Everton 2-1 Bournemouth

30 Apr

Left-back Leighton Baines struck a second-half winner as Everton edged out Bournemouth 2-1 at Goodison Park


Match Reports: Everton 2-1 BournemouthMatch Reports: Everton 2-1 Bournemouth

The Toffees handed a Premier League debut to defender Matthew Pennington, while Tim Howard was recalled in goal and Oumar Niasse started up front.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe handed a start to striker Callum Wilson, his first since he suffered a serious knee injury in late September.

The hosts took just seven minutes to break the deadlock as midfielder Tom Cleverley made space on the edge of the area and fired home with his left foot, accurately beating goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

However, the lead lasted just two minutes before Wilson outmuscled Pennington and his cross from the right eventually found Marc Pugh, who powered the ball home from the edge of the six-yard box.

Just before the half-hour mark, Simon Francis headed narrowly wide following a Harry Arter cross and 10 minutes before the break Ross Barkley wriggled past a couple of defenders before driving a shot over the bar from just inside the area.

Early in the second half a fluent Everton attack was broken up by a fine interception from Steve Cook, who took a knock in the process, before being able to continue.

Joshua King cracked a shot narrowly wide from 20 yards and Wilson hit the side-netting from the right side of the area, before the hosts threw on leading scorer Romelu Lukaku.

And the change paid off five minutes later, as Aaron Lennon found space on the right and his cross was crashed home at the far post by the arriving Baines.

The Cherries responded with a double change of their own and Benik Afobe soon saw an effort blocked inside the Toffees area, before heading over when well-placed to meet a Wilson delivery.

Matt Ritchie smashed a left-footer narrowly wide late on, as the hosts held on to record a much-needed victory.

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