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Accounts from matches by our editorial team and featured correspondents

The Stuff of Dreams

On a transcendent afternoon at Goodison Park, Everton served up moment after memorable moment in their humbling of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City
by Lyndon Lloyd : 16/01/2017

From My Seat: Man City (H)

Final whistle and the rendition of ‘If yer know yer ‘Istory’ was deafening. In that second half the bear pit was back at Goodison
by Ken Buckley : 15/01/2017

Our best performance since...?

We were just awesome. Can anyone tell me when we last played this well?
by Paul Traill : 15/01/2017

Fantastic young Blues roast City and Stones

Everton took the lead through a sweet move started by Davies, Lukaku powering home, Mirallas doubling the lead just after the break, victory assured in superb style by Davies, finished off by debutant Lookman.
by Michael Kenrick : 15/01/2017

Just when things were looking up

We were poor today. We could have done with an easier fixture to kick off our campaign, such as Plymouth Argyle at home let's say, but we got the home draw against a team we're above in the league so it's difficult to whinge too much really.
by Paul Traill : 08/01/2017

From My Seat: Leicester City (FA Cup)

A big disappointment to us all and on the way out the talk was of the board getting in our transfer targets quickly.
by Ken Buckley : 07/01/2017

Blues mugged by Foxes after taking the lead

Sub Deulofeu set it on a plate for Lukaku but that only inspired a shocking brace from Foxes sub Ahmed Musa, ends Everton's FA Cup campaign before it had started.
by Michael Kenrick : 07/01/2017

From My Seat: Southampton (H)

Ken's view on the 3-0 win that kicked off 2017 on a positive note.
by Ken  Buckley : 03/01/2017

Valencia the difference as Everton ring in the New Year with victory

The Ecuadorian's introduction may have been decisive but there were encouraging performances from Ross Barkley and Tom Davies as the Blues equalled their best league win under Ronald Koeman.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 02/01/2017

When the Blues cheer you up, they really cheer you up!

A flattering 3-0 victory finalises a good Christmas period. Though our draw at Hull City was disappointing, the seven points haul out of the available nine is not to be sniffed at.
by Paul Traill : 02/01/2017

Clinical Blues finishing destroys Saints resistance

Ronald Koeman named a youthful line-up but Calvert-Lewin had to go off early and the Blues struggled until Valencia replaced Lennon and scored off a rebound. Followed by a perfect Baines penalty and a classic Lukaku rocket.
by Michael Kenrick : 02/01/2017

Everton end 2016 with frustration still in tow

It’s somewhat fitting that a year characterised by frustration should end with another infuriating Everton performance and two more dropped points against one of the poorest sides in the Premier League.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 30/12/2016

Blues made to work hard for a point

The Blues had to come back twice with Barkley grabbing tieing the game to gain a point against a lowly Hull City at the KCOM stadium tonight
by Michael Kenrick : 30/12/2016

Oh what fun it is to see Everton finally win away again

As victories go, this one was sorely needed. It wasn’t pretty, especially in a dour first half, and neither was it completely convincing but Ronald Koeman’s side rediscovered some important aspects of their makeup and their play on their travels that could once again form the foundations of a charge for the European places.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 26/12/2016

From My Seat: Leicester City (A)

Not the best game you will ever see I didn’t meet a fan who doesn’t take a win first and if the icing can be added then fine but, for a fans' peace of mind i'ts always the win. I always want to win with silky joined up stuff but if I had to choose between the two... well?
by Ken Buckley : 26/12/2016

Smash and grab at the Champions' lair

Everton took the lead after the break, a punt from Robles converted by Mirallas, and Lukaku finished it off brilliantly in stoppage time.
by Michael Kenrick : 26/12/2016

From My Seat: Liverpool (H)

"How could we play like that second half?" was going around my head. But, as a long standing attendee of Goodison derbies, it certainly isn’t my first. These are games like no other but I just wish we could have a few where we are the ones scraping the win, regardless of how the teams play.
by Ken Buckley : 20/12/2016

No Let-Up in Everton's Derby Pain

The fight was there but the quality was desperately lacking as Liverpool plundered a stoppage-time goal at Goodison Park
by Lyndon Lloyd : 19/12/2016

