Liverpool vs Everton: Phil Jagielka joy as wonder goal rocks Anfield

Everton defender Phil Jagielka admitted his stunning late equaliser against Liverpool was simply a case of taking a swing and hoping for the best.

AFP| Updated: Sep 27, 2014, 20:36 PM IST
Liverpool vs Everton: Phil Jagielka joy as wonder goal rocks Anfield

Liverpool: Everton defender Phil Jagielka admitted his stunning late equaliser against Liverpool was simply a case of taking a swing and hoping for the best.

Jagielka was Everton`s unlikely hero as the England defender bagged his first club goal since April 2013 from a fierce 25-yard effort to salvage a 1-1 draw in Saturday`s Merseyside derby at Anfield.

Roberto Martinez`s side trailed to Steven Gerrard`s 65th-minute free-kick and looked set for another dispiriting experience at Anfield, where they haven`t won since 1999, as the match entered stoppage time.

As Everton pressed for the equaliser, Jagielka had already opted not to shoot once when a sight of goal opened up for the centre-back.

But he immediately regretted that decision and told himself he would "have a swing" if another opportunity presented itself -- which it did in the closing moments when he seized on a headed clearance and smashed a curling shot past Simon Mignolet.

"The swinging worked," Jagielka told BT Sport. "A point is decent but we would have loved three. Going into the last few minutes 1-0 down to get a point is fantastic."

Gerrard grudgingly saluted his former England colleague and admitted Everton got "out of jail" with a "wonder strike".

After a disappointing start to the season, Everton manager Martinez was delighted to escape with a point his team`s spluttering performance barely deserved and he saluted Jagielka`s goal as a symbol of the team`s spirit.

"It was an outstanding strike - a real example of the character and the DNA at this club," Martinez said.