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January 2015

Boss takes great satisfaction from win at Palace

31 January
Roberto Martinez expressed his pleasure with Everton's first win in seven Premier League games as they beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Resolute Everton find winning formula

30 January
Everton won for the first time since mid-December, rallying behind Romelu Lukaku's early goal and earning a rare clean sheet as they kept Palace at bay. The Belgian scored the only goal in the second minute, a strike that lifts some of the pressure on Roberto Martinez and his side after a poor run of recent form.

Martinez sets sights on 40-point goal

30 January
Roberto Martinez says that he and his players are treating every League game as a cup final as they attempt to reverse their poor form and reach the traditional safety mark 40 of points.

Norwegian 'wonderkid' trains with Blues

30 January
14 year-old Edvard Sandvik Tagseth has spent time on trial at Finch Farm. The Norwegian 'starlet', who plays for Neset FK Youth, is scheduled to return to Everton's Academy for a second spell soon will also have a spell with Manchester United in the coming weeks.

Crystal Palace vs Everton

30 January
With the benefit of a week's worth of warm-weather training, Everton return to action this weekend with a trip to Selhurst Park and a match that has assumed uncomfortable significance for the Blues' season.

Slim creative pickings, claims Martinez

29 January
Roberto Martinez appeared to effectively close the door on any late action in the transfer market by claiming that there are no available options to replace injured duo Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar.

Police investigate incident that left Academy 'keeper in hospital  [MEDIA]

29 January
Merseyside Police are investigating an alleged fight at Finch Farm that put U18s goalkeeper Ciaran O’Loughlin in hospital with a neck injury.

Boss remaining positive in the face of poor results

28 January
Roberto Martinez says he is optimistic that Everton have come through the worst part of the season and that a new-found "stubborn mentality" will see his team get the results that he feels recent performances have deserved.

The curious case of when Everton almost signed James Rodriguez  [MEDIA]

28 January
The headline is a little misleading because Everton dismissed any hope of signing the Colombian because they would never have got a work permit for him, but this is an interesting insight into how the club scouted foreign talent under David Moyes.

Martinez remains cautious over transfer activity

28 January
Roberto Martinez remains insistent that the key to turning around Everton's faltering season lies within the existing squad and not in trying to work what he feels is an unfavourable January transfer market.

Ghana come back from the brink to advance

27 January
Goals by John Boye and Andre Ayew turned Ghana's final AFCoN group game against South Africa on its head and sent Christian Atsu and the Black Stars through to the quarter finals.

Tim Cahill, Oz's greatest ever footballer in any code  [MEDIA]

27 January
Evertonians might be interested in this little piece of hyperbole: Tim Cahill is the greatest contributor to any Australian football code, Robbie Slater says.

U21s stage comeback to draw a thriller against Fulham

26 January
Everton came back from 2-0 down and again when trailing 3-2 to grab a point against Fulham in a gripping game at Southport this evening.

Coleman lauds Baines as country's best left back  [MEDIA]

26 January
Seamus Coleman says there is no one better in the Premier League in Leighton Baines's position and he has tipped his team-mate to set an assists record for a defender that will be tough to beat.

McCarthy on course for return against Palace

26 January
James McCarthy has resumed full training and been declared "fully fit" by Roberto Martinez, putting him in line for a return to action against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Watson: I wish I hadn't left Everton  [MEDIA]

24 January
Former Everton utility man, Steve Watson, tells the Echo that he regrets his decision to leave the Blues after only being offered a one-year deal by then boss David Moyes.

Ghana beat Algeria with late goal

23 January
Christian Atsu was in Africa Cup of Nations action today as Ghana edged Algeria 1-0 thanks to Asamoah Gyan's late winner.

Eto'o completes Sampdoria move

27 January
Updated Samuel Eto'o's switch to Sampdoria is finally official now that his registration has been transferred after the veteran striker completed a medical over the weekend. The Cameroonian leaves Everton just six months into an anticipated two-year contract having made 12 starts and scored four times.

Blues appoint ex-Southport boss to Academy

22 January
Everton have announced the appointment of Gary Brabin to the club’s Academy coaching staff following his departure from the Conference side.

Club officials snubbed by Lille authorities

22 January
Everton report that they have had no response from the Prefecture of Lille to a letter penned back in November that highlighted the club's concerns over crowd security.

Everton back among top 20 richest clubs

22 January
Everton have been named among the world's 20 richest clubs thanks to the big increase in revenue from the television rights deals.

