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Match Reports

Accounts from matches by our editorial team and featured correspondents

Ferguson gets fight but little finesse from struggling Everton

Lyndon Lloyd : 22/01/2022

A repeat of the passion and the high-octane football that delivered Duncan Ferguson a famous win against Chelsea two years ago wasn't enough today to earn a badly-needed win

This Must Surely Be the End

Lyndon Lloyd : 15/01/2022

Benitez’s time at Everton has been up for a while now; that Farhad Moshiri has waited this long to end this farce has merely sacrificed precious points and prolonged the fans’ frustration. The former Liverpool boss surely cannot survive this.

Floundering Benitez oversees another shambolic Goodison defeat

Lyndon Lloyd : 02/01/2022

A shambles at the back due to an inexplicable team selection motivated by the manager's spite rather than pragmatism, Everton succumbed to another defeat under Rafael Benitez who appears to have no idea how to organise this side into a winning outfit.

Everton lambs defy the slaughter at Chelsea

Lyndon Lloyd : 16/12/2021

Amazingly, despite being thrown to the lions, a youthful Blues' team turned in one of the most pride-inspiring performances yet seen under Rafael Benitez and not only held the reigning European champions to a draw but with a bit more composure in the final third could have sprung the ultimate surprise and taken all three points

Open revolt against failing Benitez looms following yet another sorry defeat

Lyndon Lloyd : 12/12/2021

With another horrible defeat on the road, divisions opening up between the manager and some of the players and a widening disconnect between the fans and the club, Everton are sailing into some pretty treacherous waters under Rafael Benitez

Goodison taps Everton DNA to drag Blues to stirring win over Arsenal

Lyndon Lloyd : 06/12/2021

This was the Grand Old Lady at her most raucous; seething with a sense of injustice, the “bear pit” driving Everton forward and the team battling out a win by sheer force of the collective will of almost everyone in the building

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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