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Everton v Swansea City

Everton suffered a frustrating afternoon as they were held to a 0-0 draw by a thoroughly un-ambitious Swansea side.

The Blues were on top in all catergories - possession, shots, endeavour - but were ultimately forced to settle for a single point.

Even a first clean sheet since the return fixture in September didn't offer much consolation.

In contrast, Swansea had clearly been absorbed by their cup exploits and offered nothing in terms of attacking intent.

Marouane Fellaini tested Michel Vorm from Everton's first venture forward, firing straight at the keeper from Steven Pienaar's flick.

Soon after Vorm almost lost out to Nikica Jelavic when the Croat raced onto a short backpass, and Victor Anichebe's follow up was also snuffed out.

Jelavic then poked Fellaini's knock-down wide and saw a flicked header cleared off the line as the home side sought to make their dominance count.

Everton v SwanseaLeighton Baines ventures forward from left-back.

Pablo Hernandez's effort from the edge was horribly skewed for Swansea's first shot.

On the half hour patient Everton build up saw Fellaini nod the ball towards Anichebe and his header was partially stopped by the overworked Vorm before the defence hacked it clear.

A rare Swansea foray saw Tim Howard tip Michu's clipped effort onto the bar but the Welsh outfit continued to offer very little.

Seamus Coleman was more of a winger than a full-back and his tricks on the right flank allowed him to pull back for Fellaini only for the the Belgian's sidefoot to go straight to Vorm.

Possibly the best chance of the half fell to Leon Osman but he wasn't able to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his Everton debut with a goal - connecting with Baines' cross with the side of his head rather than the forehead.

Everton v SwanseaVictor Anichebe in an aerial duel with Chico Flores.

It was more of the same after the break as Coleman burst into the box only for Phil Neville to take the ball off his toe and force Vorm to shovel it round the post.

Then Sylvain Distin headed Baines' corner over the bar and Jelavic tumbled in the box as he was challenged by Ashley Williams - no penalty ensued.

CLearly only one side were interested in winning the game and Moyes sent on Steven Naismith for Neville to offer an extra attacking threat.

But it was a defender, Phil Jagielka, who missed a highly presentable headed chance from Baines' corner with just over 15 minutes left.

Jelavic side-footed over at the death to sum up a frustrating Everton afternoon.



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