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Dominic Calvert-Lewin hits hat-trick as Everton hammer five past West Brom

The front-row desk of the Goodison Park press box took a pounding in the second half from the fists of Slaven Bilic, sent to the stands at half-time by referee Mike Dean following his furious reaction to Kieran Gibbs’s deserved dismissal. His West Brom…

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Everton gain a head start from Michael Keane as they ease past Salford

Salford have come a long way since the Class of 92 increased their profile and resources but a Premier League giant-killing will have to wait for now. Graham Alexander’s side tested Everton’s patience, and no doubt that of manager Carlo Ancelotti as se…

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Bournemouth’s victory in vain as five-year stay in top flight comes to an end

It was on the long walk out of Goodison Park towards the temporary changing room behind the Park End Stand that Bournemouth discovered their five-year residence in the Premier League was over. Eddie Howe’s side delivered as they had to, ending Everton’…

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Aston Villa survival hopes dealt blow by late goal from Everton’s Theo Walcott

Slowly and agonisingly Aston Villa’s grip on a precious victory slipped away at Goodison Park and their Premier League status may soon follow suit. Dean Smith maintained relegation is not a formality after two points were lost but the reaction of his p…

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Richarlison rescues point for lacklustre Everton against Southampton

Closed doors could be considered a blessing for Carlo Ancelotti and his Everton players, as a packed Goodison Park would not have been slow to voice disapproval at this dismal showing against Southampton. Talk of Europa League qualification among the E…

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Everton hang on for three points and set Leicester’s nerves jangling

Champions League restrictions may be imposed on Leicester unless they find an antidote to 2020’s downturn. Brendan Rodgers can feel Manchester United and Wolves breathing down his neck after his side’s winless restart continued at Everton.Carlo Ancelot…

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Everton’s Tom Davies nearly sinks rusty Liverpool in derby draw

Liverpool have craved a 19th league title for 30 years plus one global pandemic imposed lockdown, so what’s a few more days? Jürgen Klopp’s Premier League champions-elect were denied the victory that would have put them on the cusp of a coronation by a…

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‘I did not disrespect referee,’ says Everton’s Carlo Ancelotti over red card

‘It’s not the first time and will not be the last,’ says Italian Solskjær unsure of rule that granted United’s reprieveCarlo Ancelotti claimed he should not have been sent off and VAR should have allowed Everton a stoppage?time victory against Manchest…

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Ancelotti sent off after Everton denied late winner against Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjær was forced to issue a public apology at Goodison Park last season after Manchester United’s 4-0 capitulation. This time out, enthused by the reaction he had demanded from his team, he headed to the away section to applaud a well-ear…

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Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin kills off Crystal Palace’s hopes

Carlo Ancelotti will demand much more from Everton in time but can take immense satisfaction from departing for the mid-season break with more Premier League points in the bag than Marco Silva managed this season. The Italian’s latest three came on a t…

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Florian Lejeune strikes twice in final minute as Newcastle draw at Everton

Carlo Ancelotti clasped his hands in utter disbelief. He was not alone. The Everton manager has inherited a team with a reputation for throwing points away but this was a spectacular implosion by even their standards. Two goals up in injury time, compl…

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Calvert-Lewin’s double gives Ferguson dream start at Everton against Chelsea

Duncan Ferguson took a bath at 2.30am on Friday to compose himself for his first game as Everton temporary manager. If he dared to dream of the perfect day as he lay there it would have been like this. A thumping header to start with, two more goals fr…

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Todd Cantwell helps Norwich to first away win of the season at Everton

The reaction to Dennis Srbeny’s stoppage time goal, scruffy in execution but glorious for Norwich City, said it all. The visiting supporters celebrated by singing “You’re getting sacked in the morning” to Marco Silva. The Evertonians who had not alread…

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Everton’s Cenk Tosun earns draw with Spurs but game marred by Gomes injury

Tottenham had a first Premier League away win in 10 months torn from their grasp by a stoppage time goal from Cenk Tosun that may have earned Marco Silva a vital reprieve as Everton manager. It all felt horribly irrelevant. The sight of André Gomes bei…

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Richarlison at the double for Everton to snatch late win over Wolves

Marco Silva was tempted on to the pitch at full-time to congratulate his Everton team on a sixth consecutive home win but one man in particular was the target of the manager’s victory stroll. Richarlison, battered, bruised but triumphant, was greeted w…

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Bernard’s early goal is difference as Everton keep Watford at bay

Goodison Park was bedecked in blue and white flags as Everton launched their home campaign in sunshine and with a polished early goal from Bernard. Any thoughts of a comfortable, convivial time against Watford proved misleading, however. By the end, wi…

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær apologises – ‘We let the fans down. We let the club down’

• Manchester United beaten ‘on all the basics’ in 4-0 rout• ‘Performance is difficult to describe because it was so bad’Ole Gunnar Solskjær questioned the desire of Manchester United’s players and admitted some will not feature in his plans for a succe…

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Manchester United thrashed by Everton after Richarlison kickstarts rout

It was defeat on a sunny Easter Sunday afternoon at Goodison Park that did for David Moyes at Manchester United. And that was merely a routine 2-0 loss at the end of an era. This was a humiliation at the start of a supposed new dawn. Ole Gunnar Solskjæ…

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Manchester United thrashed by Everton after Richarlison kickstarts rout

It was defeat on a sunny Easter Sunday afternoon at Goodison Park that did for David Moyes at Manchester United. And that was merely a routine 2-0 loss at the end of an era. This was a humiliation at the start of a supposed new dawn. Ole Gunnar Solskjæ…

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Unai Emery defends Mesut Özil over jacket thrown at Everton manager

• Özil threw jacket from substitutes’ bench• Emery: ‘We lost one big opportunity’Unai Emery said he could understand the frustration with Arsenal’s lame defeat at Everton that manifested itself in Mesut Özil throwing a jacket towards the opposition ma…