Zouma leads Ever­ton into top half with Bournemouth win

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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

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