers well in their fight for survival