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.

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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