• Date: Sat 01 May 2010
  • Venue: Britannia Stadium
  • Ref: Webb, H
  • Attendance: 27,579

Stoke City vs Everton

Team Lineups

Stoke City

Asmir Begovic
Danny Higginbotham
Robert Huth
Ryan Shawcross
Andy Wilkinson
Glenn Whelan
Dean Whitehead
Rory Delap (Danny Pugh, 88)
Matthew Etherington (Liam Lawrence, 89)
Ricardo Fuller
Mamady Sidibe (Sanli Tuncay, 88)


Tim Howard
Leighton Baines
Joseph Yobo
Phil Jagielka
Sylvain Distin
Mikel Arteta
Tim Cahill
Phil Neville
Leon Osman (Jack Rodwell, 72)
Louis Saha (Ayegbeni Yakubu, 72)
Victor Anichebe (Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, 90)

Match Report
Everton extended their unbeaten run to ten games after a hard-fought goalless draw against a Stoke City side that bounced back from last Sunday's nightmare at Chelsea. Tony Pulis' men certainly reacted well to their seven-goal mauling at Stamford Bridge and Dean Whitehead soon received a lecture from referee Howard Webb for a crunching tackle on Mikel Arteta. But Everton were also up for a battle and Victor Anichebe warmed Asmir Begovic's fingers with a fierce shot as both sides wrestled for supremacy. Ricardo Fuller scorned City's first real opportunity when he flicked a tame effort straight at Tim Howard from Mamady Sidibe's header. And Arteta was fortunate to get away with an untidy challenge on Glenn Whelan in the penalty area as Stoke attempted to turn the screw. Despite high levels of endeavour, a lack of real quality in the final third was a problem for both sides as defences held firm. But Everton did threaten as half time approached when a fierce shot from Leighton Baines looked set for the top corner of the net until it was blocked by Ryan Shawcross. Stoke made a strong start to the second half and only Rory Delap will know how he failed to give his team the lead after a terrific move in the 48th minute. Mamady Sidibe freed Matthew Etherington and the winger's precise pass left Delap with only Howard to beat from seven yards. The midfielder looked certain to score, but screwed his shot a foot wide with Howard motionless. At least the miss got the Stoke fans going and the Everton rearguard started to come under increasing pressure, most notably from a string of long throws by Delap. Whelan had one shot blocked by the defensive wall after Fuller was tripped 20 yards out and another which flashed a couple of yards wide. But Everton were lifted by a double substitution in the 72nd minute when Louis Saha and Leon Osman were replaced by Yakubu and Jack Rodwell. And the visitors thought they had taken the lead two minutes later when Rodwell's shot was blocked for a corner. Arteta's far-post delivery was headed home at the far post by Phil Jagielka, but the linesman flagged that Anichebe had strayed into an offside position. Stoke responded with Fuller twice going close towards the end, but a point apiece was probably a fair outcome.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

STOKE 0-0 EVERTON:Everton's hopes of Europe are over after this dull draw, Jagielka's disallowed goal being the only highlight.


Diniyar Bilyaletdinov comes on for Victor Anichebe.


Two minutes will be added on.


Liam Lawrence,Sanli Tuncay and Danny Pugh come on for Dean Whitehead, Rory Delap and Mamady Sidibe


The pace of the game has picked up a little as both sides eye a late winner.


Ricardo Fuller has a rising first time effort that flies just over the bar.


The ball is in the net - but it's disallowed! Arteta's corner is headed home by Jagielka but the linesman judged that the corner had drifted out for a goal kick, unlucky that for the Toffees.


Double change from Everton: Louis Saha and Leon Osman come off for Jack Rodwell and Ayegbeni Yakubu.


Victor Anichebe does well to cut in from the left and curl an effort inches wide of the left-hand post, great effort that from the Nigerian.


Arteta has a chance to get a shot on target with a free-kick 30 yards from goal, but it's perhaps fitting of the game that he hits it straight into the wall


The pace of the game has dropped again, with Everton giving the ball away far too cheaply but Stoke not doing anything with it.


Stoke have dominanted the last ten minutes without really creating much, though Matthew Etherington hit a 25 yard free-kick into the wall


Glenn Whelan has an effort on goal but he gets it all wrong and it drifts well wide.


We have a brief break in play as Sylvain Distin goes down clutching his face, after a few minutes though the ex-Pompey man recovers and gets to his feet.


Stoke break forward with Matthew Etherington who gets in behind the defence before laying it off to Rory Delap who simply has to score form 8 yards but somehow puts it wide - contender for miss of the season that one.

Second half

We are underway again, fingers crossed for a better second half.

Half time

Half Time: STOKE 0-0 EVERTON. And that's the break, nothing much to speak of so far, here's hoping for a much, much better second half.


Arteta plays a short corner to Leighton Baines who fires in a vicious right-footed shot which was on target but it hits Anichebe and bounces away.


The home crowd get excited as Delap launches a long throw into the box, the referee blows the whistle though for a foul somewhere among the bodies in a crowded six yard box.


Victor Anichebe takes a touch before turning and firing in a low shot from the edge of the box that goes just wide, that's probably the best chance of the game so far.


Matthew Etherington whips in a free kick from the right but it is over-hit and Tim Howard can claim easily.


Stoke are forcing their way back into the game now and enjoying the majority of the posession with Ricardo Fuller at the centre of things.


Victor Anichebe chests down a Jagielka pass and fires in a low shot that Begovic comfortably saves.


Victor Anichebe does well to turn his marker in the area but Ryan Shawcross comes across with a superb sliding tackle.


Phil Jagielka, playing at right back today, collects a cross-field pass from Tim Cahill before half volleying in a decent ball that just spins away from the Everton attackers.


Mikel Arteta whips a dangerous looking free kick from the left, but it is too close to Asmir Begovic who claims confidently.


Dean Whitehead gets a stern ticking off from referee Howard Webb for a second late tackle on Mikel Arteta in quick succession, another foul and he will go in the book.


Quiet start here, Everton perhaps shade the possession, but no chances to speak of - yet.


Referee Howard Webb gets us underway at the Britannia Stadium.

Awaiting Kickoff

Steven Pienaar misses out for Everton through injury, Leon Osman comes in for him. Louis Saha and Joseph Yobo also earn recalls at the expense of Tony Hibbert and Ayegbeni Yakubu ,who both drop to the bench.

Awaiting Kickoff

Asmir Begovic and Ryan Shawcross come into the Stoke starting line-up in place of injured duo Thomas Sorenson and Abdoulaye Faye. Mamady Sidibe is also recalled, with Dave Kitson dropping to the bench.