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November 30, 2013
• Goodison Park, Liverpool
Referee: M. Jones
• Attendance: 35513
Gerard Deulofeu 45'
S. Coleman 49'
B. Oviedo 58'
R. Lukaku 79'
As for Stoke, they will have to regroup after being chased out of town by a side who are unbeaten in the league at home this calendar year. They go down to 16th in the league tonight whilst the Toffees rise up three places into fourth. I hope you have enjoyed out coverage and feasted on this goal glut...have a fantastic weekend, folks. This is Hayden Gribble, signing off.
FULL TIME: EVERTON 4-0 STOKE. The Goodison Park faithful applaud their team off the pitch after a clinical and highly impressive display against an overwhelmed Stoke side. Goals from Coleman, Oviedo and Lukaku added to a first half strike from the impressive 19-year-old Deulofeu to take the Toffees into the top four, Is it too early to talk about the blue half of Merseyside as contenders for the Champions League places?
90' + 2'
SAVE! There is just no stopping this attacking onslaught from the home side. This time Mirallas curls a shot from the edge of the box but Begovic is equal to it.
There will be a minimum of FOUR minutes of added time.
CHANCE! Mirallas puts Jelavic clean through but the Croatian shoots straight at Begovic when it was easier to score!
CHANCE! Crouch gets on the ball, he looks up at the target, he shoots!...but the former England man's effort isweak and it bobbles into the hands of Howard. I'd be surprised if there was any mud on his gloves, that's how little the American has had to do today!
SAVE! Jelavic draws a fine save from Begovic, who gets down low to stop the Croatian's right footed effort.
With five minutes to go Stoke are enjoying a spell on the ball. But they have been dominated by their opponents today and Tim Howard may never have a quieter afternoon in goal for the Toffees.
Jelavic is a man who has really run out of luck in front of goal this season, but he looks sharp here and draws a block out of Shawcross to halt his advances. Everton are still attacking and the fans are loving it!
We are into the final ten minutes here at Goodison Park and man-of-the-match contender Deulofeu is at it again. He jinks his way past two defenders - dare I say, Messi style? - but is brought down by Shawcross roughly 12 yards out. The Everton faithful cry penalty but the referee waves play on.
GOAL! The big man from Belgium finally gets his name on the scoresheet. Lukaku, who was about to be taken off in place of Jelavic, latches onto a square ball in the six-yard-box to tap in his eighth goal of the season. Game over!
STAT ATTACK: The Potters have won two of 10 Premier League games against the Toffees. (BBC Sport)
HANDBALL? Oviedo runs at Cameron and attempts to put the ball in the area but it appears to hit the arm of the Stoke right-back and behind for a corner. I've seen them given...
OUCH! Lukaku lines up a free-kick roughly 25 yards from goal. The Belgian smashes it straight into the wall and the chance to add a fourth goes begging.
BLOCK! Lukaku manages to pick out Pienaar in the box but the South African International has to take a touch before shooting and his effort is blocked by Shawcross, who threw himself in the line of fire.
CHANCE! Peters drives the ball across the six-yard-box and Shea is unable to get a touch on the ball. The Potters might have just sent a reminder to the Toffees back four there!
There is a clash in mid air as Jagielka mis-judges the flight of the ball and crashed into N'Zonzi. The Stoke man is showing his pain but is okay to continue as we near the 70 minute mark with Everton fully in the driving seat.
The visitors are finally enjoying an extended spell of possession but the Toffees defence is resiliant. Roberto Martinez must be overjoyed by his clincal side today.
Yellow CardErik Pieters
CHANCE! Finally Peter Crouch gets a chance to pull one back for the Potters but his first sight on goal of the game is stopped by a smart save from Howard. He managed to get his left arm down to the shot and its a corner.
Those substitutions have come about 15 minutes too late. The Potters win their second corner of the game but a foul in the box leads to audible groans from the away end.
GOAL! Bryan Oviedo, in for the injured Baines, gets himself on the scoresheet with a rocket of a hit from outside the area. The left-back looks shocked as he wheels away after comnig inside onto his right foot and rifles it past Begovic. Wallop!
Ironic cries of delight ring around Goodison as Walters miscontrols and puts the ball out of play. Stoke really are struggling.
DOUBLE SAVE! Deulofeu runs clear in the box with only the keeper to beat, but Begovic comes out to block the youngster's shot and then saves the follow-up from Lukaku. It's just a question of how many for the Toffees!
Adam knocks a free-kick into the Everton box and Stoek win their first corner of the game. Predicatably, it leads to nothing.
STAT ATTACK: After that Coleman strike, 13 of the 16 Premier League goals that Stoke have conceded this season have come in away matches.
GOAL! Everton double their lead through Seamus Coleman. Deulofeu put the ball into the box and Barry misses it but the Irish right-back arrives late and scuffs the ball into the back of the net!
STAT ATTACK: The Toffees are unbeaten in the league at Goodison Park in 2013 (W10, D5). (BBC Sport)
Yellow CardGlenn Whelan
The floodlights flicker into life and Stoke get us back underway!
Both teams are heading back out onto the pitch. What kind of response will Stoke make in this second half? One things for sure, they need to create more chances or they can forget about nicking even a point from Goodison Park today!
What can Mark Hughes do to reignite his charges for the second half? The Potters have been very quiet in the opening 45 minutes and they have given very little for their travelling fans to sing about.
