Last Time We Met; Bournemouth (H)

To get ready for today’s game we are looking back to when we last player Bournemouth at Goodison. So let us go back to February this year.

Everton 6 – 3 Bournemouth

Saturday 4th February 2017

Line ups:

Everton: Robles, Coleman, Funes Mori, Williams, Baines, Lookman, Barkley, Barry, Schneiderlin, McCarthy, Lukaku.

Bournemouth: Boruc, Mings, Francis, Cook, Pugh, Fraser, Gosling, Arter, Surman, Wilshere, King

The last time Bournemouth visited Everton, they played their part in ensuring that the Goodison Crowds got their money’s worth in terms of action and goals – and it took just 32 seconds for Everton to take the lead. Some sloppy play from the visitors allowed Morgan Schneiderlin to capitalise inside the Bournemouth half. Some neat interchanges with James McCarthy set up Romelu Lukaku nicely, who curled a left footed shot into the corner of the net from the edge of the box.

On 23 minutes, McCarthy grabbed a goal for himself. Some excellent play on the right hand side of the box from Lukaku left the Bournemouth defence shapeless and ragged, before drilling a low cross into the box, which McCarthy bundled past Boruc somewhat fortunately, with the aid of a double deflection.

Some kamikaze defending from Bournemouth 5 minutes later, saw an underhit back pass from Simon Francis played across the front of his own box, right to the feet of the very grateful Romelu Lukaku who neatly finished to make it 3-0 and leave the despondent Bournemouth defence a deeper shade of red.

The second half brought about some fighting spirit for Bournemouth, who snatched a goal back on 58 minutes thanks to Joshua King.

On 69 minutes, they grabbed another. A low cross fizzed in across the six hard area gifted Joshua King his second of the afternoon and left the Goodison crowd twitching.

The game stayed that way up until the 82nd minute, where a neat interchange between Lukaku and Coleman saw the Irishman float in a perfectly waited cross for Lukaku to finish with a volley and deal his hat trick. Surely Bournemouth were dead and buried now.

However, any Blues darting early to beat the traffic would have had little inkling that the game still harboured three more goals in the dying 8 minutes

The next of those, came two minutes later on 84 minutes. Tom Davies battled well to win control of the ball, who allowed Barkley to take the ball and feed Lukaku, who slotted in for his fourth of the game.

On the 90th minute, Harry Arter somehow bundled the ball over the line from an impossible angle to make it 5-3, before a long defensive clearance set up Ross Barkley to break clean-through on goal to round Boruc and celebrate triumphantly BEFORE slotting the ball into and empty net to round off a brilliant afternoon of Premier League football.

With the Blues’ goalscoring woes so far, asking for six goals today may be more optimistic than asking Koeman to play two up front, but with the Carabao cup victory in mid-week, let’s hope that we see a renewed confidence and fighting spirit from Everton to begin pushing up the league.

– Rich (@Richie3986)

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