Yet More Derby Misery

I wish we could just abandon this fixture such is our pitiful record. I expect defeat every time now and just can't wait for that patronising head nod "unlucky mate" wince from my Liverpool FC supporting colleagues tomorrow. Happy bloody Christmas.
by Paul Traill : 19/12/2016

Last ditch disaster for defeated Blues

Ronald Koeman makes one changes to the side that started against Arsenal, bringing Ramiro Funes Mori in to replace the suspended Phil Jagielka.
by Michael Kenrick : 19/12/2016

Arsenal vanquished amid the roar of Fortress Goodison

Everton finally came up with a response to weeks of under-performance with a spirited performance under the lights to hand Arsene Wenger his first Premier League defeat for four months.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 14/12/2016

As Howard once said...

What a game and what a night. Now that's the rot stopped. Let's do it again next Monday and turn this season around.
by Paul Traill : 14/12/2016

Fine effort to beat Gunners under the lights

A very nervy start, a silly free-kick given away, and Everton were punished by Sanchez. Coleman equalized off a Baines cross before half-time. The a late header from Williams off a Barkley corner sealed a fine win.
by Michael Kenrick : 13/12/2016

Everton in free-fall with fourth consecutive away defeat

A mess from back to front, Everton extended their miserable run to 10 games with a solitary win and continue their slide towards the bottom half of the table
by Lyndon Lloyd : 10/12/2016

Blues fightback fails to beat Hornets

Lukaku puts Everton ahead with a neat opening goal but a brilliant Okaka finish beats Stekelenburg, followed by two quick goals off set pieces.
by Michael Kenrick : 10/12/2016

From My Seat: Man United (H)

an get the ground looking great but yet can’t fix the escalators on the top balcony. Most people seemed happy enough with the result but a few moans about the style of play. I reckon we can play any style the manager wants so long as we show improvement and gain the confidence to play with a fluidity that will not only be better on the eye but more importantly bring more wins. In football confidence is a very big thing.
by Ken Buckley : 05/12/2016

Baines rescues point in bruising encounter

t full-time we had to be pleased with a point given it looked so bleak earlier in the game. Hopefully that is the spark we need to re-ignite our faltering campaign.
by Paul Traill : 04/12/2016

Baines penalty rescues undeserved point

Reckless Stekelenburg abandoned his goalline allowing Ibrahimovic to lob in a bizarre opening goal. Baines Equalized from the spot in the final minute.
by Michael Kenrick : 04/12/2016

Everton's impotence reaches galling levels in defeat at Southampton

Koeman has big problems on his hands. His team lacks any fluidity, cutting edge or genuine battling spirit and he has a striker whom he proclaims to be among the best in Europe toiling away with barely any support in a role to which he just isn’t accustomed.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 28/11/2016

Blues beaten in the first minute

Everton were blown away from the kick-off with Southampton swarming at them, stealing the ball twice and scoring inside the first minute.
by Michael Kenrick : 27/11/2016

From My Seat: Swansea City (H)

It’s strange watching Everton at the moment and I think it stems from a change of manager and a few decent results early doors giving fans a hope that may just not be there at the moment.
by Ken Buckley : 20/11/2016

Coleman saves face but more questions than answers remain

Koeman's Everton remain unconvincing going forward as the Dutchman's struggles to find a reliable combination continue
by Lyndon Lloyd : 20/11/2016

Blues leave it late to save a point

Jagielka gives away yet another penalty and this time Stekelenburg cannot save him. Coleman equalizes very late on.
by Michael Kenrick : 19/11/2016

Fireworks are all Chelsea's as Everton are destroyed at Stamford Bridge

In a painful illustration of the Blues' short-comings, Ronald Koeman's side were dismantled by an irresistible Chelsea side.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 06/11/2016

Bonfire Night Roasting at the Bridge

Ronald Koeman's side were left badly burnt as Chelsea lit up Stamford Bridge like a bonfire with a scalding display of consummate football.
by Michael Kenrick : 05/11/2016

From My Seat: West Ham Utd (H)

A good day out and I was delighted to see Barkley at last start to look like the player many forecast he would become and I can but hope he comes good for the rest of the season. Coming off the ground it was Lukaku and Barkley who were on most people’s lips. I must give a mention for Oviedo as he seems to be improving with the game time he is getting. I hope Ron sticks with him awhile; he can get better still, I reckon.
by Ken Buckley : 30/10/2016

Yes, Ross!

