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Everton 0-1 Stoke City

By Sam ChaddertonBBC Sport
Everton have lost consecutive Boxing Day Premier League matches for the first time since 2000 and 2001
  • Bojan won and scored 39th-minute penalty
  • Everton injuries to Jagielka, Howard, Mirallas
  • Walters not sent off for pulling back clean-through Baines
  • Stoke leapfrog Everton into 11th place

Bojan Krkic's controversial penalty won a fiercely contested fixture for Stoke as Everton were left counting the cost of injuries and missed chances.

The Spaniard sprinted around James McCarthy and went down, with referee Lee Mason adjudging contact was made.

Bojan scored the spot-kick - with Everton aggrieved that Jonathan Walters wasn't sent off for dragging back Leighton Baines moments earlier.

Roberto Martinez says Everton's season is at a 'pivotal moment'

The home side wasted openings and Phil Jagielka and Tim Howard limped off.

Injuries to Toffees captain Jagielka, goalkeeper Howard and winger Kevin Mirallas ahead of a packed festive fixture list will give Everton boss Roberto Martinez as much concern as his side's seventh defeat of the season.

Steven Naismith will miss Sunday's game at Newcastle after picking up his fifth booking of the season for a late challenge on Bojan - one of several feisty incidents at a wet and wild Goodison Park, with a total of 17 minutes stoppage time across both halves.

Stoke leapfrog Everton into 11th place with their first clean sheet in 13 Premier League matches - marshalled superbly by a bandaged Ryan Shawcross, who had half-time stitches in a head wound.

Martinez had criticised his side's "very soft" defending in their 3-0 defeat to Southampton last time out, but his changed backline - with 20-year-old John Stones brought in alongside Jagielka - only lasted 45 minutes.

Ahead of the game, Stoke boss Mark Hughes said his squad had been focusing on "getting the details right" - highlighting individual errors he felt had undermined his side's campaign.

Stoke conceded three clear first-half openings - one to Gareth Barry and two to Mirallas - but keeper Asmir Begovic was well-protected despite some late pressure.

Most of the action came in the first half, with a crunching Glenn Whelan tackle on Stones setting the early tone for a blood-and-thunder encounter.

But the game hinged on two quick-fire decisions from Mason.

Mark Hughes

At one end, left-back Baines burst through Stoke's defence and was hauled back crudely by Walters. But the official adjudged that with Baines 45 yards out and other defenders giving chase, it wasn't a definite goal-scoring opportunity.

In a pivotal 60 seconds, Bojan then latched on to a long Whelan clearance, held-off McCarthy, sped around him along the byeline and went down under what appeared to be minimal contact.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez:

"The red card isn't a debate. The moment he gives the free-kick it has to be a red, Leighton Baines is running into a central area in front of goal.

"The game completely changed in that moment.

"With the penalty, you know what striker is looking for. I don't think there's enough contact in that situation.

"It then became a really difficult afternoon for us losing two very important players in Jagielka and Howard."

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes:

"Bojan has done really, really well to get into the box and his back leg is clipped. Under those circumstances as a defender you've got to be really careful. It's a clear penalty."

"We've done the same at City and we won at Tottenham. Our away form is better than our home form. Last year maybe we didn't have the tools to be a threat on the road. Our home form will resolve itself and we'll pick up points there."

Goodison Park
In 22 years of Premier League campaigns, Everton have recorded just six Boxing Day wins
Ryan Shawcross clashes heads with Romelu Lukaku
Ryan Shawcross recovered from a clash of heads with Romelu Lukaku to lead Stoke to their first clean sheet in 13 matches
This was Roberto Martinez's first defeat to Stoke during his managerial career
This was Roberto Martinez's first defeat to Stoke during his managerial career
Stoke have now beaten four of last season's top six this season, but have failed to beat all three promoted sides
Gareth Barry yellow card
Gareth Barry became the first player in PL history to reach 100 yellow cards
Charlie Adam injures Kevin Mirallas
The match was the longest seen in the Premier League this season at 106 minutes and two seconds



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24HowardSubstituted forRoblesat 45'minutes
  • 23Coleman
  • 26Stones
  • 6JagielkaSubstituted forAlcarazat 45'minutes
  • 3Baines
  • 16McCarthySubstituted forEto'oat 69'minutes
  • 18BarryBooked at 78mins
  • 11Mirallas
  • 14NaismithBooked at 28mins
  • 20Barkley
  • 10Lukaku


  • 1Robles
  • 5Eto'o
  • 7McGeady
  • 9Koné
  • 15Distin
  • 29Garbutt
  • 30Alcaraz


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Begovic
  • 20CameronBooked at 83mins
  • 17Shawcross
  • 5Muniesa
  • 3Pieters
  • 6Whelan
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 19WaltersBooked at 35mins
  • 27BojanSubstituted forAdamat 67'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10ArnautovicSubstituted forAssaidiat 76'minutes
  • 18DioufSubstituted forCrouchat 90+2'minutes


  • 4Huth
  • 8Palacios
  • 12Wilson
  • 16Adam
  • 22Butland
  • 24Assaidi
  • 25Crouch
Lee Mason

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Everton 0, Stoke City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Everton 0, Stoke City 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Steven Naismith (Everton).

  4. Post update

    Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Mame Biram Diouf.

  7. Post update

    Delay in match Kevin Mirallas (Everton) because of an injury.

  8. Booking

    Charlie Adam (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

  12. Post update

    Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

  14. Booking

    Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Romelu Lukaku (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Marc Muniesa (Stoke City).

  17. Post update

    Antolin Alcaraz (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oussama Assaidi.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Erik Pieters.