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Simms secures late draw for Everton at Chelsea

Published on: 18 March 2023

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

SimmsEllis Simms

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


Formation 3-4-3

1Arrizabalaga33Fofana26Koulibaly4Badiashile24James5Fernández8Kovacic21Chilwell10Pulisic29Havertz11João Félix

    1Arrizabalaga33FofanaSubstituted forChalobahat 87'minutes26KoulibalyBooked at 57mins4Badiashile24JamesBooked at 74mins5Fernández8KovacicSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 81'minutes21Chilwell10PulisicSubstituted forGallagherat 62'minutes29Havertz11João FélixSubstituted forChukwuemekaat 86'minutes




Formation 4-5-1


    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.

90'+6'Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Everton 2.

90'+5'Post update

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

90'+5'Post update

Attempt blocked. Benoît Badiashile (Chelsea) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Ben Chilwell with a cross.

90'+5'Post update

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ben Godfrey.

90'+5'Post update

Attempt blocked. Kai Havertz (Chelsea) with an attempt from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Reece James with a cross.

90'+4'Post update

Reece James (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90'+4'Post update

Foul by Dwight McNeil (Everton).

90'+2'Post update

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.

88'Post update

Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88'Post update

Foul by Demarai Gray (Everton).


Substitution, Chelsea. Trevoh Chalobah replaces Wesley Fofana.


Substitution, Chelsea. Carney Chukwuemeka replaces João Félix.

85'Post update

Attempt blocked. Ellis Simms (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.


Substitution, Everton. Vitalii Mykolenko replaces Séamus Coleman.

82'Post update

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.

79'Post update

Reece James (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79'Post update

Foul by Amadou Onana (Everton).

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