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Report: Everton 5-3 Blackpool

After a game like that it's difficult to know what to say.

I could repeat my antics of last season's defeat away at Barnsley where I just published a picture of some rubbish. I could rant. I could offer insightful and considered opinion. In this case though, I think I'll just say what happened at Goodison Park this afternoon.

'Pool made several changes to the side that lost to West Ham in midweek, but were still crap. Everton were much the better team and deserved their win.

After dominating the early stages, Everton finally took the lead on the 20 minute mark; Louis Saha slamming home from close range.

Remarkably, Blackpool found themselves level just before the break. A rehearsed corner kick routine leaving Alex Baptiste with a simple tap in.

Everton then had a goal chalked off by referee Kevin Friend, who instead of playing advantage blew for a foul on Seamus Coleman with the ball crossing the line moments later. Everton were obviously incensed, but no doubt profited from some helpful decisions from Mr Friend as the game progressed.

Everton did however regain the lead just after the half time break; Louis Saha again.

But the Seasiders fought back again; this time debutant Jason Puncheon crashing home after good work by James Beattie.

Remarkably, the Seasiders soon found themselves ahead. A cracking shot by DJ Campbell rebounded off the bar and into the path of Charlie Adam who headed home.

In a bid to hold onto the lead with 20 minutes to go, 'Pool manager Ian Holloway threw on Rob Edwards and Keith Southern. It was an horrendous mistake. Minutes later, Everton were 4-3 ahead.

First Saha completed his hat-trick with a close range header before substitute Jermaine Beckford made it 4-3.

It was soon five when Saha added his fifth on the counter.

Where do the Seasiders go from here? The Withdean on a cold and wet Tuesday night? Answers on a postcard please.

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Writer: Eamonn Moore  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 5 2011

Time: 9:44PM


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