Everton beat Brentford to claim first win of season

23 Sep 2023
Calvert-Lewin celebrates his goal v Brentford

James Tarkowski involved in two goals against former team as Toffees earn first league win in London in 14 attempts

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Everton claimed their first win of the season, beating Brentford 3-1 to end a 13-match winless streak in London league matches and move out of the relegation zone. 

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The visitors enjoyed a dream start, Abdoulaye Doucoure finishing brilliantly from James Tarkowski’s knockdown to put Everton ahead after six minutes at the Gtech Community Stadium. 

Doucoure almost doubled the lead on 27 minutes, but his shot cannoned off the crossbar.  

Less than a minute later, Brentford were level through Mathias Jensen, whose low-angled shot beat Jordan Pickford

Both teams had further chances to score in an open match, but the next goal did not come until the 67th minute when Tarkowski glanced in Dwight McNeil’s corner on the six-yard line against his former team.  

It was the defender’s ninth Premier League goal in total and sixth from a corner, the other three coming from free-kicks, all under Sean Dyche.  

Four minutes later, James Garner did well to win the ball back before feeding substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin to make it 3-1, for the forward's first away goal in open play in two-and-half years.  

Everton climb to 15th with four points.  

Brentford, who lost Kevin Schade to a serious-looking injury in the warm-up, seemed flat throughout, having only two shots on target. They drop to 12th on six points after slumping to a second consecutive defeat.

Bottom seven

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
14 Fulham FUL 13 -9 15
15 Nott'm Forest NFO 13 -5 13
16 Bournemouth BOU 13 -14 12
17 Luton LUT 13 -11 9
18 Sheffield Utd SHU 13 -23 5
19 Everton EVE 13 -6 4
20 Burnley BUR 13 -22 4
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