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Premier League: Everton 3 Reading 1

2 March 2013 18:44

Everton maintained their push for European football next season with a resounding 3-1 win over Reading at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Goals from Marouane Fellaini, Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas gave

the Toffees victory after David Moyes' side had lost their previous

two league fixtures.

Hal Robson-Kanu scored the visitors' goal late on, but Reading have now lost eight of their past 10 games away from home.


Everton made two changes to the side that eased past Oldham Athletic in the FA

Cup, Jan Mucha replacing Tim Howard in goal and Marouane Fellaini coming in

for Phil Neville.


Reading meanwhile made three changes with Stuart Taylor, Noel Hunt and Adam Le

Fondre replacing Adam Federici, Pavel Pogrebnyak and Jem Karacan in the 11

beaten 3-0 by Wigan Athletic last weekend.


Jimmy Kebe needed to be replaced 19 minutes in for Reading after the lively

winger picked up a groin injury and had to make way for Robson-Kanu.


Reading were almost in front shortly after through Le Fondre, the striker

rattling the woodwork from just inside the box after a corner.


Nikica Jelavic then found his way in behind the defence from a great long ball

but the out-of-form striker drove his shot against the legs of Taylor and away

for a corner.


Mirallas very nearly scored one of the goals of the season just after the

half-hour mark, bursting forward from the halfway line before firing a right-footed

shot from the edge of the area that Taylor somehow managed to save.


Fellaini put the hosts in front after 42 minutes, heading home from close range

after a great right-wing cross from Seamus Coleman, putting Everton up 1-0 at

the break.


Everton's Belgian contingent of Fellaini and Mirallas both went close before

Jelavic and Fellaini failed to convert during a frenzied scramble in the

Reading penalty area.


Pienaar got Everton’s second after 58 minutes, collecting the ball on the

halfway line from Fellaini before charging towards the Reading goal. The winger

cut inside on his left foot at the edge of the area before unleashing an

unstoppable strike into the top left corner of the goal to make it 2-0.


It was almost three for the Toffees a few minutes later when Mirallas'

tremendous close control in the area saw him drill past the far post where

Fellaini was running for a tap-in.


The visitors were appealing for a penalty when a cross struck the arm of

Sylvain Distin, but the referee did not give the spot kick.


A terrific performance from Mirallas deserved a goal and the winger got it

after 66 minutes, hooking the ball in at the near post after Pienaar's through

ball.


Jobi McAnuff had Mucha sprawling at the left hand post with a great shot before

the goalkeeper stopped Hunt scoring from Robson-Kanu's cross.


Darron Gibson and McAnuff then both went close with great efforts at either end

just a minute apart.


Robson-Kanu pulled one back for Reading late on with a close range header from Ian

Harte's cross before Victor Anichebe had an effort cleared off the line.

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3 - 1

Competition
Premier League
Date
2 March 2013
Game week
28
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
3 - 1
Venue
Goodison Park (Liverpool)
Attendance
35244

Goals

M. Fellaini 42'
(assist by S. Coleman) 
1 - 0
S. Pienaar 59'
(assist by M. Fellaini) 
2 - 0
K. Mirallas 66'
(assist by S. Pienaar) 
3 - 0
3 - 1
84' H. Robson-Kanu
 (assist by I. Harte)

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
19 84'
30
2
4
12
15
42

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0
16 0 +0 0
17 0 +0 0
18 0 +0 0
19 0 +0 0
20 0 +0 0

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