Last week, after statistically dominating QPR, Everton eventually succumbed to defeat. Thankfully this weekend the Toffees' fortunes were reversed, after a snatch and grab job at Ewood Park. You make your own luck in the Premier League and, especially last season, Everton often peppered the penalty areas of inferior opposition without coming away with a win. As David Moyes stated afterward, his job is to win, and win they did.
However, these three points were painfully attainable for Blackburn, and Rovers fans will still be cringing about the game now. Steve Kean’s side dominated the shot count 21-11, they had a higher number of corners than Everton and sent in more crosses into the penalty area. Despite this, puzzlingly, Everton had almost 60 percent of the play, without too many ideas about how to penetrate a Blackburn defense well marshaled by Chris Samba.
The Toffees’ savior was Tim Howard, who delivered one of the best all round displays of his Everton career. He prevented a second timid Premier League showing end in another loss, by single-handedly thwarting Blackburn on numerous occasions. The American number one made some impressive saves, including a crucial second half penalty stop.
Blackburn later fluffed another penalty as well as countless further openings. In the dying embers of the game they then had the exacerbating experience of seeing Everton stroll down the field, win, and slot home a controversial penalty, and steal all three points.
Here are five current talking points surrounding Everton, sparked by Saturday’s very welcome result.