The early game featured plenty of talking points – not to mention a talking to for referee Kevin Friend by Zlatan Ibrahimovic who should have joined Andrew Surman for an early bath for an elbow on Tyone Mings (who could have been sent off himself for an apparent stamp on the Swede's head).

The game ended 1-1 at Old Trafford as Bournemouth held on for the entire second half with 10 men, Artur Boruc saving Ibrahimovic's penalty, before attention turned to the 3pm games.

Leicester hosted improving Hull City with Oumar Niasse leading the line while Everton's nearest challengers, West Brom, faced Crystal Palace at the Hawthorns.

Another on loan Blues player, Tom Cleverley was in action for Watford against Southampton, while Swansea played Burnley.

The big evening kick-off sees Liverpool host Arsenal in a match that could have important implications for Everton's hopes of eventually moving into the top six.

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Karl Jones
1 Posted 04/03/2017 at 13:17:19
Just have to say what a coward Kevin Friend is!
John Pierce
2 Posted 04/03/2017 at 13:24:46
To be fair Karl, I think both he and his assistant have missed it. The look on his face was "I know something happened not sure what". My guess is he said as much to Ibrahimovic.

Ban coming anyway.

Rob Halligan
3 Posted 04/03/2017 at 13:26:26
Retrospective three-match ban coming up for the dirty Manc. He wasn't booked for it, indicating the referee never saw it, so a ban deffo on its way.
Karl Jones
4 Posted 04/03/2017 at 14:03:17
Kevin Friend is an appalling Ref... Does anyone think that was a penalty?
Rob Halligan
5 Posted 04/03/2017 at 14:05:03
Bit harsh, I thought, Karl. Justice done anyway. Great save.
Brian Williams
6 Posted 04/03/2017 at 14:13:10
About the most inept refereeing performance I can remember in a long time.
David Hallwood
7 Posted 04/03/2017 at 14:24:28
1 minute to go at OT still 1-1 its time the officials step up to the plate and get the points for the Mancs. Penalty, offside goal anything will do.
Brian Williams
8 Posted 04/03/2017 at 14:26:08
Woohoo! Come on Bournemouth. Well done!
Colin Hughes
9 Posted 04/03/2017 at 14:28:32
United are utter shite at home, that's 7 draws at Old Trafford now for them. I will be disappointed if we don't finish above them considering they still have two cup competitions to hinder them and their game in hand is away to Man City. We need to take at least a point at Spurs then 6 off West Brom and Hull at home.
Dave Abrahams
10 Posted 04/03/2017 at 14:33:25
United are on a good run but hey are not playing with much confidence and today didn't really look like scoring, even missing a penalty.

They looked worse after Mourino made his three subs; Pogba was very poor, expected much better off him.

For the last six or seven games, Everton have looked a better team than United. It gives us a tonic to see them drop these two points, might inspire us tomorrow.

Karl Jones
11 Posted 04/03/2017 at 14:34:51
Great performance from the Bournemouth Defence, and well done to us!... How did we manage to put Six past them?
James Hughes
12 Posted 04/03/2017 at 14:51:10
Good result for us, we need to capitalise on it tomorrow.
Rob Halligan
13 Posted 04/03/2017 at 16:02:37
Hahahahahahah... Ibrahimovic, "the defender jumped into my elbow".

Fucking bellend.

Max Murphy
14 Posted 04/03/2017 at 16:03:32
An Everton and Tony Bellew double!
Chris Williams
15 Posted 04/03/2017 at 16:14:55
I hope he's banned when they play us.
Kunal Desai
16 Posted 04/03/2017 at 16:54:34
WBA have lost as well. We can widen the gap between them and ourselves even further this time next week.
Brent Stephens
17 Posted 04/03/2017 at 16:55:16
Man Utd draw, WBA lose. Tomoz won't be at all easy but if RS slip up tonight, what a chance....
Ste Traverse
18 Posted 04/03/2017 at 18:29:44
Half time and the shite have been impressive so far, however, Arsenal have been a complete disgrace, they offered absolutely nothing.

That hilarious 'Arsenal fan TV' should a good watch later if the fuckers don't buck their ideas up in the second half.

Mike T Jones
19 Posted 04/03/2017 at 19:24:21
The RedShite against Arsenal would have been better if it was a draw. But a shite win is better than an Arsenal win if a team had to win. Keeps us closer in the points race...
Patrick Murphy
20 Posted 04/03/2017 at 19:50:32
I can't see how the other lot winning was the best for Everton, if there had to be a winner it would have been far better if it had have been Arsenal, with a draw the best of all results. However, it doesn't really matter as it's what Everton do that's most important.

I don't watch the other lot, but why is it when the likes of ourselves, Man Utd, Arsenal and Spurs go there, they tend not to compete with them?

Rob Halligan
21 Posted 04/03/2017 at 19:55:12
Poor team selection from Wenger cost Arsenal that game. If he'd picked his strongest team from the start, Arsenal would have won.

A defeat for the RS would have been more beneficial for us.

Mike T Jones
23 Posted 04/03/2017 at 20:07:29
I'm just basing it on numbers...
Timothy Sebastian
25 Posted 05/03/2017 at 02:14:36
Fabulous result by Bournemouth at Old Trafford. We need to win at Spurs to capitalise on Man Utd's slip up.
David Ellis
26 Posted 05/03/2017 at 08:52:13
I'd take a draw against Spurs... we pull away a bit further from WBA and don't lose ground to Man Utd. But a win is what we really need if we are to get in amongst the top 6.

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