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‘That was the Everton way’ – Walcott hails impact of Big Dunc as Everton beat Chelsea 3-1

Everton got the post Marco Silva era off to the perfect start in Saturday’s early kick off beating Chelsea 3-1 at a raucous Goodison Park.

Under the charge of Toffees cult hero Duncan Ferguson Everton got off to the perfect start, with Brazilian attacker Richarlison heading home an inch-perfect cross from Djibril Sidibé in the fifth minute.

Chelsea would dominate much of the first period but a combination of determined defending by the hosts and a lack of quality in the final third from the visitors, saw Everton go in at the break a goal up.

Everton would start the second-half much like the first, Dominic Calvert-Lewin showing great determination to finish past Blues ‘keeper Kepa.

Frank Lampard’s side would strike back almost immediately, however, Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic volleying past Jordan Pickford from the edge of the area.

Chelsea pushed on in search of an equaliser, but Everton would seal their first Premier League since 9 November, when Calvert-Lewin bagged his second after a penalty box melee.

Speaking after the game Everton winger Thoe Walcott hailed the impact of the Toffees caretaker boss.

“Duncan has come in and the club is his heart,” Walcott told BT Sport.

”That was the Everton way, we play for each other and Dominic was immense.

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”We wanted intensity and pressure and to get in behind them. We put them under pressure and made them make mistakes.

”Duncan said go out and play your game and enjoy it. As much as it sounds a cliche, that is what we did.”

Today’s win sees Everton move out of the drop zone and up to 14th in the table before the 3 o’clock kick-offs.

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