Anthony Gordon dismissed Everton against Manchester United thanks to an unlucky deflection from Harry Maguire.
Gordon, 21, drove the crowd wild at Goodison Park after opening the scoring after 27 minutes, just as the home support grew frustrated with his side.
Gordon started the move by taking possession of Nemanja Matic in midfield and then playing a through ball to Richarlison on the left wing.
The Brazilian then played a cross into the box which was only partially cleared for Gordon at the edge of the box.
He then fired a shot towards goal which deflected away United captain Maguire, leaving goalkeeper David De Gea blocked.
Everton nearly took a 2-0 lead later in the half when another deflected shot, this time from Richarlison, forced De Gea into a fine save.
Anthony Gordon with a vital goal for Everton :muscle:
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United only made it 1-0 from the break and former Everton defender Joleon Lescott was reluctant to criticize Maguire for the goal during BT Sport’s half-time coverage.
“When your luck is lost, your luck is lost,” Lescott said.
“Harry Maguire deflects David De Gea’s shot but takes nothing away from Gordon.
“He tried to be the spark for Everton. He reacted when he lost the ball and won it back there.
“All of a sudden he put his team in front.”
Everton will move seven points clear of the relegation zone if they beat United.
Meanwhile, United could find themselves six points clear of the Champions League places if they lose at Goodison Park and fourth-placed Arsenal win at home to Brighton on Saturday afternoon.