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  1. Everton remain unbeaten under Allardyce
  2. Swansea now with one win in 10 games
  3. Sigurdsson with stunning strike against former club
  4. Rooney had one penalty saved but struck with second spot kick

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By Timothy Abraham

All times stated are UK

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Everton 3-1 Swansea

Undoubtedly there is going to be more scrutiny on under-pressure Swansea boss Paul Clement in the coming week. An intensive festive period could well make or break whether he remains in charge at the Liberty Stadium.

For Everton, it looks like the only way is up under Sam Allardyce.

Thanks for joining us this evening. We'll be back on Tuesday with coverage of the Carabao Cup quarter-finals. It's Arsenal v West Ham and Leicester v Manchester CIty.

Goodbye for now.

'Credit to everyone, not just me'

Everton 3-1 Swansea

More from Everton manager Sam Allardyce, who is sharing the love around and not just basking in his own contribution to Everton's upturn in form.

He told BBC Radio 5 live: “From a tactical point of view, I’ve simplified the game. And I’m man managing the players. I brought some experienced and talented staff with me, along with the rest of the staff – I want everyone to get better. To turn around so quickly is great credit to everyone. Not just me.

“What looked like a desperate situation is becoming a comfortable one. And now people are looking up the table than down. The last clubs I took over were tougher to turn around initially.

“We’ve got to try and get a result against Chelsea and then we’ll really know what we’re made of. With this confidence if we can get a result there, we’re on the right track for finishing as high as we can. Let’s see if the lads can pull one out of the bag.”

'Fans' patience was pleasing'

Everton 3-1 Swansea

Everton manager Sam Allardyce, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: " With a pretty mediocre first-half performance, I’m delighted with the turnaround and the lift of performance in the second half. We really needed it. I was really pleased with the fans’ patience in the first half.

“We switched off from a corner, which is disappointing. Goals change games. The game turned in our favour. Our first goal knocked Swansea back and gave us encouragement.

“We got Tom Davies on to get further forward than Morgan, who was sitting back, and then Gylfi Sigurdsson comes out with a wonder goal. Players like that can change games in your favour. That knocked Swansea down and we won comfortably in the end"

'A deeper role suits me'

Everton 3-1 Swansea

More from Everton striker Wayne Rooney: "A deeper position is the right one for me at this stage of my career. I can pick my moments when to get in the box and when I stay out.

"I can score and create goals. I think the manager has got us back to basics. If we went a goal down we had a feeling we wouldn't get back in the game earlier in the season. We are solid."

'Top half the target'

Everton 3-1 Swansea

Everton boss Sam Allardyce came into the club looking at a relegation battle, but it seems he is no longer looking over his shoulder.

Allardyce said: "The target now? Top half, but not to get too carried away. To collect 13 out of 15 points is outstanding considering the position where we have come from.

"We have scored 11 goals in five games and kept clean sheets. We are a team that comes back from 1-0 down to win and that shows the character."

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Callum in Swansea - be careful what you wish for. There were plenty of Sunderland fans saying similar last year. Not worked out so well for us

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Could Bony face spell out?

Everton 3-1 Swansea

Swansea striker Wilfried Bony limped out in the fifth of the minute of the game to be replaced by Tammy Abraham, making it the earliest substitution in the Premier League this season.

The Ivory Coast striker will be assessed by Swansea's medical team to determine the extent of the problem.

Swansea boss Paul Clement added: "Wilfried hurt his hamstring. We'll find out how significant it is in the next days."

'The dressing room is very flat'

Everton 3-1 Swansea

Swansea boss Paul Clement told BBC Radio 5 live: "The performance in the first half was encouraging until we gifted them a goal with the penalty. We have to manage the game better and see it out.

"That gave them belief. We didn't defend it very well. It was a clumsy challenge and gave them a good bit of motivation coming into half-time. I'm disappointed with the second goal - we were way too open. We had scored from a corner, but this time we played a short corner, then put a ball into the box and they broke from it.

"The third one summed our night up. Our defender should have been goal-side but he was outside the box, it should have been a free-kick, not a penalty. It was clear.

