Ever­ton ride their luck to move back into the top half of EPL ta­ble

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EVER­TON avoided a third con­sec­u­tive Premier League home de­feat as Kurt Zouma’s header and a late goal by Do­minic Calvert-Lewin earned them a flat­ter­ing 2-0 vic­tory against Bournemouth at a rainy Good­i­son Park yes­ter­day.

There were grum­blings of dis­con­tent from the home fans as Ever­ton were out­played be­fore the break, but Marco Silva’s side im­proved in the sec­ond half to move back into the top half of the ta­ble.

Ed­die Howe’s eye-catch­ing Bournemouth side dom­i­nated the open­ing 25 min­utes and should have been ahead with young Welsh striker David Brooks a thorn in the Ever­ton de­fence.

Brooks struck a shot against the base of the post in the 14th minute after be­ing played in by Ju­nior Stanis­las, while Stanis­las him­self nearly em­bar­rassed Eng­land goal­keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford with a free kick.

Bournemouth also had two penalty shouts ig­nored be­fore Ever­ton grad­u­ally roused them­selves, with de­fender Michael Keane head­ing against the cross­bar shortly be­fore half­time.

The hosts took the lead with only their sec­ond ef­fort on tar­get in the 61st minute. Lu­cas Digne did well to keep the ball in play and his hoisted cross was headed home pow­er­fully by de­fender Zouma for his first Ever­ton goal since join­ing on loan from Chelsea.

Ever­ton’s sec­ond in stop­page time, struck home ex­cel­lently by Calvert-Lewin after great work by Ade­mola Look­man, was harsh on Bournemouth who will won­der how they went home un­re­warded.

Ever­ton moved into 10th spot on 30 points. |

REUTERS

AS­MIR BE­GOVIC looks on dur­ing yes­ter­day’s match at Good­i­son Park. |

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