An own-goal by Stoke City goalkeeper Shay Given following a missed penalty by Leighton Baines allowed Everton to edge victory at Goodison Park.
Ronald Koeman’s Everton had plenty of possession in the first half, but labored to create clear opportunities, with recent signing Yannick Bolasie always a handful and Ross Barkley missing one chance.
Six minutes after the break Everton had a penalty when Ashley Williams was fouled by Phil Bardsley. Baines’s low shot was pushed on to the post by Given, but richocheted off the goalkeeper into the net.
Barkley went close to doubling Everton’s lead towards the end, but Given saved his effort, and the Toffees duly sealed a narrow 1-0 victory.