Ross Barkley strikes to inspire Everton to victory

Monday 15 Dec 2014
Ross Barkley opened the scoring with a stunning strike

Ross Barkley's sensational strike inspired Everton to a 3-1 Premier League victory over Queens Park Rangers on Monday night.

The 21-year-old midfielder's first-half special got the Toffees off the mark at Goodison Park, and goals from Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith sealed the three points.

And the result sends Roberto Martinez's side leapfrogging their Merseyside rivals Liverpool into 10th spot.

Everton celebrate v QPR

Leighton Baines and Ross Barkley helped Everton beat QPR

They had England midfielder Barkley to thank for kick-starting their charge against Harry Redknapp's Hoops as he bagged his first of the season.

With 33 minutes played, the youngster picked up the ball on the half-way line, played a quick one-two with Romelu Lukaku, before surging towards the QPR box.

As he approached the danger zone, Barkley edged out to the left to create the space and drilled goalwards from 20 yards. 

His strike caught a slight deflection on the way through, which helped it find the top corner of Rob Green's goal and gave the former England stopper no chance.

It capped a man-of-the-match performance from Barkley, who was operating in a deep midfield position with Gareth Barry missing through injury.

"I did think it was on target, but the deflection helped it and it got us on the way. We got the three points, which is the main thing," Barkley told Sky Sports after the game.

"Wherever I am on the pitch I try to affect the game and today I was playing because Gaz was out, so I was playing deeper. But I enjoyed it."

Everton, who also had England defenders Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines in their side, extended their advantage ten minutes later through Mirallas's deflected free-kick. 

Steven Naismith made it 3-0 early in the second half before former England striker Bobby Zamora grabbed a late consolation poking home from close-range.

Barkley added: "We've got the three points and that's going to give us confidence."

By FA Staff