Barkley free kick gives Everton 2-1 win at Swansea

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 22, 2013 at 12:53 pm •  Published: December 22, 2013

SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — Ross Barkley enhanced his ever-growing reputation by scoring directly from a free kick to move Everton provisionally up to fourth place with a 2-1 win at Swansea in the Premier League on Sunday.

Seamus Coleman put Everton in front in the 66th minute with a ferocious strike, although the visitors were pegged back when Bryan Oviedo put Dwight Tiendalli's off-target effort into his own net.

But Barkley stepped up in the 84th to beat Gerhard Tremmel with a free kick that came off the underside of the bar on its way in.

"It's a relief because I had a chance to score with 20 minutes to go and I slipped, so to see the free kick go in was a bonus and great for the team," Barkley said.

Everton moved a point ahead of Chelsea and a point behind Arsenal.

Arsenal and Chelsea play in Monday's only game.

Swansea is 11th after another frustrating match for the Welsh club, which lacked an end product after making a positive start.

"It was harsh and the least we deserved was a point," Swansea manager Michael Laudrup said. "That's how football is. Their goalkeeper made a couple of great saves. I don't want to say Everton found luck, because it was a great free kick, but they found the three points."

Everton had taken time to settle, and Chico Flores almost gifted them an opener when his slack pass was picked off by James McCarthy and moved to Kevin Mirallas, whose shot was held well by Tremmel.

Swansea defender Ashley Williams then made a crucial block on the winger after a misdirected pass by Jose Canas had allowed him to advance into the danger zone.

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