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December 23, 2013
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: L. Mason
• Attendance: 20695
B. Oviedo 70' (own goal)
S. Coleman 66'
R. Barkley 84'
Well, that's all from our LIVE coverage of affairs in Wales this afternoon. Many thanks for joining us and we hope to see you again soon!
That's ten unbeaten for Martinez's men, and they're just two points off local rivals Liverpool at the top of the table. Swansea, meanwhile, suffer their first defeat in four.
FULL TIME in Swansea and Everton come away with all three points after two wonderful goals from Coleman and Barkley. The Toffees go up to fourth in the Premier League.
90' + 3'
Lukaku has the ball in the net...but it's not given. Osman steals the ball and plays the striker through, but the referee blows for a foul by the substitute.
90' + 2'
VAZQUEZ MISSES OUT!! The ball comes in and Chico plays it on with his head. It loops over the defence and Distin misses his attempt at an acrobatic clearance, but it's enough to put off Vazquez as he can't get on the end of the ball and Everton can clear.
90' + 1'
LAMAH TESTS HOWARD!! Barry clears the initial ball but the ball eventually comes to Lamah on the edge of the box, and his fine volley is tipped over by the Everton goalkeeper.
Tiendalli gets forward and looks to move towards the area but Oviedo clears the ball out for a throw. The hosts then win a free kick on that flank as we go into three minutes of stoppage time...
Osman takes it short and exchanges passes with Coleman before driving into the area and fizzing a ball across the six-yard box, but it goes out of play for a goal kick.
Everton have a corner as we enter the last two minutes. Can they kill it off?
Jonathan De Guzmán
GREAT SAVE FROM HOWARD!! Hernandez almost levels things as he receives the ball on the right corner of the box before firing a low shot towards the near post and forcing a wonderful reflex save from the Everton goalkeeper.
That superb goal could have put Everton into the top four. Do Swansea have an answer at the death?
Goal Ross Barkley
BARKLEY PUTS EVERTON BACK IN FRONT!! The midfielder steps up, bends the free kick around the wall and into the back of the net off the crossbar past a sprawling Tremmel. Wonderful strike, and well deserved for Barkley!
Yellow Card Ben Davies
That's a cynical trip by Davies, and it's a good chance for the visitors here with a free kick from 25 yards out...
VAZQUEZ SHOULD DO BETTER!! The substitute springs the offside trap and is through, but is forced to the right-hand side of the box. He tries to lift the ball over Howard with a cheeky chip but the goalkeeper hadn't moved off his line and he catches it easily, somewhat embarrassing the striker.
Oviedo has the ball on the left-hand side, and tries to swing in an early cross for Lukaku, but it's overhit and goes straight to Tremmel.
Into the final 10 minutes. Can either side grab a late winner? Chico tries to slide a pass through for Vazquez but Oviedo reads the ball and cuts it out.
Leon Osman is on for the injured Pienaar while Steven Naismith replaces Mirallas, while Alvaro Vasquez comes on for Bony for the hosts.
There's a pause in play here after Pienaar pulls up hurt as he is on the receiving end of a strong challenge from Chico. This looks like a change will be needed.
SHELVEY BLASTS OVER!! The midfielder receives the ball from Lamah on the edge of the box and fires a first-time effort over the crossbar.
Wow, that's ambitious from Jagielka! The defender has some space in midfield and is first to a bouncing loose ball, so decides to go for goal with a 40-yard volley which slices wide of the post.
Everton have possession at the back and are just calming things down as they look to restore their lead but also shore things up at the back.
What a spell! We're all square as we enter the final 20 minutes. Who can take all three points?
Own Goal Bryan Oviedo
OVIEDO LEVELS IT!! OWN GOAL!! The hosts are level immediately as the ball comes into the box from the left-hand side, and Tiendalli meets it at the far post, volleying towards goal but it's off target and hits Oviedo, spinning off the defender and past Howard into the opposite corner.
BARRY DENIED!! Lukaku sets a counter away with a beautiful turn and pass into the path of Barkley. The midfielder strides forward before squaring to Coleman, and the defender looks to shoot but instead lays off to Barry, who fires a shot from 30 yards and it deflects off a defender before going into Tremmel's arms.
Appeals for handball from the hosts as Hernandez's cross hits Oviedo's arm, but the defender had his hands down and it would have been a very harsh decision.
