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Stoke   2 - 0   Everton

Kenwyne Jones celebrates opening the scoring for Stoke
Jones's opener for Stoke was his fifth Premier League goal of the season

By Les Roopanarine

A dogged Stoke performance laced with a hint of good fortune brought Everton's eight-match unbeaten run away from home to a juddering halt.

Kenwyne Jones set the ball rolling for Stoke midway through the first half when he headed a Matthew Etherington cross beyond Everton keeper Tim Howard.

Everton then contributed to their own downfall when defender Phil Jagielka put through his own net.

Tim Cahill spurned Everton's best chance, heading wide at the far post.

It was an uncharacteristic miss from the Australia international, who would have wished to mark his last appearance for Everton before departing for the Asian Cup in a manner more befitting of the Premier League's fourth highest goalscorer.

But after suffering home defeats against Blackpool and Fulham either side of Christmas, there was an almost tangible determination about Tony Pulis's organised, industrious Stoke side, a refusal even to contemplate the ignominy of a third successive league reversal at the Britannia Stadium.

Pulis buoyed by Stoke's return to form

Since they were without the ball for much of the afternoon, Stoke's ambitions hinged on retaining their shape under frequently heavy pressure, pressing hard to disrupt Everton's midfield fluency, and making the most of their chances when they came along.

It was a game plan carried out to perfection.

The home side's best moment came midway through the first half when Etherington, latching on to a flick-on from Jones, squirmed past Phil Neville and Seamus Coleman to find Jones again with a well-flighted cross.

Perfectly positioned on the edge of the six-yard box, the big Trinidadian could hardly miss, gleefully heading home his fifth Premier League goal of the season.

How David Moyes must have longed for a similarly incisive intervention from one of his players. Instead, it was a case of new year, same old story.

Moyes frustated by Everton's poor finishing

Everton have turned dominating matches without winning them into something of an art form this season, and that familiar shortcoming was once again on full view, albeit with the crucial difference that they were for once unable to fashion a draw.

Last beaten away from Goodison Park in late August, the Toffees had returned to Merseyside with a point six times in their eight-game unbeaten streak on the road.

Not on this occasion, however, for all that they dominated possession in the first half and narrowly shaded it in the second.

When Danny Higginbotham slid in to deny Steven Pienaar on the stroke of half-time, deflecting the South Africa international's effort on to the roof of Asmir Begovic's net, you began to sense it would not be Everton's day.

Sure enough, with 20 minutes left, the visitors conceded a second goal in bizarre fashion.

A free-kick from the halfway line found Jones in the area, but the striker could not control the ball and after it bounced off him Jagielka, enduring a nightmare return from injury, inadvertently poked it into his own net.

Stoke had started the afternoon without a win against Everton since their return to the top tier of English football in 2008, but with fortune smiling on their determination, and the front pairing of Kenwyne Jones and the returning Ricardo Fuller causing the visiting defence all manner of problems, there was to be no way back for Everton.

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Compared to Jones and Fuller, Louis Saha was once again an ineffectual presence up front for Everton.

The Frenchman will feel justifiably aggrieved at being denied a penalty in the opening seconds, when he was clipped by Ryan Shawcross just inside the Stoke area, but otherwise struggled to make a telling impact. As the ensuing 90 minutes would confirm, it was to be the story of Everton's afternoon.


Stoke manager Tony Pulis

"It was a great result for us, the first time we've beaten Everton since we won promotion to the Premier League.

"Kenwyne Jones scored a very good goal and, when he plays like he played today, he's almost unplayable.

"If we can bring one or two [players] in during the transfer window, we will.

"It's a decent time for us to bring people in, because it lifts everybody, but they have to be the right players."

Everton manager David Moyes

"We didn't deserve to lose by two goals, but Stoke played well and took their chances.

"We had a lot of opportunities and a lot of the ball, and we know our build-up play is good.

"But we couldn't convert the good play into goals, and we gave away a terrible second goal.

"If we can work in the loan market, we'll do what we can [in the transfer window].

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Saturday, 1 January 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Stoke 2-0 Everton FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Jones 23
  • Jagielka (og) 69

