EPL: Wayne Rooney ends away goal drought

Oct 18, 2015, 08:14 IST | Agencies

Skipper scores first away goal in 11 months as Manchester United beat Everton 3-0

Liverpool: Wayne Rooney fired Manchester United to victory with his first goal at Goodison Park in eight years, but his day was tinged with sadness following the death of Howard Kendall.

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney scores his team’s third goal during the EPL match against Everton on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney scores his team’s third goal during the EPL match against Everton on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images

Rooney ended his 11-month wait for a Premier League away goal on Saturday in United's 3-0 win at Everton. The 29-year-old rolled back the years to race through the home defence and clip the ball past Tim Howard after being played through by Ander Herrera.

It was just his third goal at Goodison since leaving his old club, but he did not feel like celebrating. The announcement of Kendall's death at the age of 69 before kick-off meant boyhood Everton fan Rooney was in an understandably sombre mood.

"It was very sad news," the United captain said. "I spoke to (Everton first-team coach) Duncan (Ferguson) this morning about it. It's a sad day for Everton.

"I'm sure everyone at the club feels it, and I'd like to pass on my condolences to Howard's family."

The news of his death led to an understandably subdued atmosphere inside Goodison Park and that seemed to affect the home players, who went 2-0 down inside 22 minutes and never looked like coming back.

Chelsea win 2-0
Meanwhile, Diego Costa eased Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's concerns as Aston Villa's hapless defenders heaped more misery on Tim Sherwood at Stamford Bridge.

Costa returned from suspension to score one and force another as the Premier League champions won 2-0 and their fans sang "we are staying up" - something which cannot be said with any certainty of Sherwood's Villa.

Mourinho was the subject of the first managerial vote of confidence of Roman Abramovich's 12-year ownership following the October 3 loss to Southampton, which left the Blues 16th.

No goals for Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said that his players paid the price for not being "cool enough" after they drew 0-0 at Tottenham Hotspur in his first game.

"The problem of the game was that when we had the ball, we were not cool enough," Klopp told reporters at White Hart Lane. "We didn't use our skills. We were a little bit too... hectic? Eager? We didn't see the right option."

Liverpool have not won inside 90 minutes in 10 games, but they recorded their first clean sheet since August and went close to going in front when Divock Origi, on his first league start, headed against the bar.

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