By James Agberebi: Everton continued their impressive run since the appointment of Sam Allardyce as they came from a goal down to beat struggling Swansea 3-1 in the Premier League at Goodison Park on Monday night.
Goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson who scored a wonderful goal, and Wayne Rooney secured the win for Everton after Leroy Fer had given Swansea the lead.
The win means Everton have won four of their last five league games, drawing one, and are now ninth on 25 points, while Swansea are rooted to bottom spot in the league table on 12 points.
Swansea were dealt an early blow as Cote d’Ivoire striker Wilfred Bony went off injured in the fifth minute and was replaced by Nigerian-born Tammy Abraham.
In the eighth minute, Swansea had the first attempt on goal following a brilliant interchange of passes between Abraham and Luciano Narsingh but the latter’s low shot was well saved by Everton’s keeper Jordan Pickford.
Swansea went close again in the 23rd minute through Narsingh again who drove forward but saw his effort go just over the bar.
The deadlock was eventually broken in the 36th minute thanks to Fer who turned Tom Carroll’s well floated corner past Pickford.
With three minutes remaining in the first half, Martin Olsson almost doubled Swansea’s lead after rifling a shot from distance which went inches past the post.
On the stroke of half-time Everton equalised as Wayne Rooney’s penalty, which was initially saved by Lukasz Fabianski, was turned in by Calvert-Lewin to make it 1-1.
After an evenly balanced encounter in the early part of the second half, Everton took the lead for the first time in the game in the 64th minute thanks to Sigurdsson, who plays international football for Iceland, Nigeria’s Russia 2018 World Cup group opponents. He cut in from the left before curling his effort from about 200 yards into the top left corner.
Abraham almost responded for Swansea in the 66th minute after cutting the ball back across the six-yard box, but Everton managed to clear.
Everton were awarded another penalty which Rooney converted this time in the 73rd minute to make it 3-1 after Olsson fouled Jonjoe Kenny on the edge of the box.
A few minutes later Calvert-Lewin almost extended Everton’s lead after he was played through on goal but his left-foot strike was too weak to beat Fabianski.