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Premier League

  • November 10, 2010
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 31808

Everton 1-1 Bolton: Jermaine Beckford Nets First Premier League Goal As Hosts Leave It Late Against Owen Coyle’s Side

Everton 1-1 Bolton: Jermaine Beckford Nets First Premier League Goal As Hosts Leave It Late Against Owen Coyle’s Side

Tim Howard unable to keep a shut out.

Calls for David Moyes to partner two strikers in attack seem justified as Jermaine Beckford netted his first Premier League goal to secure a point for Everton in the dying moments.

Despite being starved of possession for the majority of the tie, Bolton took the lead through Ivan Klasnic and the hosts were fighting an even steeper uphill battle when Marouane Fellaini was sent off seven minutes after the opening goal.

But Everton, who have failed to finish their chances in recent games, which has subsequently led to points being dropped, were bailed out by Beckford, and Moyes may now consider partnering two in attack to compliment the wealth of creativity he has in midfield.

The hosts made three changes to the side which drew against Blackpool on Saturday. Louis Saha replaced Yakubu in attack, while Marouane Fellaini and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov were brought back into midfield at the expense of Seamus Coleman, who scored Everton’s second equalizer at Bloomfield Road, and John Heitinga, who failed to make the bench.

Unsurprisingly, Owen Coyle stuck with the same team which capitalized on Tottenham Hotspur’s European euphoria against Inter, and subsequently beat Harry Redknapp’s men 4-2 at the weekend.

Both sides were guilty of failing to keep the ball on the ground in the early exchanges, instead, electing to pump the ball long and create chances off the strikers.

The form of Johan Elmander has triggered speculation regarding a potential move away in January, and the Swede started brightly as he turned too easily past Phil Jagielka to shoot, but the center-back’s partner, Sylvain Distin, was on hand to block the striker’s effort.

The hosts responded quickly and created a decent opportunity of their own. Leighton Baines’s pin-point cross was met by Bilyaletdinov, but the midfielder neglected the opportunity to test Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Bolton, continuing their attacking verve from Saturday, gave Everton’s defense problems in the opening half. The bullish Kevin Davies remained a force in attack, and alongside Elmander and the visitors could have taken the lead had the Swedish forward not fired wide following a flick-on from his strike partner.

But Everton slowly gained momentum as the half progressed and Jaaskelainen was called in on several occasions to keep the score level. The first was a parry from Tim Cahill’s rebounded effort and shortly after, the Finnish goalkeeper reacted well to stop Saha’s strike.

Bolton continued to ride their luck as their early chances and spells of possession were becoming a rarity. Chung-Yong Lee was also responsible for keeping the scoreline level as he cleared off the line from Saha’s headed effort.

As the half drew to a close, Everton maintained their pressure on Coyle’s side but the visitors were able to restrict chances, although the effervescent partnership of Mikel Arteta and Cahill had failed to produce anything substantial.

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Bolton started the second half brightly and from a corner, Tim Howard’s sharp reflexes were required to prevent fellow American Stuart Holden’s effort from giving the visitors the lead.

But the hosts responded quickly to this scare as Bilyaletdinov’s left-footed drive was dealt with well by Jaaskelainen.

As the half wore on, Everton began to dominate possession once more, but the isolation of Saha in attack restricted opportunities in and around the box. Moyes has been reluctant to partner two strikers this season and given the influential figures the Scot has in Arteta, Cahill and Pienaar, the Everton manager has good reason to play a lone forward. But at times, a second striker has been needed to finish the chances.

Bolton, despite their lack of possession, continued to threaten, and Matthew Taylor, who had a quiet evening on the flank, saw his header shake Howard’s crossbar.

But the visitors took the lead against the run of play as substitute Klasnic met Taylor’s well-delivered cross to head past Howard at the back post.

And things seemed to go from bad to worse for Everton as Fellaini was given a straight red for kicking out at Paul Robinson.

Everton, however, refused to lie down and Beckford, who came on as a substitute, equalized in injury time with his first Premier League goal by delightfully curling the ball into the top corner from outside the area.

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