Five stand-out moments from the weekend’s football.
1 – Everton end winless run
After eight games without a win, including five defeats in a row, Everton came from 2-0 down to beat Watford 3-2 in the Premier League on Sunday. Richarlison and Christian Kabasele established the visiting Hornets’ lead in an action-packed second-half, but goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes had to be replaced with debutant Orestis Karnezis after receiving a head injury. It proved costly, with a mistake from Karnezis leading to Oumar Niasse to scramble in the Toffees’ first goal. Substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalized with a header and when Aaron Lennon was brought down in the box, Leighton Baines scored the winner from the spot in the 91st minute. During a lengthy stoppage time Watford had once last chance to get something from the game when they were awarded a penalty for Everton keeper Jordan Pickford’s foul on Richarlison. Former Everton player Tom Cleverley squandered the chance by putting the spot kick wide.
2 – Leon Clarke scores 4 for Sheffield United
Sheffield United were trailing 1-0 to Hull City in the Championship at the weekend, after Kamil Grosicki’s 25-yard strike put the visitors ahead. However, the Blades turned it around after the break with four goals from Leon Clarke, the 32-year-old striker has now doubled his goal count this season with eight goals from thirteen appearances. The victory sees Sheffield continue to chase down leaders Wolves, who are just two points ahead, while Hull drop to 20th with just four wins from their sixteen league matches.
3 – Bolton climb off the bottom
A 2-1 home win for Bolton over Norwich got the Wanderers off the bottom of the table with only their second league win this season. Two first-half goals from Gary Madine and Adam Armstrong proved to be enough for the home side, who kept Norwich at bay until Josh Murphy scored a 93rd minute consolation goal. With a total of 11 points from 16 league matches, Bolton have held onto 23rd after Sunderland lost 1-0 in their North-East derby with Middlesbrough on Sunday. Norwich drop down to 13th.
4 – National League’s Maidstone beat Cheltenham
In the first round of FA Cup matches at the weekend, the National League’s Maidstone United pulled off a shock 4-2 win away over League Two’s Cheltenham. Delano Sam-Yorke opened the scoring for the visitors, before Joe Pigott and Zavon Hines made it 3-0 before the break. Kevin Dawson got one back for Cheltenham after the restart, but Sam-Yorke got a second shortly before receiving a straight red for a foul. Dawson was also shown a straight red with ten minutes remaining and an own goal from Alex Finney reduced the deficit but proved inconsequential.
5 – Celtic go record-breaking 63 games unbeaten
A 4-0 away win against St Johnstone saw Celtic break their own 100-year record by extending their unbeaten run to 63 domestic games. St Johnstone were responsible for Celtic’s last defeat to a Scottish team back in May 2016, but on Saturday it was all Celtic. Scott Sinclair ensured the first-half ended 1-0 for the visitors, before Moussa Dembele, an own goal from Steven Anderson and Olivier Ntcham completed the 4-0 victory. The previous record of 62 games unbeaten was achieved by Willie Maley’s side between November 1915 and April 1917.