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Match Reports

Accounts from matches by our editorial team and featured correspondents

The Deepening Gloom

Lyndon Lloyd : 01/12/2021

This painfully lopsided derby illustrated the extent to which these two clubs exist on different planes now but it also left the owner and the Board under no illusions of the frustration and fear that now exists among the fanbase

Blues' efforts humbled by Reds' quality

Michael Kenrick : 01/12/2021

A cold and windy night in Goodison Park but Everton go into the Goodison derby needing to turn up the heat a little on their local rivals... but they failed on the night pretty poorly to match their predatory goalscorers

That Sinking Feeling

Lyndon Lloyd : 28/11/2021

Depressingly, Brentford really were there for the taking had Everton been able to get their act together in the final third but with Rondon leading the line, Benitez's men were toothless

Blues sink to another simply atrocious defeat

Michael Kenrick : 28/11/2021

Everton head to the Capital for a fixture that has assumed enormous importance given the team's poor run of results that extended to no wins in six games with last weekend's defeat at Manchester City.

Pointless and Costly

Lyndon Lloyd : 21/11/2021

An utter formality of a match that ended up being little more than a training session for Guardiola’s attackers

Abysmal display totally lacking in Rafa's 'intensity'

Michael Kenrick : 21/11/2021

Everton traveled to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City without Yerry Mina, André Gomes, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies and Abdoulaye Doucouré, the 2-0 loss being something of a foregone conclusion given their passive style of play.

The effort was there

Paul Traill : 07/11/2021

Despite the feeling that we should have won, we can’t ignore that we could have lost. Mason Holgate, who had a dreadful 10 minutes, ceded possession which eventually resulted in Giovani Lo Celso curling at goal.

Spicy ending sees Everton hold on for a point

Michael Kenrick : 07/11/2021

Everton host Tottenham this weekend with the pressure mounting on Rafael Benitez and a team struggling to cope with injuries in key areas of the team

Everton's soft centre exploited again

Lyndon Lloyd : 01/11/2021

Evertonians will have taken a measure of encouragement from their team's second-half display at Molineux when the fight returned along with a good deal more cohesiveness and purpose but the first period won’t be forgotten in a hurry

Blues almost come back from a dreadful first half

Michael Kenrick : 01/11/2021

Everton gave up another set-piece goal and a dreadful back-pass gift before they started playing properly and came very close to equalizing. But it is another loss that the Everton faithful will find hard to take.

Just Embarrassing

Lyndon Lloyd : 23/10/2021

Perhaps with a point to prove, Josh King ran riot for Watford, scoring on his return to Goodison Park to level things up in the first half and then completing his hat-trick as Everton utterly fell apart in the final quarter of an hour

A Sorry Tale of Two Substitutes?

Michael Kenrick : 23/10/2021

Or a tale of rank incompetence all over the field? Everton gifting Josh King (of all people) a ridiculous hat-trick that materialized immediately after Rafa Benitez had the barefaced audacity to bring on the utterly useless Iwobi, with Everton winning 2-1. You just could not make it up!

Handicapped by Iwobi and Rondon, Everton surrender their home record

Michael Kenrick : 17/10/2021

Everton welcome back David Moyes and his well-performing West Ham United team to Goodison Park for this afternoon's televised Premier League clash.

Benitez Effect Growing as Everton Claim Valuable Point

Lyndon Lloyd : 02/10/2021

Everton more than matched their much-fancied hosts and claimed a valuable draw at Old Trafford, a result that might have seemed beyond them on paper but which underlines the impressive work done by Benitez so far

Everton accept a draw in a game they should have won

Michael Kenrick : 02/10/2021

Everton travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United with three key players still sidelined.

Second Gear Enough to Move Everton Past Struggling Canaries

Lyndon Lloyd : 25/09/2021

Everton did enough to get the job done in professional fashion without needing to move out of second gear to keep themselves up among the leaders

Blues not too troubled in poor game solidly won

Michael Kenrick : 25/09/2021

Everton's developing injury crisis at least had some good news ahead of today's Premier League game, with Lucas Digne back in training along with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

They'll Cancel it Before We Ever Win it

Lyndon Lloyd : 21/09/2021

An Evertonian of any pedigree knows there was nothing shocking about this result which sees the club out of the League Cup before autumn has really even begun.

Everton out of the EFL Cup on Penalties

Michael Kenrick : 21/09/2021

Everton twice came from behind against Queens Park Rangers in the 3rd Round of the Carabao Cup only to lose after an epic penalty shoot-out

Key absentees highlight difficulties for Benitez's shallow squad

Lyndon Lloyd : 17/09/2028

The seeds of this defeat were sown in a summer transfer window that left key positions in the squad short on depth. Nevertheless, the margins in this match were a lot finer than the final score suggests

James left at home as Bailey slaughters Everton

Michael Kenrick : 18/09/2021

Everton take their unbeaten start under Rafael Benitez to Villa Park for the late Saturday afternoon kick-off with a side that is devastated by further unexpected injuries but still with no James Rodriguez.

Everton keep the ghosts of Ancelotti's tenure at bay with another impressive comeback

Lyndon Lloyd : 13/09/2021

Credit Benitez, his players or the supporters — all three, probably — but there is a fire and a resilience about this version of Everton that has emerged in the face of adversity.

Benitez masterminds another stunning come-back win

Michael Kenrick : 13/09/2021

Everton’s 2021-22 season resumed under the lights at Goodison Park tonight with Rafa Benitez engineering a wonderful win after going behind to a difficult and belligerent Burnley side.

Green shoots of optimism as Benitez's Blues comfortably see off Brighton

Lyndon Lloyd : 28/08/2021

This was as professional and comfortable an away performance as you could hope for and it extended Rafael Benitez's unbeaten start as the Blues’ boss to four matches

Consummate predation steals the Seagulls' chips

Michael Kenrick : 28/08/2021

Everton pulled off a very fine win on the south coast to end Brighton & Hove Albion's tremendous start to the season.

Back In Town

Paul Traill : 25/08/2021

Credit to Rafa Benitez who substituted pro-actively and carved out the opportunity which put us into the hat for Round 3

Everton so close to passing first true away test in 18 months

Lyndon Lloyd : 21/08/2021

After 18 long months of almost exclusively empty stadia, away days are back, with all the challenges and that intimidation that come with it. Everton came close to passing the test at Leeds but will rue some slack defending and missed chances.

Gray Day

Paul Traill : 22/08/2021

Everton surrender a winning lead twice at Elland Road

Michael Kenrick : 21/08/2021

Everton played a difficult game very well to get ahead twice only to end up drawing at Elland Road.

A Feeling You Just Can’t Buy

Paul Traill : 15/08/2021

And just like that, we’re back, almost as if we’ve never been away.

Richarlison's gold-plated heroics rescue a dreadful start

Michael Kenrick : 14/08/2021

Everton’s 2021-22 Premier League campaign kicked off with the visit of Southampton as Rafael Benitez took charge of his first competitive match at Goodison Park in front of a full house and produced a magnificent comeback win.

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