FT: Everton 2 Sunderland 1

Thanks for joining me this afternoon, sorry I couldn't post all your comments, will try to do so next time. Post-match reports and reaction coming right up.

Everton show great powers of recovery yet again to somehow fight back from behind yet again. Sunderland have every right to feel aggreived though as they put in a brave performance. They won't be near the bottom of the table for long on this display.

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Full time: Everton 2 Sunderland 1

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Rose thinks he was won a free-kick for a block by Fellaini, but the referee gives it the other way, not sure why. Rose is booked for his protests.

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Vaughan is booked for a late trip on Baines.

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Sessegnon puts in a low cross from the left but it rolls into the arms of Howard.

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Hitzlsperger has a shot from distance, but he drags his shot wide.

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Five minutes to be added on - remember Everton conceded an injury time equaliser at Fulham last week.

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Great handling by Tim Howard as he rises to claim a looping cross into the box.

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Final change for Sunderland: Connor Wickham is on for Jack Colback.

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It is a nervy Goodison now as Sunderland press for an equaliser, it could be a long few minutes for Toffees fans.

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Change for Everton: Jelavic is replaced by Thomas Hitzlsperger for his Everton debut.

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Chance for Sunderland!! Everton struggle to clear a free-kick, the ball falls to Cuellar at the far post. but his goalbound shot hits Gardner and goes wide!

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What a comeback by Everton! A lovely flick by Fellaini nutmegs O'Shea and finds Jelavic, who slides past Mignolet!

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Goal for Everton!! Jelavic!

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Everton are level and it's that man again! Marouane Fellaini drilling the ball home from the edge of the area!

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Goal for Everton!! Fellaini!

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Coleman chips in a decent cross from the right, Vellios rises, but Mignolet claims the looping header comfortably.

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Pienaar and Baines try to combine, but Pienaar puts the pass straight out of play. It's that kind of day for Everton.

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Change for Everton: Phil Neville is replaced by Apostolos Vellios.

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Louis Saha thinks he is clean through but the linesman belatedly puts his flag up, offside.

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O'Shea does well to head Baines' delivery away.

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Change for Sunderland: Fletcher off, Louis Saha on.

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Craig Gardner is booked for a foul on Baines, free-kick to Everton on their left, chance to put the ball in the box.

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McClean thinks he has nudged past Jagielka, but the referee blows for a high foot.

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It just isn't happening for Everton so far in this game, credit to Sunderland though, they are defenidng really, really well.

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Larsson puts in a great tackle on Jelavic but comes off worse, looks like he caught his ankle. The referee waves play on though.

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The Everton fans are getting restless as the home side's passing starts to go awry. The visitors, however, are growing in confidence.

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You can see why Sunderland have been so tight defensively this season, O'Shea and Cuellar are looking like a solid partnership.

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Heitinga is booked for a late tackle on Steven Fletcher near the half way line.

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Great chance for Everton! Baines puts in a free-kick from the left, Heitinga rises unmarked but plants his header wide, he should be getting the ball on target there.

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Fletcher hobbles off, but is quickly back on. Panic over Sunderland fans.

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Injury worry for Sunderland, Steven Fletcher goes down after being caught (accidently) by Heitinga on his left ankle, the physio is on.

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Off the line!! Pienaar's corner is met by Heitinga but Johnson is stationed on the far post and volleys clear.

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Heitinga has a left-footed shot towards goal but Rose does well to clear with his head.

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Pienaar puts in a great cross towards Fellaini, but just as he and Mignolet go for the ball, the referee blows for offside, free-kick Sunderland.

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Sunderland gets us underway in the second half.

Here come the two sides for the second half....

รพ@DaleyRob says:"Best we've played all season, hopefully can hang on."

@calblanchard says : "Would of been typical SAFC had Everton nicked the first half there. Should be two up in my opinion. Will take one up @ Goodison though."

@KershieFLM says: "Knew safc could bring their A game today, gotta keep it going 2nd half, haway the lads!"

@AlanRNewton says: "Really poor half from Everton. Overplaying it in final third, not enough tempo and very poor at the back. No leadership."

What are your thoughts on the half? You can email me: Tom.Mallows@bskyb.com or send me a Tweet: @Tom_Mallows.

Adam Johnson's strike was virtually the last kick off the half, Everton go behind in the league yet again. Sunderland will argue they deserve their advantage though as they had missed three great chances prior to that.

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Half time: Everton 0 Sunderland 1

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Perfect time to score and you cannot say it isn't deserved. Everton fail to clear a corner, the ball is played back in and JOHNSON finds himself free at the far post to tuck home a neat half-volley past Tim Howard.

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GOAL FOR SUNDERLAND!! JOHNSON!

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One minute will be added on.

