Chelsea 2-2 Everton: Premier League – as it happened | Premier League8 min read
As Jonathan Wilson’s report comes in, I’ll say my farewells. Thanks for hanging with me. Chelsea with much to ponder during the international break. Everton with momentum as they fight for survival. Til next time…
James Tarkowski earns the player of the match award. Right call, I think. He was a titan at the back, blocking about a million shots and heading away almost everything that came his way. He was responsible for the penalty but was otherwise perfect.
Here’s Ellis Simms:
It’s a great occasion to do it. A massive point against a top opposition.
I’m delighted. I can’t put it into words. It’s a dream come true to score my first Premier League goal.
It’s about patience. I just had to wait for my chance. I have to work hard in training and when I get the opportunity I have to take it with both hands.
Dyche on the penalty:
Once there is minor contact he’s already going down. I think it was a tight one, for me.
On the relegation battle:
It takes wins and takes performances. We’re staying focussed [on us]. You have to rely on yourself. Slowly but surely the mentality is improving every time.
How does this team compare with Burnley?
There is certainly talent here. We showed a different way of winning at Burnley. We’re trying to give them the freedom to play. The attitude to defending was great but they’re very good players. I think there is more to come from this group.
Sean Dyche speaks with Sky:
Of course, we all planned it like that. Keeps our heart rate low when we do that.
I’m really pleased with the growing mentality. There was a lot of criticism about their away form in previous seasons. It’s tough coming to a place like this. We showed a little too much respect [in the first half] and did well to come back twice
[On Simms] he’s a young lad earning his spurs. He’s realising the hard yards are important and he’s maturing into it. He just felt with his pace and his power… he’s delivered with that to break free [and score].
A lot has been made of the goalscoring and the lack of a striker. But it’s a team mentality. The intent to score has improved. We kept our shape and kept it tight [in the first half]. A really good intent to score the goal and try win the game.
That will certainly knock the wind out of Potter’s sails. He arrived today on the back of a three game winning streak but this dull performance will serve as a reminder that this Chelsea outfit really needs work. Just uninspired and they rightly leave with more questions than answers. If I were a Chelsea fan I’d be deeply frustrated by what I saw.
Look at what that points means to the Toffees faithful:
Chelsea are back in the top half of the table with that point. Everton now two points clear of the relegation zone. They’re in 15th.
Chelsea weren’t good today. Yes, they took the lead twice, but the first was a scrappy scuff from broken play and the second was a penalty. Both legitimate goals but this is evidently a team that isn’t functioning as it should. Hard to pick out a single player that produced anything close to a world class performance.
Full-Time: Chelsea 2-2 Everton
Chelsea can’t do it. Everton have stolen a point. Actually, that’s not fair. They fought back twice to earn a hard fought draw with a 21-year-old bagging their second in the 90th minute. If they survive the drop they’ll look back on this one. Excellent graft and you know what, they absolutely deserved that.
90+5 min: Nope, another corner. For real, the very last chance now.
90+5 min: The free kick is not a clever one but Chelsea still keep it. James againb. Drops a shoulder and dinks a ball in. Havertz’ header goes out. Corner given for some reason. One last, last chance.
90+4 min: James is the outlet. He gets it and wrong foots McNiel, who is on a card already, and wins a free kick. One last chance.
90+3 min: Pickford comes to punch the ball clear from the corner. Chelsea still with it. James sends the ball in and Tarkowski heads it away. Everton clinging on.
90+2 min: Havertz has a great chance to header from a brilliant Chilwell cross from the left but makes a right mess of it. It hits the top of his head and goes backwards somehow. Still, the ball is kept alive and Chelsea win a corner.
21-year-old Ellis Simms! Fantastic. Brilliant goal that had everything you want from a striker. Five extra minutes.
