Reporter causes backlash over dig at Everton celebrations; Todd Boehly offers sweary verdict on draw


Reporter Ian Abrahams causes backlash over a dig on the Everton celebrations whereas Chelsea’s Todd Boehly offers sweary a verdict on the draw.

Ellis Simms scored the primary Everton objective, incomes Sean Dyche’s facet treasured factors. They got here from behind twice to attract with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s defeat by Everton was a reminder of the membership’s resilience. Simms, a 22-year-old native product, was the hero with a superb late equalizer that ended Chelsea’s possibilities of successful a fourth consecutive match.

Chelsea broke down Everton’s resistance seven minutes after the break. The superb Joao Felix hit a low drive. However they have been pegged again after Abdoulaye Doucoure scored from a nook in 69 minutes.

Everton was solely at degree phrases for seven minutes earlier than Kai Havertz scored from spot after Reece James had been fouled by James Tarkowski. However there was to be a twist within the story.

Dyche had known as Simms to avoid wasting a degree, and he did it in fashion with a robust run and end lower than a minute.

Ian Abrahams (Moose) @BroadcastMoose, wrote by way of Twitter: “The ⁦@Everton⁩ fans celebrate their famous draw here tonight at The Bridge.”

And boy dd that not go down properly, with THOUSANDS replying how sad they have been at what he mentioned…

Participant scores (in response to Sky Sports activities)

Chelsea: Kepa (5), Fofana (6), Koulibaly (5), Badiashile (6), James (6), Fernandez (7), Kovacic (7), Chilwell (7), Pulisic (6), Havertz (7), Felix (8).

Subs: Gallagher (6), Loftus-Cheek (n/a), Chukwuemeka (n/a), Chalobah (n/a).

Everton: Pickford (6), Coleman (6), Keane (7), Tarkowski (6), Godfrey (6), Iwobi (6), Onana (6), Gueye (6), Doucoure (7), McNeil (6), Grey (6).

Subs: Simms (7), Mykolenko (n/a).

Participant of the match: Joao Felix

Everton striker Ellis Simms, chatting with Sky Sports activities: “It’s about patience, I just had to wait for my chance. We’ve got top players so I’m not going to walk straight into the team, I have to work hard and take my chance when I get it.

“It’s massive belief, we’re working hard in training, staying united and sticking together when it gets tough. We went behind today but fought back to get the equaliser.”

Everton defender James Tarkowski chatting with Sky Sports activities: “Unbelievable goal from Simms, he went past [Kalidou] Koulibaly, who is no slow player, and shrugged him off to score. He has been working hard, since Christmas, got his head down and those are the moments you live for.

“It’s massive. We have been showing character for the last few weeks, had a couple of bad results against Arsenal and Liverpool but we have been grinding it out and we worked hard today to get a point which was brilliant.

“Never nice giving away penalties, Ben [Godfrey] thought I was going to clear it and he thought that I was going to clear it. Reece [James] went down and we gave away the penalty.

“We take it game by game, the next game is Spurs at home at our place which is a difficult place to come and we look forward to that.

“Not trying to focus too much on other teams, we focus on ourselves and if we put the points on the board, we don’t have to worry about anyone else.”

Everton supervisor Sean Dyche, chatting with Sky Sports activities: “I’m actually happy with the rising mentality. There’s been lots manufactured from their away type during the last couple of years and it’s powerful coming to a spot like this, even when they’re having an up and down time.

“We showed them a little bit too much respect in the first half but came back well in the second half.”

On Ellis Simms: “We threw him in towards Liverpool and struggled somewhat bit however he’s maturing into it. We simply felt along with his tempo and his energy – he’s delivered it to interrupt free at present – after which a pleasant end beneath the keeper.

“A lot has been made of the goal scoring and lacking strikers but I’ve said all along that it’s a team mentality.

“The intent to score a goal has been improving all the time. Second half we started asking more questions from set pieces. We had really good intent to be in the game, create chances and try and win the game.

“People who change things, make things happen. They was no disappointment when we went a goal down.”

On Chelsea’s penalty: “It’s a bit clumsy but it’s a tight one for me. But it got given. The ref did give it a go, he did his best for them trying to get the corner in with a millisecond left.”

Chelsea supervisor Graham Potter chatting with Match of the Day: “We did a lot well and we are disappointed with the goals we conceded tonight. We thought we played well enough to get the three points but ultimately if you don’t defend well, you don’t get the result.

“We lost duels in the box and when you lose the duels, there is danger. Credit to Everton, they are good at that but we have to do better. It’s disappointing. There were a lot of good things about the performance but we have just taken one point.

“We were attacking and then they broke through. we had to defend the set pieces and not allow ourselves to be open in big spaces but we did that.

“Joao Felix was lively throughout, Kai [Havertz] and Christian Pulisic were good, good width from Ben [Chilwell] and Reece [James]. Enzo and Kovacic in midfield drove the game as well.

“Really disappointed because we wanted to win.

“[Wesley] Fofana was fantastic, defended well, drove the game but he had to come off with fatigue with his hamstring. He took responsibility. Lots of positives from the performance as a team and individually but there is a sour feeling when you don’t get the three points.

“Kante is there on the bench and he is ready. It was a difficult one to come into for his first game, he has been away for so long but he’s ready.”

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