David Moyes went very attack minded with his team selection. Big Vic was given the opportunity to play alongside Jela. This left Super Kev on the right.
Sylvain got the nod over Johnny at the back. The rest of the team had a similar look about it. Again the bench was looking very strong full of internationals. Tommy Hitz, Johnny, Maggie, Jan, Duffers, Nace and Bryan Oviedo all looking to get on.
Everton got off to the worse possible start going one down after just 2 minutes. It was from our corner that was cleared. Phil Neville lost possession to Hoilett who out ran our skipper to the edge of the box. He let fly the ball deflected off Bainsey into the net. Tim had no chance. What a shit start.
Everton had a strange set up with Kev on the left and Vic on the right. Peanuts was playing in the middle of the park with Ossie and Phil playing a bit deeper.
Everton's first effort was a Jela free kick after Peanuts was felled. His effort was on target but was well saved
As the half went on Moyesy changed it round. Peanuts went onto the left, Vic on the right and Super Kev supported Jela.
Everton got back into the game with a head from Sylvain. It was a free kick on the right that was flung over by Peanuts straight on the noggin of Buzz whose header hit the post and bounced onto the back of the goalie into the net. We needed that.
The next attack was a cast iron pen on Jela. He was cleared tripped by Bosingwa, but the idiotic ref waved play on. The ball ended up going for a corner. From the corner Jags headed against the bar. A serious let off for QPR.
The half continued end to be end to end stuff and Everton were certainly in a tough game. By the way Everton's goal was given as a Julio Cesar own goal.
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Everton made an early change in the second half when Steven Naismith came on for Victor. The set up looked a lot more comfortable.
We were dealt a serious blow on the hour when Steven Pienaar was sent off for a second booking. He was booked early in the half and deservedly so. The second one looked harsh but Peanuts must have known he had to be careful. Minutes before he had fouled a hoop with an aerial challenge. Bad news that Peanuts will miss the game next week against the redshite.
Super Kev had a goal bound effort blocked for a corner. From the resulting corner Sylvain headed back across the goal for Jags to have a point blank header somehow saved by Cesar.
The last 20 minutes QPR were the team that forcing the issue. Tim Howard made a few decent saves and the two lads at the back were throwing their bodies on the line with last ditch blocks.
In the last ten minutes David Moyes showed his intentions when Johnny came on for Jela.
Everton kept QPR at bay and held on for the draw. I feel it was another two points dropped but when you play the last 30 minutes with ten men maybe should be happy with a point.
Jags get my vote for the bluekipper star man. He was absolutely awesome from start to finish.
Full Time QPR 1 Everton 1