Accounts from matches by our editorial team and featured correspondents
Report of the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace
Eventually we were able to see the game out and claim a vital, and ultimately deserved three points. Though we were up against it in the final 20 minutes, for the best part of an hour of this game we were the better team.
It’s a mess alright, and I can’t wait for this season to end...
Relegation is not a threat, but surely the plan has to be to attack better than that?
A resilient effort from Everton and if you cast your mind back a month to that wretched performance versus Southampton, you would never in your wildest of dreams have us walking away from a draw with the champions a little miffed that we didn’t have more of a go at them.
What a tremendous trip. I enjoyed every minute. Great company with Gaz and Dan, and it was superb to meet so many other Blues who had travelled from afar, most notably John and Stretch.
Why the sudden upturn in performance? Has David Unsworth finally found his best team, albeit too late? Has the penny finally dropped what is required for the players? Or, is this simply the reaction to a new manager coming in?
The game meant nothing. The team talk on the face of it should have been a piece of piss. “Right you lot, here’s your opportunity. Prove to me why you should be in the team”. Unfortunately the majority out there only really proved why they shouldn’t be in the team.
We just don't have the confidence currently. I believe the players are good enough but it'll take a bit longer yet until we get any sort of swagger back. Players just don't look for the ball enough. Too many hide and there's a real lack of responsibility on the field.
A splendid day out at the game. Them fun days only ever happen about once or twice a season so I was glad to make the most of it, even if I paid for it a bit in work today.
I’m not one for sacking managers quickly. I like to see managers given the opportunity to build a team. It hasn’t been our style and I want to believe it can work under Ronald Koeman. That said, the pressure is on, and failure to beat Arsenal, a Carabao Cup exit at Chelsea, and defeat at Leicester City would pretty much make his position untenable.
The talk on everyone’s lips after the game of course was, should Ronald Koeman be sacked. It’s safe to say, most of the supporters seem to think so. Personally, I’m pretty neutral.
The Europa League campaign doesn’t have to be doom and gloom just yet but we are certainly doing it the hard way.
Win we did. It still wasn't especially pretty up until the winning goal just five minutes later, but we persevered
With four clean sheets in four games, it’s hard to complain. I’ll be interested to see where we stand in a month’s time.
With the fixtures upcoming, I was simply relieved to be coming away with the three points, our first opening day win for five years
Luckily we didn't book our trip to the Netherlands for Everton's game-that-wasn't against Groningen and so, when the game against Genk was announced, Gaz and I were able to book some flights to Brussels Charleroi.