Everton's decent start to the season continued on Monday night as they came from behind to claim three points and (equally as important) leapfrog neighbours Liverpool in the Premier League table.
Following up their remarkable win against Chelsea was never going to be easy, and Everton struggled a little in the games which followed.
A hard-fought win in the League Cup against Championship side Reading came after a scoreless draw with Swansea in which Romelu Lukaku was the main culprit of missed opportunities.
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How quickly things can, and do, change in football, though. Monday night saw Lukaku make up for his wastefulness in front of goal against Swansea - scoring two, and providing the other for his strike partner. It was a master-class from the big front man, who grew in confidence as the game went on.
At 2-0 down Everton, and their injury-ridden defence did not give up and Lukaku proved to be the man they could turn to for inspiration. However, Deulofeu deserves as much credit as the two-goal hero. The former set up both of the latter's goals and turned in a very strong performance, showing his obvious potential to everyone on Monday Night Football.
The win, as mentioned, puts Everton above Liverpool which will delight the Blues no end. However, Everton has three huge games coming up on them fast - making Monday's victory all the more meaningful.
First, the Merseyside Derby at Goodison, followed by Manchester United at home and then Arsenal away. Four points would be a solid return from these three massive fixtures. Staying above Liverpool would please some all the more. Sunday's Derby match will be fascinating, no local lads are likely to be involved for Liverpool and the emphasis will be on Barkley to lead by example for Everton.
The Blues have shown the quality within their squad and if they can get four points in the next three games, they will be delighted and will be right up there among the big boys where they feel they belong. A top six finish is the aim and I fancy them to be thereabouts come May.
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