Season 2016-17 Opinion Match Reports
Accounts from matches by our editorial team and featured correspondents
It was an end of season game that initially had something on it for Arsenal but other scores scotched that and those of a Blue persuasion were far more interested in our future than the past and games as frustrating as this one
Bellerin scored early but Koscielny was dismissed for a ludicrous tackle on Valencia. Undeterred, Alexis made it 2 in bizarre fashion. Lukaku pulled one back from the spot, Ramesy curling in a third near the end.
Had we capitalised on one of the fairly early chances, we might have had something of a goal fest but it never felt likely. If you're reading this having not seen any of the game, this may seem pretty entertaining but it really wasn't. We departed quickly at full time, leaving before the lap of appreciation and beating the traffic home.
Everton's penultimate game of the 2016-17 season saw a nice Ross Barkley goal defeat Watford at Goodison Park.
The manager, having fielded today’s team, is in a very good position to say to the owners and directors of football "We need big investment and some astute buying." I hope he gets it.
Everton had no answer to a determined Hammers defence that denied them a single shot on target.
We could have added extra gloss to the scoreline though anything more may have been harsh on Burnley who competed well in a feisty game which was played in good spirit. I was certainly entertained.
A significant day for Everton as they registered an eighth successive home win in the league since 1990 and Romelu Lukaku equalled William Dean’s record of scoring in nine games in a row in all competitions at Goodison Park.
After a torrid first half, Jagielka forced the ball in from a corner only for Robles to give up a stupid penalty. But Barkley and then Lukaku made their own emphatic statements to seal Everton's record 8th consecutive Premier League home win.
Leicester’s irresistible force met the immovable object that is Everton at Goodison Park in 2017.
Ken reports from Goodison where the unbeaten home run since the start of the year continued
You somehow fancied goals in this one and it turned out to be one for the hipsters... with a goalkeeper captain, a goal within the opening 30 seconds, plenty of young players on show, six goals, little scraps in the game, goals from centre backs, a terrible referee and even an after-the-full-time-whistle chip into the net from Kevin Mirallas...the game had everything!
Davies scored inside 30 seconds, but Slimani levelled and a soft free-kick was converted by Albrighton inside 10 mins. But Lukaku and then Jagielka put Everton back in front before the break.
Having clung to a 1-0 lead handed to them by Phil Jagielka’s first goal since May 2015, Everton were within touching distance of a second win at Old Trafford in a little over three years.
What a gutting way to have a win snatched away from you. I really thought we had done it but it wasn't to be.
I must admit, the final whistle was music to my ears. I heard it said many times that we can learn from this and I am sure we can but hell there is not much time till Tuesday and the small matter of an away trip to Old Trafford plus hot on the heels of that a home game against the reigning Premier League Champions.
Over the years there's just been too many times that I've dared to dream going to Anfield only to leave dissappointed, that now I go with no real expectation at all.
A defeat underpinned by poor tactics and collective underperformance that in many pundits eyes cements Everton as a top-seven side at best this season
Decimated by injuries, Everton fell behind early but Pennington equalized from a corner only to give up another soft goal, with Origi adding a third.
It’s fair to say that Ronald Koeman has his feet very much under the table at Everton who have now put themselves in a position to disrupt the top six if any of the four or five teams above them stumble following a sixth straight home win.
There's something special about an English game of football in cold, wet and windy conditions, and walking on to Goodison Park from the pub, you really felt that buzz amongst the pre-game bustle
A 4-0 win that looks on paper a bit of a tanning but it was anything but. Hull gave a good account of themselves for a good 70 minutes but a sending off and a late, late goal-fest did for them
If there's a measure of the progress made under Ronald Koeman in just a few short months, it's that a 3-0 win over the only team likely to challenge Everton for seventh place could feel so routine.
All told a good day out where we saw our 5th home win on the bounce. Rom got his 20th goal to join Kane on top of the pile.
Everton finally took the lead through Mirallas after two chances missed by Lukaku, Schneiderlin scoring just 6 minutes later. Lukaku scored his 19th goal in the last 10 mins.
High hopes were dashed at White Hart Lane in what was a sobering reality check really for Everton and the notion that they could yet sneak into the top four.
Everton went behind to a well-struck long-range shot from Kane that Robles seemed to have covered. Kane was gifted his second after the break.
The team remained unchanged from the bore draw at Middlesbrough prior to the enforced break. The fun quiz in the pub prior to the game was to guess how many ex-Everton players would feature in the Sunderland line-up, the answer of which turned out to be the two most recently departed – Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo. Joleon Lescott suffered the boos from the substitutes bench for probably one last time.
