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EVERTON will not face any action from the Football Association following the fracas at the end of their win against Manchester City on Saturday.
Both teams were involved in an unseemly melee moments after the final whistle of a 2-1 win for David Moyes’s side at Goodison.
City defender Aleksandar Kolarov confronted Seamus Coleman and then Tim Cahill before being dragged away by manager Roberto Mancini and assistant David Platt, while Mancini was then involved in a heated exchange with Phil Neville, who was restrained by City coach Brian Kidd.
However, after assessing referee Phil Dowd’s report on the match, the FA have decided not to censure the Goodison outfit.
Everton’s victory was their seventh in eight meetings with City, who surrendered a half-time lead in the face of a strong home comeback.
Central to that revival was the decision to bring on Jermaine Beckford and switch Victor Anichebe to a right midfield role.
Anichebe responded with an impressive performance that earned the plaudits of goalkeeper Tim Howard and assistant manager Steve Round.
“We say it all the time, the belief that the coaching staff and the players have in Victor is unreal,” said Howard.
“He’s a tough ask for anybody and if we continue to motivate him and if he continues to motivate himself on the training pitch and he’s able to put in performances like that.”
Round said: “It was purely tactical at half-time to bring another forward on, and we felt that we needed a bit of drive down the right-hand side so we moved Victor to that outside right.
“I thought Victor was outstanding and I would argue he was man of the match. He was aggressive, he took the fight to them, he won his headers and he worked back and made great defensive tackles. When he plays like that he really is a good player.”