Everton took on Watford on Tuesday night and the three points seemed to be staying in Merseyside until a crazy five minutes saw a two-goal lead slip!
The Toffees have had a tough season this year. At one point they found themselves in 17th place after losing four games in a row. For a side that has spent a fair bit of money over the years, this wasn’t good enough.
Due to bad results and pressure from the fans, the board finally called timed on Marco Silva. He was sacked and after a lengthy recruitment spell, Carlo Ancelotti was put in charge. This was a huge appointment for the club and one that got fans excited again.
Since Ancelotti arrived, he seemed to have sorted them out defensively. Before he had arrived, they had conceded five goals in the 90th minute or later. This hadn’t happened at all since the new appointment, until last night!
Everton took a 2-0 lead with Moise Keane getting his first goal at his new club and Calvert-Lewin getting his 10th Premier League goal of the season. The home side looked to be cruising and on their way to 8th place.
However, after getting a last-minute winner on Saturday against Chelsea, Newcastle weren’t going to give up.
Defender and substitute Lejeune got his first of the in the 94th minute. Everton failed to clear the ball and it was put back in the box. It fell to Lejeune on the edge of the six-yard box who bicycle kicked it into the bottom right corner. It was a finish you come to expect from an experienced number nine not a centre back!
With a minute left of the clock, all Everton had to do was see out the game. Newcastle though launched the ball into the box and it was a scramble with one effort coming off the post. The ball fell to the edge of the six-yard box once again and Lejeune was there to make himself a hero!
Ancelotti said after the game that these things happen and that he’s let a 3-0 lead go before (Istanbul 2005), which won’t have gone down too well with Everton fans.
Where can Everton go this season?
At one point Everton would have been just happy to stay up this season! However, considering the squad and manager they have they should now be aiming for a lot more than that.
At minimum, Everton will want to finish in the top ten this season. They are 4/7 to get there on Betway and 15/2 to try and break into the top six. This would be unbelievable considering they were 17th, but it will be very hard!
Thankfully for Everton fans, relegation now doesn’t seem a possibility. They are now 100/1 with Betway.