Dominic Calvert-Lewin, with his seventh goal in all competitions, had brought Everton level after Leroy Fer had given the visitors the lead with his first goal in 38 matches. Wayne Rooney wrapped up the points with a penalty - he had an earlier one saved before Calvert-Lewin knocked in the rebound - for his 10th goal of the season. Victory sees Everton rise to ninth - a heady spot given they were in the relegation places on October 23 - and unbeaten in five matches under Allardyce.
FULL-TIME Everton 3-1 SwanseaSigurdsson scores against his old club as the Toffees come from behind to record a 4th #PL win in 5#EVESWA pic.twitter.com/bjzKhMHn4V — Premier League (@premierleague) December 18, 2017
"The mood in the dressing room is very flat," Swansea manager Paul Clement told the BBC. "We're bottom of the table on 12 points. We've got to focus on getting to 15 points at the halfway mark." The visitors suffered a huge blow when Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony pulled up injured with what Clement believes is a hamstring problem and had to go off in the fifth minute. It was the visitors, though, who broke the deadlock. Jordan Pickford could do nothing about Fer's close range half-volley after the Dutchman had escaped Ashley Williams's attention, nipping around the back of the defender to give the visitors the lead with only their 10th goal of the campaign. However, the sides went in at half-time all square as in time added on Roque Mesa felled Aaron Lennon to concede a penalty.
"It is a great three points considering how poorly we played in the first half."Sam Allardyce isn't getting too carried away after extending Everton's unbeaten run. Full quotes: https://t.co/0gZ95rwQ7N pic.twitter.com/CAdLxV1xGC — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 18, 2017
Lukasz Fabianski did superbly to save Rooney's spot-kick but Calvert-Lewin followed up to rifle the ball home. Rooney, though, said he is not going to surrender penalty duties even though he has the second worst miss record in Premier League history - 10 from 33 with England and Newcastle great Alan Shearer missing 11 of 67. "I'm a confident person and believe in myself," Rooney told Sky Sports. "If you look at the pens I have missed you will see I put a bit of top spin on the ball so someone could follow up! I'm not giving them up."
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been involved in 11 goals for Everton in all competitions this season. Only Wayne Rooney has more (12).A promising start to the 20-year-old's career. pic.twitter.com/B0an0I7EXO — Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) December 18, 2017