Huddersfield 0-2 Everton report - 'Heady days for Allardyce'

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Would you believe it, another Everton win. These are quite heady days indeed for Sam Allardyce and his men.

Not only is that back-to-back wins for just the third time this season it’s a third away victory of the season to boot. A day of rare happenings it seems.

28th Apr 2018

It was yet another one that Match of the Day might as well not have bothered showing given the quality of the football that was on show, but Everton are unlikely to care too much.

They got the job done, secured all three points and continued their push for the glory of an eighth-placed finish.

A rare away win

Most of the time this season Everton might not have bothered turning up for their away games.

The vast majority of their performances away from Goodison Park have been dreadful and that’s putting it mildly. There’s plenty of stronger words to describe how awful Everton have been away from home.

For most of this game at the John Smith’s Stadium, it appeared like it was going to be another one of those days for the travelling Evertonians.

Then Theo Walcott showed a bit of class to get away from his marker and Cenk Tosun matched it to smash into the bottom corner with a goal that was definitely not lacking in quality.

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A rather more entertaining second half performance followed without a goal before Idrissa Gana Gueye fired home, this time following excellent work from Oumar Niasse, and all three points were secured.

It wasn’t a vintage performance by any means but, given what’s come before this season, this will go down as one of the better Everton away days of an otherwise miserable campaign.

Clean sheets akin to gold dust

Like away wins, clean sheets have been like gold dust for Everton this season. It’s been one of the key reasons they’ve struggled so much.

Even Allardyce has struggled to make the Blues better defensively and that includes the brief run of clean sheets at the beginning of his reign.

This week has been one of the good ones in that regard, though, with two coming along in a week.

Newcastle United and Huddersfield may not be the strongest of sides when it comes to attacking football but Everton dealt with them superbly regardless.

The Terriers threw everything they had at the Blues at times in this game but Jordan Pickford left without having had much to do all afternoon.

Most of that was down to the excellent performance of his defenders, particularly Michael Keane, who appears to be getting his confidence back at last. The same can be said of Morgan Schneiderlin.

It’s nice to see that Everton have remembered how to defend again. Most of this season it looked like an alien concept to them.

January signings 

It's pretty much fact now that the summer transfer window was nothing short of a disaster for Everton. Pickford is the only signing they can say has been a good one.

It’s surprising then that their signings in the January transfer window have proven to be rather good.

Walcott is resurgent since leaving Arsenal and for the second time in a week was easily the best Everton player on the pitch. That’s a goal and assist in his last two games now.

Tosun, meanwhile, looks like an excellent capture. It will be some time before the club can say they have adequately replaced Romelu Lukaku, but he’s taking good steps towards doing so.

This was another game in which he was isolated and frustrated for long periods, but when he was presented with a rare chance he took it with aplomb. His goal in this game was nothing short of excellent.

Both Walcott and Tosun are looking like smart purchases, here’s hoping those that arrive in the summer can continue in that vein.

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