23 Nov 2010

Everton deny Sunderland top-six spo

7:10 pm on 23 November 2010

Mikel Arteta hauled struggling Everton another point clear of the relegation zone in English football'sPremier League drop zone a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Sunderland that denied the hosts a place in the top six.

The Spanish playmaker salvaged a much-needed point for Everton with an 83rd-minute shot that wrong-footed Craig Gordon after the ball took a deflection off Phil Bardsley.

Sunderland had been heading for all three points after striker Danny Welbeck scored a goal in each half in response to Australian international Tim Cahill's sixth-minute header for Everton.

The draw leaves Sunderland seventh while Everton move up to 14th, two points clear of the relegation zone.