EPL: Everton sink struggling Swansea with Sigurdsson stunner

Everton's Gylfi Sigurdsson piled the pressure on former manager Paul Clement with a brilliant strike in the 3-1 victory to leave Swansea rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.

The £45million signing has endured a hard start to life at Goodison Park but here, repaid a chunk of his large fee with a stunning strike in a fine comeback for Sam Allardyce's side.

Big Sam has seen his new Toffees side win four and draw one of their five games since being unveiled as the new boss.

The Iceland global, who left the Swans in a £45million summer move, scored the vital second after Dominic Calvert-Lewin had cancelled out Leroy Fer's opener by converting Wayne Rooney's saved penalty on the stroke of half-time.

"I'm a confident person and I believe in myself", Rooney said.

A few minutes later Calvert-Lewin nearly extended Everton's lead after he was played through on goal but his left-foot strike was too weak to beat Fabianski.

A dreary opening half-hour, punctuated only by injury to Wilfried Bony less than four minutes in, was belatedly ended by Aaron Lennon's screwing a shot wide after nutmegging Alfie Mawson.

Abraham nearly responded for Swansea in the 66th minute after cutting the ball back across the six-yard box, but Everton managed to clear.


This was not their most authoritative performance since Allardyce took charge, but, unlike the darker days of this season under Ronald Koeman and then David Unsworth, they retained their composure after Swansea took a first-half lead through Leroy Fer.

Sigurdsson's shot was claimed by Fabianski despite an awkward bounce after 58 minutes, but the Iceland worldwide put Everton in front with his next effort.

After Rooney found him on the left flank, Sigurdsson cut inside on to his right foot and unleashed an unstoppable drive past Fabianski and into the far corner of the net in the 64th.

Everton were awarded another penalty which Rooney converted this time in the 73rd minute to make it 3-1 after Olsson fouled Jonjoe Kenny on the edge of the box.

"I was never going to give that second penalty up".

The club head into the busy Christmas schedule on a six-match unbeaten run and face Chelsea, West Brom, Bournemouth and Manchester United all in the next two weeks. Those players have huge Premier League experience.

'Yes, a frontman but I'm hugely pleased with what Dominic (Calvert-Lewin) has done this season.

Rooney said he was not going to surrender penalty duties even though he has the second worst miss record in Premier League history - 10 from 33 with England and Newcastle great Alan Shearer missing 11 of 67.


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