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Everton 2-0 Bournemouth: Kurt Zouma hits first Toffees goal to seal win

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Everton 2-0 Bournemouth: Kurt Zouma hits first goal with power header to down Eddie Howe's side as Toffees pick up five yellow cards in fiery encounterEverton dug in to take a 2-0 victory over Eddie Howe's Bournemouth on a rainy afternoon in Liverpool Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma opened the scoring on the hour mark with a powerful headed effort Earlier, Nathan Ake had cleared an effort off the line to deny the home side breaking the deadlock As Bournemouth attacked in the dying moments, Dominic Calvert-Lewin struck to seal all three points at 2-0The result sees Everton move up to 10th place in the league, one point ahead of Wolves who play on Monday Advertisement

Marco Silva said he wasn’t under any extra pressure but his actions proved otherwise. Deep into injury time, as his side launched one final attack, it all came tumbling out.

A cutback from Ademola Lookman fell at the feet of substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin and, without breaking stride, the young striker secured Everton’s first win at Goodison Park since November. The performance, eventually, against Bournemouth deserved three points and this was suitable finale.

You would associate Silva with public displays of emotion but he stood on the touchline repeatedly shaking his fists and roaring his delight. Aware of the significance of the goal, Duncan Ferguson, the coach and club stalwart, ran to embrace the head coach and gripped his head in delight.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin wrapped up formalities after hitting the back of the net in added time after coming on as a substitute

Kurt Zouma leapt through the air to plant a powerful header on the ball and send it crashing past Asmir Begovic in goal

The Chelsea loanee immediately turned and sped off to the corner to celebrate breaking the deadlock

Zouma could not hide his emotion after scoring his first goal for the Toffees since joining in the summer

Substitute Cenk Tosun was equally as elated on the touchline, as Zouma punched the air in jubilation after scoring

Zouma headed up the touchline where he was congratulated by manager Marco Silva by the Toffees technical area

Bournemouth had their fair share of possession and were left visibly dejected after falling a goal behind in the match

This has been a difficult six weeks for Everton but, perhaps, this was the turning of corner. For the opening 30 minutes against Bournemouth, they played like a team without belief but come the final whistle, the team left the pitchy to long and noisy acclaim. It has been too long.

Yet when Silva reflects on things, he will be aware it could have turned out different. Bournemouth’s form may have been dreadful but it had no impact on their confidence. They started the game with purpose and the longer they kept possession – a task made easier give Everton were so passive – the more fraught the atmosphere became.

It was almost as if the home fans were expecting Bournemouth to take advantage and, in the 14th minute, their worst fears almost came true. While Everton argued for a free-kick following a collision between Josh King and Kurt Zouma, Junior Stanislas sent David Brooks scuttling through.

MATCH FACTS, LIVE LEAGUE TABLE AND MATCH ZONE

EVERTON: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne, Andre Gomes, Gueye, Lookman, Sigurdsson (Mina 92'), Bernard (Walcott 78'), Richarlison (Calvert-Lewin 87')

SUBS UNUSED: Tosun, Stekelenburg, Davies, Kenny

BOOKED: Bernard, Richarlison, Gomes, Zouma, Keane

GOAL: Zouma 60

BOURNEMOUTH: Begovic, Clyne, Steve Cook, Ake, Smith, Stanislas (Mousset 68'), Lerma, Gosling, Fraser, Brooks (Ibe 83'), King

SUBS UNUSED: Boruc, Surman, Daniels, Rico, Simpson

BOOKED: None

REFEREE: Anthony Taylor

ATTENDANCE: 38,113

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Kurt Zouma scored his first Everton goal by smashing home a powerful header. CLICK HERE to see more from Sportsmail's MATCH ZONE.

The Welshman, whose silky touch and elegant style demanded you follow his every move, held his nerve but his shot was fractionally off direction and it thudded against the base of the post before rebounding to safety. The gasps of relief, unsurprisingly, were loud and plentiful.

Everywhere you looked you could see the self-belief draining from Everton’s players so much so that even Jordan Pickford – one of several players being watched by England manager Gareth Southgate – was struggling to kick straight.

Steve Cook's header whistled narrowly over the crossbar as Bournemouth initially threatened to take first blood in the tie

Michael Keane showed his power in the air by leaping well above his opponent to win an aerial ball for Everton

Andre Gomes quickly found himself in a midfield battle with his Bournemouth counterpart Jefferson Lerma in the contest

As tempers began to boil over, the pair were involved in multiple altercations as they battled for supremacy in the midfield

Gomes was then awarded a yellow card by referee Anthony Taylor, who sought to bring proceedings under control

Taylor also had to have a stern word with Silva on the touchline after the Everton boss became increasingly animated

Keane took no prisoners in the contest and put in a challenge on Ryan Fraser, quickly deemed to be a foul

Brazil international Richarlison winced under the aerial challenge of Nathan Ake as he looked to kick-start an attack

Ake and Richarlison's duels continued throughout and the Dutchman bowled the Toffees forward over on the turf

There was the real prospect of Everton submerging if they had gone a goal behind but Bournemouth couldn’t maintain their tempo and, belatedly, they found some kind of rhythm; the catalyst came in the form of the elusive Ademola Lookman.

He has waited a long time for a proper chance but Silva appears ready to put his faith in him and should Lookman continue to show this kind of ambition, he will keep Theo Walcott out of the team for a prolonged spell.

Lookman was involved in everything positive Everton did in the final 15 minutes of the first half – a cross that flashed across the six-yard box, another cross which Bernard headed over – and that flurry was crucial to changing the dynamic.

Everton went back to the dressing room in a positive state of mind and re-emerged on the front foot; within three minutes of the restart, Richarlison thought he had scored but his shot from four yards somehow clattered into Nathan Ake, who was stood on the goal-line.

Lucas Digne rattled a free-kick effort for Everton in the first half of the contest, but couldn't beat the goalkeeper

Gylfi Sigurdsson rued a missed opportunity as the heavens began to open at Goodison and the rain poured down

The match coursed on as the players did battle in sodden conditions, looking to make a breakthrough under the floodlights

Richarlison beat the turf in frustration but, soon, the frustrations were released. On the hour, Gylfi Sigurdsson’s corner eluded everyone bar Lucas Digne and he charged to the byline to cross for Zouma, who applied a thumping finish.

With an advantage to preserve, it then became a question of character. Bournemouth continued to ask questions and some big interventions were required – one from Michael Keane, the other from Pickford – to keep the visitors at bay.

Then, in the last throes, one last breakaway enabled Calvert-Lewin to plunder the goal that Goodison – and Silva – had been craving. Never more was it apparent than in his celebrations.




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