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Once More Unto the Breach, Dear Friends

Lyndon Lloyd

If there was one message that could be delivered to the players, it's that you are a lot better than performances and results have demonstrated in recent weeks. The four key matches against teams around us that remain provide the perfect opportunity to prove it.

The Line Between Seeking Justice and Witch-hunt

Lyndon Lloyd

If the Premier League had had their way, Everton would have been deducted SEVENTEEN points this season. And despite two Independent Commissions and one Appeal Board, they're still fighting the club over stadium interest costs while Nottingham Forest got half the penalty and the Manchester City case remains a mirage

No Excuses

Lyndon Lloyd

Everton couldn't have asked for better circumstances, relative to their wider predicament off the pitch, to turn their form around heading into the final 10 games of the season

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Lyndon Lloyd

The threat of the charge for a second alleged breach of PSR still looms large but the Club and its fans at least have a modicum of clarity about their situation following the Appeal Board ruling

VAR is killing football. Making it palatable is likely beyond the powers that be

Lyndon Lloyd

The evidence of the past four years shows that the great promise of Video Assistant Referees as a panacea to controversy was a false prophecy. VAR, as implemented by these officials and under the current guidelines, is deeply flawed and the soul of the game suffering for it

The Unofficial Everton Timeline – 2014-2023, The Moshiri Years

Lyndon Lloyd

Out now, a new book that documents unbridled ambition crashing into chaotic reality, starting in 2014 when Farhad Moshiri first began talks about taking a stake in Everton and going right up to the present day.

Everton’s Double Jeopardy and the Farce of the Premier League’s PSR

Lyndon Lloyd

It's absurd that Everton could be punished for the same crime twice in the same season

We Shall Not Be Moved

Lyndon Lloyd

Everton’s appeal against their penalty might yet see them claw some of those docked points back but, in the meantime, they will push on, displaying the kind of character that Sean Dyche has so admirably harnessed in his 11 months in charge at Goodison.

Immovable Everton shine bright again under Thursday night lights

Lyndon Lloyd

Not since that thrilling evening against Crystal Palace 19 months ago has the Old Lady rocked and roared to a winning performance under the lights like did tonight. It may have taken a couple of mistakes from an unlikely source to open the door but, make no mistake, Everton were full value for this victory.

Everton pick themselves up with another resolute away display

Lyndon Lloyd

Everton ground out a laudable victory over a team that had only lost once at home all season and, until today, hadn’t lost successive fixtures at the City Ground in 15 months

Selective Punishment of Everton Betrays the Rot in the English Game

Lyndon Lloyd

The 10-point penalty meted out to the Blues was what so many have said – a disproportionately harsh sporting punishment for a financial crime that makes a mockery of the very concept at the heart of the Premier League's unevenly applied rules: sustainability

Independent Commission into Everton breach feels more Show Trial than fair trial

Lyndon Lloyd

It’s hard to shrug off the feeling that there was nowhere near enough distance between the prosecution and the adjudicating entity for this to have been a truly fair process.

Palace feel the Dyche Effect as Everton refuse to be denied

Lyndon Lloyd

In terms of mentality and unity of purpose, Everton are night and day from the team that twice lost at Selhurst Park two seasons ago and which went into the World Cup break in disarray

Two points dropped, but with caveats

Lyndon Lloyd

As much as seeing a hard-earned victory slip away late on rankles, four points from the last two games and progress in the cup is a decent return for a week's work

Calvert-Lewin's brilliance the difference for Dyche's road warriors

Lyndon Lloyd

Everton are becoming a much more difficult visiting opponent now that Sean Dyche is in charge and this was another professional performance away from home that delivered three precious points

Level Unlocked – Everton Finally Find Their Cutting Edge at Home

Lyndon Lloyd

This was the tonic to lift Evertonian spirits heading into a two-week hiatus before the trip to Mordor. Had the margin of victory been twice as wide, Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola couldn’t have complained.

Between the Devil You Know and the Deep Blue Sea

Lyndon Lloyd

In light of the somewhat chaotic developments in the takeover saga in recent weeks, the question on Evertonian minds now is just who are 777 Partners and are they both capable and worthy of running one of England’s most storied and successful football clubs?

An All-Too-Familiar Tale

Lyndon Lloyd

For all the manager’s talk of changing the story, this was a tale so depressingly predictable to Everton fans that it’s been practically chiseled into the brickwork at Goodison Park in recent years

Everton lay down a marker with tenacious cup win at Villa

Lyndon Lloyd

This smothering display set the benchmark for how the side should approach teams away from home and reinforced the notion the Blues should be nowhere near the bottom three come May. It also raises hopes that the Blues could go deep into a competition they have never won.

More potent Everton finally get their just reward

Lyndon Lloyd

This often confounding Everton team is now up and running in terms of picking up their first victory of the season having finally found the cutting edge up front they've been missing

“Playing for a 1-0 defeat”

Lyndon Lloyd

It was curious how much respect Everton paid Arsenal today and how meekly they seemed to accept their fate; as if defeat were obvious before a ball was kicked

Falling the Wrong Side of the Margins

Lyndon Lloyd

The Blues were left to count the cost of missed chances as, just like the opening day, the visitors found the decisive goal to render the effort from Everton meaningless by the final whistle

Creeping Anxiety and a Social Dilemma

Lyndon Lloyd

Emotions are already running high after Everton's bad start. Neither the actions of a tiny few nor a media waiting to pounce are helping

The Merry-Go-Round from Hell

Lyndon Lloyd

Round and round and round we go. A change in manager, a couple of new players. Hope followed by disappointment then humiliation and despair. This is the lot for Evertonians, it seems.

Plus ça change…

Lyndon Lloyd

A new season kicking off under a different manager than the one who began the last with hope rather than optimism this time that the club won’t be mired in a relegation dogfight come May… There has been change at Everton over the past 12 months and yet so much remains depressingly the same.

A Dele Reborn Really Would Be Like a New Signing

Lyndon Lloyd

If he can regain his fitness and his form, the Dele Alli story could add a fascinating dynamic to Everton’s 2023-24 season given that, on his day, he is a world-class performer. He might only have a narrow window to prove it, though

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