Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Jones on target in Stoke win

Kenwyne Jones
Kenwyne Jones

Stoke 2 Everton 0: A Kenwyne Jones header and a freak Phil Jagielka own goal handed Stoke a 2-0 victory in a full-blooded Barclays Premier League clash against Everton.

Jones rose to power the ball past Tim Howard midway through the first half before Jagielka put through his own net for second time in successive appearances with 21 minutes remaining at the Britannia Stadium.

Everton enjoyed large spells of dominance as they looked to kick-start their stuttering season but spurned a number of good opportunities.

Striker Louis Saha, without a league goal in 11 months, looked determined to make the most of his recall for the visitors and burst into the area inside the first minute.

He went down as Ryan Shawcross appeared to kick him in the midriff but referee Andre Marriner saw nothing untoward.

Stoke's opener came after 23 minutes as Jones diverted another long ball into the path of Matthew Etherington and raced into the area. Etherington skipped around Phil Neville and picked out Jones with a perfect cross which the former Sunderland forward powered into the net.

Everton went close to an immediate reply but Saha snatched at a difficult chance. Saha and Steven Pienaar combined to create another opening but the latter's shot was deflected over by Danny Higginbotham.

Everton applied more pressure at the start of the second half but Pienaar shot well wide when he mishit a volley.

But within moments the Toffees' task had doubled after Jagielka's stroke of misfortune. Higginbotham sent a long free-kick into the box which Jones flicked straight up in the air, Jagielka tried to get in the way as the ball dropped but got his feet tangled and it bounced off his leg and past Howard.

Stoke finished the stronger and the visitors were given a let-off when Dean Whitehead volleyed over from a corner as Everton narrowly avoided conceding a third.

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