April 13, 2024

Yesterday, Everton were, for the most part, haughty.

As they have done a great deal this season, they rallied around one another on the road and pulled off a crucial victory to get to within only three points of the safety they so much want.

It was a significant win for the Toffees’ standing and the mindset of the playing staff because Burnley had defeated the Toffees earlier in the day, dropping them to the bottom of the Premier League table.

With James Garner unrelenting in midfield, Jarrad Branthwaite unstoppable at the back, and Dwight McNeil cutting edge up top, every player contributed to Sean Dyche’s team’s fourth away win.

By halftime, Jordan Pickford—who had had a rather quiet afternoon—had earned his spurs, a moment that pundit Paul Robinson praised.

The 29-year-old was only called upon twice, but his quickness in stopping a particular goal in the 84th minute was admirable. The former Sunderland goalkeeper saw Anthony Elanga racing through on goal and reacted quickly to neutralize the threat.

Everton FC v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League

Robinson would commend the goalie while speaking live via BBC Sport, saying, “That was brilliant from Jordan Pickford.” Everton committed too many men forward, which led to a major disaster.

Elanga appeared to be through one-on-one with everyone when he was caught on the break. Pickford comes flying out because he was so sharply off his line.

‘He ran the risk of giving away a penalty but he timed it to perfection. Fantastic from the England goalkeeper.’

How did Jordan Pickford play vs Nottingham Forest?

As aforementioned, Pickford had little to do for the bulk of his afternoon at the City Ground.

After all, his centre-backs were utterly resolute throughout, and finished the clash as good value for a clean sheet by thrashing away any threats posed.

Nottingham Forest v Everton FC - Premier League

But when the England international was called upon, he rose to the occasion and really stopped a 0.49 predicted goal.

The fact that he kept the ball out of his net and hit the target on 10 of the twenty long balls he attempted was a fantastic performance for the 58-cap ace, who continued to be a significant part of Dyche’s system, even though that is the most important thing.

A moment of magic to stop Elanga has become routine for Pickford, who has been gradually developing into an Everton hero lately.

Should he stick around at Goodison Park and hopefully lead them into a brighter era spearheaded by the move into the Bramley-Moore Dock stadium, there is every chance he could leave a legend.

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