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v Swansea City

Tuesday 23 September K.O. 19:45



Liberty Stadium | 22nd December 2013 16:00 | Attendance - 20695

Swansea City v Everton

Two second-half goals of supreme quality decorated yet another excellent Everton away win.

Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley both posted their Goal of the Season entries as Everton eased back into the Premier League top four.

It was a totally deserved three points in incessant driving rain in South Wales.

The first-half was bereft of genuine goalscoring opportunities and neither goalkeeper was over-worked with the outfield contributors cancelling each other out for large periods.

An early break down the right by Jonjo Shelvey ended with a low ball across the face of the goal that Tim Howard had to chase down to clear and the former Liverpool midfielder then teed up Wayne Routledge who should have done far better than slice a weak shot well wide.

Coleman celebrates his goalColeman celebrates his goal

Everton's first effort came via Kevin Mirallas in the 14th minute when he collected the ball on the right flank before skipping past his marker and unleashing a shot that was powerful but straight at Gerhard Tremmel.

Mirallas had an opening again in the 21st minute but he crashed his shot against Ashley Williams and Everton wasted the subsequent corner.

The Blues had legitimate claims for a penalty a couple of minutes later when  Barkley, who has treated himself to a rather drastic festive hair-cut, teased Williams inside the box and looked to have his heels clipped as he pushed the ball past the home skipper.

Swansea were struggling to make inroads and when they did have a sight of goal they were profligate. When Mirallas was careless in possession, Routledge was once again woeful with his attempt before Routledge then turned provider when he slipped a nice pass into the path of Wilfried Bony who thumped a poor shot high over the bar.

The Toffees started the second period in the ascendency but Steven Pienaar's low drive from 20-yards in the 53rd minute was never likely to trouble Tremmel.

Coleman scoresColeman scores in brilliant fashion

Barkley should have given Everton the lead when great link up play between Bryan Oviedo and Steven Pienaar presented the teenager with a clear run on goal but he lost his footing and a golden opportunity was lost.

Coleman then went on a fabulous run that carried him past three defenders and into the box only for Williams to finally close him down and knock the ball behind for a corner. Gareth Barry was next to try his luck when he waited inside the box for a Sylvain Distin header to reach him only to volley the ball too high.

It was all Everton and Barkley carried the ball into the heart of Swansea territory in the 64th minute before lashing a ferocious shot that Termmel did exceptionally well to touch onto the crossbar.

A goal was coming and when it duly arrived on 65 minutes it was an absolute cracker.

There didn't seem to be a great deal on for Coleman when he picked up possession twenty-yards from goal but he smashed an unstoppable shot that left Tremmel helpless.

DistinDistin slides in

It was a wonderful goal and nothing less than superb Everton deserved. Tremmel had to be alert again not long after to dive to his left and gather a decent strike from Barry.

It was one-way traffic so the equaliser came as something of a surprise. A hopeful punt into the Everton box, an effort from Dwight Tendalli and a cruel deflection off Bryan Oviedo and Swansea, somehow, were suddenly level.

The goal temporarily knocked the stuffing out of Everton and prompted Swansea to have their best spell of the second half.

However, the best was yet to come. James McCarthy ran powerfully at the home defence and it needed a foul to halt his progress. Barkley and Lukaku stood over the ball, some 25-yards from goal, and it was the academy graduate who curled a fantastic shot up and over the wall and into the net off the crossbar.

Despite Everton's dominance the closing stages were nervy and Howard needed to make a superb stoppage time save to keep out a well-struck volley from Roland Lamah.

Everton are now ten games unbeaten in the Premier League and it's a very Merry Christmas for all Evertonians!



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