Toffees Keep the R’s in Relegation
Everton put in a commanding performance when they faced a struggling Queens Park Rangers at Goodison Park on Monday night and took all three points with a 3-1 victory.
Goals from Ross Barkley, Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith ensured a badly needed win for Roberto Martinez’s men while Bobby Zamora scored a consolation for the visitors.
Everton dominated the game from start to finish as QPR lacked any real threat up front without their suspended leading goal-scorer Charlie Austin.
It took half an hour for the hosts to open the scoring. Barkley played a lovely one-two with Romelu Lukaku before hitting a cracker with his left foot that took a slight deflection on its way into the corner of the net.
They then doubled their lead on 43 minutes when a Mirallas free kick took yet another deflection, wrong-footing Robert Green on its way over the line.
Harry Redknapp has found Everton to be his bogey team throughout his managerial career and it was always going to be an uphill battle to get one over them without any threat in front of goal.
Fifty three minutes in and Naismith made it three when he headed home a perfect cross from Aiden McGeady on the wing which sealed the points for the Toffees.
The visitors did finally manage to pull one back through Bobby Zamora on 80 minutes when a poor parry by Tim Howard allowed the attacker to tap in a soft goal.
The strike may have only provided QPR with a consolation for their efforts but it was also Zamora’s first league goal for more than 676 minutes and could give him the confidence boost needed for the strenuous Christmas period.
Everton jump into the top half of the table above fierce rivals Liverpool while QPR remain the only team across every division of English football to not have yet picked up a point on the road and remain in the relegation places.