Premier League - Barkley free-kick stunner sends Everton fourth

Premier League, Liberty Stadium - Swansea 1 (Oviedo og 70) Everton 2 (Coleman 66, Barkley 84)

Ross Barkley's fantastic late free-kick sealed a 2-1 win for Roberto Martinez's Everton away to his old side Swansea.

Barkley went up over the Swansea wall with a stunning 25-yard set piece which dipped just underneath Gerhard Tremmel's crossbar six minutes from time to seal all three points for the Toffees.

Seamus Coleman had put the away side ahead on 66 minutes after a tepid first half-from both teams. His vicious drive came at the end of one of several excellent runs the right-back made down the flank throughout the contest.

An own-goal from Bryan Oviedo levelled the contest just four minutes later, however, as Dwight Tiendalli's clumsy contact on a cross from the left was inadvertently put into the net by the Costa Rican.

Martinez would have the last laugh against his old employers, for the first time in five attempts, and the Merseysiders will spend at least 24 hours in a Champions League position.

KEY MOMENTS

PRE-MATCH: Swansea forward Michu is still out with an ankle injury; Nathan Dyer is facing a long spell on the sidelines after suffering ankle ligament damage at Norwich and Michel Vorm has undergone ankle surgery. Meanwhile Everton had James McCarthy back following suspension, with Leon Osman dropping to the bench, but Gerard Deulofeu has been ruled out for 6-8 weeks with a hamstring injury. Kevin Mirallas stepped in.

56’ - Blistering counter now from the visitors and Steven Pienaar plays Barkley through... but he stumbles over his own feet and the chance goes begging!

66’ GOAL EVERTON! - What a strike from Coleman! He has his fourth of the season with a tremendous distance piledriver after coming inside from the right. 0-1!

70’ GOAL SWANSEA! - The lead lasts less than four minutes as Tiendalli deflects the ball in off Oviedo. 1-1!

84’ - GOAL! - Barkley with a superb free-kick from 25 yards up over the wall and just under the crossbar! 1-2!

90+1’ - Free-kick Swans on the right wing. Jonjo Shelvey takes... half-cleared and Roland Lamah forces Tim Howard to tip over his bar!

KEY STATS

Everton have not lost a PL game that was goal-less at half-time since 1 September 2012 (14 matches).

Phil Jagielka made his 450th English league appearance, 234 of them coming in the PL, for Everton (196) and Sheffield United (38).

Swansea’s top scorer in the Premier League so far this season is… ‘Own Goal’. They’ve benefitted from five in 2013/14, with Nathan Dyer and Wilfried Bony only on four apiece atop their actual scoring charts.

The Swans became the first team this season to reach 10,000 Premier League passes – at the final whistle of the Everton defeat, their total stood at 10,047.

TALKING POINT

Can Everton keep this going? We naturally assume that teams like Newcastle and the Toffees will fade away in the second half of the season. Only thing is, it’s hard to see how that will happen to Martinez’s men, barring disaster. They have good depth, a great team spirit, have produced against the top teams as well as those lower down and will soon welcome Leighton Baines back. Champions League football is a very real possibility.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Seamus Coleman, Everton – He was one of the few players on the pitch to make you think something would happen in a drab first half. His lung-bursting runs down the right grew more frequent and more dangerous after the interval, with one of them leading to a great opening goal.

PLAYER RATINGS

SWANSEA: Tremmel 6; Tiendalli 6, Chico 7, Williams 8, Davies 6; Canas 6, Shelvey 7, de Guzman 7, Routledge 6, Hernandez 7; Bony 5. Subs: Pozuelo n/a, Lamah 6, Vazquez 5

EVERTON: Howard 7; Coleman 9, Jagielka 7, Distin 8, Oviedo 6; McCarthy 6, Barry 7; Mirallas 7, Barkley 7, Pienaar 7; Lukaku 5. Subs: Naismith 5, Osman 5.

THE MATCH IN A TWEET