Wolves 1-2 Everton: Toffees back in Premier League top four

The defender’s second-half header lifted the Toffees back into the Premier League’s top four.

Ruben Neves cancelled out Alex Iwobi’s first league goal for 17 months as the teams traded early blows.

But Keane’s far post header secured victory, although Neves hit the woodwork with a late free-kick, to leave Carlo Ancelotti’s side back in the European picture.

Wolves have now won just once in eight league games since Raul Jimenez fractured his skull at the end of November and they dropped to 14th.

Last season’s 3-0 defeat at Molineux in July left the Toffees 11th and boss Ancelotti furious as he questioned their spirit and blasted an “unacceptable” display.

This time the visitors came away back in the top four after a fifth win in six games to underline their progress.

They were robbed of 14-goal Dominic Calvert-Lewin with the striker out with a hamstring injury but Iwobi eased concerns over his absence after just six minutes.

James Rodriguez’s measured pass found Lucas Digne and his cushioned volley was met by the onrushing and unmarked Iwobi to produce a first-time finish from 16 yards into the bottom corner.

It was the forward’s first Premier League goal since he scored against Wolves in September 2019.

It also meant the hosts have now conceded first in 10 of their last 11 league games but they trailed for just eight minutes.

Tom Davies conceded a soft corner which Yerry Mina only half cleared and Rayan Ait-Nouri skipped down the left. His drilled cross was volleyed in by Neves for his second goal in two league games.

Three minutes later only a sharp Jordan Pickford stop denied Fabio Silva and Rui Patricio saved from Iwobi soon after.

Iwobi should have done better and it was the final chance of an entertaining first half, despite the game failing to build on the early drama.

Two well-matched teams struggled to find the same fluency after the break, though, although Leander Dendoncker headed over Joao Moutinho’s free-kick.

It came after Abdoulaye Doucoure was booked for chopping down Pedro Neto and the midfielder will now miss the Toffees’ next game.

Wolves are yet to find the consistency which propelled them to Europe and, without Jimenez, look unlikely to challenge again this season after another lightweight display.

Neves was close to a spectacular second when his 30-yard volley dipped just wide with 20 minutes left but the hosts never prised Everton open.

Richarlison was introduced to give the visitors some impetus but it was Keane who grabbed the winner with 13 minutes remaining.

Andre Gomes worked space on the left and his teasing cross was powered in at the far post by the England defender.

Neves’ free-kick then clipped the bar with five minutes to go but Wolves could not find a leveller.

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.

Everton deepen Arsenal’s Premier League woes with 2-1 Goodison Park win

The Gunners are facing the very real prospect of Christmas on the brink of the relegation zone as Yerry Mina header pushes the Blues up to second.

On a night of few chances at either end of Goodison Park, it was the hosts that hit their stride early on, as Michael Keane slammed a spectacular effort wide.

And with all the traffic heading in one direction in the opening half hour, it was Everton that edged in front on 28 minutes.

Former Gunner Alex Iwobi’s whipped cross caused problems in the Arsenal box and the unfortunate Rob Holding diverted home past Bernd Leno.

The visitors struggled to bounce back from that, but Arteta’s side were given a massive helping hand just after.

Everton failed to clear their lines at a corner and Tom Davies caught Ainsley Maitland-Niles in area, with Nicolas Pepe confidently tucking home from the spot.

But that proved to be merely a temporary reprieve for Arteta on his return to Goodison as Mina powered
Everton ahead again before the break.

Arsenal did look to up the tempo and haul themselves into again after the restart as David Luiz skidded against the post and Joe Willock flashed on wide.

Bukayo Saka did carve out a chance in added time but Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford was equal to it as Arsenal boss Arteta faces a tense few weeks ahead.

Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 2 Arsenal 1

The Gunners are facing the very real prospect of Christmas on the brink of the relegation zone as Yerry Mina header pushes the Blues up to second.
On a night of few chances at either end of Goodison Park, it was the hosts that hit their stride early on, as Michael Keane slammed a spectacular effort wide.
And with all the traffic heading in one direction in the opening half hour, it was Everton that edged in front on 28 minutes.
Former Gunner Alex Iwobi’s whipped cross caused problems in the Arsenal box and the unfortunate Rob Holding diverted home past Bernd Leno.
The visitors struggled to bounce back from that, but Arteta’s side were given a massive helping hand just after.
Everton failed to clear their lines at a corner and Tom Davies caught Ainsley Maitland-Niles in area, with Nicolas Pepe confidently tucking home from the spot.
But that proved to be merely a temporary reprieve for Arteta on his return to Goodison as Mina powered Everton ahead again before the break.
Arsenal did look to up the tempo and haul themselves into again after the restart as David Luiz skidded against the post and Joe Willock flashed on wide.
Bukayo Saka did carve out a chance in added time but Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford was equal to it as Arsenal boss Arteta faces a tense few weeks ahead.
Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 2 Arsenal 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

Southampton end Everton’s unbeaten run with 2-0 Premier League win

Carlo Ancelotti’s side were way off the pace on the south coast as first half goals from James-Ward Prowse and Che Adams secured a deserved three points for the Saints.

Everton did look bright in the opening stages with James Rodriguez testing Alex McCarthy and Gylfi Sigurdsson firing against the bar.

But their sluggishness in midfield proved to be Everton’s undoing as Ward-Prowse edged Southampton in front.

The Toffees were caught sleeping from a thrown in into the box and Ward-Prowse raced onto Danny Ings’ pass to fire past Pickford on 28 minutes.

But despite being caught out by Southampton’s opener, Everton fell into their trap once again five minutes.

Ings forced in a cross from the right and with Michael Keane unable to clear his lines, Adams reacted to the loose ball to make it 2-0.

Southampton looked to pick up the initiative again after the break with Pickford called into action to deny Adams and Jannik Vestegaard.

And the visitors afternoon went from bad to worse in the closing stages as full back Lucas Digne was shown a straight red card for a lunge at Kyle Walker-Peters.

Full Time at the St. Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton 2 Everton 0

Everton secure dramatic 2-2 Merseyside derby draw against Liverpool

With local pride at stake at Goodison Park neither side were in any mood to back down as the hosts twice came from behind to secure a vital point.

Jurgen Klopp’s side flew out of the traps against their neighbours as Sadio Mane raced in behind to fire them ahead after three minutes

The visitors were almost handed a golden opportunity for a second two minutes later, but referee Michael Oliver made the first of a string of bizarre decisions.

Blues keeper Jordan Pickford clattered into Virgil van Dijk from a corner and despite the Liverpool’s screams for a penalty, Oliver pulled it back for an offside against the Dutchman.

That call knocked Liverpool’s first half focus as Everton grabbed an equaliser on 20 minutes.

With van Dijk off injured, there was no one to marshall the defence at a corner, and Michael Keane got up highest to bullet home.

The hosts then picked up the pace after the break with James Rodriguez beginning to pull the strings and Richarlison firing against the post.

And with the Blues unable to edge in front the ever efficient champions ruthlessly punished them.

Yerry Mina’s clearance on the edge of the box was a poor one and Mo Salah powered home the loose ball.

But despite the balance tipping in Liverpool’s favour, Everton have proved themselves to be a different beast this season as man of the moment Dominic Calvert-Lewin nodded them level.

However, with both sides going hammer and tongs in the final few minutes it was to be Oliver that decided the outcome.

He didn’t even blink before flashing a red card at Richarlison for scything down Thiago.

And with Klopp screaming on from the sidelines, skipper Jordan Henderson benefitted from another Pickford mistake to put the Reds in front.

But Oliver was determined to be the headline act as after long long VAR check he controversially ruled it out for a marginal offside.

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Burnley well represented on England stage

A number of current and ex-Clarets were involved in the Three Lions’ comfortable victory in the international friendly.

No fewer than 4 players associated with Burnley made Gareth Southgate’s starting XI, with Kieran Trippier, now of Atletico Madrid, donning the captain’s armband.

Trippier spent four years at Turf Moor, playing 170 league games for the Clarets before making the switch to Spurs in 2015.

Michael Keane, who joined the club on a permanent basis from Manchester United that same year, also started on the left of a 3-man defence against Ryan Giggs’ side.

Keane has formed a part of an impressive Everton unit so far in the Premier League this season, with the Toffees currently top of the table – and it was teammate Dominic Calvert-Lewin who opened the scoring for England.