Though nervy at times we were resolute in the second half and did well to stand firm from a series of corners. We were however dangerous on the counter attack and this is how we sealed the game when two of our most impressive performers on the day combined to hammer the death nail for West Ham United.
by Paul Traill : 30/10/2016

Barkley more confident in vital Blues win

Excellent work by Bolasie gave Lukaku his usual goal against the Hammers. Barkley made it two off Lukaku's pinpoint cross.
by Michael Kenrick : 30/10/2016

Superiority counts for nothing as fortune favours Burnley

Despite dominating their hosts, Everton suffered a bitter defeat at Burnley and another check to the early-season optimism under Ronald Koeman.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 23/10/2016

From My Seat: Burnley (A)

A game that will take some forgetting but all we can do is hope that Big Ron and his staff can work wonders with what we have now and try to strengthen window by window. On today’s showing we are a few players short even for the short term.
by Ken Buckley : 22/10/2016

Late goal defeats a determined a Everton display

Burnley went ahead off a soft goal after it looked like Everton were taking control of the game. Bolasie stole the ball off Lukaku to equalize with a great shot but the visitors could not get the second, yet Burnley did in the final minute.
by Michael Kenrick : 22/10/2016

Koeman comes close to putting one over old pal Pep

For a few tantalising minutes of this game, a stunning victory beckoned Everton following Romelu Lukaku’s excellent break-away goal. Unfortunately, Ronald Koeman’s side hadn’t caught City on an off day they were punished for one of the rare occasions where they afforded David Silva too much room and left substitute Nolito unmarked to plunder the equaliser.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 16/10/2016

From My Seat: Manchester City (A)

All told, a great day out. Coming off the ground, I somehow felt we are turning a corner and from conversations held, so are some others.
by Ken Buckley : 15/10/2016

Heroic saves from Stekelenburg deny City

Honours even after immense City pressure, Everton took the lead despite two penalties, brilliantly saved by Stekelenburg, but Nolito stole a point for the home side.
by Michael Kenrick : 15/10/2016

Stunned momentum leaves taste of frustration for international break

Before kick-off, I was lucky enough to be asked along to Carling In Off The Bar – a show which aired on YouTube by Sky Sports presented by Adam Smith and Laura Woods. The show airs every Friday night game and is set in a pub in the city of the home team, this being MacKenzie's Whisky Bar on Rodney Street in Liverpool. I brought Ste along for the entertainment and free Carling.
by Paul Traill : 01/10/2016

Food for thought for Koeman as Everton have to settle for Palace draw

The ingredients for a stirring return to winning ways against Palace were certainly there — a packed house under the lights at Goodison Park – but a lack of guile and a shortage of quick, incisive passing moves left the Blues looking a little one-dimensional
by Lyndon Lloyd : 01/10/2016

Just when we dared to dream a little…

A shocking performance at Bournemouth caps a chastening week where supporter expectations will have been realigned and sights will have been lowered.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 23/09/2016

Blues poor in defeat on the south coast.

Barkley starts but Everton were too relaxed at the back and allowed Stanislas to fire in what would be the winning goal.
by Michael Kenrick : 24/09/2016

From My Seat: Norwich City (H)

On 74 mins, we all realised our goose was well and truly cooked when Josh Murphy cut inside unchallenged and from some distance fired a beaut into the top corner of the Park End net. This was the cue for a mass exodus as great numbers of the faithful had well and truly had enough. We were brought back down to earth after Big Ron’s first defeat.
by Ken Buckley : 21/09/2016

The League Cup wait goes on

The defeat would feel much worse had we not have started the season so brightly. Let's be a little pragmatic also – on another day, it could have been different.
by Paul Traill : 20/09/2016

From My Seat: Middlesbrough (H)

Overall a good day out and we've now made the best start we have had in the Premier League years. I hope all this means something and we win something.
by Ken Buckley : 18/09/2016

Never go downstairs early

"With half time beckoning I felt that I could join a few of the fellas for a half time drink and went down just after Coleman scored. I wasn't expecting to miss another goal of course and though delighted Everton have scored, you find yourself a bit cheesed off to have missed the goal."
by Paul Traill : 18/09/2016

