Everton

Everton's turnaround driven by consistency and faith in youth

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:23:00 PST

Everton's Sam Allardyce and Newcastle's Rafa Benitez react to Wayne Rooney's strike that saw Everton beat Newcastle 1-0. Swansea's visit to Goodison Park on Monday night should offer a good indication of how quickly Sam Allardyce has overseen improvement at Everton, as the visitors are similar to the Everton team Allardyce inherited a few weeks ago. An overworked goalkeeper and a lack of attacking threat recall two of the main Everton problems this season. Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski began this current round of matches having made the most saves in the current campaign, while Wayne Rooney has scored as many...

Idrissa Gueye leads Everton revival as Allardyce masterminds rare away win

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:52:00 PST

Everton continued their good form under Sam Allardyce with a 1-0 win at Newcastle. Everton continued their good form under Sam Allardyce with a 1-0 win at Newcastle. Everton continued their good form under Sam Allardyce with a 1-0 win at Newcastle. Everton continued their good form under Sam Allardyce with a 1-0 win at Newcastle. Everton continued their good form under Sam Allardyce with a 1-0 win at Newcastle. The remarkable and sudden Everton transformation from sieve-like to impenetrable continued to gather pace with a 1-0 win at Newcastle on Wednesday. Manager Sam Allardyce had the last laugh against one of his former clubs as the visitors claimed their first away win in 17 league games and 11 months. For the second time in four days, the opposing manager bemoaned the Allardyce approach after failing to find a solution for it. On this occasion, Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez lamented perceived time...

Everton must take handbrake off at Newcastle after positive Liverpool draw

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:17:00 PST

The ESPN FC crew discuss the controversial penalty decision in the Merseyside derby. The ESPN FC crew discuss the controversial penalty decision in the Merseyside derby. The ESPN FC crew discuss the controversial penalty decision in the Merseyside derby. The ESPN FC crew discuss the controversial penalty decision in the Merseyside derby. The ESPN FC crew discuss the controversial penalty decision in the Merseyside derby. The ESPN FC crew discuss the controversial penalty decision in the Merseyside derby. The ESPN FC crew discuss the controversial penalty decision in the Merseyside derby. As recently as two weeks ago, with preseason optimism buried under an avalanche of dismal defeats and performances, Everton were a team in chaos and seemingly destined to spend the remainder of the season scrapping at the foot of the league table. Everton began November in the relegation zone and ended it with a 4-1 loss at Southampton. That marked the lowest point of a startling run of form that yielded just three wins in 18 matches. This was a team in freefall, losing 12 of those 18 matches and...

Wayne Rooney, Dominic Calvert-Lewin combine late to steal Everton a point

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 02:29:00 PST

The 229th Merseyside derby ended all square, as Wayne Rooney converted a contentious penalty to wipe out Mohamed Salah's stunner. The 229th Merseyside derby ended all square, as Wayne Rooney converted a contentious penalty to wipe out Mohamed Salah's stunner. Jurgen Klopp rips into a reporter about the referee's decision to award Everton a penalty in the Merseyside derby. Janusz Michallik and Mark Donaldson discuss how Liverpool should've put the Merseyside derby out of sight before Everton's dubious penalty award. Janusz Michallik and Mark Donaldson discuss how Liverpool should've put the Merseyside derby out of sight before Everton's dubious penalty award. For only the second time since 1937, Everton gratefully received an Anfield penalty and left with an unlikely 1-1 draw as Wayne Rooney converted the 77th-minute spot kick for his first goal in a Merseyside derby. With Liverpool frustrated and their manager Jurgen Klopp apoplectic at the penalty decision, the opposing style of play and seemingly just about everything else, Sam Allardyce ended a fraught afternoon much the happier of the two managers. Allardyce remains the last opposing manager...

Rooney's penalty saves Everton as Liverpool pay for missed chances

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:24:00 PST

The 229th Merseyside derby ended all square, as Wayne Rooney converted a contentious penalty to wipe out Mohamed Salah's stunner. Janusz Michallik and Mark Donaldson discuss how Liverpool should've put the Merseyside derby out of sight before Everton's dubious penalty award. Janusz Michallik and Mark Donaldson discuss how Liverpool should've put the Merseyside derby out of sight before Everton's dubious penalty award. The 229th Merseyside derby ended all square, as Wayne Rooney converted a contentious penalty to wipe out Mohamed Salah's stunner. Jurgen Klopp rips into a reporter about the referee's decision to award Everton a penalty in the Merseyside derby. LIVERPOOL, England -- Three thoughts on Liverpool and Everton's 1-1 draw in the Premier League. 1. Liverpool let Everton off the hook Christmas may be a time for giving, but there are limits. Liverpool dominated a Merseyside derby played out in seasonally appropriate snowfall, but squandered a lead they should have quadrupled long before Wayne Rooney's 77th-minute penalty saw the points shared. No matter how soft the challenge, there was no need for Dejan Lovren to push Dominic Calvert-Lewin; the...

