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Seamus Coleman heads home late to earn a draw for Everton

The Ireland defender’s equaliser denied Bob Bradley his first win as Swansea manager.

Coleman celebrates his late goal.
Coleman celebrates his late goal.
Image: Richard Sellers

SEAMUS COLEMAN WAS Everton’s hero as he scored in the final minute of normal time to share the spoils with Swansea City.

After a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty in the 41st minute, Swansea City looked like they might have just edged their first win under Bob Bradley.

Coleman’s late equaliser means that Swansea continue their winless run, and are now without a victory in 12 matches.

After suffering their heaviest league defeat since 2009 at Chelsea, a 5-0 thumping before the international break, Everton started sluggishly as Swansea’s much-changed side kept the hosts at bay from early on.

Swansea were first to come close, as Maarten Stekelenburg tipped Sigurdsson’s free-kick over the bar before Jordi Amat headed wide from the corner.

Everton soon came to life, creating chances and edging nearer the target, looking to finish the half much stronger than they had started.

Disaster struck minutes from the interval however, as Phil Jagielka clumsily brought Sigurdsson down in the area, and the midfielder made no mistake in slotting away a superb penalty.

Koeman’s side probably should have equalised on the nick of half-time but Yannick Bolasie hammered his close-range effort straight at Lukasz Fabianski.

Throughout the second half, Everton dug deep for an equaliser, though their play was often wasteful. Swansea were unlucky not to double their lead through Jay Fulton, but he nodded his headed effort just wide.

Stekelenburg pulled off a fine save to deny Sigurdsson near the end, and give another lifeline to the hosts.

Seamus Coleman used that lifeline to his advantage in the 89th minute of play, as his looped header beat Fabianski to end the fixture in a draw.

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