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Match Reports

Accounts from matches by our editorial team and featured correspondents

From My Seat: Hull City (A)

A last game of the season in Hull in weather that was best described as changeable may not be your first choice of venues but I tell you what, for terrace parties it was great.
by Ken Buckley : 11/05/2014

Record points haul sealed in style

Everton dominated possession from the start and James McCarthy gave Everton an early lead inside 10 mins. Lukaku struck just after the break to make it 2-0 in a very comfortable victory that underlined the tremendous changes wrought this season, Roberto Martinez leading his new club into Europe on the back of a Premier League record 72-point haul.
by Michael Kenrick : 11/05/2014

Crucial Win For The (Sky) Blues

I was certainly in the bizarre situation of wanting Everton to lose the match. Tottenham losing their match and Manchester United’s also losing meant that 5th position was now a certainty and, as we headed on to the match, we were unanimous in our desire for Everton to lose the match. “Why put up with all that agony for the next 30 years just for the sake of one game which doesn’t mean anything?”
by Paul Traill : 04/05/2014

Que sera, sera

Everton contributed mightily to an entertaining contest but were undone by charitable defending against a team that exhibited all the purpose and drive their own supporters would have wanted to see given what was at stake for them.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 04/05/2014

From My Seat: Man City (H)

3 May 2014 was a strange day in the history of Everton Football Club. With a Champions League place to play for and only two games to go, about a quarter of the fanbase wanted us to lose all because, if Manchester City won, Liverpool may not win the title.
by Ken Buckley : 04/05/2014

Brilliant Barkley strike counts for nought

A moment of magic from Ross Barkley fired Everton into a wonderful early lead, as he clipped a beautiful first-time shot way beyond Hart and into the top corner of the net from a difficult angle, a brilliant goal off Naismith's cross ball. Aguero then equalized with ease on Howard's near post. Dzeko then easily nodded in to put the visitors ahead and then made it 3-1 for City after Naismith had been denied. Everton looked out of ideas but a great Baines cross was powered in off the post by Lukaku to set up a high-tempo finish.
by Michael Kenrick : 03/05/2014

The Not-So-Beautiful Letdown

Two own goals and a lifeless response see the light all but go out on Everton's Champions League hopes
by Lyndon Lloyd : 27/04/2014

Blues self-destruct with two own-goals

Antolin Alcaraz gave Southampton a shocking early lead when he headed a cross from Lambert past Howard to put a massive dent in Everton's fading Champions League hopes. The Blues huffed and puffed for half-an-hour before Coleman decided he could do it too, stooping to head a cross past Howard for the second unbelievable own-goal! Game over, apart from a few denied penalty calls and a wrong offside decision on a day nothing went Everton's way.
by Michael Kenrick : 26/04/2014

Our Easiest Win Versus Manchester United

Everton were fantastic, Manchester United were anything but.
by Paul Traill : 21/04/2014

From My Seat: Man Utd (H)

"A pretty straight-forward victory that in some ways reminded me of the Ali rope-a-dope fights. We sucked them in, saw them off and hit them hard."
by Ken Buckley : 20/04/2014

Martinez Keeps Moyes Under His Thumb

Moyes, like Wenger before him, was played like a fiddle by Martinez, the Scot given the illusion that his team were in control of this contest before two rapier jabs dealt the fatal blows that had the visitors on their knees by half time.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 20/04/2014

Revenge is So, So Sweet!

Everton rather struggled for possession but a Lukaku shot drew handball and a penalty, nicely converted by Baines. More Man Utd pressure, but a deceptively simple move saw Coleman play in Mirallas for a superb finish from a very narrow angle to end a very pleasing half were Everton had not played well but done more than enough. Everton grew in confidence during a solid second half and gave Moyes the bloody nose he fully deserved.
by Michael Kenrick : 20/04/2014

It's the Hope that Kills You

With four games left and just one point in it, the chase for a place in the top four is far from over but this defeat to Palace was a body blow to Everton's chances.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 17/04/2014

From My Seat: Crystal Palace (H)

Hopefully that’s not season end and the manager can rouse the players to give us a record points total and see where that leaves us table wise. To fold now would be a disaster after such displays to this point.
by Ken Buckley : 17/04/2014

We Are Everton. We Lose Big Games. That's What We Do.

