01/11/2014 15:00 v Everton

20th June 2017

The Swans bravely held on to claim a point at Everton despite Jonjo Shelvey's second-half dismissal.

Garry Monk's side were forced to battle on for the last 18 minutes with a man disadvantage as Shelvey was shown a second yellow card following a foul on James McCarthy.

But it was a deserved point for the Swans, who claimed a fifth clean sheet in 10 Premier League matches this season.

The draw moved Monk's men on to 15 points.

There was a lively start at Goodison Park with both sides going for goal in the opening exchanges.

Samuel Eto'o saw his effort easily collected by Lukasz Fabianski while Wilfried Bony's powerful shot was blocked out by Everton skipper Phil Jagielka.

Then, in what was a great opportunity to break the deadlock, Bony found himself in space and in on goal after Gylfi Sigurdsson's through ball caught out the home defence, but he took his time before guiding his low effort inches wide.

At the other end, Leighton Baines curled a 20-yard free-kick wide after Ki Sung-Yueng brought Eto'o's surging run to a sudden halt before Shelvey's deflected effort was collected by Tim Howard with referee Kevin Friend waving away appeals of handball against Antolin Alcaraz.

That proved Alcaraz's final act as he was replaced by Muhamed Besic just past the half hour after he came off with a shoulder injury.

Jagielka flashed his header wide from a McGeady corner as Everton pressed for an opener in the closing stages, but both sides went into the break on level terms.

The Swans started the second half on the attack and Routledge almost caught out Gareth Barry as he looked to guide a loose ball to Howard, but the England international did enough to avert the danger.

Shelvey then steered a 20-yard effort wide after some sublime control and pass from Bony sent the midfielder hurtling towards goal.

That was Bony's final say as the striker, who had been booked in the first half, was replaced on the hour by Bafe Gomis.

At the other end, an Ashley Williams headed clearance dropped to Steven Nasmith, who hurtled towards goal before teeing up McGeady, but after cutting inside on to his right foot he curled his effort wide.

Everton made a double change with just over 20 minutes to go as Steven Pienaar and Romelu Lukaku came on in place of Naismith and McGeady in what were Roberto Martinez's final substitutions.

And the Swans' hopes of coming away from Goodison Park with at least a point were dealt a blow with 18 minutes to go as Shelvey was shown his second yellow card for a foul on James McCarthy.

Everton piled on the pressure, and Jagielka saw his header bounce onto the roof of the net after Fabianski had punched clear from a free-kick.

Monk then made his second change as Tom Carroll replaced Sigurdsson as the Swans looked to firm up the midfield, while Nathan Dyer was introduced soon after in place of Jefferson Montero.

The Swans were having to dig deep in order to keep Everton at bay, but they did just that as they saw off four minutes of added-on time - and a late Eto'o effort - to claim a deserved point.


EVERTON: Tim Howard, Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka (capt), Antolin Alcaraz (Muhamed Besic, 32), Leighton Baines, Aiden McGeady (Romelu Lukaku, 68), Gareth Barry, Ross Barkley, James McCarthy, Steven Naismith (Steven Pienaar, 68), Samuel Eto'o.
SUBS: Joel Robles, Tony Hibbert, Christian Atsu, Leon Osman.

SWANS: Lukasz Fabianski, Angel Rangel, Federico Fernandez, Ashley Williams (capt), Neil Taylor, Ki Sung-Yueng, Jonjo Shelvey, Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tom Carroll, 75), Wayne Routledge, Jefferson Montero (Nathan Dyer, 79), Wilfried Bony (Bafe Gomis, 60).
SUBS: Gerhard Tremmel, Liam Shephard, Kyle Bartley, Marvin Emnes.