Game 6: Everton 3.0 Sunderland (League Cup) 20.09.17
Found myself at Goodison Park for a rare league ground tick after a heads-up from Paul that he was attending the game while I was in Liverpool for the week. We got the bus out to the ground and walked around the surrounding terraced streets before taking our wooden seats in the main stand.
Both teams had made several changes from their last league game with Everton including Kenny making his debut and forgotten man Niasse on the bench. Sunderland had several ex-Everton players in their line up including Rodman and Vaughan who got a good reception from the crowd. They had an early chance when Vaughan got free only to put his shot wide. Everton started to dominate the game and took the lead in the 38th minute when Calvert-Lewin hit a great shot past Steele from inside the area.
In the second half Calvert-Lewin scored again and was unfortunate not to get a hat-trick when his diving header came back off the post. He was replaced by Niasse for the last half hour having looked very impressive. Sunderland had a couple of chances with Vaughan heading just wide with the best of them. The final goal of the game came with seven minutes to go, Niasse controlling the ball well before lashing it in past Steele to the delight of the home crowd.
Everton: Stekelenburg, Kenny, Keane, Williams, Holgate, Klaassen, Besic, Davies, Vlasic (Lennon 82), Calvert-Lewin (Niasse 66), Sandro (Lookman 73). Subs not used: Robles, Martina, Gueye, Sigurdsson
Sunderland: Steele, Love, Kone, Jones, Matthews, Gibson, Ndong, Honeyman (Williams 63), Rodwell (McManaman 55), Gooch, Vaughan (Robson 86). Subs not used: Ruiter, Oviedo, Cattermole, Asoro