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What Have We Learned?

By Sean McKenna :  25/01/2009 :  Comments (0) :
It's 3:00pm; I've just got home from work, find my mum on the sofa watching some Sunday gardening programme!! After a few quite words in her ear, the channel was swiftly changed to Sentanta, team line-ups soon pop up and to my horror I find Castillo on the field! I say 'horror' because the lad hasn't played in a very long time... yet here he is in probably the biggest game of our season to date, marking one of the best midfielders in the world (pains me to say say but it's true).

Just about kick-off time, the nerves start jangling until half of Norway burst into the rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone only to be drowned out by the sound of 6,000 mad Everton fans singing IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY!! That's me all pumped up, wishing I was there.

So off we go... must have lost the toss again as we play to the Kop end. We start off as usual in a negative fashion, 10 men behind the ball while Liverpool stroke it about the park under no pressure at all.

After the first 10 to 20 minutes, I thought "Damm, take that Castillo lad off, he's not doing much, doesn't look sharp and is well off the pace,"... but then again what did we expect from a lad that's only played a handfull of games for us this season!! I would much rather had seen Gosling or Rodwell starting in his place.

We start hoofing balls up to the frontline with Tiny Tim battling away but getting nowhere; then, bang out of the blue — corner... Lescott, GOAL!!! Let's start doing that stupid dance in front of the TV we do when Everton score... but who cares?— we're one-up at Anfield!!

Second half starts, my thoughts were we've played rubbish but we're winning.. but only ten minutes in, HE does it again. We can't say it wasnt comming, a low drive at the near post which normally the excellent Howard would have saved with his eyes closed, let it slip under his body!! In other words, it was a shocker.

So 1-1, we are still in it, yet we keep pumping the ball long, which was really pissing me off!! It just kept coming back and back and the longer the game went on, you just knew they were gonna score... but they didn't! It finished 1-1 and now we have a chance for revenge after our 2-0 defeat at Goodison earlier this season.

So what have we learned? That david moyes has got the most spirited bunch of players at the club I have ever seen: the work ethic, the passion, the desire, the never-say-die attitude, the commitment, and probably the greatest fans in the world!! But I have to say this: I'm still not happy — not at the result — the overall performance was rubbish, I mean really rubbish!! We never strung more than 4 passes together the whole game!! Never looked a threat in open play.

I know we are missing players but that's no excuse that a club the size of Everton can't play half-decent football! I would just love us for someday go and watch Everton dominate a match and watch the redshite chase shadows for 20 minute spells in the game, but it's never gona happen is it??

Maybe I'm being a bit negative after this good result, but why can't we go to Anfield and say, "Fuck it we have lots of injures but, by fuck, we are going to give you a game of your lives," and try to win the tie — not just go there and play for a draw...

I would also like to say how great were the back 4 tonight?? Fucking excellent!! Jags and Lescott next England centre backs!! COYB

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