Everton ride luck for 2-0 victory at home to Bournemouth

Jose Verdugo
Enero 13, 2019

Marco Silva hailed Everton's "personality and character" as they battled to beat Bournemouth 2-0 at a rain-sodden Goodison Park this afternoon.

Kurt Zouma powerfully headed in his first goal for the club from Lucas Digne's cross following a corner in the 61st minute, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin added the second in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

It came at the end of a week when Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, while backing manager Marco Silva, told the annual general meeting that the season so far was "not good enough". "We have to achieve the results, for us it's important to regain some form, and some confidence also and a clean sheet is also important".

His flighted cross left Nathan Ake kicking at fresh air and, with goalkeeper Asmir Begovic not coming to collect, the onrushing Zouma leapt to power in a header that delighted the home crowd.

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It was the 24-year-old French centre-back's first goal since he scored for Stoke in a 2-2 draw with Brighton in November 2017.

Calvert-Lewin, who had replaced Richarlison, still had work to do but his low strike from some 16 yards out arrowed into the corner of Begovic's net.

Despite their ninth defeat in 12 league matches, Bournemouth remained in mid-table safety and the result might have been different for the Cherries if David Brooks' shot had not rebounded off a post in the 18th minute. It was a bad performance for sure, but in some moments I can have a bad performance. "I haven't seen it back, so I may be wrong", said the Bournemouth boss.

"It's a hard one to take and one that is similar to our recent run".

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