Everton 1-0 Chelsea: Beckford ends Carlo's misery
Published 16:54 22/05/11 By MirrorFootball
A stunning individual goal from Jermaine Beckford condemned Carlo Ancelotti's lacklustre Chelsea to defeat to 10-man Everton in their final game of season this afternoon.
Beckford ran almost the length of the field after 75 minutes to end Everton's frustrating Barclays Premier League campaign on a high at Goodison Park.
It was no more than the Merseysiders deserved, even after Seamus Coleman was sent off for a second bookable offence early in the second half.
Didier Drogba was not even among Carlo Ancelotti's substitutes as former Liverpool forwards Fernando Torres and Nicolas Anelka started up front at Goodison Park.
Everton captain Phil Neville was also absent as Jack Rodwell and Victor Anichebe came into David Moyes' side.
Drogba failed to make the action due to a groin problem while Neville pulled out with a painful mouth infection.
The match began at typical end-of-season pace with little urgency shown by either side in the opening five minutes.
Everton upped the tempo when Jack Rodwell broke down right and pushed into the box to win a corner.
Phil Jagielka got forward for the resulting set-piece and went close to opening the scoring when he met Mikel Arteta's cross with a firm header which clipped the top of the bar.
The Chelsea fans had little to excite them but were vociferous enough as they chanted their support for Ancelotti, making clear they want the Italian to stay at Stamford Bridge this summer.
Everton continued to make all the running and Seamus Coleman was denied in front of goal by a fine Ashley Cole tackle after playing a one-two with Jermaine Beckford.
Leon Osman then went down in the box under a challenge from Alex but referee Peter Walton played on.
It was not until the 24th minute that Chelsea created a serious chance as Torres and Frank Lampard combined to set up Anelka but Sylvain Distin slid in to block the forward's shot.
Chelsea were lacking cohesion with Torres again struggling to make an impression but they had a chance when Alex headed over from a Florent Malouda corner.
Beckford should have done better when he broke into the area but his final touch was neither shot nor cross and Chelsea survived.
Torres stretched the Everton defence with a good run down the left but his ball into the box was too far behind Anelka and the Toffees cleared.
Tim Howard was tested for the first time in the final minute of the first half when he saved twice from Anelka.
Everton made a bright start to the second period with Osman winning a free-kick just outside the area, although it came to nothing.
Beckford then appeared to beat Alex but was body-checked by the defender and consequently booked.
The Merseysiders' afternoon took a turn for the worse, however, as Coleman was dismissed for a second bookable offence after a lunge at Jon Obi Mikel in the 53rd minute.
The Irishman lost control but appeared to win back the ball as he dived into a challenge but Walton was unimpressed with the studs-up tackle.
After a fracas involving several players from both sides, Coleman was shown the yellow and red cards but he still left to a standing ovation in recognition of an outstanding season.
That briefly sparked Chelsea into life and John Terry remarkably went close to opening the scoring with a thunderous low shot from distance which struck the base of the post.
Everton quickly responded as Beckford brilliantly controlled a long ball inside the Chelsea box and turned inside Alex but Cech smothered his shot.
Arteta then went close as he fired narrowly wide from the edge of the box.
Beckford continued to torment Alex and the Brazilian was perhaps fortunate to escape a second booking for bringing him down again just inside the Everton half. Alex was spared further punishment as Ancelotti replaced him with Paulo Ferreira moments later.
Beckford was not to be denied and took centre stage in magnificent style to secure victory with 15 minutes remaining.
The former Leeds forward broke up a Chelsea attack on the edge of his own box and then set off on a long run into the other box.
He got a lucky break on halfway when the ball rebounded kindly off Ferreira but he took full advantage as he continued his charge.
Cech came out to meet him as he raced into the box and the keeper got a hand to the ball as Beckford chipped for goal but the shot had just enough power and bobbled over the line.
It was just what the hosts deserved and Chelsea lacked the urgency to claw back an equaliser.