Everton must demolish mental block in Merseyside derby

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 07:51:00 PST

Don Hutchison and Alison Bender discuss Everton's chances of a first win at Anfield since 1999. Everton's Sam Allardyce feels the entirety of the club must rally together in order to climb back up the Premier League table. Sam Allardyce stresses the importance of his first signing for Everton, but won't comment on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. EA Sports simulated the highly-anticipated Merseyside derby clash between Everton and Liverpool - find out who claims victory. When Andy Williams sang about how Christmas was the most wonderful time of the year, the American singer had clearly never contemplated Everton playing a Merseyside derby at Anfield. With an FA Cup clash to follow on the same ground in the New Year, two trips across Stanley Park in less than four weeks is a daunting prospect for Everton and their long-suffering supporters, who are now well-accustomed to the pain associated with these matches against Liverpool. Everton possess worse away records...

Sam Allardyce: Everton can stop in-form Liverpool in Merseyside derby

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 07:14:00 PST

Everton's Sam Allardyce feels the entirety of the club must rally together in order to climb back up the Premier League table. The Merseyside derby is unique in terms of its history and atmosphere, and therefore the key to success at Anfield this weekend is being able to cope with the pressure that comes with a match and occasion of this magnitude. Having the right mentality is everything. We need to be strong and fearless, stick together as a team, and believe in our own capabilities. Liverpool are probably in their best form since Jurgen Klopp arrived at the club, and they also boast one of the best strike forces...

Two trips to Liverpool offer Allardyce chance to prove himself at Everton

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 01:00:00 PST

Everton's Sam Allardyce feels the entirety of the club must rally together in order to climb back up the Premier League table. Don Hutchison and Alison Bender discuss Everton's chances of a first win at Anfield since 1999. Sam Allardyce has the chance to become an Everton hero; all he has to do is beat Liverpool in Sunday's Merseyside derby. With an FA Cup third-round tie against the same opposition to follow in January, the former England manager has a chance to be elevated into the Goodison Park pantheon early in his time as manager. There was some disquiet among supporters when Allardyce was appointed last month. "Big Sam" is known for his pragmatic methods, while Everton fans cling to the notion that their side...

What makes a good derby? Anatomy of the Merseyside, Manchester rivalries

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 12:17:00 PST

Alison Bender previews the Manchester derby as Manchester United prepare to host Manchester City at Old Trafford. Don Hutchison and Alison Bender discuss Everton's chances of a first win at Anfield since 1999. The sheer paranoia, fuss and aggressive energy that goes into them is quite something. And that's just in the days leading up to a domestic derby. In the space of a few hours Sunday, Merseyside and Manchester will host their own hyperlocal square-ups at Anfield and Old Trafford, feeding the obsession with a fixture that offers as many points as any other. But what makes a classically great derby game? Globally local These double-derby days are a convenient quirk of the mythical "fixture...

Everton plot £60m Aubameyang swoop; Chelsea in for Gremio's Arthur

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 07:25:00 PST

With the January window on the horizon, there's plenty brewing in the transfer market. All the latest deals and potential deals can be found here. Allardyce wants Aubameyang for Everton There's a new boss at Goodison Park, and his first move is to find a replacement for departed frontman Romelu Lukaku. Sam Allardyce has taken the reins over at Everton, and, according to the Mirror, his first move will be to make a bold £60 million move to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over...

Too little too late as Ademola Lookman leads Everton to first Europa League win

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 04:38:00 PST

Two Ademola Lookman goals steered Everton towards their first win of a miserable Europa League campaign. Two Ademola Lookman goals steered Everton towards their first win of a miserable Europa League campaign. A young and much-changed Everton squad ended their wretched Europa League campaign on a belated positive note as Ademola Lookman's and Nikola Vlasic's exciting attacks secured a 3-0 win against Apollon Limassol. The seven substitutes, who had each yet to boast a minute of first-team football before this match, did not underline massive change for the team as Everton's core group was preparing for the upcoming Merseyside derby. Neither manager Sam Allardyce nor any of the starting XI from the 2-0...

Sam Allardyce a perfect manager for the autumn of Wayne Rooney's career

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 07:40:39 PST

Relive all three of Wayne Rooney's goals against West Ham, including one from the halfway line that gave him his hat trick. Sam Allardyce explains how a halftime change with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Aaron Lennon helped him earn a debut win as Everton manager. Wayne Rooney's disgust was obvious. After 74 minutes of frustration against Leicester City, caretaker manager David Unsworth decided that Everton would have more chance of getting back into the game without their veteran attacker on the pitch. England's top goalscorer of all time appeared to say something before accepting his fate and trudging back to the dug-out. Was Unsworth making a public play for the job on a permanent basis, proving to the live television audience that he had the courage to...

