Zouma leads Everton into top half with Bournemouth win
LONDON: Kurt Zouma’s secondhal f header and subst itute Dominic Ca lve r t - Lewin’s stoppage-time strike saw Everton beat Bournemouth 2- 0 on Sunday as they climbed into the top half of the Premier League table.
This victory was just Everton’s second win in nine league matches and the first time they had kept a clean sheet at their Goodison Park ground since November 24.
Zouma opted to celebrate his goal with under-pressure Everton boss Marco Silva, telling Sky Sports: “I went to the manager because he wants me to score more than last season.”
This win came just days after Everton chief executive Denise Barrett- Baxendale set a target of winning the Premier League and playing Champions League football at the club’s new stadium during the next decade.
Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has invested heavily in Everton, with the Liverpool club set to submit a planning application for a new 500 million ( 636 million, 556 million euro) stadium at Bramley-Moore dock later this year.
“It was a really important game for us,” said Silva. “We have to achieve the results, for us it’s important to regain some form, and some confidence also and a clean sheet is also important.”
The deadlock in an of ten frustrating match was eventually broken when, with Everton having had just one shot on target and south coast visitors Bournemouth a mere two, Zouma — on loan from Chelsea — scored his first goal for Everton in the 61st minute. — AFP
Everton’s French defender Kurt Zouma (second left) heads the ball to score the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Bournemouth at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England. — AFP photo