Enjoyable it wasnít though we did plunder home to grab a third successive league win. The second half was so forgettably dire, though we did play quite well in patches in the first half and the goal came on the backdrop of a succession of corners and extended pressure, all of which started with Ross Barkley skipping past a few challenges and launching an Everton attack. This got the crowd (and in turn the players) going and we built from there with Phil Jagielka deftly stroking home from our third successive corner as we built pressure...and yes you read that right folks - we scored from a corner.
Things could have been different of course had Tim Howard not denied Graziano Pelle with a miracle save right underneath his own crossbar. It looked from where we sit that Howard might have come and claimed the ball in the first instance though having not done that he did remarkably well to recover and make the save.
The second half was quite the slog. Everton just about got over the line in what was quite a poor display. Southampton were no better and probably could have played all day and all night and not scored but we dug out the win, our third in a row and went home with smiles on our faces after quite a satisfying day.
So on we trundle and we now somehow sit in 11th position which is quite remarkable given how poorly we have performed this season, and with winnable games ahead, who knows, maybe we can mask the cracks of this season and drag ourselves to a somewhat respectable eighth or ninth position in the Premier League come what May.
Howard: Made two crucial saves which kept us alive in the first half. Generally untroubled second half but did what he had to. 7
Baines: Gave the ball away a few times but got through the game. 5
Jagielka: Easily man of the match with solid defending and showed fantastic leadership...oh and scored the winning goal too. Comfortably player of the season for me. 9
Stones: Had a few hairy moments but got through the game OK. 6
Coleman: We didnít see a lot of him in an attacking sense but he did what he had to at the back. 5
McCarthy: Showed more of a willingness to get forward than normal and was busy as ever. 6
Barry: Pretty poor generally. 5
Lennon: Had a busy and effective game on the right. The end product is often lacking but his work rate is quite excellent and he had a positive impact on the game today. 7
Osman: Poor first half but picked up in the second half. 5
Barkley: Had a good game and I was astonished that he was substituted. Seemed to really have a spring in his step in the first half. A strong finish to the season would do him wonders going into the next campaign. 7
Kone: Woeful. 4
Substitutes: Naismith: Showed more in his first 30 seconds than Kone offered all game. He put himself about and got involved. 7 Besic: Nothing special really. 5
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1 Posted 05/04/2015 at 11:53:23
Tough decisions must be made and neither Kenwright or Martinez seem capable of them.
2 Posted 05/04/2015 at 15:38:39
I thought he deserved more than a miserly 5.
3 Posted 05/04/2015 at 17:00:10
4 Posted 05/04/2015 at 17:37:28
I have no problem with Jags for MotM with a 2nd place ribbon for my favorite whipping boy, Mr USA.
5 Posted 05/04/2015 at 18:22:13
6 Posted 05/04/2015 at 18:12:54
Did Martinez throw everything at the Europa League, and neglect everything else? Not much of a manager then, if that was the case. Let's concentrate on one competition, and ignore everything else... That happens at other clubs, and I fear that it happens at Everton also.
And yes, Barry does play the odd good game. But is that the future of Everton? Surely we do not need him in the team every bloody game. And do we now need to also play Howard every bloody game.
And what is Alcaraz even doing on the bench? He should be looking for another club. And Baines should be now alternating with Garbutt. Naismith should be up top (in place of Kone) when Lukaku is out. And i'm not convinced yet with Lennon.
Also, let McGeady, Atsu and Distin move on. The summer should be interesting, but I suspect that nothing of any great significance will happen. Maybe just one or two bargain basement type players will be brought in, at the last minute. With Martinez telling us how phenomenal everything is. Oh the joys of being an Evertonian.
Let's see how Barry performs next week, before getting to carried away about him. I still say he shouldn't be considered for every game. I'll be at Goodison for the Man Utd game soon, and I hope Barry doesn't feature. We need younger legs in midfield for that game, to take the game to Man Utd. Barry won't be able to do that. Keep him for the likes of Burnley.
Good solid win yesterday. The performance for now is not important; the three points are. Performances will come (hopefully), with better players, and a better system. But sadly, we look to be stuck with Martinez. Can a leopard change its spots? I hope so, I really do.
7 Posted 06/04/2015 at 08:20:30
A few on here had previously extolled the virtues of Kone, who could supposedly hold it up and had a bit of pace. The truth is plain to see, he has little pace can keep possession for a while but either then coughs it up, or misplaces a pass... awful. He can't play up top on his own and needs help either in a 4-4-2 or with wingers getting up there to help.
So often this season the front man ends up running the channels and blocking off the overlap for a marauding winger/wing-back, and rarely are the defensive-minded midfielders up early enough to offer any support.
We are playing poorly and these three fortuitous wins are papering over the cracks, which will reappear next season, if this very ordinary manager is allowed to continue.
8 Posted 06/04/2015 at 12:41:54
9 Posted 06/04/2015 at 15:52:48
I presume that Martinez prefers the "Devil you know", but unfortunately his choices Macca apart, have been dull. Kone, injured and unfit all season, Alcaraz, tries but isn't good enough, McGeady, not good enough.
I thought that Roberto would be scouting the young talent in Spain. I was in Barcelona some years back and went to watch Martinez's Swansea play Barca's 3rd team (mostly 17-year-olds). Swansea were playing a series of pre-season friendlies around that region. He did get a few good Spanish lads into his Swans team, but since Del-boy we have had none.
Is it the problem of not wanting to take a chance on youth? At least youth can improve. I can't see any of our elder statesmen getting any better!
10 Posted 06/04/2015 at 16:17:57
11 Posted 06/04/2015 at 16:00:40
Second half he looked gassed and his passing and touches showed it. Not sure how a physio as a manager can have a team so out of shape.
On a lighter note, Stones is well on his way to having a Steve Bruce nose if he keeps taking knocks like he has been getting.
12 Posted 06/04/2015 at 22:45:34
It's easy to knock the side but perhaps we should give some credit where it's due. Man Utd are grinding out wins like us now and getting praised for it. My take is that we're recovering brilliantly from not only a bad spell of form but a disaster in tactics which shows that RM is capable of change.
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