Everton climbed above Tottenham Hotspur and up to fifth place in the table after seeing off a spirited Swansea City 3-2 at Goodison Park.
Swansea were actually the better side for long periods of the match and created far more chances but Everton were the more clinical in their finishing.
A Leighton Baines penalty put the home side ahead after a crazy challenge from Chico Flores on Ross Barkley in the box. And second half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley put the game to bed after Wilfred Bony had equalised before the break.
Swansea continued to press and grabbed a late consolation deep in injury time from the head of skipper Ashley Williams but the clock was against them and they now face a difficult run of fixtures in their fight for survival.
1’ – BONY FIRES WIDE: Howard saves his first effort but is rooted to the spot as his second shot goes wide.
7’ – GREAT CHANCE FOR BARKLEY: Coleman pulls it back and he’s right in front of goal a few yards out but miscues his effort horribly.
20’ – BAINES SCORES FROM THE SPOT: It’s a crazy challenge from Chico on Barkley and Baines makes no mistake to score his fifth of the season.
33’ – BONY EQUALISES FOR SWANSEA: A lovely crossfield ball from Routledge finds Rangel and he crosses for Bony to tap home his 18th of the season.
43’ – SWANSEA DEFLECTION JUST WIDE: Hernandez takes a free kick on the edge of the box and it deflects off the arm of McCarthy and just wide of a wrong footed Howard’s post.
50’ – CHANCE FOR DISTIN: It falls to the Everton man only yards out but he blasts his shot straight at Vorm.
53’ – GOAL EVERTON: Romelu Lukaku simply can’t miss from Mirallas’ accurate cross.
58’ – GOAL EVERTON: Ross Barkley looks to have sealed the match when he pokes home direct from the corner. Poor defending.
63’ – GREAT SAVE HOWARD: He parries away Bony’s header from Hernandez’s cross.
66’ – CHANCE FOR MIRALLAS: He latches onto a Davies error and bears down on goal but opts for a cute chip instead of power and Vorm saves.
81’ – GREAT CHANCE HERNANDEZ: He should bury it after Shelvey plays him in but hits it straight at Howard.
Everton have never lost in any competition to Swansea (W14 D5 L0) and have already beaten them twice this season, once in the Barclays Premier League and once in the FA Cup.
Swansea City have won just two of their last 16 Premier League matches (W2 D6 L8).
Everton have lost just one of their last 24 Premier League games at Goodison Park (W18 D5 L1). Only Sunderland have won there this season.
It is 12 Premier League games since the Swans kept a clean sheet away from home.
Wilfred Bony becomes the first Swansea player to score a goal against Everton. He has now reached double figures in league goals for the fourth season in a row.
Ross Barkley has scored his second PL career goal against Swansea – he had not scored more than one career goal against a particular side in his career prior to today.
Romelu Lukaku has scored his third PL career goal against Swansea – he has only scored more against Liverpool (four).
Ashley Williams nets only his second Premier League goal.
TALKING POINT: Swansea rue missed chances. So dominant were Swansea that they created over twice as many chances as Everton. Garry Monk will want Michu and Bony to start firing soon or they face a tense fight for survival.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Tim Howard (Everton): But for a couple of fine saves, his team would have lost to a side who carved out chance after chance. A poor Everton have their keeper to thank today.
Everton: Howard 8, Coleman 6, Baines 7, Stones 5, Distin 6, McCarthy 6, Barry 6, Mirallas 7, McGeady 7, Barkley 6, Lukaku 7. SUBS: Naismith 6, Deulofeu 6, Osman 6
Swansea: Vorm 6, Rangel 7, Chico 6, Williams 6, Davies 6, Britton 6, Canas 6, Hernandez 7, Dyer 6, Routledge 7, Bony 7. SUBS: De Guzman 6, Shelvey 7, Michu 6.
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