GOAL! Chelsea 2-2 Everton (Simms, 90)
What the what! His first Everton goal! Simms has come off the bench and grabbed a late equaliser. He brushes off Koulibaly with great strength bursts into the box and composes himself before shooting across Kepa. The keeper gets a hand on it but it bobbles under him and hits the back of the net!
88 min: Badiashile has had a good game. He scampers across the park and collects a ball played in behind Chelsea’s line down the left.
86 min: Cholobah replaces Fofana to maintain a back three.
85 min: Koulibaly just hands the ball to Simms who can’t believe his luck. He doesn’t know what to do with it and dallies long enough before shooting so Badiashile can gert back and block it.
Joao Felix makes way for Chukuemeka.
83 min: That was Lampard-esque from Gallagher who seizes on a loose ball, dribbles past three defenders and drives towards the byline. That’s where the comparison with the Chelsea legend ends as his cross is poor and it’s an Everton goal kick.
82 min: McNeil flashes a low shot from inside the box on the right across goal. Kepa seemed to have that covered but it shows the danger that Everton do possess. Simms at the far post would have had a tap in had Kepa diverted it his way, maybe that’s why he pulled his arms back.
80 min: Gray jiggles the ball between either foot but there’s no room to cross from the right. So he goes backwards and when Everton attempt to get behind the line the Chelsea defence is firm. Everton looking a little frantic.
Kovacic hands the armband to Kepa as he makes way for Loftus-Cheek.
Simms replaces Gueye. Can the young striker make a difference?
Yellow Card! Chelsea (James, 78)
In a scuffle that followed the goal, James pushed an Everton player and has landed himself in the naughty book.
GOAL! Chelsea 2-1 Everton (Havertz, 76 pen))
Havertz converts and Chelsea are back in front. He’s calm. That really is a slick penalty. He waits for Pickford to move and then lifts it the other way. He stutters in his run up but doesn’t take his eyes off the ‘keeper. Tucks it home with aplomb. Three goals in his last three games.
Penalty! Chelsea, 73
Having just got themselves level Everton could be behind. James causing all the trouble with a great run into the box and Godfrey clips him before Tarkowski puts him on the floor.
72 min: Havertz twists and turns from the edge of the box on the right and shoots with his left foot. It’s on target and Pickford grabs it after a little bobble. The game has come alive.
That’s what Everton were hoping for. Sustained pressure from a series of set pieces and they scrapped their way to an equaliser. They might even pinch this.
GOAL! Chelsea 1-1 Everton (Doucoure, 69)
Everton are level! It doesn’t bulge the net but it crosses the line. A second corner is put in the box and Tarkowski at the far post gets it back in the mixer. Came off his shoulder but that doesn’t matter. Doucoure is there to nod it past Kepa. It’s cleared, but not soon enough. All square again.
67 min: A corner for Everton after McNeil’s effort from the left is blocked by James. Onana might have shot himself from the centre but instead he flicked it on for McNeil. Everton growing. Chelsea won’t mind that.
66 min: Good work from Gray. He had to wait and wait and wait for a buddy to come to his aid. He waited as long as he could and put a ball in the box for McNiel but it was still too early and Kepa pounced on it.
65 min: A slight lull in the game. Everton are taking a breath before the final foray, perhaps. Dyche looks busy on the touchline. He’s got to make a change. Tawkowski, who has been immense, fouls Joao Felix with a high boot.
63 min: Reece James plucks a ball from the stratosphere. He’s offside but wow! What a take. He’s having a brilliant game.
61 min: Fofana leaps high to the Chilwell corner but can’t direct it anywhere near the goal.
60 min: James on the right again. He’s causing loads of trouble out there. His ball finds Chilwel who again plays it first time. It breaks and Kovacic on the edge of the box shoots with the side of his foot and it’s deflected over the bar.
Pulisic is subbed off for Gallagher. A handy performance from the American. A switch to a 3-5-2 likely.
58 min: Keane at the near post has to do better. It looked like the ball went through his head! Not sure how he hasn’t met that with a firm header after a great ball in.