Everton 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • February 07, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Everton completed the double over Bolton after a comfortable 3-0 victory at Goodison Park.

Mikel Arteta had given the Toffees a 1-0 half time lead from the penalty spot after Andy O'Brien had fouled debutant Jo, who added a second after the break.

Mark Davies was adjudged to have handled inside the area in second half stoppage time, and Jo converted the resulting spot kick to complete a miserable afternoon for Bolton.

Gary Megson was forced into one change from the side which beat Tottenham last weekend, with Andy O'Brien coming in for the injured Ricardo Gardner.

O'Brien slotted in at right back, with Gretar Steinsson moving into midfield and Matt Taylor on the left flank.

Wanderers began the game poorly and Everton should have taken the lead inside three minutes as Leighton Baines crossed from the left, only for Tim Cahill to put an effort wide from just two yards.

Sebastien Puygrenier had to be alert to deny Jo soon after, before Gary Cahill deflected a Joleon Lescott strike over the bar.

Fabrice Muamba went close for the visitors midway through the opening period, but volleyed just wide from the edge of the area.

Just a minute later, Tim Cahill sent Jo clean through, but he dragged his shot wide after his angles were narrowed by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Lescott and Mikel Arteta both tried their luck in the following minutes, but both failed to seriously threaten Jaaskelainen as chances went begging.

Then, just five minutes before the interval, the hosts took the lead courtesy of a controversial penalty decision from referee Peter Walton.

Jo knocked the ball past O'Brien inside the area and went down under a challenge from the Irishman and Arteta scored the resulting penalty.

Phil Jagielka then went close to doubling their lead, seeing a glancing header come back off the crossbar before Leon Osman was denied by a desperate challenge from Gary Cahill.

Just four minutes after the break, Everton did add to their tally, as Phil Neville's hopeful long ball was expertly controlled by Jo who turned Gary Cahill before shooting low under the body of Jaaskelainen.

Soon after, the Brazilian forced Jaaskelainen into a smart stop after heading a Dan Gosling cross back across goal.

Ariza Makukula went close for Bolton just after the hour, but his flicked header sailed just wide of Tim Howard's goal in Bolton's best chance of the game at that stage.

Matt Taylor then tried his luck from 25 yards, but Howard reacted smartly to push the effort away from goal and keep Everton's two goal cushion.

Then, in second half stoppage time, Mark Davies was adjudged to have handled inside the area and Jo put his penalty past Jaaskelainen to complete a miserable afternoon for Megson and his side.

With no game next week due to the FA Cup weekend, Bolton return to action in a fortnight when they host West Ham United at the Reebok Stadium.

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines (Yobo 82), Gosling, Neville, Arteta (Van der Meyde 85), Osman, Cahill (Rodwell 77), Jo
Subs Not Used: Nash, Castillo, Jacobsen, Baxter
Booked: Hibbert
Goals: Arteta 40(pen), Jo 49,90(pen)

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, A O'Brien, Cahill, Puygrenier (Basham 60), Samuel, Steinsson, M Davies, Muamba (Smolarek 60), Taylor, K Davies, Makukula (Riga 83)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Shittu, Obadeyi
Booked: M Davies

Attendance: 33,791
Referee: Peter Walton

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