December 27, 2014, 02:55:00 AMReply #48
Everton suffered back to back defeats at the hands of a resurgent Stoke City side on Boxing Day after Geoff Cameron's 33rd minute cross was turned into his own net by Sylvain Distin. The toffees left to audible boos at half time and full time as pressure begins to mount on Blues boss Roberto Martinez.
The Merseysiders had started the brighter of the two sides as Aiden McGeady's 20 yard pile driver whistled just 9 yards wide of Asmir Begovic's right hand post within the first minute. Shortly after, Everton had a penalty appeal waved away as Ross Barkley appeared to be wrestled to the ground at a corner by Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross. Instead the young England prospect was shown a yellow card for diving as Roberto Martinez had a heated exchange with Mark Hughes on the touchline.
Moments of quality were few and far between as the rain started to pour at Goodison, but in the most part they arrived when the ball was at the feet of Bojan. The diminutive Spaniard tormented Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin all afternoon as the Toffees crowd began to grow impatient. Shortly after the half hour mark the groans from the home crowd turned to booing. Boyhood Evertonian Jon Walters dispossessed stalwart Gareth Barry and fed American international Geoff Cameron and his teasing cross was sliced past his international team mate Tim Howard by Sylvain Distin.
The jeers rang out at half time as festive spirit was in short supply from the Everton crowd. Samuel Eto'o s introduction on the hour mark led to a late rally by the blues, but the visitors managed to limit Everton to a series of corners which were all cleared by an aerially dominant Stoke back line. The Toffee's misery was compounded when late substitute Kevin Mirallas hobbled off with a hamstring pull which looks set to keep him on the sideline for a matter of months. Everton finished the game with 10 men as all their substitutes had been used and many disgruntled fans had already left before the full time whistle was blown
Pretty darn close SS.
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