Everton 2-0 Bournemouth: Toffees win hard-fought battle of mid-table mediocrity

sour cherries Marco Silva’s side triumphed at Goodison Park to end their poor run of home results Everton had to dig deep to secure a defeat of Bournemouth which ends their recent run of poor results at Goodison Park. The Toffees headed into Sunday’s match-up without a win in any of their previous four Premier…

Everton 2-0 Bournemouth: Toffees win hard-fought battle of mid-table mediocrity


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Marco Silva’s side triumphed at Goodison Park to end their poor run of home results

Everton had to dig deep to secure a defeat of Bournemouth which ends their recent run of poor results at Goodison Park.

The Toffees headed into Sunday’s match-up without a win in any of their previous four Premier League matches at their historic home, but they got back to winning ways thanks to goals from on-loan Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma and young attacker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Zouma rose highest to head home the opening goal

The match was goalless at the break despite Bournemouth doing well in the opening period and creating a few good chances to find a way past Jordan Pickford in the hosts’ goal.

Everton came out stronger after the restart, however, and Zouma headed them in front just after the hour mark.

Marco Silva’s side had to deal with intense pressure from the visitors in the dying stages, and they did so successfully, before Calvert-Lewin killed off the game by putting them two goals to the good in injury time.

The victory movesEvertonup into the top half of the table, though they remain two points behind Watford in the hunt for a seventh place finish.

Bournemouthnow have just two wins in their last 12 league games.

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Star man

Though Kurt Zouma scored the important opening goal, it was his defensive partner Michael Keane who really stood out. The towering centre-half was a rock at the heart of Everton’s backline, and his willingness to put his body on the line for the greater good was the kind of passion Marco Silva needed from his players in a must-win game such as this.

Keane put in a superb performance to help Everton secure the win

Moment of the match

Bournemouth were all over their opponents in the first 15 minutes, and they were unlucky to not take the lead inside this period.

One move ended with David Brooks seeing a shot of his smash off the left-hand post, and, had the ball found the back of the net, it would have been no less than the Cherries deserved.

Brooks was so unlucky to not open the scoring

But the ball struck the woodwork, and the momentum appeared to swing on Brooks’ miss, with the hosts growing into the game over the next couple of minutes to eventually take control of proceedings.

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