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Phil Neville at the improbable sport when Everton’s 19-year-old Dan Gosling stunned Reds

‘Jagielka, out to Van Der Meyde … Oh, there’s an excellent likelihood right here for Gosling … Nonetheless… Oh! What an out of this world winner! Dan Gosling, 19 years of age and two mins of the Merseyside derby Cup replay to move. He’s get a hold of a masterstroke!’ — Clive Tyldesley, ITV, February 4, 2009.

There’s a wish to remind you of the remark for certainly one of Everton’s maximum celebrated targets of the trendy technology.

Within the 118th minute of the FA Cup fourth spherical decider, ITV minimize to a scheduled commercial wreck and many of the country ignored seeing a little-known 19-year-old develop into a cult hero.

Everton's Dan Gosling celebrates after scoring during their FA Cup replay against Liverpool

Everton’s Dan Gosling celebrates after scoring all over their FA Cup replay towards Liverpool

Many of the country ignored seeing a little-known 19-year-old develop into a cult hero at Goodison

LINE-UPS IN 2009 

EVERTON (4-3-2-1): Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines; Osman, Fellaini (Gosling 52min), Neville (Van der Meyde 106); Arteta, Pienaar (Rodwell 60); Cahill.

Subs now not used: Nash, Yobo, Castillo, Jacobsen.

Scorer: Gosling 118.

Supervisor: David Moyes.

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Reina; Arbeloa, Carragher, Skrtel, Dossena; Alonso, Gerrard (Benayoun 16), Lucas; Kuyt, Torres (Babel 101), Riera (Mascherano 80).

Subs now not used: Cavalieri, Hyypia, Agger, El Zhar.

Supervisor: Rafa Benitez.

Gosling, who had joined Everton in 2008 for £1.2million from his native membership Plymouth, were ushered on by means of David Moyes to offer some power in extra-time.

It were a decent and demanding affair — the 3rd assembly between the perimeters in 3 weeks — and consequences gave the impression inevitable.

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Then there was once one ultimate likelihood. Xabi Alonso, most often blessed with a golden contact, misplaced ownership. Because the Liverpool midfielder’s move was once minimize out, even though, so too did the TV feed. When the image returned, the very first thing the country noticed was once a pile of blue shirts swamping Gosling.

Gosling’s mom Hilary was once certainly one of tens of millions of audience who have been left at a loss for words by means of the blackout, which then ITV chairman Michael Grade described as ‘inexcusable’. Throughout the stadium, even though, pleasure was once unconfined.

‘It was once a goosebumps night time,’ Phil Neville, Everton’s captain that night time, tells Sportsmail forward of Sunday’s FA Cup tie between the Merseyside opponents.

‘I bring it to mind so smartly as it was once most probably the most productive night time we had underneath the lighting fixtures when I used to be there. It was once the type of enjoy Peter Reid and Kevin Ratcliffe had informed me about within the 1980s. The ones video games with Liverpool have been so laborious. Steven Gerrard at all times scored towards us, however that night time he got here off injured after 15 mins. Liverpool had any such excellent aspect, with Alonso, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Jamie Carragher and Fernando Torres, however they have been respectful folks.

Gosling had been ushered on by David Moyes to provide some energy in extra-time

Gosling were ushered on by means of David Moyes to offer some power in extra-time

‘We drew 1-1 with them at Anfield within the league, then 5 days later drew 1-1 — once more at Anfield — within the Cup. It was once one of the crucial most effective occasions I felt Liverpool have been truly nervous about coming to us. They have been certainly extra respectful.’

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The distinction was once smartly positioned — 2009 was once the height 12 months for Everton underneath Moyes, with Tim Cahill, Leon Osman, Mikel Arteta, Leighton Baines, Steven Pienaar and Marouane Fellaini all coming to the fore.

Neville, the elder statesman of that group, had additionally discovered a brand new hire of existence. That’s why there was once such marvel in regards to the males who blended to supply the decisive second.

Andy van der Meyde had skilled 4 debatable years at Everton — his skill was once diluted by means of an lack of ability to do the fitting issues off the pitch — whilst Gosling had most effective performed a handful of mins.

‘Andy was once a gorgeous lad however he didn’t have the professionalism you had to be successful,’ says Neville. ‘Dan is a smart child. When he were given again into the dressing room, the entire squad have been making a song his identify. We informed him it was once a second he would by no means put out of your mind for the remainder of his existence.’

Phil Neville, Everton’s captain that night time, defined the feelings of the FA Cup tie in 2009

Gosling, now at Bournemouth, came upon simply how a lot of an impact he had made on Evertonians two nights later when he went to a cinema in Liverpool town centre, to look The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and was once mobbed when he was once purchasing tickets.

Everton have had some determined occasions in conferences with Liverpool, however this actual night time, 11 years in the past, epitomised all that was once excellent in regards to the membership underneath Moyes and this victory will have to had been the catalyst for his or her first piece of silverware since 1995.

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They beat Middlesbrough, Aston Villa and Manchester United en path to the general, however misplaced 2-1 to Chelsea at Wembley, regardless of Louis Saha hanging them forward after simply 25 seconds, the quickest ever FA Cup ultimate function.

‘We will have to have received it,’ says Neville. ‘That group was once peaking then and certainly one of my largest skilled regrets isn’t profitable one thing with Everton. I am hoping this squad can cross one step higher.’

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