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Everton vs Bournemouth: Kurt Zouma and Dominic Calvert-Lewin ease pressure on Marco Silva

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Kurt Zouma’s first Everton goal arrested his team’s alarming slide down the Premier League table and added to the growing concerns for Bournemouth and their manager Eddie Howe.

On-loan Chelsea defender Zouma struck in the 62nd minute after Bournemouth failed to clear a Gylfi Sigurdsson corner and Everton left-back Lucas Digne found the space to attack Joshua King down the left side of the area.

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Still, by the later stages of the opening half, Everton appeared to have weathered the worst of it and Lookman, preferred to the under-achieving Theo Walcott, was becoming a factor.

Everton started the second half maintaining that improvement with Richarlison, a virtual spectator over the opening 45 minutes, finally starting to become involved.

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Gomes was fortunate to stay on soon after, for a foul on Steve Cook, although Bournemouth would have had graver concerns had Richarlison’s stooping header after 77 minutes flown into the goal instead of just wide.
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