Everton hosted Chelsea earlier today at Goodison Park in a match where both sides attacked and tried to defend heartily, but in the end, only one side was left victorious.
Right on the brink of halftime, Everton managed to complete their best sequence of the game when Barkley sent Osman down the right side, whose cross was headed square by Jelavic to the jumping Naismith, who headed home the only goal of the night.
The hosts did not allow new Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o to do much except when he squared to an open Ramires whose volley was hit wide by keeper Tim Howard. He was shut down by the home defense throughout as surely he is not used to as much pressure from a defense for the majority of the match.
The Cameroonian Eto’o used to play in the La Liga and most recently in Russia where the soccer is not as physical or tense as the Premier League.
Now, Chelsea have suffered their first league loss of the season and will have to find a way to bounce back. Before they do in league play, they face a stern home test against Basel in the Champions League just months after eliminating them from the Europa League.
Everton will use this historic win as momentum to keep on building to their home and perhaps road success in the league. Kevin Mirallas, Naismith, Howard, Jelavic and Osman will all be key figures this season for the Tofees. If they keep this up, a top-five finish is not out of the question.