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Last updated:  2016-10-05

Everton 1 – 1 Crystal Palace

Everton dominated the first 45 minutes with Lukaku continuing his fine form with a brilliant free kick on the 35th minute.  Unfortunately, the Crystal Palace were not behind for too long, with Benteke’s header early in the second half that restored equality and ushering in a hectic period of end-to-end football.

During the game, both sides enjoyed some superiority as the match progressed with Gareth Barry and Joe Ledley going close, however it was Yannick Bolasie in particular who caused his former team-mates the most problems.

The winger crafted the first opening in the first ten minutes, when he cut inside Wilfried Zaha and performing a brilliant cross to Lukaku who headed just wide of the post.  Bolasie also laid a superb ball on for Idrissa Gueye, only for Martin Kelly to produce a superb block.  Lukaku was given another chance ten minutes later when Ross Barkley fed the striker, unfortunately, Lukaku’s shot was saved by Steve Mandanda.

This is the third game for Ronald Keoman’s Everton to a produce a win, with two losses and one draw in their last three matches.

Last updated:  2016-09-28

Bournemouth 1 – 0 Everton

It looks like the honeymoon is over for Ronal Keoman as Everton were defeated by Bournemouth last week.  Stanlislas’ 23rd minute strike from 25 yards sealed a 1-0 victory for the south coast side, which gave them the honour of being the first team to beat Ronald Koeman’s Everton.  It was the second defeat for Everton in a week after a pretty lacklustre display in the League Cup against Norwich four day’s earlier.

I have to admit Everton were terrible in the first half.  Although Romelu Lukaku’s first half header from a free kick produced a stunning save from Cherries keeper Artur Boruc.  Bournemouth produced six shots on target within the first 20 minutes and Jack Wilshire produced a deflected shot that cannoned of the post.

In the second half Everton managed to organise themselves a bit better defensively and Gereth Barry was unlucky to have a long distance shot tipped over the bar by  Boruc.  But Bournemouth were the better side and were far more energetic.  With a home game against Crystal Palace, (a bit of a bogey-team), with there direct style and long ball tactics will probably give Everton a run for their money on Friday night.

Last updated:  2016-09-19

Since Everton appointed Ronald Keoman as manager and Steve Walsh as their director of football it looks like we have finally shrugged-off the useless tactics under Martinez, and although we didn’t get marquee signings this summer we still got some good quality players in with Ashley Williams, Yannick Bolasie and Idrissa Gueye.  Besides who needs Moussa Sissoko.  (The player never caught my eye when he played for Newcastle last season anyway.)  So why waste £30 million pounds on the donkey, at least we can use the money to secure the land on the docks for that new stadium!

All this combined with Everton’s best start to the season since the late ‘70s, (especially since we’ve had a tricky couple of games), it looks like we might actually get back into Europe next season, either through winning a domestic trophy or reaching top 5 or even 4.  Let’s hope so folks!

Last updated:  2016-04-23

With only two wins in our last ten games the pressure is now on for Martinez.  Not only does it apply pressure for the manager it must also apply pressure on Everton’s new owner Farhad Moshiri to come out and make a statement over his future at the club.  I admit I fear if we win the FA Cup we may keep Martinez for another season, (or at least part of next season anyway).  Meaning we may lose out on employing a competent manager, with Guus Hiddink and Manuel Pellegrini both leaving their respective clubs Everton must act now to secure a successful manager that could catapult Everton FC to the next level.  

Last updated:  2016-04-03

Today’s match against Manchester United is a must win game for Martinez.  With the last three premiership games all ending in defeat, combined with last season’s bottom half finish you have to ask yourself is Martinez the man for the job?  Everton played abysmally against Arsenal and please don’t mention the defeats against West Ham, (after being 2-0 up at half-time) and the inability to breakdown West Bromwich Albion before that.  This is especially frustrating when you think that Everton have got the best team in over thirty years.

Now that Everton are owned by Farhad Moshiri who is willing to invest £100.000.000 this summer on transfers you have to ask yourself can Martinez attract big named players let alone keep hold of the players he already has?  I have to admit I didn’t think Martinez was good enough to manage a club the size of Everton when he joined three years ago and I guess last season, combined with this seasons performance have proven that.  To enjoy a decade of finishing in the top six to straight seasons of bottom half finishes Martinez’s track record doesn’t fill its fans with excitement.  . Is Moshri waiting for the end of the season to sack Martinez?  Let’s hope so.

Last updated:  2016-02-15

When Martinez took over just over two years ago I was pretty pessimistic to say the least.  A pre-requisite to take over as manager of a club the size of Everton shouldn’t be to have your team relegated.  I’m not happy that I was right. 

Everton’s form over the past two seasons has been terrible.  In ourt past couple of games we’ve lost to Swansea, Man City, but won against Carlisle, Newcastle and Stoke, but Everton’s last game was poor to say the least.  To lose against West Bromwich Albion is poor to say the least.  Martinez lacks the tactical knowledge, his choice of squad is also disgraceful.  I’m not sure where Everton will end-up this season, but what I do know is that Martinez has got to go!  And Everton’s board have got to invest money in a decent manager.  

Last updated:  2016-01-25

I was pretty optimistic at the start of the season, with wins against Chelsea and Southampton away I thought Everton had finally got there act together, unfortunately the last two months have been disgraceful with draws against teams we should’ve beaten.

