Everton edge past Rotherham United in FA Cup Third Round win

The Toffees have a dreadful FA Cup record in recent seasons and they can count themselves lucky to avoid a giant killing in this one.

Forgotten man Cenk Tosun got the ball rolling for Ancelotti inside the first ten minutes as he latched onto Anthony Gordon’s reverse pass to clip home.

However, the Premier League side failed to build on that before the break as Rotherham pair Matthew Olosunde and Daniel Barlaser tested Robin Olsen.

And with Everton unbale to carve out a second goal after the restart the visitors took full advantage as Olosunde slid home following Tom Davies error.

Tosun did have the ball in the net before the end of normal time but the Turkish international was left frustrated by a VAR offside call.

Ancelotti likely gave his players a rollocking ahead extra minutes as his side slowly wrestled back control before Abdoulaye Doucoure sealed the win.

Full Time from Goodison Park it’s Everton 2 Rotherham United 1

Premier League: Sheffield United 0-1 Everton

The blustery conditions at Bramall Lane made things tough for both teams and there were few clear-cut chances in the game.

Former Blade Dominic Calvert-Lewin went close just before the half-hour mark. The striker, with 11 Premier League goals this season, chested Michael Keane’s pass past Jack Robinson before unleashing a fierce volley narrowly wide.

The Blades’ best chance of the first half saw David McGoldrick round goalkeeper Jordan Pickford before his shot was cleared from just in front of the goal line by Godfrey.

The hosts thought they should have had a penalty early in the second half when half-time substitute Oli McBurnie went down after tussling with Keane. There was definitely a slight push by the Everton defender but VAR decided that it was not enough to award a penalty.

Everton had been knocking on the door and made the breakthrough with 10 minutes remaining when Sigurdsson scored to give them the lead, beating Ramsdale with a low shot following some good build-up play involving Abdoulaye Doucoure and Bernard.

Wilder’s side threw all they had at Everton in the closing stages but the visitors seemed confident backing themselves to see out the game with 10 men behind the ball.

Chris Wilder’s side have lost 13 of their 15 Premier League matches and are only the third club in top-flight history to be without a win on Boxing Day, after Burnley in 1889-90 and Bolton in 1902-03.

Leeds United get back on track with brilliant 1-0 Premier League win at Everton

Marcelo Bielsa’s side landed on Merseyside without a win in over a month, but a first club goal for Brazilian Raphinha sees them right back on track.

Both teams were quick out of the blocks at Goodison, with Raphinha and Jack Harrison wasting excellent early chances and Abdoulaye Doucoure testing Illian Meslier.

But it was Leeds that dominated things before the break, with Ben Godfrey clearing Harrison’s effort off the line before the Manchester City loanee powered a header off the post.

The pattern of chance after chance continued at a frantic pace after the restart as man of the moment Dominic Calvert-Lewin forced a fine stop from Meslier.

With the game swinging from end to end in the final stages, it was Leeds that looked the most likely to find that all important breakthrough.

Everton had looked to have done enough to weather the West Yorkshire storm late on but a moment of magic from Raphinha settled it for Bielsa.

Harrison found him in space on the edge of the box and a quick shift of the hips created the perfect as he slammed home past a helpless Jordan Pickford.

Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 0 Leeds 1

Dominic Calvert-Lewin brace seals 3-2 Everton win at Fulham

The Blues headed into the international break on the back of a four game winless streak, but first half goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdoulaye Doucoure secured a timely three points.

Ancelotti’s side have been quick starters this season, and their opener came inside just 50 seconds at Craven Cottage.

Richarlison seized on a loose ball inside the Fulham and his square ball was scrambled home by Calvert-Lewin.

But despite being an absolute disaster in defence, Fulham proved they can still carry a threat on the counter, as Bobby Reid hauled them level on 13 minutes.

Michael Keane was caught out of position by Tom Cairney clever boss and Reid’s snapshot deflected past Jordan Pickford.

However, that spark of positivity was short lived for the hosts, as Calvert-Lewin netted his 10th league of goal of the season.

Alex Iwobi’s mazy run beat three Fulham defenders out wide and Calvert-Lewin arrived on cue to bury his cross.

And with their tails up, Everton stretched their lead to 3-1 just before the break as Doucoure powered home Lucas Digne’s fine cross.

Fulham continued their plan to abandon defending after the break, as Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin could and should have made it four.

But with the Toffees unable to see the game out, Fulham were handed an unexpected way back in, as Ben Godfrey fouled Ruben Loftus-Cheek inside the box.

However, Fulham’s poor luck from the spot continued as Ivan Cavaleiro slipped and ballooned his effort over the bar.

Fulham did manage to edge themselves back into as Loftus-Cheek scuffed home with 20 to go.

