On the final matchday of the 2017/18 season, Everton and just five other clubs played their 1,000th Premier League game, being the only ever-presents since its inception in 1992. Over the summer, evertonfc.com will be looking back at some classic Toffees clashes from the past 26 years. Today, it’s the short hop back to February 2017 to a nine-goal thriller that saw the Blues maintain their imperious home record…
EVERTON 6-3 Bournemouth
Saturday February 4 2017
Everton had been enjoying a fine run of form when Bournemouth visited Goodison Park in February 2017. Unbeaten in their previous six prior to squaring off with Eddie Howe’s Cherries, the Toffees had lost only twice at home all season – to Norwich in the Carabao Cup and then Leicester in the FA Cup.
So it was only right they treated Evertonians – who had sold out every home game that season – to a feast of attacking football in a game then Blues boss Ronald Koeman admitted was “not a normal result – a crazy game.”
And he wasn’t wrong. Everton looked to be coasting as a Romelu Lukaku brace and James McCarthey’s strike put them 3-0 up after half an hour.
But Bournemouth hit back through Josh King, who netted twice in 11 second-half minutes.
“They made it really difficult for us - we dropped in intensity after half-time, but the reaction to them getting back to 3-2 was good,” reflected Koeman afterwards, and it certainly was.
Lukaku – unplayable all afternoon – helped himself to two further goals and although Harry Arter pulled one back as the Cherries demonstrated all their resolve and resiliency, Ross Barkley capped off an enthralling afternoon with a late sixth for the hosts.
Everton would lose only once in their remaining seven games at the Grand Old Lady that season, to Chelsea in late April, on the way to a seventh-place finish. However, they enjoyed further big wins in that run, putting four goals past Leicester and Hull City, and three over Burnley and West Brom.
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