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Cardiff City Stadium | 31st August 2013 15:00 | Attendance - 27344

Cardiff City v Everton

Everton were forced to accept a third successive league draw but the post-match talking point was a controversially declined penalty claim.

Shortly before half-time Leighton Baines was crudely halted by Gary Medel in the box and everyone in the stadium expected Anthony Taylor to indicate a spot-kick.

Instead - and bafflingly - he awarded the home side a goal kick much to the fury of those in Blue.

Everton dominated possession either side of that incident with home custodian David Marshall and some solid Welsh defending frustrating the Toffees.

Cardiff v EvertonRoss Barkley powers through the midfield

The opening period began slowly with both sides probing new opposition.

The first meaningful action came on 10 minutes when Steven Pienaar's clever flick released Ross Barkley and allowed the youngster to jink through the defence and see an effort deflected narrowly wide.

Then Cardiff stepped on the gas in front of their raucous home fans and Peter Whittingham's corner almost went straight in with Tim Howard required to claw it away before Kim Bo-Kyung lashed the loose ball over from 20 yards.

Soon a pair of excellent headed chances were presented to Kevin Mirallas. The Belgian couldn't produce the right contact to steer either Leighton Baines' free-kick of Nikica Jelavic's centre goalwards.

Cardiff v EvertonSteven Pienaar is wrestled to the ground

Then came the big moment of the half. The combative Medel blatantly scythed down Baines while in full flow in the penalty area but referee Taylor inexplicably signalled a goal kick.

It looked a bizarre decision in real time and replays showed it was as clear a penalty as you are likely to see.

Undeterred, Everton came again and in first half stoppage time Jelavic's deflected header was goalbound only for David strong Marshall to thrust out a left mitt and flick it away.

Leighton BainesBaines evades two Cardiff defenders

Matthew Connolly skewed an effort wide at the start of the second period but then it was Everton who were back in the ascendency as Barkley released Jelavic to shoot over.

Martinez introduced Arouna Kone for the final quarter of the game but for all the Blues' possession and probing they couldn't fashion a clear enough opening until Baines blasted just wide with his right foot from 30 yards with 10 minutes left.

Everton's last throw of the dice was the introduction of Gerard Deulofeu fresh from his midweek goalscoring debut.

The on-loan Barca starlet managed to test Marshall from range with four minutes left and on the stroke of full time he engineered a crossing position and fired across a delivery just begging to be turned home - but no one in a Blue shirt was on hand.

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