Everton's resolve clearly evident on a day to remember for Barry

Everton brushed off an awful decision by Lee Mason to allow Middlesbrough to take the lead after 20 minutes, turned the match on its head and and had it effectively won by half-time.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 18/09/2016

Barry leads the charge to consolidate 2nd place

A controversial goal for Negredo, heading the ball out of Stekelenburg's hands, but Gareth Barry equalizes!!! More goals from Coleman & Lukaku before the break.
by Michael Kenrick : 17/09/2016

Lukaku catches fire as Everton torch Moyes's Sunderland

What a difference four months make when it comes to analysing the contrast between the Everton that trooped off the field at the Stadium of Light just six Premier League games ago having been soundly beaten and the one that romped in the second half this evening to a handsome 3-0 victory.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 13/09/2016

Everton benefit from questionable new directive

On opportunities alone you would say we deserved the win though it did come with quite a slice of luck.
by Paul Traill : 28/08/2016

Restored fortitude helps Everton secure a second successive win

Everton could, and probably should, have won by a wider margin than 1-0 but it was their more formidable rearguard that helped them secure three valuable points in a match that might easily have got away from them under the previous regime.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 28/08/2016

From My Seat: Stoke City (H)

I was satisfied with the collective as there is no doubt we are heading the right way but patience will be needed by all whilst the manager and his staff work through the assembly of a team capable of being in the mix season upon season.
by Ken Buckley : 27/08/2016

New-look Blues hold on for a vital win

After a fine first half ended goalless, Everton went ahead off a fortuitous penalty that was converted via the post and Given's head.
by Michael Kenrick : 27/08/2016

Comfortable if not entirely convincing

The 4-0 scoreline certainly put some gloss on the scoresheet, and though we have to be satisfied with a comfortable victory and safe passage into the Third Round, we can certainly make more of our opportunities in and around the penalty area.
by Paul Traill : 24/08/2016

Koeman's Change in Tack Reaps Rewards for Everton

How refreshing to see an Everton manager not only have options on the bench but to also have the courage to use them regardless of the stage of the match.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 21/08/2016

From My Seat: West Bromwich Albion (A)

Four points from two games and just a glimpse of how we might evolve under this management. I liked the way the game was approached in that you can have possession football but not exclusively, it can be wrapped in direct no-nonsense stuff depending upon circumstance, a win being the ultimate goal.
by Ken Buckley : 20/08/2016

Influential changes from Koeman clinch victory

A great result and it's great to have that positive feeling back. Actually, when did we last have it? So what have we learnt so far about Ronald Koeman? Well I like that he isn't one to wait. Koeman's willingness to change what he doesn't like and react to situations is very refreshing, and without his bullishness, we would not have won this game.
by Paul Traill : 20/08/2016

Superb Everton grab three vital points

Everton were stunned by an early goal for West Brom off a corner, but came back superbly to win a very tough battle with goals from Mirallas and Barry.
by Michael Kenrick : 20/08/2016

Goodison Park is BACK!

Whilst the game was a real challenge and the result was one we would have taken prior to kick off, the mood was very positive after the game as we sunk a few beers in the city centre. We have to accept that the season is going to be a learning curve as we adapt from one style to the next and get the players fitness up to scratch.
by Paul Traill : 14/08/2016

Gueye shines in promising dawn of Koeman era

While important, the enormous psychological boost of avoiding defeat could prove to be more important in the long run — an injury-hide side shorn of their top goalscorer and running at 70% capacity managed to hold off one of the teams likely to be challenging in the top four this season through a combination of discipline, tenacity and sheer hard work, a far cry from a few months ago when Goodison was enveloped in despair.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 14/08/2016

From My Seat: Tottenham Hotspur (H)

A good day out and a game that left this fan quite optimistic that an upturn in fortunes is a possibility with this new manager. The walk back to our watering hole was pleasant today as most seemed happy and thought we could progress. I sincerely hope so.
by Ken Buckley : 13/08/2016

Blues hang on for a point after early Barkley goal

Barkley ggot Everton off to a great start with a goal in the first 5 minutes but Spurs came back strongly as the Blues tired.
by Michael Kenrick : 13/08/2016


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