Thursday 20 February 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Everton hit back from a goal down to beat Manchester United just 10 days after overcoming their Barclays Premier League title rivals Chelsea in identical fashion.
The Toffees had beaten Chelsea 2-1 after falling behind and this match followed the same pattern, with Dimitar Berbatov’s early opener being cancelled out by strikes from Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and substitutes Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell.
The defeat left Man Utd four points behind leaders Chelsea with 11 matches remaining and manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: "This is a bad result and at this time of the year we can’t afford results like that. But I don't think we will panic because it has been a funny season. Teams have been losing points that you don't expect so the very nature of the league suggests we still have a chance."
Berbatov struck in the 16th minute when he fired home an Antonio Valencia cross off the underside of the bar for his ninth Barclays Premier League goal of the season.
Three minutes later, Bilyaletdinov equalised with a fierce 20-yard drive for his fifth Everton goal and fourth in the league.
Both sides missed chances to score before two late changes from Toffees boss David Moyes decided the match.
Gosling came on for Bilyaletdinov in the 70th minute and six minutes later he put Everton ahead by tucking home a cross from Steven Pienaar.
Rodwell replaced Pienaar in the 88th minute and within two minutes he had sealed the points with a cool finish.
The result moved Everton up to eighth and Moyes said: "It was a great result and you don’t beat the big teams that often so we are delighted."
Both sides finished the season where they were after this match, with Man Utd closing the gap but still coming runners-up to champions Chelsea by a point.