However temporarily, Everton moved up to fourth with a win over Big Sam’s West Brom.
Three performances in a row where Everton have dug deep to seize all the points.
But what did the numbers tell us about the performance?
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Richarlison bang in form
A few question marks were starting creep over Richarlison last month.
But with four very important goals in each of the last four games, he’s suddenly become the league’s in-form player.
It’s a fickle game. But, don’t forget, Richarlison is probably our greatest asset.
4 - Richarlison has scored in four consecutive Premier League appearances for the first time, becoming the first Brazilian to do so in the competition. JogaBonito. pic.twitter.com/2c6iJSTid8— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 4, 2021
Everton have scored most headed goals in the league (11)
When you have the likes of James Rodriguez, Lucas Digne and Gylfi Sigurdsson whipping in balls every week, the good news is that - if you have an aerial threat - you’ll bang in some goals with your noggin’.
Gylfi Sigurdsson emerged from the bench, hit the front post from a corner (not a rarity) but his second ball in was perfect (again, not a rarity) for Richarlison to put the ball home.
This kind of goal is fast becoming an Everton speciality.
Gylfi Sigurdsson has contributed to 8 goals in his last 8 games in all competitions (3 goals, 5 assists). #EFC— EFC Statto (@EFC_Statto) March 4, 2021
The striker is NOT a great finisher…
Despite what every commentator and pundit seems to think, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is far from a great finisher - as you could see from his massive first half chance that he hit straight at the keeper and the second half chance he looped way over the bar.
But that’s not to shame DCL. What he is great at is finding great positions, while his hold-up play is second to none.
But if you give him a bit of time to think about it – and even worse a few touches – it’s not the guaranteed goal some would assume.
Take a look at his shot map for the season. All of his goals have come within 10 yards of goal - most of which have been one touch finishes.
Pickford Excellent Again
Three clean sheets in a row
With Robin Olsen out with a knock over the past week, Jordan Pickford couldn’t have done more to restake his claim as Everton’s undisputed number one.
The save in the opening five minutes was nothing short of world class, and he was solid throughout once again.
If he can keep this form up, he will quickly silence the critics.
Jordan Pickford's stats against West Brom:— EFC Statto (@EFC_Statto) March 4, 2021
Touches - 40
Goals conceded - 0
Saves - 3
Shots from inside the box saved - 1
Big chances saved - 1
Attempted long balls - 18
Successful long balls - 9
Long ball accuracy - 50%#EFC #WBAEVE
Everton have averaged 2.2 points on the road this season
The Blues away form this season has been nothing short of spectacular. 9 wins, 2 draws, 2 defeats. Only Man City (2.3) have averaged more points on the road.
Fortunately, we’re AWAY to Chelsea next. Unfortunately, they have one of the best home records in the league…