I thought Stones’ performance yesterday was outrages.  Is he attempting to force a move to a richer club by playing terrible?  Who knows?  Howard was terrible, again, but you can’t blame him for either goal as they were from mistakes made by Stones.  Lukaku’s game was appalling, he played like he did all of last season.  I’m still not sold on Lukaku, even though he has had a decent season up to know, I still believe it’s only to get a good deal from another club in the summer.  Although to be honest I’m not bothered if he goes as long as the board give the manager the proceeds from the sale of the player to strengthen the squad. 

Last updated:  2016-01-16

I told myself last week that if Everton came away with two points I would be incredibly happy, both games, Man City and Chelsea away seemed too impossible to win or draw especially with Everton’s defence leaking too many goals.

We were lucky to come away with a point at man City, although, in the first half Leon Osman was unlucky not to score, (a goal that probably would’ve won him goal of the month for January on Match of the Day), Everton had one or two chances in the first half but in the second, We had our back to the wall and John Stones was lucky not to concede a penalty at the end.

Today’s result, however, was completely different.  Everton were on the attack throughout the first half and John Terry’s own goal, (although Lukaku was lurking behind Terry at the time, so the goal would’ve been scored anyway). And Mirallas’ goal six minutes later really put Everton in a strong position.  However, Tim Howard’s appalling keeping, (again), allowed Chelsea back in the game.  You can’t blame Howard for Chelsea’s second as Cesc Fabragas’ goal was deflected in.  It looked like it was going to be another draw for Everton when right at the end of normal time Funes Mori’s goal from a corner looked like Everton were finally going to have their first win in over twenty years.  Unfortunatley this was not to be as after over eight minutes John Terry’s offside goal somehow stood giving a very luck Chelsea side a point.

Last updated:  2016-01-12

I must admit I spoke too soon with my last entry!  The last three months have been disastrous for Everton.  With losses to Arsenal, Manchester United and Leicester combined with drawers to games Everton should’ve won for example: Norwich, Bournemouth, (after being two goals up at half time), West Ham and Tottenham.

Everton’s defence has been leaking too many goals.  I’m not sure if it’s due to Jaqielka being injured or Tim Howard’s performance being disgraceful!  Although I believe it’s a bit of both.  And now that the January transfer window is open, Everton’s main targets must be a decent goalkeeper and a striker.  Everton’s form has got to improve dramatically if Everton are going to come away with any points from their next two fixtures, (Manchester City and Chelsea away).

Last updated:  2015-10-13

Well I have to admit I was wrong about Everton’s start to the season.  Due to Everton’s fixture list for the first two months of the season I was expecting Everton to have accumulated less than ten points by now.  But it seems Everton have done far better than imagined, (I just hope we can get four points from our next two games)!

With the exception of Everton’s opening game to the season we’ve done pretty well considering the quality of opposition we’ve had to play against.  With wins against Chelsea at home and draws against Tottenham and Swansea, (both away fixtures) combined with a win against Southampton away.  It’s just a pity we didn’t finish off Liverpool last week, (but I have to admit the referee made quite a few terrible decisions that gifted Liverpool with a draw).  And with Lukaku firing on all cylinders along with the brilliant introduction of Galloway, Browning and Funes Mori in defence it looks like Everton might have a good chance of silverware and another European campaign next season.  If Everton can get a result from their next two games, (Manchester Utd and Arsenal) they will be in a decent position for the next couple of months.  Let’s just wait and see.

Last updated:  2015-08-21

When Roberto Martinez took over as Everton manager in 2013 I must admit I was a bit sceptical.  The main reason being, I didn’t think relegating your team was a prerequisite for top job as one of the managers for one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League.

However, with Everton not having the financial clout as some of the other richer, (not bigger), clubs that can now afford to bring any mercenary manager/player to their club.  I accepted Bill Kenrwight’s decision and hoped Martinez would bring something to club.  After all, I did enjoy watching Wigan’s passing style of play under Martinez in contrast to David Moyes’ direct style of play at Everton.

Who would’ve thought after one season, Everton would finish 5th in the league and enjoy a great looking passing and attacking style of play.  I was overjoyed and thought to myself, finally Everton have got found themselves a great little manager and who knows, if they get a bit of money to spend we could be a regular in the top four, (especially with Manchester United having a terrible time under David Moyes).  I really thought this would be the turning point for Everton and it would be a welcome return to the glory days of the eighties.  How wrong I was.

Fair enough.  I thought Lukaku was a great striker in the 2013/2014 Premier Season but £28,000,000?  To me he was a one-dimensional player.  A player who scored 16 goals from 30 appearances, (including all competitions), fair enough, He is a decent player but his dribbling, ball control and passing were terrible, (as we would see in the 2014/2015 season), certainly Lukaku is not worth that amount.

The 2014/2015 season was terrible for Everton.  Especially for Lukaku, are most expensive player.  Lukaku scored only a pitiful 10 times in the Premier League, with a further 2 goals in the FA Cup and 7 in the Europa Cup bringing his tally up to 19.  This isn’t good enough.  Everton need to purchase a minimum of one central defender, (two if John Stones decides to move to Chelsea), a decent goalkeeper and a striker if we are to fight for a top half finish.

Well the 2015/2016 Premier league is nearly upon us, and who knows what lies in store for Everton.  Watch this space and see.    


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