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Everton 1-1 Huddersfield: Toffees maintain unbeaten start with comeback draw

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Huddersfield players celebrate opening the scoring at Goodison Park

Everton came from behind against Huddersfield to maintain their unbeaten start to the season in a disappointing game at Goodison Park.

The hosts enjoyed most of the possession, but failed to register a shot on target, before Philip Billing gave the Terriers a surprise lead in the 33rd minute when he headed past Jordan Pickford from a corner.

Huddersfield's lead lasted just 87 seconds as Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalised by the same method, diverting a Lucas Digne cross past the diving Jonas Lossl.

Toffees boss Marcos Silva introduced Ademola Lookman off the bench in the second period, and the 20-year-old created the best chance of the half when he produced a tantalising cross that just eluded Calvert-Lewin and Gylfi Sigurdsson with the goal at their mercy.

The result lifts David Wagner's side out of the relegation zone into 17th, while Everton climb one place into seventh.

Everton struggle to break down resilient Terriers

Huddersfield came to Goodison Park with a gameplan, and they executed it perfectly.

Wagner's men sat deep with 10 men behind the ball straight from kick-off, inviting pressure from the hosts as they tried to break them down.

Everton had 59% of the possession in the first half, but they failed to create anything of note, and defenders Seamus Coleman and Kurt Zouma had the best opportunities.

Calvert-Lewin was brought in to replace their suspended top-scorer Richarlison, and although the youngster got off the mark for the season with the equaliser, Everton lacked the trickery and guile to break through their organised opponents.

In fact, the hosts, who lost Theo Walcott to injury in the second half, only managed a single shot on goal in the whole game.

Richarlison will still be missing for the meeting with West Ham but Silva could turn to Lookman, who impressed off the bench.

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Everton didn't create enough - Silva

Huddersfield attack remains a concern

Huddersfield avoided relegation by four points last season - and the objective for the new campaign will be to retain their Premier League status once more.

A battling point at Goodison Park is exactly the type of result the Terriers will need. The visitors were set up to limit their opponents' success between the lines, and as Wagner acknowledged afterwards: "Our formation worked."

But while they took the lead from a set piece, they posed very little threat from open play.

Coming into the game, the Terriers had failed to score in 23 of their 41 Premier League games - more than any other team in this period.

Billing's header was only his side's second goal of the season, and Wagner admitted not "creating more opportunities" was his one concern about the day.

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Huddersfield worked their socks off for draw - Wagner

Man of the match - Kurt Zouma (Everton)

Kurt Zouma
The summer loan signing from Chelsea consistently brought the ball out of defence to help start attacks as well as having the composure to deal with the pacy Adama Diakhaby

'Everton don't look the strongest on set-pieces' - what they said

Huddersfield manager David Wagner said: "I'm happy with the effort, performance and attitude from the players. We limited Everton - everyone knows how difficult it can be here - they only had shots from distance and headers.

"I'm fine with this point, although with a bit more relaxation on the ball, we could have created more opportunities.

"We've discussed before that Everton don't look the strongest on defending set-pieces. We've scored a great goal - we had worked on it and it paid off. Defensively our shape worked, our formation worked - we wanted to close the inside gaps and overload the wings. You have to show the passion and desire. "

Everton manager Marcos Silva said: "We didn't perform well. It wasn't a good game.

"They had nine players behind the ball. When we play against that type of team, we have to play faster in certain moments of the game to disorganise them. We didn't create enough chances to score.

"As well as Richarlison, Theo [Walcott] with a problem in his hips is another problem for us.

"It was important to score fast and react well after their goal. The second half was difficult as they just waited for our mistakes."

Huddersfield's 81-year wait for a Goodison win goes on - match stats

  • Huddersfield have won none of their past 15 away games against Everton in all competitions (D3 L12), last winning there 2-1 in the top flight in September 1937.
  • Everton recorded their 200th score draw in the Premier League, more than any other team in the competition.
  • Yorkshire teams have won none of their past 16 Premier League visits to Goodison Park (D6 L10) since Sheffield Wednesday won 2-1 there in April 1999.
  • Since the start of last season, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been directly involved in more goals for Everton in all competitions than any other player (11 goals, six assists).
  • Huddersfield's Philip Billing scored his first league goal since February 2017 vs Reading, ending a run of 31 appearances without a goal (including play-offs).

What's next?

Everton resume their Premier League campaign at home to West Ham on Sunday, 16 September (16:00 BST), while Huddersfield host Crystal Palace on Saturday, 15 September (15:00).

Line-ups

Everton

  • 1Pickford
  • 23Coleman
  • 2HolgateBooked at 55mins
  • 5Zouma
  • 12DigneSubstituted forBainesat 76'minutes
  • 26DaviesBooked at 63mins
  • 18SchneiderlinBooked at 86mins
  • 11WalcottSubstituted forLookmanat 57'minutes
  • 10G SigurdssonSubstituted forNiasseat 76'minutes
  • 29Calvert-Lewin
  • 14Tosun

Substitutes

  • 3Baines
  • 19Niasse
  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 28Dowell
  • 31Lookman
  • 35Browning
  • 43Kenny

Huddersfield

  • 1Lössl
  • 33HadergjonajBooked at 73minsSubstituted forDurmat 76'minutes
  • 25M JorgensenBooked at 89mins
  • 26Schindler
  • 5Kongolo
  • 15Löwe
  • 11DiakhabySubstituted forKachungaat 60'minutes
  • 10Mooy
  • 8BillingBooked at 4mins
  • 17van La Parra
  • 24MounieSubstituted forDepoitreat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Kachunga
  • 18Mbenza
  • 19Williams
  • 20Depoitre
  • 21Pritchard
  • 31Schofield
  • 37Durm
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
38,767

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Everton 1, Huddersfield Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Everton 1, Huddersfield Town 1.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton).

Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).

Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Laurent Depoitre replaces Steve Mounie.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Erik Durm (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton).

Zanka (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Zanka (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Oumar Niasse (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Zanka (Huddersfield Town).

Attempt missed. Cenk Tosun (Everton) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Oumar Niasse following a corner.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Erik Durm.

Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).

Booking

Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton).

Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ademola Lookman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town).

Attempt blocked. Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Tom Davies (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town).

Attempt missed. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Erik Durm.

Attempt saved. Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Kurt Zouma.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Erik Durm replaces Florent Hadergjonaj.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Oumar Niasse replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Leighton Baines replaces Lucas Digne.

Booking

Florent Hadergjonaj (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Mason Holgate (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Florent Hadergjonaj (Huddersfield Town).

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Zanka (Huddersfield Town).

goal

As It Stood

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2Chelsea4400103712
3Man City4310113810
4Tottenham33008269
5Watford33007259
6Bournemouth42116517
7Everton41307616
8Leicester42026516
9Wolves412145-15
10Southampton41124404
11Fulham411279-24
12Brighton411257-24
13Arsenal310256-13
14Man Utd310247-33
15Crystal Palace410336-33
16Cardiff302102-22
17Huddersfield4022210-82
18Newcastle401336-31
19Burnley301237-41
20West Ham4004210-80
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