MATCH REPORT: BOURNEMOUTH 3-1 EVERTON

DISMAL DEFENDING COSTS THE BLUES

Everton’s defensive frailties were exposed as they were easily swept aside by an invigorating Bournemouth side and the defeat extended their winless away record in the league to six games.

The Blues did actually start the game positively, taking the game to the hosts and Richarlison came close with a long-range strike that struck the top of the crossbar. But it was the Cherries who took the lead on 23 minutes when the Everton defenders failed to deal with a corner that was met at the back post by Joshua King and he flicked it back into the middle for Callum Wilson to nod in to the back of the net from close range.

Everton got an equaliser right before half-time when Richarlison was fed down the right and the Brazilian floated in a cross to the far post and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, making a return to the starting line-up, was able to get above his man and thump a header beyond Bournemouth keeper Aaron Ramsdale for his first goal since March.

Looking to build on this going into the second half, the Toffees launched several feeble attacks in the opening third of the second half but lacked any real end product. A searing Joshua King run forced Richarlison into bringing the Norwegian down and Ryan Fraser scored from the resulting free-kick, a low drive that Delph should’ve dealt with past Pickford that restored Bournemouth’s lead.  Five minutes later and a simple lobbed through-ball completely outfoxed Mina and Keane letting Wilson in on goal and he effortlessly lifted his shot over the oncoming Pickford for his second of the game, rounding off a hugely disappointing Everton display.

15th September 2019 – Premier League

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