How the national media reacted to Everton’s 3-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth at Goodison Park
Everton go into the October international break four points clear of the relegation zone after their comfortable 3-0 win over AFC Bournemouth.
James Garner broke the deadlock, pouncing on a Cherries mistake, before Jack Harrison expertly opened his account for the club from outside of the box. On the hour mark, Abdoulaye Doucoure rounded off the scoring to make it two goals in as many games against the South Coast side following his stunning strike on the final day of last season.
On the balance of play, it could’ve been an even healthier scoreline for the Blues as they dusted themselves down following their barren Goodison Park run, which featured defeats to Wolverhampton Wanderers and, more recently, newly-promoted Luton Town.
As for Bournemouth, they remain in the bottom three and are still awaiting their first Premier League win of the season. Andoni Iraola’s next “good chance” to end their top-flight duck will be in 13 days.
And here is how the national media reacted to what happened at Goodison on Saturday – along with our own Joe Thomas…
“A day Sean Dyche desperately needed and Goodison Park craved”
Andy Hunter of The Guardian wrote: The sun shone like the first day of a bright new season, Everton scored for fun and won handsomely on home soil. A strange day indeed, but one Sean Dyche desperately needed and Goodison Park craved having endured torment for far too long.
A first home victory of the campaign, at the fifth attempt, and three goals at Goodison for the first time in almost a year signified a rare uplifting and entertaining afternoon for Everton.
They had not scored more than once in a home game since beating Crystal Palace 3-0 last October – 18 Premier League games ago – but James Garner, Jack Harrison and Abdoulaye Doucouré ended that sorry sequence in a commanding display.
“A much-needed victory for Dyche and his men”
Shamoon Hafez of the BBC wrote: Everton fans have had nothing to cheer about at home this season, seeing Fulham, Wolves, Arsenal and even Luton come to their own patch and win. The Blues had scored only once in those games and were made to rue countless missed opportunities.
Their last real moment of joy at Goodison had come in the final game of last term, coincidentally also against Bournemouth, when Doucoure’s winning goal saved them from the ignominy of dropping into the Championship, sparking scenes of relief.
Having been embarrassed by the Hatters last time out, this was a much-needed victory for Dyche and his men to get their campaign properly up and running before the international break.
Garner’s first Premier League goal and Harrison’s superb effort – his first for the club – put Everton and their delighted supporters in unfamiliar territory by seeing multiple goals at home.
The last time Everton scored more than once at home in a Premier League game had been in a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace in October 2022, when Dyche’s predecessor Frank Lampard was in charge.
“Everton are not as terrible as you might think”
Chris Bascombe wrote in The Telegraph: Whisper it for now but Everton are not as terrible as you might think. They are certainly not bad enough to get relegated. Not on the pitch, at least.
The imminent Premier League hearing and shadow of a points penalty for alleged creative accountancy may ultimately decide their fate. This timely victory gave credence to the argument that results have been more abysmal than performances.
The next ambition is to be hailed for being too good for a survival battle. Small steps first for Sean Dyche. For now, the fact there are three vastly inferior teams in the top flight is a foundation upon which to build.
“Everton were more than decent. Thanks to an alarmingly passive Bournemouth, they looked like Real Madrid”
Joe Bernstein wrote in the Mail Online: 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.
“The deserved win is one that releases an avalanche of anxiety”
Joe Thomas wrote in the ECHO: Goodison Park was bathed in sunshine. The thousands of Blues leaving the Grand Old Lady were smiling under the blue skies of late summer.
A gameplan put together by a manager who had saved this famous side from relegation by the barest of margins had paid off handsomely and a 3-0 home win was a spark that ignited hopes that, after a difficult start to the season, progress was within sight.
That depiction of a heady afternoon of hope and relief is an accurate reflection of this demolition of Bournemouth. It also works, word for word, to describe the scenes in L4 almost exactly 12 months ago, when Everton’s win over Crystal Palace felt like the moment Frank Lampard had taken a huge stride forward as Blues boss. Everyone knows how that ended.
That victory was the last time, before this win, Everton scored more than once at Goodison. There are so many similarities between that day in October 2022 and this win in October 2023. Sean Dyche now needs to ensure that what happens next under him does not mirror what then unfolded for Lampard. Everton could do without another false dawn.
Under immense pressure after a tough start made worse by the defeat to relegation favourites Luton Town, Everton produced a fine performance against Bournemouth. The deserved win is one that releases an avalanche of anxiety and gives Dyche, his players and the club some much-needed breathing space heading into an international break that ends with a trip to Anfield.