Everton Thrash Leeds United To Earn A Crucial Victory. Everton clinched a crucial 3-0 victory over Leeds United at Goodison Park on Saturday, giving manager Frank Lampard his first Premier League victory since taking over the dugout at Goodison Park last month.
The victory allayed relegation fears and lifted Everton to 22 points, five clear of the relegation zone. Leeds are a point ahead of them in 15th place, having played one more game.
Everton started brightly and could have taken the lead through Anthony Gordon after just a minute, but the youngster was denied by a last-ditch tackle from Luke Ayling. However, Seamus Coleman made their early pressure count with a diving header at the far post, capping off an intricate team move.
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Leeds almost equalized against the run of play in the 18th minute when Rodrigo’s dipping effort from distance hit the crossbar, but Everton pressed on and increased their lead five minutes later via Michael Keane.
At halftime, the visitors made two changes, replacing Raphinha and Mateusz Klich with Tyler Roberts and Adam Forshaw, but Leeds barely troubled Jordan Pickford, failing to hit the target despite seeing more of the ball.
Richarlison’s left-footed effort from the edge of the area took a slight deflection off him before squeezing past Illan Meslier to give Gordon the lead in the 78th minute.