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Look How Far We Come

By Lee Marman :  23/04/2009 :  Comments (4) :
For the first time in nearly 15 years, I have came away from Stamford Bridge feeling a little hard done by.

The Southern-based media were quick to trample on the game last night as a boring spectacle and the lack of invention of Everton's tactics. However, this should be seen as positives as our great club is at long last being taken seriously as a threat not just now but for next season. To come away with a clean sheet against a full-strength Chelsea team and play the way we did, all Evertonians should be proud of our performance.

The defence, even without Jags and Hibbo, played magnificently and the star man Leighton Baines has surely been the most improved player at Everton this season. His tackling and runs up the left flank have meant we now have the most secure of defences since 1984-85 with the likes of Van den Hauwe, Mountfield, Stevens, Watson and Ratcliffe.

I know there are 5 weeks between now and the FA Cup final, but after our great display last night we should not fear Chelsea on May 30. Everton can finally make that great step to silverware which is long overdue. Chelsea will be knackered by May 30th (and lets hope they go to the Champions League final and win). Most Chelsea fans I have spoken to last night are delighted we are in the final because if they go on to win the Champions League they won't mind losing to us instead of Man Utd.

Back to last night's game and regretfully Jo may be good at home but playing away has been a big disappointment; he is yet to convince he is worth future investment. The chances he had should have been dispatched; if Everton want to reach the next level, we have to make those chances count. Castillo played his finest game of his short Everton spell and Philip Neville once again is Mr Consistency with a solid display and his leadership skills is improving in every game.

James Vaughan should have a little run out in the last ten minutes of the game as he could have caused havoc when Chelsea were desperate to win the game. However, after seeing more than a dozen or so games in the last 20 years at Stamford Bridge when we have been caned 4-0, 4-1, you name it ? we have had some thrashings at the Bridge, I felt unusually deflated in a way after Sunday's exhillarating events. We should have won and that's how far we have come.

Finally, as a Southern-based Evertonian, I just want to end by saying Sunday at Wembley goes down for me as the greatest moment in 31 years of supporting the Blues. Okay, in years gone by we have won titles, Cups, avoided relegation on last day results, but this was something completely different. Yes, it was a weakend United team and a dour game, but we have to remember this was a watershed in Everton's history.

Penalties have been our Achillies heel and to win such an important match at the new Wembley against the Champions of Asia was simply spine tingling. The Z-Cars tune ringing out from the huge Wembley speakers, cuddling and kissing stangers and even getting a love bite from guy before the game who said to my "Are we Gonna Do It?" which I replied "We are Gonna do it!"

The tears of joys and screams of adulation that carried me home to Halstead will never go away. Having kids, getting married, setting up home and running your own business are important to me. But Everton is different and once it gets you it never goes away. I have yet to stop smiling and humming Hi-Ho Silver... so all I can say to end this article is whenever you feel down, just stick on the DVD of last Sunday and you will have that grin which I cannot remove from my face.

The glory years start on May 30.

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Karl Masters
1   Posted 24/04/2009 at 17:56:39

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This is another step up the ladder of improvement which has been gathering momentum since the Summer of 2006 when we signed AJ, Howard and Lescott.

However, you are wrong to say we haven’t had a decent result there recently as this was the third season in a row we have drawn there in the League and in May ’07 we were robbed in a 1-1 draw.

Arteta was blatantly fouled in the build up to their goal and Beattie scored a perfectly good goal in the closing minutes only to wrongly judged offside. You may recall Moyes was sent off for protesting and had to sit in the stand behind the dugout with some surprised Chelsea fans!

We are due a win against them and why not on May 30?
Nick Entwistle
2   Posted 25/04/2009 at 09:12:53

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Yes, look how far we’ve come.
Two nil-nil draws and we’re the best team ever!
Eric Myles
3   Posted 25/04/2009 at 09:16:35

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I agree with Karl,

in all their title winning years we made Chelsea look an ordinary team but were always unlucky to get the result.

Shit, even in the opening of Wigan’s first Premiership season they made Chelsea look ordinary.

We have nothing to fear from them and have every chance of winning the Cup this year, and on Wednesdya’s peformance, a better chance than Chelsea do.
sam morrison
4   Posted 25/04/2009 at 09:57:59

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blimey Nick, wrong side of the bed this morning?

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