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Twice the Toffees fell behind to Chelsea on a ground where they have tasted defeat on more occasions than Evertonians would like to recall. And twice they battled their way back to parity to earn a point that could be vital in terms of the relegation picture at the end of the season.
Even the most level-headed Blue must have felt fairly deflated after the Forest game last Sunday but back in front of the raucous Goodison faithful, Sean Dyche's men put on another defiant display to end Brentford's 12-match unbeaten run
Despite the positives to take from the attacking dimension of this performance, it’s very difficult not to feel massively disappointed and frustrated that, having twice been ahead, Everton passed up this chance to collect a precious victory against a rival to beat the drop
If two wins from three to start Sean Dyche’s reign as Everton manager had offered hope that not only would the Blues survive this season, they might do so fairly comfortably, then this result against Aston Villa will have swept away such fanciful notions.
This was a massive victory for Everton, Sean Dyche's second in three matches that vaults the Toffees out of the relegation zone and into 16th place
The new manager married technique and running with tenacity and defensive discipline to win his first match in charge — and what a huge result it was, too!
The debacle of this transfer window and the failures of the last one are an indictment of the inadequacy of Everton’s leadership and the mismanagement of the time available to them which has put the club's Premier League status in genuine jeopardy
Sean Dyche may be far removed from Farhad Moshiri's 'Hollywood manager' ideals but his no-nonsense, 'needs-must' style of football could be just what Everton need after the more idealistic Frank Lampard tenure. More importantly, he has pulled off this kind of 'Houdini act' before
This was a performance by a side crippled by a lack of self-belief, overseen by a manager who looks incapable of instilling any confidence in them or changing a game to rescue a losing situation.
Things do seem to be irreparably broken at Everton, at least in the short term. There are moves the hierarchy can make, either through decisive action by the owner, or humility and acceptance from others around him, but in the meantime, the fans have to stick both together and with whatever players are in that squad come 1 February
From the moment Everton threw away all the work it had taken to establish a slender half-time lead just 50 seconds into the second half, there was a haunting inevitability about the way this game would end up going
Six months is a very long time in football. Frank Lampard has gone from being the toast of Goodison to a man whose future as Everton manager is in question just 15 games into what is supposed to be his first full season in charge. Not all the problems of his making but he quickly needs to show he has what it takes to mitigate them and keep this club afloat
The buck always ultimately stops with the manager and if, as seems likely, he survives the World Cup break with his job intact, Frank Lampard will be under enormous pressure to use the next six weeks to solve some of the glaring issues within the team he currently has
Before tonight, Brendan Rodgers had failed to win on Everton’s home turf but his Leicester side played Everton off the park from start to finish
While this clash with a fairly porous but free-scoring Fulham promised goals, it didn’t end up producing any even if this was anything but a bore draw
The Blues doubled their home goals tally for the season in some style today with a dominant victory over Palace, the least team they put three past back in May
If you don’t shoot, you can’t score. And if you don’t score, you can’t win matches. It really is that blindingly obvious and simple.
If there appeared to be an air of complacency after Alex Iwobi had swept Everton into an early lead, it was cleared rapidly by mistakes, defensive porousness and ruthless finishing from Erik ten Hag's side
It wasn’t always pretty, by the end it was a little ragged, but this was a markedly better display than the one they put on in this fixture back in February and it helped extend the team’s unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions
Largely written off at one time by the bulk of the Everton fanbase, Alex Iwobi has undergone a metamorphosis unlike any in living Evertonian memory... and it has come just when the club desperately needed it
Realistically, Everton really needed to win today and win they did on the back of Neal Maupay’s first goal for the club. And what a lovely goal it was.
Frank Lampard’s Blues bridged a gap today on an afternoon where both goals seemed to live a charmed life, both goalkeepers had to underline their world-class credentials and the fortitude of the Goodison Park “woodwork” was tested at both ends
There have been clear signs of progress in the last two outings and, more importantly, Everton are picking up points away from home, something they didn't do nearly enough last season
If 2022-23 is going to be another slog to avoid relegation, anything the team can collect on the road should be gratefully received. It’s hard not to feel despondent, though, at two precious points dropped
It’s still early days, the window is still open, but it’s hard not to feel uneasy even at this stage about Everton’s prospects for the season
For most of last season, Anthony Gordon channeled the passion, desperation and energy of a fearful fanbase on the pitch. 2022-23 was supposed to be a season of further development for him at Goodison but a big-money offer from Chelsea has thrown up a hard choice for the club.
Frank Lampard might rue waiting as long as he did to make changes to a line-up that wasn't working but Amadou Onana showed the way forward with a mixed but hugely promising late cameo
Ye footballing gods, this succession of serious injuries isn’t funny. But despite the frustration of an opening-day defeat by the fine margins of a penalty decision, there were elements of this Everton performance that were genuine cause for optimism
Farhad Moshiri has restated his commitment to Everton but, without any tangible change in how the club is run from the top, there is little hope it can make any meaningful strides towards realising the owner's stated ambitions from six years ago.
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