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Phil Jagielka cleared off the line twice in quick succession in the first half


By Alex Bysouth | BBC Sport

Everton boss Sam Allardyce challenged his side to be more creative as he continued his unbeaten start as manager with a dogged and defensively strong goalless draw against champions Chelsea.

The ninth-placed Toffees have now not lost in six Premier League games, five of those since Allardyce took charge.

Captain Phil Jagielka cleared off the line from Tiemoue Bakayoko and Willian in quick succession to frustrate the visitors, who were without suspended top scorer Alvaro Morata.

Chelsea dominated, but struggled to breach the Everton back line and found goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in good form when they did.

The 23-year-old England World Cup hopeful saved smartly from Pedro's effort in the first half and tipped a low Eden Hazard drive wide after the break.

Substitute Ashley Williams then headed against his own crossbar as the Toffees at times rode their luck to keep a fourth clean sheet in six games.


Antonio Conte's Chelsea side stay third following the draw, two points behind Manchester United, having lost just once in their past 11 league games.

Everton have picked up 11 points in five league games under Allardyce and conceded just twice, after letting in 28 in their previous 14.

"You just join a club and there are lots of decisions to be made and you can't hang around too much. Those decisions can take a bit longer now because of what the players have achieved on the field," Allardyce told BBC Sport.

"The leaky side of this team has been put to bed - it was conceding fours fives and sixes. Now it's about working on the other side of it in creative terms."


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