Match Report: Everton held by Stoke but David Moyes faces wider concern in match marred by controversy

Stoke City 1 Everton 1

Britannia Stadium

Everton’s failure to end Stoke’s unbeaten home run is unlikely to be the limit of David Moyes’s frustrations after Kenwyne Jones scored his first Premier League goal in 16 months to gain the home side the point they ultimately deserved.

 The Everton manager, his small squad already running into the perennial problem of injuries, faces the imminent loss of the talismanic Marouane Fellaini after the Belgian appeared to head-butt Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross -- and Moyes did not need to be prompted to condemn his own player’s behaviour.

Referee Mark Halsey missed the incident, at a 58th-minute Everton corner, but television replays seemed to give the midfielder nowhere to hide after Shawcross was left on the floor, holding his head. It was not the only time that the Stoke central defender was on the wrong end of some rough treatment, with Nikica Jelavic guilty of jumping into him arm first and Fellaini leading with his elbow in another incident, yet Halsey was unmoved by Stoke’s protests. The only player to receive a yellow card throughout the match was the Stoke goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic, for dissent.

Moyes made no excuse for Fellaini, admitting his conduct was “unacceptable” and accusing Fellaini of letting his teammates down if he is suspended. He is likely to receive a ban of at least three matches after the Football Association reviews the television footage.

“We’ll take the punishment if it is given,” Moyes said. “I’ve told him (Fellaini) that it is not acceptable and I will not accept it as a manager.

“I could have come in here and said: ‘I’m sorry I didn’t see it’ and hidden behind that but I’ve been as honest as I can. I will say that he is a really good player who is important to the team and if there is to be an absence as a result of this he will have let the team down.

“I have said a few things lately about decisions going against  us but this should have been a  red card.”

Tony Pulis, the Stoke manager, felt it was the latest in a line of instances of referees failing to punish serious foul play. “What concerns me is that in our matches we have had the David Luiz challenge on Jonathan Walters against Chelsea, the Ciaran Clark challenge on Glenn Whelan at Aston Villa and now this one,” he said. “If the referee has seen them – and I don’t know if Mark was in a position to see this one – then why has he not acted?”

It was an eventful afternoon for Shawcross, who had twice denied Everton the lead in a first half dominated by the visitors only to hand it to them when he headed a 36th-minute Steven Pienaar cross into his own net. A Shawcross block denied Jelavic and he was in the right place again to clear off the line when Steven Naismith’s flick beat Begovic. Neither opportunity was as clear, however, as the one that fell to Leon Osman just after the own goal, when Leighton Baines found his teammate unmarked 10 yards out only for the midfielder to drag his shot wide.

“I thought it was as poor as we have been all the season but Ossie’s had a chance to put us two-nil up and it maybe would have been our day,” Moyes said.

As it was Stoke, who have not been beaten at the Britannia Stadium in 15 Premier League matches since February, were the better side in the second half.  Jones outjumped Phil Jagielka to head them level seven minutes after the restart, with goalkeeper Tim Howard at fault, then he hit a post four minutes later.

Substitutes Cameron Jerome and Peter Crouch had good chances late in the game, Sylvain Distin heading off the line to deny the latter, and Everton, markedly on top early on, wound up relieved both to have a point and a full set of players.

Stoke (4-4-1-1): Begovic; Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Cameron; Walters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Etherington (Kightly, 85); Adam (Jerome, 73); Jones (Crouch, 77).

Everton (4-4-1-1): Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Naismith (Barkley, 70), Osman, Gibson, Pienaar; Fellaini; Jelavic.

Referee: Mark Halsey (Welwyn Garden City).

Man of the match: Whelan (Stoke)

Match rating: 6/10

Arts and Entertainment
Attenborough with the primates
tvWhy BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
News
people
News
Campbell: ‘Sometimes you have to be economical with the truth’
newsFormer spin doctor says MPs should study tactics of leading sports figures like José Mourinho
News
news
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Voices
Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey VC
voicesBeware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Life and Style
Alexander McQueen's AW 2009/10 collection during Paris Fashion Week
fashionMeet the collaborators who helped create the late designer’s notorious spectacles
Sport
football
News
i100
News
Perry says: 'Psychiatrists give help because they need help. You would not be working in mental health if you didn't have a curiosity about how the mind works.'
people
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

War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?