SECOND-half efforts from Kurt Zouma and Dominic Calvert-Lewin condemned Cherries to their 11th defeat in 14 games on a frustrating afternoon at Goodison Park.

Zouma – on loan from Chelsea – powered home Lucas Digne’s cross just after the hour for his first goal in a Toffees shirt.

And substitute Calvert-Lewin converted with seconds to spare after Cherries had laid siege to the Everton goal.

David Brooks had hit a post in the first period, while Michael Keane shaved the crossbar at the other end.

But it was Zouma and Calvert-Lewin’s efforts which ensured Cherries were sunk for a sixth time in six trips to Everton, a 2-0 defeat tough to take following a contest in which they had their fair share of chances.

Boss Eddie Howe made two changes from Cherries’ most recent Premier League game against Watford.

Callum Wilson – linked with a move to Chelsea of late – missed out through a minor hamstring problem and Charlie Daniels dropped to the bench.

Back came Adam Smith from a knee injury to make his first appearance in two months, while fellow full-back Nathaniel Clyne started his maiden league game in a Cherries shirt.

Ademola Lookman made his second top-flight start of the campaign for Everton and Bernard and Seamus Coleman also came in.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Theo Walcott and Jonjoe Kenny had to be content with places on the bench.

Cherries keeper Asmir Begovic got an early touch after Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick fell kindly to him and Lookman over-hit a pass with Richarlison well placed to charge in on goal.

The first meaningful opportunity came in the eighth minute. Clyne’s cross was half-cleared and after Ryan Fraser put the ball back in the danger area, Joshua King was unable to scramble home.

Idrissa Gana Gueye escaped punishment for a wild swipe at the feet of Fraser, while Brooks’s appeals for a penalty fell on deaf ears after he had gone to ground following contact from Gueye.

Jefferson Lerma – fresh from the birth of his baby daughter – fired meekly wide from range before Cherries hit the woodwork in the 14th minute.

Amid appeals that the visitors had committed a foul, Junior Stanislas played in Brooks, who had timed his run to perfection, but the Welsh international’s low shot across Jordan Pickford bounced off the left post.

The home supporters were getting increasingly aggrieved with referee Anthony Taylor and they were far from impressed when he deemed Gueye’s untidy challenge on Smith worthy of punishment.

Smith took a whack to the head in the process but was soon back on his feet. Moments later, Stanislas’s low free-kick from 20 yards was parried behind by Pickford.

Cherries had their tails up and Lerma’s shot thumped against Nathan Ake before Dan Gosling’s attempt went wide.

Fraser sent in a nice delivery for King but the Norwegian international headed over when he might have tested Pickford.

The Toffees sprung into life when Sigurdsson got Lookman clear down the right but his cross was diverted high and wide by the head of Bernard.

Proceedings were getting increasingly frantic. Fraser appealed vainly for a penalty after his cross had struck the hand of Digne from close range, while Lookman flashed across the face at the other end.

Three minutes before the break, Everton defender Keane came within a whisker of breaking the deadlock, his glancing header from Digne’s cross clipping the top of the bar.

Sigurdsson then rushed a shot wide of the right upright having done well to find space on the edge of the box.

Everton began the second period as they had ended the first. Within 23 seconds, Bernard pulled back for Andre Gomes but the Portuguese’s first-time effort was wayward.

Only brilliant defending by Ake kept Cherries level. Richarlison’s header from a narrow angle came back to him off Lerma and the Brazilian’s shot was cleared off the line by Ake.

The visitors conjured their first chance in some time from a corner but Steve Cook’s flicked header dropped onto the roof of net.

The game then appeared to go somewhat stale before Ake survived penalty appeals when Seamus Coleman’s cross hit him on the arm.

But moments later, Everton had the lead. A delivery into the area was half-cleared and Digne picked up the loose ball. The Frenchman beat King to the by-line and stood up a cross to the near post, which Zouma thundered home with his head.

Fraser was crudely chopped down on the counter by Keane but whistler Taylor allowed play to develop. King rippled the wrong side of the net with his left boot and Keane was then booked for his earlier challenge.

Gomes and Zouma were cautioned in quick succession and the former escaped a second yellow having clattered into Cook as he attempted to clear his lines. The midfielder also caught King on the ankle moments later, with only a free-kick awarded.

Pickford was called on to punch clear in a crowded box and Richarlison was mighty close to doubling the lead when he got away from Ake, only to nod past the post from Sigurdsson’s cross.

Richarlison crashed off target as Cook hurled himself in to block, while Gomes somehow escaped conceding a penalty and receiving a second yellow having pulled down Lerma by the neck.

In the dying embers, Keane made a terrific, last-ditch challenge to prevent Gosling testing Pickford.

And there was still time for Lookman to square for the unmarked Calvert-Lewin, who calmly slotted past Begovic.


Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne, Gueye, Gomes, Lookman, Sigurdsson (Mina, 90+3), Bernard (Walcott, 78), Richarlison (Calvert-Lewin, 87).

Unused subs: Kenny, Davies, Tosun, Stekelenburg (g/k).

Booked: Bernard, Keane, Gomes, Zouma, Richarlison.

Cherries: Begovic, Clyne, S Cook, Ake, Smith, Gosling, Lerma, Brooks (Ibe, 82), Stanislas (Mousset, 68), Fraser, King.

Unused subs: Daniels, Rico, Simpson, Surman, Boruc (g/k).

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

Attendance: 38,113.