Another home game, another victory. Goodison Park is becoming a fortress again after last season’s miserable record on home turf.
Overall a workman like regulation game that we did what we had to to take the points.
It took a while for Everton dominance to yield a brilliant sweeping goal from Idrissa Gana Gueye, followed up by Lukaku's 17th league goal in the second half.
Overall, a terrible game but not the worst result. It's a shame to lose ground on the top six, but the reality is seventh is the best we can achieve this term in my opinion.
A trip to Boro is never the most salubrious but when you get the complete English winter in one day it is even less appealing. Rain, sleet, snow, strong wind and freezing cold makes you wonder if the trip up was the best decision.
Everton had some guilt-edged chances to bring back all three points from the Riverside, with Valdes denying both Lukaku and Lookman to leave them scoreless.
An extraordinary afternoon at Goodison Park. Though Romelu Lukaku rightly gets all the plaudits for his exceptional efforts in front of goal, it was nice to see Ross Barkley have the final say on the game. Ross had an excellent game, this characterising his form since the turn of the year and you have to expect that an England recall must be on the cards if he can keep up this form.
Everton slapped down Bournemouth's fightback with some scintillating attacking football to eventually run out 6-3 winners at Goodison Park.
Most conversations were of disbelief at what had transpired at the ‘Old Lady’ -- we scored 6 and that was great. Let 3 in not so great. Lukaku has moved to top of the scoring charts and I would not mind betting a record or two may have been broken or added after that.
Everton got off to the best possible start with a superb strike from Romelu Lukaku in the first minute; he made the second for McCarthy, then scored the third off a gift. But the Cherries came back with two from King before Lukaku scored two more.
Everton battled Stoke, the conditions and themselves at times and had to be content with a point after falling behind to another dreadful early goal
A good trip out and I got what I expected to get, a hard fought match where for long spells football took a back seat. It always seems to be that way against Stoke.
So three wins on the bounce in the Premier League and with the gap between us and Manchester United now down to just five points we find ourselves very much looking up rather than down. Things feel really positive. Let's just keep it going.
It's hard not to feel optimistic again as a clear path to progress has emerged following a victory at Selhurst Park that showed the continued emergence of a different Everton. An Everton that can marry the silkier, more possession-based approach aspired
Brilliant late goal from Coleman off a superb ball from Davies gives Everton a very important late victory.
On a transcendent afternoon at Goodison Park, Everton served up moment after memorable moment in their humbling of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City
Final whistle and the rendition of ‘If yer know yer ‘Istory’ was deafening. In that second half the bear pit was back at Goodison
We were just awesome. Can anyone tell me when we last played this well?
Everton took the lead through a sweet move started by Davies, Lukaku powering home, Mirallas doubling the lead just after the break, victory assured in superb style by Davies, finished off by debutant Lookman.
We were poor today. We could have done with an easier fixture to kick off our campaign, such as Plymouth Argyle at home let's say, but we got the home draw against a team we're above in the league so it's difficult to whinge too much really.
A big disappointment to us all and on the way out the talk was of the board getting in our transfer targets quickly.
Sub Deulofeu set it on a plate for Lukaku but that only inspired a shocking brace from Foxes sub Ahmed Musa, ends Everton's FA Cup campaign before it had started.
Ken's view on the 3-0 win that kicked off 2017 on a positive note.
The Ecuadorian's introduction may have been decisive but there were encouraging performances from Ross Barkley and Tom Davies as the Blues equalled their best league win under Ronald Koeman.
A flattering 3-0 victory finalises a good Christmas period. Though our draw at Hull City was disappointing, the seven points haul out of the available nine is not to be sniffed at.
Ronald Koeman named a youthful line-up but Calvert-Lewin had to go off early and the Blues struggled until Valencia replaced Lennon and scored off a rebound. Followed by a perfect Baines penalty and a classic Lukaku rocket.
It’s somewhat fitting that a year characterised by frustration should end with another infuriating Everton performance and two more dropped points against one of the poorest sides in the Premier League.
The Blues had to come back twice with Barkley grabbing tieing the game to gain a point against a lowly Hull City at the KCOM stadium tonight
As victories go, this one was sorely needed. It wasn’t pretty, especially in a dour first half, and neither was it completely convincing but Ronald Koeman’s side rediscovered some important aspects of their makeup and their play on their travels that could once again form the foundations of a charge for the European places.
Not the best game you will ever see I didn’t meet a fan who doesn’t take a win first and if the icing can be added then fine but, for a fans' peace of mind i'ts always the win. I always want to win with silky joined up stuff but if I had to choose between the two... well?
