Jagielka inspires Toffees comeback

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Everton survived a scare against Wolves at Goodison Park on Saturday, coming from behind to beat Mick McCarthy's side 2-1.

Stephen Hunt had given the visitors the lead from the spot in the first-half before captain Phil Jagielka equalised with a 44th minute header from Leighton Baines' free-kick.

The provider turned goalscorer late in the second period, with the full-back converting from the spot to give the Toffees all three points.

It was a result to savour for Jagielka, who again played with an injection to a broken toe in an effort to numb the pain. After earning the victory, it was well worth it for the England international.

“There is not much we can do (about the toe), it will be a few weeks before we get to the stage where I don’t need injections, but I don’t feel anything while I am playing – it is the car journeys home when it starts to get a bit sore," he told the official Everton website.

“It was a frustrating game. Especially in the first half. They did not have too many chances and we were putting the ball in the box quite a lot.

“They defended well and we went 1-0 down, but thankfully we got the equaliser before half time and gave ourselves a chance.”

After going behind early in proceedings, the pressure was on David Moyes' side given their relatively low position in the Barclays Premier League.

Defeat would have left Everton one point above the relegation zone, but as the only side to win in the bottom half of the table, Moyes' side shot up to 12th.

“You can’t help but think that (it might not be your day) as we are not very high up in the table at the moment. And when they don’t create anything but get a penalty that easily then it is disappointing," Jagielka added.

“But it shows the character among the players, manager and coaches that we kept knocking on the door and got ourselves a penalty.

“I think we had a lot of the ball. Fair play to Mick McCarthy, his team defended well for most of the game and we are just grateful to get the three points.”

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