Potters hold Toffees to draw

Stoke City and Everton settled for a point apiece at the
Britannia Stadium following a bruising 1-1 draw in the Premier
League.

But the main talking point of a bruising game was Marouane
Fellaini’s clear headbutt on Ryan Shawcross, which referee Mark
Halsey failed to spot.

A Shawcross own goal gifted the Merseysiders the opening goal 11
minutes before half-time, but the hosts hit back thanks to Kenwyne
Jones’ first top flight goal in 16 months, seven minutes after the
break.

After that, both teams had chances to claim all three points,
but they happily settled for a share of the spoils.

Fourth-placed Everton have now drawn nine of their last 13
Premier League away games and five of the last six, while
ninth-placed Stoke stretched their unbeaten home record to 15
league games.

Everton made a lively start to the contest, with Nikica Jelavic
seeing his shot from Seamus Coleman’s tee-up blocked by Shawcross
in the ninth minute.

The Potters fell behind in the 36th minute through an own goal
from captain Shawcross, who inadvertently nodded in a Steven
Pienaar cross.

Having gone in front, Everton swiftly looked to go for the
jugular and Leon Osman really should have made it 2-0 but blasted
wide from Leighton Baines’ cut-back, drawing an angry reaction from
his manager David Moyes.

Stoke appeared full of purpose after the restart and within
three minutes, Tim Howard was called into action to save a mis-hit
close-range volley from Charlie Adam.

However, the American was eventually beaten as Jones, retaining
his starting place up front, equalised in the 52nd minute, heading
Shawcross’ long-range delivery past Howard.

Having broken his long scoring drought in the league, Jones
looked in the mood for more and moments later he dinked the ball
over Howard, only to see it hit the woodwork.

Everton then seemed lucky to escape punishment, with Fellaini
appearing to headbutt Shawcross as the two players marked each
other in the box. The Stoke man was left lying on the turf, but the
officials took no action.

Given that the sides had drawn eight top-flight games each this
season before Saturday’s encounter, it perhaps came as little
surprise that the points were shared.

Stoke City Team Statistics Everton
1 Goals 1
0 1st Half Goals 1
5 Shots on Target 2
7 Shots off Target 5
1 Blocked Shots 3
4 Corners 8
13 Fouls 13
1 Offsides 1
1 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
69.8 Passing Success 73
14 Tackles 25
85.7 Tackles Success 88
48.8 Possession 51.2
50.1 Territorial Advantage 49.9
328 Total Passes 337
23 Total Crosses 19
180 Lost Balls 183
60 Recoveries 59
48.5 1st Half Poss. 51.5
50.2 2nd Half Poss. 49.8