Byline: David ANDERSON
PHIL Neville proved he is a Jack of all trades and master of many by rescuing Ever ton at Hillsborough last night.
Neville showed his England class when he came on at halftime to turn the tie and book the Blues' place in the last 16.
The versatile Neville was outstanding at right-back, even though he has played most of his football this season in centre midfield, and created two of Everton's goals.
Blues boss David Moyes was delighted with the former Manchester United star and purred: "I thought Phil Neville was the difference between the teams.
"The way he played in the second half gave us the impetus we needed to get the result. He was excellent at right-back when he came on and lifted the whole game, the crosses he put in, going forward and joining in.
"He created one or two of the goals and him and James McFadden were involved in all the goals. Right-back has always been Phil's position and we needed him to do a job there for us because of injuries and he did it."
McFadden pushed Neville hard for the man of the match accolade and the Scotland hero championed his claims for a regular starting place with two goals to take his tally for the season to three.
"You can certainly see he's got confidence," said Moyes. "I've been saying all along that people were reading too much into who are strikers will be."
Yakubu also got on the scoresheet to give the scoreline a flattering look after a tepid firsthalf display from the Blues.
Everton should have been reduced to 10 men in stoppage time when Tony Hibbert, who was already on a yellow, took out Wade Small in a reckless sliding tackle.
That was Moyes' cue to replace Hibbert, who also had a groin strain, with Neville in the substitution which changed the game.
Neville created the first goal on 58 minutes when he released Yakubu down the right, who centred for McFadden to come rushing in at the back post and knock the ball home. …