Swansea 1 Everton 2: I don’t practice free-kicks, says Ross Barkley
Swansea 1 Everton 2: Ross Barkley jokes he doesn't practice free-kicks after his set-piece secured three points at Swans
Ross Barkley joked that he doesn’t practice free-kicks after the Everton midfielder scored a late winner at Swansea City.
The Toffees made the breakthrough in sensational style as Seamus Coleman fired a long-range effort past Swansea goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel in the 66th minute.
I don’t practice free-kicks but
with Leighton Baines not on the pitch I thought it was my chance to have a go
Swansea netted a fortuitous leveller when Dwight Tiendalli’s mishit effort was deflected past Toffees shot stopper Tim Howard by defender Bryan Oviedo.
But Barkley propelled Everton into the Premier League’s top four with a brilliant free-kick with eight minutes remaining at Liberty Stadium.
“My goal was a relief because I had a good chance to score with 20 minutes but I slipped over,” Barkley told Sky Sports.
“To see that free-kick go in was a massive bonus. I don’t practice free-kicks but
with Leighton Baines not on the pitch I thought it was my chance to have a go.”
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup felt his side deserved a point from the clash against the Toffees.
“We did not deserve to lose this game, definitely,” said Laudrup.
“We conceded the late goal at a moment when Everton seemed OK with the draw judging by their substitutions.
“It was harsh. We deserved at least a point.
“We didn’t get it, and that is the way football is.
“I do not want to say Everton found luck, it was a well hit free-kick, but it found the three points.”