Schneiderlin has most to prove at Everton as poster boy of Koeman tenure

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 08:47:00 PST

Sam Allardyce explains how a halftime change with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Aaron Lennon helped him earn a debut win as Everton manager. Priorities are elsewhere for the most part, as Everton prepare to close out their Europa League campaign in Cyprus without new manager Sam Allardyce and several first-team players. First-team coaches Craig Shakespeare and Duncan Ferguson will instead take charge of a much-changed team against Apollon Limassol on Thursday. Focus is rightfully on the upcoming Merseyside derby at Anfield on Sunday. Quickly thrust into the role, Allardyce had little time to work with the squad before overseeing a 2-0...

As rivals in Manchester and Merseyside collide, so do their ideas of how to win

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 05:00:00 PST

Craig Burley shares his thoughts on whether or not Pep Guardiola is playing mind games with Jose Mourinho on David Silva's fitness. Alison Bender previews the Manchester derby as Manchester United prepare to host Manchester City at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho takes a dig at Manchester City injury 'stories'. The fiercer the derbies, the more the participants can appear opposites. It sometimes suits them or, at their least, their supporters, to differentiate themselves from rivals and to present themselves as antidotes to their enemies. On this particular derby day, however, there is a truth to it. The leading men are opposites. On Merseyside, Jurgen Klopp is no Sam Allardyce. In Manchester, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have long represented contrasting approaches to management. A common denominator...

Dominic Calvert-Lewin shines as Sam Allardyce era starts with win

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 06:36:00 PST

Sam Allardyce gave his reaction after his first game as Everton boss started with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield. What a difference a week makes as Everton beat Huddersfield 2-0 to move into the top half and secure three points at the first attempt for new manager Sam Allardyce. A second home win in four days is a good response to those humbling Atalanta and Southampton defeats. Quite improbably, these back-to-back wins against West Ham and Huddersfield mean Everton are only two points worse off than this stage last season. Amid belated signs of stability, a first unchanged starting XI since April secured successive...

Doubts over Sam Allardyce as Everton panic amid Premier League struggle

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 05:48:00 PST

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Sam Allardyce can work his magic at Everton. Broadcaster and presenter Jim White announcing the impending arrival of Sam Allardyce as the next Everton manager almost two hours before the club released any confirmation felt like an apt conclusion to a curious managerial search. From the departure of Ronald Koeman to the unveiling of Allardyce and all the chaos in between, there are some vital lessons to learn from this saga, not to mention the perplexing way this recruitment process played out within the media at the expense of official club...

Manchester United vs. Arsenal still a big-ticket item despite faded stakes

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:50:00 PST

Steve Nicol assesses the chances Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew save Everton and West Brom from relegation this season. Arsene Wenger has no fears that rumours linking Mesut Ozil to Man United will have any impact on the German's performances. John Brewin previews this week's Premier League action and highlights five key storylines in this edition of W2W4. Arsenal and United take centre stage These days, there is something of a faded grandeur to a meeting of Arsenal and Manchester United. It was once the hottest rivalry in English football, a turf war that dominated the late-1990s and early 2000s Premier League landscape before teams such as Chelsea and Manchester City started throwing money around and snaffling silverware. Times move...

November review: Can anyone stop Manchester City or Mohamed Salah?

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 05:29:00 PST

The Exploding Heads recap November which included more manager movement in the Premier League and World Cup heartbreak. November saw Manchester City creep closer to a Premier League record and a struggling West Ham team in bad form. Adam Hurrey looks back at the month's winners and losers. Who won the month? Manchester City, again. Obviously. Another month, another set of challenges for Pep Guardiola, another clean sweep. It looks increasingly bizarre that the only team to have denied Manchester City some Premier League points this season were Ronald Koeman's pre-implosion Everton, but perfection would be a bit boring,...

Sam Allardyce not at Everton to make friends but to save the failing club

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 03:04:00 PST

Steve Nicol assesses the chances Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew save Everton and West Brom from relegation this season. LIVERPOOL -- There were no "Welcome to Everton" banners for Sam Allardyce on Wednesday night, no terrace songs, either, from within Goodison Park to herald the arrival of the club's new manager. There were, however, plenty of defiant chants of "Rhino" for caretaker-manager David Unsworth -- a nickname the barrel-chested defender earned during his playing days at Everton -- which could have been interpreted as the home crowd voicing their backing for one of their own instead of singing about his...

Wayne Rooney stunner caps super hat trick in Everton win over West Ham

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 03:03:00 PST

The FC crew discuss whether Sam Allardyce can get Everton going again. Incoming manager Sam Allardyce watched on from the stands and probably wondered what all the recent fuss and panic had been about as Everton beat West Ham 4-0 on Wednesday night. Along with a first Premier League clean sheet since the opening day, a Wayne Rooney hat trick inspired the home side to a much-needed three points and provided a fitting end for caretaker manager David Unsworth. Stepping in to help the club at their time of need, Unsworth accepted a thankless challenge that would have been...


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