Everton beat Chelsea 2-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.
Everton picked up a much-needed victory on Sunday afternoon, beating Chelsea 2-0 at Goodison Park with a superb second half display.
The Toffees squandered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 at Newcastle United last weekend, meaning Marco Silva was once again under pressure to get a positive result.
Everton were dire in the first half, being far too passive all around the pitch as Chelsea went close on a number of occasions, but that all changed in the second half.
Richarlison opened the scoring for Everton from close range after Dominic Calvert-Lewin's header had been saved, before Richarlison caused more mayhem by winning a penalty.
Gylfi Sigurdsson's effort was saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga, but the Icelandic international followed up to score with the rebound.
Everton saw out the game to claim a 2-0 victory, and the win was made even sweeter by Ross Barkley being hauled off the pitch on his return to Goodison Park.
The former Everton midfielder was making his first return to Goodison Park having left the club for Chelsea in January 2018, and whilst he showed flashes of quality in the first half, he was substituted for Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the second half.
Booed and jeered throughout before being heckled off the pitch as he clapped the Everton fans, Barkley enjoyed a disappointing return – but Everton supporters loved it.
Some called him 'Dross Barkley' and suggested he's a joke and 'absolute garbage', though others joked that it was his best ever game at Goodison Park, with some frustrated that fans were more interested in booing Barkley than supporting current Everton players.
Here’s a joke: Ross Barkley— O (@EfcOlly) March 17, 2019
Well Ross Barkley and myself have something in common today. We were both at Goodison to see our boyhood heroes beat a ‘top six’ side for the first time in just over 2 years. Safe trip home Ross lad. #efc— Everton Fans (@Everton_Fans2) March 17, 2019
I wish we’d support the team with as much passion as we boo Barkley!— Jon Murphy (@JonMurphyEfc) March 17, 2019
That's the best I've ever seen Ross Barkley play at Goodison.— Tony Cat (@tonycat83) March 17, 2019
Ross Barkley disasterclass & we’re 2-0 up, today couldn’t have gone any better— The Blues (@SOSEFC1878) March 17, 2019
PS: I’ll take Andre Gomes over Ross Barkley every day.— chadbury (@Chadboyles1) March 17, 2019
PPS: I’ll be continuing to tweet a lot about sports tonight
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