Everton work hard but fail to find breakthrough
Everton recorded a third successive Premier League draw under Roberto Martinez after a 0-0 stalemate with Cardiff City in South Wales.
For the second time in a week, the Blues were unable to find a way past a spirited defence and, despite a late push, are still awaiting the first league win of the Martinez reign.
Martinez had named an unchanged line-up from last weekend’s draw with West Brom, including both Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini despite persistent reports linking the pair with moves away from Goodison Park this week.
The first glimpse of the Cardiff goal for Everton came four minutes in as Leighton Baines' free kick saw Sylvain Distin's looped up his header go over.
Craig Bellamy wasn't far from controversy catching Baines and later Steven Pienaar with an outstretched arm which went unpunished.
On 38 minutes Ross Barkley was booked for a foul on Kim before the big talking point of the game saw Baines brought down in the penalty area under Gary Medel’s challenge for what seemed a nailed on penalty, yet referee Anthony Taylor simply gave a goal kick.
In time added on in the first half, David Marshall made the best save of the half from a deflected header from Jelavic.
A scrappy start to the second half saw Campbell and Fellaini square up before Arouna Kone replaced Nikica Jelavic who endured another frustrating afternoon.
On 82 minutes Baines lets fly with his weaker right foot from distance with the ball veering wide. Four minutes later Gerard Deulofeu replaced Kevin Mirallas.
And the young Spanish midfielder was straight into the action sending a curling 25-yard effort into Marshall’s gloves. Minutes later he sent a fizzing ball into the six yard box - but Everton's players simply watched the ball fly through for a throw-in.
A typically frustrating finish for Everton as Roberto Martinez once again saw his side held to a draw.