"When all is said and done Crystal Palace deserved their win and Everton deserved to lose."
by Paul Traill : 17/04/2014

Punchy Palace stun over-confident Blues

Crystal Palace went into a shock lead on 22 mins after holding off some spirited Everton attacks. Puncheon slotting home after Howard was forced to parry a wicked Bolaise cross to Chamahk. After the break, Naismith on but Palace poured forward and Scott Dann scored a second goal from a corner. It was scrappy when it finally came, but a decent cross to the far post by Mirallas stood up nicely for Baines to head back in and there was Naismith to bundle it across the line. Fighting for the equalizer, Everton were stunned when Jerome scored to put the game out of reach despite a clever goal from Mirallas.
by Michael Kenrick : 16/04/2014

Fortune Favours the Persistent

Not an impressive display from Everton by any means but getting the three points was absolutely paramount.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 13/04/2014

From my seat: Sunderland (A)

A visit to the home of the Mackems is never the best of away trips but, in our present league position, one that engendered both excitement and dread. Could we make it seven wins on the bounce? Could we go 4th? Could Barry survive a 10th yellow card? Well... 'Yes' was the ultimate answer — but not without a rollercoaster of emotions.
by Ken Buckley : 12/04/2014

Deulofeu magic brings seventh win

Still no Phil Jagielka for Everton but Gerard Deulofeu gets a starting place, with McGeady, Mirallas and Barkley starting the game against Sunderland on the bench. Naismith blasted over a super chance in the first half, which ended goalless. Naismith missed a gift through poor execution. With the game heading for a draw, Deulofeu's magic earned a rather lucky own-goal off Wes Brown.
by Michael Kenrick : 12/04/2014

From The Dixie Dean Suite...

on to the Dixie Dean Suite and what a fantastic day we had. The match itself obviously made it all the more sweeter but it was a privilege to be treated to the rather stellar service of the Everton staff. Immediately upon entrance into Goodison Park, we were met by the ever-friendly Graeme Sharpe.
by Paul Traill : 07/04/2014

Wenger's Guns Silenced By Martinez's Masterplan

Cometh the hour, cometh the men. All of them, including Roberto Martinez
by Lyndon Lloyd : 07/04/2014

From My Seat: Arsenal (H)

We drank, laughed and hoped that we could take the Arsenal scalp which would be no mean feat considering the history of this game over the years. My take was that, if we could do it at Fulham against the history, well then... why not today?
by Ken Buckley : 06/04/2014

Rampant Blues destroy Arteta's Arsenal

A tremendous domineering performance by the Blues that totally destroyed Arsenal, their biggest win over the Gunners in 25 years, and fine revenge for that galling FA Cup Quarterfinal defeat.
by Michael Kenrick : 06/04/2014

Naismith's Spark Fires Blues to Fifth Straight Victory

Five straight Premier League wins, two away from home in potentially tricky fixtures at St James' Park and Craven Cottage, and Everton genuinely have the look of a team that can sneak into the Champions League qualification places this season
by Lyndon Lloyd : 31/03/2014

From My Seat: Fulham (A)

While the performance first half was poor the fighting spirit was not in question so getting the three points satisfied most.
by Ken Buckley : 30/03/2014

Super-sub Naismith raises Everton tempo

Roberto Martinez selected the same starting line-up for today's early kick-off at Craven Cottage. But Everton struggled against a spirited Fulham side who spurned a lot of well-created chances in a difficult first half. Naismith came on for Barkley and scored within 5 mins, although it will be given as an own-goal by Stockdale. Fulham equalized with a tremendous shot from Dejagah but Naismith inspired Everton, then McGeady came on and played in Mirallas for a fine finish. Then Naismith scored himself before hitting the post to seal a very important win for Everton.
by Michael Kenrick : 30/03/2014

