Duncan Ferguson stakes claim to become permanent Everton boss after victory over Chelsea

Everton vs Chelsea

Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off saw Everton playing host to Chelsea.

The Toffees had been in dire form before kicking off at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Everton’s last outing saw them comprehensively beaten 5-2 by bitter rivals Liverpool in midweek.

Marco Silva was then dismissed as Everton boss the following day, with Duncan Ferguson the man tasked with managing Everton vs Chelsea.

As for Chelsea, they bounced back from two league defeats in a row by seeing off Aston Villa by two goals to one earlier this week.

The London outfit began the weekend 4th in the PL, with a six-point advantage over 5th placed Wolves.

Everton, on the other hand, started the day in the relegation zone.

The starting XI’s

Chelsea’s starting line-up was pretty standard, with Jorginho and Fikayo Tomori dropping to the bench the most notable changes.

Meanwhile, Duncan Ferguson made two changes in his first starting eleven, as Theo Walcott and Morgan Schneiderlin came in for Tom Davies and Yerry Mina.

Everton’s flying start

The sacking of Silva appeared to have an almost instant impact on Everton, with Richarlison putting the Toffees 1-0 up inside five minutes on Saturday, as the Brazilian headed home from a Djibril Sidibe cross.

While the early goal was obviously a major plus, Everton just generally looked a much more positive side in the opening exchanges at Goodison Park.

The Merseyside powerhouse were pressing well and keeping a normally expansive Chelsea side pegged back.

And when Frank Lampard’s side did manage to keep hold of the ball for a sustained period of time, there were little to no holes in the Everton side for Chelsea to exploit.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin then missed a big chance 15 minutes in to double Everton’s advantage.

The Englishman found himself one on one with Kepa, but DCL hit it straight at the Spaniard.

Chelsea pressure

Everton’s defensive frailties would shine through shortly after Calvert-Lewin’s miss, though, when Michael Keane made a mistake in his box but Chelsea were unable to capitalise on his error.

And after the initial excitement of having a new boss wore off, Everton spent the second half of the first 45 pegged back in their own half.

Chelsea had another half-chance around the 30-minute mark, when Willian played a good ball into the Everton box, but Tammy Abraham wasn’t on the same page as the Brazilian.

Christian Pulisic then whipped a good ball across to Abraham moments later, but the England international was unable to reach the cross.

However, despite their pressure, Chelsea were unable to break Everton down before the interval.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 07: Richarlison of Everton celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Chelsea FC at Goodison Park on December 07, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

Ferguson to become permanent boss?

Everton would begin the second-half much the same way that they kicked off the tie, though, as Calvert-Lewin doubled the hosts’ advantage three minutes after the break.

Chelsea’s response was almost instantaneous, though, as Mateo Kovacic slotted home from outside the box 51 minutes in.

Mason Mount had a great chance to bring Chelsea back on level terms 64 minutes in, but the midfielder placed his effort wide.

Mount had another solid chance with 79 minutes on the clock, but the midfielder’s shot was blocked by Mason Holgate.

With 10 minutes to go, Lampard rolled the dice and brought right-back Reece James off for centre-forward Michy Batshuayi.

But the change didn’t have the effect Lampard would have been hoping for, as DCL added his second and Everton’s 3rd of the day, to put the result beyond doubt.

Minus a few blips in the tie, Everton put in a very solid display on Saturday vs a top-four side, and should their form continue in this manner under Ferguson, perhaps he could be given the job on a permanent basis.

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