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Summary

  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

Live Reporting

By Timothy Abraham

All times stated are UK

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  1. GOODBYE

    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.

  2. '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.”

  3. '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"

  4. '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."

  5. '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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  7. 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."

  8. '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."

  9. 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.
  10. '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).

  11. '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."

  12. Post update

    FT: Everton 3-1 Swansea

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

  13. Post update

    FT: Everton 3-1 Swansea

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

  14. Get Involved - keep Clement?

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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.

  16. Get Involved - don't sack Clement

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  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Get Involved

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

  20. FULL-TIME

    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