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Everton 2-0 Chelsea, Premier League: Post-match reaction, ratings

We are not entertained

FBL-ENG-PR-EVERTON-CHELSEA Photo by PETER POWELL/AFP via Getty Images

After the chaos of the last few games, today’s affair at Goodison was a bit more subdued and controlled. And also, tame. Chelsea had a massive edge in possession, though unsurprisingly found it quite difficult to break down Everton’s deep defending.

The first-half saw us try to exploit the speed advantage with Mudryk v Young and Broja v Branthwaite, but even when we were able to get in behind, we lacked the final ball necessary to create a goal. Palmer did force Pickford into one good save, but otherwise neither goalkeeper had much to do.

The second half began in similar fashion, but then Chelsea switched off at the back and allowed a great chance for Calvert-Lewin. Sanchez made the initial save but could do nothing about the follow-up from Doucouré.

Chelsea tried to mount some sort of response, but Everton just sagged back more. A few half-chances aside, we achieved very little and threatened even less.

Everton would add a second in stoppage time — another set piece goal conceded — to put us out of our misery.

Chelsea lose back-to-back games for the first time all season.

Carefree.

  • Three changes from midweek, with Silva, Jackson, and Sterling dropping to the bench
  • Reece James hamstring strikes again (as per the TV commentary); maybe time for that surgery that we’ve been avoiding for a while?
  • Sánchez seemed to land hard on his knee early in the second half and would be unable to continue at the end; hopefully nothing too serious. Petrovic makes his long overdue Chelsea debut.
  • Next up: Sheffield United at home on Saturday
  • KTBFFH

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