The day’s big scorers were Everton, who were involved in a nine goal thriller with Bournemouth at Goodison Park. Romelu Lukaku was the hero of the day, with a four goal haul that helped maintain the Toffee’s seven game Premier League unbeaten run. It took Lukaku only 30 seconds to open his account, as he equalled the Premier League’s record for its ‘quickest goal’. He then turned provider, as he set up James McCarthy for the second. The Belgium international then doubled his account minutes later, to make it 3-0, which is how it stayed until the break. The second half allowed Bournemouth a chance to claw themselves back into the game, and two goals from Joshua King saw them 3-2 down with 10 minutes left. Up steps Romelu Lukaku, who added another brace before Bournemouth’s Harry Arter could net their third to make it 5-3. However, it wasn’t finished there and, 4 minutes into injury time, Ross Barkley scored his 1st and Everton’s 6th of the match to keep the pressure on both the Manchester teams sitting just above them in the league.
Elsewhere in the league, Watford continued where they left off against Arsenal in mid-week with a 2-1 victory over a 10 men Burnley. 1st half goals from Deeney and Niang, alongside the early dismissal of Jeff Hendrick, saw them take a 2-0 half time lead. Burnley later replied from the spot, but it wasn’t enough as their poor away record continues. West Ham recovered from their midweek hammering by Man City to register a 3-1 victory away to Southampton. The home team took the early lead with a Gabbiadini goal, but goals by Carroll, Obiang and Noble gave West Ham a well-earned victory.
For Sunderland, Jermain Defoe scored twice in 1st half injury time to help them overcome Crystal Palace in the battle at the bottom at Selhurst Park. Sunderland opened the scoring in the 9th minute via a Lamine Kone goal, and Ndong doubled their lead minutes before the break to make it 2-0. As Crystal Palace waited for the half time hooter, Defoe hit twice with two excellent finishes in two minutes to take the visitors 4-0 at the break. Sunderland kept the pressure on in the 2nd half, but failed to covert anymore chances.