Niasse's to the rescue as Everton beat Bournemouth

Esther Moore
Сентября 25, 2017

So finally three points and a long overdue league win, but does this mean Everton are over the worst?

Everton halted their run of consecutive Premier League defeats as Oumar Niasse's double claimed a dramatic 2-1 win over Bournemouth.

"I didn't sign for another team".

Niasse will play no part in Everton's Europa League meeting against Apollon Limassol on Thursday night, though, as he was not registered in their 26-man squad for the group stage of the competition. Put the Icelandic global behind a front two of Niasse and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and see what happens!

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is expected to restore several players to his first XI for Saturday's Premier League home clash with Bournemouth after making eight changes in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Before today's match, Bournemouth failed to score in their two previous away fixtures.

He was forced into a formation change before the game, with centre-back Michael Keane on crutches with a gashed foot and Phil Jagielka nursing a hamstring injury which will keep him out until after the worldwide break, prompting a switch to four at the back.

"I think the quality that they've recruited, they're a very good football team, they've got some really good footballers in their team". We have a great opportunity to build some real momentum now and show what we are capable of before going into the next global break.

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Everton were immediately more aggressive and direct and nearly equalised only for Andrew Surman to hook Mason Holgate's header off the line, a decision aided by the goalline magic eye.

"Last season was a totally different situation with Lukaku but we did not sign a striker and we have two strikers - Sandro (Ramirez) is 21, Dominic (Calvert-Lewis) is 20 - and that gave him a chance to be more close to the first team".

"It was a hard game, we did not create many chances and we took the right decision after 1-0 down to try something different - play two strikers and go more direct".

"I've only seen it live but Simon had his eyes on the ball and when you jump that high you need leverage and his arms are high", he said.

'You expect to have goalkeepers who in key moments in the game have those kind of saves at 1-0 down, ' said the Everton manager.

In terms of this weekend and the test we face, Eddie Howe has put together a hard-working Bournemouth side and they will come to Goodison with a game plan, so we will have to be on our toes and ready for the challenge.

'We have won plenty of games playing that way and we looked like we were heading to win 1-0 and everyone would have said what a great performance'.

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