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December 2014

Lundstram recalled from latest loan

31 December
John Lundstram's season-long loan at Blackpool has been curtailed at the halfway stage by Everton who will recall him on 3rd January.

Everton Blue Sky Mining  [MEDIA]

31 December
The annual analysis of Everton's financial performance from this excellent blog looks at 2013-14

Testing times  [MEDIA]

31 December
Lost in the dramatic unravelling of Everton's season has been the positive adventure that characterised Roberto Martinez's first season in charge. Luke O'Farrell ponders whether, in the face of current adversity, he can bring it back.

Everton need to show they are no pushovers  [MEDIA]

31 December
Luke O'Farrell argues, with statistics to support his view, that the Blues are just too nice and need to show some steel.

Martinez resolute over playing style

31 December
Roberto Martinez insists that he will not deviate from his footballing philosophy in the face of Everton's poor run of recent form, arguing that to change the team's style of play would be counter-productive. The Blues are on a three-match losing streak and face what the manager describes as a "huge" game at Hull on New Year's Day.

Coventry extend Pennington loan

30 December
Matthew Pennington has had his loan spell at Coventry City extended until 7th February after impressing the League One club's manager, Steven Pressley.

Martinez may open search for a goalkeeper

30 December
Roberto Martinez provided an update on the condition of a number of his players today and says that he will assess the need to draft in another goalkeeping option to cover Tim Howard's layoff when the transfer window opens.

Everton lose head of medicinal services

29 December
Everton's Head of Medicinal Services, Danny Donachie, parted ways with the club last week, it has been revealed.

Baines looks for improvement against Hull

29 December
Leighton Baines has admitted that Everton have to improve after a run of three consecutive defeats that has ratcheted up the pressure on Roberto Martinez's faltering side.

Report: Howard out until February

29 December
Sources in the US are claiming that Tim Howard is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks after tearing a calf muscle on Boxing Day. Joel Robles has been deputising for the 35-year-old since replacing him at half-time of the defeat to Stoke and then playing in the disappointing loss to Newcastle yesterday.

Everton's downfall: A mass effect  [MEDIA]

29 December
Ped McPartland provides his analysis of where things have gone wrong this season and they can be traced back to poor pre-season preparation.

Everton FC: Everything isn't awesome  [MEDIA]

29 December
Ed Bottomley retains his faith in Roberto Martinez and suggests sacking him now would be an "amnesiac decision" based on what he achieved last season.

Everton failing the character test  [MEDIA]

29 December
Phil McBride asks, Where are Everton’s leaders? Where are the characters and big game personalities?

McCarthy's hamstring remains a concern

29 December
James McCarthy is once again doubtful for Everton's next fixture after being withdrawn at half-time as a precaution against Newcastle yesterday.

Cisse handed three-match ban for violent conduct

29 December
It's of no use to Everton but Papiss Cisse has been suspended retroactively after television cameras showed him elbowing Seamus Coleman in the face during the first half of yesterday's match at St James' Park.

Garbutt keeping the faith

29 December
Defender Luke Garbutt says that Everton need to stick together and battle their way through the poor run of form that has derailed their push for the top four this season.

Shambolic Everton end 2014 with third straight defeat

28 December
Everton threw away a precious advantage gained through Arouna Kone's first goal in a Blue jersey with calamitous defending that condemned them to a third successive defeat. Papisse Cisse escaped censure for an elbow on Seamus Coleman and then half-volleyed home the equaliser before Emmanuel Rivière capitalised on Aiden McGeady's giveaway to make it 2-1. Ross Barkley's poor touch gifted a third for Jack Colback and though Kevin Mirallas came off the bench to give the Blues a chance with a fine strike, they could not engineer an equaliser in the closing stages.

Martinez's Everton facing 'challenge of the season'

28 December
Roberto Martinez has acknowledged that his Everton side are at a pivotal moment of their season as they look to arrest a worrying run of form.

Newcastle United vs Everton

28 December
With their form testing the bounds of crisis and the brief respite from injuries over, Everton play the first of two consecutive away matches that will put Roberto Martinez and his players to a severe test as they struggle to salvage their Premier League campaign. Tim Howard, Phil Jagielka, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas will have injuries assessed but Steven Naismith serves a one-match ban.

No Christmas cheer as Blues are beaten again

26 December
Everton crashed to a second successive defeat, their third in four Premier League matches, as Stoke successfully defended Bojan's first-half penalty and intensified the pressure on Roberto Martinez's team. The Blues played with high intensity in an injury-ravaged first half but squandered a couple of good chances either side of going behind. The second period was plagued by increasing uncertainty, though, and only a trio of low shots from distance by Romelu Lukaku and Leighton Baines troubled Asmir Begovic.

Everton vs Stoke City

26 December
Everton face one of the more important matches of Roberto Martinez's reign as they face Stoke City needing to produce a performance and a result that would re-establish their dminishing top-four credentials Kevin Mirallas, James McCarthy and John Stones could all return, though, giving the manager his strongest team selection options so far this season.

Happy Christmas from ToffeeWeb

24 December
Happy Christmas to all our readers. This year, for the holiday, we are closing down comments until Boxing Day. You will still be able to post but they will be queued for publication.

Players acknowledge need to improve

23 December
Everton captain Phil Jagielka and forward Steven Naismith have come out in recent days to echo the importance of putting a run of good results together following the season's nadir at Southampton on Saturday.

Local authorities push for earlier derby kick-off

23 December
Merseyside Police and Liverpool City Council have informed the Premier League of their objections to the scheduling of the Goodison derby for an evening kick-off.

Martinez admits concerns over results but not performances

23 December
Roberto Martinez says that he is concerned about Everton's inconsistent results in recent weeks which have seen the club fall into the bottom half of the table heading into the Festive period. He refuses to rule out a top-four finish, however, citing the unpredictable and wide open Premier League this season.

Junior gets Celtic trial opportunity

20 December
Francisco Junior has the prospect of getting his career back on track with the chance to impress Celtic on trial this month.

Southampton 3 - 0 Everton

20 December
Gareth Barry and Samuel Eto'o are in the starting line-up for Everton's match at Southampton. McCarthy, Hibbert, Osman, Gibson, Atsu and Mirallas are all out injured. Lukaku inadvertently gave Southampton the lead before Pelle scored a soft second goal and it was game over when Yoshida powered in a third goal against a dismal Everton side.

February games moved for live coverage

19 December
Three of Everton’s February fixtures have been rescheduled for live television broadcast, while the game at Arsenal has been moved to 1st March, also for live coverage.

Southampton vs Everton

18 December
Having chalked up their fifth win of the League season and stepped back into the top half of the table, Everton head south to Southampton looking to build some momentum heading into the Festive programme. Kevin Mirallas and Leon Osman are ruled out with injury but Gareth Barry is in contention again following suspension, James McCarthy has a 50% chance of being passed fit and John Stones is a possible starter after two and a half months out.

Blues on tour hits Southampton

18 December
Everton’s next Blues On Tour event will see 200 fans get free coach travel to this weekend’s Premier League clash with Southampton.

Third goal against QPR was an own goal

18 December
As expected, the Premier League's Dubious Goals Panel has elected to credit Everton's third goal against QPR last Monday as an own goal by Nedum Onuoha.

Martinez upbeat on Mirallas and Osman's fitness

18 December
Kevin Mirallas has not sustained any significant damage to his ankle and should be fit for the Festive programme while Leon Osman won't need surgery on a foot injury, the manager has revealed.

Naismith signs new Everton deal

17 December
Steven Naismith has put pen to paper on a three-year extension to his Everton contract that ties him to the club until 2019. The new deal is recognition of his impressive form under Roberto Martinez where he has flourished in a central attacking role behind Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku stuns inspirational Evertonian Hannah

17 December
An inspirational teenager whose passion for Everton drove her to make a difference in the Walton community was given a festive surprise by Romelu Lukaku when she was named Everton's latest Blue Hero.

Naismith calls for patience over Barkley

17 December
Steven Naismith says that Ross Barkley should be given the time and room to develop without the burden of expectation that usually gets put on the nation's young stars. The 21 year-old made the headlines again with his impressive goal and all-round display against QPR on Monday night but his Scottish teammate warns that it may be a few years before Barkley achieves consistency in his performances.

Report: Everton concerned Osman may need surgery

17 December
Leon Osman may require an operation to correct an unspecified foot injury according to a report by MailOnline.

Everton unveil new Fans' Forum members

16 December
Everton have announced the six new members of the club's Fans' Forum following a recent vote by supporters.

Besic enjoying the big stage

16 December
Muhamed Besic has spoken of how much he enjoyed his first win as a starting Everton player and his desire to improve and become the "perfect player".

Howard backs down in Friedel flap  [MEDIA]

16 December
Tim Howard says that he has instructed his publisher to amend future editions of his autobiography to remove accusations that his compatriot Brad Friedel put obstacles in the way of him obtaining a work permit when he first signed for Manchester United.

"I have decided to take Brad at his word," Howard says in a statement.

Under-21s bow out of Premier League Cup

16 December
Two second-half goals by Huddersfield Town U21s at the John Smith's Stadium ended Everton U21s' interest in the competition.

