Honours even between Stoke and Everton

Stoke City and Everton played out to a 1-1 draw in Wednesday's Premier League clash at Bet365 Stadium, although both sides may rue missed chances to have won it.

  • Stoke City 1 Everton 1
  • Crouchs bags the first and does the robot
  • Shawcross nets controversial own goal
  • Robles saves from Adam long range effort
  • Lookman tests Grant

Match summary

It was Stoke City who dominated in the first half and they deservedly took the lead through Peter Crouch. It was the striker's 100th Premier League goal and he celebrated with the robot dance.

Everton drew level before the break when Ryan Shawcross deflected the ball into his own net, despite the fact that Romelu Lukaku appeared to be offside in the move leading to the equaliser. Both Stoke and Everton had chances to win it but the keepers were superb on both teams.

Full Report

It was predictably the home side who came out of the blocks the quickest and the pressure would pay off in the seventh minute when Marko Arnautovic got behind Everton's defence and crossed for Peter Crouch to tap home at the far post. It was the former England striker's 100th Premier League goal and he celebrated with the robot dance.

Everton were hardly threatening and Crouch nearly grabbed his brace in the 26th minute but was unlucky to see his sweetly struck volley flash wide of the post. Yet, Morgan Schneiderlin and Ross Barkley combined well for the Toffees three minutes later to put Seamus Coleman through on goal but he fired over the bar.

However, the Potters were pouring forward and in the 31st minute Joel Robles had to be sharp to rush off his line to block an effort from Arnautovic after Charlie Adam played him in. Nonetheless, Everton were to equalise before the break when Coleman's cross deflected off Ryan Shawcross and into the back of the net. It was a controversial leveller as Romelu Lukaku appeared to be offside in the move.

After the interval, the action was much less eventful although Adam did try and beat Robles from the halfway line which the keeper did well to scramble back and save in the 58th minute. It was a quiet second period though Ademola Lookman did force Lee Grant into a save in the latter stages. Stoke's keeper then saved well again from Schneiderlin.

Substitute Saido Berahino had the chance to be the hero when he lifted a pass from Adam over the keeper but Ramiro Funes Mori got back to head the ball to safety. Yet it would be Grant who would rescue a point for City when he saved brilliantly from Tom Davies' header in the closing stages.

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