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Match Reports

Accounts from matches by our editorial team and featured correspondents

Barkley and Everton keep on keeping on

Lyndon Lloyd : 15/04/2017

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.

Irrepressible Blues continue to revel in home comforts

Lyndon Lloyd : 09/04/2017

Leicester’s irresistible force met the immovable object that is Everton at Goodison Park in 2017.

Everton pegged back at the last gasp in agonising fashion

Lyndon Lloyd : 05/04/2017

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.

Another big derby let-down

Lyndon Lloyd : 01/04/2017

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

Koeman's Blues in cruise control with another home win

Lyndon Lloyd : 20/03/2017

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.

Everton comfortable victors in 'best of the rest' clash with West Brom

Lyndon Lloyd : 12/03/2017

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.

Everton still well short of Tottenham benchmark

Lyndon Lloyd : 06/03/2017

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.

Everton's midfield axis shines as Lukaku draws level with Ferguson

Lyndon Lloyd : 25/02/2017

Another home game, another victory. Goodison Park is becoming a fortress again after last season’s miserable record on home turf.

Four-goal Lukaku steals the show as Everton put six past Bournemouth

Lyndon Lloyd : 05/02/2017

Everton slapped down Bournemouth's fightback with some scintillating attacking football to eventually run out 6-3 winners at Goodison Park.

Honours even in ragged contest at Stoke

Lyndon Lloyd : 01/02/2017

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

Patience, poise and persistence rewarded in huge win for Everton

Lyndon Lloyd : 21/01/2017

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

The Stuff of Dreams

Lyndon Lloyd : 16/01/2017

On a transcendent afternoon at Goodison Park, Everton served up moment after memorable moment in their humbling of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City

Valencia the difference as Everton ring in the New Year with victory

Lyndon Lloyd : 02/01/2017

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.

Everton end 2016 with frustration still in tow

Lyndon Lloyd : 30/12/2016

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.

Oh what fun it is to see Everton finally win away again

Lyndon Lloyd : 26/12/2016

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.

No Let-Up in Everton's Derby Pain

Lyndon Lloyd : 19/12/2016

The fight was there but the quality was desperately lacking as Liverpool plundered a stoppage-time goal at Goodison Park

Arsenal vanquished amid the roar of Fortress Goodison

Lyndon Lloyd : 14/12/2016

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.

Everton in free-fall with fourth consecutive away defeat

Lyndon Lloyd : 10/12/2016

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

Everton's impotence reaches galling levels in defeat at Southampton

Lyndon Lloyd : 28/11/2016

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.

Coleman saves face but more questions than answers remain

Lyndon Lloyd : 20/11/2016

Koeman's Everton remain unconvincing going forward as the Dutchman's struggles to find a reliable combination continue

Fireworks are all Chelsea's as Everton are destroyed at Stamford Bridge

Lyndon Lloyd : 06/11/2016

In a painful illustration of the Blues' short-comings, Ronald Koeman's side were dismantled by an irresistible Chelsea side.

Superiority counts for nothing as fortune favours Burnley

Lyndon Lloyd : 23/10/2016

Despite dominating their hosts, Everton suffered a bitter defeat at Burnley and another check to the early-season optimism under Ronald Koeman.

Koeman comes close to putting one over old pal Pep

Lyndon Lloyd : 16/10/2016

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.

Food for thought for Koeman as Everton have to settle for Palace draw

Lyndon Lloyd : 01/10/2016

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

Just when we dared to dream a little…

Lyndon Lloyd : 23/09/2016

A shocking performance at Bournemouth caps a chastening week where supporter expectations will have been realigned and sights will have been lowered.

Everton's resolve clearly evident on a day to remember for Barry

Lyndon Lloyd : 18/09/2016

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.

Lukaku catches fire as Everton torch Moyes's Sunderland

Lyndon Lloyd : 13/09/2016

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.

Restored fortitude helps Everton secure a second successive win

Lyndon Lloyd : 28/08/2016

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.

Koeman's Change in Tack Reaps Rewards for Everton

Lyndon Lloyd : 21/08/2016

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.

Gueye shines in promising dawn of Koeman era

Lyndon Lloyd : 14/08/2016

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.


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