Mirallas undergoes ankle scan

16 December
Updated Kevin Mirallas will have to wait another couple of days to find out the full extent of his ankle injury, although there are indications that he hasn't suffered serious damage.

Mirallas stretchered off in patchy victory

15 December
Everton returned to winning ways in the Premier League but the scoreline masked what was, at times, another tentative performance from Roberto Martinez's team. A Ross Barkley rocket opened the scoring after 33 minutes and Kevin Mirallas doubled the lead with a deflected free kick shortly before half time. Rob Green turned Steven Naismith’s header onto Onuoha and into the net early in the second half to make it 3-0 but Bobby Zamora tapped in to set up an unnecessarily nervy finish that saw Mirallas stretchered off with an ankle injury at the end.

Everton handed Young Boys test in Europa League draw

15 December
Everton will face Young Boys of Switzerland in the Europa League Round of 32 after being paired with them in today's draw in Nyon.

Blue Crimbo hits Goodison Park

15 December
Evertonians can meet Blue Santa and his reindeer on Monday when Goodison Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the Club's dedicated Blue Crimbo fixture.

Everton vs Queens Park Rangers

15 December
With 10 days' rest and no Europa League hangover to disrupt preparations, Everton have another chance to restart their sputtering Premier League campaign with a fixture against QPR in the Monday night game at Goodison Park. John Stones is unlikely to feature but Steven Naismith, James McCarthy and Darron Gibson will have their fitness assessed for possible selection.

Stones set for early return

12 December
John Stones could make his highly anticipated return from ankle surgery as soon as the match against Queens Park Rangers on Monday after Roberto Martinez revealed that the 20 year-old is already back in training. Stones has been sidelined since early October after damaging ligaments in the game at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

Boss pleased with useful exercise

11 December
Roberto Martinez says that he learned a lot from his young players in the narrow 1-0 defeat to Krasnodar this evening.

Krasnodar rain on young Blues' parade

10 December
Everton handed a full senior debut to Ryan Ledson and blooded Kieran Dowell, Chris Long and Gethin Jones off the substitutes' bench but Roberto Martinez's experimental side was edged by Ricardo Laborde's first-half goal. The Colombian caught the home defence cold and beat the wandering Robles from the angle while Sinitsyn in the Russians' goal denied Arouna Kone from the Blues' best chance in the second period.

Two days left to vote for Everton Fans' Forum

11 December
Time is running out for supporters to have their say on who should become the next six members of the Everton Fans' Forum.

Blues urged to arrive early for Krasnodar

10 December
Everton officials are advising supporters to arrive as early as possible for Thursday's game against FC Krasnodar (kick off 8.05pm).

Everton vs FK Krasnodar

10 December
Everton sign off from their Group H commitments on Thursday evening with the dead rubber against Krasnodar where Roberto Martinez will use the occasion to play some of his promising young players and a couple of long-term absentees. Arouna Kone, Bryan Oviedo, Steven Pienaar, Luke Garbutt and Tyias Browning are all likely to start while the likes of Ryan Ledson could also figure.

GolTV acquire rights to Everton matches

10 December
US sport television channel GolTV has announced that they have acquired the rights to broadcast Everton's matches with pre- and post-game coverage from evertontv.

Barkley rejects 'diver' label

9 December
Ross Barkley says that he fears being unfairly labelled as a "diver" following the incident involving Kevin Nolan in the win over West Ham and his subsequent yellow card against Manchester City.

Donovan retires a champion  [MEDIA]

9 December
Ex-Everton forward, Landon Donovan, went out in the best way possible, winning his final game before retirement and lifting the MLS Cup.

Atsu hoping for a chance to impress

9 December
Christian Atsu is looking to Thursday's match against Krasnodar as an opportunity to stake a claim for greater involvement in Everton's first team if he is selected to start by Roberto Martinez. The Ghanaian has made only fleeting appearances for the Blues so far this season but is hoping he will get some playing time in the Europa League "dead rubber" against the Russian side.

Everton strengthen US connection

9 December
Everton Football Club has formed an exciting partnership with Global Football America to give Stateside fans greater access to all things royal Blue.

Everton beat Stevenage in FA Youth Cup

9 December
Everton Under-18s travelled to Stevenage for the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup this evening and progressed after scoring twice in extra time.

Soldier Ryan is latest Blue Hero

8 December
A Liverpool-born soldier who will spend Christmas away from home as he serves his country has become the latest Evertonian to be named a Blue Hero.

Everton draw West Ham at Goodison

8 December
updated Everton have another home draw for the Third Round of FA Cup after being paired with West Ham United, who they will play on Tuesday 6 January 2015, Kick-off at 7:45 pm.

