30-Dec-2017 17:15:29 | The Guardian
Sometimes football can be a cruel game. Jordan Pickford had spent the afternoon showing just why he has every chance of going to next year’s World Cup as England’s No1 goalkeeper when a wicked deflection off Michael Keane’s heel sent Ryan Fraser’s shot spinning out of his reach and into the net. In one stroke, that ended Bournemouth’s nine-match run without a victory and lifted Eddie Howe’s side out of the relegation zone, while also condemning Sam Allardyce to his first defeat as Everton manager.
Having dominated from the moment Idrissa Gueye equalised to cancel out Fraser’s first-half volley, it was probably no more than the home side deserved but the result still felt harsh on Pickford, with the £30m spent on him in the summer already looking like a bargain.
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