Assist James McCarthy
Goal Seamus Coleman
WHAT A GOAL FROM COLEMAN!! That's an absolute rocket from the full-back, who receives the ball from McCarthy and fires a stunning strike from 30 yards which swerves inside the near post. Wonderful strike!
BARKLEY HITS THE BAR!! What a run, and what a save!! The midfielder turns beautifully before driving towards the box and firing a dangerous left-footed effort, which Tiendalli flicks on to the bar with a wonderful save!!
Just offside!! Shelvey volleys a wonderful pass over the top and Hernandez is on to it, but the flag goes up as he'd strayed inches offside.
OVER FROM BARRY!! The corner is cleared but comes back and Distin wins two headers in a row, the second of which goes towards Barry and the midfielder tries to poke a volley into the far corner, but it flies over the bar.
Coleman gets forward again well - he's really causing problems on that flank. Routledge does well, though, to track back and slide in to put the ball behind for a corner.
Barkley produces another fine piece of skill, flicking the ball brilliantly into the path of Pienaar. The South African is tracked by De Guzman and goes down, but the referee gives nothing and the hosts come away with possession.
Barkley is penalised for a foul on Hernandez in midfield, giving everyone a chance to have a breather after that frantic spell.
FANTASTIC RUN BY COLEMAN!! The full-back produces a wonderful, mazy run to skip into the area, but he can't get a clean shot away and it deflects behind for a corner which Swansea manage to hack out of the area.
This game is really opening up, now, and Everton will fancy their chances of scoring any moment.
WHAT A MISS FROM BARKLEY!!! It's a beautiful, flowing move from Everton as Oviedo finds Pienaar before it's played through for the England midfielder. He's in beyond the defence but can't get the ball out of his feet and slips as he goes to shoot, shanking it wide from 12 yards. Huge chance missed.
This game just feels like it could explode into life at any moment. Hernandez does well to get to the line, this time on the left, but his cross doesn't find a white shirt.
WIDE FROM PIENAAR!! That's a nice flick from Barkley in midfield as he plays it backwards to Pienaar, and the South African works the ball out of his feet before hammering a 25-yard shot wide of goal with his left.
Lukaku tries to make an impact, receiving the ball on the edge of the box before turning and firing a left-footed shot, but it hits a Swansea defender and gets cleared. The visitors still in possession though.
Barkley steals the ball from De Guzman in midfield and Everton charge forward. He slides the ball through for Mirallas, who gets to the by-line before trying to pull back, but it's too close to Tremmel and the hosts survive the danger.
Swansea immediately attack up the other end and Shelvey strides into the Everton half. He has several options but goes to Hernandez on the right, and sadly for the Swansea man the attack breaks down.
Martinez is chatting to Leon Osman on the sidelines. Is the first change of the game coming soon? Meanwhile, Coleman is in behind Davies and looks to square it back to Barkley, but the ball is cut out by Chico.
Nice passing from Swansea early on, here, before Canas spreads it wide to Hernandez and he's stopped in his tracks by Oviedo. None of the wide men have been able to take charge just yet.
Pienaar is penalised for handball out on the flank, and De Guzman lines up a cross from the right-hand side. The midfielder whips in a beautiful delivery but Jagielka heads it out from inside his own six-yard box.
Everton get proceedings back underway as the second half gets started at the Liberty Stadium, and it's "as you were" with no changes made at the break.
Laudrup, meanwhile, will want more from his attacking players. Routledge has been in some good positions but isn't involved enough, while Hernandez only turned up in the last five minutes of the half.
Martinez will want to see more of Lukaku in the second half; the striker has been reasonably quiet as the wide men have had more involvement, albeit not as effective as the manager would have hoped.
It's been all style but no substance, really, so far. No end product from either side as Tremmel's made just one real save and Howard has yet to be tested.
That's HALF TIME at the Liberty Stadium and it's goalless so far. The two sides - who have a strong passing game - seem to be cancelling each other out at the moment but it's nicely poised for the second half.
45' + 1'
That's a shame for Hernandez!! The winger does well, collecting the ball and cutting into the box from the right. He works the ball back on to his left foot but fires nowhere near the goal and the visitors have a goal kick.
Canas gets into space and looks to fire a shot at goal, but his 25-yard strike slices well wide of Howard's post as we enter one minute of added time.