From My Seat: Newcastle (A)

"If you could bottle that performance and bring it out each game, who knows what could be achieved."
by Ken Buckley : 26/03/2014

Everton Turn on the Style to Dismantle Newcastle

Pace. Goals. Killer instinct. Tonight, Everton exhibited all three in spades to notch a fourth-successive League win and reclaim 5th place.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 26/03/2014

Less Than Emphatic But Victorious Nonetheless

Everton's Champions League flame is still flickering after their eighth home win on the bounce in all competitions but at a time of the campaign when they need to be kicking into high gear, this was arguably a case of winning despite not performing at your best.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 22/03/2014

From My Seat: Swansea City (H)

"It was a game I expected to see as both teams have big bucks to play for and I expect many a game to season end will be just as fraught."
by Ken Buckley : 22/03/2014

Goalkeepers As Captains?

Everton had enough to get over the line for another welcome three points – our third league win in a row and our eighth consecutive home win (including the FA Cup win over QPR).
by Paul Traill : 22/03/2014

Blues struggle to a narrow win

The start to the game was poor and it looked like a stalemate could ensue until Barkley was tripped by Chico and Baines scored from the spot. But a simple move saw Bony equalize just after the half-hour and Swansea dominated the rest of the half. Everton were still poor after the break until Lukaku finally powered home a good low cross from Mirallas. Then Barkley nodded a corner in from close range to finally give Everton a decent margin until Williams powered in a header off the bar in added time.
by Michael Kenrick : 22/03/2014

We Can't Keep Sneaking These Wins

" If we are to qualify for European football next season however we’ll need to start doing a lot more than sneaking these home wins."
by Paul Traill : 16/03/2014

From My Seat: Cardiff City (H)

As always a good day out and whatever is made of the performance a good three points gained. After our game v WHU I said then I thought we would have games very tight until season end and I still stand by that and the fact being the team to get the points no matter the performance will determine the final table.
by Ken Buckley : 15/03/2014

Coleman Late Show Keeps European Push On Track

Everton furthered their European ambitions with an important win over Cardiff City but it took a stoppage-time strike from Seamus Coleman to claim the points
by Lyndon Lloyd : 15/03/2014

''That Arteta Is a Bit of a…''

I somehow expected more from Mikel Arteta than badge-kissing when celebrating his goal, pretending to be injured because his boot fell off and stopping our attack in doing so, and then moaning to try and get our players booked.
by Paul Traill : 09/03/2014

Another Bite from Reality As Everton Crash Out

The Wembley dream is dead for another year and Everton's painful stretch without a major trophy extends to 20 years thanks to a heavy, if somewhat harsh, 4-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 08/03/2014

From My Seat: Arsenal (FA Cup)

It would be an understatement to say the performance left us less than pleased.
by Ken Buckley : 08/03/2014

Blues crumble at The Emirates

The game got off to a strange start for Everton playing well until Arsenal worked their way forward, McCarthy slipped, Carzola played in Ozil, and the first goal was scored. Far, far too easily. Everton struggled to get back into it until a good long run from Barkley ended with an excellent ball to Mirallas at the far post but it hit his heel and spun nicely for Lukaku to tap in from close range and put Everton on the scoreboard. In the second half, a penalty called against Barry put Arsenal ahead again. Everton struggled to reassert themselves but ended up conceding two more and the dream was well and truly over.
by Michael Kenrick : 08/03/2014

Lukaku Provides the Edge to Sink the Hammers Again

Everton notched their first Premier League win in a month and their first clean sheet since 11th January thanks to Romelu Lukaku's 10th goal of the season
by Lyndon Lloyd : 02/03/2014

From My Seat: West Ham Utd (H)

