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Accounts from matches by our editorial team and featured correspondents

Win on 'top six' turf proves elusive but Everton finish campaign in optimistic mood

Lyndon Lloyd : 12/05/2019

The Blues recovered from a poor start and probably should have won which represents progress on the last two clashes with Tottenham.

Blues fail to edge Spurs on final day

Michael Kenrick : 12/05/2019

Everton brought their frustrating 2018-19 season to a close with their first visit to Tottenham's new stadium, where they could not hold on to a brief 2-1 lead.

French Connection

Paul Traill : 04/05/2019

Our current momentum has brought much-needed life back into Goodison Park and smiles on the faces of supporters. Such is our form, it’s a shame the season is simmering to a close.

Everton end home campaign having restored Fortress Goodison

Lyndon Lloyd : 04/05/2019

Goodison Park has indeed become a fortress again and this was a pleasingly routine win even if it left you feeling a little unfulfilled at the way Everton eased off the pedal in the second half.

Blues held to disappointing but hugely instructive draw

Lyndon Lloyd : 28/04/2019

While the dominance of the contest was there in combination with another impressive defensive performance, the requisite quality in the final third was not and in that sense, if nothing else, this game was instructive of what Everton still need in terms of additions to the squad if they are to achieve their aims over the next couple of seasons.

Quality the loser in windswept encounter

Michael Kenrick : 27/04/2019

Everton return to London to take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park as they look to maintain their push for a 7th-place finish.

High-octane Everton smash Manchester United

Paul Traill : 22/04/2019

We were certainly right at it from the get-go in this one, swarming Manchester United, not letting them settle and getting on the front foot early on. This roused the crowd further and Everton really had Manchester United pressed back with a series of corners early on.

Magnificent Everton serve up Easter misery for United

Lyndon Lloyd : 21/04/2019

Just like the Chelsea and Arsenal results before them, this brilliant victory and the performance that underpinned it should form another piece of the roadmap forward under Marco Silva.

When the Easter sun comes shining through

Michael Kenrick : 21/04/2019

Everton produced a superb performance in their penultimate home game of the season, hammering Manchester United in the Goodison sunshine.

Truly 'Everton, that'

Lyndon Lloyd : 13/04/2019

Everton really are beyond parody at times. Against the second-worst team in the Premier League who had lost nine on the spin and only kept one clean sheet all season, they lost in miserable fashion

Silva has Everton back on track with fourth win in six

Lyndon Lloyd : 07/04/2019

The Blues saw off a third London team in the space of 14 days to register their fourth win in six games with a 1-0 victory over Champions League-chasing Arsenal

Benchmark performance points to a brighter future under Silva

Lyndon Lloyd : 31/03/2019

With the pressure on their collective shoulders easing, Everton are starting to express themselves once again and Silva appears to have found a settled formula that will underpin the push to finish seventh over the remaining six games

Sterling second half effort gets Goodison rocking

Paul Traill : 17/03/2019

Lord knows what Marco Silva said at the break but it sure worked as Everton came out of the traps like they meant business in the second half.

A result to savour despite Everton's continuingly split personality

Lyndon Lloyd : 17/03/2019

Another game of two halves, this time with Everton putting on the show in the second period to record a handsome 2-0 win over Chelsea

Smashed teacups at half-time for rare Blues win

Michael Kenrick : 17/03/2019

An abysmal first half, yet Everton swarmed Chelsea to score early in the second, and Richarlison won a penalty, Sigurdsson scoring after Kepa had saved.

Dr Jekyll, Mr Hyde and the Pantomime Villain

Lyndon Lloyd : 09/03/2019

A quintessential game of two halves; wondering where this imaginative and purposeful Everton has been the past three months in the first to cursing the mental fragility and abysmal game management that this Blues team exhibits in the second.

Sloppiness and stupidity in abundance

Michael Kenrick : 09/03/2019

Everton throw away a tremendous two-goal lead through a ridiculous combination of sloppiness from the players and stupidity from manager Marco Silva who hopelessly failed to protect a 2-1 lead.

