Donovan, Gibson, Handcuff Man City Title Hopes

Donovan (left) tees up Gibson for the winner.

In a match interrupted for five minutes after a Merseyside punter (as you can see in the video clip here, we’re using that term correctly) handcuffed himself to a Goodison Park goalpost, Landon Donovan laid off a perfect ball to teammate Darron Gibson, whose powerful shot deflected into the net past Joe Hart to give Everton a 1-0 win over Manchester City.

The deft pass was Donovan’s fourth assist in four games for Everton and his fifth in seven matches over all for the Toffees. The 29-year-old American is producing another excellent loan performance in the Premier League, following his star turn for Everton in the winter of 2010.

For City, the defeat—their fourth loss in their past six visits to Goodison Park—dropped them into a tie for first in the Premier League with crosstown rivals Manchester United, who clipped Stoke City 2-0 at Old Trafford. Both teams have 54 points after 23 games, but City holds the edge on goal difference.

Everton moved up to ninth place with the win.

Here’s a bonus shot of the punter/bloke/geezer who interrupted the game in protest of Ryanair, an airline he says fired his daughter unfairly:

Goodison Park officials were impressively quick to produce a pair of boltcutters and usher the man to the legal phase of his “protest.”

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