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Match Reports

Accounts from matches by our editorial team and featured correspondents

An Ignominious End to a Failed Campaign

Lyndon Lloyd : 23/05/2021

This was less Black Watch and more the death watch as the last breaths were extinguished from European-qualification hopes that had been on life support for a few weeks and effectively died a week ago with that horrible defeat to Sheffield United

It's not home without Everton fans

Lyndon Lloyd : 19/05/2021

Confidence and belief are vital ingredients in football. So, too, are home supporters and nowhere does that seem to be more true than at Goodison Park

Season Appears Over for Embarrassing Everton

Lyndon Lloyd : 16/05/2021

When you look back on it, there was a horrible inevitability about this result; the kind of predictability that makes you faintly embarrassed to have instilled any faith that it might have ended differently

Europe Slipping from Everton's Grasp

Lyndon Lloyd : 13/05/2021

Is there an opposite to ‘The School of Science’? Everton seem to be trying to answer this question with a succession of tedious displays in their waning quest for Europe

It's Still There If They Want It

Lyndon Lloyd : 09/05/2021

Just when you think you’re done with them, they pull you back in, eh? Thanks to one more of those dogged and disciplined performances away from home, Everton are firmly back in the hunt for Europe

A Colossal Waste of a Gilt-Edged Opportunity

Lyndon Lloyd : 02/05/2021

From the players to the manager

Everton find their fight but shoot themselves in the foot

Lyndon Lloyd : 16/04/2021

It was cruel on the Blues because this was almost everything that many of their recent home displays weren't. They were were energetic, purposeful and stylish at times but crucial errors at the back cost them dear

Guileless and Goalless

Lyndon Lloyd : 12/04/2021

Brighton will feel they should have won based on the pattern of play. For Everton, just desperately disappointing overall and worryingly threadbare in terms of personnel, the European dream is fading

A Tough Ask and an Unsurprising Outcome

Lyndon Lloyd : 08/03/2021

This was always going to be a tall order and, ultimately, it felt like a stretch too far for the players. In that context, the result wasn’t the end of the world; it’s the run of four games coming up that will be more important

Razor-Thin Margins But Ancelotti's Men Forge On

Lyndon Lloyd : 04/03/2021

In terms of statistics, almost nothing separated these two sides at opposite ends of the table but once again Everton ground out a win with maximum efficiency thanks to a Richarlison winner and a key Jordan Pickford save

Not that pretty but ultimately effective

Lyndon Lloyd : 01/03/2021

From an entertainment perspective, this game won’t live long in the memory at all but if the result does indeed end up being the catalyst that turns around the Blues’ home form and helps propel them into Europe, Evertonians may look back on it as a vital game in the season.

It's Finally Over!

Lyndon Lloyd : 20/02/2021

This time it was different. It’s finally bloody over. 21 years and five months since Everton last won at Anfield, the most depressing sequence of results in the club’s 143-year history was shattered as Carlo Ancelotti’s team beat Liverpool 2-0

A Depressing Gulf in Class

Lyndon Lloyd : 17/02/2021

Guardiola’s side are pretty irresistible when they’re at their best but even in second or third gear they were too much for the Toffees who have a long way to go in terms of quality and sheer footballing ability before they can even hope to match them.

Just Dire

Lyndon Lloyd : 14/02/2021

The sense after the cup win over Tottenham was that, perhaps, Carlo Ancelotti’s gradual shift in the mentality of this squad had finally reached a tipping point where the psychological block of “Everton, that” might finally be consigned to history. But, no — collectively, this group of players remains prone to shooting itself in the foot. Champions League? For now, you’re definitely having a laugh.

Everton dig deep to vanquish Spurs in nine-goal Goodison thriller

Lyndon Lloyd : 10/02/2021

A sumptuous goal by Bernard settled this sprawling odyssey of a cup tie in extra-time with Everton triumphing over Tottenham by a score of 5-4

When a Draw Feels Like a Win

Lyndon Lloyd : 06/02/2021

Sometimes, it’s all about taking your chances. It's also about tempo, belief and courage, qualities that are going to be vital if Carlo Ancelotti’s team is to achieve its European dream this season

Life on the road continues to suit erratic Everton

Lyndon Lloyd : 03/02/2021

Everton held on through the second half to ensure they beat Leeds at Elland Road for only the second time in 40 years as goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were enough to earn the points

James strikes a beauty but Everton otherwise disappoint

Lyndon Lloyd : 27/01/2021

This was a potentially massive game for Everton, one in which a win would have been another “statement” result but the Blues often lacked fluidity and cohesion going forward

