Everton moved into the top half of the Premier League after goals from Kurt Zouma and Dominic Calvert-Lewin sealed a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth on Sunday
Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri said in midweek that Everton being 11th in the Premier League “is just not good enough” and Zouma’s 61st-minute header got them going in the right direction at Goodison Park.
Substitute Calvert-Lewin struck deep into second-half stoppage time for a result that may help ease the pressure on boss Marco Silva, who was backed by Moshiri despite a run of four defeats in five matches.
Wolves could send the Toffees back into the bottom half by beating Manchester City on Monday, while Bournemouth has now been victorious only once in their past seven top-flight outings.
Seamus Coleman and Jordan Pickford combined to stop Josh King converting Ryan Fraser’s cutback before David Brooks had a penalty claim ignored by referee Anthony Taylor.
Brooks was unperturbed and in the 14th minute latched onto a through-ball from Junior Stanislas and struck the base of the post with an awkward-looking effort with his weaker right foot.
Everton eventually improved and Michael Keane clipped the crossbar with a glancing header from Lucas Digne’s delivery before half-time, while Richardson would have broken the deadlock four minutes after the restart had Nathan Ake not managed to block his goal-bound shot on the line.
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.
— Kurt Zouma (@KurtZouma) January 13, 2019
Keane and Pickford combined to deny Dan Gosling an equalizer and Calvert-Lewin – who replaced Richardson – turned Ademola Lookman’s cutback home in the 95th minute to guarantee the win.
— Everton (@Everton) January 13, 2019