Everton 1-2 Chelsea
Despite taking a lead inside 62 seconds an under strength Everton side were unable to secure victory against Rafa’s resurgent Chelsea.
Missing Fellaini through suspension and Mirallas, Gibson, Coleman, Neville and Hibbert through injury, Everton came up just short despite a spirited display that deserved far more than defeat.
Everton could have and probably should have been 3-0 up inside half an hour. Pienaar fired Everton ahead after Anichebe hit the post with a fantastic header. Everton hit the woodwork again midway through the first half when an expertly taken free kick from Jelavic struck the upright with Cech stranded in the Chelsea goal. The brilliant Leon Osman was then denied a goal with Cech saving superbly from the inform midfield player.
Everton were always going to struggle to maintain the high octane display and the curse of the Lampard’s struck again, when Frank Jnr headed past Howard and inside the post shortly before half time.
Everton were back on top after the break and were again left cursing the woodwork. A superb ball into the box from Leighton Baines was met by Jelavic whose header rocketed against the bar and away to safety much to the relief of the Chelsea defence.
Moments later Everton were again undone by Lampard. Howard did well to save a Mata shot but the ball fell for Lampard to prod home.
Moyes responded with three substitutes, but unlike against Spurs, Everton were unable to find a late goal. Jelavic did have one final chance but fluffed his shot when only 6 yards out, with substitute goalie Turnbull grabbing the loose ball.
A frustrating conclusion to an afternoon that promised much. Everton now travel to the North East to face Newcastle, looking for a response to reignite the Champions League push.