EVERTON struck gold after Marco Silva’s departure, as Duncan Ferguson’s appointment as caretaker boss brought them only their second Premier League win since September 1.
An early strike from Richarlison and two goals from Dominic Calvert–Lewin underlined Ferguson’s ability to get his team up for the challenge.
Mateo Kovacic’s stunning 52nd minute volley – just three minutes after Calvert-Lewin had made it 2-0 with his first goal in seven games – made for a nerve-shredding thirty minutes, until Calvert-Lewin stabbed home his second.
Chelsea have not managed to win any of the seven Premier League games where they have conceded first this season, and they never really looked like rescuing this one either.
Ferguson could not have dreamed of a better start to his stint in charge, as his team took the lead inside five minutes.
And the goal was one that came straight out of the former rampaging centre forward’s own play book, as Richarlison met Djibril Sidibe’s cross with a thumping header.
That was Richarlison’s fifth goal in seven games, and he almost got number six as he slid in on another inviting ball from Theo Walcott
Calvert-Lewin then snatched as a great chance as the home team responded well to the hothouse atmosphere generated by their fans, but it was Chelsea who finished the first half on top.
Michael Keane was lucky his shocking back pass was not punished, as Willian and Tammy Abraham both tried to walk the ball into the next, while Mason Holgate and Lucas Digne denied Frank Lampard’s team with brave blocks.
Everton needed to reimpose themselves at the start of the second half – and did it perfectly
Calvert-Lewin put them 2-0 ahead just four minutes into the second half – although the cheers had barely died down before Kovavic smashed home from the edge of the box.
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It was harem-scarem stuff for a while after that, and Richalrison looked furious when he was taken off midway through the second half.
But substitute Tom Davies was involved in the move that led to the clincher, although he could hardly claim an assist as the rebound from his weak shot allowed Calvert-Lewis to stab the ball home.
Ferguson’s joyful run down the touchline summed up the mood at Goodison. This was a win they desperately needed.
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