Friday, September 18, 2009

Everton v AEK Athens or football spectating as performance art

Everton in Europe

Well, not sure if that Everton being ace or Athens being poo. Apart fron a 10 minute spell in the first half where the blues were on the back foot we basically destroyed them from the word go. Very rare I, as a totally pessimistic bluenose, feel totally confident about a game. They looked very balanced in midfield with Fellaini simply stepping in and winning the ball then moving it along. At the back Distin looked solid and Gosling played well at right back (although it's difficult to tell if they just didn't have anything to test them).

One of the main points to emerge from the game was the totally superfluous extra officials. Felt sorry for the two goal-linesmen...they just stood there like lemons for the entire game.

Other then the only other thing to report was the Greek fans and there 'football spectating as performance art' co-ordinated craziness. Very distracting with the game ebbing to it's conclusion but you have to take your hat off to them. Superb support for their team. at the full time whistle they unfurled an Everton banner with our crest on and "Forever Blue - Athens Branch" written on it (how to win friends and influence people).

Top work by Everton as they struggle to get some rhythm in this stop start up & down season opening.

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