Everton 0-0 Bolton Wanderers

Wright, Pistone, Stubbs, Weir, Yobo, Tie, Naysmith, Gravesen, Carsley, Rooney, Campbell Jaaskelainen, Campo, Bergsson, Barness, Charlton, Nolan, Frandsen, Gardner, Okocha, Ricketts, Pedersen
Alexandersson(Carsely 78), Radziniski (Campbell 55), Pembridge (Naysmith 78), Gemmill, Baardsen Facey (Pedersen 85), Tofting (Ricketts 60), Livesey, Walters, Poole
Yellow : Weir 77 Yellow : Frandsen 25, Charlton 33, Ricketts 33, Bergrsson 89
No Goals scored

After the rash of goals at the Reebok, a more stoic performance from the Wanderers to earn a point at Goodison Park against a high flying Everton led by prodigy Wayne Rooney.

TV reports basically prtrayed the game as the Everton youngster versus the Bolton defense and particularly Jaaskelainen who made several good saves. While Rooney was the Toffee's most positive player and did expose Ivan Campo's shortcomings on more than one occasion, the game was actually more even than the coverage suggested, with Nolan particularly playing well and forcing a couple of saves out of Richard Wright. When a defensive switch put Rooney up against Bergsson after an hour he faded from the game and with him largely went Everton's dominance and spark. In fact towards the end Okocha bounced a free kick off the Everton crossbar, but that would genuinely have been robbery; not that Bolton don't deserve that sort of break but it would hardly have been fair. All the post match reports I heard on TV and radio suggested a draw was a fair result and four points out of the six available over christmas week is pretty good.