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Goal-shy Everton notch win

LEON OSMAN was the Everton hero as his goal on the hour earned a rare win for the Merseysiders.

Swansea may feel aggrieved the corner from which the goal was scored was awarded following a driving run into the box by Royston Drenthe, but there was no doubt about the finish, the winger's corner planted into the far corner by Osman.

Everton have struggled at Goodison this season, picking up only eight points from eight games and scoring at an average of one goal per match.

But Swansea's miserly defence made them work hard for the points. The Swans have kept eight clean sheets this season, more than any team except Manchester United, and they showed why with some impressive last-ditch defending.

Everton led an onslaught on the Swansea goal in the first half but just could not find any way past Michel Vorm.

The half-time break did them no favours and they did not threaten Vorm's goal again until the 56th minute, when Osman could only poke tamely at the keeper.

Four minutes later, he made no such mistake, sealing the win.

Irish Independent