Football

Given out of luck as Potters pay penalty

EVERTON 1

(Given og 51)

STOKE CITY 0

Ronald Koeman registered his first home Premier League win as Everton manager, but required the assistance of a Shay Given own-goal from a Leighton Baines penalty to achieve it.

Five minutes into second half Ryan Shawcross threw himself at Romelu Lukaku’s close-range shot, but Stoke captain was powerless to prevent Michael Oliver awarding a penalty when Phil Bardsley tangled with AshleyWilliams from the resulting corner. Baines resumed spot-kick duties from Lukaku, last season’s main taker, but the usually reliable left-back was relieved to see the ball creep over the line via post and goalkeeper Given.

Nevertheless, the victory gave Everton their best start to a season since 2006.