HALFTIME: EVERTON 1-0 STOKE. The Toffees go in at the break a goal to the good thanks to a lovely strike from Barcelona loanee Deulofeu. He tip-toed into the box and exchanged a couple of passes with Pienaar and Barry that looked fresh from the training ground to put the home side into as deserved lead at the interval.
GOAL! Who'd have guessed it? Deulofeu - the brightest spark in the Everton team today, starts and ends the move down the left this time, playing a one-two with Pienaar. The ball then falls to Barry who cushions it to the 19-year-old who slots home from eight yards.
There will be ONE minute of added on time.
SHOT! Finally, the Potters register a shot on target and it is Walters who tests the palms of Howard, who saves with ease. A wake-up call, perhaps?
Yellow CardGeoff Cameron
Howard decides that enough is enough and races out of his box a full 30 yards to clear before Walters has a chance to threaten the American.
HALF-CHANCE! Lukaku climbs up in the air and headers just wide of the post. The Belgian struggled to meet the ball with any real power, there.
Every Everton attack is being fashioned through Deulofeu on the right. He is released down the flank and flies at the Potters' defence but his final ball is poor and it flies out of play.
Howard is awoken from his slumber to take a goal kick after Assaidi runs the ball out of play. Stoke need to find a plan B...
Stoke are enjoying a spell of possession but it still has not brought any chances for the visitors. Charlie Adam tries to orchestrate something for Crouch up front but Distin is sticking to his man like glue.
With half an hour gone it is all Everton. As Pink Floyd once sang, they are coming through in waves (sorry!) and Mark Hughes is cutting a frustrated figure on the touchline as his side have yet to challenge Tim Howard in the Toffees goal.
ONE TRICK PONY? For the second time in the game Deulofeu tries to bamboozle the Potters defence with a few step overs but to no avail.
WHAT A SAVE! Begovic is certainly earning his money this afternoon. The keeper is wrongfooted by a shot from Osman that is deflected but somehow manages to claw it away from goal. Lukaku follows up and he finds the Bosnian's palms again...and the offside flag up.
STAT ATTACK: The Potters have scored eight times in their last four league games, having netted just four times in their opening eight matches. (BBC Sport)
What brilliant defending from Peters. The Stoke man beats Jagielka to a cross from Deulofeu on the right and manages to put the ball out for a corner before the Toffees captain could reach it.
Despite testing the home side's reserve a couple of times so far in this half, Stoke have failed to test Tim Howard between the sticks. It's all Everton at the moment, who have not been weakened by the absence of Baines. They miss his dead-ball expertise, though.
CLOSE! Some lovely movement from the Toffees leads to a one-two between Lukaku and McCarthy and the former Wigan man sidefoots the ball wide.
STAT ATTACK: The last seven meetings between these two sides have produced just nine goals.
CHANCE! As soon as Distin got his tackle in his side are up the other end creating another chance. Deulofeu performs a couple of step overs before shooting straight at Begovic from a tight angle. End to end stuff!
Stoke are beginning to come in to this game a little more now as N'Zonzi plays the ball to the feet of Crouch, but a superb tackle from Distin frustrates the visitors.
The Potters find their first attack end in disappointment as Adam surges forward and swings a superb cross into the box for Crouch, but the ball flies over the head of the Stoke targetman and beyond him.
Everton fans get off their seats in anticipation as Pienaar slots Osman through. Begovic is quick to get off his line and stop the midfielder in his tracks and knock the ball away from danger.
CHANCE! Bryan Oviedo, debutising for Leighton Baines today, takes the ball down on the edge of the area but swipes his shot into the stand behind Begovic's goal. Everton are playing some lovely stuff, here!
For the Potters, the lone frontman - Crouch - has not seen anything of the ball so far. Mark Hughes will want as much of the play towards the former England International today and to make the Toffees defence as uncomfortable as possible.
The game has failed to find it's groove yet as the Toffees play a patient passing game.
SAVE! Pienaar is brought down early on and wins Everton the first set piece of the game. Oviedo lays it off to Pienaar, who is fouled again and wins yet another free-kick in a more central position. Deulofeu steps up...and Begovic gets down low to turn the ball around the post for a corner.
We are underway with Everton kicking from right to left!
The players are making their way out of the tunnel as Z-Cars timeless theme blares out of the speakers. Can the Toffees maintain their unbeaten home run this calendar year? Or will Stoke spoil the day for Martinez's men?
Not long until kick-off here at Goodison Park...looks like I picked the wrong time to remind myself that Baines, Barkley and Wilson are all in my fantasy league team and are all either injured or benched. Damn...
Meanwhile, Stoke boss Mark Hughes is withour defender Robert Huth who is sidelined with a knee injury but Marc Wilson, Stephen Ireland and Kenwyne Jones are all fit enough to take their positions on the bench.
The big news today is the decision of Toffees boss Roberto Martinez to make three changes to his side as Leighton Baines, Ross Barkley and Kevin Mirallas are all missing from the starting XI. The England left-back is out injured but the two midfielders are included on the bench.
Stoke: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Muniesa, Pieters; Walters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Assaidi; Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Wilson, Ireland, Palacios, Shea, Jones. Ref: Michael Jones.
Everton: Howard; Coleman, Oviedo, Distin, Jagielka; Deulofeu, Pienaar, Barry, McCarthy, Osman; Lukaku. Subs: Joel, Hibbert, Heitinga, Jelavic, Mirallas, Barkley, Stones.
Hi there! Welcome to our coverage of this afternoon's Premier League clash between Everton and Stoke. I am Hayden Gribble and before we go any further, let's have a look at the team news...
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