Everton persisted for an enormous 1-0 convert a frustrated Chelsea side on Saturday night with fans within the stands cheering on the Toffees for the primary time since February at Goodison Park.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, who were unbeaten in their nine previous games, had the prospect to succeed in the summit of the Premier League table before Sunday’s clash between leaders Tottenham and Liverpool, but a resolute Everton defence and a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty saw the visitors miss their chance.
A clumsy penalty against Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy on Dominic Calvert-Lewin gifted Everton their opener as Sigurdsson stepped up and dispatched the spot kick to form it 1-0 within the 22nd minute.
The hosts had Jordan Pickford to thank for keeping Chelsea scoreless soon after their opener, the britain international making a pleasant diving save from a Reece James place kick and gobbling up Kurt Zouma’s effort from close range following a group piece.
Trailing by a goal after the break, Chelsea’s Mason Mount had a golden chance early within the last half go begging when he was unable to place the ball into internet after Pickford had been caught off his line.
Calvert-Lewin looked to possess drawn a second penalty for Everton when he was pulled down by Ben Chilwell within the area, but the flag had gone up for offside on the ball that played him through and Chelsea were awarded a place kick .
Mount was unlucky to not score within the 80th minute from a place kick , as his shot had beaten Pickford but came backtrack the far post.
“It was a troublesome one, not getting to lie but we had to defend until the last second. a really important three points for us,” goal-scorer Sigurdsson told BT Sport.
“Against a team like Chelsea, they’re good going forward and move the ball rather well . we’ve done some work on our defensive shape during the week and it worked.”
Everton, who are a bogey team for Chelsea at Goodison Park, clung to their cause devour all three points to maneuver to twenty from 12 games on the season. Lampard’s Chelsea are still in third on 22 pending the result of Sunday’s matches.