Sam Allardyce continued his unbeaten run in charge of Everton after they held defending champions Chelsea to a goalless draw at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Everton 0 Chelsea 0
Jagielka double goal line clearance
Pickford denies Pedro
Williams almost scores own goal
Keane heads over
Phil Jagielka made two early goal-line clearances to deny the Blues an early opener, while Michael Keane almost scored a late winner for Allardyce’s side.
The visitors started the game brightly and almost had an opener 10 minutes in were it not for Jagielka, who clear Tiemoue Bakayoko’s initial shot before blocking Willian’s follow up effort.
Jordan Pickford then made a good save to deny Eden Hazard, who had cut in from the left-hand byline and Bakayoko could not control the rebound.
Pickford made another good save just after the half-hour mark, this time to keep out Pedro’s powerful shot after he was played in by Bakayoko.
Antonio Conte’s men had two quick chances at the start of the second half as Pickford kept out Pedro’s low effort before substitute Ashley Williams was in place to make a goalline clearance from Marcos Alonso’s rebound.
Allardyce was dealt a big blow when Idrissa Gueye had to be replaced in the 51st minute which marked Everton’s third and final change after having made two substitutions at the beginning of the half.
Conte then introduced Cesc Fabregas in place of Pedro and the midfielder had an immediate impact as he gave the west Londoners some more direction on attack, which saw Hazard get a powerful effort away towards the bottom-right corner with Pickford getting down well to block it.
With a quarter of an hour to play, Williams almost turned the ball into his own net as Victor Moses delivered a dangerous cross that deflected off the Welsh defender’s head and rattled the crossbar.
Gylfi Sigurdsson delivered a fantastic corner in stoppage time and Keane managed to lose his marker to meet the cross, but the ball went just over the bar as the teams shared the points with the Toffees still yet to lose under Allardyce.
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