Mirallas-gate: Everton stars take two spots in the top five  [MEDIA]

21 January
Following 'Mirallas-gate' on Monday, www.oulala.com have taken a closer look to who the five best ever Premier League penalty takers are and two Everton players make the cut.

Italians remain hopeful over Eto'o

21 January
Sampdoria are still optimistic of securing Samuel Eto'o's transfer this week as they wait for Everton to release the 33 year-old from his contract.

Blues not thinking about relegation

21 January
John Stones insists that Everton are not yet looking nervously over their shoulders at the proximity of the bottom three, saying that their focus is squarely on the next game.

Under-18s out on penalties at Goodison Park

21 January
Everton's U18s are out of the FA Youth Cup at the Fourth Round stage after losing on penalties at Goodison Park. The Young Blues were goalless at half time having hit the woodwork just before the break but they fell behind to Kyle Clinton's goal early in the second half. Michael Donohue fired home a late equaliser that took the tie to extra time and then a shootout.

Toxic Toffees sleepwalking to relegation fight  [MEDIA]

20 January
Matt Jones on the frustration and anxiety that pervades Everton's home games these days as the team struggles on the pitch

Baines: Qatar trip is a chance to reset

20 January
Leighton Baines hopes that Everton's players can use the team's forthcoming warm-weather training camp in Qatar as an opportunity to "take a step back" and look at where things have gone so wrong this season.

Boss not expecting significant deals before the deadline

20 January
Roberto Martinez says that he would be "very surprised" if there were any major changes to the Everton squad between now and the transfer deadline at the end of month. The manager retains his faith in the players at his disposal and he hints that the possible departure of Samuel Eto'o would the only significant move in or out of the club.

Everton insist nothing imminent regarding Eto'o

20 January
Samuel Eto'o's move to Sampdoria remains in the balance after Roberto Martinez reiterated that Everton will likely take until the end of the transfer window to decide the player's future.

Long joins Brentford on one-month loan

20 January
Everton have agreed to send Academy striker Chris Long to Brentford on an initial one-month loan deal.

Martinez moves to defuse Mirallas penalty row

20 January
The Everton boss insisted after last evening's draw with West Brom that the only issue he had with Kevin Mirallas taking the first-half penalty was the fact that he missed it.

Struggling Everton draw another blank

19 January
Everton's dismal record since mid-December extended to just one win in 13 as they failed to find their way through an entrenched West Brom defence. Kevin Mirallas' missed penalty shortly before half time was as close as they came to scoring on a frustrating night at Goodison Park.

Ghana beaten in AFCoN opener

19 January
Christian Atsu's Ghana surrendered a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 to Senegal in their first game of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Hollywood comes to Goodison

19 January
Evertonians will have the chance to play their part in a Hollywood film this Monday evening, January 19, simply by staying in their seats at half-time!

Martinez lodges complaints about match officials

18 January
Roberto Martinez has contacted Mike Riley, head of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, to make an official complaint regarding "six or seven" decisions which he believes have negatively affected Everton's season.

Martinez on mistakes by young players

18 January
Roberto Martinez says that he will continue to allow the younger members of his team to make mistakes as they develop into fully-rounded players.

FA Youth Cup v Southampton on Wednesday

18 January
Everton's Under-18s take on Southampton in the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup at Goodison Park on Wednesday night and young goalkeeper Mateusz Hewelt is looking forward to the clash.

Everton vs West Bromwich Albion

18 January
With the brief FA Cup adventure over, Everton's focus returns to the Premier League and a fixture that has assumed huge importance for team morale and the Blues' season as a whole. Aiden McGeady's suspension forces at least one change to the team that started at West Ham on Tuesday while Tony Hibbert is likely to come off the injured list.

David Ginola Fifa President?  [MEDIA]

16 January
David Ginola, formerly of this parish, has said his bid for the Fifa Presidency is no joke. However, he is being paid a 'salary' of £250,000 by a bookmaker to run the campaign in an attempt to deny Sepp Blatter an astounding 5th term in world football's highest position.

Martinez coy as reports hint at imminent Eto'o departure

16 January
Despite claims by Roberto Martinez today that he will take a couple of weeks to think about Samuel Eto'o's position with Everton, reports in Italy suggest that the Cameroonian could be out the door by Monday. The veteran striker appears to have agreed terms on a return to Serie A with Sampdoria.

England U21s would be backward step for Barkley

16 January
Roberto Martinez isn't keen on the prospect of Ross Barkley playing for England in this summer's U21s European Championships, suggesting that it would be a retrograde step for the midfielder.

