Your morning Everton headlines for Monday, March 20.
Graham Potter namechecks four players in expert view on new 'tough' Everton
Graham Potter highlighted four Everton players as he outlined the challenge of facing Sean Dyche’s new-look side.
The Chelsea boss wrote that he anticipated a tough fixture in his pre-match programme notes and ended up being proved right as Everton battled to a 2-2 draw. The visitors twice came from behind to snatch a point with Ellis Simms levelling the game in the final minute.
The dramatic conclusion ended a run of three consecutive wins for Chelsea while it continued Everton’s momentum as the club enters the international break after earning five points from their last three games.
Following the match, the ECHO asked Potter why he believed Everton are such a challenging prospect as the club battles to retain its Premier League status. His answer offered an expert’s insight into the changes made by Sean Dyche since his appointment at the end of January - following which Everton have taken more points than any of the eight other clubs in the survival fight.
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Marco Silva sent off in triple red card drama that could hand Everton a big boost
Former Everton boss Marco Silva was one of three Fulham players and staff to be sent off during their 3-1 FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.
Fighting for the right to face Brighton and Hove Albion in the semi-final at Wembley, the Whites raced into the lead shortly after half-time when Aleksandar Mitrovic was well-placed to convert Issa Diop's flick-on at the back post and stun Old Trafford into silence.
However, despite enjoying a greater share of possession, chaos descended on the fixture with 20 minutes remaining as Jadon Sancho kept his cool to take the ball around Bernd Leno and Harrison Reed - only to see his effort blocked illegally blocked on the line by the hand of Willian.
As referee Chris Kavanagh was instructed to review the incident on the pitch-side VAR monitor, manager Silva unreasonably made his feelings clear about the happening and was immediately shown a red card for trying to influence Kavanagh's decision.
After a straightforward review, Kavanagh awarded a spot-kick and prompted scenes of celebration in the stands of Old Trafford as he sent Willian off for denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity. However, Mitrovic was quick to get in the face of Kavanagh and in a moment of madness decided to push the official before lambasting his decision.
The Serbia international was, like his manager just seconds earlier, shown a red card which cued a moment of madness on the Old Trafford pitch as assistant manager Luís Boa Morte was forced to make his way onto the field to restrain the forward from causing further problems.
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- Graham Potter bemoans 'dropped two points' for Chelsea but gives 'credit' to Everton
- National media spot 'unlikely hero' for Everton in Chelsea draw
- 'Completely different' - Leon Osman explains key change Sean Dyche has made at Everton after Chelsea draw
- Chelsea boss Graham Potter sends warning to Kai Havertz after Everton celebration
- 'That is all I am saying' - Sean Dyche makes Everton penalty point after Chelsea spot-kick decision