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Saturday, 20 September 2008

Squarefootball Diary - Sunday September 14 2008

Stoke City versus Everton may not have had the makings of a classic, but there is plenty of action as David Moyes' side edge a five-goal thriller at the Britannia Stadium.

A dull first half is livened up by Aiyegbeni Yakubu's goal four minutes before the break, and Everton are two up when the yak's compatriot Victor Anichebe heads past Thomas Sorensen on 51.  Cue the Stoke fightback, as Seyi Olofinjana pulls one back before Phil Jagielka heads a Rory Delap throw-in into his own net.  Tony Pulis' side look good for a point until 13 minutes from time Tim Cahill pops up to head home Mikel Arteta's corner.

By this time Moyes has been sent to the stands by referee Alan Wiley for over zealously disputing the decision not to give a penalty when it seems that City defender Leon Cort has handled in his own area;

"The referee pointed to the spot and where I was standing he (Cort) was two yards inside (the box)." argues Moyes;

"If I was wrong I would apologise to him and if he was wrong I would expect the same." he adds wishfully.

Meanwhile Pulis suspects his side of having stamina problems;

"We started well in the first 20 or 25 minutes we were fine, but we faded away and gave them the impetus." he explains.

Queens Park Rangers have no trouble disposing of troubled Southampton at Loftus Road.  Iain Dowie's side run out 4-1 winners thanks to two goals from former Saint Dexter Blackstock, and further efforts from Damion Stewart and Patrick Agyemang;

"Dexter was great. I think he plays as he trains - at a great intensity. He ran in behind, won balls in the air and scored two great goals." enthuses Dowie;

"You see 4-1 and if you didn't see the game you think that's clear, but we played a reasonable game." claims Southampton coach Jan Poortvliet after seeing Ollie Lancashire dismissed after 30 minutes of his debut for a tackle on Damien Delaney.

By Stephen Orford

20 September 2008 


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