Swansea City 1 Everton 2 – Coleman and Barkley keep Toffees flying
Roberto Martinez returned to his old stomping ground and saw Everton claim a 2-1 victory at the Liberty Stadium, with Ross Barkley producing a spectacular free-kick to bag all three points and lift the Toffees up to fourth in the table.
December 22nd, 2013
Barkley has been shining bright since the season started and produced yet another outstanding performance, with the 20-year-old scoring the winning goal after Seamus Coleman’s opener had been cancelled out by an own goal from Bryan Oviedo.
However, Everton were deserved winners of this match and now sit just a point behind Arsenal ahead of the Gunners’ clash against Monday, with the visitors looking to force the issue in the second half and concerted pressure paid off.
After Barkley had squandered a golden opportunity, Coleman let fly from long range and the ball flew into the net thanks to a slight deflection, although Swansea came storming back and their equaliser will go down to Oviedo.
Martinez’s men weren’t to be denied and Everton are starting to show they are genuine top four contenders this term, with Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin one of the more solid central defensive pairings in the division.
The Toffees manager will be delighted with his team’s performance following on from a recent victory at Old Trafford and a draw at the Emirates, with supporters feeling that they have an upgrade on David Moyes considering that Everton are a full six points ahead of Manchester United in the table.