Liverpool - Leighton Baines's first goal in
nearly two years gave Everton manager Roberto Martinez a much-needed victory as
the Toffees beat mid-table rivals Bournemouth 2-1 in the Premier League at an
emotional Goodison Park on Saturday.
Everton came into the match with Martinez
under pressure after a run of seven games without victory in the league was
followed by last weekend's FA Cup semi-final loss to Manchester United.
A plane carrying a banner "Time to go
Roberto" flew over Goodison, the frustration of many Everton fans with
their under-performing side compounded in a season where previously unheralded
Leicester City are on the verge of taking the title after eclipsing the Premier
League's established elite.
But there was joy for Martinez when Tom
Cleverley fired Everton into a seventh-minute lead, only for Bournemouth's Marc
Pugh to equalise two minutes later.
Then, against the run of play, England
full-back Baines restored Everton's lead midway through the second half with
his first goal since November 2014.
Nevertheless banners saying "Martinez
out" were still displayed by Everton fans after full-time.
Before Saturday's kick-off at Goodison,
there was a sustained round of applause when representatives of the
Hillsborough families took to the pitch.
This was the first match on Merseyside
since an inquest jury ruled Tuesday that 96 Liverpool fans who died after being
crushed during a 1989 FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest at Sheffield
Wednesday's Hillsborough ground, in Britain's worst sporting tragedy, were
The campaigners applauded a crowd that
included opposition Labour MP Andy Burnham, an Everton fan, who played a key
role when in government in setting up the review panel whose findings led to a
new round of inquests.
Former Manchester United midfielder
Cleverley's shot from the edge of the box gave Everton an early lead.
But Bournemouth were soon level through
Pugh's close-range strike. Everton complained that Bournemouth striker Callum
Wilson had fouled Matt Pennington in the build-up, but the goal stood.
In the second half, Bournemouth went close
through Josh King and Matt Ritchie only for Everton to regain the lead in the
Aaron Lennon's cross from the right found
left-back Baines on the other side of the box and his powerful shot made it