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A positive end to a poor campaign then, but the performance of the younger players certainly offers hope as we head into an intriguing summer with a new manager to arrive and surely several players both coming and going.
Despite a few uncomfortable moments from Bournemouth, we got over the line with three points. We've survived!
It was truly gutting and the team didn't deserve that. Everton out. "It's never us" said Ste at full time. I couldn't put it better. We never fluke these things. We never fluke anything.
It says something when you get home and you're actually relieved you didn't lose by more than four. I genuinely expected to find we'd lost by five or six.
It was quite a turgid encounter from the start really. I guess you can accept a little rustiness when that many changes are made to the team but we really struggled to put anything meaningful together throughout, whilst Southampton passed up a plethora of chances.
Goodison Park has been a fortress time and again over the years and to win only four at Goodison Park this season, with an abysmal EIGHT defeats is just woeful, especially with the players we have.
Paul Traill attended the Everton's exclusive unveiling of the new season ticket video, Nothing Will Be The Same at FACT Liverpool
This nonsense is happening far too regularly now and has to be stopped one way or the other.
Hardly a vintage Everton performance, though I'm pretty sure we took our foot off the gas at 2-0.
Playing against a West Brom team performing poorly at home, what could go wrong? "This is Everton" I said... "We always mess things up just when things are looking rosy". And so it proved.
What a great way to finish a game and the players should be buzzing as we head to the Britannia on Saturday. A win there and who knows, maybe we could salvage something from the league this season yet.
The better team won, no doubt about that, but we'll never know what would have happened, but it's Martin Atkinson and we shouldn't be at all surprised.
Three home wins all season and only six overall wins tells it's own story. Time and time again we shoot ourselves in the foot. Time and time again we let ourselves down.
Paul reports from what he saw of the match at the Etihad after getting caught in the traffic jams on the M62.
I'm glad Roberto Martinez did the fans justice by resting the correct players, whilst still giving much-needed game time to some of the fringe players, and also accommodating a couple of younger players. The perfect balance found from Roberto.
We head to the Etihad knowing what we have to do, and what a chance to get to Wembley. What a chance to win a trophy. Bring it home Everton. It's been far too long.
Another frustrating draw in this maddeningly frustrating season, though performances similar to that of the second half against Manchester City will more than give us a chance of progressing to the Capital One cup final.
Poor defending cost us yet again and this will go down as yet another game we should have got more from this season and let slip away.
It's Roberto's inability to learn and stubbornness with team selections which kills me the most. We've one heck of a squad there and it's not being utilised, instead the same players are being selected week in-week out.
Our corners are so bad it's almost laughable. What isn't almost laughable is Roberto Martinez' continued insistence on not making substitutes when it's clear they are needed.
A great win which puts us into seventh place as we march on to Bournemouth.
Despite a dreadful opening 20 minutes or so the match really entertained and we were treated to some excellent goals.
An amazing performance from Everton and a richly deserved win. This was surely Roberto MartinezÂ’ finest hour as Everton manager.
Wouldn't it be awesome if Everton had a go at teams for a change? Just go for it, Everton. Make it fun again.
We desperately need to embrace other styles of play. We are far too easy to play against and, given the fixtures ahead, we could be in for some bumpy ride.
Paul was at Elland Road to see a young side beaten 2-0 by Leeds.
ItÂ’s apparent that not a lot seems to have been learnt from last season. WeÂ’re still over-passing the ball. WeÂ’re not shooting on opportunity. Though perhaps most worrying of all was the alarming regularity that Villarreal were able to cut through us and create opportunities.
Paul Traill attends a round-table interview with Duncan Ferguson ahead of his testimonial on Sunday when Everton will host Villarreal in the final pre-season friendly