Everton's unwanted man Oumar Niasse inspires second half fightback over Bournemouth

Everton's unwanted man Oumar Niasse inspires second half fightback over Bournemouth

Everton's unwanted man Oumar Niasse inspires second half fightback over Bournemouth

At least Ronald Koeman ditched the back three experiment, albeit only because of an injury to Michael Keane.

Everton substitute Oumar Niasse struck twice in the second half as the Blues clawed their way back from a goal down to notch a superb 2-1 win over Bournemouth in a spiky encounter at Goodison Park.

AFC Bournemouth squad: Begovic, Ake, S Cook, A Smith, Daniels, Gosling, Surman, Arter, King, Defoe, Mousset, Boruc, L Cook, B Smith, Ibe, Stanislas, Fraser, Afobe, Francis, Pugh.

As the transfer window at the start of the 2016/17 neared it's conclusion, Koeman scoffed at the idea of Oumar Niasse featuring in his misfiring team, claiming that if he wanted to play football, he would have to leave Everton.

He was forced into a formation change before the game, with centre-back Michael Keane on crutches with a gashed foot and Phil Jagielka nursing a hamstring injury which will keep him out until after the global break, prompting a switch to four at the back.

Everton's No10 was left covered in blood following a nasty elbow from Bournemouth's Simon Francis.

He came on with only 35 minutes left in a double substitution and Everton already behind from sloppy defending that saw Josh King fire through Ashley Williams' legs to deceive the unsighted Jordan Pickford.

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Niasse and Idrissa Gueye celebrate.

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And even when he was subbed 10 minutes into the second half he was still angrily complaining about the incident.

It was all too easy for City this afternoon. We did not sign a striker and we have two strikers, Sandro who is 21 and Dominic who is 20. It's certainly starting to course through the veins of a certain Senegalese striker and it can spread through the team, it could help make up for the shortage of creativity and speed in the side that has been so evident in recent weeks.

The striker made a goalscoring return to the side last Wednesday as Sunderland were beaten 3-0 in the Carabao Cup, and his contribution against Bournemouth was even more important.

The Brazilian took advantage of a poor attempted tackle from Alfie Mawson in the 90th minute to break through and fire past Lukasz Fabianski.

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