    Stoke

    Substitutes

    Everton

    Substitutes

    Ref: MarrinerAtt: 27,418
    STOKE
    EVERTON

    Possession

    • Stoke 51%
    • Everton 49%

    Attempts on target

    • Stoke 3
    • Everton 10

    Attempts off target

    • Stoke 4
    • Everton 5

    Corners

    • Stoke 1
    • Everton 5

    Fouls

    • Stoke 14
    • Everton 8
    • Final Result
    • 94:12 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+0:57 Shot by Steven Pienaar. Glenn Whelan gets a block in.
    • 89:20 The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines, Shot by Victor Anichebe. Save by Asmir Begovic.
    • 88:37 Jonathan Walters gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phil Jagielka. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
    • 88:05 Tuncay Sanli produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 86:20 Kenwyne Jones is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
    • Correction - 84:04 Tuncay Sanli challenges Marouane Fellaini unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Cahill restarts play with the free kick.
    • 84:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tuncay Sanli on Marouane Fellaini. Sylvain Distin takes the direct free kick.
    • 83:27 Substitution Ricardo Fuller goes off and Jonathan Walters comes on.
    • 81:25 Tim Cahill takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
    • 78:35 Substitution Jermaine Beckford on for Louis Saha.
    • 78:35 Substitution Matthew Etherington leaves the field to be replaced by Glenn Whelan.
    • 75:03 Andy Wilkinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
    • 74:10 Louis Saha is penalised for a handball. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
    • 73:42 Shot on goal by Dean Whitehead from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
    • 72:27 Leon Osman sends in a cross.
    • 71:05 Phil Jagielka fouled by Ricardo Fuller, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
    • 69:15 Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Tim Cahill, free kick awarded. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Leighton Baines.
    • 68:05 Kenwyne Jones provided the assist for the goal.
    • 68:05 GOAL - Phil JagielkaStoke 2 - 0 Everton Phil Jagielka scores an own goal from 6 yards. Stoke 2-0 Everton.
    • 67:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tuncay Sanli by Victor Anichebe. Direct free kick taken by Danny Higginbotham.
    • 66:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Leon Osman on Tuncay Sanli. Free kick taken by Danny Higginbotham.
    • 65:16 Substitution Leon Osman comes on in place of Mikel Arteta.
    • 65:16 Substitution Phil Neville leaves the field to be replaced by Victor Anichebe.
    • 63:55 Centre by Phil Neville.
    • 61:09 Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
    • 61:09 Booking Tim Cahill goes into the book.
    • 60:37 Tim Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Shawcross.
    • 60:03 Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Blocked by Sylvain Distin.
    • 58:09 Substitution Tuncay Sanli is brought on as a substitute for Jermaine Pennant.
    • 57:43 The ball is swung over by Mikel Arteta, clearance by Dean Whitehead.
    • 56:57 Foul by Rory Delap on Seamus Coleman, free kick awarded. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free kick.
    • 56:57 Booking Rory Delap shown a yellow card.
    • 56:26 Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball, clearance made by Phil Jagielka.
    • 55:31 Unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Jermaine Pennant, Phil Neville manages to make a clearance.
    • 53:27 Tim Cahill challenges Ryan Shawcross unfairly and gives away a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.
    • 52:49 Leighton Baines has a drilled shot. Blocked by Dean Whitehead.
    • 51:34 Foul by Rory Delap on Tim Cahill, free kick awarded. Phil Neville takes the free kick.
    • 49:01 Inswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines. Steven Pienaar produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
    • 47:51 Leighton Baines fouled by Dean Whitehead, the ref awards a free kick. Leighton Baines delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
    • 47:10 Dean Whitehead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta. Phil Neville takes the direct free kick.
    • 47:10 Booking Dean Whitehead is booked.
    • 46:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Jagielka by Ricardo Fuller. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:10 The first half comes to an end.
    • 45:00+1:05 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, Effort from close range by Tim Cahill goes wide left of the target.
    • 45:00+0:51 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Higginbotham.
    • 44:27 The referee penalises Marouane Fellaini for handball. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.
    • 41:44 Seamus Coleman produces a cross.
    • 40:50 Unfair challenge on Leighton Baines by Jermaine Pennant results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Mikel Arteta, clearance made by Kenwyne Jones.
    • 40:18 The ball is delivered by Leighton Baines, blocked by Ryan Shawcross.
    • 38:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Leighton Baines. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
    • 35:04 Seamus Coleman fouled by Dean Whitehead, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Leighton Baines.
    • 34:45 Matthew Etherington delivers the ball, save by Tim Howard.
    • 34:01 Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Tim Cahill makes a clearance.
    • 33:13 Kenwyne Jones is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:17 Leighton Baines takes a shot. Blocked by Dean Whitehead.
    • 30:59 Asmir Begovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Louis Saha. Strike on goal comes in from Mikel Arteta from the free kick, blocked by Ricardo Fuller.
    • 30:59 Booking Asmir Begovic goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 29:38 Andy Wilkinson crosses the ball.
    • 28:52 Unfair challenge on Matthew Etherington by Phil Neville results in a free kick. Matthew Etherington restarts play with the free kick.
    • 27:29 Jermaine Pennant is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
    • 25:48 The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines, Tim Cahill has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
    • 23:12 Shot by Louis Saha. Save by Asmir Begovic.
    • 22:14 Assist on the goal came from Matthew Etherington.
    • 22:14 GOAL - Kenwyne JonesStoke 1 - 0 Everton Kenwyne Jones scores a headed goal from inside the area. Stoke 1-0 Everton.
    • 19:42 Leighton Baines produces a cross, Sylvain Distin takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
    • 19:03 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines, Rory Delap makes a clearance.
    • 17:07 Mikel Arteta takes the inswinging corner, Kenwyne Jones manages to make a clearance.
    • 12:52 Tim Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Wilkinson. The ball is crossed by Jermaine Pennant, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Ricardo Fuller goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 11:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Collins on Seamus Coleman. Phil Neville takes the free kick.
    • 11:24 Booking Danny Collins receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 9:32 Effort from deep inside the area by Ricardo Fuller misses to the left of the target.
    • 9:06 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.
    • 4:59 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Leighton Baines, Louis Saha has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
    • 2:18 Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a comfortable save.
    • 0:00 The match begins.

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    Barclays Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 1 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 19 23 41
    2 Man City 21 17 41
    3 Arsenal 20 20 39
    4 Tottenham 20 7 36
    5 Chelsea 19 18 34
    6 Sunderland 21 2 30
    7 Bolton 21 5 29
    8 Stoke 20 1 27
    9 Liverpool 19 -1 25
    10 Blackpool 18 -4 25
    11 Blackburn 21 -8 25
    12 Newcastle 19 -3 22
    13 Everton 20 -3 22
    14 West Brom 20 -10 22
    15 West Ham 21 -11 20
    16 Aston Villa 19 -14 20
    17 Wigan 19 -14 20
    18 Fulham 20 -5 19
    19 Birmingham 19 -6 19
    20 Wolves 20 -14 18

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