A Long Time Coming

Sam Hoare : 04/03/2019

What a day! My first time at Goodison Park. Maybe the result wasn't quite what I had dreamed of. But the experience certainly was.

Another 'morale victory'

Lyndon Lloyd : 04/03/2019

The Goodison derby ended goalless for the second season running thanks to some sterling work from the likes of Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane and Everton's shortcomings at the other end

Points even but the Hoodoo remains

Michael Kenrick : 03/03/2019

Everton played well enough to hold Liverpool without major incident, but simply could not score, with effort and determination well in excess of skill and anticipation, both far too lacking at times.

Blues sweep Cardiff aside for welcome win

Lyndon Lloyd : 27/02/2019

Gylfi Sigurdsson enjoyed his first return to South Wales since leaving Swansea for Everton, emerging the victor with two goals and a man-of-the-match display to his credit

A terrible game

Paul Traill : 10/02/2019

I guess The Hornets were swarming all over us once they had an advantage, but I’m not having it that they were better than us. We didn’t play well. Actually we were very poor but so too were they.

One more “L” in the results column

Lyndon Lloyd : 09/02/2019

Nine defeats in 14 Premier League matches is relegation form. With 33 points already on the board, only a complete collapse could see Everton under threat of going down this season but when it’s hard to see where the next win is going to come from, it doesn’t bode well for the manager’s continued employment

Toothless loss not helped by Zouma's late madness

Michael Kenrick : 09/02/2019

Everton played well enough in the first half but fell behind in the second half at Vicarage Road

Continuing set-piece failings undermine improved Everton display against City

Lyndon Lloyd : 07/02/2019

Marco Silva got the beginnings of a reaction to Everton's poor recent form but his side remains largely toothless and is still leaking soft goals

All that I asked for

Paul Traill : 07/02/2019

A defeat, but one in which you could at least be proud of the team. The players gave it their all and came up against the best team in the league. You can’t ask for more than that, and you really can’t say that much about Everton this season

The wolves are at the door for Marco

Paul Traill : 03/02/2019

It really is a wretched time watching Everton. What we have to do to score a goal, compared to what opponents have to do to score against us is laughable. All three of their goals were very preventable, while ours was unstoppable.

“Well, It's Groundhog Day... Again!”

Lyndon Lloyd : 02/02/2019

This is all starting to look horribly familiar.

Black cat underlines Silva's lack of ideas

Michael Kenrick : 02/02/2019

Everton conceded an early penalty at Goodison Park but got back in with a brilliant Gomes effort, only to concede lamely from a stupid free-kick, with a back cat stopping play.

Blues show stomach for the fight

Lyndon Lloyd : 29/01/2019

Everton dragged themselves off the mat with a slender but hard-fought victory at Huddersfield

Silva's first season in tatters as shambolic Blues are dumped out by Millwall

Lyndon Lloyd : 26/01/2019

Two wins from ten in the Premier League has seen the Blues fall irretrievably away from top-six contention and now the 2018-19 season is effectively over before the end of January after an embarrassing FA Cup defeat to Millwall in front of a national audience

Everton furious and out on a terrible goal call

Michael Kenrick : 26/01/2019

Everton were denied a victory, or at least a replay, after Millwall second equalizer went in off Cooper's arm that would have been disallowed with VAR.

Questions at every turn as brittle Blues succumb to spirited Saints

Lyndon Lloyd : 20/01/2019

If you didn’t know better, you would have said on this evidence that it was Everton who were the ones haunted by the threat of the drop and had just been through a 120-minute cup tie in midweek

Blues had no answer to Saints' desire

Michael Kenrick : 19/01/2019

Everton had no real answers to the greater energy, stronger desire, and a clearer focus on scoring goals by Southampton under their new manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Lookman impresses as Everton battle to much-needed victory

Lyndon Lloyd : 13/01/2019

An ugly victory that masked some continuing issues but a victory nonetheless which will hopefully inject some confidence into the Blues’ veins

Blues win a desperate fractious scrap in the end

Michael Kenrick : 13/01/2019

A last-minute goal from sub Calvert-Lewin made the scoreline much more respectable than they deserved after this feisty fractious encounter that saw five yellow cards for the Blues.