Questions over Roberto Martinez's tactics as Everton struggle for balance in his second season  [MEDIA]

16 January
At Sky.com, Adam Bate looks at the numbers behind Everton's stuttering form under Roberto Martinez.

U21s register comfortable win over West Ham

15 January
Goals by Conor McAleny and Callum Connolly helped Everton to a 2-0 win over the Hammers in Southport this evening.

Ferguson involved in early-morning crash  [MEDIA]

15 January
There were no injuries after an Audi A3 ran up the back of Duncan Ferguson's BMW 1 on the M57 this morning. "There was considerable damage" to the Audi, proving once again that people usually come off second best when they hit Big Dunc!

Henen happy to continue developing at Everton

15 January
David Henen says that he is enjoying his time with Everton and is open-minded about where he plays for the remainder of the season.

Everton subsidise Chelsea tickets

14 January
Everton supporters travelling to Chelsea to cheer on the Blues next month will benefit from reduced-price tickets.

Mirallas will decide his future in the summer

14 January
Kevin Mirallas says that he is comfortable with his current contract situation at Everton and will mull his future over at the end of the season. The 27 year-old, who hopes his ankle injury will clear up in the next couple of weeks, has 18 months left to run on his current deal.

Report: No Everton move for Lukic

15 January
Updated Everton's reported deal to sign Partizan Belgrade teenager Stefan Lukic has been played down by the Liverpool Echo who claim that the midfielder is not on Roberto Martinez's shopping list this month.

Evertonians mourn 'super supporter' Tony Heslop  [MEDIA]

14 January
David Prentice on the reaction from local supporters groups who mark the untimely passing of one of the club's most active fans who was heavily involved with the Everton Shareholders Association, the Heritage Society, the Everton Collection and the Ruleteros Society.

West Brom tickets still available

14 January
Tickets are still available at the Box Office for Monday night’s clash with West Bromwich Albion.

Martinez “could not be prouder”

14 January
The Everton boss expressed his pride at the way his depleted team took West Ham to the wire in the cup replay at Upton Park and almost prevailed before suffering heart-breaking defeat on penalties.

Penalty heartbreak for 10-man Blues

13 January
A gutsy display by 10-man Everton on a remarkable night of drama at Upton Park was almost enough to carry them through to the fourth round. Joel Robles, having kept his team in the tie with a series of terrific saves, smashed a sudden-death penalty off the crossbar and his opposite number Adrian scored the decisive spot kick to break Blues hearts.

Martinez confirms interest in Eto'o

13 January
Roberto Martinez has admitted that Samuel Eto'o was left out of the team for tonight's cup replay because of interest in the striker from two clubs.

Everton Champions 1986-87  [MEDIA]

13 January
This fine review of Everton's 1986-87 season, when they were last crowned Champions, was submitted by Brian Hill. The programme hosted by Rob Palmer is lengthy — almost 2 hours — but includes some fine footage and interviews... a special treat for newer fans who may have missed it back in the day!

West Ham United vs Everton

13 January
Having rescued this FA Cup Third Round tie at the death a week ago, Everton get the chance to complete the job and, potentially, turn their season around in the replay in East London. With no new injury concerns, Roberto Martinez will choose from the same squad as the one that faced Manchester City, with Kevin Mirallas again a doubt.

Tesco pull the plug on Kirkby superstore

12 January
BBC Look NorthWest featured a story tonight that, after years of planning, Tesco have now pulled the plug on the construction of a new superstore in the middle of Kirkby.

U21s beaten by late goal at Leicester

12 January
A Chris Wood goal three minutes from time condemned Everton U21s to defeat after Matt Kennedy had hit the bar with a free kick.

Martinez quashes Eto'o speculation

12 January
Roberto Martinez has moved to dampen rumours of Samuel Eto'o's potential return to Italy this month, telling reporters today that Everton have not had any conversations with potential buyers regarding the Cameroonian. He also dismissed talk linking Seamus Coleman with a move away from Goodison.

Derby goes ahead at 5:30pm kick-off

12 January
The Premier League has confirmed the kick-off time for next month’s derby game at Goodison Park will remain at 5:30pm despite police concerns over the evening kick-off.

Mirallas still not over ankle injury

12 January
Kevin Mirallas admits that he is still feeling pain in the ankle that was initially damaged at the end of last month's win over Queens Park Rangers.

Martinez pleased with Blues' character

11 January
Roberto Martinez expressed his satisfaction with his side's performance against Manchester City yesterday as they came back from a goal down to take a well-deserved point.

