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The School of Science Is On the Way Back

Lyndon Lloyd

Looking back on 2013-14, the season that ushered in a new era under Roberto Martinez's positive management

Que sera, sera

Lyndon Lloyd

Everton contributed mightily to an entertaining contest but were undone by charitable defending against a team that exhibited all the purpose and drive their own supporters would have wanted to see given what was at stake for them.

The Not-So-Beautiful Letdown

Lyndon Lloyd

Two own goals and a lifeless response see the light all but go out on Everton's Champions League hopes

Martinez Keeps Moyes Under His Thumb

Lyndon Lloyd

Moyes, like Wenger before him, was played like a fiddle by Martinez, the Scot given the illusion that his team were in control of this contest before two rapier jabs dealt the fatal blows that had the visitors on their knees by half time.

It's the Hope that Kills You

Lyndon Lloyd

With four games left and just one point in it, the chase for a place in the top four is far from over but this defeat to Palace was a body blow to Everton's chances.

Fortune Favours the Persistent

Lyndon Lloyd

Not an impressive display from Everton by any means but getting the three points was absolutely paramount.

Wenger's Guns Silenced By Martinez's Masterplan

Lyndon Lloyd

Cometh the hour, cometh the men. All of them, including Roberto Martinez

Naismith's Spark Fires Blues to Fifth Straight Victory

Lyndon Lloyd

Five straight Premier League wins, two away from home in potentially tricky fixtures at St James' Park and Craven Cottage, and Everton genuinely have the look of a team that can sneak into the Champions League qualification places this season

Resurrecting the Straw Man

Lyndon Lloyd

The ludicrous furore over the unfairness of Evertons loan players has returned now that the Blues have started winning again.

Everton Turn on the Style to Dismantle Newcastle

Lyndon Lloyd

Pace. Goals. Killer instinct. Tonight, Everton exhibited all three in spades to notch a fourth-successive League win and reclaim 5th place.

Less Than Emphatic But Victorious Nonetheless

Lyndon Lloyd

Everton's Champions League flame is still flickering after their eighth home win on the bounce in all competitions but at a time of the campaign when they need to be kicking into high gear, this was arguably a case of winning despite not performing at your best.

Coleman Late Show Keeps European Push On Track

Lyndon Lloyd

Everton furthered their European ambitions with an important win over Cardiff City but it took a stoppage-time strike from Seamus Coleman to claim the points

Another Bite from Reality As Everton Crash Out

Lyndon Lloyd

The Wembley dream is dead for another year and Everton's painful stretch without a major trophy extends to 20 years thanks to a heavy, if somewhat harsh, 4-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Lukaku Provides the Edge to Sink the Hammers Again

Lyndon Lloyd

Everton notched their first Premier League win in a month and their first clean sheet since 11th January thanks to Romelu Lukaku's 10th goal of the season

Punchless Everton Are Punished Again

Lyndon Lloyd

Everton fell to their third consecutive away defeat to a rival for the Champions League qualification slots and slipped out of the top six for the first time since November.

Super-Sub Naismith Provides Catalyst for Everton

Lyndon Lloyd

The scoreline may have been slightly flattering but Everton advanced to the FA Cup Sixth Round with a 3-1 victory over Swansea City.

Blues Floored by Second-Half Sucker Punch

Lyndon Lloyd

Goals win points and strikers score goals. Sometimes it's that simple.

Momentum Shift Pushes Blues On to Another Vital Win

Lyndon Lloyd

Kevin Mirallas served up another slice of precision artistry to turn on its head a contest that, for long stretches, had looked as though it was going to end in utter frustration.

Our Anfield Agony Goes On

Lyndon Lloyd

A sickener for the Blues that starkly illustrated the gulf in resources between these two old foes

Everton Remain Unruffled to Power Through

Lyndon Lloyd

A 4-0 victory earned on a heavy pitch saw Everton into the FA Cup Fifth Round but Martinez will go into Tuesday's Merseyside derby counting fit bodies and ruing more bad luck in the form of another long-term injury.

Everton Lack Spark As They're Held to Another Draw

Lyndon Lloyd

A ninth draw for the season and the kind of display for which only a derby win at Anfield can atone.

Impressive Everton Power Past Norwich

Lyndon Lloyd

Two sublime strikes lifted Everton over Norwich on the back of another dominant performance.

Lukaku Ensures Blues Finish 2013 On a High

Lyndon Lloyd

Romelu Lukaku ended a run of five games with the winner against Southampton as the Blues end the year in fourth.

