Tosun double sinks Potters
STOKE’S relegation fears deepened as Charlie Adam was sent off in a victory for Everton where Cenk Tosun scored twice.
Adam’s 30th-minute dismissal for a studs-up lunge on Wayne Rooney proved costly as Tosun netted a brace, the second an 84th-minute winner.
Stoke sub Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting had cancelled out Tosun’s opener, but the Turkey international decided the contest in Everton’s favour.
A half-hearted penalty appeal when Seamus Coleman’s cross struck Kostas Stafylidis’ arm was the only real moment of note until Adam saw red half-an-hour in. Adam lunged in on Rooney with both feet off the ground. The studs on his left boot were showing and though he only caught Rooney’s trailing leg, referee Martin Atkinson produced the red card.
Everton went ahead with 21 minutes left. Tosun appeared offside when initially flicking on Yannick Bolasie’s cross, but the flag stayed down and Jack Butland reacted to push the ball into the air. From there, substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin poked towards goal and though Stafylidis cleared off the line, Tosun was on hand to slam in the rebound.
The hosts soon drew level. Joe Allen delivered a tempting free-kick between goalkeeper and defence from 25 yards out and Choupo-Moting stretched his right leg to prod the ball in.
He injured himself and was unable to continue. But the Turkey international restored the visitors’ lead. Coleman collected the ball on the right and he fed Theo Walcott, who was allowed time to pick out Tosun. The striker stooped to beat Glen Johnson to the ball with a header that Butland got a hand to, but he could only push the ball into the corner.