In the first game after the dismissal of Marco Silva, Everton were led by interim manager Duncan Ferguson and the Scotsman oversaw a hard-fought 3-1 victory over a good Chelsea side, with hints of the old Dogs of War side from the mid-1990s under Joe Royle.

With Goodison bouncing for the first game of an Everton’s hero caretaker charge, the game could not have started better for the Blues when Richarlison met Djibril Sidibe’s cross with a close-range header to put Everton 1-0 in front, prompting wild celebrations from Big Dunc on the touchline. The Toffees had other opportunities to extend their lead in the first half, the most notable coming when Theo Walcott’s intelligent through ball was picked up by Dominic Calvert-Lewin but unfortunately his first shot was straight at Kepa in the Chelsea goal.

But Calvert-Lewin, who possibly had his best game in an Everton shirt, gained retribution at the start of the second half when he capitalised on a mistake between the two Chelsea centre-backs and calmly stroked the ball home. Mateo Kovacic got a goal back a few minutes with a long-rage low volley, but the day was always going to be Everton’s and six minutes from time, Calvert-Lewin got his second with an untidy goal, ensuring a 3-1 win for the Toffeemen.

The importance of this win cannot be overstated. Not only did it spring Everton out of the drop zone into a more respectable 14th but it also served as a huge morale boost for everyone associated with the club and Ferguson’s emotional sprints down the touchline and embraces with ballboys after every Everton goal was a huge contribution to this. It was almost undoubtedly the best moment of Everton’s season so far.

7th December 2019 – Premier League

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