Inside Blue Thu 21 Dec 2017
Goodison Park can be a tough ground to visit and Chelsea have not often had it easy against Everton on our recent travels there.
However, while three points have to be hard fought at the storied old stadium on Merseyside, the Blues have scored some pretty memorable away goals against the Toffees in the past few years...
Chelsea were trailing to a James Beattie penalty early in the second half when referee Mark Clattenberg inadvertently blocked off Claude Makelele as he tried to get on the end of an Asier Del Horno throw-in. However, the official’s intervention turned into a positive for the Blues as Frank Lampard chased down the loose ball and launched an unerring drive from 25 yards which swerved past Nigel Martyn’s outstretched palm into the far corner of the net to secure a point in a 1-1 draw.
Lampard netted another fine equaliser when we met the Toffees again 14 months later but his effort into the top corner was surpassed by Didier Drogba’s sublime winner three minutes from time. The Ivorian had struck the Everton upright moments earlier but when a long clearance kick by Hilario was nodded to him by Andriy Shevchenko, he chested the ball down before hitting a magnificent volley from 35 yards which swerved and dipped past Tim Howard to give us a memorable 3-2 win.
Chelsea travelled to Goodison Park for the second leg of the League Cup semi-finals with a narrow 2-1 advantage but settled the tie thanks to a moment of brilliance by Joe Cole. With just over 20 minutes left, a raking pass by Florent Malouda from just inside the halfway line picked out the England midfielder, who controlled the ball with a fine first touch on the edge of the box before despatching an unstoppable volley past Howard to make it 3-1 on aggregate.
Chelsea could hardly have asked for a better start when we visited Everton for our third game of the 2014/15 season. The Blues kicked off and eight of our players touched the ball in the first 35 seconds before Cesc Fabregas slipped a delightful through pass for Diego Costa to run clear and fire between the legs of Tim Howard. It was just the opening salvo in an epic match which ended 6-3 in favour of the visitors.
A disappointing 3-1 loss for Chelsea was lit up by one sparkling moment by Nemanja Matic as he scored at Goodison for the second season in a row. The Blues were trailing 2-0 after 36 minutes when John Mikel Obi played the ball towards the Serbian who took one touch before striking a ferocious left-footed effort from 30 yards which arrowed past Howard into the top corner of the net.
Our visit to Everton last season came at a crucial time as we held a four-point advantage over Tottenham Hotspur with six games left in the season. Everton had won their previous seven home games but we secured an important win thank to an inspirational effort by Pedro midway through the second half. The Spaniard received the ball just outside the Everton box and feinted to shoot with his right boot before switching direction and drifting towards a more central position before thumping a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenberg to break the deadlock in a 3-0 win.