Football: Everton's day of dismissals
Tuesday 29 December 1992
Everton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
AS IF their life is not difficult enough already, Everton yesterday allowed themselves to be reduced to nine men - including the loss of their goalkeeper Neville Southall - and fell three goals behind before accomplishing an unlikely comeback that in the end almost cost Queen's Park Rangers what should have been their most comfortable win of the season.
The dismissal of Paul Rideout late in the first half was inevitable, but an earlier decision to send off Southall was fraught with controversy. Rideout had clearly kicked out at the prone Darren Peacock and could have no complaint. Southall, however, had been forced to advance as Les Ferdinand's pace worried Dave Watson, who headed back towards his keeper. Southall instinctively caught the ball but by then was outside the area.
Admittedly, he denied Rangers a scoring opportunity but more lenient referees might have been forgiving, and the game might not have been given as a gift to Rangers.
The competitive pleasure seemed to evaporate after Southall left. He had given necessary insurance to an Everton team initially full of ideas but dangerously loose at the back. Afterwards poor Jason Kearton, recently arrived from Australia and making his debut, was exposed not because of any personal deficiencies but because of Rideout's action which put the team under unnecessary pressure.
Kearton, who made several commendable saves, had been on the field only three minutes when he threw himself across goal to deflect Simon Barker's close-in header, but Andy Sinton followed up and comfortably beat his recovery effort. Everton's nine men were struggling when in the early moments of the second half Kearton made a headstrong rush to the edge of the area leaving Gary Penrice to slide a long ball into an empty net.
A rout was threatened. After 51 minutes Sinton, on the left of the area and unmarked, placed a shot inside the near post, but inexplicably, Everton were allowed to get a foot back in the door when Barry Horne sliced through the defence to allow Stuart Barlow a good, successful shot. When Barlow then saw another drive deflected in off Clive Wilson, Rangers were under pressure that they should never have endured. Sinton's hat-trick blow two minutes from the end was more comfort than they deserved.
Queen's Park Rangers: Roberts; Bardsley, Wilson, Wilkins, Peacock, McDonald, Barker, Holloway, Ferdinand, Penrice, Sinton. Substitutes not used: Impey, Maddix, Stejskal (gk).
Everton: Southall; Jenkins, Ablett, Horne, Watson, Keown, Warzycha (Kearton, gk, 20), Beardsley, Rideout, Kenny, Beagrie (Barlow, 48). Substitute not used: Radosavljevic.
Referee: G Ashby (Worcester).
The magicians using online collaboration to push boundaries
Jennifer Lawrence attacks mass media again over body image
Latest in Sport
Arsenal can surprise Bayern Munich in the Champions League, says former midfielder Gilberto Silva
Liverpool - January transfer targets
Transfer news: Liverpool - January transfer targets
Transfer news: Manchester United - January transfer targets
Transfer news: Arsenal - Transfer targets for January
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 3 Ian Watkins: Police probed over earlier allegations as paedophile Lostprophets singer sentenced to 35 years for child sex offences
- 4 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber 'retiring from music'
- 5 Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
You can STILL be jailed for being a republican, government confirms, and it remains illegal to even 'imagine' overthrowing the Queen
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
Fighting back: the woman giving a voice (and 49,999 others) to the victims of sexism - by giving an airing to their horror stories
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
Ethan Couch: Texas quadruple murderer – or a victim of ‘affluenza’?
£30000 - £38001 per annum + Benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group: A highly respecta...
£45 - £55 per day: Randstad Education Newcastle: Level 3 Teaching Assistant in...
£21500 - £40000 per day: Randstad Education Plymouth: Randstad Education is th...
£60000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus and Benefits: Harrington Starr: A leading au...