Well I didn’t think it was too bad

Dave Williams : 09/01/2019

A comfortable win I thought, though I was biting my new Christmas gloves when they got the corner in added time.

Stern test from The Imps but we're in the hat

Paul Traill : 06/01/2019

If we were more clinical our passage may have been more comfortable but that for me has been our biggest problem all season

Everton make hard work of despatching League Two Imps

Lyndon Lloyd : 05/01/2019

In the cup, the final score is always paramount but in view of the calibre of the opposition, this should have been a lot more convincing than it was

Blues through unconvincingly after fine start

Michael Kenrick : 05/01/2019

Everton made a brilliant start with two goals inside the first 15 minutes, only to sit back and allow Lincoln to dominate until the break.

Back to Finch Farm

Paul Traill : 01/01/2019

While the performance was by no means good enough, I felt the lads looked fatigued. With so many games so quickly, it lessens the preparation time between games and offers limited time to work on correcting mistakes and trying new ideas.

New Year, Same Old Problems

Lyndon Lloyd : 01/01/2019

If 2019 is to be the year where the latest Everton project begins to bear fruit, there was precious little evidence of it during this dire New Year’s Day lunchtime kick-off.

Abysmal New Year fare at sorry Goodison Park

Michael Kenrick : 01/01/2019

Everton put on a terrible display to lose the first game of 2019 on a dismal New Year’s Day at Goodison Park.

Erratic Everton continue to infuriate

Lyndon Lloyd : 29/12/2018

This trip to Brighton was every bit as difficult as it promised to be beforehand but too many players aren’t producing where it counts and as long as that continues, the more frustrating this season will continue to be

Brighton do a number on profligate Blues

Michael Kenrick : 29/12/2018

Everton forged a number of good chances in a tough first-half at Brighton only to give up a goal to failed zonal marking on a corner.

Determined Blues hit Burnley with a bunch of fives at Turf Moor

Lyndon Lloyd : 26/12/2018

Everton came off the mat swinging after getting floored by Spurs to thrash Burnley and recover some self respect.

Everton bounce back with five

Michael Kenrick : 26/12/2018

Everton produced a fantastic response to Sunday's embarrassment, with three goals inside the first quarter of the game at Turf Moor, ending with five

Spurs deliver savage dose of reality for Silva and Everton

Lyndon Lloyd : 24/12/2018

A miserable reality check that left any notion that Marco Silva’s nascent Everton revolution was at the point where it could challenge the top six in tatters for the time being

Embarrassing Blues come gift-wrapped for lethal Spurs

Michael Kenrick : 23/12/2018

Everton took the lead well only to gift four goals to Tottenham in a depressing show of seasonable generosity at Goodison Park

Mission Impossible?

Lyndon Lloyd : 15/12/2018

Manchester City had too much for them in the end but, with better finishing, Everton could have made much more of a contest of this one than they eventually did

City too slick for profligate Everton

Michael Kenrick : 15/12/2018

Everton start brilliantly, squandering a fantastic chance, giving up a poor goal, and then struggling not to be overrun.

Two steps forward, one step back

Lyndon Lloyd : 10/12/2018

Lucas Digne scored a stunner but it failed to gloss over a sub-standard Everton performance that points to more work ahead for Marco Silva

The derby has flattened us

Paul Traill : 11/12/2018

What is the reasoning behind our dip inform these last two games? I blame the Merseyside derby. I think that cruellest of endings has flattened our players and they’ve gone from buoyant to befuddled.

Fifth straight home win eludes flat and uninspired Everton

Lyndon Lloyd : 06/12/2018

As it was, the spoils were shared and there’s no way to look at it from the Everton point of view other than as two points lost in the context of their recent home form and their top-six aspirations.

