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Unsung hero: Phil Jagielka the king as Everton get back on track

Everton put an end to their awful run of form beating relegation candidates Cardiff City on Tuesday night in impressive style.

With such a huge game coming up against Liverpool on Sunday, it was refreshing to see that Marco Silva’s men still have some fight in them.

The hosts were close to opening the scoring when veteran defender Phil Jagielka lost his footing releasing Kenneth Zohore, but his crossed effort aimed at Nathaniel Mendez-Laing was cleverly blocked by Lucas Digne.

Zohore himself was the next man to have an attempt on goal but was again denied by some valiant defending, this time from Michael Keane.

Four minutes before the safety of half-time we saw our first goal, and it was Everton who provided.

Morgan Schneiderlin picked out Coleman making one of his trademark runs down the right and he managed to pull a ball back to the waiting Sigurdsson who placed it home into the far corner.

Cardiff came out firing and were close to equalising when a long ball from Bruno Ecuele Manga set the threatening Zohore through on goal, but he was again denied by the well-placed Jagielka when attempting to cut the ball back inside to find Bobby Reid and Mendez-Laing.

Everton capitalised on the host’s wastefulness again when substitute Bernard’s shot was deflected into the path of Sigurdsson who doubled his tally for the day with a powerful shot down to the left of Etheridge.

Silva’s men completed the rout with a late, late goal from Calvert-Lewin (90+3).

The Man of the Match award quite rightly went to Gylfi Sigurdsson, who became the Premier League’s most prolific Icelander, surpassing Eidur Gudjohnsen’s record of 55 goals. However, we believe Phil Jagielka deserves a special mention.

He rarely features nowadays, and his rustiness showed in the opening minutes. But after a brief scare, he looked calm and composed on the ball and used all his experience to position himself well to deny Cardiff an important goal which could have easily changed the complexion of the game just after the break.

Exactly what Everton need at the moment.

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