Chelsea slipped to their third Premier League defeat in four matches yesterday as Everton bounced back from their Merseyside derby humiliation to win 3-1 and escape from the relegation zone.
Goals early in each half from Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin put the home side 2-0 up and although Mateo Kovacic pulled one back, Calvert-Lewin struck again late to seal the win.
The three points for Everton, under the temporary charge of Duncan Ferguson following the sacking of Marco Silva, lifts them to the relative comfort of 14th spot in the table.
Frank Lampard’s men remain in fourth place but Wolves could close the gap to just three points if they beat Brighton on Sunday.
Ferguson’s reign at Goodison Park got off to the perfect start with Brazil forward Richarlison heading home Djibril Sidibe’s cross from the right to give the hosts a fifth-minute lead.
Chelsea pushed for an equaliser, with in-form England forward Tammy Abraham going close a couple of times, but the Toffees went in at half-time 1-0 up.
Everton got a flying start to the second half as well, with Calvert-Lewin barging his way through the Chelsea defence before slotting past Kepa Arrizabalaga from 12 yards.
But Chelsea responded immediately, with Kovacic stroking in a volley with his right foot in the 52nd minute, beating the dive of England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Substitute Tom Davies mistimed a header when in a good position to restore Everton’s two-goal lead.
But Chelsea shot themselves in the foot when Kepa mishit a pass, gifting possession to Walcott.
The ball came to Davies, who struggled to control the ball, but it eventually fell for Calvert-Lewin, who bundled home, sending Ferguson charging down the touchline.