Lukaku mourns death of friend Malanda  [MEDIA]

11 January
Romelu Lukaku took to Twitter yesterday to express his sadness at the untimely death of his compatriot, friend and rising Wolfsburg star, Junior Malanda, who was killed in a car crash. Malanda, who played against the Blues in the Europa League last year, was just 20.

Everton are 'a shining beacon for football'

11 January
The Telegraph's Henry Winter lauds Everton for the success of their community outreach and support through the award-winning Everton In The Community.

Naismith earns battling Blues a point

10 January
A Steven Naismith header salvaged a point for Everton just four minutes after Fernandinho's goal looked to have put title-chasing City on their way to victory. The Scot rose to head home Leighton Baines's free kick with 12 minutes left to ensure that the Blues' losing run in the Premier League deservedly ended against the Champions.

Robert Earl talks Everton on NBC  [MEDIA]

10 January
Everton's little-seen director briefly waxes lyrical about his "ownership" of the Blues with NBC late night host Seth Meyers whom he invited to the 2009 FA Cup Final.

Jagielka: Not 'make or break' yet

10 January
Everton's captain says that "it's not panic stations" at Goodison after four successive Premier League defeats but he admits that recent defeats, particularly the dismal reverses at Southampton and Hull, have brought home how easily the Blues could get sucked into a scrap to survive the drop this season.

U18s beat Sunderland

9 January
Kevin Sheedy's young Blues earned a 1-0 away win against their Black Cats peers.

Lundstram heading back to Orient

9 January
John Lundstram is returning to Leyton Orient for another loan spell, this time for six weeks.

Martinez concerned by spate of hamstring injuries

9 January
The worrying spike in soft tissue injuries that has befallen Everton this season has manager Roberto Martinez vowing to investigate the cause.

Everton vs Manchester City

8 January
Four days after Romelu Lukaku's last-ditch equaliser kept the Wembley dream alive, the Blues are back in League action at Goodison Park for the visit of the reigning Champions. Sylvain Distin joins James McCarthy, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar, Tony Hibbert, Darron Gibson and Tim Howard in the treatment room but Antolin Alcaraz and Leighton Baines are back in the squad.

Martinez confident McCarthy is on the mend

8 January
Roberto Martinez believes that the club's medical staff have "got to the bottom" of James McCarthy's hamstring problems and he predicts that when the Irish international returns to the side it will be for good. McCarthy's recovery continues but he is ruled out of Saturday's match with Manchester City.

Hackett: Referees are the worst we have seen  [MEDIA]

7 January
The former head of Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the body that oversees the Premier League's referees, has delivered a scathing verdict on the current crop of officials and called for the current chief, Mike Riley, to stand down.

Lukaku: I knew it was time to react

7 January
Romelu Lukaku says that two games on the substitutes' bench provided him with the motivation he needed to put on the gutsy display he showed against West Ham last night. The 21 year-old's dramatic stoppage-time equaliser capped a fine personal display, one he says was aided by a more direct approach that was requested of Roberto Martinez by the players.

Others must follow Lukaku's lead  [MEDIA]

7 January
Luke O'Farrell argues that Lukaku's late leveller against West Ham papered over some significant cracks that will require other players and their manager raising their game in order to fill.

Martinez's praise for goal hero Lukaku

7 January
Roberto Martinez was singing the praises of his record signing after his injury-time goal in last night's draw with West Ham, a moment the manager feels could be a turning point.

Atsu on target in Ghana friendly

7 January
Christian Atsu was on target for his country in their AFCoN warm-up match against Portuguese club side SC Olhanense which they won 3-0

U21s fullback loaned to Telford

7 January
Everton have farmed right back Ben McLaughlin out to Telford United on a one-month loan.

So, uh, what the hell happened to Tim Howard?  [MEDIA]

7 January
This interesting piece by Mike Goodman of ESPN off-shoot, Grantland, takes a statistical look at the reasons why Tim Howard's shots-to-save ratio is so abysmal this season, widening the scope to focus on a less effective defensive midfield in the absence of James McCarthy and in the face of Gareth Barry's poor form.

Everton Ladies goalkeeper retires

6 January
Everton Ladies goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis has announced her retirement from football.

Lukaku saves Everton with last-gasp equaliser

6 January
An injury-time equaliser from Romelu Lukaku took this FA Cup Third Round tie to a replay, rescuing Everton from a fifth successive defeat and an early exit. More poor defending had allowed James Collins to power home a header 10 minutes into the second half but the Blues' late pressure told when Lukaku rammed home from close range.

