Roberto Martinez finally claimed his 1st league win as Everton manager at the 4th time of asking in a free flowing 1-0 win over EPL favorites Chelsea at Goodison Park. The lone goal in the match came courtesy of Scottish International Steven Naismith, who bundled in a header in first half stoppage time to change the tone of the game and ultimately it’s result. It was Chelsea who had undoubtedly had the better of the first half up to that point, with both new signing Samuel Eto’o and midfielder Edin Hazard having chances to put them ahead, but Tim Howard was on for the Toffees and had himself a splendid game in goal. The most glaring chance came to the feet of John Obi Mikel though, with the Nigerian having a wide open goal to shoot at only for a last second desperation block by Everton to deny him. After the Naismith goal, Everton began to go on the attack a bit more with Ross Barkley creating in the offensive half and Phil Jagielka feeding him long balls from the back. Jose Mourinho tried a couple drastic switches to get the Blues into the game, including throwing on Fernando Torres for Ashley Cole and going with only 3 in the back, but it proved all for naught as the Everton defense held strong and picked up a deserved 3 points while also pegging Chelsea back in the title race despite the season still being in it’s infancy.
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