Dogged Everton Hold Chelsea  (Sky Sports)

Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Idrissa Gueye and Eden HazardEverton extended their unbeaten Premier League run to six matches with a hard-earned 0-0 draw against Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Chelsea controlled possession and created the better chances, but could not find a breakthrough against a dogged Everton defence.

Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams both cleared off the line for the Toffees and the latter also deflected a cross from Victor Moses on to his own bar.

Everton did not have a shot on target but could have snatched a winner in injury-time as Michael Keane headed over from a corner.

The draw continues Everton's revival under Sam Allardyce, who remains unbeaten since he took charge almost a month ago. Chelsea, meanwhile, are 13 points behind leaders Manchester City - who face Bournemouth later on Saturday.

Player ratings

Everton: Pickford (7), Keane (8), Jagielka (8), Kenny (7), Martina (7), Schneiderlin (7), Lennon (5), Gueye (6), Davies (6), Sigurdsson (6), Calvert-Lewin (6)

Subs: Williams (6), Sandro (5), Baningime (5)

Chelsea: Courtois (6), Rudiger (6), Christensen (6), Azpilicueta (6), Alonso (7), Moses (7), Kante (6), Bakayoko (6), Willian (5), Hazard (6), Pedro (5)

Subs: Fabregas (5), Batshuayi (5), Zappacosta (5)

Man of the match: Michael Keane

The visitors, who had 25 shots to five from Everton, set the tone early and went close as Jagielka twice blocked on the line.

But Everton withstood the early pressure and largely managed to keep the visitors at bay, with Pickford not seriously called into action until the 35th minute to keep out a shot from Pedro.

Everton's best moment of the half came in the final minute as Dominic Calvert-Lewin won possession from Andreas Christensen, but he failed to make the most of the chance, much to the frustration of Gylfi Sigurdsson - who was unmarked at the back post.

Williams and Sandro Ramirez were introduced at half-time by Everton and the former was soon called into action to clear a shot on the line after Pickford again saved from Pedro.

Everton lost Idrissa Gueye to injury and Chelsea continued to threaten more, with Pickford forced into a sharp save in the 66th minute to push away a low shot from Eden Hazard.

Williams then deflected a cross from Moses on to the bar as Chelsea piled on the pressure in the final 20 minutes.

They could not grab a winner, however, and Keane almost snatched the points for Everton when he headed over from a corner in injury-time.

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Everton kept their first Premier League clean sheet in nine games against Chelsea, since a 1-0 win in September 2013.

Everton have kept three clean sheets in their five Premier League games under Sam Allardyce - the same number they'd kept in their previous 18 in the competition.

Chelsea have now had two goalless draws in the Premier League this season - they didn't have a single one in Antonio Conte's first season in charge.

Chelsea's haul of 25 shots was the third highest shot tally by an away team in the Premier League this season, and the most by an away side without scoring.

Meanwhile, Everton failed to have a single shot on target in a home Premier League game for the first time since December 4, 2011 vs Stoke; 2211 days ago.

Man of the match - Michael Keane

Making his first appearance since the start of the month, Keane was at the heart of a solid defensive display from Everton. Keane made eight interceptions, three more than any other Everton player, and could have won it late on when he headed over from a corner.

Sky Sports commentator Alan Smith said: "As a team Everton defended heroically but Michael Keane was coming back into the side and confidence would not have been high at the start, but he was so strong and determined out there."

What's next?

Everton are on the road in their next two matches as they go to West Brom on Boxing Day and then travel to Bournemouth on Saturday, December 30. Chelsea host Brighton on Boxing Day and are at home again on Saturday against Stoke.


Everton Pickford, Kenny, Jagilelka (c), Keane, Martina, Schneiderlin, Gueye (Baningime 51), Davies (Williams 46), Lennon (Sandro 46), Calvert-Lewin, Sigurdsson
Subs Not Used Robles, Bolasie, Niasse, Holgate
Booked Calvert-Lewin, Martina, Keane

Chelsea Courtois, Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger, Moses (Zappacosta 81), Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso, Willian (Batshuayi 71), Pedro (Fabregas 63), Hazard
Subs Not Used Caballero, Drinkwater, Cahill, Hudson-Odoi


Referee Bobby Madley

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