What a disappointing advert for the Premier League this game was as Huddersfield came for a point, determined to defend and time-waste, while Everton struggled throughout to find any real cohesion despite having most of the possession.
Unbeaten in the Premier League and through to a third round tie in the Carabao Cup, Everton went up against Yorkshires’ Terriers with a squad somewhat hit by injuries.
Everton gained safe passage to the third round of the Carabao Cup courtesy of Gylfi Sigurdsson and a brace from Dominic Calvert-Lewin in front of just under 32,000 inside Goodison Park.
The League, now Carabao, Cup hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Everton. Twice losing finalists, to Aston Villa in the late 1970s and ‘them’ in 83-84, it’s high time Everton corrected that miserable record.
Everton kick off an attempt to end a 23 year trophy drought when Marco Silva’s side welcome Rotherham United to Goodison Park in the Carabao Cup.
Generations of Evertonians have never seen their beloved club lift a trophy, no blue has ever witnessed their side win the League Cup.
Silva, without the hindrance of European football this term, will be hoping he is the man to break the Toffees’ duck.
Over the course of the last few seasons, there has been much comment and debate on Everton websites, forums, chat rooms and social media. In pubs, on matchday, inside Goodison, in fact just about everywhere, there’s been opinion over a crucial role within the club – its captaincy.
In the final season of David Moyes, he appointed Phil Jagielka as club captain, and many saw this as Moyes showing loyalty to a tried and trusted player.
Down to ten men with Richarlison stupidly sent off for an innocuous head butt, Everton went two goals ahead but were unable to keep Bournemouth from snatching a draw after they too had been reduced to ten. But the goals and red cards were overshadowed by a potentially serious injury to Michael Keane.
We’re 2 games into the new season, already we’ve learnt so much about how our team is going to operate & more importantly (too me) how our team reacts to pressure & adversity.
In this brief article, I will be going back to my previous article to see if anything written has come to fruition & I’ll include graphs, charts and all that jazz.
Our shape in the opening 2 matches has been pretty good.
There were many interesting things I found when Silva and Brands arrived. “Working to a new system” I thought was illuminating but what really caught my attention was a phrase that emerged in the wider press that Everton would be looking to emulate Atletico Madrid in their approach. It was one of the few and arguably first times I have heard people connected to Everton talk theoretically about how Everton could close the gap on the sides above them who have greater spending power.
Adam spoke with author Dave Fehily and statistician Gavin Buckland after Everton’s 2-1 win over Southampton on Saturday.
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