Everton fell to a disappointing 3-1 defeat at Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon, but the result should perhaps come as no surprise given the Cherries’ impressive home record against the Toffees – who are now winless in their last five visits to the south coast.
A Callum Wilson brace and a lovely free-kick from Ryan Fraser put the contest beyond Marco Silva’s side, whose wretched run at the Vitality Stadium continues for another season.
Everton’s disappointing loss sees them fall to 11th in the table, and Opta released a post-match statistic highlighting the Merseyside club’s constant struggles when they make the journey to Eddie Howe’s side.
Another concern for Silva is that his once-reliable defence is beginning to leak goals. Everton have kept the second-highest number of clean sheets since the turn of the year, bettered only by Manchester City, but their recent rearguard displays make for grim viewing.
I hate being negative, i really do, i was so optimistic for today, but for the first time in a while im wondering if Silva is the man to take Everton forward, our defence is like it was at our worst, our attack away from home, is non existent.
— Alan (@heathercroft19) September 15, 2019
Seven goals shipped in their last three games show how much standards have slipped in recent weeks – the Toffees previous seven conceded having come in a much more impressive 13 Premier League fixtures.
One positive to take from the game is Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s first half goal, which ended a run of 971 minutes without a goal in the top flight. His last Premier League strike came way back in March, against a Rafa Benitez-led Newcastle.