The hosts worked hard to force an equaliser in the closing minutes, but Everton clung on as Fulham’s misery continues.

Full Time at a goal filled Craven Cottage it’s Fulham 2 Everton 3

Manchester United secure vital 3-1 Premier League win at Everton

The Norwegian’s position at Old Trafford has come under real pressure in recent weeks, but a first half brace from Fernandes set them on the way to three important points.

Both sides looked right up for this high-stakes clash on Merseyside as Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed an early chance wide and man of the moment Marcus Rashford tested the returning Jordan Pickford.

And with the Toffees just about edging it early on, Brazilian winger Bernard found a breakthrough.

Pickford’s long punt forward was flicked on Calvert-Lewin and the former Shakhtar man drilled past David De Gea on 20 minutes.

But despite squeezing themselves in front, Everton’s poor defending was to United allow back into it just five minutes later.

Luke Shaw’s floated cross dropped in between Michael Keane and Mason Holgate and Fernandes arrived on cue to nod past Pickford.

Fernandes then took control of the game for United, testing Pickford with a fine free kick, before grabbing his second of the game before the break.

Rashford clipped a delightful ball into the box and once again Fernandes ghosted in unmarked to head home.

Everton struggled to force their way back into it after the break, and Pickford almost gifted United a goa as he slipped a corner, but Harry Maguire skewed his effort over.

The game did begin to see saw in the closing stages as Pickford denied Rashford and Maguire headed Alex Iwobi’s cross off the line.

Everton almost mustered up an equaliser in added time as Abdoulaye Doucoure miscued Seamus Coleman’s pass wide, but Fernandes was to have the final say with seconds left.

The Portuguese international led a United counter attack in the closing seconds and he laid it on a plate for substitute Edinson Cavani to tuck home his first United goal.

Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 1 Manchester United 3

In form Everton overpower Brighton in 4-2 Goodison Park win

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have been excellent in the opening weeks of the season, and goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Yerry Mina and James Rodriguez sealed a 4-2 win at home to Brighton.

The super confident hosts dominated this one right from kick off, with Seamus Coleman and Calvert-Lewin testing Matt Ryan earlier on.

And with Graham Potter’s side unable to lay a glove on their hosts in the opening stages, the Blues edged themselves in front after a quarter of an hour.

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s quick thinking from a corner caught Brighton out, he swung a cross into the back post, and the on-fire Calvert-Lewin bulleted a header home.

But as the Blues struggled to find a quickfire second, Jordan Pickford gifted the Seagulls an equaliser.

Leandro Trossard’s deflected strike caused problems for the England keeper and Neil Maupay reacted quickest to tap home his mistake.

But Brighton’s parity didn’t last long, as Mina spared his keeper’s blushes before the break, nodding home Rodriguez’s free kick.

Ancelotti’s side were in no mood for complacency after the break, as Rodriguez raced onto Alex Iwobi’s pass to make it 3-1.

Brighton rallied in the final half hour, but Rodriguez punished them on the break once again as the former Real Madrid man tucked home Abdoulaye Doucoure’s pass.

Yves Bissouma did bag a spectacular consolation in added time, but in the end Everton were more than good value for all three points.

FULL TIME AT GOODISON PARK IT’S EVERTON 4 BRIGHTON 2

Everton agree £25m Doucoure deal with Watford

It’s understood the two clubs reached an agreement for the 27-year-old earlier this week, with the player set to travel to Everton’s Finch Farm training ground for a medical.

Doucoure had been a Watford player since 2016, making more than 100 Premier League appearances for the Hornets.

The Frenchman was one of the more impressive performers at Vicarage Road last season, a campaign which ultimately ended in Watford’s relegation from the top flight.

Now Doucoure becomes a part of Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton project, with the Italian manager known to have lofty ambitions at Goodison Park.

Napoli midfielder Allan and Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez are both expected to follow Doucoure through the door on Merseyside in the coming days.

Abdoulaye Doucoure could be on his way out of Vicarage Road

Watford have rejected Everton’s initial bid for midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure. The Hornets want £25m for the Frenchman which the Toffees may well meet.

Corriere Dello Sport in Italy reports that Serie A side Sassuolo are interested in Watford playmaker Roberto Pereyra.

The Argentine made 28 appearances for Watford in the Premier League this season, and despite dropping out of the Premier League, Pereyra’s playmaking ability in the middle of the park has seen him being credited with interest from several Italian clubs.

Ignacio Pussetto is on the verge of sealing a return to Udinese just seven months after joining Watford in a £7 million deal
In that time he has played only 67 minutes of game time. That’s over £100,000 per minute played – even before his wages.

That’s a lot of money per minute, which the club may never recoup.