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Battling 10-man Bolton can't stop Moyes' in form team

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Everton kept their hopes of European football next term alive by beating a stubborn Bolton Wanderers side 2-0 at Goodison Park.

Greta Steinsson was sent off on the 71st minute for a last man foul on Yakubu and this proved to be the catalyst for the Toffees victory as the resulting free-kick was curled in beautifully by Mikel Arteta. A late goal by Steven Pienaar confirmed the three points for David Moyes' side.
Everton started the game looking for their seventh successive home league win and they nearly had an early lead when Victor Anichebe was sent clear by an excellent through pass from Tim Cahill. The striker charged into the box with intent only for an excellent goal saving tackle from Paul Robinson to deny the hosts first blood.

Poor defensive play from Everton then nearly let Wanderers go ahead at the other end when a cheaply conceded free-kick was not defended properly and Zat Knight almost sneaked in at the back post to prod the ball in the net.

Moyes challenged Anichebe to prove himself for this match but any thoughts of that happening went out the window when the Nigerian had to be taken off injured in the 14th minute and replaced by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.

Despite the denting of the Toffees' attack by the injury, they still looked the most likely to score and had a small shout for a penalty when Yakubu seemed to be brought down by Jussi Jaaskelainen in the box. Referee Alan Wiley, however, was having none of it and the game continued scoreless.

That fact nearly changed when Mikel Arteta sent a great cross into the box, but Yakubu, 10 yards out from goal, couldn't connect with an ambitous volley and the Trotters scrambled the ball safe.

Everton had the bit between their teeth as the half approached its end, but they couldn't find just enough quality to find the opener and slowly Bolton seemed to grow in confidence.

An excellent attacking move by Bolton gave them a chance on goal when great awareness by loanee youngster Jack Wilshere saw him produce a superb one-two in the box with Kevin Davies, the striker being played through but his shot was blocked by Tim Howard and Everton were let off.

Right at the end of the half, great vision saw Arteta play Baines into the box with the Bolton defence sleeping, but the left-back's  cross to find his team-mates was defended well and the teams went in all square.

The second half saw Everton have the first sniff at opening the scoring when Arteta ran into space and looked to square a pass to Yakubu, but Robinson again was alert and made a vital interception to protect the Trotters goal.

Much like the first half, Everton were asking all the questions but Coyle had his troops organised well and they were putting good pressure on the ball to make the Toffees rush.

Moyes decided a change was needed as his side began to look somewhat frustrated and the ineffectual Tim Cahill was brought off for Louis Saha on the 63rd minute.

Not long after the change, the Toffees had perhaps the best chance of the half when they were awarded a free-kick to the left of the box. Arteta sent in a decent ball and for once the Trotters didn't defend it well, Phil Jagielka rising to head straight at Jaaskelainen and the visitors' defensive lapse went unpunished.

Straight after that, down the other end Bolton had their own free-kick in a similar position but delivery was poor by Chung-Yong and the ball broke to Pienaar.

The South African played a great through ball to Yakubu that allowed the striker in-behind the Bolton defence.  Gretar Steinsson could only bring the striker down from behind and as he was the last man, Wiley showed him the red card.

Ten men down and it was about to get worse for Coyle's side. The free-kick for the red-card foul was just on the edge of the box and Arteta stepped up and curled a great free-kick over the wall and into the back of the net, Jaaskelainen stood rooted to the spot as it sailed in.

Sam Ricketts was brought on to replace Elmander as Bolton looked to tighten up after going down one-nil and to ten men but the Toffees smelt blood and were coming forward in numbers.

Pienaar almost helped his side go another goal up when his excellent cross nearly found Saha right in front of goal but the Frenchman couldn't stretch enough to get on the end of it.

Late on Arteta gave his side another chance to confirm the three points when his excellent chipped pass found
Bilyaletdinov in the box but the Russian could only head just wide. 

Everton finally managed to secure the three points in the 88th minute when great footwork by Leon Osman saw the midfielder dribble to the by-line and send an inviting ball rolling across the box. Pienaar was waiting and smashed the ball into the net to settle the result and make it seven home wins on the bounce for the Toffees.








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