Silva praises Everton's 'personality and character' during Bournemouth victory

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2019

Five Everton players were booked as they racked up 17 fouls across the match, while Bournemouth gave away eight free-kicks and received no yellow cards.

The Blues had to do a lot of defending throughout the game, with Bournemouth having seven shots on goal compared to Everton's three, but speaking after the game, Toffees boss Marco Silva thought his side deserved all three points.

Brooks was unperturbed and in the 14th minute latched onto a throughball from Junior Stanislas and struck the base of the post with an awkward-looking effort with his weaker right foot.

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.

Everton struggled to get into the game, with every misplaced pass and defensive lapse adding to the growing frustration among the home fans. Lucas Digne did well to keep a 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.


Substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin was set up by Ademola Lookman to complete the win in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Kurt Zouma was the 139th different player to score a goal for Everton in the Premier League, only West Ham (147), Tottenham (146) and Newcastle (141) have seen more players net for them in the competition. The south-coast club have shipped 15 goals in four League and cup matches.

It was the 24-year-old French centre-back's first goal since he scored for Stoke in a 2-2 draw with Brighton in November 2017.

Zouma put Everton ahead with his first goal for the club when he found space in the area to head another fine cross from Digne beyond Asmir Begovic. All three of his goals have come from headers inside the box. Lucas Digne is expected to return for Everton, along with Andre Gomes and Richarlison.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored his fourth Premier League goal of the season for Everton, equaling his best-ever tally in a top-flight league campaign (four in 2017-18). He had the most touches in the match (72), made the most sprints (23) and created two chances.

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