The Everton captain read the situation perfectly as Marcos Alonso's cross flew through the home area after 10 minutes, reacting sharply to block Tiemoue Bakayoko's effort. Jagielka then responded even more impressively as Willian looked certain to convert the rebound, the defender positioning himself to keep out the follow-up effort in similar fashion. Yet for all their superiority in those opening stages, Chelsea struggled to carve out many meaningful chances to trouble home keeper Jordan Pickford.
Chelsea had 25 goal attempts, with 11 players having a shot. Jordan Pickford made saves from 6 different players Everton draw their 1st home PL game of 2017, ending the year with a home PL record of P20 W15 D1 L4 pic.twitter.com/dxr3QgAVVx— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) December 23, 2017
A promising counter-attack, just after the half-hour, ended with Morgan Schneiderlin sending away Tom Davies but his strike from 25 yards was always drifting away from goal. And before the interval, Dominic Calvert-Lewin showed great persistence to strip Andreas Christiansen of the ball and advance into the area where his shot was blocked by Antonio Rudiger. But Chelsea responded in kind when Bakayoko broke up an Everton attack on the halfway line before playing Pedro clear for a powerful shot which drew a spectacular one-handed save from Pickford. Allardyce made a major reshuffle at the interval, bringing on Sandro and Ashley Williams as he switched to three central defenders, a move that proved something of a gamble when he lost Idrissa Gueye to injury within five minutes of the restart and was forced to use his final substitute.
Everton 0-0 Chelsea FT: Shots: 5-24 Crosses: 13-49 Possession: 32%-68% Fouls: 8-4 Stalemate at Goodison Park as Sam Allardyce picks up another clean sheet for Everton. pic.twitter.com/9npO3EIpaL— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 23, 2017