Everton 3-6 CHELSEA: The Fast and the Furious

Think Crank meets the Fast and the Furious and that sort of sums up events at Goodison yesterday. The whole game was like one long action sequence, with pauses for goals.
We played keep-ball for a whole 35 seconds before Diego Costa started us off with his third goal for Chelsea this season – not bad for a player who’s hamstring injury was reported to look like keeping him out for six weeks. Bums were still barely on seats when Ivanovic had another go at his push for the number 9 shirt with our second on 3 minutes and might have got off slightly lucky with him looking marginally offside.
Tim Howard should have seen red for a Globetrotters moment just ten minutes in but since they still had 11 men on, Everton certainly weren’t going to roll over after their early set back. Romelu Lukaku saw the offside flag with Distin reeling away to celebrate tapping in the former Chelsea man’s header off the post, before realising it hadn’t been given but the Toffees always looked liked scoring and just on half-time, their relentless battling paid off with a pretty good header from Kevin Mirallas.
Several Red Bull’s and an oxygen cylinder later, we were back for the second half – and it was a half that threatened to get a bit feisty with Coleman and Costa seriously winding each other up. Martinez’s post-match comments pointing the finger at Costa smacked of a protective mother though, given Coleman was like a Jack Russell nipping at Costa all game. Fortunately, Karma bit Everton’s irritating little stray squarely on the arse in the 67th minute, with Coleman scoring us a lovely goal past Tim Howard from an Eden Hazard cross. Costa couldn’t resist offering his commiserations to the goalscorer and safe in the knowledge he’d already dodged one red card, Tim Howard rushed to confront Costa before butting heads with Azpilicueta and getting a mere yellow for his tantrum.
A minute later and Steven Naismith poked in Everton’s second and it was game on again. Before we even had time to lament our defending, Nemanja Matic was given too much space by the Everton defence and brought it back to 4-2. But keeping to the all action movie script here, former Chelsea temp Samuel Eto’o popped up to head in within 2 minutes to keep the adrenalin levels topped up. Yet again, we didn’t hold back with our response and it took just a minute for Ramires to link up with Matic before sweeping in our fifth.
Karma was having a good day yesterday though, so when Diego Costa picked up an audacious back heel from John Obi Mikel in the 90th minute, it was inevitable he’d take it round the sprawling Tim Howard to wrap up the proceedings. Job done.
Overall then, in the words of Jose Mourinho, “If the salt and the pepper in football is goals, 9 goals are fantastic ingredients.” Or in my words “cor blimey, that was a bloody game and half!” Jason Statham couldn’t keep up with that.

EVERTON: Mirallas 45, Naismith 69, Eto’o 76
CHELSEA: Costa 1, Ivanovic 3, Coleman 67 o.g., Matic 74, Ramires 77, Costa 90


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