Another day of derby misery but our time will come

Lyndon Lloyd : 02/12/2018

The tragedy of the final result was that Klopps’s side were there for the taking if Everton had just been able to get their act together long enough going forward after the interval

Horrible Pickford error gifts Liverpool in last minute

Michael Kenrick : 02/12/2018

Everton missed two brilliant chances, both headers for Mina and Gomes, in a very competitive first half at Anfield only for Pickford to gift them a goal at the death

Everton find a way to win ugly

Paul Traill : 25/11/2018

It’s a game we’d never have won last season, one we may not have in the early parts of this season, and it’s great to see a big defensive improvement. When we were so tame defending corner kicks in our first few games, you really felt the rot had set in, but credit to Marco, he must have worked on this and has learnt from this and now, nobody is complaining about zonal marking anymore.

Everton grind out another important win with Sigurdsson's timely strike

Lyndon Lloyd : 24/11/2018

No match is easy in England’s top flight anymore but once again Everton got the job done without really getting into anything like top gear

Dogged Cardiff make it hard work for Everton

Michael Kenrick : 24/11/2018

Everton return to Premier League action with a home game against Cardiff this weekend with an unchanged side that started at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago.

Chelsea point represents another step forward for Everton under Silva

Lyndon Lloyd : 11/11/2018

Though things didn’t quite come together in the attacking third as the manager would have hoped or the impressively vocal travelling fans might have dreamed this result and the display that underpinned it are evidence of further progress in the Portuguese’s nascent tenure

Resilient Everton display ends goalless

Michael Kenrick : 11/11/2018

Everton endured their toughest test to date this season when they stopped Chelsea scoring at Stamford Bridge, but lacked the guile needed to win the game.

Excellent Everton brighten up the day

Paul Traill : 04/11/2018

Everton, especially in the second half, ripped Brighton apart in what was as fine a 45 minutes I’ve seen from the Blues in some time.

Richarlison dazzles again as Everton cruise to victory over Brighton

Lyndon Lloyd : 03/11/2018

A handsome win and yet you feel there is still quite a bit of unfulfilled potential in this team which is pretty exciting for the future under Marco Silva

Fine brace from Richarlison seals win

Michael Kenrick : 03/11/2018

Three excellent goals, two from Richarlison and one from Coleman, sealed the win over a resistant Seagulls side.

Not your run-of-the-mill Old Trafford defeat

Lyndon Lloyd : 28/10/2018

Ultimately, it was another dispiriting loss at Old Trafford but with enough to keep alive the hope and belief that Everton are moving in the right direction under Silva

Blues fail to really punish the lucky Reds

Michael Kenrick : 28/10/2018

Everton produce an ultimately disappointing display by failing to beat a very beatable Manchester United side on their turf.

Eruption of joy at Goodison Park

Paul Traill : 21/10/2018

With time receding and Everton on the front foot, Lookman picked up the ball at the edge of the penalty area and crossed, Calvert-Lewin, despite Wayne Hennessey getting a hand to it, heading the ball into the net and triggering jubilant scenes in the stands.

Two late subs, two great goals as Pickford saves Blues

Michael Kenrick : 21/10/2018

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun both came on to score late goals as Crystal Palace make it very difficult, Pickford saving a penalty won by Zaha.

Silva's stars begin to align as Everton top Leicester

Lyndon Lloyd : 06/10/2018

It may have taken a world-class goal from Gylfi Sigurdsson but Everton were full value for their first away win under Marco Silva

Everton win away with two fine goals

Michael Kenrick : 06/10/2018

Everton got off to a brilliant start at Leicester with Bernard's trickery setting up a fine finish for Richarlison after just 7 minutes. But the second from Sigurdsson was a worldie.

Why so many changes… EVERY YEAR?

Paul Traill : 02/10/2018

There was a sad inevitability about Theo’s spot kick being saved, and it wasn’t a great effort. The keeper guessed right and stopped it. As Cedric walked up to take the final penalty I noticed several people already leaving in the Park End. Truth be told, had my seat been nearer the aisle than it is I’d perhaps have done the same. Cedric scoring was as inevitable as Silva making so many changes to the team.

One great half...

Paul Traill : 30/09/2018

Overall, a nice win and an important one. As we have in our last two games, Fulham will rue them missed chances in the first half. The Premier League is unforgiving and if you miss your chances you are usually punished. Let’s hope this win can be a catalyst for us to be more clinical with our opportunities moving forward.

