When analyzing the first half of Everton’s season the curious point to note is the levels of optimism amongst the fanbase in spite of a moderate start in terms of results. For a fan base that can be broadly characterized as airing on the side of brutal realism as opposed to utopian optimism (iconoclasts not idolaters as it were) it is an unusual situation to be found (though not a negative one).
Gabriel Jesus helped himself to a brace of markers and Raheem Sterling scored a third as City proved too clinical and too efficient in all areas for an Everton side who stuck gamely to their task, but came up way short of the quality needed to compete with the defending champions.
Match number four of our busy December schedule pitted the Royal Blues of Everton away to the sky blues of reigning Premier League champions, Manchester City.
December is a unique time in the football calendar. At no other point during the season is a football fanatic able to gorge themselves on such a veritable smorgasbord of footballing delights. Or if you’re an Evertonian in recent weeks, frights.
Such was the case Monday night, as Everton hosted Watford. Our most recent over-indulgence of toffees has left a sickly sensation in the pit of our stomachs. In typical Everton fashion, it started encouragingly.
After a strong run of form going in to the Merseyside Derby last weekend, it has become more transparent then ever that Everton are in desperate need for a new striker.
Richarlison‘s summer move from Watford has been positive, with the Brazilian International scoring 8 Premier League Goals in the opening 16 league matches the Blues have played this season.
Everton rescued a point on Monday night thanks to an outstanding free kick equaliser from Lucas Digne deep into added on time to preserve their unbeaten home record against Watford.
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This game probably came 24 hours too early following the derby as despite dominating the possession, corners, chances and forcing Newcastle into picking up no fewer than five yellow cards, Everton just couldn’t find a winning goal.
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A quick fixture turnaround sees Everton welcome Newcastle to Goodison Park as the Toffees look to bounce back from their Merseyside derby heartbreak.
The clash is the first of two in less than a week at Goodison, with Watford making the journey up north next Monday.
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“Those who love, friends and lovers, know that love is not only a blinding flash, but also a long and painful struggle in the darkness for the realization of definitive recognition and reconciliation.”Albert Camus, The Rebel.
When outlining the future for humanity in 1984 George Orwell remarked it best to imagine a boot, constantly stamping on a face forever.
If, as fans, we ever wanted to test the ‘new’ Everton mentality, one that holds no fear, that is imbued with self-belief and which, importantly, treats our neighbours as nothing special, then we could have asked for no greater challenge than the weekend’s Derby.
The final seconds of the game were like a condensed version of everything we loathe about this fixture; misfortune, unfairness, a sense that the odds stacked against us are almost rooted in the supernatural.
Marco Silva believes Everton deserved more from the Merseyside derby.
Silva “It was a tough match and a tough result for us. We don’t deserve to lose.
“We challenged them to win the match. I think the draw possibly was the fair result. They didn’t deserve it but that is football. It is our life. It is something different every day. That goal you cannot expect to happen.