In what turned out to be a closely contested match in dreary conditions, Everton managed to pull level with 3 minutes left in regulation earning a well deserved point against (former)league leaders and cross town rivals Liverpool. The goal came thanks to a Mikel Arteta/Tim Cahill combination from a free kick on the left side of the box.
Stark contrast to the “Clattenburg Derby” of last season, all the playing today was done by the players on the field with ref Howard Webb being a not terribly busy bystander. The boys in blue held their form nicely and were very composed the entire match even after Steven Gerrard 67th min opening goal from 25 yards out. Both sides had appeals for penalties but in the end a draw was a fair result in a match that featured what looked to be two very evenly matched sides. More coverage here.
Next up, Everton return to Anfield on Sunday for a rematch of todays derby versus Liverpool, this time the winner will be progressing to the 5th round of the F.A. Cup.
Edit – Adjusting some phrasing