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Six Premier League moments of the season from the Guardian...


4) Phil Neville's tackle, Everton 1-1 Man Utd, 25 October


Many a tackle has turned the course of a game, but Phil Neville's on Cristiano Ronaldo turned a whole season. It's easy to forget, so adroitly and unobtrusively did this most admirable of teams regroup after the blessing in disguise of an early European elimination, but Everton were a desperate mess at the start of the season: short on players (look at their foetal bench for the first Premier League game) and haemorrhaging goals.


In the eight games before they faced United, they took eight points and conceded 18 goals. That's the same number they have conceded in the 28 games since Neville's tackle, a zesty, calculated, ball-and-man reducer for which he was booked, catalysed a rousing 1-1 draw against the champions that enabled Everton to stop the bleeding. At that stage they were 14th in the table, but within a week they were seventh and have not dropped out of the top half since. The tackle even has its own Facebook group, and enabled Neville to win over a genuinely sceptical home crowd. But it was the effect on the collective rather than the personal that was most important



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Guest efctaxi

I don't really think it was the turning point to be honest .


I think the shock loss against Aston Villa was the one that woke the team up , not United .

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Ive got to admit Neville flew up in my estimation that day! I remember goin home gutted we hadnt won! We were by far the better team from the second he lept into that tackle! Its amazing how well this teams done this year with all the injuries! Im well proud and cant wait for next Saturday :P

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Fulham 0-2 Everton

Everton 3-1 West Ham

Everton 0-0 Tottenham

Sunderland 0-2 Everton

Everton 1-2 Man City

Chelsea 0-0 Everton

Aston Villa 3-3 Everton

Everton 4-0 Wigan

Portsmouth 2-1 Everton

Everton 3-1 Stoke

Blackburn 0-0 Everton

Everton 2-0 West Brom

Newcastle 0-0 Everton

Everton 3-0 Bolton

Man Utd 1-0 Everton

Everton 1-1 Arsenal

Liverpool 1-1 Everton

Everton 2-0 Hull

Everton 3-0 Sunderland

Middlesbrough 0-1 Everton

Everton 0-0 Chelsea

Man City 0-1 Everton

Everton 2-3 Aston Villa

Tottenham 0-1 Everton

Wigan 1-0 Everton

Everton 1-1 Middlesbrough

West Ham 1-3 Everton

Bolton 0-1 Everton

Everton 1-1 Man Utd

Arsenal 3-1 Everton

Everton 2-2 Newcastle

Everton 0-2 Liverpool

Blackburn 1-0 Everton

Hull 2-2 Everton

Stoke 2-3 Everton

Everton 0-3 Portsmouth

West Brom 1-2 Everton

Everton 2-3 Blackburn

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