Ouch!! Routledge will be a little groggy after that one, as Shelvey drills a ball forward looking for Bony, but it hits the Swansea winger square in the face!
The visitors come forward through Lukaku, but he's eventually forced to slow up and find support. Swansea press really well and they're forced to pass it all the way back to Howard.
The initial corner is cleared, but Swansea keep possession. It eventually gets lifted over to Shelvey in the box, and the midfielder volleys into the middle for Bony, who tries an audacious overhead kick which he makes a complete mess of and Everton can clear.
Hernandez has upped the tempo of his game in the last few minutes, and he gets forward well, winning a corner off Pienaar and giving the hosts a chance to load the box...
Nice passing from Swansea on the right-hand side between Tiendalli, Routledge and Hernandez, but it doesn't quite work out as Hernandez can't control Routledge's superb ball through the channel, which had taken out three Everton players.
Oof, that could've ended badly. Canas and Barry both go in for a bouncing 50-50 ball with an outstretched leg, and the referee's interpretation is that the Everton man was in the wrong. They're both lucky there was hardly any contact.
GREAT CHALLENGE FROM DAVIES!! Tiendalli gets caught out and Mirallas slides a pass through for Oviedo, who charges into the area and looks to square into the six-yard box, but Davies tracks across and produces a superb challenge to put the ball out of play.
It's Shelvey's turn to overhit a diagonal ball, this time, as he looks for the run of Bony off the shoulder of the last man, but it's way too hard and skips off the surface before going behind for a goal kick.
Bony does well to hold off McCarthy in midfield and keep Swansea going forward before the ball is worked wide to Hernandez, but his early ball is nowhere near a team-mate and Howard comes out to pick it up.
That's excellent by Davies as he shows excellent reading of the game to snuff out a pass intent for Lukaku. The Belgian would have been through, otherwise.
Tiendalli gets forward well, picking up a pass from Canas and darting down the flank, but Oviedo covers well and blocks the full-back's ball into the box.
That's poor from Routledge as he wastes an oppportunity to cross, after doing well to spring the offside trap and meet De Guzman's through ball, but his cross evades everyone. Moments later the winger slides a nice reverse pass through for Bony but the striker shoots wildly into the stands.
Everton are keeping the ball well, here. Barkley is pressed by two Swansea men but manages to move the ball on.
A rare, un-Swansea-like long ball gets punted forward and goes straight through to Jagielka. The visitors are pressing high and it's starting to have an effect.
There hasn't been much action in either final third, especially Everton's box, but it's been real end-to-end stuff so far with both sides knocking it around at space. You'd have to say the visitors look more likely to score at the moment, though.
MISTAKE FROM TREMMEL!! Oviedo swings in the free kick and Tremmel comes to claim but drops it. Lukaku is almost there to poke it home but the Swans goalkeeper recovers brilliantly to snatch the ball away at the last second.
Bony lunges to stop Mirallas, but Mirallas knocks it away and draws a foul from the striker, meaning another ball can be whipped in...
Lukaku collects a long ball on the edge of the box, holding it up well before squaring back to Barkley. The midfielder tries to push to the by-line but Williams stays touch tight and puts it behind for a corner.
That was the best chance of the match by far. A huge let-off for Chico Flores after that inexplicable pass.
MIRALLAS MUST SCORE!! Chico passes straight to the Everton man and he charges towards the box. He has two men in support but goes for goal, seeing his shot blocked by a flailing defender. Barkley picks it up on the right and looks for Lukaku in the middle but Williams clears behind for a corner.
Tiendalli exchanges passes with Shelvey before it's played forward to Routledge on the wing. His cross deflects up high and comes to Coleman at the far post, but the full-back takes an age to clear it and Shelvey flies in with a raised boot to block, but the whistle goes as the referee isn't happy with the challenge.
This is good from Everton. They are keeping the ball well, until Mirallas is closed down by two white shirts and Canas comes forward.
Excellent defensive work from Distin! Bony collects the ball 30 yards out and slides a pass into the box for Routledge, but the big defender reads it perfectly and cuts out any possibility of danger.
Shelvey's playing everywhere at the moment. De Guzman and Canas are keeping things solid in midfield while he goes in search of the ball. The visitors will have to watch him closely this afternoon.
Mirallas is almost through immediately again as he latches on to a through pass, but Williams recovers superbly to slide in and put the ball out for a corner, which finds Pienaar but his tame header is gathered easily by Tremmel.
