It is the season of goodwill and Everton are revelling in presenting results to the opposition. On this occasion, an increasingly agitated Goodison Park saw Stoke benefit from the home side's generosity and escape with a 1-0 win.
This Boxing Day clash clocked in at 106 minutes and it felt longer still for supporters witnessing a third home defeat of the season, the same amount as the whole of the last campaign.
Injuries and suspension merely capped the misery, with Steven Naismith picking up a...
Everton boss Roberto Martinez was critical of referee Lee Mason after the Toffees' 1-0 home loss to Stoke and hinted he felt the official should be dropped.
Martinez hit out at Mason's decisions to only yellow-card Jonathan Walters for pulling back Leighton Baines in the first half and then award a penalty to the visitors moments later, having adjudged James McCarthy to have fouled Bojan Krkic.
Walters had appeared to be the last man in the first incident, while the contact on Bojan, who converted...
Bojan Krkic's first-half penalty steered Stoke to a 1-0 win over Everton in a physical Boxing Day encounter at Goodison Park.
The visitors took the lead in the 38th minute of the Barclays Premier League contest when referee Lee Mason adjudged James McCarthy to have fouled Bojan and the Spanish forward slotted in the resulting spot-kick.
Steven Naismith had a header cleared off the Potters' line, Kevin Mirallas passed up a decent-looking chance to equalise and Leighton Baines' drive was parried by...