First win in six games AFC Bournemouth as they beat Everton 4-1 at the Vitality to progress to the next stage of the Carabao Cup.
Gary 0’Neil made 9 changes from their last fixture against Leeds. The only players to keep their place was defender Christ Mepham and goalkeeper Mark Travers.
Frank Lampard’s side have lost 4 of their last 6 games. He named an entirely new line-up from their previous loss at Leicester. This allowed a first start for James Garner, after signing for the Toffee’s this summer.
The Cherries took the lead seven minutes in after a shot from was deflected off Garner and looped over keeper Amir Begovic and into the Everton goal.
Everton responded well to going a goal down, with chances for Tom Davies, Garner and Anthony Gordon who all had good chances to put the Toffees level.
Bournemouth managed to keep the away team at bay for the first half. With VAR not in operation until later in the competition, Gordon was lucky to only receive a yellow for his late challenge on Jordan Zemura just before half-time.
Soon into the second half, Mason Holgate was caught in possession leaving the ball to Ryan Christie who generously laid it off to Lowe. Stanislas was there at the back post to get his first goal since March 2021.
Frank Lampard made a response by bringing on Dwight McNeil, Gray and Alex Iwobi. With a little over 20 minutes left, they made their anticipated impact. Neal Maupay tapped the ball through to Gray, with a shot that curled past Travers into the corner.
The Cherries took the game back in control after another shot from Lowe couldn’t be held by Begovic as he spilled it into the path of Marcondes, firing it into the back of the net. Following that, 4 minutes later the home side killed the game with Siriki Dembele laying it off to the composed Anthony.
The result meant Everton have won one of their prior seven games, although Bournemouth’s streak of four straight defeats has ended.
Frank Lampard spoke out after the game and said: “the fans have travelled down and had to endure a poor performance, if the players play how they did we have to hold our hands up.”
“I made changes because I have to protect players who have niggles, we know if we are playing again with the turnaround of an important league game for us on Saturday.”
Gary O’Neil said: “Me and the boys spoke the other day about managing the game better and I mean the boys got a great test this evening” and how “we know it’s something they need to improve and saw it out really well”.
Dorset born Bournemouth fan Tehya Santos said: “It’d be good to see us have a decent cup run as it could build a good atmosphere for our games, in the cup and the league.”
Similarities on Saturday
After that impressive display, O’Neil’s men then faced Everton again in the Premier League four days later. The game followed a similar trend despite the many changes to the starting line-ups.
Marcus Tavernier, Keiffer Morre and Anthony, who scored his second goal against the Toffees in the same week, were the goal scorers in a 3-0 win.
It was a simple win for Bournemouth, which was made easier by an Everton performance that was littered by mistakes. The most noticeable of which being England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s fumble for the first Cherries goal.
The result saw Bournemouth move above Everton in the Premier League table into 14th. Whilst Everton moved to 17th, just one point off the relegation places.
Bournemouth’s next fixture is in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup away at Newcastle United, which comes after the World Cup break on 21st December.