Summary: Everton reinforced their push for European football and nudged QPR another step closer to the Premier League trapdoor after securing an easy win at Goodison Park.
The R’s now look destined to spend next season in the Championship after succumbing to an 11th defeat on the road as the Toffees solidified their position in the Premier League’s top-six. It wasn’t until five minutes before half time that David Moyes’ men struck first blood and came after Tim Howard had produced a miraculous save to deny Park Ji-Sung from putting the visitors in front.
Leighton Baines worked space to cross down the left with the ball finding its way to Darron Gibson outside the penalty area with his drilled strike looked a routine save for Julio Cesar until Clint Hill flicked out a leg and deflected it past the despairing Brazilian keeper. Victor Anichebe wrapped up the points after the break when he flicked the ball home from Baines corner that was headed on by Sylvain Distin.
David Moyes post-match…“It’s a really important three points, because I was worried about today’s game. QPR have a lot to play for and they are almost getting to a situation where they don’t have much to play for.”
Harry Redknapp post-match…“I can’t stand there and go no [we can’t do it], if it’s a no I may as well go on holiday now. We have to believe. We have to beat Stoke, we have to beat Reading, then Newcastle and Arsenal. I know it’s tough but while you’ve got a chance you have to keep going.”
Good day for?…Darron Gibson: Held a strong measure of control in midfield and was by far and large Everton’s best player on the day. Capped off his performance off with a goal just before the break that put his side on the path to victory.
Bad day for?…Jose Boswinga: An afternoon to forget for the veteran Portuguese full back and will have been relieved to depart Goodison Park after being tortured by Everton duo Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar for 90 minutes.