Everton were held to a 0-0 draw by 10-man Swansea City at Goodison Park on Saturday.
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The Toffees pushed hard for the entire match but failed to score for the first time this season at home. Garry Monk’s Swansea looked dangerous on the break with Wilfried Bony forcing Tim Howard into a good save earlier on, but they were less ambitious in the last 15 minutes after Jonjo Shelvey was shown a second yellow card and the Welsh outfit were reduced to 10-men.
Despite a late onslaught from Everton, the Swans held on to secure a point on Merseyside as they’ve now made their best start to a PL campaign. Swansea are in sixth on 15 points, while Everton are ninth on 13 points.
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It was an even contest to start at Goodison, but Howard was forced into a great save early on from Bony as the Ivorian really should have scored but the USMNT star stopped Swansea’s main man in his tracks.
Everton pushed for an opener as Aiden McGeady weaved his way through plenty of challenges but the Toffees found it difficult to create any clear cut chances. In the second half Bony set up Shelvey to have an effort but the English midfielder dragged his shot wide as the away side pinned Everton back. Shelvey then had a shot blocked by the arm of Antolin Alcaraz by no penalty kick was awarded.
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Samuel Eto’o was cutting a forlorn figure up top, starting in place of Romelu Lukaku, as Everton were reduced to long range and set piece efforts by a solid Swansea outfit. Before this match, Everton had scored 14 in five home games so far this season. In the 63rd minute, McGeady came close but his curled effort flew wide of Fabianski’s far post after great work from Steven Naismith.
The game then changed in the 74th minute as Shelvey was shown a second yellow card after a silly challenge on James McCarthy after already being on a yellow. A no brainer for referee Kevin Friend.
Everton tried to make their one-man advantage count and in the final minute Eto’o drilled the ball across goal but substitute Lukaku just couldn’t slide in to convert at the back post. 0-0.
Everton: Howard, Baines, Jagielka, Alcaraz (Besic, 32′), Coleman, Barry, McCarthy, McGeady (Lukaku, 68′), Barkley, Naismith (Pienaar, 68′), Eto’o
Swansea: Fabianski, Taylor, Fernandez, Williams, Rangel, Shelvey, Ki, Sigurdsson (Carroll, 76′), Montero (Dyer, 79′), Routledge, Bony (Gomis, 61′)