Carrying on from their World Cup form overnight, Australian Captain Mark Viduka scored a last minute goal for Middlesbrough to defeat premiership cup holders Chelsea, while team mate Tim Cahill, put one home to earn Everton a draw against Blackburn.
Things seemed to be going to plan for Chelsea when star recruit, Andriy Shevchenko scored his first premiership goal in the 17th minute. However a goal from Middlesbrough defender, Emanuel Pogatetz, ten minutes from time, levelled the scores.
Viduka, who started on the bench, then kicked truly after a frenzied scramble for the ball just metres from goal, giving the home team a last gasp win over their more fancied opponents. It was a case of deja vu for the champions who had lost in February 3-0 at the riverside ground, but more special for Middlesbrough’s new manager, Gareth Southgate, who celebrated his first win, after taking the reins from new England coach, Steve McClaren. After the match he said, “To come from a goal behind at half-time against any side is an achievement, but against a side of that quality showed terrific character. They played ever so well and I am just very proud of them”.
Everton’s Tim Cahill continued the trend for last minute goals when he came off the bench against Blackburn in a 1-1 draw. Everton manager David Moyes didn’t panic when his team were trailing for most of the game saying in an interview, “We knew that we had James McFadden and Tim Cahill who could come on and create or score a goal. When you’ve got that it makes a difference”.
The goal continued Cahill’s good start to the season after he was pivotal in their 2-1 win over Watford on the weekend.
In other results overnight, Aston Villa came from one goal down to defeat Reading 2-1, while Fulham drew with Bolton 1-1 and Manchester City had a scoreless draw with Portsmouth.