Thursday, March 25, 2010

Life's a beach

Well, my previous post was musing on Everton’s impetus & attitude between now and the end of the season...any questions I had over that have been blown away by two superb wins.


Bolton provided their annual festival of fouling but ultimately came up short. It was gratifying that a team of thugs can still be outplayed by a determined, committed, well organised and above all skillfull team. I have no sympathy for them at all ‘cause they are nothing but a team of thugs who run all day and throw their weight around.


More than anything it was totally joyous to see that old style Arteta free-kick sailing into the net. There’s nobody better than Mikel Arteta!


Then we move onto City...poor, poor Joleon Lescott ruled himself out with a hamstring injury leaving him to watch helplessly from the stands as Everton took his fellow mercenaries to the cleaners. True we rode our luck more than we did in the Goodison fixture (when Everton were immense) but ultimately the blues showed that a team that has grown organically will always beat a crowd of hastily assembled cherry picked talent.


Today Liverpool fans are pretending we did them a favour last night when everyone on Merseyside knows that a draw would have been by far the best result. Whether Everton finish above the like of our neighbours or Villa is still a big long-shot but to rally from forth from bottom and an utterly ridiculous injury list to be 3 points outside the Europa League place is a superb effort.



Friday, March 19, 2010

Coleman & Vaughan

I notice in recent weeks Everton have loaned out James Vaughan and Seamus Coleman to Leicester City and Blackpool respectively. This would back up my theory that Everton have got the deck-chairs out already...players like that would be very useful in a competitive run-in.


Hope they do well though because they are players with tonnes of potential, first team football will help them a heck of a lot.



So what next for Everton?

No Fellaini, no Donovan and a big old gap up to the positions that matter and a big cushion between us and the drop. Some great results recently (Beating Chelsea and United back to back was fantastic and Donovan’s swan song against Hull was great) but you get the feeling that the Spurs and Birmingham games needed to yield at least 4 points for us to keep things rolling.


Arteta & Jagielka coming back is a big tonic so do we just sit back and enjoy it all or pin our hopes on a miracle?


Ah well, already signed up for next a free scarf for my promptness.