Ferguson's Everton Stun Chelsea  (Sky Sports)

Everton 3 Chelsea 1

Richarlison celebrates his goalDominic Calvert-Lewin's double gave Duncan Ferguson a perfect start as Everton caretaker as they beat Chelsea 3-1 at Goodison Park.

Thrust into his first managerial role following the departure of Marco Silva on Thursday, Ferguson was celebrating wildly on the touchline inside five minutes when Richarlison headed Djibril Sidibe's cross past Kepa Arrizabalaga.

It was a backs-to-the-walls job for the hosts from then on as Chelsea dominated possession and territory, but they still had chances to score and did double their lead four minutes after the break when Calvert-Lewin robbed Kurt Zouma before slotting through Kepa's legs.

Three minutes later, Chelsea got themselves back in the game when Mateo Kovacic fired in a pinpoint low effort from 25 yards, but their comeback hopes were quelled late on when a defensive shambles allowed Calvert-Lewin to poke home for his first Premier League double late on.

Player ratings

Home Team: Pickford (7), Sidibe (8), Holgate (7), Keane (7), Digne (7), Schneiderlin (7), Sigurdsson (7), Walcott (7), Richarlison (8), Iwobi (7), Calvert-Lewin (9).

Subs: Davies (7), Baines (6), Bernard (n/a).

Away Team: Kepa (5), James (6), Christensen (5), Zouma (5), Azpilicueta (5), Kante (7), Kovacic (7), Willian (6), Mount (7), Pulisic (5), Abraham (5).

Subs: Hudson-Odoi (5), Batshuayi (n/a).

Man of the match: Dominic Calvert-Lewin

How Everton got their character back

Even before kick-off, Goodison Park felt a rejuvenated arena as one of their own took to the home dugout, and within minutes of a rousing cheer met Ferguson's arrival from the tunnel the Everton fans were on their feet again as Richarlison buried the ball past Kepa from a brilliant Sidibe cross.

Everton's new-found heart and desire was evident as they outran their opponents from kick-off. The hosts weathered a storm of possession from Chelsea, who failed to register a shot on target until the 35th minute.

By that point Everton could have doubled their lead, but Calvert-Lewin failed to take advantage of a lovely ball slipped into the box by Theo Walcott, and shot straight at Kepa from a good angle.

But having ridden those long spells of Chelsea pressure before the break, Everton doubled their lead four minutes into the second period as Calvert-Lewin made amends in style, robbing Zouma on the edge of the Chelsea box before running through and showing composure to slot the ball under Kepa.

Team news

Duncan Ferguson brought back Morgan Schneiderlin and Theo Walcott for his first game in charge of Everton.

Chelsea named an unchanged side from the one that beat Aston Villa on Wednesday night.

Goodison Park was rocking now but the volume was soon turned down a notch or two when a cross was cleared to Kovacic, who fired in first-time out of nowhere, out of reach of Jordan Pickford and into the bottom corner.

Mason Holgate made a crucial block on Mason Mount's goalbound volley to keep the Toffees ahead as Chelsea again began to turn the screw with time running out, but nerves soon turned to more unbridled joy for Ferguson with six minutes left.

A comedy of errors at the back for Chelsea could not overshadow Everton's sheer desire to score as Kepa's dreadful pass was picked off by Walcott before Zouma could reach it, and despite Kante's despairing dive when the ball was worked to Tom Davies, Calvert-Lewin refused to give up hope and scuffed the ball in to seal victory.

The announcement of six minutes of injury time was still enough to worry a home crowd who have not been used to winning in recent times but at the final whistle the relief was palpable on Ferguson's face, while in the directors' box owner Fahrad Moshiri beamed as his caretaker staked the best case he could to get a longer shot at the top job.

What the managers said...

Everton boss Duncan Ferguson told BT Sport: "I'm just looking to get home for a lie down! We're not looking far ahead, I was just looking at this game. It's three fantastic points. It was an unbelievable, incredible experience. I loved it. One I'll never forget.

"I'm here for as long as they want me here. I'm sure they are out there looking for their candidates and rightly so, we want the best guys in the world managing here. This was just an incredible experience, one no-one can take away from me. It's one game, it's just one result."

Man of the match - Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Plenty of questions have been asked of Calvert-Lewin during his Everton career and more were brewing when he wasted a good first-half chance. It would be poetic to link Ferguson's management to his brace that followed, and, while unlikely, his performance was hugely encouraging for both player and manager.

Both of his goals were proper striker goals, the first an instinctive finish and the second a case of right time, right place, and if he can make a habit of this, any questions about his ability will vanish pretty quickly.

Opta stats

Everton enjoyed just their third win in 12 Premier League games (D1 L8), with the Toffees ending a run of three defeats in the competition.

Chelsea have lost a Premier League game against a team with a manager taking charge of their first game in the competition for the first time ever, excluding their game against Oldham on the first day of the 1992-93 season (P18 W14 D3 L1).

Chelsea have registered only one clean sheet in 17 Premier League away games in 2019, a joint-low among teams to play in both seasons (Tottenham also have 1 in 16).

What's next?

Everton travel to Manchester United, perhaps with a new manager in tow, next Sunday at 2pm live on Sky Sports Premier League. Chelsea host Lille on Tuesday at 8pm, as they look to reach the Champions League last 16.


Everton Pickford, Sidibe, Keane, Holgate, Digne (Baines 82), Walcott (Bernard 86), Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson (c), Iwobi, Richarlison (Davies 70, Calvert-Lein
Subs Not Used Steckelenberg, Niasse, Tosun, Kean
Booked Digne, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Goals Richarlison 5, Calvert-Lewin 48, 84

Chelsea Kepa, James (Batshuayi 82), Christensen, Zouma, Azpilicueta (c), Kante, Kovacic, Mount, Willian (Hudson-Odoi 70), Abraham, Pulisic
Subs Not Used Caballero, Tomori, Emerson, Jorginho, Barkley
Goals Kovacic 52

Attendance 39,114

Referee Craig Pawson

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