Everton make their quality tell to put paid to Fulham

Lyndon Lloyd : 29/09/2018

While far from fully convincing, this was an important result that can provide a catalyst from which to get some forward momentum on the season

Sigurdsson and Tosun finally find the net

Michael Kenrick : 29/09/2018

Sigurdsson finally delivered after missing a penalty but scoring two fine goals, Cenk Tosun getting his first of the season.

Signs of progress amid the gloom of another Emirates defeat

Lyndon Lloyd : 24/09/2018

Ultimately, this was a routine result for this particular fixture in scoreline only and 2-0 was harsh on an Everton team that had done more than enough to earn at least a point

Cech repels fine Everton attacks to steal the points

Michael Kenrick : 23/09/2018

Everton took the game to Arsenal brilliantly in the first half but crucially failed to score, and the inevitable happens in the second half.

Question marks all over the shop

Lyndon Lloyd : 16/09/2018

This was very much a story of contrasting individual stories and it throws up a slew of talking points about just how strong Marco Silva’s team actually is and whether the system favoured up to this point — not to mention the personnel within it — has any future

Atrocious result as Everton self-destruct

Michael Kenrick : 16/09/2018

Everton self-destruct with two horrible goals given away in a shockingly awful first-half display against the bottom side.

550 miles for that!!!

Dave Williams : 02/09/2018

Back in the house by 11:15 pm – a very long day and the fact that what I talked about when I got in was meeting Tony Bellew says it all about the football.

Draw ugly

Paul Traill : 02/09/2018

A poor performance, the worst in five games, but we all need to understand that this is going to take a lot of time

Dismal Everton escape with a draw

Michael Kenrick : 01/09/2018

Everton went behind all too easily off another corner but responded immediately through Calvert-Lewin, yet they could not break through again in a dreadful second half.

Plenty of good individual performances

Paul Traill : 30/08/2018

There was enough quality on the pitch to ensure our place in the third round was sealed, thanks to a Gylfi Sigurdsson tap-in and a brace from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Tactical Analysis – Southampton (H)

Steve Ferns : 27/08/2018

So many positives to take from the game, but it was far from perfect. We will be better than this. This is all about progression.

An opportunity missed but some harsh lessons hopefully learned

Lyndon Lloyd : 25/08/2018

Rome wasn’t built in a day and Everton won’t be rebuilt over the course of a summer, a couple of transfer windows or even a season but this felt like another big missed opportunity nonetheless

Blues squander two-goal lead after ridiculous Richarlison 'head-butt'

Michael Kenrick : 25/08/2018

A crazy game on the south coast, ended in stalemate with a player from each side sent off and Keane stretchered off.

Wolves (away) - A (long and boring) tactical analysis

Steve Ferns : 20/08/2018

After the horror shows in pre-season, it was good to see the old guard perform so well with just the addition of Richarlison and this gives so much hope for the future as the big signings break into the first XI, and everyone gets to grips with Silva's tactics, and his coaching continues to improve players.

Early signs are very positive

Paul Traill : 19/08/2018

A good and deserved win with good football played at times. With our new players still to be integrated, you have to be excited about what we might be able to do this season.

Encouraging signs as Everton earn first win under Silva

Lyndon Lloyd : 18/08/2018

What’s really exciting for Evertonians is that, really like the team’s performance as a whole, you get the sense there is much, much more to come from Richarlison who already has three goals to his name.

Scintillating football returns to Goodison Park

Michael Kenrick : 18/08/2018

Marco Silva orchestrated a splendid start to his first home Premier League fixture as Everton put two finely worked goals past Southampton.

Richarlison thrills as 10-man Blues are denied victory by Wolves

Lyndon Lloyd : 12/08/2018

It may not have ended up that way in this game but it looks like Everton have a bona fide match-winner in Richarlison. Even better, four of Silva’s signings have yet to make their first appearances. It feels like things are just getting started…

10-man Everton forced to settle for opening-day draw

Michael Kenrick : 11/08/2018

Everton's 2018-19 Premier League campaign began with a draw in front of the BT cameras in the late-afternoon kick-off at Molineux against newly-promoted Wolves.


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