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Everton 3-0 Bolton

By Russell Barder

Jo volleys in Everton's second as the Brazilian impresses on his debut

Jo marked his Everton debut with two goals to inspire them to a comfortable home victory over Bolton.

Everton dominated from the outset and should have taken the lead after just two minutes, but Tim Cahill sliced wide from inside the six yard box.

Several missed chances followed before Mikel Arteta's coolly taken penalty finally put the home side in front.

Jo volleyed home a second and the Brazilian capped his debut with another from the penalty spot in injury time.

Everton manager David Moyes tried to sign Jo last summer, but could not match Manchester City's bid for the former CSKA Moscow striker.

However, with the Brazilian seemingly frozen out by Mark Hughes at Eastlands, Moyes agreed a loan deal on transfer deadline day and it could prove to be a shrewd piece of business by the Scot.

Terrific Toffees makes Moyes happy

Jo was at the heart of all Everton's attacking play and, with the ever-impressive defensive pairing of Joleon Lescott and Phil Jagielka denying the visitors at the other end, the home side were always in control.

Such was their dominance, Bolton could have had no complaints if they had been five or six goals down at half-time.

As early as the second minute, Leighton Baines picked up Leon Osman's pass on the overlap to deliver an inviting low ball to Cahill.

However, from just two yards out the Australian midfielder-cum-striker somehow contrived to miss the target when it seemed easier to score.

But that set the tone for the remainder of the half as Bolton seemed content to sit back and soak up constant Everton pressure.

They looked to get behind the visitors' defence at every opportunity, with Osman and Baines combining to great effect down the left.


It was Osman who crossed to create Jo's opportunity, but Sebastien Puygrenier did brilliantly to intervene and hook the ball clear.

Jo scooped over the bar shortly after before Bolton had their first - and only - serious attempt of the opening 45 minutes when Fabrice Muamba volleyed wide from 25 yards.

The Toffees were soon threatening again, with Jo racing on to Cahill's flick before firing wide and Lescott and Arteta wasting further chances.

However, the deserved breakthrough finally arrived in the 40th minute when Andy O'Brien brought down Jo and Arteta stepped up to score from the resulting spot-kick.

Jagielka headed against the bar as Everton looked for a second, which duly arrived shortly after the interval when Jo brilliantly controlled a long ball and volleyed past Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Megson has no excuses for defeat

Everton's hero in the extra-time win over Liverpool in the FA Cup, Dan Gosling, wasted a glorious chance for a third as he headed straight at Jaaskelainen when well placed.

And as the half wore on, that midweek performance began to take a toll on the Everton players, who looked content to sit on their two-goal advantage.

It allowed Bolton to push forward more and Everton's American keeper Tim Howard had to be alert to deny Kevin Davies.

The game ended as it began with the home side pressing, and Bolton's misery was compounded when Mark Davies was adjudged to have handled in the area and Jo capped a brilliant debut with his second.

Everton manager David Moyes:
"The players were terrific from the opening minute.

"I think they got great confidence from the win in midweek, they started off in the same fashion. We had a great chance in the opening minute with Tim Cahill.

"Throughout the first half we played well, made chances and in the end I was a bit disappointed to go 1-0 up."

Bolton manager Gary Megson:
"You can look for reasons, but anything I try and find to excuse that performance will come across as exactly that - an excuse and there isn't one.

"We get well paid to turn out and put a performance on and at times you're not going to win, you might not even get a point, but the way we've performed today - that's not how you lose.

"If you don't pass the ball well - like we didn't at all today - then you've got to compete, got to win the headers, win the second balls and make the life difficult for the opposition."

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines (Yobo 82), Gosling, Neville, Arteta (Van der Meyde 85), Osman, Cahill (Rodwell 77), Jo.
Subs Not Used: Nash, Castillo, Jacobsen, Baxter.

Booked: Hibbert.

Goals: Arteta 40 pen, Jo 49, 90 pen.

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Andrew O'Brien, Cahill, Puygrenier (Basham 60), Samuel, Steinsson, Mark Davies, Muamba (Smolarek 60), Taylor, Kevin Davies, Makukula (Riga 83).
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Shittu, Obadeyi.

Booked: Mark Davies.

Att: 33,791

Ref: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire).

BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Everton's Jo on 7.74 (on 90 minutes).

Please note that you can still give the players marks out of 10 on BBC Sport's Player Rater after the match has finished.

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