The Scottish Connection?  [MEDIA]

8 December
Roberto Martinez talks to The Hearld in Scotland, about Celtic, Naismith and other stuff in this two-part interview.

Mirallas has eyes on the Champions League

7 December
Kevin Mirallas has indicated that his desire to play Champions League football will be a key factor in whether or not he decides to extend his current contract with Everton.

FA Cup Third Round Draw

8 December
The draw for the Third Round of FA Cup will be made before the televised game tonight, Live on BBC Two from 7pm. Everton are number 16. Ties are to be played the weekend of 3rd and 4th January 2015.

First-half penalty decides tight encounter

6 December
Everton fell to their second defeat in a week as Yaya Toure's spot kick and a superb late stop by Joe Hart proved enough for the Champions. The soft penalty award against Phil Jagielka was one of a number of inconsistent decisions by referee Andre Marriner but chances for the Blues were limited until Manchester City keeper Joe Hart turned Romelu Lukaku's volley past the post with a fingertip save.

Martinez not interested in the blame game

6 December
Roberto Martinez says that he sees nothing to gain from venting and criticising his players following a poor result, insisting instead that, for him, managing based on "aspiration" rather than condemnation yields better results.

Besic: Martinez was a big reason why I chose Everton

6 December
Muhamed Besic has revealed that he knew he wanted to sign for Everton instead of taking up other offers he received following the World Cup after speaking with Roberto Martinez.

'Blue Crimbo' hits Goodison

5 December
Evertonians can meet Blue Santa and his reindeer later this month as Goodison Park is transformed into a winter wonderland for the Club's dedicated Blue Crimbo fixture.

John Stones surprises young Blue Hero

5 December
England International John Stones has been back to school to surprise a very special young Evertonian who’s been chosen as Everton FC's next Blue Hero.

Kone set to start against Krasnodar

5 December
Arouna Kone will get the opportunity to complete his year-long rehabilitation from a serious knee injury when he starts in Thursday's Europa League match against Krasnodar.

Manchester City vs Everton

5 December
Everton get an opportunity to re-establish their top-four credentials when they make the short trip to Manchester this weekend hoping to atone for two poor results over the past week. Antolin Alcaraz is fit again and could come in to avoid Sylvain Distin playing a fourth match in nine days but James McCarthy, Darron Gibson and Steven Naismith are all unlikely to figure.

Everton buoyed by Alcaraz's early return

5 December
Antolin Alcaraz will be available for selection this weekend after making a rapid recovery from a shoulder dislocation.

Martinez cites lack of energy for disappointing draw

3 December
Roberto Martinez said that his team "lacked energy" in the 1-1 draw with Hull City, a consequence, he feels, of Everton's busy schedule that has seen them play three times in a week.

Howard claims Friedel blocked work permit  [MEDIA]

4 December
In his new autobiography, The Keeper, Tim Howard claims fellow US goalkeeper Brad Friedel “actively tried to block” his move from the New York MetroStars to Manchester United in 2003, an accusation Friedel denies.

Hull confound Everton to earn a point at Goodison

3 December
Everton's hopes of qualifying for Europe via the league took another significant hit at Goodison Park as Hull City shut down Roberto Martinez's much-vaunted passing game and battled out a 1-1 draw. Sone Aluko sauntered past Sylvain Distin in the 59th minute to cancel out Romelu Lukaku's first-half opener and Everton could find no other way through a determined Tigers rearguard, to the mounting frustration of the home crowd.

Everton Fans Forum vote opens

3 December
Voting to select new members to the Everton Fans' Forum is underway.

Blues urged to arrive early

3 December
Everton officials are advising supporters to arrive as early as possible for tonight's game against Hull City.

Martinez pleased with Mirallas's return

3 December
Roberto Martinez has praised Kevin Mirallas's return to form after being out of the side for almost two months with a severe muscle injury.

Everton vs Hull City

2 December
With two contrasting away fixtures behind them, Everton return to Goodison Park for their third game in six days with the visit of Hull City. Darron Gibson is ruled out and will almost certainly be joined on the sidelines by James McCarthy, but Steven Naismith will be given until the last moment to prove he is over his own hamstring problem before Roberto Martinez names his team.

McAleny, Kone and Oviedo score in U21s showpiece

1 December
Conor McAleny scored a late goal to seal a dramatic 3-2 win for Everton U21s against Sunderland U21s under the floodlights at Goodison Park this evening. The game looked to be heading for a draw after the visitors had twice come back to cancel out goals by Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo but McAleny fired home with two minutes to go to give David Unsworth's side the points.
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