A decade on from Matt Taylor’s Pompey wonder goal

Matt Taylor celebrates his wonder goal
Matt Taylor celebrates his wonder goal
Blackpool's Kelvin Mellor , right, battles Sandro Semedo for the ball. Picture: PA Images

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On this day 10 years ago, Pompey recorded their first home victory over Everton since November 1957 in front of 19,528 at Fratton Park.

And Matt Taylor’s wonder goal was the catalyst as the Blues secured a comfortable 2-0 Premiership win over the Toffees.

His first-time volley from a full 45 yards after 14 minutes took everyone by surprise, including Everton keeper Tim Howard, who was left shell-shocked and rooted to his spot by the audacity of the strike.

Kanu, who laid the ball off for the left-back, added Pompey’s second 11 minutes later as Harry Redknapp’s side secured their first victory in six games.

Taylor’s goal came during a hot streak for the fans’ favourite, with his two goals helping the Blues to a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa a week earlier.

He also scored in Pompey’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates the next time out, before rounding off a memorable December with a goal in the 3-2 defeat against Bolton on December 30.