Everton took the lead after the break, a punt from Robles converted by Mirallas, and Lukaku finished it off brilliantly in stoppage time.
"How could we play like that second half?" was going around my head. But, as a long standing attendee of Goodison derbies, it certainly isn’t my first. These are games like no other but I just wish we could have a few where we are the ones scraping the win, regardless of how the teams play.
The fight was there but the quality was desperately lacking as Liverpool plundered a stoppage-time goal at Goodison Park
I wish we could just abandon this fixture such is our pitiful record. I expect defeat every time now and just can't wait for that patronising head nod "unlucky mate" wince from my Liverpool FC supporting colleagues tomorrow. Happy bloody Christmas.
Ronald Koeman makes one changes to the side that started against Arsenal, bringing Ramiro Funes Mori in to replace the suspended Phil Jagielka.
Everton finally came up with a response to weeks of under-performance with a spirited performance under the lights to hand Arsene Wenger his first Premier League defeat for four months.
What a game and what a night. Now that's the rot stopped. Let's do it again next Monday and turn this season around.
A very nervy start, a silly free-kick given away, and Everton were punished by Sanchez. Coleman equalized off a Baines cross before half-time. The a late header from Williams off a Barkley corner sealed a fine win.
A mess from back to front, Everton extended their miserable run to 10 games with a solitary win and continue their slide towards the bottom half of the table
Lukaku puts Everton ahead with a neat opening goal but a brilliant Okaka finish beats Stekelenburg, followed by two quick goals off set pieces.
an get the ground looking great but yet can’t fix the escalators on the top balcony. Most people seemed happy enough with the result but a few moans about the style of play. I reckon we can play any style the manager wants so long as we show improvement and gain the confidence to play with a fluidity that will not only be better on the eye but more importantly bring more wins. In football confidence is a very big thing.
t full-time we had to be pleased with a point given it looked so bleak earlier in the game. Hopefully that is the spark we need to re-ignite our faltering campaign.
Reckless Stekelenburg abandoned his goalline allowing Ibrahimovic to lob in a bizarre opening goal. Baines Equalized from the spot in the final minute.
Koeman has big problems on his hands. His team lacks any fluidity, cutting edge or genuine battling spirit and he has a striker whom he proclaims to be among the best in Europe toiling away with barely any support in a role to which he just isn’t accustomed.
Everton were blown away from the kick-off with Southampton swarming at them, stealing the ball twice and scoring inside the first minute.
It’s strange watching Everton at the moment and I think it stems from a change of manager and a few decent results early doors giving fans a hope that may just not be there at the moment.
Koeman's Everton remain unconvincing going forward as the Dutchman's struggles to find a reliable combination continue
Jagielka gives away yet another penalty and this time Stekelenburg cannot save him. Coleman equalizes very late on.
In a painful illustration of the Blues' short-comings, Ronald Koeman's side were dismantled by an irresistible Chelsea side.
Ronald Koeman's side were left badly burnt as Chelsea lit up Stamford Bridge like a bonfire with a scalding display of consummate football.
A good day out and I was delighted to see Barkley at last start to look like the player many forecast he would become and I can but hope he comes good for the rest of the season. Coming off the ground it was Lukaku and Barkley who were on most people’s lips. I must give a mention for Oviedo as he seems to be improving with the game time he is getting. I hope Ron sticks with him awhile; he can get better still, I reckon.
Though nervy at times we were resolute in the second half and did well to stand firm from a series of corners. We were however dangerous on the counter attack and this is how we sealed the game when two of our most impressive performers on the day combined to hammer the death nail for West Ham United.
Excellent work by Bolasie gave Lukaku his usual goal against the Hammers. Barkley made it two off Lukaku's pinpoint cross.
Despite dominating their hosts, Everton suffered a bitter defeat at Burnley and another check to the early-season optimism under Ronald Koeman.
A game that will take some forgetting but all we can do is hope that Big Ron and his staff can work wonders with what we have now and try to strengthen window by window. On today’s showing we are a few players short even for the short term.
Burnley went ahead off a soft goal after it looked like Everton were taking control of the game. Bolasie stole the ball off Lukaku to equalize with a great shot but the visitors could not get the second, yet Burnley did in the final minute.
For a few tantalising minutes of this game, a stunning victory beckoned Everton following Romelu Lukaku’s excellent break-away goal. Unfortunately, Ronald Koeman’s side hadn’t caught City on an off day they were punished for one of the rare occasions where they afforded David Silva too much room and left substitute Nolito unmarked to plunder the equaliser.
