Everton delivered as many goals as they played matches in November, scoring three times in another mixed month for the Blues.
Cenk Tosun’s injury-time header rescued a point for them at home to Tottenham Hotspur, in a game where they didn’t really deserve anything and lost André Gomes to that horrible ankle injury, before Tom Davies and Richarlison secured Everton’s one and only away league win so far at Southampton.
But the month ended on a dismal and thoroughly depressing note, with a 2-0 home defeat to Norwich City, then bottom of the table and with just a single point and goal scored on the road all season prior to this match.
Here’s how the trio of strikes ranked in the penultimate month of 2019:
Tom Davies v Southampton - Perhaps this should rank higher, given that it was, embarrassingly, only Everton’s second league goal from a set-piece this season 12 games in.
Gylfi Sigurðsson’s corner was fed right into the path of Mason Holgate who, for the most part, had looked much-improved since being given a chance ahead of Michael Keane at centre-half lately.
Holgate’s header was going harmlessly wide, but up popped Tom Davies at the far post to nod Everton in front after just four minutes and send the St Mary’s away end into raptures.
Runner-Up: Cenk Tosun v Tottenham Hotspur
Understandably, most people will remember Everton’s 1-1 home draw with Spurs primarily as the match involving Gomes’ horrific collision with Son Heung-min and Serge Aurier, but the quality of Cenk Tosun’s late leveller shouldn’t be forgotten.
As we entered the seventh of 12 additional minutes, with 10-man Spurs leading a game both sides had played pretty poorly in, one of the Everton’s first real moments of quality in the match arrived just in time.
Yerry Mina slipped as he pumped a long ball Lucas Digne’s way, but the Frenchman expertly laid a volleyed cross on a plate for Tosun, who almost got in Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s way to plant a firm header past the powerless Paulo Gazzaniga and into the Gwladys Street goal.
Winner: Richarlison v Southampton
Everton made harder work than they should have done of beating a poor Southampton side, but it was a worthy match-winner which came 15 minutes from time thanks to their talisman, Richarlison.
Substitute Alex Iwobi, who made a great impact on a match deadlocked at 1-1, fed Djibril Sidibé, who like Holgate at centrehalf, has taken his chance at right-back with open arms. His first-time cross was arrowed perfectly into the path of Richarlison, and though he was only about seven or eight yards out with just goalkeeper Alex McCarthy to beat, it was far from an easy finish.
But the Brazilian showed great composure to volley the ball and seal their first league away win since March, finally getting that monkey off their back.
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Tom Davies v Southampton
Cenk Tosun v Tottenham Hotspur
Richarlison v Southampton