Everton march on with Carlo in charge
On another day, Jordan Pickford’s elementary mistake to let Crystal Palace into this game could’ve had dire consequences.
As it was, Carlo Ancelotti’s team were full value for a win which pushes them right up into the fight for the European places.
Bernard had opened the scoring with a sublime volley from Theo Walcott’s cross, but Pickford’s momentary lapse allowed Christian Benteke to score his first goal in 34 games.
Richarlison restored the home side’s lead just before the hour, but Palace remained in the match despite having only two shots on target compared to the Toffees’ eight.
It wasn’t until two minutes from time that Dominic Calvert-Lewin, re-energised under the Italian, made the game safe, but it was no more than Everton deserved.
Lundstram puts Blades into fifth
A game that was important for both sides but for different reasons, went the way of the hosts thanks to the late intervention of John Lundstram.
Callum Wilson’s 13th-minute opener for Bournemouth silenced Bramall Lane, but to Sheffield United’s credit, they stuck to a game plan in the expectation that it would eventually pay dividends.
It did, in first half injury time, as Billy Sharp drew the Blades level.
Thereafter, Chris Wilder’s side got to work and repelled Bournemouth’s pretty passing carousels with relative ease.
As the game entered its final stages, and with the stadium in full voice, it was a question of when, not if, United would score.
With six minutes to play, Lundstram came up trumps with a winner that sees his side end the weekend in a lofty fifth position.
Lacklustre Watford rue poor performance at Brighton
With Watford looking like a changed side for the most part under Nigel Pearson, the game against Brighton, on paper at least, appeared to be a favourable fixture for the Hornets.
However, the visitors to the AMEX Stadium only have themselves to blame for not taking the chance to move out of the bottom three.
Less than a third of possession across the 90 minutes and not even 300 passes as a team in that time, indicates just how reticent Watford were to get forward and impose themselves.
After Abdoulaye Doucoure had given them the lead in the 19th minute with one of their two attempts on target, the game was there for the taking.
And yet, the longer it went on, the more there was a sense of invincibility that the hosts would get back into it.
With 12 to play, Adrian Mariappa put through his own net, and in the end, Watford were hanging on.