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Everton 2-1 Bournemouth

By Tim OscroftBBC Sport
Leighton Baines
Leighton Baines' goal ensured that the Toffees have never lost to the Cherries in six meetings - winning five and drawing one

Leighton Baines got the winner against Bournemouth to end Everton's poor recent run and ease the pressure on manager Roberto Martinez.

The hosts had taken an early lead when Tom Cleverley drove in a low shot.

But Everton's defensive frailties resurfaced within seconds when Marc Pugh equalised for the Cherries.

Baines struck from the left of the box to seal a first league win in nine matches for the Toffees but some home fans protested against Martinez.

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Banners call for Martinez to go

Time to go banner
An anti-Martinez banner was flown over the ground during the match

The winless streak in the league, coupled with last weekend's FA Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester United, had stirred significant discontent amongst Everton fans about their Spanish boss.

The ex-Wigan manager had said he was "ready to fight more than ever" in the build-up to the match, a week after a last-minute loss at Wembley that itself followed a 4-0 humbling by Liverpool.

A banner saying "Time to go Roberto" was flown over the ground during the match, and a number of anti-Martinez banners were seen inside Goodison Park.

The good and the bad of Everton

Cleverley's goal from the edge of the penalty area and Bournemouth's swift equaliser showed the good and bad of Everton's approach.

The build-up to and the execution of the former Manchester United midfielder's effort showed the kind of neat, attractive football that Martinez is known to encourage.

But within seconds the game was all square, Callum Wilson shaking Premier League debutant Matthew Pennington off the ball before putting in a cross that the home defence failed to deal with, allowing Pugh to strike.

Everton fans
Some Everton fans remained inside Goodison Park until after 18:00 BST to protest against Roberto Martinez and chairman Bill Kenwright

The positivity of the early lead quickly evaporated, but it wasn't until near half-time that a few murmurings of discontent were heard around a subdued Goodison.

The home team were on the front foot from early in the second half, but after reclaiming the lead they were given several nervous moments by a spirited Bournemouth.

Substitute Benik Afobe missed a header from close range, and Wilson claimed a penalty after a clash with John Stones.

It didn't feel like an Everton performance to answer the doubters.

Roberto Martinez not focusing on fans' criticism

Bournemouth stumbling towards season's end

For Bournemouth it was a third consecutive defeat and a result that left them them nine points and four places above the relegation zone with two games to go.

The Cherries can look back on their first season in the top flight with some pride, but despite playing attractively at times at Goodison, this was a fifth loss in their last six outings.

Only Newcastle and Aston Villa have conceded more than the 63 that Eddie Howe's side have let in, and the Bournemouth manager will rue how Everton were allowed to reclaim the lead.

Aaron Lennon's cross bobbled all the way across Bournemouth's box before it was emphatically converted by Baines.

Emotional Hillsborough tribute

Everton's emotional Hillsborough tribute

Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, and Jenni Hicks were among several relatives of victims of the 1989 disaster who were presented to the crowd just before kick-off with Mrs Aspinall embracing Martinez on the touchline.

The campaigners were given a long ovation by the crowd at the end of an emotional week for the city of Liverpool after an inquest concluded that the 96 fans who died had been unlawfully killed.

Man of the match

Tom Cleverley
Tom Cleverley built on his early goal - only his second for Everton - to help wrest the initiative back in the second half

What the managers said

Everton boss Roberto Martinez: "The win was very important - it has been an emotional time. We had to win. We had to dig deep, we showed we're a team and that we have character.

On Everton fans protesting about his reign: "In football you have to concentrate on affecting the game and just winning. The winning feeling allows you to move on. That's what we can take from today.

"Those aspects (fans organising banners to be flown over Goodison) are not for me. My concentration is preparing the players and preparing for the game."

Everton 2-1 Bournemouth: Eddie Howe says Cherries are not over line yet

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "I think we were worth a draw, the two goals we conceded were out of context.

"We were solid and our keeper was a spectator for most of the game. When chances came we weren't clinical enough."

The stats you need to know

  • Leighton Baines scored from open play in the Premier League for the first time since January 2013.
  • Tony Hibbert made his first Premier League appearance for Everton since December 2014, 511 days ago.
  • No Premier League side has scored more goals in the opening 15 minutes this season than Bournemouth (nine).

What next?

Everton visit Leicester next Saturday (17:30 BST), which could be a title-winning celebration for the Foxes, while Bournemouth host West Brom (15:00 BST).



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Howard
  • 17BesicSubstituted forHibbertat 45'minutes
  • 5Stones
  • 38Pennington
  • 3Baines
  • 16McCarthy
  • 4GibsonBooked at 62mins
  • 12Lennon
  • 20BarkleySubstituted forDowellat 87'minutes
  • 15Cleverley
  • 14NiasseSubstituted forLukakuat 60'minutes


  • 1Robles
  • 2Hibbert
  • 8Oviedo
  • 10Lukaku
  • 11Mirallas
  • 21Osman
  • 51Dowell


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 30Ritchie
  • 8Arter
  • 6Surman
  • 7PughSubstituted forStanislasat 68'minutes
  • 13WilsonSubstituted forGrabbanat 79'minutes
  • 17KingSubstituted forAfobeat 69'minutes


  • 4Gosling
  • 19Stanislas
  • 20Afobe
  • 23Federici
  • 28Grabban
  • 29Wiggins
  • 32O'Kane
Neil Swarbrick

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamBournemouth
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Everton 2, Bournemouth 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Everton 2, Bournemouth 1.

  3. Post update

    John Stones (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Leighton Baines.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Benik Afobe.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Kieran Dowell replaces Ross Barkley.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Daniels.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by James McCarthy (Everton).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Lewis Grabban replaces Callum Wilson.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Benik Afobe (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Callum Wilson with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Bournemouth. Matt Ritchie tries a through ball, but Simon Francis is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Darron Gibson.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Cleverley (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ross Barkley.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Benik Afobe.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Benik Afobe (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Francis with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Everton. Leighton Baines tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

As It Stood

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