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Stoke City v Everton

Everton were left to rue a glaring first half miss as Stoke fought back to salvage a 1-1 draw.

After Ryan Shawcross' own goal had seen the Blues go ahead Leon Osman wasted a great chance to extend the lead and the Potters duly equalised shortly after half time via the head of Kenwyne Jones.

There was no clean sheet for Tim Howard on his 200th consecutive league appearance but he did produce an important late save to keep Everton in it.

The Blues' only change from the win over Spurs saw Steven Naismith replace Kevin Mirallas down the right.

Stoke v EvertonMoyes and Pienaar after the Everton goal
 
But it was the Scot's colleague Seamus Coleman who marauded forward to tee-up Nikica Jelavic for the first real chance.

He stole in behind the full-back and put it on a plate for the Croat whose scuffed effort was blocked by Shawcross.

Then the lively Steven Pienaar had a shot blocked by Glenn Whelan in the box with Blues fans shouting unsuccessfully for handball before Matt Etherington dragged Stoke's first shot on goal wide just after the quarter hour.

Kenwyne Jones was even further away a few minutes later with a wildly ambitious long-range strike but the Potters' next chance was significantly more presentable.

Stoke v EvertonShawcross stands disconsolate after the goal

Jon Walters nodded a corner back across goal and the unmarked Steven Nzonzi sent his header straight into the grateful arms of Howard.

It wouldn't be the game's worst miss though, as Leon Osman would later demonstrate.

Before that Naismith had an effort cleared off the line by Shawcross, the man who would soon turn villain.

Following a counter attack Everton patiently kept possession and when Pienaar curled the ball into the area it was flicked over his own goalkeeper by Stoke's hapless skipper.

The South African looked sheepish in celebration but not as much as his teammate Osman shortly afterwards.

The England cap should have doubled the lead after Pienaar had sent Baines to the byline but he could only side-foot the pull-back inexplicably wide from 10 yards out. Sadly it was to prove key.

Howard produced a reaction save to deny Charlie Adam at the start of the second period but he couldn't keep Jones' towering header out shortly afterwards, scrambling across his goal in a vain attempt to claw away the Trinidadian's effort.

The same player then kneed the ball against the post after shrugging of Baines with the home side rampant and Everton rocking.

Things calmed down somewhat and Everton sent Ross Barkley on for Steven Naismith with 20 minutes left but it was Sylvain Distin, up for a corner, who glanced wide next.

Home sub Cameron Jerome flashed a drive wide and the same man was expertly denied by Howard after Gibson had given the ball away. Even after the American's save it required Distin to head Peter Crouch's follow-up away from goal.

Darron Gibson had a volley deflected wide at the death and then Pienaar scythed through the defence only to fire meekly wide.

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