"The mood in the dressing room is very flat. We're bottom of the table on 12 points. We've got to focus on getting to 15 points at the halfway mark. We can't look further ahead than Saturday's game against Crystal Palace."

Everton are the comeback kings

Everton 3-1 Swansea

Some key statistics from Everton's victory.

  • Everton have picked up 13 points from their last five Premier League games, one more than they managed in their previous 13 games this season (12).
  • Everton have come from behind to win 12 points in the Premier League this season, more than any other side.
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been directly involved in 11 goals for Everton this season in all competitions (7 goals, 4 assists), a figure only Wayne Rooney can better (14).
  • The Toffees have won seven penalties this season in the top-flight, more than any other side (scoring five).
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson has been directly involved in five goals in his last seven Premier League games (3 goals, 2 assists), after failing to score or provide an assist in his first 10 this season.

'I am not giving up penalties!

Everton 3-1 Swansea

Everton striker Wayne Rooney told Sky Sports: "We didn't play as well we can do but we showed great character. Four weeks ago we would have lost that game. Hopefully over the Christmas period we can pick up a few more wins.

"I'm a confident person and believe in myself. If you look at the pens I have missed you will see I put a bit of top spin on the ball so someone could follow up! I'm not giving them up. The second one I put my foot through it.

"I have not set targets for goals, but I am in good goalscoring form and hope that can continue. I feel good and fit. The more I play the better I feel."

Rooney has failed to score with 10 of his 33 Premier League penalty kicks overall, with only Alan Shearer failing to convert more (11 of 67).

'We were braver in the second half'

Everton 3-1 Swansea

Everton manager Sam Allardyce told Sky Sports: "I think from our point of view it was a disappointing first half and we needed more in the second half. They switched off for the goal. We got a penalty, we scored it and Domimic Calvert-Lewin did brilliantly We changed the system and the way we wanted to push up and get at their back four.

"We put Tom Davies on and got further forward. Then in games you need something special and Gylfi provided that. From there it was nice and comfortable.

"It is a great three points considering how poorly we played in the first half. We played a little bit negative, instead of being brave enough to pass it forward. That happened int he second half and we were more creative. We were too negative in the first half."

FT: Everton 3-1 Swansea

More reaction coming very soon - including a delighted Everton boss Sam Allardyce.

FT: Everton 3-1 Swansea

Paul Clement has just described Saturday's match against Palace as a "big, big fixture". No kidding.

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We were too quick to sack Garry Monk a couple of years ago and we've suffered ever since. Paul Clement worked wonders last year, he must be given a chance in the transfer window! We need stability, changing managers every 6 months doesn't bring it!

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(((Paul)))@Paulininhio: Any team like Swansea that loses the two players who brought most goals and assists last season Gylfi and Llorente would suffer. The board need to back Paul Clement in January.

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Shanie.D.Davies: Sacking Clement May Be The Blow That Might Send Swansea Down, I Think Give Until January So He Has The Transfer Window Under His Belt First & Then See What Will Happen Shanie, Llanelli Wales

Maximilian Poole: Dyche got relegated with Burnley...continuity is key

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What's the replacement if Clement is sacked, the board don't want to spent any money and I doubt even Pulis could keep this current squad up. Let them go down and build again from the championship!

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Re: Shane Daly, 21:51 - Everton are seven points behind Burnley, SEVEN!!

From a smug Liverpool fan

Everton 3-1 Swansea

Everton manager Sam Allardyce punches the air at full-time as he grins at the Goodison Park crowd. A lot of the blue half of Merseyside were not convinced when he was appointed. But it's hard to find fault with the results he has achieved so far in what many perceived as a marriage of convenience.

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Shane Daly: Everton are only six points behind Spurs, SIX!! Two months ago Everton looked doomed for relegation.


Everton 3-1 Swansea

A deserved win for Everton in the end and they remain unbeaten under Sam Allardyce.They move up one position to ninth in the Premier League table.

Swansea remain bottom. Rock bottom. Their sixth successive defeat on the road.

Swansea boss Paul Clement

Everton 3-1 Swansea

Thanks, Dan. Interesting to hear there is still some support for Clement. Sacking a manager isn't always the solution.

