Everton 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • November 10, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton were denied a place in the Premier League's top five as Jermaine Beckford's stoppage time strike salvaged a 1-1 draw for Everton at Goodison Park.

Ivan Klasnic gave Wanderers the lead on 79 minutes when he directed a Matt Taylor cross beyond the helpless Tim Howard.

Marouane Fellaini was sent off with four minutes remaining but that did not stop Everton as Beckford curled an effort into the top corner deep in stoppage time.

The visitors started the game on the front foot and could have been ahead only for Johan Elmander to see a goalbound strike blocked by Sylvain Distin.

Everton's first chance of the game fell to Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, but the Russian sliced a shot well wide of the target after being laid on by Seamus Coleman.

The Russian soon saw another chance come and go as he was picked out by a Leighton Baines cross. However, with the goal at his mercy, Bilyaletdinov failed to connect with his volley and Wanderers cleared.

At the other end, Taylor headed a Stuart Holden corner back across goal and Elmander, somehow, managed to send a header of his own wide of the target.

Louis Saha, back in the Everton side after injury, soon brought Jussi Jaaskelainen into action. The Frenchman turned away from Paul Robinson on the edge of the box but failed to test the Bolton goalkeeper.

Saha got closer though and saw two efforts cleared off the line in quick succession as the half drew to a close.

First, Gretar Steinsson blocked the Frenchman's shot after Jaaskelainen had failed to claim a Phil Neville corner, before Lee Chung-Yong cleared off the line from the following corner.

Fellaini had the final chance of the opening 45 minutes, but he volleyed into the stands after capitalising on a poor clearance from Elmander inside his own box.

After the restart, a free flowing move involving Chung-Yong and Kevin Davies, making his 300th appearance for Bolton, saw Elmander get a shot away, only to deflect behind of Baines.

In a quick rally of corners for the visitors, Holden saw a glancing header clawed away by Howard as Bolton looked to get themselves infront.

Everton soon broke back and Gary Cahill was spared his blushes as he sliced a cross from Baines narrowly over his own crossbar.

Seamus Coleman, on as a substitute, tested Jaaskelainen soon after his 66th minute introduction, with the Finn making a low stop after the youngster had cut in from the flank.

Then, on 75 minutes, Wanderers almost took the lead. Holden's cross from the right picked out Taylor, but his headed hit the top of the crossbar before going behind.

Wanderers, however, were infront just four minutes later, silencing Goodison Park. Taylor, on the right, sent a dangerous cross beyond the Everton backline and Klasnic, on as a substitute for Elmander, reacted quickest to send the ball into the back of the Everton net.

The hosts were then reduced to ten men just seven minutes later as Fellaini lashed out following a challenge from Robinson, leaving referee Phil Dowd with no option but to show the red card.

That wasn't the end of proceedings though as David Moyes' side levelled in the third minute of added time.

Chung-Yong failed to clear the danger in his own half and after Baines picked out Beckford, the former Leeds United man turned and curled a shot beyond Jaaskelainen and into the top corner, denying Wanderers a deserved three points.

That proved to be the last action on a bitter night on Merseyside, a result which leaves Wanderers in 6th place in the Premier League ahead of Saturday's trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Everton: Howard, Neville (Yakubu 81), Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Bilyaletdinov, Fellaini, Cahill, Arteta, Pienaar, Saha (Beckford 81)
Subs Not Used: Mucha, Hibbert, Rodwell, Baxter
Sent Off: Fellaini
Goals: Beckford 90

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson (Ricketts 59), Knight, Cahill, Robinson, Chung-Yong, Muamba, Holden, Taylor, K Davies, Elmander (Klasnic 61)
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Petrov, M Davies, Rodrigo, Blake
Booked: Steinsson, Knight
Goals: Klasnic 79

Attendance: 31,808
Referee: Phil Dowd

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