Leeds United’s drew 2-2 with Everton in a thrilling encounter back in August. The Toffees twice took the lead, with the Whites pulling back an equaliser on each occasion and finishing the game strongly after looking at one stage like they might fall to a 3-1 deficit, rather than manage to salvage anything from the game.
It was one of those games that both sides felt they might have won and Everton’s centre-back Michael Keane emphasised that after the game shown on Monday Night Football this week, as he spoke following Everton’s victory over Burnley.
“It’s been a good start, I think we deserved to probably win the game against Leeds as well,” said Keane.
“We were disappointed not to win that one but we had a brilliant win against Brighton away, it was always going to be a tough place to go and we defended really well and took our goals. We’re optimistic and it’s been a good start and we’ve got to continue that tonight.”
Everton did continue their good start as they went on to overturn a 1-0 deficit and won 3-1. Kean scored the equaliser for Rafa Benitez’s side, before goals from wingers Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray turned the game on its head.
In the game Keane referenced back in August, Everton had taken the lead at Elland Road after Liam Cooper was adjudged to have fouled Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the box and the England striker scored from the penalty spot.
However, it was an error from Keane which saw Leeds equalise through Mateusz Klich. Patrick Bamford capitalised on the centre back completely misjudging the ball following a flick from Raphina and played the pass for the Polish midfielder to finish.
Gray restored Everton’s lead in the second half, before Calvert-Lewin saw two good chances to increase the lead go begging. At the other end, Raphinha was far more clinical, whipping the ball into the far corner after Cooper laid on the shot for the Brazilian.
Leeds had a shout for a penalty in the last breath of the game but the score ended at two goals apiece.