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Phil Neville (yes, Phil Neville!) tries a shot from 25 yards that Mignolet pushes away. Decent effort that from the Everton skipper.

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Everton have had the majority of the possession but it is Sunderland who should be in front, they have missed three gilt edged chances.

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Another chance for Sunderland! Fletcher does well to play in Colback down the Sunderland right, but despite having time and space his finish is tame and Howard claims comfortably.

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Baines fires it in towards Jelavic at the near post but it is at an awkward height and he can't get the ball on target.

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Screams for a penalty as Seamus Coleman goes down, but the referee's assistant correctly adjudges that Coleman was just outside the area, free-kick.

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Everton break down the left and Pienaar finds himself at the byline, but his low cross is parried behind by Mignolet.

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Baines bursts into the Sunderland half and tries to feed Jelavic, but he over-hits the pass and Danny Rose can intercept.

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I put Mirallas into my fantasy team this week by the way, I must be a curse.

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Change for Everton: Mirallas goes off, Naismith comes on.

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Injury blow for Everton, Kevin Mirallas has injured a hamstring and will have to be substituted, the Toffees briefly go down to 10 men as Steven Naismith gets ready to come on.

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Everton break forward as Mirallas finds Pienaar on the right, he fires in a shot but it is straight at Mignolet and he pushes the ball away.

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Fellaini takes his time falling to the floor under pressure from McLean on the right, the ref awards the free-kick. Baines puts it in towards Jelavic, who heads the ball into the arm of Gardmer. Jelavic appeals for a penalty but the refree rightly turns his appeal down.

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Jack Colback is penalised for handball, free-kick Everton inside their own half.

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Everton take it short, Mirallas then delivers to Fellaini, but as Simon Mignolet tries to claim, the referee blows for a foul on the Sunderland 'keeper.

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Everton build down the left again, Mirallas then feeds Jelavic, but his shot deflects over for a corner.

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Everton having the majority of the possession at present, pressing and probing on the edge of the Sunderland box. But no real chances to speak of for the Toffees so far.

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More lovely play by Everton as Jelavic and Mirallas combine on the edge of the box, but the ball just doesn't sit for Mirallas and the chance goes begging.

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After a nervy opening ten minutes and a couple of let offs, Everton are settling now.

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John O'Shea then shows great strength to hold off Leighton Baines as the England man bursts into the area, good defending.

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Cuellar does well to head the free kick away from the lurking Fellaini. Everton retain possession though and Mirallas bursts into the area, his low cross from the byline just about cleared by Sunderland.

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Coleman is tripped by James McClean on the right touchline, free-kick to Everton.

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It has been a really open game so far. Credit to Sunderland, they are not playing like side that is supposedly struggling.

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Mirallas turns smartly in the penalty area but his low shot is well blocked by Carlos Cuellar.

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Another chance for Sunderland! Steven Fletcher gets in behind the right-hand side of the Toffees defence, his slide-rule shot looks to be creeping in but it rolls agonisingly wide of the left hand post. Big let off for Everton.

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Leon Osman goes down following an accidental clash of heads with his own team-mate Johnny Heitinga. He is a tough cookie though Osman and he quickly gets up and carries on.

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That Sessegnon effort has galvanised the visitors, they are dominating the possession at present.

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Great chance for Sunderland! Stephane Sessegnon muscles past Seamus Coleman and finds himself clean through, but Tim Howard does well to spread himself and save - a player of Sessegnon's quality should have scored there though.

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Lovely play by Kevin Mirallas as he plays in Nikica Jelavic, but in his desperation to get the ball on his right foot he stumbles over, half hearted penalty claims are quickly turned down.

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Steven Pienaar has the chance to get a shot in on goal following a poor Sunderland clearance, but he completely slices his effort and the Black Cats can clear.

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Leighton Baines puts it in, but Sunderland manage to scramble it away.

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Craig Gardner is penalised straight away for a foul on Marouane Fellaini, free-kick Everton on the left.

Everton get us underway, kicking toward the Park End goal first up.

Both sets of players and supporters impeccably observe a minutes silence for Remembrance weekend. With the formalities out of the way, kick-off is imminent.

Leon Osman gets a big clap following his England call-up, his 'Movember' attempt looks a bit suspect however.

Just to confirm, Lee Cattermole's absence is explained by a hamstring injury picked up in training yesterday.

The familiar anthem of Z-Cars rings around the stadium as the two sides take to the field....

Lee Mason is your referee by the way. The players are gathering in the tunnel.....

Just as I write that, Reid is introduced to the Everton crowd. Unsurprisingly he gets a rousing reception, even Kilnsmann gives him a clap.

Ex-player/manager spot: Former Everton midfielder and ex-Sunderland manager Peter Reid is also in the crowd today.

@dodds7 Tweeted: "As a Sunderland fan I always back my team but our form has been poor lately so short of a miracle I'm predicting a 3-1 loss."

These two clubs played each other four times last season. In the league it was 1-1 at the Stadium Of Light while the Toffees won the reverse fixture 4-0. In the FA Cup, a 1-1 draw at Goodison was followed up by a 2-0 Everton win in the replay in the north-east. I think it is safe to say Everton are not Sunderland's favourite opponents.

Manager spot: USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann is in the Goodison crowd this afternoon, getting a closer look at the displays of his number one goalkeeper Tim Howard.

It is also the start of a big week for Leon Osman. The Toffees midfielder received his first call-up to the England squad this week for next Wednesday's friendly in Sweden.

We have a Sunderland fan! @safcajm1 tweeted: "hoping for a win today! Haway the lads!"

A couple of ex-Toffees on the Sunderland bench in the form of Louis Saha and James McFadden. I'm sure they will receive a warm welcome from the Goodison crowd - unless they come on and score that is!

Don't forget you can email me Tom.Mallows@bskyb.com or Tweet me your views @Tom_Mallows.

Lot of love out there for Everton, perhaps unsurprisingly given their fine form and impressive record against the Black Cats. Any Sunderland fans out there think their side can spring a surprise?

Stewart MacLaren says: "Everton will beat Sunderland 3-1 at Goodison Park this afternoon with goals from Baines, Fellaini & Jelavic."

Andy Mackenzie says: "Predicting a comfortable Everton victory today, 2-0 with goals from Fellani and Mirallas."

Chris Capper says: "With their performances lately it is only a matter of time before someone gets a battering by Everton and I think unfortunately for Martin O'Neill, it will be his Sunderland team today."

Gabriel Sutton says: "I can't see past a comfortable Everton win here. The Black Cats are okay defensively but they just don't score enough goals.2-0 Everton, quite fancy Mirallas for a goal."

Sunderland are without a win in 12 away league games, losing five and drawing seven.

Everton have conceded first in each of their last five league games but haven't lost any of them (1W 4D) - this is the first time this has ever happened in the Premier League.

Everton have attempted 200 shots this season (inc. blocked), more than any other team in any of Europe's big five leagues.

The Black Cats have managed just 12 shots on target in the Premier League this season, at least 21 fewer than any other Premier League side (Aston Villa and Reading 33).

Everton have won 11 and lost none of their last 15 Premier League games with Sunderland.

Feeling optimistic? Pessimistic? Here are some stats to help (or hinder) your pre-match feelings....

So, what do you think of those line-ups? What are your predictions for today? Don't forget you can have your say by emailing me Tom.Mallows@bskyb.com or send me a Tweet: @Tom_Mallows. I will do my upmost to post the best comments.

Sunderland make two changes, with James McClean and Danny Rose in for Lee Cattermole and Phil Bardsley. Craig Gardner is expected to revert to right-back as a result of those changes.

Everton boss David Moyes names an unchanged side from the one that drew 2-2 with Fulham last weekend, with the in-form Marouane Fellaini again expected to push on and support Croatia striker Nikica Jelavic.

Sunderland subs: Wickham, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Bramble, McFadden, Saha, Westwood.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, Cuellar, O'Shea, Larsson, Colback, McClean, Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher.

Everton subs: Mucha, Oviedo, Naismith, Distin, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Vellios

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Heitinga, Jagielka, Mirallas, Pienaar, Osman, Neville, Fellaini, Jelavic

First thing's first the teams, both starting XIs coming right up.....

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the game at Goodison Park, it's Everton taking on Sunderland.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 27 September 2014
12:45
Liverpool v Everton  
15:00
Chelsea v A Villa  
C Palace v Leicester  
Hull City v Man City  
Man Utd v West Ham  
Southampton v QPR  
Sunderland v Swansea  
17:30
Arsenal v Tottenham  
Sunday, 28 September 2014
16:00
West Brom v Burnley  
Monday, 29 September 2014
20:00
Stoke v Newcastle  
Saturday, 04 October 2014
15:00
Hull City v C Palace  
Leicester v Burnley  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 5 9 13
2 Southampton 5 6 10
3 A Villa 5 0 10
4 Arsenal 5 4 9
5 Swansea 5 2 9
6 Man City 5 3 8
7 Leicester 5 1 8
8 West Ham 5 1 7
9 Tottenham 5 1 7
10 Hull City 5 0 6
11 Liverpool 5 -1 6
12 Man Utd 5 1 5
13 Stoke 5 -1 5
14 Everton 5 -2 5
15 C Palace 5 -2 5
16 West Brom 5 -4 5
17 Sunderland 5 -1 4
18 QPR 5 -8 4
19 Burnley 5 -3 3
20 Newcastle 5 -6 3

Updated Sun, 21 Sep 2014

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