Ever­ton goal de­nies Bradley first win

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LIVER­POOL: Swansea man­ager Bob Bradley was de­nied his first Premier League vic­tory in ag­o­nis­ing fash­ion as Ever­ton’s Sea­mus Cole­man hit a last­minute equaliser to res­cue a 1-1 draw yes­ter­day. Bradley’s side were on course for a first win since the open­ing day of the league sea­son when Gylfi Sig­urds­son’s penalty put them ahead at Good­i­son Park. But Cole­man net­ted in the 89th minute for Ron­ald Koe­man’s team, leav­ing for­mer United States coach Bradley with just two points in his five matches since his sur­prise ap­point­ment as suc­ces­sor to the sacked Francesco Guidolin. Adding in­sult to in­jury for Bradley, Swansea dropped to the bot­tom of the ta­ble fol­low­ing Sun­der­land’s vic­tory over Hull. Bradley made eight changes from the side which lost to Manch­ester United last time out, in­clud­ing drop­ping South Korean Ki Sung-Yueng, who sug­gested while on in­ter­na­tional duty the club was in “cri­sis”. Sig­urds­son looked dan­ger­ous from set-pieces and open play, hav­ing one free­kick de­flected over by the wall, with Jordi Amat head­ing wide from the re­sult­ing cor­ner.

Sig­urds­son’s value to Swansea can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated — since join­ing the Welsh side he has scored or as­sisted 37 of their 99 Premier League goals. He of­ten trou­bled Ever­ton cen­tre­backs Phil Jagielka and Swansea old boy Ashley Wil­liams when he dropped deep to gain pos­ses­sion. Jagielka was caught out five min­utes be­fore half-time to cap a trou­bled week that saw him pho­tographed with Wayne Rooney dur­ing the Eng­land cap­tain’s now-in­fa­mous drinking spree. Sig­urds­son latched on to Modou Barrow’s flick-on to burst into the area and, af­ter he skipped past Jagielka, the vet­eran cen­tre-back’s clumsy chal­lenge con­ceded a penalty that the Ice­land mid­fielder coolly con­verted. Romelu Lukaku, who had scored seven times in his pre­vi­ous nine league ap­pear­ances, failed to re­act quick enough to Yan­nick Bo­lasie’s cross, which he al­lowed to hit him and bounce over an open goal from three yards. Bo­lasie was also not free from blame af­ter shoot­ing too close to Lukasz Fabi­an­ski when put clean through by Lukaku. —AFP

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