Belfast Telegraph

Ebanks-Blake strike thwarts Toffees

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake struck a late equaliser for Wolves out of nowhere as Everton were held to a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.

Tim Cahill fired the home side in front in the 43rd minute and with Mick McCarthy's men offering next to nothing up front it looked like a lead they would keep.

But Ebanks-Blake fired home his side's first shot on target in the 75th minute after Kevin Doyle staged a lightning break down the right flank and crossed in front of goal.

Cahill and substitute Louis Saha went close after the equaliser, but the visitors' smash-and-grab point was secure.

Until being jolted by the equaliser, Everton had looked in good shape to atone for last week's miserable defeat at Blackburn. Winger Diniyar Bilyaletdinov looked bright early on, while for Wolves, Matt Jarvis fired in a long-range free-kick which was easily held by Tim Howard.

Leighton Baines curled a shot too high while John Heitinga's shot had to be tipped over by Wolves goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann. Steven Pienaar then went close afrer 35 minutes with a rising shot.

The first half threatened to end in controversy when replays showed Mikel Arteta had been fouled by Stephen Ward in the box, only for referee Lee Mason to award a free-kick on the edge. But it hardly mattered as Arteta's low strike hit the Wolves wall and rebounded for Cahill to slam left-footed into the roof of the net.

Bilyaletdinov missed a simple chance to make it 2-0 when he miskicked, and Jermaine Beckford should have done better on a swift counter-attack in the 71st minute.

There was an air of controversy about Wolves' leveller after substitute Adlene Guedioura won the ball in a hard challenge on Heitinga.

Guedioura released Doyle to charge down the right and with the home defence nowhere he hit a low cross for Ebanks-Blake to sweep home from close range.


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