Blues poor in defeat on the south coast.

By Michael Kenrick 24/09/2016  218 Comments  [Jump to last]
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Romelu Lukaku was declared fit to play after recovering from a toe injury
AFC Bournemouth 1 - 0 Everton

Bryan Oviedo got a start replacing Leighton Baines at left-back while Ross Barkley retained his place and Romelu Lukaku returned after missing Wednesday's defeat to Norwich with a toe injury.

Baines missed the game due to a hamstring injury, while Gareth Barry was also carrying a knock, but declared fit enough to play. Oveiedo started in preference to Funes Mori as the more accomplished left back, with the Argentine international looking out of place in that position against Norwich.

Jack Wilshere kicked off for the home side and they applied some good pressure when Barkley failed to hold the ball, a good ball in flashing across the Everton goal. At the other end, Bolasie swung in what seemed to be a perfect cross to the feet of Ross Barkley who seemed well shocked by the quality of it!

Some good pressing play from Everton followed but without the quick enough ball into the danger area, and the Cherries eventually repelled the swarming blue shirts, with Eddie Howe's side snapping in to deny Everton space and time on the ball.

Stanislas got around Jagielka but Stekelenburg was out sharply to claim the ball. Everton won a free-kick in midfield that Barkley placed in perfectly on Lukaku's head, and a super header looked goalbound but Boruc pulled off a magnificent save down low to deny him and the parried ball was driven wide.

Barkley smacked a brave first-time shot well, well wide off a good lay off from Lukaku. The ball was then straight up the other end were Williams was rather easily beaten by Wilson and a shot from Wilshere needed to be deflected onto the bar. From the corner, Ibe drove in and almost created a goal with his driven cross. Everton looked less then solid as the ball pinged around their area.

Sustained homeside possession won another corner, and Arter powered in a shot that grazed the far post after he brushed off Barkley's weak challenge. Everton really needed to get a grip of this game before the home side became too comfortable. Adam Smith rolled around in agony off the ball, some time after Mirallas had caught him inadvertently.

The goal had been coming and Sanislas was given masses of space to power an unstoppable shot from outside the area. Shocking defending from the Blues.

The Blues, stung, looked to respond but Bolasie could not beat his man, then Geyue needlessly lost the ball in midfield. Blues pressing was ineffective and Bournemouth looked to almost be toying with them, such was their dominance. Francis decided to have a crack from wide right.

In a better move, Bolaise to Coleman, back in to Geuye who fed Barry, his shot was good but parried over for an Everton corner. Some better pressure on the ball in the Cherries area but nothing came of it as Coleman could not keep it in.

Bolasie did well to get in a cross but it was away from Lukaku, as Everton failed to get enough bodies moving around the opposition area. Barry was a little too heavy on Wilshere, giving away a free-kick. Also Gueye who had stepped on Arter's foot in his challenge: yellow card. Barkley swung in another good set-piece but the ball was not attacked effectively and Bournemouth were straight up the other end, winning a corner that Jagielka gifted to Daniels, who could only head wide, thankfully.

Bolasie was double-teamed off the ball as he failed to cross, and they ganged up on him again to good effect, easily dispossessing the Everton star and winning a free-kick in the process. The Blues continued to labour at their task, looking slow and indecisive in all areas, and nearly getting into trouble with some ridiculous pass-the-parcel nonsense on the edge of the Blues penalty area.

Bolasie got free and was cut down by Daniels, who was booked, giving Everton a better chance for a set piece wide right, slid back too hard by Barkley to Mirallas whose shot was deflected behind but the Everton corner came to nothing.

Apart from the Lukaku chance, Everton had been shockingly poor in all departments, Barry apparently off his game, Barkley unable to get on the ball, other than at set-pieces, and Gueye uncharacteristically unable to influence proceedings. A real test for Koeman to turn things around after the break...

No changes at the restart, Barkley kicking off after some bizarre delay (The ref forgot his whistle!) with Blues needing to up their game by an order of magnitude. But forward movement was painfully slow until Mirallas's heels were clipped; Barkley's floated ball was easily repelled.

Gueye gave away a poor free-kick for holding back Smith. Not too smart when already on a yellow! But the Bournemouth attack came to nought. However, Everton could not play out of their half and were soon under pressure again, Arter trying to power through a shot that Jagielka blocked and cleared.

A promising move failed when Gueye took his eye off a ball nicely rolled into him from Oviedo, and the Blues resorted to chasing shadows. Barkley picked out Mirallas twice but the build-up was slow until the cross form Coleman picked out Barkley whose header was inches the wrong side of the post. Cleverley came on for Barry after 55 mins.

A slightly better forward move came after Gueye won possession deep in Everton's half but Barkley was slow on the ball and the defence was well set to stop it. Oviedo was then carded for a late tackle that led to a corner but little else. Mirallas, who had done nothing, was replaced by Deulofeu on the hour.

Deulofeu was quickly closed down wide right and was denied a corner. On the other side, Bolasie was easily dispossessed but Barkley did well and Everton pressed to win the corner, taken by Deulofeu but headed away, then crossed in superbly and batted away by Boruc. Some better pressure ensued until Bournemouth somehow broke out, with more space in Everton's half, and the ball coming back.

Bolasie finally got a chance to run down the left wing but his cross was woeful, and the impetus remained firmly with Bournemouth who were disinclined to surrender their lead. Deulofeu had space to run in the channel but his pass through to Lukaku was just too heavy, and wasted. Barkley got into a good position but could only dig out a mishit shot-cross that went behind.

The Blues looked to play down the right but Cleverley then Deulofeu were denied space and took the ball all the way back, trying this time down the left through Bolasie with the same result. Blues possession but it was all too slow and predictable, with no sign of penetrating the Bournemouth defence. Cleverley and Bolasie finally combining but Bolasie's strike off Lukaku's clever lay-back was just over the angle. Former Everton player Dan Gosling replaced Wilshere for the home side.

The Blues had a slightly better spell, playing high up the field, but the ball wasn't really running for them, and Bournemouth eventually regained control with the minutes ticking away, into the final 10, and the Blues still struggling to fashion a real chance to save this game. Gueye was withdrawn with Valencia on for the final push.

Oviedo tried to run the ball but was easily blocked. Then Jagielka was clipped horribly and it was a yellow for Surman. Bolaise again was too clever for his own good, trying in vain to trick his way in, as the Blues showed no sign of scoring an equalizer, Bolasie again surrendering the ball with consummate ease.

Coleman got space to run and cross but it too was repelled until Bolasie, swapping sides with Deulofeu, whipped in a tremendous cross for Valencia but he was incapable of converting the golden opportunity.

Smith got a bad cut when he got Williams's elbow in his face.

The Blues huffed and puffed in the final added 5 minutes but it was clearly just not going to happen for them as Everton under Ronald Koeman fell to their first Premier League defeat, their second game in succession after an awful week that is best forgotten.

AFC Bournemouth: Boruc, A Smith, S Cook, Francis, Daniels [Y:42'], Stanislas, Arter, Wilshere (76' Gosling), Surman [Y:84'], Ibe (71' Gradel), C Wilson (90' Afobe).
Subs not Usded: Ake, B Smith, Federici, Mousset.

Everton: Stekelenburg, Oviedo [Y:57'], Jagielka (c), Williams, Coleman, Gueye [Y:34'] (81' Valencia), Barry (55' Cleverley), Bolasie, Barkley, Mirallas (60' Deulofeu), Lukaku.
Subs not Used: Robles, Lennon, Funes Mori, Holgate.

Referee: Robert Madley


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