25 March 2006

Reds Sweep Merseyside Derby

Liverpool 3, Everton 1

Everton did not bring their best game to Anfield today, but did arrive equipped with a few pages from Bolton's trademark thugball gameplan. Everton had seven players shown yellow including Duncan Ferguson, who was back after coming off a 7 match ban.

Liverpool played with 10 men from the 18th minute after an uncharacteristc sending off of their captain Steven Gerrard. Everton went down to 10 at 78 minutes when Andy Van der Meyde was shown red, the 5th for Everton in the last 6 Merseyside Derbies.

The Reds benefited from an own goal by Phil Neville and later had a strike by Sami Hyypia erased for offsides on Peter Crouch (which was bunk as the play was not to Crouch). Luis Garcia and Harry Kewell both scored for Liverpool, with Tim Cahill adding a quality header for the Toffies from a corner set peice.

After laying down the gauntlet last week, I see Paul Mirengoff has nothing to say this morning.

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