Barkley free kick gives Everton 2-1 win at Swansea
Ross Barkley enhanced his ever-growing reputation by scoring
directly from a free kick to move Everton provisionally up to
fourth place with a 2-1 win at Swansea in the Premier League on
Seamus Coleman put Everton in front in the 66th minute with a
ferocious strike, although the visitors were pegged back when Bryan
Oviedo put Dwight Tiendalli’s off-target effort into his own
But Barkley stepped up in the 84th to beat Gerhard Tremmel with
a free kick that came off the underside of the bar on its way
”It’s a relief because I had a chance to score with 20 minutes
to go and I slipped, so to see the free kick go in was a bonus and
great for the team,” Barkley said.
Everton moved a point ahead of Chelsea and a point behind
Arsenal and Chelsea play in Monday’s only game.
Swansea is 11th after another frustrating match for the Welsh
club, which lacked an end product after making a positive
”It was harsh and the least we deserved was a point,” Swansea
manager Michael Laudrup said. ”That’s how football is. Their
goalkeeper made a couple of great saves. I don’t want to say
Everton found luck, because it was a great free kick, but they
found the three points.”
Everton had taken time to settle, and Chico Flores almost gifted
them an opener when his slack pass was picked off by James McCarthy
and moved to Kevin Mirallas, whose shot was held well by
Swansea defender Ashley Williams then made a crucial block on
the winger after a misdirected pass by Jose Canas had allowed him
to advance into the danger zone.
Barkley was the victim of a crunching tackle from Williams as he
looked to get into the box, and the 20-year-old midfielder wasted
the game’s best chance early in the second half.
Passes from Oviedo and Steven Pienaar played Barkley in on goal
as Everton broke, but he stumbled as he was about to shoot.
Williams made a timely challenge to deny a surging run from
Coleman as Everton ramped up the pressure, before Barkley produced
a trademark driving run to ghost away from Jonathan de Guzman and
get away a rising shot that Tremmel tipped onto his bar.
The German goalkeeper’s next action was to pick the ball out of
Swansea failed to cut out an Everton throw and the ball was
worked right by McCarthy for Coleman to produce a swerving strike
that beat Tremmel at his near post.
The lead lasted just five minutes. Davies whipped in a cross
from the left and Tiendalli got in front of Pienaar to get away a
strike which deflected off Ovideo to leave Tim Howard stranded.
Oviedo’s intervention meant Swansea had benefited from five own
goals in the league this season, a higher tally than any of their
own players have managed.
But Barkley made sure it was the visitors who took home the
spoils, beating Tremmel with his superb strike to stun the Liberty
There was still time for Hernandez and Alejandro Pozuelo to work
Howard, but Swansea could not find a leveler.