Everton caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson made a positive impact on the pitch as he started his reign with a vital victory over Chelsea at Goodison Park.
Ferguson took chargeafter Marco Silva was sackedfollowing Wednesday’s Merseyside derby thrashing at Liverpool that had left the Toffees in the relegation zone.
Everton’s 3-1 victory drags the Tofees out of the relegation zone in the interim, subject to the outcome of other matches which will be played later on.
The Scot raced down the touchline when Richarlison headed Everton in front from Djibril Sidibe’s cross after only five minutes, then swung a ball boy around in the air when Dominic Calvert-Lewin took advantage of slipshod Chelsea defending to increase their lead four minutes after half-time.
Chelsea who lost their last away match at the Etihad Stadium to defending champions Manchester City suffered another defeat in the hands of struggling Everton.
It only took the first five minutes for the home side to take the lead through Richarlson strike, and they waited till the sceond-half before a second goal came through Calvert-Lewin in the 49th minutes.
However, Kovacic struck for the visiting side in the 52 minutes to heap pressure on the home side. But Everton’s third goal came in the 84 minutes courtesy of Calvert-Lewin who did a brace in the game.
Ferguson and his players took the acclaim with lots of celebration at the blast of the final whistle as that victory rekindled sparks of celebration at Goodison Park lifted.