Swansea, Everton share the spoils

2015-04-12 06:00

Swansea rallied from a goal down to claim a share of the spoils with Everton in a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium yesterday afternoon.

Everton went into the half-time break with a slender advantage, after Aaron Lennon fired them in front in the 41st minute.

However, it was Jonjo Shelvey who had the last say, converting from the penalty spot to help the Swans claim a point.

The first half started at a cautious pace, with neither side willing to commit too many men forward in the opening exchanges. In fact, the opening 10 minutes were reminiscent of a preseason friendly, as the two sides knocked the ball around the park without any real purpose.

The first chance of note eventually arrived on 13 minutes, Bafétimbi Gomis turning his marker with a brilliant piece of skill before unleashing a dipping effort towards the top corner. Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard was up to the challenge, though, pulling off a fingertip save to deny a certain goal.

However, that was Gomis’ last contribution of the game, as he pulled up with an injury just moments later and had to be substituted, Marvin Emnes coming on for him.

Everton, meanwhile, were also forced into making an early change, as the fit-again Steven Pienaar came on for the injured Leon Osman.

The match eventually sprang to life on the half-hour mark when Shelvey found the back of the net with a superb volleyed effort from 25 yards out. However, the goal was subsequently ruled out, as the referee had spotted an infringement in the build-up to the goal.

Shelvey’s shot seemed to spark the Toffees into action, Séamus Coleman seeing his skidding long-range strike kept out by Lukasz Fabianski in the Swans goal.

The visitors eventually got the breakthrough they were looking for in the 41st minute, following a swift counterattack. James McCarthy raced clear on the left flank before sending a cross towards the back post, where Lennon took one touch to set himself before unleashing a volley into the bottom-left corner.

Everton almost added to their advantage just before the half-time break, but efforts from Arouna Koné and Pienaar failed to adequately test Fabianski.

The hosts produced a much-improved performance after the break and were awarded a spot kick in the 67th minute, following a sustained period of pressure. Coleman was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box, under pressure from Emnes, and Shelvey calmly converted the resulting penalty, guiding a hard shot into the bottom-right corner.

However, the home side were unable to push on and fashion a winner, as Everton renewed their efforts after conceding the equaliser.

In fact, it was the Toffees who looked most likely to snatch a late winner, as Barkley squandered two good chances, before Gylfi Sigurðsson saw his goal-bound free kick tipped over the bar by Howard in the 84th minute.

Everton sub Kevin Mirallas had their best chance in the dying moments of the match, but he fired straight into the grateful arms of Fabianski.

- TEAMtalk-Media

Quick stats:

0 – Everton named an unchanged team in the Premier League for the first time since March 2014.

2 – Aaron Lennon scored in consecutive away games for the first time in his Premier League career.

7 – Everton have now recorded seven draws and 13 wins in their 20 Premier League games against Swansea.

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