The Ghost of Everton Past

Lyndon Lloyd

Martinez was undone by a familiar Goodison script as a seemingly hopeless task for Sunderland turned into their first away win of the season.

Sublime Strikes Earn Everton Victory Over Swansea

Lyndon Lloyd

Everton extend their unbeaten run to 10 games thanks to two stunning goals by Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley

Everton Regroup to Kill Off Fulham

Lyndon Lloyd

Everton eventually rammed home their superiority over Fulham after Berbatov's penalty threatened to raise the spectre of more dropped points

Irrepressible Everton Come Back to Earn a Deserved Draw

Lyndon Lloyd

A performance that firmly establishes the Blues as contenders for the top four earns a well-deserved draw at Arsenal

This Time It Was Different

Lyndon Lloyd

21 years of pain and frustration was swept away in a glorious instant when Bryan Oviedo, who was only two years old the last time Everton beat United on their own turf, slotted past David de Gea with four minutes left on the clock.

Martinez's Everton Flex Their Attacking Muscles

Lyndon Lloyd

A handsome 4-0 hammering of Stoke City was a fine way to relieve some of the pent-up energy and frustration from three consecutive draws.

Everton forced to share the spoils of derby thriller

Lyndon Lloyd

An admittedly cracking game of football, albeit one whose thrills are dulled to a large degree by Evertonian frustration that we couldn't hold on at the end.


Lyndon Lloyd

Frustrating. There are other words for it, but frustrating is the one that keeps coming back to mind in the post mortem of Everton's second successive goalless draw.

Another Martinez Masterstroke Lifts Everton Over Villa

Lyndon Lloyd

On a day littered with international dimensions, the inspiration for Everton's win was all English.

Slick Finish Heralds Pienaar's Return

Lyndon Lloyd

Questions will continue to be raised about the uncertainty at the back and the continuing inability to really kill opponents off but the three points are all that matter.

City Underscore a Gulf In Resources and Class

Lyndon Lloyd

Everton's unbeaten run comes to an end as City's class tells, albeit aided by highly charitable refereeing

Impressive Everton Do Enough to Preserve Victory

Lyndon Lloyd

Everton almost allowed complacency to wreck the work accomplished in a dream first half but held on to move into fourth in the table.

Two Steps Back, One Step Forward

Lyndon Lloyd

The three crest options presented by the club following extensive consultation are underwhelming but are at least an improvement on the mis-step of the existing badge

You've Got Me Singing the Blues

Lyndon Lloyd

Everton twice come from behind to beat West Ham on the back of two stunning free kicks by Leighton Baines and Romelu Lukaku's first goal for the club

Consultation and Trepidation: Awaiting the New Crest Options

Lyndon Lloyd

The consultation period over, the club's appointed stewards of the new crest design, Kenyon Fraser, are now crafting options for the fans to vote on.

Fortitude, Fortune and Finesse Lift Martinez to First Everton Win

Lyndon Lloyd

Everton belatedly banked their first three points of the 2013-14 season with a hard-fought victory over highly-fancied Chelsea thanks to a goal in first-half injury time.

Belgian Rotation Caps Astute Business by Martinez

Lyndon Lloyd

Musings on the loss of Marouane Fellaini and Everton's immediate prospects following Roberto Martinez's transfer window business, particularly the addition of Romelu Lukaku

Martinez's Everton Searching for Attacking Answers

Lyndon Lloyd

Roberto Martinez's wait for his first Premier League victory as Everton manager goes on following a second-successive goalless draw.

Fellaini Comes Off the Bench to Push Everton Through

Lyndon Lloyd

Everton's increasingly worrying lack of cutting edge threatened to expose them to the lottery of penalty kicks as battling Stevenage almost took them to the wire before Marouane Fellaini came off the bench to edge the Blues through to the third round.

Blues Lack Drive in Stalemate With West Brom

Lyndon Lloyd

Marouane Fellaini and Seamus Coleman both hit the woodwork late on but it was too little, too late for an Everton side long on possession but short on urgency in Roberto Martinez's first home game in charge.

From 'Moyessiah' to Pariah?

Lyndon Lloyd

Has David Moyes's conduct and rhetoric over Manchester United's attempts to lure away Baines and Fellaini forever damaged his legacy at Everton?

The Jelavic Conundrum

Lyndon Lloyd

Hamburg SV's interest in Nikica Jelavic provides an interesting dilemma for Everton this summer as the club transitions to the Roberto Martinez era.

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