Overall, a good day out. Not a lot to write home about. We were grateful for the points and hope that this can be the start of points gathering for us...
by Ken Buckley : 01/03/2014

On We March

Everton 1-0 West Ham United: Premier League wins have been difficult to come by of late but it’s been some time since we won a game comfortably. Regardless, I came expecting a draw and was relieved to leave with a win against a rugged West Ham side boasting four clean sheets in a row.
by Paul Traill : 01/03/2014

Lukaku returns with a striker's goal

Another huge uphill struggle for the Blues to penetrate a resolute West Ham defence seemed headed for a 0-0 draw but the simplest of moves, the easiest of plays, a low cross in from Baines, a perfect supply ball for substitute striker Everton have missed so badly, and Wham Bam! Thank you, West Ham!! A very well taken goal by Romelu Lukaku, finally breaking the interminable deadlock with less than 10 mins left.
by Michael Kenrick : 01/03/2014

Punchless Everton Are Punished Again

Everton fell to their third consecutive away defeat to a rival for the Champions League qualification slots and slipped out of the top six for the first time since November.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 22/02/2014

Late Terry lunge defeats toothless Everton

A hamstring problem forced Lacina Traore to be withdrawn from the starting line-up selected by Roberto Martinez after he announced a side that featured one change, with Leon Osman in for Ross Barkley. Everton played very well in the first half but could not create a goal for all their efforts. The game carried on with Everton edging possession buyt ended in added time when Terry lunged in on Howard, forcing a stupid error as good free kick flew in to the Everton net off his foot.

by Michael Kenrick : 22/02/2014

Super-Sub Naismith Provides Catalyst for Everton

The scoreline may have been slightly flattering but Everton advanced to the FA Cup Sixth Round with a 3-1 victory over Swansea City.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 16/02/2014

From My Seat: Swansea City (Cup)

Although today’s game was less than enthralling — in fact, we were downright poor in long stretches — I read nothing into it as, after years of Blue cup ties, none of them seem to go to form or plan. The important thing is get a win and in the hat.
by Ken Buckley : 16/02/2014

Blues stumble into Sixth Round

Everton had stumbled through somewhat unconvincingly to the last eight of the venerable old competition
by Michael Kenrick : 16/02/2014

Blues Floored by Second-Half Sucker Punch

Goals win points and strikers score goals. Sometimes it's that simple.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 09/02/2014

From My Seat: Spurs (A)

Anyone fancy a guess at why, when we desperately need an out-and-out striker, we have none on the pitch but one on the bench — and don’t use him? The manager will probably have a simple answer for that but chances are he ain’t going to tell us...
by Ken Buckley : 09/02/2014

He who hesitates is lost

After four chances for Osman in the first 7 mins, the game turned in the second half on a crucial free-kick taken quickly by Spurs as Everton slept, Adebyaor smashing the ball past Howard. Martinez tried to rescue the game but his substitutions were way too late and if anything disrupted any rhythm Everton had. A miserable defeat that surely ends Everton's challenge.
by Michael Kenrick : 09/02/2014

From My Seat: Aston Villa (H)

We are back in it. It will be great to see how we go about staying in it.
by Ken Buckley : 01/02/2014

Momentum Shift Pushes Blues On to Another Vital Win

Kevin Mirallas served up another slice of precision artistry to turn on its head a contest that, for long stretches, had looked as though it was going to end in utter frustration.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 01/02/2014

Brilliant comeback led by Naismith

Everton dominated play but Villa scored on the break after dispossessing Barkley, Bacuna driving the ball through Howard's legs. It had been one-way traffic and that continued until the disciplined Villa defence was finally punctured by Naismith on as a sub with a fine finish to level the game. Kevin Mirallas then pulled something out of the textbook with an absolutely superb free-kick executed to perfection from a very long way out to give the Blues a massive one-goal victory.
by Michael Kenrick : 01/02/2014

From My Seat: Liverpool (A)

Overall one to forget but you just don’t, do you?
by Ken Buckley : 29/01/2014

Our Anfield Agony Goes On

A sickener for the Blues that starkly illustrated the gulf in resources between these two old foes
by Lyndon Lloyd : 28/01/2014

Sin Meido? Sin defensivo.

