London - Everton captain Phil Jagielka scored a sensational 92nd-minute
equaliser to earn his side a 1-1 draw against derby rivals Liverpool at
Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday.
Steven Gerrard had put
Liverpool ahead with a second-half free-kick, but he was upstaged in
injury time when his former England colleague Jagielka drove an
exquisite half-volley into the top-right corner from 25 yards.
32-year-old's memorable strike prevented Liverpool from provisionally
climbing to sixth place in the table and means that Brendan Rodgers's
side have now gone three league games without victory.
been a frustrating season so far, so to go 1-0 down and keep knocking at
the door showed tremendous character. We need to keep showing
character," Jagielka told BT Sport.
"The lads need to keep playing
the same way, keep having the courage to do the right things, and
hopefully this will be a kick-start to the season for us."
to halt a run of consecutive defeats, Liverpool quickly took control of
the 223rd Merseyside derby and should have had an early penalty when
Gareth Barry blocked a Raheem Sterling shot with his arm.
goalkeeper Tim Howard produced smart saves to thwart Mario Balotelli,
Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson, while the visitors lost winger Kevin
Mirallas to an apparent hamstring injury on the half hour.
Martinez's side held out until the 65th minute, when Gerrard stepped up
to bend a 22-yard free-kick into the top-right corner after Balotelli
had been felled by Leighton Baines.
Moments later Howard diverted a
close-range volley by Balotelli onto the bar and in injury time
Jagielka snatched a point for the visitors with a goal destined to enter
Aiden McGeady's left-wing cross was headed out by
Dejan Lovren and Jagielka met it with a beautiful first-time strike
from outside the box that ripped past home goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
The two teams remain locked in mid-table as a result, with Liverpool a point above their neighbours.
Saturday's action concludes with another local derby, as Tottenham Hotspur cross north London to tackle arch rivals Arsenal.
Beforehand, leaders Chelsea will look to preserve their unbeaten record when they host third-place Aston Villa.
Manchester City visit Hull City, while Manchester United will hope to
return to winning ways following their 5-3 defeat at Leicester City when
they host West Ham United.