That perfectly suited the visitors who basically played ‘keep-ball’ for the rest of the game as Everton’s inept midfield pair of Morgan Schneiderlin and Wayne Rooney continued to chase shadows.
However, Sam Allardyce showed some semblance of intelligence, bringing on Tom Davies for Rooney and almost immediately the youngster brought a slumbering, irritated Goodison Park back to life.
Davies came on and started snapping into tackles, making City uncomfortable, and basically doing what the Blues should have been doing from the first minute on.
Even the goal was a product of his efforts, as he stole the ball and fed Dominic Calvert-Lewin, just outside the box. DCL saw Yannick Bolasie out wide and squared it to him, and the winger shot through the legs of the defender for the ball to beat Ederson, ricochet off one post, hit the other and then finally go in.
3-1 down, some signs of life.