Win helps ease the pres­sure on Toffess boss Silva

Bristol Post - - SPORT -

KURT Zouma’s first Ever­ton goal and a late strike from Do­minic Calvert-Lewin eased some of the scru­tiny on man­ager Marco Silva but Bournemouth’s mis­er­able run con­tin­ued after the 2-0 de­feat at Good­i­son Park yes­ter­day.

The on-loan Chelsea de­fender’s 61st-minute header was fol­lowed by sub­sti­tute Calvert-Lewin side­foot­ing home in the sixth minute of ad­di­tional time to se­cure only the Tof­fees’ sec­ond Premier League win in nine matches, and their first home clean sheet since Novem­ber 24. Bournemouth’s mis­ery con­tin­ued as their slump was ex­tended to nine de­feats in their last 12 league matches.

At this week’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, Ever­ton ma­jor­ity share­holder Farhad Moshiri, while back­ing Silva, as­sessed the sea­son as “not good enough”.

Vic­tory at least en­sured they are three points bet­ter off than at the same stage a year ago when they were on their third man­ager of the cam­paign in Sam Al­lardyce.

Per­for­mances will have to im­prove, sig­nif­i­cantly, though to pre­vent Moshiri won­der­ing just where his £250 mil­lion in­vest­ment is go­ing.

Bournemouth, mean­while, just need to find a way of stop­ping the rot, al­though their good start means they are still nine points above the bot­tom three.

Ever­ton boss Silva will hope the vic­tory, com­bined with a run of six matches of which only one is against the top six, will pro­vide the plat­form for the progress Moshiri de­mands.

Ever­ton goalscorer Kurt Zouma

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