James the Maestro Sets the Tone for Handsome Everton Win

Lyndon Lloyd : 24/01/2021

The Colombian looked right at home on a frigid Merseyside night against lower-division opposition, putting in an excellent display as the Toffees beat Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup Fourth Round

Ancelotti employs a very different attacking masterplan

Lyndon Lloyd : 13/01/2021

Shorn of Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison from the starting XI and with Ancelotti opting to leave Tosun on the bench, this called for a more fluid and considered type of performance and the Blues came through with an unexpected victory

Quality rescues Everton from complacency

Lyndon Lloyd : 09/01/2021

The 70 minutes that preceded extra-time in this tie were pretty grim but James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucouré combined to send the Blues through against Rotherham

Another New Year’s Day Hangover

Lyndon Lloyd : 01/01/2021

Having won four straight and with the chance to pull within one point of the top of the table, Everton go and lose at home to a David Moyes team for the first time. It’s absolutely maddening and it also didn’t help that it was New Year’s Day — the Blues have now lost their last five matches played on the first of the year

Depleted but not to be denied

Lyndon Lloyd : 26/12/2020

There were plenty of “Everton, that” omens about this game just waiting to trip to the Toffees up but they negotiated them all and won their fourth successive League game

Cup dreams crash headlong into brutal reality

Lyndon Lloyd : 25/12/2020

While the result was depressing, it wasn't entirely unexpected and merely underscored the work that is still required to get this squad strong enough to compete for honours.

Efficiency and Resilience

Lyndon Lloyd : 19/12/2020

The performance may have betrayed some fatigue and a lack of depth of quality in midfield but Carlo Ancelotti will be toasting a third victory on the spin as his defence dug in to shut Arsenal out in the second half

Another tactical success has Everton looking up once again

Lyndon Lloyd : 16/12/2020

Two games against teams sitting in the top four with aspirations of moving back to the top of the table, two wins, and six valuable points – the complexion of Everton’s season has changed again

Blues gut it out to claim important Chelsea scalp

Lyndon Lloyd : 12/12/2020

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Ben Godfrey shone in an all-round impressive team performance that saw Chelsea's much-vaunted attack shut down at Goodison Park

Round pegs, square holes and a general lack of desire

Lyndon Lloyd : 05/12/2020

Carlo Ancelotti's selection decisions continue to mystify but are his players also taking too much of a cue from the manager's laid-back air?

Muddled and Unconvincing

Lyndon Lloyd : 30/11/2020

Individually, Leeds aren't any great shakes but they're superbly coached. Everton are a team of individuals with questionable fitness, playing on this occasion in a dubious lineup who lacked conviction and that clinical edge

Spirit Crushed

Lyndon Lloyd : 08/11/2020

Everton go into the latest international break without a win in four games and having to pick the pieces up following three straight defeats, with very little to draw from any of them by way of optimism

Dire Blues can't escape the ghosts of Everton past

Lyndon Lloyd : 01/11/2020

This was Marco Silva’s Everton and the worst of “Project Restart” reborn… from the team that began this round of matches sitting on top of the table.

Everton given bracing reality check as Saints burst early-season bubble

Lyndon Lloyd : 25/10/2020

Richarlison’s unnecessary sending off against Liverpool last week felt like it was going to be costly and, in combination with the loss to injury of Seamus Coleman and fitness concerns over James Rodriguez, that proved to be the case as the Toffees put in their worst performance since the final day of last season

The Loosening of the Devil's Red Pact

Lyndon Lloyd : 17/10/2020

Despite being well below the best of what they’ve shown this season and never seeming to get out of second gear, Everton managed to grab a draw against what Klopp described as his side’s best away performance of his tenure, even it needed an intervention from VAR in the final reckoning.

Everton press on with another goal glut

Lyndon Lloyd : 03/10/2020

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and James will have grabbed the headlines but this was another game that featured strong performances in almost every part of the team

Everton Show Grit to Maintain Winning Start to 2020-21

Lyndon Lloyd : 26/09/2020

The decision for the penalty that ultimately proved to be the difference in terms of the scoreline has dominated the post-match discussion among pundits but there is no question that the better team won on the day

Calvert-Lewin treble ensures Everton pass Baggies test

Lyndon Lloyd : 19/09/2020

Dominic Calvert-Lewin may have flown under the radar a bit despite scoring the winning goal against Tottenham but he grabbed the lion’s share of the limelight with his first hat-trick to bury a spirited West Brom

Transformed Everton Deliver a Statement of Intent

Lyndon Lloyd : 14/09/2020

A trio of unwanted statistics tumbled in North London with a victory founded on a completely revamped midfield and an eye-opening team performance.


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