To­sun dou­ble lifts Al­lardyce af­ter Stoke’s Adam sees red

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By John Percy at Bet365 Sta­dium

Cenk To­sun has pre­vi­ously been held up as fur­ther ev­i­dence of Ever­ton’s poor re­cruit­ment, but the £20mil­lion sign­ing is now jus­ti­fy­ing his lav­ish trans­fer fee.

To­sun’s two goals ended Ever­ton’s trou­bles on the road and sen­tenced Stoke, who had Charlie Adam dis­missed, to a de­feat that leaves them feel­ing the icy chill of the rel­e­ga­tion trap­door. The Turk­ish striker’s 84thminute header proved the cru­cial mo­ment, earn­ing Ever­ton their first vic­tory away from Good­i­son Park since Dec 13 and Sam Al­lardyce’s de­ci­sion to utilise a sports psy­chol­o­gist al­ready ap­pears shrewd.

To­sun, a Jan­uary sign­ing from Be­sik­tas, now has four goals in three games and this per­for­mance un­der­lined his re­cent im­prove­ment as he adapts to the Pre­mier League. It was only re­cently that Al­lardyce claimed To­sun was strug­gling to cope with the cold weather, yet he man­aged to per­form per­fectly well in bliz­zards here.

Al­lardyce said: “He’s got ev­ery sort of goal in his locker and the goals to­day show why we bought him. It’s not easy for play­ers signed in Jan­uary to make an im­me­di­ate im­pact, but Cenk is get­ting there. You want the top-qual­ity marks­man to turn the game in your favour and he’s done that.

“Even though math­e­mat­i­cally we are not safe, I don’t think any­one can catch us now.”

Paul Lam­bert, the Stoke man­ager, will prob­a­bly need an es­capol­o­gist af- ter this dam­ag­ing de­feat that keeps them in the bot­tom three. He has never been rel­e­gated as a Pre­mier League man­ager, but time is run­ning out for him to ful­fil his lat­est as­sign­ment.

This was billed as a “must-win” game for the home team but the un­pre­dictable weather and Adam’s con­tro­ver­sial dis­missal gave them a snowy moun­tain to climb. Adam had been re­stored to the team and was clearly ea­ger to make an im­pres­sion, but his lunge on Wayne Rooney was late and ref­eree Martin Atkin­son im­me­di­ately pro­duced the red card. Lam­bert spun round an­grily in his tech­ni­cal area. He said: “I can un­der­stand why Martin has given the red card. I think if you go in with your studs in the mod­ern-day game and you mist­ime a chal­lenge you put your­self in a po­si­tion to be red-carded.”

Ever­ton’s open­ing goal had a whiff of in­evitabil­ity about it and was a messy strike 21 min­utes from time. To­sun’s header was saved by Stoke goal­keeper Jack But­land and then Do­minic Calvert-Lewin’s ef­fort was bril­liantly cleared off the line by Kostas Stafy­lidis, only for To­sun to turn in the loose ball. Stoke de­served their equaliser for dogged per­sis­tence and sub­sti­tute Maxim Choupo-Mot­ing flicked Joe Allen’s 77th-minute set-piece past Jor­dan Pick­ford to set up a fre­netic fi­nale.

Any Stoke hopes of a pre­cious point were ru­ined six min­utes from the end by To­sun’s header, from a Theo Wal­cott cross, to end a dis­mal run of five suc­ces­sive away de­feats for Al­lardyce.

Stoke (4-3-3) But­land 5; John­son 5, Zouma 6, Shawcross 6, Stafy­lidis 6; Allen 7, Adam 4, Badou 5; Shaqiri 5 (Ber­ahino 76), Crouch 5, Ra­madan 6 (Choupo-Mot­ing 72, Jese 79). Subs Hau­gaard (g), Bauer, Martins Indi, Fletcher. Booked Shawcross. Sent off Adam. Ever­ton (4-3-3) Pick­ford 6; Cole­man 7, Jagielka 6, Keane 7, Baines 6; Davies 5 (Calvert-Lewin 53), Gu­eye 6, Rooney 7 (Sch­nei­der­lin 87); Wal­cott 6, To­sun 8, Bo­lasie 5. Subs Robles (g), Martina, Ni­asse, Klaassen, Hol­gate. Booked Jagielka. Ref­eree Martin Atkin­son (West York­shire).

One man down: Stoke’s Charlie Adam (left) lunges in on Wayne Rooney, a foul for which the mid­fielder was sent off af­ter half an hour

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