Everton vs. Reading: Premier League Live Updates, Analysis
Saturday March 2 - English Premier League - Goodison Park, Liverpool
EVERTON 3-1 READING
Goals: Fellaini, 42 mins, Pienaar, 59 mins, Mirallas, 66 mins, Robson-Kanu, 81 mins,
Everton: Mucha, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Coleman, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic, Mirallas.
Subs: Springthorpe, Heitinga, Neville, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Naismith, Anichebe.
Reading: Taylor, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte, Kelly, Leigertwood, McAnuff, Kebe, Akpan, Le Fondre, Hunt.
Subs: Henly, Gunter, Morrison, Karacan, Robson-Kanu, McCleary, Blackman.
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Everton turned it on in the second half after Fellaini's header gave them an undeserved lead. However, Pienaar, Gibson, Mirallas, Coleman and Fellaini were superb for the Blues after the break, carving their opponents open with ease, and Reading simply didn't have enough in the tank to compete. Pienaar's superb shot and a classy Mirallas finish finished off the game.
Defensively, the Royals were very poor but it could have been oh so different if Adam Le Fondre had dispatched his early opportunity. Instead, Robson-Kanu's late strike was their only reward for a battling display, but they are deep in the mire of a relegation battle now, and on this showing it will take a huge effort from McDermott's men to get out of it.
For Everton, a Champions League spot is probably just out of reach for them this season, but you can't help but be impressed by their position considering their resources.
Full Time: Everton 3-1 Reading
30 seconds left ...
Goodison Park is beginning to empty. The game is practically over. Reading teased us with that goal, didn't they? I feel used.
There will be 3 minutes of added time. Hitzlsperger shoots from 30 yards out. It's tame. Gutted.
Moyes will be disappointed that his side have failed to keep a clean sheet. But their backline has been adjusted throughout the week and game.
Two minutes plus added time left. Can Jelavic can a confidence boosting goal? Can Hitzlsperger break the net? Let's hope so.
Everton have taken control of this game again. Anichebe bursts down the left flank, like Thierry Henry, only to see his shot cleared off the line after he had beaten the goalkeeper. Unlucky.
Reading have six minutes to complete their comeback.
Everton 3-1 Reading
Hal Robson-Kanu heads home an Ian Harte cross from just outside the six-yard box. They can't, can they?
Steven Pienaar, who has been magnificent for the last half an hour, is taken off and on comes THOMAS HITZLSPERGER. YES! Thanks David. Shoot.
Everton are keeping Reading at bay with ease. Their good form after Christmas has dissipated and they really are in a relegation dog-fight. It will take a big effort from them to get out of it.
I like Darron Gibson. He was harshly treated by United fans for simply not being Paul Scholes, but he has found his level at Everton. I'd much rather see Hitzlsperger on the pitch though. Do it Moyes, do it. Please.
Everton look quite content now. And so they should do. It's been a devastating second-half performance by Moyes' men.
Some more nice approach play, sees Mirallas shoot from just outside the box, and Taylor smartly turns it around for a corner. Which comes to nothing.
It comes to nothing. Again. McDermott will be disappointed at the lack of threat they've shown from set pieces. Anichebe comes on Osman, whilst Hunt is replaced by Blackman for Reading.
Mucha turns a Jobi McAnuff effort around the post. Another Reading corner ...
Steven Pienaar has looked impressive in this second-half, after being so anonymous in the first.
Gibson shoots from range. Close. It's turning into a procession.
Everton will be hoping that Jelavic can get onto the scoresheet too. That would make it a perfect day for the Blues.
20 minutes left. Everton are still playing some nice stuff.
Reading continue to press though. And Mucha is forced into a smart save from a McAnuff cross-cum-shot. The Czech keeper did well then.
Everton 3-0 Reading
Surely that is that then. Kevin Mirallas gets the goal his performance deserves, latching on to a delightful Steven Pienaar pass and then dispatching the ball with aplomb. Classy. Everton have been impressive in this second half.
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