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Where Did It All Go Wrong?

By Adam Cunliffe :  18/04/2008 :  Comments (0) :

Where did it all go wrong...There is quite a few possible answers to that. Like many, I think it all went down the pan after the Fiorantina home game. In many ways it was a cruel cruel irony, after playing what I thought was the best 90 minutes at home of the season against top quality opposition (Fiorantina are a top 3 team in the Italian league at the moment, and will probably be in the Champions League next year.) the resulting loss in the penalty shoot out has completely knocked the wind out of our sales.

Then there was the loss at Fulham. What an awful game that was (haven't they all been lately) especially with Simon Davies supplying the cross to Brian McBride to head home. Back to Goodison for the clash with a distinctly average West Ham. Yak did the business twice only for the latter to be ruled out. Another crap decision to go our way. I'm sure they have monthly refereeing conferences to decide what different ways they are going to cost us points. Unfortunately this refereeing decision well and truly changed the game and the inevitable happened, West Ham equalized and had chances to win it later on.

Next up a trip across the park to our original home, we all know the result so I shan't dwell on it too much. Back on the greener side of the park a week later for the scintillating(not) game against the hapless Rams and if it weren't for Ossies great finish from a marvelous pass by Manny, we could well of been on the verge of a disgraceful draw. Down to Brum to drop another two points. Lescott's goal being the only plus point, sadly overshadowed by Carsleys attempt to outdo Tim Howard (who made some amazing saves).The resulting free-kick flew into the top corner. I was in the Pub with my Grandad and the relief on the Kopites faces when the Birmingham goal went in can only be taken as a compliment and a reminder as to how worried they were of us catching them.

Last night against Chelsea, well what can we say. Jags was by far our best player, Lescott was solid as usual, Neville was shit as usual, AJ worked hard but to no result and the Yak's control was non existent. In terms of what went on in the match, no goalkeeper made a real number of saves but Chelsea outclassed in possession all night. I know were missing Cahill Arteta and Osman but as soon as the ball got played back to Jags straight from the kick off and he booted it 50 yards forward to the Chelsea defender to sweep up, we knew the writing was on the wall.

The seven Premier league games I've highlighted were awful not only result wise but perhaps more disappointingly performance wise. The players looked disinterested and it semmed as thought they were already looking forward to their end of season Caribbean cruises. Now don't get me wrong, they've worked really hard all year and should be proud of not only their league performances but their outstanding performances in their debut season in the Uefa Cup (don't forget there is a possibility that the two teams in this years Uefa Cup final could both be teams that we've beaten, Zenit and Fiorantina). There are so many positives but unless we get our act together with a win against Villa next weekend it could all be for nothing.

A lot has been posted on the site recently regarding the proposed move to Kirby, my article has since been joined by a few more, but I think the recent slump has shown that Bill Kenwright would be better of spending the £78 million required to move Everton on to Kirby on the team. I've backed him before but if BK and the board have £78 million to waste, why not spend it on the team and if we improve as a result perhaps then we can start looking into moving ground (In the city and no ground shares please!) or redeveloping Goodison. Perhaps then we can realistically look at breaking into the top four till then we've just got to fight for fifth because unfortunately we've not got a big enough squad to last a European campaign and a Premiership campaign.

And what exactly is Robert Earl's role in Everton Football Club. If he spent his money on the team rather than on Rocky/Rambo and the Harlem Globe trotters we might get some were. I read an article in The News of The World when he first arrived saying that he had promised a state of the art stadium with a bowling alley and a shopping centre and a Planet Hollywood restaurant however none of this has materialized, either he should either spend some money on the team or go back to USA.

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