Toffees beat 10-man Trotters

The Toffees took the lead four minutes after the break on Saturday

when Fellaini swept in from close range before substitute Vellios

netted a second 12 minutes from time to give David Moyes’ men

back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time this season.

Wanderers had earlier had David Wheater sent off, the defender’s

20th-minute challenge on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov earning him a

straight red card – his second dismissal of the campaign. The

result moves Everton into the top half of the table, while Bolton,

having suffered a 10th league defeat this term, remain in the

relegation zone. The one change to the the Trotters’ team from the

2-1 defeat at West Brom last weekend saw Zat Knight come in at the

back for the injured Joe Riley, with on-loan Dedryck Boyata not yet

fit enough to make his return to the squad. Toffees manager David

Moyes – still without sidelined trio Jack Rodwell, Phil Neville and

Sylvain Distin – also made just one alteration from his side’s 2-1

win over Wolves, promoting Bilyaletdinov to the first XI in place

of Royston Drenthe, who missed out due to an ankle problem. Seamus

Coleman burst forward for Everton in the third minute, but saw his

shot blocked by Paul Robinson’s sliding tackle, and Bolton

goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen palmed the ball away when Phil

Jagielka got a flick to Leighton Baines’ free-kick. The visitors

won a couple of corners, with Tim Cahill nodding one into the back

of Wheater and the other bringing a save out of Jaaskelainen direct

from Bilyaletdinov’s delivery. Toffees stopper Tim Howard was then

called into action, punching clear Ivan Klasnic’s strike from

outside the area. Six minutes later Wanderers were reduced to 10

men, Wheater being shown a straight red card by referee Michael

Oliver after the former Middlesbrough man lunged in on

Bilyaletdinov having lost possession. Howard caught a looping

effort from Chris Eagles, but Everton were looking to make their

numerical advantage count, Bilyaletdinov firing over from Coleman’s

cut-back and the Russian then trying to feed Tim Cahill, who was

crowded out before he could shoot. A passing move almost put

Bilyaletdinov through but the ball escaped him, and Jaaskelainen

got down to save John Heitinga’s drilled effort from Leon Osman’s

free-kick lay-off. Everton continued to press, with Tim Cahill

sending a diving header into Knight and Robinson getting in the way

of another Coleman foray. Bolton survived a scare shortly after the

restart when Gary Cahill just beat Tim Cahill to Coleman’s centre

to head away, but within seconds the Toffees were in front,

Marouane Fellaini sliding in to stab a cross from the left into the

roof of the net. Everton kept their foot on the pedal, with Baines

whipping a dangerous ball across the box, Coleman seeing a

deflected effort gathered by Jaaskelainen at the second attempt and

Louis Saha shooting at the Finn from the edge of the area. Jagielka

headed a corner wide with the Toffees protesting that Kevin Davies

had handled and Baines rifled an attempt over, before a rare Bolton

attack saw Howard deny Klasnic with his legs. Back came the

visitors, Jaaskelainen pushing away Tim Cahill’s bouncing header

before blocking Saha’s follow-up. Osman was next to bring a save

out of Jaaskelainen, but there was nothing the goalkeeper could do

in the 78th minute as Everton finally made it 2-0. Baines crossed

the ball in, Tim Cahill stretched to knock it back across the face

of goal and Vellios, who had come on for Saha, had no problem

converting to wrap up the three points.