Season 2016-17 Opinion Match Reports
Accounts from matches by our editorial team and featured correspondents
A significant day for Everton as they registered an eighth successive home win in the league since 1990 and Romelu Lukaku equalled William Dean’s record of scoring in nine games in a row in all competitions at Goodison Park.
Leicester’s irresistible force met the immovable object that is Everton at Goodison Park in 2017.
Having clung to a 1-0 lead handed to them by Phil Jagielka’s first goal since May 2015, Everton were within touching distance of a second win at Old Trafford in a little over three years.
A defeat underpinned by poor tactics and collective underperformance that in many pundits eyes cements Everton as a top-seven side at best this season
It’s fair to say that Ronald Koeman has his feet very much under the table at Everton who have now put themselves in a position to disrupt the top six if any of the four or five teams above them stumble following a sixth straight home win.
If there's a measure of the progress made under Ronald Koeman in just a few short months, it's that a 3-0 win over the only team likely to challenge Everton for seventh place could feel so routine.
High hopes were dashed at White Hart Lane in what was a sobering reality check really for Everton and the notion that they could yet sneak into the top four.
Another home game, another victory. Goodison Park is becoming a fortress again after last season’s miserable record on home turf.
Everton slapped down Bournemouth's fightback with some scintillating attacking football to eventually run out 6-3 winners at Goodison Park.
Everton battled Stoke, the conditions and themselves at times and had to be content with a point after falling behind to another dreadful early goal
It's hard not to feel optimistic again as a clear path to progress has emerged following a victory at Selhurst Park that showed the continued emergence of a different Everton. An Everton that can marry the silkier, more possession-based approach aspired
On a transcendent afternoon at Goodison Park, Everton served up moment after memorable moment in their humbling of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City
The Ecuadorian's introduction may have been decisive but there were encouraging performances from Ross Barkley and Tom Davies as the Blues equalled their best league win under Ronald Koeman.
It’s somewhat fitting that a year characterised by frustration should end with another infuriating Everton performance and two more dropped points against one of the poorest sides in the Premier League.
As victories go, this one was sorely needed. It wasn’t pretty, especially in a dour first half, and neither was it completely convincing but Ronald Koeman’s side rediscovered some important aspects of their makeup and their play on their travels that could once again form the foundations of a charge for the European places.
The fight was there but the quality was desperately lacking as Liverpool plundered a stoppage-time goal at Goodison Park
Everton finally came up with a response to weeks of under-performance with a spirited performance under the lights to hand Arsene Wenger his first Premier League defeat for four months.
A mess from back to front, Everton extended their miserable run to 10 games with a solitary win and continue their slide towards the bottom half of the table
Koeman has big problems on his hands. His team lacks any fluidity, cutting edge or genuine battling spirit and he has a striker whom he proclaims to be among the best in Europe toiling away with barely any support in a role to which he just isn’t accustomed.
Koeman's Everton remain unconvincing going forward as the Dutchman's struggles to find a reliable combination continue
In a painful illustration of the Blues' short-comings, Ronald Koeman's side were dismantled by an irresistible Chelsea side.
Despite dominating their hosts, Everton suffered a bitter defeat at Burnley and another check to the early-season optimism under Ronald Koeman.
For a few tantalising minutes of this game, a stunning victory beckoned Everton following Romelu Lukaku’s excellent break-away goal. Unfortunately, Ronald Koeman’s side hadn’t caught City on an off day they were punished for one of the rare occasions where they afforded David Silva too much room and left substitute Nolito unmarked to plunder the equaliser.
The ingredients for a stirring return to winning ways against Palace were certainly there — a packed house under the lights at Goodison Park – but a lack of guile and a shortage of quick, incisive passing moves left the Blues looking a little one-dimensional
A shocking performance at Bournemouth caps a chastening week where supporter expectations will have been realigned and sights will have been lowered.
Everton brushed off an awful decision by Lee Mason to allow Middlesbrough to take the lead after 20 minutes, turned the match on its head and and had it effectively won by half-time.
What a difference four months make when it comes to analysing the contrast between the Everton that trooped off the field at the Stadium of Light just six Premier League games ago having been soundly beaten and the one that romped in the second half this evening to a handsome 3-0 victory.
Everton could, and probably should, have won by a wider margin than 1-0 but it was their more formidable rearguard that helped them secure three valuable points in a match that might easily have got away from them under the previous regime.
How refreshing to see an Everton manager not only have options on the bench but to also have the courage to use them regardless of the stage of the match.
While important, the enormous psychological boost of avoiding defeat could prove to be more important in the long run — an injury-hide side shorn of their top goalscorer and running at 70% capacity managed to hold off one of the teams likely to be challenging in the top four this season through a combination of discipline, tenacity and sheer hard work, a far cry from a few months ago when Goodison was enveloped in despair.