Darron Gibson struck his first ever Everton goal as Manchester City’s Premier League title bid was dealt a serious blow at Goodison Park.
The Republic of Ireland midfielder, who moved from neighbours Manchester United in the January transfer window, smashed home after Landon Donovan’s lay off to inflict upon City their third defeat in the league this season.
Samir Nasri’s long range effort cannoned off the bar in the first half, but despite the pressure swelling on the Toffees goal late on, Roberto Mancini’s men failed to find a way through.
City remain top of the Premier League, but only on goal difference after United overcame Bolton Wanderers.
Everton, without a host of defenders came into the contest having completed a deadline day deal for Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic, and home faithful, who have often criticised owner Bill Kenwright for not investing money in the club, were in high spirits for the visit of the league leaders.
Mancini’s side dominated possession in the early stages, but it took Joleon Lescott’s goal line clearance to keep the scores level, as Denis Stracqualursi was denied.
The away side’s best opening of the half came through Nasri, whose stunning strike crashed against the underside of the bar.
It was a reprieve that Everton took full advantage of, and on the hour mark, Royston Drenthe fed Leighton Baines, whose deep cross, although miss-controlled by Donovan, was hammered in by Gibson.
The ex-United man drove a stake through City’s title hopes, and following ample late pressure, David Moyes’ side hung on to claim the most unlikely of wins.