Everton did their best to match an impressively urgent Liverpool start that eventually saw them take the lead off a quality Suarez corner powered in at the near post by Gerrard. Sturridge made it two with frightening ease, then minutes later scooped a clever lob over Howard to make it three as Everton looked lost at sea in the pouring rain. Osman replaced Pienaar and almost scored just before Jagielka gifted the ball to Suarez and the fourth goal was inevitable. Sturridge missed his hat-trick, firing a penalty over the bar, and Liverpool relaxed a little leaving Everton to play out the half, pride heavily bruised.
by Michael Kenrick : 28/01/2014

Everton Remain Unruffled to Power Through

A 4-0 victory earned on a heavy pitch saw Everton into the FA Cup Fifth Round but Martinez will go into Tuesday's Merseyside derby counting fit bodies and ruing more bad luck in the form of another long-term injury.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 25/01/2014

Confident display despite Oviedo blow

Everton suffered an early fright when Robles dropped the ball but the Blues went up the other end and scored through Naismith in their first attack. But Oviedo in a heavy clash with Heslop appeared to break his ankle! Osman on in his place, set up Naismith for the second goal off a nice through-ball. Heitinga, on as sub for Jagielka, scored the third. Gueye came on and scored the fourth after Naismith was denied his hat-trick by the officials.
by Michael Kenrick : 25/01/2014

From My Seat: WBA (A)

Let’s hope it was a one off. We are still right in the mix for fourth spot but any higher might be a tall order after so many draws.
by Ken Buckley : 21/01/2014

Everton Lack Spark As They're Held to Another Draw

A ninth draw for the season and the kind of display for which only a derby win at Anfield can atone.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 20/01/2014

Two points dropped as Blues lose focus

Everton struggled to really impose their superiority on a determined if limited WBA side in the first half, until some direct football from Distin up to Lukaku played in Mirallas who fired home well to give Everton a very welcome half-time lead. West Brom responded after the break, Anichebe coming on, and Everton failing completely to press any advantage, with Martinez guilty of not making changes until far too late, after the home side got the equalizer their determined play had long threatened. Two more points lost.
by Michael Kenrick : 20/01/2014

Dewch Laen Everton! / Auf gehts Everton!

Everton 2 - 0 Norwich City
by Paul Traill : 12/01/2014

From My Seat: Norwich (H)

The football played did l at times resembled the flow of the ‘Royal Blue Mersey’ However, with that free flowing dominance, it must concern the manager that we don’t score more goals from such joined-up play.
by Ken Buckley : 11/01/2014

Impressive Everton Power Past Norwich

Two sublime strikes lifted Everton over Norwich on the back of another dominant performance.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 11/01/2014

Quality goals seal superb Blues win

Roberto Martinez was forced to make changes as injuries cut deep into the squad of players he had available for this fixture . Barkley and Alcaraz were out but Jagielka returned as Aiden McGeady made a surprise introduction to the crowd. Everton totally dominated and went ahead on 23 mins off an excellent strike form Gareth Barry. Mirallas scored the second in fine style with an excellent free-kick won by Baines; the football at times was just scintillating.
by Michael Kenrick : 11/01/2014

QPR Effortlessly Brushed Aside

Everton quite effortlessly into the hat for the 4th Round and Oldham at home would do nicely.
by Paul Traill : 04/01/2014

From My Seat: QPR (H)

"Many were wrestling with the notion of ‘Are we that good’ or is the second team in the championship ‘That bad’?"
by Ken Buckley : 04/01/2014

From My Seat: Stoke City (A)

