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Swansea City 0-0 Everton

By Patrick JenningsBBC Sport
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Swansea and Everton emerged with a point apiece from a goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium.

Everton had the better of a dull first half, although Swansea's Bafitimbi Gomis came closest to scoring when skewing wide of Tim Howard's goal.

Both teams improved after the break but Everton striker Romelu Lukaku twice shot over the bar when through on goal.

Kevin Mirallas was sent off in the last minute, 136 seconds after coming on as a substitute, for a studs-up challenge.

The dismissal came too late to help Swansea, who had defended well to repel numerous Everton attacks in the final quarter of the game.

Neil Taylor made an excellent last-ditch challenge to block a Lukaku shot while Ashley Williams deflected a Brendan Galloway shot over with his head.

John Stones, excellent in the Everton defence throughout, swept up Swansea's counter-attacking play, while Howard was called upon to parry a fierce Gomis shot.

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Mirallas' moment of madness

With the game winding down and both teams seemingly having given up on the idea of finding a late winner, Belgian Mirallas made a rash and dangerous challenge on fellow substitute Modou Barrow, going in over the top of the ball.

The winger's absence will be sorely felt by Everton over their next three matches, as Roberto Martinez's side struggled to convert the chances they created.

Lukaku was the most wasteful of the Toffees' players. Aside from his two wild strikes into the stands, the Belgian international twice more took too long to finish, allowing Swansea players to cover.

Steven Naismith and Arouna Kone were also disappointing in the Everton attack but Ross Barkley was bright in midfield, making several incisive runs and passes.

Ross Barkley graphic
Barkley made six key passes for Everton against Swansea - by far the highest of any player

Stones shines again

The home side were wasteful in attack too, but they did at least manage to have more shots on target - three to Everton's two.

Gomis looked the most likely of Garry Monk's players to score, but their biggest problem was finding a way around the Everton defence.

Stones was again composed throughout and the England centre-back repeatedly made key interventions to steer his side away from danger.

Everton right-back Ty Browning kept Jefferson Montero quiet on what was the 21-year-old's first Premier League start, and that will be another positive for Martinez.

Man of the match - John Stones (Everton)

John Stones
Stones' composure, technique and ability to read the game turned dangerous situations into springboards for an attack

The Stats you need to know

  • Everton have kept three successive clean sheets away from home in the Premier League for the first time since December 2013.
  • Swansea have not won any of their five Premier League meetings with Everton at the Liberty Stadium (D2 L3), scoring just two goals in the process.
  • Roberto Martinez has overseen two wins and three draws in his five Premier League games as Everton boss against the Swans.
  • Kevin Mirallas is the only substitute to have been sent off so far this season.

Manager reaction

Swansea manager Garry Monk: "We had chances and they had chances, but I think both teams will be happy with a point.

Monk praises Swans commitment and passion

"I thought it was an entertaining game and a good advert for Premier League football. Both teams went for it and both teams defended well.

"I felt it was a good performance. If you can't win a game, you have to make sure you don't lose it, which is what we should have done last week."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "The first half was very level. We needed to be more aggressive going forward and that's why I'm pleased with the second half.

Defensive display pleases Martinez

"We created good chances and they should have won us the game. I'm disappointed, but the overall performance was satisfying.

"In the second half we took control, we played through them a few times and everything started with the composure of John Stones and Phil Jagielka."

What next?

Everton play at Reading in the League Cup third round on Tuesday evening before travelling to West Brom for a Monday night game in the Premier League.

Swansea play at Hull in the League Cup third round on Tuesday before travelling to Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 1Fabianski
  • 26Naughton
  • 33Fernandez
  • 6Williams
  • 3Taylor
  • 24CorkBooked at 45mins
  • 8Shelvey
  • 10A AyewBooked at 80minsSubstituted forBarrowat 87'minutes
  • 23G SigurdssonSubstituted forKi Sung-yuengat 61'minutes
  • 20Montero
  • 18GomisSubstituted forMacedo Lopesat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 15Routledge
  • 17Macedo Lopes
  • 22Rangel
  • 27Bartley
  • 58Barrow

Everton

  • 24Howard
  • 27BrowningBooked at 74mins
  • 5Stones
  • 6Jagielka
  • 32Galloway
  • 16McCarthy
  • 18BarryBooked at 56mins
  • 9KonéSubstituted forDeulofeuat 65'minutes
  • 20BarkleySubstituted forMirallasat 90+2'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 14Naismith
  • 10Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 1Robles
  • 4Gibson
  • 11Mirallas
  • 12Lennon
  • 19Deulofeu
  • 21Osman
  • 25Funes Mori
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
20,805

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 0, Everton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 0, Everton 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Eder following a set piece situation.

  4. Dismissal

    Kevin Mirallas (Everton) is shown the red card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

  6. Post update

    Modou Barrow (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Kevin Mirallas replaces Ross Barkley.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Brendan Galloway (Everton).

  9. Post update

    Modou Barrow (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Modou Barrow replaces André Ayew.

  12. Post update

    Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jefferson Montero (Swansea City).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven Naismith (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gerard Deulofeu.

  15. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Eder replaces Bafétimbi Gomis.

  17. Booking

    André Ayew (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Brendan Galloway (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by André Ayew (Swansea City).