Martínez gets his first League win as Gareth Barry makes impressive debut.
For the first time this season Everton were on the wrong side of the match statistics. Chelsea had more possession, more shots and more corners. That said, both sides had 5 shots on target in this entertaining encounter.
The visitors came flying out of the blocks and the first chance fell 5 minutes in when Ramieres found Eto’o with a perfect cross, only for the Cameroonian to head it well over.
Not long after it was Everton who nearly took the lead as Naismith burst down the right and whipped in a fantastic cross of his own, which was met with a tame header from Jelavić to Čech. Everton followed this up with their first spell of sustained possession and the game started to even out.
Around 30 minutes in and Everton were caught in possession as Tim Howard tried to pass it out to Baines. Schurrle was quick to cut this out and put it on a plate in the centre for Eto’o. I’d have put my house on him to score, but somehow Gareth Barry managed to get back and block the shot over the bar. Outstanding and typical of his performance so far.
Chelsea really came back into it before the end of the first half but were dealt a blow just on half time as Barkley fed the ball to Osman down the right who did well to find the far post. Jelavić headed it back across goal for Naismith to header it in from a few yars out. Goodison erupted.
Again Chelsea started the second half the better site, but they were having little luck in front of goal. Mata and Scurrle were replaced by Lampard & Oscar, and Oscar made a quick impact with a penalty claim after being sandwiched by Distin & Osman. Referee Howard Webb wasn’t interested.
James McCarthy replaced Jelavić 66 minues in to make his Everton debut and to help deal with the Chelsea pressure as Mirallas moved up front. The battle continued throughout the second half with fast paced open spells. It felt like another goal could come at any time, at either end.
As the last ten minutes approached Chelsea began to run out of ideas, and David Luiz was lucky to escape a red card when he was forced to drag Mirallas down on the half way line after being turned.
A resilient display from Everton in which we very much held our own. Gareth Barry Man of The Match.
Everton 1-0 Chelsea.