Everton slumped to a humiliating 2-0 home defeat against newly promoted side Sheffield United, with this being their first defeat at Goodison since February.

For the entirety of the game, Everton were in control of the game against the Blades but seemed unable to find a way through the steely defensive unit Chris Wilder had set up. Lucas Digne had come close with a powerful strike and Richarlison an acrobatic effort but these were the only real clear cut chances the Blues carved out before on 40 minutes, Sheffield United won a corner and a mistake from Pickford saw the ball go into the back of the net via the head of Yerry Mina. Questions were asked as to whether Pickford had been fouled but the goal was allowed to stand and the South Yorkshire side were somehow in the lead despite not even registering a shot on goal.

It was the same story in the second half. Everton had all the ball but simply could not unlock the United backline. Then with just over ten minutes remaining, on a breakaway move, substitute Lys Mousset was sent through on goal and calmly tucked the ball under the oncoming Pickford to put the outcome beyond any doubt. It had been an immensely disheartening day for all Everton fans and the pressure was beginning to mount on Marco Silva.

One of the few positives of the day was long-time Everton skipper Phil Jagielka made his first return to Goodison Park since his 12-year spell came to an end in the summer. He was subbed on with 64 minutes on the clock and received a warm welcome from the Goodison faithful.

21st September 2019 – Premier League

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