Top five Everton comebacks
After late drama at Old Trafford on the weekend, Everton managed to turn the tide and snatch an unlikely point against Manchester United. Having completed some memorable comebacks during their time in the Premier League, we decided to take a look at their top five.
- West Brom 2-3 Everton (2015)
In what was a tale of two halves, Roberto Martinez’s Everton found themselves two goals down to a West Brom side who had yet to win at home. With Tony Pulis at the helm, whose sides pride themselves on defensive diligence, a comeback seemed unlikely.
After falling two behind in the 54th minute, a quickfire response from Romelu Lukaku had the Toffee’s tails up once more. Arouna Kone levelled the tie on 75 minutes, before the talisman Lukaku snatched a late winner in the 84th minute to send Everton fifth in the table.
- Everton 2-1 Spurs (2012)
A late flurry of goals from Everton allowed them to take all three points at Goodison Park on a cold December night, sending them fourth in the table. Having fallen behind in the 76th minute thanks to a deflected Clint Dempsey strike, the Blues seemed destined for defeat after a run of 12 games unbeaten at home. A dramatic turnaround ensued late on however.
Steven Pienaar’s header against his former side levelled the contest on 90 minutes, but the action didn’t end there. Apostolos Vellios’s failed attempt of an overheard kick fell to the feet of striker Nikica Jelavic who turned it home from close range, to send the Goodison faithful wild.
- Watford 2-3 Everton (2020)
A rather meaningless encounter turned into something of a thriller as Everton came from two goals down to snatch a later winner at Vicarage Road.
An early Masina goal was followed by a Pereyra strike on 42 minutes to put the blues two down. With four minutes added on in the first half Yerry Mina pulled one back for Everton from a corner, before scoring again on 45+4 from another set piece.
#OnThisDay a year ago,
Everton came from 2-0 down to defeat Watford 3-2 with a Yerry Mina double and Theo Walcott winner.
What an away day that was 🙌🔵
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The likelihood of a miraculous turn around seemed to diminish when Fabian Delph was shown a second booking in the 71st minute. The Toffees had other ideas. A speedy counter-attack in the 90th minute found Theo Walcott racing into the area and finish smartly past Ben Foster to turn the contest on its head.
- Manchester United 4-4 Everton (2012)
Considered to be the catalyst for United’s failure to lift the Premier League, a thrilling contest saw Everton come from behind to pile misery onto the red half of Manchester.
An early Nikica Jelavic header saw Everton take the lead, before goals from Rooney, Welbeck and Nani allowed the Red Devils some breathing space in the contest. Marouane Fellaini brought one back for the Blues before Rooney’s second for United, which many thought to be the end of the tie, but Everton didn’t stop there.
Nikica Jelavic scored a quickfire response to make it 4-3, before fantastic inter-play ended in Steven Pienaar slotting the ball home. The away fans were jubilant to say the least.
- Everton 3-2 Wimbledon (1994)
It was inevitable wasn’t it? Being in the relegation zone come the final day of the season, the threat of dropping into the second tier of English football was very real. Anything but three points meant doom.
When Everton fell two behind 20 minutes into the game, their time in the top-flight seemed all but over. It wasn’t…
#OnThisDay in 1994, Everton’s Great Escape. 😱
Goals from Stuart (2) and Barry Horne helped Everton to a 3-2 win over Wimbledon to ensure our top flight status. 🔵
Who was at Goodison Park that day? 👀
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A Graham Stuart penalty made it 2-1, before Barry Horne had the home side back level. With only minutes left to play, Stuart then grabbed his second to make the most unlikely of comebacks a reality. The dogs of war were born in their greatest comeback.