SAM ALLARDYCE turned in an honest impression of Scrooge to place the squeeze on Chelsea and proceed his unbeaten begin as Toffees chief.
Allardyce’s Everton produced an outstanding stonewall show to carry out regardless of being underneath nearly fixed stress and make it six with out defeat since Large Sam took over.
But actually Chelsea shall be kicking themselves after dominating from begin to end, but failing to discover a method via.
And all that towards an Everton workforce lacking in-form Wayne Rooney, who pulled out hours earlier than kick off after being taken sick.
How they missed him, too, as Everton – other than the briefest of spells – merely couldn’t get close to the ball.
It was a miracle Chelsea weren’t out of sight by the break. It was actually astonishing they ended the sport drawing a clean.
The heart and graft of Phil Jagielka had a lot to do with that, although, as twice inside ten first half seconds Jagielka threw himself to dam on the road.
First he was on the spot to disclaim Timoue Bakayoko, and bounced as much as do likewise when Willian prodded the rebound goalward.
To be honest, for all Chelsea dominated, Jordan Pickford was hardly over-worked – and when he was known as on, he proved greater than succesful.
Like when Pedro lashed in an angled left footer which the Toffees keeper instinctively turned over.
He reacted well when Marco Alonso drilled in a low effort two minutes after the break, whereas Ashley Williams adopted Jagielka’s lead and blocked one other from Pedro.
Williams was thrown on at half time as Allardyce shifted formations to attempt to get a foothold, Sandro Ramirez additionally showing to offer Dominic Calvert-Lewin some up high back-up.
It made little distinction, as Chelsea continued to run the present – though when Williams caught out his head and turned Victor Moses’ cross towards his personal bar and over, you sensed it simply wasn’t meant to be for Chelsea.
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