Oumar Niasse has appreciated the support shown towards him by Everton fans after scoring his first goal for the club. The Senegal international was exiled to the U-23 team after a failed move to Hull City in the summer, but with the sale of Romelu Lukaku, Ronald Koeman was forced to recall the striker to add depth to his team’s attack.
The Whites have now failed to find the net in 476 minutes of football - stretching all the way back to 22 August and the 64th minute of the previous round of the Carabao Cup, when Jem Karacan netted the decisive third goal against Sheffield Wednesday. Since then, we’ve drawn blanks against Hull City, Middlesbrough, Sheffield United, Ipswich Town and, of course, West Ham. This shoddy run of goal-shyness equals a club record of five consecutive matches without scoring a goal. By also tasting defeat in all five of these games, Bolton have also lost five consecutive games without scoring for the first time in their history. So, with Brentford at home next, can we break the goalscoring hoodoo and
Chris Wilder was reflecting this week on the last time he bumped into his Sheffield Wednesday counterpart, Carlos Carvalhal. “He just offered me a lift back when we were in Manchester at a function one night,” the Sheffield United manager said. United face Wednesday at Hillsborough on Sunday lunchtime when a crowd of at least 33,000 are expected to watch the first steel city derby for 5½ years and you can guarantee neither manager will be feeling charitable come kick-off.