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Premier League: Resurgent Wayne Rooney guides Everton past Swansea

The in-form veteran missed a penalty but scored the other as the Toffees moved into ninth place!

SNS | New Delhi |

Wayne Rooney missed one penalty but converted the second as Everton came from behind to seal a 3-1 win over Swansea in their Premier League fixture at Goodison Park.

Monday’s night victory saw Everton climb into 9th place with their excellent run of form under Sam Allardyce continuing but the Toffees were off the pace initially and paid the price when Leroy Fer opened the scoring for the goal-shy visitors.

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Swansea had begun the match the stronger of the sides and deservedly took the lead when Fer arrived at the far-post to volley home Tom Caroll’s corner in the 35th minute.

Everton were stung into action and their pressure seemed to have paid off when referee Jonathan Moss awarded them a penalty after Aaron Lennon went down in the box after a clumsy challenge from Roque Mesa.

 

Lukasz Fabianski managed to tip Rooney’s effort onto the bar but Dominic Calvert-Lewin was at hand to score the equaliser on the stroke of half-time.

With the scores level at the interval, the momentum was firmly in the hosts’ favour and they didn’t take long to take the lead.

Gylifi Sigurdsson who, like Rooney, has been in fine form of late, cut in from the left wing and unleashed a blistering shot to beat Fabianski from distance four minutes after the hour-mark.

And Everton would be awarded another penalty soon after as Jonjoe Kenny was clipped by Martin Olsson inside the box. Rooney stepped up and while Fabianski managed to get a hand to the shot, there was too much power for him and Everton were 3-1 up with 17 minutes left.

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Swansea manager Paul Clement, who has come under pressure of late, made two substitutions in quick succession but it was to no avail as Everton registered their fourth win in five Premier League games.

The Toffees have a big game on the horizon, a home clash with defending champions Chelsea but will approach Saturday’s clash with plenty of optimism as the unbeaten start to the ‘Big Sam’ era continues unabated.

Swansea remain rooted at the bottom of the table with a paltry tally of 12 points and with Wilfried Bony getting injured early on, their problems continue to multiply and it remains to be seen whether Paul Clement will remain in charge for very long if results like these continue.

The Swans host Crystal Palace on Saturday and will hope to snap their losing streak but with the Eagles enjoying a resurgence of sort, that game will not be easy.