ANDREW VORCE - Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Tim Howard and Everton could only manage a road draw against a Sunderland team who beat Chelsea in their last outing.
Everton got the lead through none other than Tim Cahill after a trade mark finish. Just six minutes into the match Leighton Baines sent in an inviting ball, but the Australian hit man converted a clinical header from 12 yards out past Craig Gordon.
It was the Danny Welbeck show as far as Sunderland was concerned, netting in the 23rd minute to bring the Black Cats level. The on loan Manchester United youngster tucked away the equalizer after being left unmarked at the near post, finishing after being picked out by Bolo Zenden.
Welbeck went on to give Sunderland the lead after Keieran Richardson appeared to pick up possession after coming back from an offsides position after Everton headed away a corner kick. Richardson wasted little time, sending in a dangerous cross and the teenager headed the ball on as it fell inside of Howards back post in the 70th minute.
Everton had a majority of the chances, finally finding the equalizer with seven minutes left to go. Mikel Arteta turned his defender on the top of the 18 before letting fly from outside the area. Gordon was partially shielded, but the shot took a deflection off of Phil Bardsley and into the back of the net.
Jermaine Beckford should have won it in the dying seconds after going one on one with Gordon, but put his shot over the bar. John Heiting and Jack Rodwell were the only two booked in the game as Everton face West Brom at home on Saturday.