Everton are now two points clear of the drop zone after their draw with Chelsea
Ellis Simms scored his first Everton goal to earn Sean Dyche's side a precious point as they came from behind twice to draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Everton's improved resilience under Dyche was on show again and 22-year-old local product Simms was the hero with a superb late equaliser to wreck Chelsea's hopes of a fourth straight win.
Chelsea broke down Everton's resistance seven minutes after the break when the excellent Joao Felix drilled home a low drive, but they were pegged back when Abdoulaye Doucoure scrambled home an equaliser from a corner after 69 minutes.
Everton were only on level terms for seven minutes until Kai Havertz scored from the spot after Reece James was fouled by James Tarkowski - but there was to be a late twist in the tale.
Dyche had put Simms on to rescue a point and he delivered in style with a powerful run and finish a minute from time.
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Everton's show of strength
Everton's fans celebrated this point like a victory and their elation was justified as they had witnessed the character and fighting spirit Dyche has been injecting into his side.
They kept Chelsea at arm's length until the second half then reacted superbly to going behind twice, especially when they gathered themselves again when all looked lost after Havertz's penalty.
Everton were strong in defence throughout, prepared to throw bodies on the line, and showed their threat from set pieces once again when Doucoure headed in at the far post from a corner.
The high point, however, was the manner in which youngster Simms - back at Everton after a loan spell at Sunderland - outmuscled Kalidou Koulibaly and raced on to beat Chelsea keeper Kepa with a cool finish.
Everton survived a couple of late scares but deserved to do so after a performance that will give them real hope of winning their fight to avoid the drop out of the Premier League.
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Careless Chelsea squander victory chance
Chelsea will be hugely frustrated at the manner in which they allowed Everton to come back twice and take a point away from Stamford Bridge.
Graham Potter's side had control of the game by leading twice but on each occasion Everton fought their way back into contention.
Felix brought class to proceedings and fully merited his goal, but he was substituted late on as Potter adopted a more conservative approach which ultimately failed to secure the desired result.
Chelsea have shown improvement in recent weeks but this was an opportunity missed and stopped their revival in its tracks.
Potter is still navigating his way around adapting to the vast influx of players after Chelsea's transfer spending spree, but this was a bitter disappointment after the recent upturn.
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Player of the match
with an average of 8.14
ChelseaAvgSquad number11Player nameJoão FélixAverage rating
Squad number21Player nameChilwellAverage rating
Squad number33Player nameFofanaAverage rating
Squad number24Player nameJamesAverage rating
Squad number8Player nameKovacicAverage rating
Squad number5Player nameFernándezAverage rating
Squad number29Player nameHavertzAverage rating
Squad number4Player nameBadiashileAverage rating
Squad number10Player namePulisicAverage rating
Squad number1Player nameArrizabalagaAverage rating
Squad number26Player nameKoulibalyAverage rating
Squad number23Player nameGallagherAverage rating
Squad number12Player nameLoftus-CheekAverage rating
Squad number30Player nameChukwuemekaAverage rating
Squad number14Player nameChalobahAverage rating
EvertonAvgSquad number50Player nameSimmsAverage rating
Squad number11Player nameGrayAverage rating
Squad number16Player nameDoucouréAverage rating
Squad number7Player nameMcNeilAverage rating
Squad number19Player nameMykolenkoAverage rating
Squad number8Player nameOnanaAverage rating
Squad number2Player nameTarkowskiAverage rating
Squad number17Player nameIwobiAverage rating
Squad number23Player nameColemanAverage rating
Squad number22Player nameGodfreyAverage rating
Squad number5Player nameKeaneAverage rating
Squad number1Player namePickfordAverage rating
Squad number27Player nameGueyeAverage rating
- Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text
- 1Arrizabalaga33FofanaSubstituted forChalobahat 87'minutes26KoulibalyBooked at 57mins4Badiashile24JamesBooked at 74mins5Fernández8KovacicSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 81'minutes21Chilwell10PulisicSubstituted forGallagherat 62'minutes29Havertz11João FélixSubstituted forChukwuemekaat 86'minutes
- 1Pickford23ColemanSubstituted forMykolenkoat 84'minutes5Keane2Tarkowski22Godfrey17Iwobi16Doucouré27GueyeBooked at 29minsSubstituted forSimmsat 79'minutes8Onana7McNeilBooked at 45mins11Gray
Referee:Darren EnglandAttendance:40,025Match StatsHome TeamChelseaAway TeamEvertonPossessionHome69%Away31%ShotsHome20Away12Shots on TargetHome7Away3CornersHome8Away2FoulsHome8Away12Live Text Post update
Match ends, Chelsea 2, Everton 2.
Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Everton 2.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by James Tarkowski.
Attempt blocked. Benoît Badiashile (Chelsea) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Ben Chilwell with a cross.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ben Godfrey.
Attempt blocked. Kai Havertz (Chelsea) with an attempt from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Reece James with a cross.
Reece James (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Dwight McNeil (Everton).
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Dwight McNeil.
Goal! Chelsea 2, Everton 2. Ellis Simms (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Abdoulaye Doucouré.
Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Demarai Gray (Everton).
Substitution, Chelsea. Trevoh Chalobah replaces Wesley Fofana.
Substitution, Chelsea. Carney Chukwuemeka replaces João Félix.
Attempt blocked. Ellis Simms (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution, Everton. Vitalii Mykolenko replaces Séamus Coleman.
Attempt missed. Dwight McNeil (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Abdoulaye Doucouré.
Substitution, Chelsea. Ruben Loftus-Cheek replaces Mateo Kovacic.
Reece James (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Amadou Onana (Everton).
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