It may be the case that we dropped two points but, at that moment Baines's penalty kick hit the net, one felt great and from the celebrations you thought it could have been the winner.
by Ken Buckley : 01/01/2014

Osman's drive rescues a point

A lively first-half saw Mirallas smack fearsome shots into both the crossbar and the post as Stoke held out until the break. Stoke took the lead when Assaidi beat Howard with a crisp shot that meant Everton would need to be even more creative in attack. but they were blocked away countless times as they chased the game until sub Osman won a penalty in added time that Baines smacked home to rescue a point from a very difficult game that would see the Blues slip back into 5th place.
by Michael Kenrick : 01/01/2014

2014 in 4th Position – Who'd Have Thought It?

Paul's final report of 2013 from the 2-1 win over Southampton
by Paul Traill : 30/12/2013

From My Seat: Southampton (H)

A good day out and a game that was played in good spirit in the main between two footballing teams
by Ken Buckley : 29/12/2013

Lukaku Ensures Blues Finish 2013 On a High

Romelu Lukaku ended a run of five games with the winner against Southampton as the Blues end the year in fourth.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 29/12/2013

Blues secure vital hard-fought win

A great individual goal from Coleman after just 9 mins set the Blues off nicely but they could not find a path through a solid Saints defence before the break. The visitors made it tough in the second half and equalized through a long-distance strike by Ramirez that fooled Robles. But Lukaku restored the lead after great work from Pienaar and McCarthy to secure a very important 3 points that put Everton into the top 4.
by Michael Kenrick : 29/12/2013

The Ghost of Everton Past

Martinez was undone by a familiar Goodison script as a seemingly hopeless task for Sunderland turned into their first away win of the season.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 26/12/2013

Sometimes Your Luck Is Just Out

Everton 0 - 1 Southampton
by Paul Traill : 27/12/2013

From My Seat: Sunderland (H)

We assembled in our Room of Nonsense and the pre-match chat centred on many things — none of which anticipated a loss.
by Ken Buckley : 26/12/2013

Osman and Howard press 'Self-Destruct'

A massive and unbelievable cock-up by Osman and a red card for Howard. Everton down to 10 men. Penalty for Sunderland. Everton battled away against the odds, and came very close but for the defiance of Mannone in the Sunderland goal.
by Michael Kenrick : 26/12/2013

From My Seat: Swansea City (A)

A road trip for the faithful eyewitness who calls it like it was...
by Ken Buckley : 23/12/2013

Sublime Strikes Earn Everton Victory Over Swansea

Everton extend their unbeaten run to 10 games thanks to two stunning goals by Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley
by Lyndon Lloyd : 22/12/2013

Absolutely Brilliant From Everton!

The second half saw sumptuous football from Everton that finally delivered with a pile-driver from Coleman but Tiendalli somehow powered home a deflected goal off Oviedo as the rain poured down. It came down to Barkley and an absolutely brilliant free-kick curled over and around the wall, in off the bar.
by Michael Kenrick : 22/12/2013

We Can Do It When We Have To

It wasn’t pretty for most of that second half and you have to accept we can’t play brilliant every match, but what was pleasing was how we came back into the game and forced the victory when we had to.
by Paul Traill : 15/12/2013

Everton Regroup to Kill Off Fulham

Everton eventually rammed home their superiority over Fulham after Berbatov's penalty threatened to raise the spectre of more dropped points
by Lyndon Lloyd : 14/12/2013

From My Seat: Fulham (H)

Ken was in the stand to see it all unfold at Goodison Park.
by Ken Buckley : 14/12/2013

Blues recover well after second-half slump

Roberto Martinez made some interesting choices, starting both young stars Barkley and Deulofeu for the first time, while resting Mirallas, with McCarthy forced to sit this one out on his 5th yellow card of the season. Leon Osman made his 300th senior start for Everton, and scored the first goal inside 20 mins with an elegant curler after neat footwork. Everton were shockingly poor after the break and Fulham equalized off a strange penalty, but Coleman thankfully smashed home after great work by Lukaku and Pienaar. Then Barry nodded one in from close range, followed by an excellent low strike from Mirallas and suddenly it was an excellent result.
by Michael Kenrick : 14/12/2013