Trip to Doncaster or Bristol City awaits...

5 January
In the draw for the Fourth Round of the FA Cup held this evening, the winners of tomorrow night's Third Round tie between Everton and West Ham will play Doncaster Rovers or Bristol City away.

Everton vs West Ham United

5 January
Everton could welcome John Stones back to the starting XI after another two-game absence and Kevin Mirallas is fit but James McCarthy is unlikely to make tomorrow evening's tie against West Ham and Antolin Alcaraz is suspended. For the winners awaits a tie against either Doncaster Rovers or Bristol City in the Fourth Round.

Carsley: time to stand up and be counted  [MEDIA]

4 January
Everton's no-nonsense former midfielder says that it's premature to talk of ripping up Roberto Martinez's plan A but the players need to dig in and start out-working opposition teams again

Jagielka: Up to us to turn the corner

4 January
Phil Jagielka says the squad is determined to turn their form around, starting with the third round FA Cup clash against West Ham United.

Boss may make changes for Cup tie

4 January
Roberto Martinez has hinted that he will make further changes to his team when West Ham visit Goodison Park in the FA Cup Third Round on Tuesday. The manager, whose Everton side are in poor form of late, suggests that he will use the break from the pressures of the Premier League to “open competition” for the players.

Gareth Barry's struggles echoing Everton decline  [MEDIA]

3 January
Suggesting that Barry should be dropped would have provoked searing outrage last season but now it is something that will no doubt find support from the stands, writes Phil Kirkbride.

Everton and the four letter word: Work!  [MEDIA]

2 January
David Prentice harks back to the 1995-96 season when the wheels came off Joe Royle's tenure and the parallels with this season

Atsu fit again but heading to AFCoN

2 January
Christian Atsu marked his recovery from a hamstring injury by being named on the substitute's bench for the match at Hull yesterday and should be fit for Ghana this month.

Jagielka: Players must share the blame for poor results

1 January
Phil Jagielka has moved to take some of the pressure of his beleaguered manager by insisting that it's up to the Everton players to sort out their current run of dreadful form.

Hope makes Bury move permanent

1 January
Hallam Hope will officially join Bury for an undisclosed fee, Everton have announced, while Matty Kennedy's loan spell at Hibernian will end this coming weekend.

Everton kick off 2015 in defeat

1 January
Another dismal performance by Martinez and his demoralized charges saw them surrender at the KC Stadium to two soft first-half goals. Everton had chances to test McGregor but it was Hull who were denied an early penalty before Ahmed Elmohamdy headed home far too easily to put Hull ahead. It got far worse when Nikica Jelavic lobbed Joel Robles to make it 2-0 for the home side. Despite changes at the break, the Blues showed precious little in the second half as Antolin Alcaraz picked up a very harsh second yellow before the end.

5 things Martinez must do to turn it around  [MEDIA]

1 January
Everton's season continues to go from bad to worse with tough games to come in the coming weeks. Joe Strange has some urgent suggestions for what Roberto Martinez can do to arrest the slide and stave off a relegation battle that was unthinkable just a month ago.

There's no panic but we're not happy

1 January
Roberto Martinez admits that confidence is low at Everton and that the team needs to work within itself to get back to winning ways after four consecutive defeats.

And the Wheels Came Off – Part 1  [MEDIA]

1 January
Having struggled to really get going in 2014-15, Everton's season is threatening to derail completely after a return of just four points from the last seven Premier League games. It's too early to panic but there is plenty of room for concern.

And the Wheels Came Off Part 2  [MEDIA]

1 January
How do you restore waning confidence to a team that thrives on it to succeed? Return to the fundamentals by establishing a settled line-up and formation and try to get some points on the board. Easier said than done but that should be Roberto Martinez's immediate task as 2015 dawns.

Martinez rejects accusations that Everton have gone 'soft'

1 January
Roberto Martinez says that his team's preference for a "technical approach" to the game does not mean that Everton are a "soft" team.

Hull City vs Everton

1 January
Everton begin 2015 with a second successive away fixture as they look to end their longest losing sequence thus far under Roberto Martinez's management. Steven Naismith is eligible following suspension while John Stones, Phil Jagielka and James McCarthy will undergo fitness tests. Tim Howard, Leon Osman, Tony Hibbert, Darron Gibson and Steven Pienaar are all ruled out.

Knackered Physios' warnings going unheeded?


An interesting blog article links the departure of three key medical staff at Everton to the mounting problems of injuries and lack of fitness that have blighted the current season.
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