A Bore Draw this one wasn’t, although that’s what people looking back on the score line will remember about it in years to come.
In fact, these two teams contested a hard fought and exciting match, one where there were good chances from both side and a lot of impressive displays.
Ross Barkley continues to look like a player who’s going to go right to the top of the game, with another accomplished performance in a start to the season that has gone largely uncommented on with first the praise, and then the controversy, surrounding John Stones, and there was a great performance from young teenage full back Brendan Galloway, who looked mature beyond his years.
Indeed, the average age of the Everton backline was 22 years old; speaking after the match Martinez said it was “not designed to keep clean sheets”, but they managed that here, in spite of good football from the Swansea attacking players, Gomis in particular, who’s spectacular scissor kick in the first half was frustrating close to Tim Howard.
This wasn’t to say Everton didn’t have their opportunities too; Lukaku should have converted one of his great chances, one of which was cleared off the line.
Young Galloway found himself inside the opposing box more than once, and he might well be disappointed that he wasn’t able to put one of his own away.
The one fly in the soup for Everton was Kevin Mirallas, who came on as a substitute only to get sent off.
A bad day at the office, one he’ll want to forget.
Man of the match:
Barkley. By a distance, although young Galloway was fantastic.