10 man Stoke lose late on to Everton
Stoke played around an hour with a man disadvantage as they lost 2-1 to Everton thanks to a late winner by Turkey international Cenk Tosun, who picked up a brace on the day.
Everton XI: Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman, Tom Davies, Idrissa Gueye, Wayne Rooney, Cenk Tosun, Yannick Bolasie, Theo Walcott.
Thanks to the extreme weather conditions across England this weekend, Stoke hosted Everton in a very cold and snowy climate which led to both the ball and the players moving more slowly across the pitch. This potentially benefitted Stoke as they had several aging and less mobile players such as Johnson, Crouch, Adam and Shawcross. The game also provided Ramadan Sobhi’s first start for the club under recently appointed manager Paul Lambert.
Everton created the best chance of the start of the game, as Davies headered just over the bar from a free kick. Things really swinged in the Toffees’ favour half an hour into the game, however, as Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam was sent off for a reckless tackle on Rooney.
The Merseyside club pushed for the breakthrough, and eventually found it midway through the second half as Bolasie’s cross led to a goalmouth scramble which was eventually turned in by Turkey international Cenk Tosun.
Stoke had their backs against the wall, however they were able to conjure up an equaliser when Joe Allen’s set piece was flicked past Pickford by Choupo-Moting with an outstretched right leg.
Just as Stoke appeared to be back in the game, Everton scored a winner in the last ten minutes with a diving header into the bottom corner to make it 2-1.
The result means that while Stoke remain in 19th place, they could potentially go further adrift of safety when the various teams above them play their game in hand. Things don’t get any easier for the Potters as their next ame is a trip to Arsenal.
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