Irrepressible Everton Come Back to Earn a Deserved Draw

A performance that firmly establishes the Blues as contenders for the top four earns a well-deserved draw at Arsenal
by Lyndon Lloyd : 08/12/2013

Brilliant Delboy goal secures a draw

The next big test for Roberto Martinez, after the fantastic performance and result at Old Trafford, was at leaders Arsenal. With Leighton Baines still out, the manager has made no changes to the side that started against Man Utd. Everton put in a superb display for the first 40 mins, but lacked the killer final touch. Martinez dallied with his second-half subs while Wenger made three and eventually went ahead through Ozil. But Deulofeu finally figured out how to score one-on-on, scooping a brilliant strike over Szczesny.
by Michael Kenrick : 08/12/2013

This Time It Was Different

21 years of pain and frustration was swept away in a glorious instant when Bryan Oviedo, who was only two years old the last time Everton beat United on their own turf, slotted past David de Gea with four minutes left on the clock.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 04/12/2013

From The Prawn Sandwich Section

Oviedo: I remember him playing Stevenage earlier this season and he was awful, but credit to him, he’s waited for his chance for over a season now and has performed brilliantly. Two goals in two games and two clean sheets. He did very well against Januzaj and was solid defensively. A very impressive performance which makes you think we may just be able to cope without Baines after all. My Man of the Match. 9
by Paul Traill : 05/12/2013

From My Seat: Man Utd (A)

There was singing on trains, coaches and cars as we descended on Sky’s darlings with loaded Kalashnikovs ready for a proper gunfight. As it turned-out, the homeward journey would be twice as nice and twice as loud.
by Ken Buckley : 05/12/2013

Oviedo seals a fantastic victory for Bobby's Blues

With no fresh injury concerns, Roberto Martinez named an attacking midfield with Ross Barkley restored to the side, but electing to bench weekend stars Leon Osman and Gerard Deulofeu. Everton faded after a really bright start, ceding possession too easily and not making the most of some excellent counter-attacking moves. If ever a game was crying out for the magic of Gerard Deulofeu... but it was Bryan Oviedo who finally hammered the ball home past De Gea with just 5 mins left to produce a fantastic and eagerly anticipated victory for Blues fans everywhere.
by Michael Kenrick : 04/12/2013

Martinez's Everton Flex Their Attacking Muscles

A handsome 4-0 hammering of Stoke City was a fine way to relieve some of the pent-up energy and frustration from three consecutive draws.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 30/11/2013

From My Seat: Stoke City (H)

A 4-0 win that saw a goal apiece by loan players and a goal apiece by our full backs, nothing like variety eh.
by Ken Buckley : 30/11/2013

Anyone Else Won Over?

Paul reports from the 4-0 hammering of Stoke City at Goodison
by Paul Traill : 30/11/2013

Sumptuous Stuff Sinks Stoke

With Barkley and Mirallas on the bench, Deulofeu, Osman and Oviedo started in a surprising squad rotation by Roberto Martinez. Everton dominated play but it required some sheer magic from Deulofeu dancing through the Stoke City defence, lovely exchanges with Pienaar and Barry, to finish brilliantly into the roof of the net. Fantastic skill. Coleman made it two after a great throw-out to Deulofeu, chipping Begovic. Oviedo then skipped beyond his marker and lashed a fantastic daisy-cutter in off the foot of Begovic's post. Another beautiful move initiated by a superb ball from Osman once more set Oviedo on his way down the left, he did brilliantly to check, turn and lay on an easy tap-in for Lukaku.
by Michael Kenrick : 30/11/2013

Football Won

Everton 3 - 3 Liverpool
by Paul Traill : 24/11/2013

From my seat: Liverpool (H)

