FOUR goals from Louis Saha handed Everton the win on an unbelievable afternoon at Goodison Park.
Blackpool found themselves ahead with only 15 minutes to go after goals from Alex Baptiste, Jason Puncheon and Charlie Adam saw them 3-2 up. However, three goals in ten minutes from the home side left them 5-3 winners.
Follow our minute-by-minute report below.
FULL TIME: EVERTON 5 BLACKPOOL 3
A great game at Goodison Park this afternoon and another case of if only for the Seasiders. Ian Holloway changed tactics when 3-2 up by bringing on Keith Southern and Rob Edwards and sadly things didn’t go to plan. An amazing game, sadly Pool were on the wrong side of the result.
90 mins: Five minutes added time.
87 mins: Blackpool don’t really know what’s hit them here after a whirlwind ten minutes. Ian Holloway made two changes
to try and firm things up at the back, and you have to say it’s backfired.
86 mins: GOAL FOR EVERTON
You can’t catch your breath here as a superb counter attack sees Saha score his FOURTH of the game.
80 mins: GOAL FOR EVERTON
Jermaine Beckford gets in behind Alex Baptiste to score from four yards. What an unbelievable game.
77 mins: GOAL FOR EVERTON
Louis Saha heads home at the back post. Corner came in from the left-wing, it wasn’t defended at the near post and the
former Manchester United man was totally unmarked to head into the net. What a game.
75 mins: Jason Punchoen and DJ Campbell are replaced by Keith Southern and Rob Edwards. Former Everton trainee
Southern getting a decent reception from the home fans.
75 mins: Game is on a knife edge here. Everton throwing men forward at the moment. Pool need to keep it tight.
70 mins: Everton make two substitutions. Tim Cahill and Jermaine Beckford replace Rodwell and Bilyaletdinov.
66 mins: Ball over the top is misjudged by Paul Rachubka before Jack Rodwell chips towards goal only for Ian Evatt to
clear off the line in spectacular fashion.
64 mins: GOAL TO BLACKPOOL
UNBELIEVABLE SCENES as Charlie Adam heads home after DJ Campbell rattled the bar from 18-yards. Great play from
Puncheon in the build-up. What a turnaround!
62 mins: GOAL TO BLACKPOOL
Jason Puncheon scores at the back post on his debut. A superb move from Blackpool as Elliot Grandin found Beattie who
cut the ball back into the path of Puncheon who finished well.
59 mins: Jack Rodwell pokes wide when he really should have scored.
57 mins: Another corner to Blackpool which Grandin takes. Cleared at the near post though. Delivery has to be better.
56 mins: Jason Puncheon shows signs of his potential with a superb run and cross that was well defended by Everton. The
winger has been quiet so far.
55 mins: Grandin corner is cleared and David Carney fires well over from 20 yards.
54 mins: Free-kick to Blackpool in a decent position which Adam fires against the wall.
53 mins: One-way traffic at the moment here. Everton have started the second half much better than the Seasiders. Pool
need to get hold of the ball here.
50 mins: Charlie Adam is booked for a foul on Arteta. Pool’s skipper is now one yellow card away from a two-match ban.
47 mins: GOAL FOR EVERTON
Louis Saha gets in between Baptiste and Evatt to tap home at the near post after a brilliant cross from Lieghton
Baines. Worst possible start to the half for Blackpool.
45 mins: We are back underway here. All the talk at half-time was of the disallowed goal.
HALF-TIME: EVERTON 1 BLACKPOOL 1
Blackpool will be pleased to get in level at the break in a half during which they created very little. Talking point
is the referee’s decision to rule-out Saha’s goal. We don’t mind though.
45 mins: One minute time added on.
42 mins: Big spell for Blackpool here as Everton thow the kitchen sink at Blackpool’s back-four. This time David
Vaughan has to clear a Bilyaletdinov effort off the line.
39 mins: Huge talking point here as Louis Saha scores from 12-yards, only for the referee to pull play back and award
Everton a free-kick at the edge of the box. A poor, poor decision....we’ll take it though.
37 mins: GOAL FOR BLACKPOOL
ALEX BAPTISTE is claiming the goal after Ian Evatt’s shot hit the inside of the post and rolled along the line. The
defender reacted quickest after Charlie Adam’s corner was flicked on by Evatt. They’ll have to argue that one between
36 mins: Charlie Adam’s free kick slams against the Everton wall, out for a corner.
31 mins: Game seems to have died a bit here. Neither side having a look in on
22 mins: Ian Holloway won’t be happy with his side so far this afternoon. The Seasiders are giving the ball away far
too cheaply all over the pitch. Could be a lack of confidence creaping in. Either way, Pool need to retain the ball
19 mins: GOAL TO EVERTON
Louis Saha finishes well from seven yards after Bilyaletdinov was given far too much time to cut inside and pick his
pass. Have to say the goal had been coming.
18 mins: Marouane Fellaini turns in the box before shooting high and wide for Everton.
17 mins: Another corner to Everton is headed away by Alex Baptiste.
16 mins: Strange atmosphere here today. Home fans are making no noise at all at the moment. Expected more, I have to
14 mins: Not seen much of the new boys yet, although James Beattie’s touch has been superb when the ball has been
played up to him so far.
11 mins: Game not really got going yet here. Although the last minute or so has seen two Everton corners. The latter
headed over by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
8 mins: Few of the locals around me are booing Charlie Adam. Clearly wanting to join Liverpool is enough to be disliked
in these parts.
3 mins: Good to see Paul Rachubka back in goal for Blackpool this afternoon. Although you have to question why he’s
wearing white boots. You’re a goalkeeper Chubs...no need!
2 mins: Early chance for Everton as Leighton Baines sees his free-kick come back off the wall.
2:50pm: Another sold-out following for the Seasiders this afternoon. Fans crammed into the corner here this afternoon,
already making plenty of noise.
2:45pm: Goodison Park is what I would describe as a proper football ground. Loads of character, plenty of history and a
brilliant atmopshere. Can’t wait to today’s game.
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway rang the changes in an attempt to prevent a run of six defeats in seven games worsening.
Goalkeeper Richard Kingson was the biggest casualty of Wednesday’s loss to West Ham as Paul Rachubka came in for his
first league start of the season.
New signings James Beattie and Jason Puncheon made their full debuts while Ian Evatt and Elliot Grandin returned.
Everton left top scorer Tim Cahill on the bench, the Australia midfielder returned from Asian Cup duty this week but
manager David Moyes chose to ease him back into the action after a month away.
Moyes, whose side have also struggled of late with just two wins in 14, named the same side that started the midweek
defeat at Arsenal.