Beckford's late strike nets point for 10-man Toffees

Everton 1 Bolton Wanderers 1

Jermaine Beckford hit a brilliant late equaliser as 10-man Everton snatched a point against Bolton tonight.

The Toffees were destined for their first defeat in seven Barclays Premier League games when the former Leeds striker fired over Jussi Jaaskelainen deep into injury time at Goodison Park.

Ivan Klasnic had come off the bench to give Bolton the lead 11 minutes from time and worse followed as Marouane Fellaini was sent off for kicking Paul Robinson.

The Belgian, returning to the side after four games out, could have few complaints as frustration appeared to be getting the better of Everton.

The hosts had squandered a number of chances to take the lead, many of them through the returning Louis Saha, as manager David Moyes' complaints about a lack of goals again rang true.

But Bolton, who also hit bar through Matt Taylor moments before Klasnic's effort, could not hang on for a win that would have taken them fifth.

The visitors had twice caused anxiety in the Everton defence early on, first as captain Kevin Davies broke the line to reach a long ball and Johan Elmander forcing Sylvain Distin to block.

Everton's first opportunity fell to Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, surprisingly preferred to Seamus Coleman, but the Russian skewed his shot well wide.

Bilyaletdinov had another chance as Leighton Baines found him six yards out with a fine cross but he failed to connect with his volley.

Elmander put a simple header wide from a similar distance after Taylor headed a corner back across goal.

Saha, on his first start since August, showed great skill to beat Robinson on the edge of the box but the Frenchman shot straight at Jaaskelainen.

Bilyaletdinov had a good shooting chance after being fed in the box by Steven Pienaar but lost momentum by cutting inside onto his left foot and Bolton recovered.

Saha had two shots cleared off the line in quick succession as Everton put the Bolton goal under more pressure.

The first chance came after Jaaskelainen failed to claim a Phil Neville cross but Gretar Steinsson blocked at point-blank range.

Saha then rose to meet the resulting Mikel Arteta corner but Lee Chung-yong volleyed out from under the crossbar.

Elmander inadvertently set up Fellaini when he trick to flick away another Everton corner but the Belgian blasted over the bar.

Bolton made the initial running after the restart and had the first chance as Davies headed forward and Lee squared for Elmander but the striker's first-time shot was deflected wide by Baines.

That resulted in the first of three Bolton corners in quick succession.

The visitors again went close from the second of them as Stuart Holden met Taylor's cross with a glancing header but Tim Howard clawed the ball out.

Everton responded as Bilyaletdinov drove at Jaaskelainen from 20 yards and Baines had a shot sliced narrowly over his own bar by Gary Cahill.

Zat Knight then got in Saha's way to deny the former Manchester United striker once again after good control on the edge of the box.

Moyes brought on Coleman, one of the stars of Everton's recent good run, for the frustrating Bilyaletdinov after 66 minutes.

The Irishman immediately looked a threat as he charged at the Bolton defence and cut inside but Jaaskelainen was not tested by his shot.

Holden required treatment after a kick on the ankle from Fellaini but recovered to take the corner which almost saw Bolton break the deadlock after 75 minutes.

The American picked out Taylor with his cross but the midfielder's header glanced the bar and went behind.

Bolton then grabbed the initiative as Taylor broke from deep down the right and sent over a bouncing cross for Klasnic.

With the defence frantically back-tracking, Klasnic inched ahead and just got his body to the ball to divert it in at the far post.

Everton's frustrations then started to get the better of them as Fellaini went down in a challenge from Robinson and responded by kicking out.

Referee Phil Dowd pointed the Belgian in the direction of the tunnel as Everton's night threatened to end in misery.

But Everton had one last throw of the dice and late substitute Beckford chose the perfect moment to score his first league goal for the club, chipping in from the edge of the box in time added on.

News
Emma Watson has become the latest target of the 4Chan nude hacking scandal
peopleThreats follows actress' speech on feminism and equality at the UN
Life and Style
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer
film
Life and Style
tech
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
tech
Life and Style
Alan Turing, who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952, was granted a royal pardon last year
life
Arts and Entertainment
Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black and Ed Stoppard as her manager Brian Epstein
tvCilla Episode 2 review: Grit under the glamour in part two of biopic series starring Sheridan Smith
News
i100
Life and Style
life
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits