Senegal’s Gueye scores to boost Everton’s survival hopes in Premier League

AP , Sunday 21 Apr 2024

Everton has boosted its Premier League survival hopes and left Nottingham Forest in trouble with a 2-0 win on Sunday in a match between teams that have received points deductions this season.

 Idrissa Gueye
Everton s Idrissa Gueye, center, celebrates scoring with teammates during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Nottingham Forest at Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, Sunday April 21, 2024. AP

 

Precise shots that flew in off the post by Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye in the 29th minute and Dwight McNeil in the 76th clinched a crucial victory for Everton, which is looking to preserve its 70-year stay in the top division.

Everton is in fifth-to-last place and moved five points clear of the relegation zone with five games remaining. Forest is a place lower but is only a point from safety — though all of this could change.

Both teams have lodged appeals after being docked points in recent weeks for breaching the league’s financial rules. Everton, which had already been hit with a six-point deduction, is appealing against being handed a further two-point hit while Forest has appealed against its four-point deduction.

Forest will leave Goodison Park unhappy the team wasn't awarded at least one penalty, with its biggest appeal coming in the 44th when Everton full back Ashley Young's right arm blocked a header back into the six-yard box.

By then, Gana Gueye had given Everton the lead after collecting a clearing header and driving a low shot in off the post from outside the area.

McNeil's was a similar strike, though from slightly further out and hit more powerfully after a run from near halfway.

In stoppage time, Forest's Morgan Gibbs-White and Everton substitute Beto clashed heads. Beto came off worse and was carried off on a stretcher — though he raised his hand and gave a thumbs-up to the crowd after being tended to by medical staff.

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