Everton 3 Swansea 2 match report: Garry Monk caught out by Everton’s winning habit

Baines, Lukaku and Barkley give Toffees victory while Bony and Williams strikes end up as mere consolations

Goodison Park

This was a likely outcome. In 19 previous encounters, Swansea had not beaten Everton, a team whose victory here means they are in the midst of their best winning run on home soil in 28 years.

Since losing to Sunderland at Goodison Park in December, Everton have now recorded eight wins in succession. Since beating Cardiff City in Garry Monk’s first game as interim manager at the start of February, Swansea have not won at all.

Here, the visitors might have taken at least a point, concluding both halves in the ascendancy. Yet Everton had done just enough. There was never a real sense that they would surrender a result which takes them to within eight points of a Champions League place with a game in hand on fourth-placed Arsenal.

 

Monk remains convinced he can keep Swansea in the Premier League. “If I thought I wasn’t doing the right things, I am honest enough to know and I will hold my hands up,” he said.

For their latest setback, Monk cited a five-minute spell after half-time when Everton controlled proceedings and Swansea conceded twice. “You have to manage it properly, get through it unscathed and make the right choices,” he added. “We didn’t and it cost us dearly.”

Indeed it did. Roberto Martinez accepted his side were not at their best, sitting deep and inviting Swansea to attack. “But at this stage of the season, it’s about winning football games,” he said.

Everton’s opener came after Ross Barkley was tripped by Chico Flores, allowing Leighton Baines to display his usual conviction from the penalty spot. Swansea equalised through Wilfried Bony before the break when Aiden McGeady failed to follow Angel Rangel’s marauding charge.

It provoked Everton to begin the second half with enhanced intensity. Romelu Lukaku’s sliding finish gave his side the lead before Barkley bounced in a third from a corner.

Despite other clear goalscoring opportunities for Swansea, their efforts were only marked by Ashley Williams’ injury time header.

It leaves them facing fellow strugglers Norwich City next weekend, a tie that Monk described as “pivotal”.

Line-ups:

Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard; Coleman, Stones, Distin, Baines; McCarthy, Barry; Mirallas, Barkley (Naismith, 84), McGeady (Osman, 84); Lukaku (Deulofeu, 90).

Swansea City (4-2-3-1): Vorm; Rangel, Flores, Williams, Davies; Canas (De Guzman, 69), Britton; Dyer (Shelvey, 62), Hernandez, Routledge; Bony (Michu, 69).

Referee: Michael Oliver.

Man of the match: Barkley (Everton)

Match rating: 6/10

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
peopleMathematician John Nash inspired the film Beautiful Mind
News
Richard Blair is concerned the trenches are falling into disrepair
newsGeorge Orwell's son wants to save war site that inspired book
Life and Style
Audrey Hepburn with Hubert De Givenchy, whose well-cut black tuxedo is a 'timeless look'
fashionIt may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
Arts and Entertainment
The pair in their heyday in 1967
music
Life and Style
fashionFrom bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
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

Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine