Everton fight back for a point

Everton remain six points clear of Liverpool after they fought back from 2-0 down to claim a point in a combative Merseyside derby.

Last Updated: 30/10/12 at 11:37 Post Comment

Steven Naismith: First Everton goal secures a point in Merseyside derby

Steven Naismith: First Everton goal secures a point in Merseyside derby

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Leighton Baines' own goal and Luis Suarez's header were cancelled out by Leon Osman and Steven Naismith in a helter-skelter opening half, with Suarez's injury-time disallowed effort adding late controversy.

Kevin Mirallas created early danger when he weaved his way down the inside-left channel but Martin Skrtel was on hand to cut out his driven cross.

Moments later Jose Enrique skipped free down the left and his delivery found its way to Suarez, whose drilled cross-shot flew in off the back of Baines' leg (14).

If Suarez's celebratory swan dive in front of the home bench angered the Everton faithful, their mood darkened further when the Uruguayan stole in to glance home a header from Steven Gerrard's free-kick (20).

Osman (22) gave the home side an instant lift as Brad Jones' weak punch fell perfectly for the Everton midfielder to slot home from 18 yards, courtesy of a slight deflection off Joe Allen.

Suarez was threatening at the other end while Jones was again unconvincing dealing with a high ball under pressure as both defences looked bereft of confidence.

The Liverpool keeper was helpless when Naismith timed his run perfectly to meet Marouane Fellaini's clipped cross to claim the equaliser with his first goal for Everton (35).

Andre Wisdom's cross just eluded Suarez but Raheem Sterling then produced a horrendous shank when clean through on Tim Howard.

The Everton keeper parried Gerrard's long-range free-kick while Nikica Jelavic, who had struggled all afternoon, planted a free header wide.

A prone Phil Jagielka denied Gerrard a late winner while Baines had to be alert to deny a darting Suarez as ill-will trumped skill in a niggly final quarter.

Suarez thought he had won it deep in added time as he latched onto Sebastian Coates' knockdown, but his flicked finish was ruled out for a debatable offside decision.

EvertonTeam StatisticsLiverpool
2Goals2
21st Half Goals2
4Shots on Target3
9Shots off Target8
3Blocked Shots2
9Corners5
17Fouls19
3Offsides3
4Yellow Cards3
0Red Cards0
78.5Passing Success76.8
20Tackles23
55Tackles Success82.6
56.2Possession43.8
59.8Territorial Advantage40.2
400Total Passes314
34Total Crosses17
168Lost Balls158
55Recoveries64
55.91st Half Poss.44.1
56.22nd Half Poss.43.8

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