Fellaini on target in City draw
Published 01/12/2012 | 17:24
Marouane Fellaini made significant contributions at both ends as Everton frustrated champions Manchester City yet again in the Barclays Premier League with a 1-1 draw.
Fellaini headed the Toffees, victors in eight of their previous 10 clashes with City, into a first-half lead but then conceded a controversial penalty to allow Carlos Tevez to level.
Everton felt Edin Dzeko had gone to ground too easily to win the award but Tevez made no mistake and City went on to dominate the second half.
City threatened the Everton goal in the 20th minute when David Silva crossed and Dzeko headed wide. Tevez controlled well in the area but was unable to shoot and Dzeko inadvertently took the full force of a Samir Nasri shot in the back of his head.
Everton's 33rd-minute opener came in familiar fashion as the ever-dangerous Leighton Baines, who passed a fitness test to feature, crossed and Fellaini eventually headed in.
Kompany did well to divert the cross away from Nikica Jelavic but it dropped for Fellaini, who headed home at the second attempt at the far post after Joe Hart saved his initial effort.
Gareth Barry then chested down a Nasri cross for Dzeko to turn and shoot but again Howard was alert and controversy followed the resulting corner as Dzeko tangled with Fellaini and went to ground.
Referee Lee Probert sparked immediate protest from Everton by pointing to the spot and Toffees manager David Moyes clearly thought the award was harsh. Tevez made no mistake as he stepped up to tuck home his eighth of the campaign.
It was not until just after the hour that City seriously threatened again as Maicon burst down the field and forced Howard to parry a powerful 18-yard drive.
The game became scrappy as Everton's hard-working defence did their best to repel City's threat and Everton went close in injury time from a Jelavic free-kick but Hart saved and the ball squirmed wide.