Everton’s performance at Brentford was so good the Blues were first on Match of the Day.
It was a slot Sean Dyche’s men deserved after a confident and authoritative display in west London that belied the club’s lowly position after just one point from the opening five games.
It is a result that lifts the club into midtable and provides a platform going into two significant home games against Luton Town and then Bournemouth.
Now the dust has settled, here are some moments from the trip that stood out beyond the headlines.
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Billy Mercer’s warm-up drills
Billy Mercer continues to stand in for goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly, who has taken time off to undergo knee surgery. Ahead of the Brentford match he was putting Everton number one Jordan Pickford through his paces, with one drill of particular focus. Mercer repeatedly fired low half-volleys at the far post from an angle - a task Pickford looked up to as he made stunning warm-up save after stunning warm-up save. When it came to the match itself, Brentford fashioned a few chances from the position Mercer was striking the ball. Unfortunately for Everton, this included Mathias Jensen’s first half equaliser - which was not as well placed as many of Mercer’s strikes but which Pickford could only tip onto the inside of the post.
Takeover flag unfurled in the build up
As the players came out onto the pitch at the Brentford Community Stadium a number of flags were unfurled in the away end. One of those made reference to the proposed sale of Farhad Moshiri’s 94.1% shares in Everton to US investment firm 777Read on liverpoolecho.co.uk