Everton secured a third successive Premier League victory for the first time since March 2021, as a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Goodison Park moved them four points clear of the relegation zone.
Mauricio Pochettino made sweeping changes to his Chelsea side after their dreadful display in Manchester in midweek, and his side were quick out of the traps on their second trip to the north-west of the week.
The Toffees grew into the contest, and nearly opened the scoring in spectacular fashion when Jack Harrison’s sweetly-struck volley drifted narrowly wide.
Quality in the final third was at a premium, but even with defences on top, both were dealt a blow as Ashley Young and Reece James were forced off injured before the interval.
Sean Dyche’s men had the momentum before the break, and they were the first to threaten after the restart as Dwight McNeil’s low drive forced Robert Sánchez into an impressive stop.
The Spaniard was then on hand to deny Dominic Calvert-Lewin after he was slotted in by McNeil, but there was nothing he could do to keep out Abdoulaye Doucoure on the rebound, as his low strike fizzed into the bottom corner.
The Blues introduced Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Jackson as they pushed for a leveller, but Pickford remained relatively untroubled in the Everton goal despite persistent Chelsea pressure.
The visitors found no way through, and even conceded again in stoppage time as Lewis Dobbin rifled home his first goal for the Toffees after substitute goalkeeper Dorđe Petrovic flapped at a corner.
A first set of back-to-back defeats under Pochettino’s stewardship drops the beleaguered Blues into the bottom half, while Everton secured a fifth victory from their last six home H2H meetings as their resurgence continues.