Arteta strike confirms Everton renaissance after injury woes
Published 22/03/2010 | 05:00
GOALS from Mikel Arteta and Steven Pienaar enabled Everton to record their seventh consecutive home win in the league.
It's an impressive feat during a season that would have broken most clubs, leaving them gasping for breath and thankful for the finish. But it has done the opposite to Everton and their manager David Moyes.
An early chronic injury-list denied him the vision of Arteta, the muscular finishing of Ayegbeni Yakubu and the defensive tenacity of Phil Jagielka.
The injuries contributed to a period of poor form during the autumn to send Everton into the bottom half of the table, an area of relative unfamiliarity for Moyes in the eight years since he took over. But if the Scot has instilled one quality above all others in his time at the club, it is durability.
Everton had to wait until 18 minutes from time to make the breakthrough against a determined Bolton side.
The Merseysiders had taken the ascendancy in the second half after a scrappy first period, but the turning point did not come until last man Gretar Steinsson was sent off for bringing down Yakubu.
Arteta stepped up to clip home a sweet free-kick and Pienaar made sure of the win with a late second.