By Joe Bernstein for MailOnline
- James Garner opened the scoring early before Jack Harrison’s stunning strike
- Abdoulaye Doucoure made it three on hour mark to leave Bournemouth winless
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Everton were more than decent regardless of the opposition. Thanks to an alarmingly passive Bournemouth, they looked like Real Madrid.
After a year in which they hadn’t scored more than once at Goodison, Sean Dyche’s men hit three and could have added another six.
Their first home points this season after four consecutive defeats looked assured after only eight minutes when James Garner capitalised on a dreadful error by Cherries defender Illia Zabarnyi.
Jack Harrison added a second with a touch of true Galactico class on his first Premier League start for the club on loan from Leeds and Abdoulaye Doucoure delivered the coup de gras after an hour to give the scoreline a truer reflection.
The winning margin could have been even greater with Dominic Calvert-Lewin hitting the bar and Neto making five saves.
MATCH FACTS AND RATINGS
Everton (4-2-3-1): Pickford 6.5: Young 6.5, Tarkowski 6, Branthwaite 6, Mykolenko 7; Garner 7, Onana 6.5; Harrison 7.5 (Patterson 78), Doucoure 7 (Chermiti 90), McNeil 7.5; Calvert-Lewin 8 (Beto 83)
Subs unused: Virginia (Gk), Keane, Godfrey, Onana, Danjuma, Dobbin
Goals: Garner 8, Harrison 37, Doucoure 60
Bournemouth (4-2-3-1): Neto 6: Smith 6 (Aarons 86), Zabarnyi 5, Senesi 5.5, Kerkez 6.5 (Brooks 67 5.5); Christie 6 (Rothwell 45 6), Cook 6 (Moore 68 6.5); Tavernier 6, Billing 6.5, Outtara 5.5 (Sinisterra 57 6); Solanke 6
Subs unused: Radu (Gk), Aarons, Kluivert, Traore, Semenyo
Booked: Solanke, Neto
Referee: David Coote 6Attendance 38,815
As Goodison had the rare pleasure of watching the final few minutes in comfort, all the pressure will now transfer to Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola.
The Spaniard has a good reputation but had large boots to fill with Gary O’Neil being let go in the summer.
To say it’s not gone well is an understatement. The Cherries sit next-to-bottom without a win in eight matches and given Scott Parker was fired last season after four, watch this space during the international break.
‘I have to show what I can do,’ said the under-fire Spaniard. ‘The only way you can do that is by results and until now we haven’t won games. I haven’t done my homework though I feel the players are pushing.
‘The first goal was key today. We made a mistake and their confidence grew because of it.’
Beyond the result, Bournemouth’s performance was insipid. They surrendered 25 shots to an Everton side not always associated with free-flowing attack and didn’t trouble Jordan Pickford until 2-0 down.
No wonder it was a more pleasant afternoon for representatives of 777 Partners who were on site to again watch the club they hope to buy from Farhad Moshiri, having sat through defeat against Luton last weekend.
The die was cast early on for Bournemouth. Zabarnyi tried to dribble away from his penalty, slipped over and allowed Garner to pounce on the loose ball, advance a few yards and beat Neto with a low drive to the right.
You could feel the tension disappear from Goodison almost immediately. Dwight McNeil, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Doucoure – in a more advanced role – and Harrison simply showed too much energy for their opponents.
Amadou Onana, initially named on the bench to some surprise but then drafted into the starting team when Idrissa Gueye pulled up in the warm-up, helped shut the door at the other end.
Everton looked a threat. Doucoure failed to take advantage of another Bournemouth blunder, this time by Marcus Senesi, he, Calvert-Lewin and Dwight McNeil also went close to adding a second.
When it arrived, it was a moment of class after 37 minutes. Neto travelled outside his six-yard box to get a decent punch on the ball but it fell to Harrison lurking in the right place 25 yards from goal.
After initially shaping up to have a blast, the winger produced a deft touch to lift his finish over the goalkeeper with the right amount of pace for the ball drop into the net via the underside of the bar.
It was Harrison’s first goal for the club and celebrated wildly. ‘It was a fine finish. It’ll be interesting to see if he can do it again in training,’ said Dyche.
‘Besides his work ethic which is important obviously, Jack has quality and an effervescence in training and around the place. He had a hamstring niggle and we didn’t know whether it was worth risking it but he wanted to play.’
In contrast, all Bournemouth could muster before half-time was a Dominic Solanke shot into the sidenetting and a wayward drive by Milos Kerkez that nonetheless got a clap of encouragement from Iraola.
Everton could have added a third before the interval with Calvert-Lewin heading against the bar but they didn’t have long to wait even though Bournemouth made two substitutions, sending on Joe Rothwell and Luis Sinisterra to try and stem the tide.
Dwight McNeil’s cross was met by a Harrison header and though Kerkez scrambled across to clear off the line, Doucoure rifled in the rebound.
Even then there was little response from Bournemouth until big Kiefer Moore came on and forced a reflex save from Pickford.
Dyche can go into his fortnight break in better heart after three wins in four in all competitions.
‘We’ve had complete performances before but saying that doesn’t have the same strength when you don’t win,’ he said. ‘Questions are asked when you create chances but don’t score.
‘The signs are getting better. Ama (Onana) and Jimmy Garner were very good, so was Jack. Dom will get fitter and sharper as he showed in patches today. Morale has been pretty good but a win like this rubberstamps what we’ve been doing and enhances the feelgood factor ahead of the international break.’
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