Premier League - Stoke beat wasteful Everton
Fri, 31 Dec 17:12:00 2010
A Kenwyne Jones header and a freak Phil Jagielka own goal handed Stoke a 2-0 victory in a full-blooded Premier League clash against Everton.
Jones (pictured) rose to power the ball past Tim Howard midway through the first half before Jagielka put through his own net for second time in successive appearances with 21 minutes remaining at the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke's effort and organisation made them solid value for the three points, looking consistently dangerous when going forwards.
Everton, by contrast, enjoyed large spells of dominance - particularly in the second half - but failed time and again to find any cutting edge in the final third of the pitch.
Stoke's opener came after 23 minutes as Jones diverted another long ball into the path of Matthew Etherington and raced into the area. Etherington skipped around Phil Neville and picked out Jones with a perfect cross which the former Sunderland forward powered into the net.
Everton applied more pressure at the start of the second half but Steven Pienaar shot well wide when he mis-hit a volley.
But within moments the Toffees' task had doubled after Jagielka's stroke of misfortune.
Higginbotham sent a long free-kick into the box which Jones flicked straight up in the air, and as Jagielka challenged the Stoke forwards the ball dropped onto his foot and he inadvertently volleyed past Howard from the edge of the six-yard box.
The strike would have been worthy of Lionel Messi had Jagielka scored it at the other end.
Instead, with Everton never really threatening the Stoke goal, it effectively ended the match as a contest - and indeed David Moyes's side were lucky not to concede again, with Ricardo Fuller and substitute Tuncay both going close with late efforts.Eurosport / PA Sport