Everton 3-0 Leeds: Toffees show spirit in Frank Lampard’s first league win

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Seamus Coleman celebrates
Seamus Coleman ended a run of 79 Everton appearances without a goal in all competitions

Everton put on a dominant display against Leeds to earn their first Premier League victory under manager Frank Lampard – ending a run of six league games without a win.

It means the Toffees are now five points clear of the relegation zone.

Captain Seamus Coleman was the unlikely scorer of the opener, tapping in a rebound from Donny van de Beek’s cross, before Michael Keane headed in another.

Anthony Gordon added a third in the second half as Everton wrapped up victory.

Everton, who had 21 shots on goal, looked lively with the return of Alex Iwobi and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in attack.

Van de Beek was handed a first Everton start and was heavily involved, particularly in the first half, as the Leeds struggled to gain momentum.

Leeds rarely tested goalkeeper Jordan Pickford but Rodrigo almost produced two moments of magic when long-range efforts crashed off the crossbar in the first half.

In the end, it was comfortable for Everton, who move to within a point of 15th-placed Leeds after keeping a first clean sheet in 13 matches.

Everton show fight in much-needed victory

The pressure was on Everton to deliver after a dreadful run of form – and Lampard’s side showed intensity from the first minute.

Gordon almost made it 1-0 within seconds of kick-off, only to be denied by an excellent last-ditch block from Luke Ayling.

The hosts were well on top in the early stages too, with the Goodison crowd in fine voice as Leeds were put under pressure.

Coleman’s passionate celebration – a roar towards the home fans, a badge clutch and a kiss for Richarlison on the cheek – showed how much it meant for the captain to put his side in the lead.

Everton maintained their intensity after that and big tackles from Mason Holgate and Iwobi were appreciated by supporters, before Richarlison received a big cheer for his work in winning the corner which led to the second goal.

Leeds carried a threat in patches – Rodrigo’s stunning efforts hitting the crossbar twice, while Jack Harrison struck wide and Daniel James was almost played in behind on one or two occasions.

But Everton were good value for their victory – a first in the Premier League under new boss Lampard, and in 2022.

The Blues boss applauded the Goodison Park faithful as they chanted his name shortly after Gordon had helped steer Richarlison’s strike into the bottom corner for Everton’s third goal.

They were almost given a fourth goal to celebrate too but Salomon Rondon’s strike was expertly tipped over the bar by Leeds keeper Illan Meslier.

Everton’s 21 shots was their most in 78 Premier League games, since having 22 against Newcastle in December 2019.

Meanwhile, Leeds’ manager Marcelo Bielsa has another injury concern to contend with as Stuart Dallas was forced off within seven minutes.

With Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham coming up in their next three fixtures, Bielsa will hope the injury is not serious.

Player of the match

van de beckDonny van de Beek

Everton

  1. Squad number30player namevan de beck

  2. Squad number24player nameGordon

  3. Squad number36player nameAlli

  4. Squad number23player nameColeman

  5. Squad number7player nameRicharlison

  6. Squad number9player nameCalvert-Lewin

  7. Squad number5player nameKeane

  8. Squad number6player nameAllan

  9. Squad number34player nameEl Ghazi

  10. Squad number17player nameiwobi

  11. Squad number33player nameRondon

  12. Squad number2player nameKenny

  13. Squad number4player nameHolgate

  14. Squad number1player namepickford

Leeds United

  1. Squad number19player nameRodrigo

  2. Squad number20player nameJames

  3. Squad number1player nameMeslier

  4. Squad number15player nameDallas

  5. Squad number21player nameStruijk

  6. Squad number14player nameLlorente

  7. Squad number33player namehjelde

  8. Squad number22player nameHarrison

  9. Squad number5player nameKoch

  10. Squad number2player nameAyling

  11. Squad number10player nameraphinha

  12. Squad number43player nameclich

  13. Squad number4player nameForshaw

  14. Squad number11player nameRoberts

Line-ups

Everton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1pickford
  • 23Coleman
  • 4Holgate
  • 5Keane
  • 2Kenny
  • 24GordonSubstituted forEl Ghaziat 81′minutes
  • 6Allan
  • 30van de beck
  • 17iwobiBooked at 74mins
  • 9Calvert-LewinSubstituted forAlliat 72′minutes
  • 7RicharlisonSubstituted forRondonat 86′minutes

substitutes

  • 3Patterson
  • 14Townsend
  • 15Begovic
  • 20Tosun
  • 21André Gomes
  • 32Branthwaite
  • 33Rondon
  • 34El Ghazi
  • 36Alli

Leeds

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Meslier
  • 2Ayling
  • 14Llorente
  • 21Struijk
  • 15DallasSubstituted forhjeldeat 9′minutes
  • 5Koch
  • 10raphinhaSubstituted forRobertsat 45′minutes
  • 19Rodrigo
  • 43clichSubstituted forForshawat 45′minutes
  • 22Harrison
  • 20JamesBooked at 29mins

substitutes

  • 4Forshaw
  • 11Roberts
  • 13Klaesson
  • 26Bate
  • 30Gelhardt
  • 33hjelde
  • 38Summerville
  • 46Shackleton
  • 54Kenneh

Referee:
Graham Scott

Attendance:
39,150

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