As it was, referee Craig Pawson allowed the controversial strike to stand after former striker Romelu Lukaku was deemed not to have been interfering with play, and the two sides held out for a point apiece after a tetchy second 45 minutes. And winger Aaron Lennon will be a game-time decision due to a minor knock suffered in training this week.
Rooney dropped deeper into midfield in a bid to spark his team into life and immediately began to control the tempo, drawing a booking for Allen when he wriggled clear of the Stoke midfielder, who responded with a blatant tug. "Then I believe we can fight against them". The best proof of that is their activity in the transfer market, as they stand pat with the exception of acquiring Bruno Martins Indi and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
It's what they have lost that is troubling. It also served to heighten predictions made by many that Stoke could be relegated this season.
"We can improve and spend money but everyone can improve and is spending money".
Stoke City will be nearly at full strength ahead of this game with the exception of Ibrahim Afellay. Both will be game-time decisions for the coaching staff.
While Leighton Baines' delivery from a deal-ball situation wasn't as consistent last season as it has been in previous years, it's been a surprise to see the left-back now only take a handful of set-pieces.
Stoke have not been almost as active in the transfer market, but they recently acquired Kurt Zouma from Chelsea on loan.
The Potters were outdone by a fairy-tale goal from Wayne Rooney, who nodded home in first half added time to seal the 1-0 victory for Everton. He is a member of the Select Group of Referees and has been in charge of 130 Premier League matches, dating back to December 2010.
The Toffees' prodigal son returned to Goodison Park over the summer after 13 years away and has already got a taste of home again in the Europa League. In the last season, he was amongst the top 5 creative forces at Malaga, having created 32 chances at an average of 72 minutes and that might come in handy for the youngster with the likes of Ross Barkley, Kevin Mirallas, and Yanick Bolasie operating alongside him. Couple that with a run of four league games against four of last season's top six after this one, and three points are imperative.