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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, reports BBC.

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 Everton for most of the match at Goodison Park, but they were made to settle for just a point.

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Antonio Conte's Chelsea failed to make the most of their superiority against Everton in the Premier League on Saturday, with the hosts extending their unbeaten run to seven across all competitions.

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.

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"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."

Toffees prove tough to beat

Everton earned a draw despite having no shots on target and only 32.3% possession

Allardyce has promised his Everton players Christmas Day off, saying he hated having to come in for training on 25 December as a player, calling it "a complete waste of time".

The former England boss will feel it is a well-earned break for his side, who were without Wayne Rooney against Chelsea because of flu, while defenders Mason Holgate and Williams started on the bench because of illness.

Rooney has enjoyed a revival since his return to Goodison, scoring 10 goals in 16 league games - the quickest he has reached double figures since 2011-12. Williams has recovered from a shaky start to the season under Allardyce's guidance and youngster Holgate has impressed alongside him.

Culled from BBC

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