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Created by dipity on Sep 6, 2010
Last updated: 05/23/11 at 02:59 AM
SEVENTH may not feel like heaven for Everton after a season that promised so much, but as blue skies replaced rain clouds over Goodison Park after victory over Chelsea, the future looked a little brighter again.
DAVID MOYES must be sick of the sight of West Bromwich Albion. The side who in November inflicted the heaviest defeat of Everton’s season have now completed their first league double over the Toffees since 1978-79.
BACK at his old Goodison stomping ground, Duncan Ferguson pumped his fists and punched the air – but it was the present day Blues who showed all their fighting spirit to secure yet another memorable victory against Manchester City.
WIGAN ATHLETIC manager Roberto Martinez was sure to be in less generous mood after the game.
SURELY few football chants can be as nauseating or self-aggrandising as the “we’re Man United, we’ll do what we want” ditty that has so often reverberated around Old Trafford and beyond this season.
SOME fans in the away end were dressed like Fathers for Justice protesters, but the only campaign the home supporters should get behind is for the season to start in January.
HIS HORSE may not have been an Aintree winner, but at least David Moyes’s Everton seem ready to gallop flat-out all the way to the finish.
THE old adage says that you usually get what you pay for. Aston Villa splurged £24m on Darren Bent in January, and from two chances the England striker provided two immaculate finishes against Everton on Saturday.
IT’S the baffling season of consistent inconsistency, but one thing at least remains cheerily predictable – Everton will always beat Fulham at Goodison Park.
TOO many draws, not enough quality up front and a penchant for conceding silly goals – sound familiar?
DAVID MOYES recently said he “swam the channel” to keep Mikel Arteta at Goodison Park last summer.
THE talk around Goodison just after kick-off yesterday was about the pile-up on the M62 that made Jermaine Beckford late for work.
THERE was a time, not so long ago, when routine victories over teams like Sunderland at Goodison Park were habitual.
WHEN David Moyes admits he was tempted to sprint along the touchline in celebration, arms aloft like Jose Mourinho, you know you’ve seen a special game.
WHEN, on Friday, David Moyes enthused over the job Owen Coyle has done at Bolton Wanderers, he probably wasn’t expecting his players to help underline the fact 48 hours later.
THERE are sides, one not a million miles from Goodison Park, who have been accused in the not so distant past of being ‘one-man teams.’
EVERTON may be skint, but David Moyes’ side have traditionally boasted a defensive solidity that he could bank on.
NEVER MIND sweets – the toffee lady should be dishing out motion sickness tablets at Goodison Park this season.
FORGET about standing still; Everton are in serious danger of going backwards. Marouane Fellaini’s last-gasp equaliser may have spared their blushes against the Premier League’s bottom club but there was little to celebrate at Goodison Park on Saturday.
HIS old pal Alex Ferguson may have given the greatest half time team talk ever during the 1999 European Cup final – but David Moyes can conjure some mightily inspirational words himself, and he used them to ensure his side are unbeaten against their local rivals this season.
IAN Botham once played for Scunthorpe United, but even the legendary lion heart at his best would have struggled to prevent their slick dismissal by Everton.
MAYBE it doesn’t always have to be about money after all. Before this game David Moyes clung to the gossamer hope that his side’s ability to upset the richly-assembled aristocrats of English football hadn’t vanished for ever.
IT TOOK life-long Manchester City fan Ricky Hatton to predict it. “I don’t know Tim personally but he is a fighter, a player who gives it everything and that is what you want to see, Everton fans will appreciate that,” said the former world boxing champion before kick off.
IF THIS was a boxing match the towel could have been thrown in by Wigan long before the end – but Everton, as ever when it has mattered this season, lacked the knockout punch.
HE once worked for the RAC, so it was somehow fitting that Jermaine Beckford provided the emergency help which should get Everton’s broken-down season motoring once again.
MANY places across the UK recorded their coldest ever November temperature on Saturday night and the home dressing room at Goodison Park could have been one of them.
IT was the same old story at the Stadium of Light last night. But for David Moyes, rarely can it have been so graphically illustrated.
GUNNERS’ visits to Goodison don’t always deliver what they promise. An opening day drubbing in 2004 pointed to a season of trouble and toil. Instead Everton qualified for the Champions League.
DAVID MOYES had advised Jermaine Beckford to be patient this season, but last night it was the striker who helped the Everton boss keep his rapidly evaporating composure.
EVERTON demonstrated some of the refinements that come from being members of the Premier League establishment to an appreciative crowd at Bloomfield Road – but still had their difficulties in keeping the brash new arrivals from the Lancashire coast under check.
AT TIMES over the last six months Ayegbeni Yakubu has looked like he had a mountain to climb to resurrect his Everton career.
THE last time Wayne Rooney petulantly demanded a transfer Everton went on to finish fourth without him. He might not have been wearing a royal blue shirt when he showed his true colours this time, but Toffees would gladly accept the same outcome.
IT WAS a tale of two summaries – one heartening, one downright perplexing. David Moyes’ post derby assertion that Everton have played better in most of their other home games this season without winning, offered a dose of realism and optimism for supporters of the Blue faith.
IT was luck they needed and luck they finally got – Everton have struggled so badly to put the ball in the back of the net this season that Birmingham City kindly did it for them on Saturday.
THERE have been 157 goals scored in the Premier League so far this season – sometimes it feels like Everton waste that many chances in a single game.
HISTORY suggests that Brentford can be a difficult place to vanquish – even for supposedly superior would-be conquerors.
IT WAS difficult to see what was more damaged at Goodison on Saturday. The air of invincibility which had developed about the Old Lady, courtesy of a 14-game unbeaten run or Everton’s aspirations of achieving something special this season.
THERE was a time when the only morale boost David Moyes could rely on from old friend Alex Ferguson was a glass of expensive red wine after another routine defeat.
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