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Toxic Toffees sleepwalking to relegation fight

20/01/2015  Comments (5)  jump
Matt Jones on the frustration and anxiety that pervades Everton's home games these days as the team struggles on the pitch

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Phil Walling
1 Posted 22/01/2015 at 12:15:10
Matt Jones may well be right about the spectators' reactions to the present fare on view is not helping. But when was it ever any different at any club when things are so dire?

They may well be more tolerant at Burnley, Palace and Hull but certainly not at those clubs who used to consider themselves 'big'. Read of recent displeasure voiced to poor at Villa Park and whatever they call St James' Park these days. And Spurs fans weren't much pleased until Christmas was over.

In my half a century of Goodison-going, it's never been any different. In fact, at the end of Tuesday's game, a lot of us were wishing they hadn't stopped selling those bloody cushions!

Phil Walling
2 Posted 22/01/2015 at 12:34:12
Monday, of course. But you get my drift!
Denis Richardson
3 Posted 22/01/2015 at 12:39:14
'Too good to go down? Perhaps on paper. But the seriousness of the predicament is something that doesn't seem to have quite dawned on the players or the manager as of yet'.

This last sentence really stands out for me.

Tony Hill
4 Posted 22/01/2015 at 12:45:50
All true enough but the crowd responds to the players first and foremost and not the other way round. It happened against City but not on Monday because we returned to the same turgid dross. I admit it was quieter at the start of the game than I would have wished but I'm not surprised.
Tom Bowers
5 Posted 22/01/2015 at 13:10:34
The fans are naturally disappointed to see the performances of the players and even more so to see the lack of confidence which seems to have become more evident with each passing game despite some spirit being shown against the Hammers and Man City.

This hasn't been a sudden thing as it has been a steady decline since early season which management have been seemingly unaware of or just not capable of stemming. They have won just 5 lousy games including those against Burnley and QPR which basically spells out how bad things really are. Relegation cannot be ruled out at this stage as Everton's form is worse than almost every team around them.

No team is big enough to avoid the drop on name and reputation alone but remember Martinez has done it with Wigan and it was glossed over due to an FA Cup win. The surge in last season's form when RM came in was just a fluke it seems and there can be absolutely no excuses this season, not even injuries.
These poor performances are reminiscent of some of the darkest days under Mike Walker, Gordon Lee and Walter Smith and even more so as it seems on paper we have a more talented squad than any of those managers ever had. No moves in the window and no move by BK could now spell disaster.

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