GOOD EFFORT FROM MIRALLAS!! Swansea nearly create their own downfall as Williams loops a pass towards Canas, but McCarthy steals the ball and sets Mirallas away. The midfielder weaves into the box before firing a shot low towards the far post, which Tremmel saves well.
That didn't really look like it went to plan, there. Everton take it short and Barkley eventually decides to float it towards the far post for Lukaku, but he can't get to it and Swansea clear. Not a good free kick.
Good turn in midfield from Barkley - who is sporting a newly-shaven haircut - and the youngster draws a foul from Chico Flores. Good chance to fire the ball into the box, here...
Jagielka goes up for the ball with Bony but ends up getting a mid-air shove from the striker, and Everton have a free kick in their own half.
Barry drops deep and looks for Pienaar with a well-struck diagonal ball forward, but the South African doesn't read it and the ball goes through to Tiendalli.
This has been a very even start; both sides are moving it around with real zip. The visitors are on the ball at the moment, just slowing things down as they look for a way through the hosts' defence.
De Guzman plays the ball out wide to Hernandez, who has plenty of targets to aim for in the box, but he loops the cross up too high and it goes straight into the arms of a grateful Tim Howard.
Excellent defensive work from Canas! Coleman sprints down the right flank and the Swans midfielder commits to a challenge, but recovers well and manages to knock the ball out of play off the Everton full-back.
Everton have survived that early onslaught, and are enjoying some possession of their own. Bryan Oviedo looks to make progress down the left-hand side, knocking the ball past Tiendalli but also out of play for a goal kick.
Canas looks for Shelvey but misplaces the pass anc Coleman collects. The visitors spread forward in numbers and Pienaar picks it up on the left before swinging in a cross towards Lukaku, but the striker's header is weak and is cleared by Williams.
Poor from Routledge!! Shelvey has started really well, and he pops up on the left before skipping past Coleman and squaring back to Routledge, but the winger fluffs his effort, slicing the ball all the way out for a throw.
Swansea are keeping possession early on but the visitors are pressing hard. Mirallas chases a pass back, forcing a poor kick from Tremmel but he gets away with it. The hosts break up the other end through Shelvey, and the midfielder fires in a delightful ball but Routledge completely mis-reads it, and Everton clear.
The hosts kick things off as the game gets started.
The players are out of the tunnel and are confronted by plenty of noise inside a packed Liberty Stadium. Just a couple of minutes to go until we're underway.
The hosts are the masters of possession this season. They've had more of the ball in all eight of their Premier League home games this season, and boast the fifth-highest average possession out of Europe's top five leagues.
Swansea, though, are unbeaten in their last three games having conceded only twice. Victory for Laudrup's men will put them in the top half just in time for Christmas.
A win for the visitors will push them up into fourth place, just two points behind leaders Liverpool, before Arsenal take on Chelsea in tomorrow night's mouthwatering match-up.
The Swans have never won a competitive match against the Toffees, drawing five and losing 12 of their 17 league and cup meetings. However, Martinez has failed to win any of his last four Premier League meetings with the Welsh side.
Kevin Mirallas is back into the starting XI for Everton, replacing Leon Osman, while Gerard Deulofeu is set to be on the sidelines until February with a hamstring injury, meaning James McCarthy replaces the promising youngster in the only other change for Roberto Martinez's men.
Gerhard Tremmel is drafted in for the injured Michel Vorm for Swansea, as Michael Laudrup makes four changes from the draw at Norwich. Dwight Tiendalli and Chico Flores come into defence, while Wayne Routledge replaces Nathan Dyer and Wilfried Bony leads the line in place of Michu.
EVERTON: Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Oviedo; Mirallas, McCarthy, Barry, Pienaar, Barkley; Lukaku. // Subs: Joel, Heitinga, Naismith, Osman, Stones, Vellios, Alcaraz.
SWANSEA: Tremmel; Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, Davies; Canas, Shelvey; de Guzman, Routledge, Hernandez; Bony. // Subs: Zabret, Amat, Taylor, Britton, Pozuelo, Lamah, Vazquez.
The teams have been announced, so let's bring you the line-ups, starting with the hosts...
Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Swansea and Everton. These two have had varying fortunes this season, but both will be desperate to go into Christmas with a victory.
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