There has been lots of debate about who England’s first choice goalkeeper should be, with the pressure building on another Evertonian in Jordan Pickford – but Clarets fans will have been pleased to see Nick Pope on the team sheet on Thursday.

Manchester United’s Dean Henderson has also been impressive in recent times, but nobody can deny the fact that Pope’s performances for Burnley have warranted him the opportunity to wear the England shirt.

A clean sheet will be a massive boost for the goalkeeper, who even shook off a nasty looking knee to the jaw when sliding at the feet of Wales striker Kieffer Moore.

Conor Coady bagged England’s second of the night in the 3-0 win, but it was former Claret Danny Ings who rounded off the scoring in impressive fashion.

The striker reacted quickest to a loose ball in the box from a corner and converted with a skilful overhead kick from 6 yards.

Those types of finishes and his subsequent form for Southampton shows why is still thought fondly of by many at Turf Moor.

Pope, Keane, Trippier and Ings.

Not bad for a small mill town in Lancashire.

Everton beat 10-man West Brom 5-2 in a Goodison Park classic

Carlo Ancelotti’s side won away at Tottenham last week, and a hat trick from man of the moment Dominic Calvert-Lewin secured all three points against the Baggies.

The visitors were actually the better side in the opening stages, as Grady Diangana fired home his home his first ever Premier League goal after 10 minutes.

But as the hosts began to grow into the game, Calvert-Lewin reacted quickly to scramble them level on the half hour.

However, despite taking a while to get going on Merseyside, this game then exploded into life just before the break.

James Rodriguez gave Everton fans a little glimpse of what is to come as he swept home Richarlison pass, before the Colombian tangled with Kieran Gibbs.

Referee Mike Dean didn’t even blink before he produced a straight red for the ex Arsenal man, with Slaven Bilic also sent to the stands to rowing with the ref.

However, despite playing the second half with ten men, the Baggies came out fighting after the break, as Matheus Pereira bent home a superb free kick.

But despite that setback, Everton were in no mood to let three points slip away, as Michael Keane produced an immediate response.

Luca Digne’s free kick was helped on by Richarlison, and Keane showed a poacher’s instinct to tap home.

That goal broke West Brom resistance, as the visitors imploded in the final half hour.

Rodriguez continued to be at the heart of it for Everton and his clipped pass freed Richarlison inside the box, and the Brazilian squared it for Calvert-Lewin to make it four.

And the on form England U21 international smelt blood from there, and he did brilliantly to power home Digne’s corner for his first ever Premier League hat trick.

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Michael Keane aware of Everton’s need for consistency

Sunday’s victory over Tottenham was their first over a ‘big six’ side since 2013 but, having won only one of their final six matches of last season, manager Carlo Ancelotti will be keen to ensure his players maintain a certain level of performance.

That has already been impressed on the Toffees squad and Keane is well aware they have to be more consistent.

“Performances and results like this mean nothing unless you go and back it up the week after and the week after that,” he said.

“I am 27 now. The main thing for me is consistency. I have added that to my game recently and it’s something I don’t want to let slip.

“I don’t want to be an up-and-down player. I want to be consistent and reliable in every game and that is what I will aim to do.

“I feel I started well. I have kept that confidence from after lockdown.

“I was a bit worried about my fitness coming in because I’ve not had much game time but I seemed to cope quite well and surprised myself.

“Me and Yerry (Mina) defended well together, communicated well but the whole team in general defended well and that makes it a lot easier for us.”

While the Premier League and qualifying for Europe remains the priority for Ancelotti, fans would love nothing more than to have a decent cup run.

The club’s last piece of silverware was the 1995 FA Cup but they have a chance to get the ball rolling with a second-round Carabao Cup home tie against League Two Salford on Wednesday.

In theory it should not present too much of a hurdle, even if Ancelotti does rotate some of his players, but Keane knows they cannot afford to ease up.

“On paper we should be winning but if your mentality is not right they become tough games,” he added.

“We have to make sure we are on it, we have already spoken about that – and we will be.

“Every cup game and every league game is massive. We want to finish as high as possible in the Premier League but we also want to get on a good cup run and see if we can win something.

“It is a massive game for us. They are lower league opposition but it is still a huge game for us.”