DCL's Vow For Goodison Return

Dominic Calvert-Lewin "fully expects" Everton to "put right" Saturday's frustrating loss at home to Luton Town when Bournemouth visit Goodison Park this weekend.

The Blues came into the contest against the Hatters on a high following impressive displays and victories away to Brentford and Aston Villa.

Sean Dyche's men started Saturday's game brightly, hitting five shots inside the opening 15 minutes. Their dominance didn't deliver a goal, though, and instead, two quick-fire set-piece strikes from the visitors soon after gave Everton an uphill task that proved too much to overcome despite Calvert-Lewin netting to reduce the deficit shortly before half-time.

For the Blues' No.9, returning to Goodison Park this Saturday to take on Bournemouth (3pm kick-off) provides the perfect chance to respond from the setback. 

"We still have another home game this week to put it right, and we fully expect to put it right with a far, far better performance," said Calvert-Lewin. 

"[We are] frustrated and disappointed, we didn’t turn up how we expected to [against Luton]. We were full of confidence going into the game, but we got punished for switching off at set-pieces and made the game extremely difficult for ourselves to get back into.

"We had chances, but we weren’t clinical enough or ruthless enough in the first half, and we should have been, myself included."

Despite the nature of the defeat, Calvert-Lewin's display was one of the game's bright spots. He netted in a third straight appearance for the first time since August 2021 and hit six of Everton's season-high 23 shots in the game, the highest total for a Blues player in a single Premier League match this season. 

Although pleased to be fit and firing once again, Calvert-Lewin admitted it was hard to be overly enthusiastic given the result, adding: "For me to be hitting the back of the net regularly again is a great feeling, but obviously it has fallen on a bad result, so that is where my emotions are at the minute.

"To be playing regularly and hitting the back of the net again is something that I have worked very hard for.

"It is still early in the season, and it is not panic stations; I want to make that clear. We fully expected to put in a better performance (against Luton), and we expected a better result, but it just wasn't our day."