Eye-witness report from the man who was there...
by Ken Buckley : 23/11/2013

Everton forced to share the spoils of derby thriller

An admittedly cracking game of football, albeit one whose thrills are dulled to a large degree by Evertonian frustration that we couldn't hold on at the end.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 23/11/2013

Everton victory squandered at the death

Ross Barkley started the first Merseyside derby of the Roberto Martinez era, with Deulofeu and Osman on the bench. The first corner for Liverpool was easily converted by Coutinho all alone at the far post to give Liverpool a shocking early lead. But Mirallas equalized very strongly inside 3 minutes, powering in at the far post. Then a foul by Distin on Suarez set up a free-kick that the Uruguayan curled brilliantly around the Everon wall and beyond Howard, just inside the post. After relentless Everton pressure in the second half, Lukaku, who had been poor, finally drove the ball past Mignolet. And 10 mins later, off a brilliant corner, Lukaku powered home an excellent Duncanesque header. It looked like this was the winner but Sturridge came on and glanced home another silly free-kick given away by Distin to level the scores in a tremendous game that Everton should have won.
by Michael Kenrick : 23/11/2013


Frustrating. There are other words for it, but frustrating is the one that keeps coming back to mind in the post mortem of Everton's second successive goalless draw.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 10/11/2013

It Could Be Worse...

"I suppose things could be a lot, lot worse. We sit 6th just three points of 2nd position and have kept three clean sheets in a row."
by Paul Traill : 10/11/2013

Toothless Blues stymied again

A really disappointing game that belied Everton's dominance in terms of possession coupled with a maddening inability to carve out a single worthwhile goalscoring chance.
by Michael Kenrick : 09/11/2013

Another Martinez Masterstroke Lifts Everton Over Villa

On a day littered with international dimensions, the inspiration for Everton's win was all English.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 26/10/2013

Howard saves early penalty but Osman the hero

Match summary from Everton's handsome win at Villa Park
by Michael Kenrick : 26/10/2013

Slick Finish Heralds Pienaar's Return

Questions will continue to be raised about the uncertainty at the back and the continuing inability to really kill opponents off but the three points are all that matter.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 21/10/2013

From my seat: Hull City (H)

A man amongst the many, Ken Buckley provides his unique eye-witness assessment of Everton's performance.
by Ken Buckley : 19/10/2013

Tigers make it hard work for Blues

Match summary from Everton's 2-1 home win over Hull City.
by Michael Kenrick : 19/10/2013

City Underscore a Gulf In Resources and Class

Everton's unbeaten run comes to an end as City's class tells, albeit aided by highly charitable refereeing
by Lyndon Lloyd : 06/10/2013

From my seat: Man City (A)

Eye-witness report from the Etihad: "I don't like to criticise referees, but..."
by Ken Buckley : 05/10/2013

Ref helps City end Blues' unbeaten run

Match summary of Everton's 3-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
by Michael Kenrick : 05/10/2013

Impressive Everton Do Enough to Preserve Victory

Everton almost allowed complacency to wreck the work accomplished in a dream first half but held on to move into fourth in the table.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 30/09/2013

Do We Ever Do It the Easy Way?

"Not bad Roberto. Not bad at all."
by Paul Traill : 01/10/2013

From My Seat: Newcastle (H)

Impressions from a game that was a good deal closer at the end than a dominant first-half display suggested it would be
by Ken Buckley : 01/10/2013

The Ultimate Game of Two Halves

Match Summary of the 3-2 win over Newcastle
by Michael Kenrick : 30/09/2013

From My Seat: West Ham Utd (A)

Ken Buckley's eyewitness match report from Upton Park: "I thought we played those 7 minutes of added time better than I have seen us do in many a year..."
by Ken Buckley : 22/09/2013

Cause For Optimism?

Match Report: Everton 1 - 0 Chelsea
by Paul Traill : 15/09/2013


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