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Sacking Clement isn’t the answer. A good young manager who worked miracles keeping Swansea up last year with a poor squad. He’s got the same squad this year minus Sigurdsson and he can only do so much. Needs backing in January.

Dan Everest, Leeds.

Everton 3-1 Swansea

Into the dying moments now, and the points look safely banked for Everton with three minutes of additional time.

Another victory as the Sam Allardyce bandwagon rolls on. However, what does this mean for Swansea boss Paul Clement's future?


Everton 3-1 Swansea

Everton captain Wayne Rooney is given an ovation from the Goodison Park as he is withdrawn for Sandro Ramirez.


Everton 3-1 Swansea

Gylfi Sigurdsson slides a ball for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to run on to. The Everton striker receives a little nudge as he is about to pull the trigger and his shot lacks the venom to seriously trouble Lukas Fabianski in the Swansea goal.

Credit to Calvert-Lewin, he's been relentless with his work rate tonight.

Everton 3-1 Swansea

Everton full-back Jonjoe Kenny with a tactical foul on Jordan Ayew which earns him a booking.

Leroy Fer takes particular umbrage with the young Scouser and there is a bit more handbags.

Referee Jon Moss quickly steps in like a schoolmaster in the playground and takes the names of both Kenny and Dutchman Fer.

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JavelBleach: More rubbish reffing. And when you know what triggers the ref's whistle-button, you can't lose. #BanThePeno, it's wrecking football.

Ste Stocks: Wonder where everyone is now who said Rooney was finished. 10 PL goals in 16 Games....

Rezaa Sait: With Arsenal and Tottenham being inconsistent and Liverpools defence a problem, could Everton possibly make a surprise charge for the top 4?

Calm down Rezaa!

Everton 3-1 Swansea

Wayne Rooney dropping deep and leading by example by getting stuck in to win the ball back for Everton.

Everton 3-1 Swansea

Everton completely in control now. The Toffees are keeping possession, making it scrappy and using clever game management. Would you expect anything less from a Sam Allardyce side?

Swansea make their final substitution as Sam Clucas replaces Tom Carroll. Paul Clement's side fast running out of time.


Everton 3-1 Swansea

Aaron Lennon makes way for Ademola Lookman.

Everton 3-1 Swansea

Swansea manager Paul Clement looking a little forlorn on the sidelines. He brings on Jordan Ayew for Nathan Dyer in the hope of adding more attacking firepower. The visitors need something special with 13 minutes left.

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marc sepetowski: That's so far outside the box. Poor, poor decision. And I'm an everton fan...

GOAL Everton 3-1 Swansea

Wayne Rooney

The Everton captain gives Swansea goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski absolutely no chance as this time he blasts the penalty kick low into the corner of the net. Clinical.

Rooney celebrates after scoring from the spot

PENALTY - Everton

Swansea defender Martin Olsson brings down Everton full-back Jonjoe Kenny. It was only the slightest of clips on the youngster but there can be few arguments that it was a foul - HOWEVER replays show that the initial contact came outside the area.

Unlucky for the Swans there.

Everton 2-1 Swansea

Tom Davies seeing a lot of the ball in midfield for the Toffees. His fresh legs have made an impact in the middle of the park.

Everton 2-1 Swansea

Swansea pushing at the other end now, and Nathan Dyer has a pop from distance. However it whistles past the post.

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Andy McNamara: That goal all came from Tom Davies passing forward into space quickly.

Everton 2-1 Swansea

John Acres

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

That was wonderful goal – and it had been coming.

Sigurdsson was off balance when he hit it but his technique was beautiful.

GOAL Everton 2-1 Swansea

Gylfi Sigurdsson

A belter from the Iceland midfielder, as he nets his fourth goal of the season against his former club.

Wayne Rooney bursts forward from midfield and passes to Sigurdsson who drifts outside before arrowing a superb strike from 30 yards into the net. Lukas Fabianski could not get near it.

That's what £45m buys you. No celebration from Sigurdsson.

Sigurdsson puts Everton in front

Everton 1-1 Swansea

Everton marginally on top at the moment. Swansea hitting long balls to Tammy Abraham but they are not sticking.