Stoke City vs. Everton: Final score 1-1; an ugly but entertaining draw

Paul Thomas

An own goal, a goalkeeper howler and an uncalled headbutt were the story of the day as Stoke and Everton played to a 1-1 draw

Everton and Stoke battled to 1-1 draw that was reasonably entertaining and featured goals that was both the direct result of mistakes.

Everton were on the attack early, generating pressure but they found themselves unable to get past the Stoke defenders. in the 9th minute Seamus Coleman received a pass on the left side of the box and centered the ball back to Nikica Jelavić whose shot was block by a Stoke defender.

One minute later Leighton Baines took a short corner to Steven Pienaar, who passed back and forth until Pienaar had some space and put the ball in towards goal. The shot was block by a spinning Glenn Whelan, causing Everton to shout for a penalty as the ball hit off his arm. The referee wasn't interested and waved away the shouts.

Stoke fought back in the 19th minute when Kenwyne Jones broke past the Everton defense after a turnover in the midfield. Everton's Phil Jagielka recovered quickly, forcing Jones to take a shot from distance that sailed harmlessly over the goal.

In the 30th minute, Stoke earned a corner that was headed back across the box by Jonathan Walters to an open Steven N'Zonzi at the near post. N'Zonzi's free header from six yards out was neatly saved by Tim Howard who was quick to recover from the initial header.

Everton came close in the 32nd minute when Jagielka's cross was mis-hit by Jelavic, but fell to Steven Naismith whose chip beat Asmir Begovic before being saved off the line by Ryan Shawcross.

The Toffees broke through in the 36th minute thank to the dreaded own goal. Pienaar's exploratory shot/pass in to the Stoke box was headed backwards by Shawcross, right in to the top far corner of his own net. Begovic was well off his line, never expecting that Shawcross would redirect the ball back on net. It have Everton a 1-0 lead and was only the 3rd goal conceded at home by Stoke this season.

Leon Osman wasted a brilliant chance to put ahead up by two in the 39th minute after he missed a wide open net from the center of the box. Baines set him up with a great pass but his shot when miles wide for an embarrassing miss.

Stoke came out of the locker room on fire and wasted little time getting the equalizer. In the 52nd minute, Jones out leaped and out muscled Jagielka and beat Tim Howard with a header just inside the post. Howard either fell or completely misread the shot, either way it was a savable shot and an ugly howler by the Everton keeper.

Jones was at it again four minutes later, receiving a great pass from Whelan an getting behind Baines. Jones got past a flailing Howard, but the angle was poor and he was only able to hit the ball off his knee and in to the side netting.

Things got ugly in the 58th minute when Marouane Fellaini deliberately headbutted Shawcross but escaped unpunished as none of the referees on the field saw the infraction. Fellaini will likely be facing a suspension if the incident is reviewed by the FA.

Stoke missed a great chance in the 80th minute after a turnover by Darron Gibson allowed Cameron Jerome a one-on-one chance against Howard. The keeper made the save and Sylvain Distin was able to head away the Peter Crouch chip attempt on the rebound.

Pienaar had a chance in stoppage time to steal a winner for Everton, making slalom run that left him in space at the top of the Stoke box. Unfortunately for the Toffees, he wasn't able to get off a good shot, sending the ball well wide.

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