All told, a great day out. Coming off the ground, I somehow felt we are turning a corner and from conversations held, so are some others.
Honours even after immense City pressure, Everton took the lead despite two penalties, brilliantly saved by Stekelenburg, but Nolito stole a point for the home side.
Before kick-off, I was lucky enough to be asked along to Carling In Off The Bar a show which aired on YouTube by Sky Sports presented by Adam Smith and Laura Woods. The show airs every Friday night game and is set in a pub in the city of the home team, this being MacKenzie's Whisky Bar on Rodney Street in Liverpool. I brought Ste along for the entertainment and free Carling.
The ingredients for a stirring return to winning ways against Palace were certainly there — a packed house under the lights at Goodison Park – but a lack of guile and a shortage of quick, incisive passing moves left the Blues looking a little one-dimensional
A shocking performance at Bournemouth caps a chastening week where supporter expectations will have been realigned and sights will have been lowered.
Barkley starts but Everton were too relaxed at the back and allowed Stanislas to fire in what would be the winning goal.
On 74 mins, we all realised our goose was well and truly cooked when Josh Murphy cut inside unchallenged and from some distance fired a beaut into the top corner of the Park End net. This was the cue for a mass exodus as great numbers of the faithful had well and truly had enough. We were brought back down to earth after Big Ron’s first defeat.
The defeat would feel much worse had we not have started the season so brightly. Let's be a little pragmatic also – on another day, it could have been different.
Overall a good day out and we've now made the best start we have had in the Premier League years. I hope all this means something and we win something.
"With half time beckoning I felt that I could join a few of the fellas for a half time drink and went down just after Coleman scored. I wasn't expecting to miss another goal of course and though delighted Everton have scored, you find yourself a bit cheesed off to have missed the goal."
Everton brushed off an awful decision by Lee Mason to allow Middlesbrough to take the lead after 20 minutes, turned the match on its head and and had it effectively won by half-time.
A controversial goal for Negredo, heading the ball out of Stekelenburg's hands, but Gareth Barry equalizes!!! More goals from Coleman & Lukaku before the break.
What a difference four months make when it comes to analysing the contrast between the Everton that trooped off the field at the Stadium of Light just six Premier League games ago having been soundly beaten and the one that romped in the second half this evening to a handsome 3-0 victory.
On opportunities alone you would say we deserved the win though it did come with quite a slice of luck.
Everton could, and probably should, have won by a wider margin than 1-0 but it was their more formidable rearguard that helped them secure three valuable points in a match that might easily have got away from them under the previous regime.
I was satisfied with the collective as there is no doubt we are heading the right way but patience will be needed by all whilst the manager and his staff work through the assembly of a team capable of being in the mix season upon season.
After a fine first half ended goalless, Everton went ahead off a fortuitous penalty that was converted via the post and Given's head.
The 4-0 scoreline certainly put some gloss on the scoresheet, and though we have to be satisfied with a comfortable victory and safe passage into the Third Round, we can certainly make more of our opportunities in and around the penalty area.
How refreshing to see an Everton manager not only have options on the bench but to also have the courage to use them regardless of the stage of the match.
Four points from two games and just a glimpse of how we might evolve under this management. I liked the way the game was approached in that you can have possession football but not exclusively, it can be wrapped in direct no-nonsense stuff depending upon circumstance, a win being the ultimate goal.
A great result and it's great to have that positive feeling back. Actually, when did we last have it? So what have we learnt so far about Ronald Koeman? Well I like that he isn't one to wait. Koeman's willingness to change what he doesn't like and react to situations is very refreshing, and without his bullishness, we would not have won this game.
Everton were stunned by an early goal for West Brom off a corner, but came back superbly to win a very tough battle with goals from Mirallas and Barry.
Whilst the game was a real challenge and the result was one we would have taken prior to kick off, the mood was very positive after the game as we sunk a few beers in the city centre. We have to accept that the season is going to be a learning curve as we adapt from one style to the next and get the players fitness up to scratch.
While important, the enormous psychological boost of avoiding defeat could prove to be more important in the long run — an injury-hide side shorn of their top goalscorer and running at 70% capacity managed to hold off one of the teams likely to be challenging in the top four this season through a combination of discipline, tenacity and sheer hard work, a far cry from a few months ago when Goodison was enveloped in despair.
A good day out and a game that left this fan quite optimistic that an upturn in fortunes is a possibility with this new manager. The walk back to our watering hole was pleasant today as most seemed happy and thought we could progress. I sincerely hope so.
Barkley ggot Everton off to a great start with a goal in the first 5 minutes but Spurs came back strongly as the Blues tired.