Season 2017-18 Opinion Match Reports
Accounts from matches by our editorial team and featured correspondents
A performance that mostly made the Hammers look a significantly better team than their record and recently averted crisis suggests they are and, eventually, a defeat that may have seemed harsh when comparing chances created but which was wholly deserved on the balance of play.
Let’s draw a line under this season and go again next season with a new, better, manager. A big breath of fresh air is needed. There’s a lot of cobwebs to blow out of the club.
Lady Luck handed out unjust rewards to an Everton side that only really rallied in second-half stoppage time just when it looked as though Nathan Redmond had secured three vital points for Southampton
We're experiencing a strange end to a difficult season. It's great to see us finish strongly. In any other season, such a strong finish could be a very good catalyst to hit the ground running with pre-season and start the next season well...
Everton enhanced their prospects of finishing in eighth spot but Sam Allardyce's search for love from the Blues' faithful is likely to be in vain
Vlasic started in place of Bolasie but it was Cenk Tosun who gave Everton the lead at Huddersfield.
Everton won a match for the first time in four attempts and moved up a place but it was dull fare that featured just one shot on target. Yet the media bandwagon is again, patronisingly, asking what more Blues fans want.
Everybody knows Sam Allardyce will be leaving at the end of the season. We know it, the players know it, Moshiri knows it, Sam knows it. This doesn’t stop the circus continuing on into town though and we remain a laughing stock.
This game was as neat an illustration of the manager's play-for-the draw lack of adventure as any thus far.
Everton take an undeserved lead through an own-goal at Swansea City but all-too-predictably succumb to persistent Swans pressure in the end.
Whatever the reason, I wish that for once we’d just do it. Missing sitters in the last few minutes of a derby against under-strength Liverpool – we won’t get many better opportunities than that!
Despite a late rally by Everton that saw them miss two late chances, a mostly passionless derby ended in stalemate.
Sam has now failed in his job interview for me, with the only hope of resurrection being an emphatic hammering of Liverpool next weekend, but we all know that won’t happen.
Everton went behind after just 4 minutes to the Champions-elect Manchester City and were torn apart with two more slick goals.
The game was end to end early on and the home fans made it clear they disliked Davies and Rooney, the former who was really out of sorts, going down on several occasions before he was subbed in the second half.
Two goals from Cenk Tosun gave Everton a rare away win after Charlie Adam was harshly sent off for a studs-up foul on Rooney.
Everton earned their first clean sheet since Boxing Day and a much-needed win to virtually guarantee safety from the drop
We still have an opportunity to look up rather than down this season. If, and it’s a ginormous if, we can go unbeaten in these games and win the majority of them, this gives us quite a platform and good momentum going into pre-season. This then makes it difficult to move Sam Allardyce on.
A plethora of corners comes to nothing until Bolasie and Walcott force an own-goal to break the deadlock, with Tosun's fine strike sealing it.
Everton's early promise turned into a familiar collapse and another away defeat under Sam Allardyce as Burnley came from behind to win 2-1 at Turf Moor
The latest away defeat under Sam Allardyce has increased the despondency around Everton
Cenk Tosun opened up his account with a fine header in Everton's televised Saturday lunchtime trip to Burnley but the Blues crumpled after the break.
Particularly away from home, Everton are boring to watch, easy to defend against and easy to beat. With no signs of progress on that front, can anyone find an argument for persisting with the status quo next season?
A decent first half was followed by an increasingly awful second and a soft goal given up that squandered another 3 winnable points.
Report of the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace
With a goal and an assist against Crystal Palace this afternoon, Oumar Niasse extracts retribution for that gross injustice back at Selhurst Park.
Pub-league defending from Allardyce's team was ripped apart by Arsenal at the Emirates
After a shocking five changes to his winning side, Allardyce watched impotent as Arsenal smashed four past hopeless Everton before the break.
Eventually we were able to see the game out and claim a vital, and ultimately deserved three points. Though we were up against it in the final 20 minutes, for the best part of an hour of this game we were the better team.
Seamus Coleman returns but two goals from Theo Walcott give Everton the win over Leicester at Goodison Park despite Vardy's second-half penalty.
Everton are slogging through the remainder of their Premier League programme hoping to accumulate enough points to justify the appointment of Sam Allardyce and stay in the top flight.
It’s a mess alright, and I can’t wait for this season to end...
Everton surrender another soft goal in a pitiful first half. McCarthy off with what looks like a double leg break; Niasse equalizes.
This wasn’t supposed to happen anymore after Sam Allardyce was appointed, was it?
Everton were humbled at Wembley by simple but effective football from Spurs, despite a decent first half from new signing Cenk Tosun making his debut.
Relegation is not a threat, but surely the plan has to be to attack better than that?
Everton were even at the break but had no response to relentless pressure and two impressive strikes from distance.
James McCarthy made a surprise comeback for Everton only to gift Bournemouth a goal in another dreadful first half but Gueye gets the equalizer.
Everton's remarkable new-found defensive solidity under Sam Allardyce was in evidence again at the Hawthorns against struggling West Brom.
A resilient effort from Everton and if you cast your mind back a month to that wretched performance versus Southampton, you would never in your wildest of dreams have us walking away from a draw with the champions a little miffed that we didn’t have more of a go at them.
Everton survived another torrid half of desperate defending and went in at half-time still in the game.
If ever a performance needed to be viewed in its proper context, this horribly defensive display was it.
Rooney rescues an embarrassingly poor Everton display with a fantastic penalty to deny Liverpool their expected victory.
What a tremendous trip. I enjoyed every minute. Great company with Gaz and Dan, and it was superb to meet so many other Blues who had travelled from afar, most notably John and Stretch.
Sam Allardyce takes charge of his first match since agreeing to become Everton manager as Huddersfield Town come to Goodison Park
Wayne Rooney may have grabbed the headlines but this was “Rhino’s” night as Everton tonked David Moyes's West Ham at Goodison Park.
Why the sudden upturn in performance? Has David Unsworth finally found his best team, albeit too late? Has the penny finally dropped what is required for the players? Or, is this simply the reaction to a new manager coming in?
Two shots on target out of five total for Everton tells its own story — a team utterly bereft of confidence, seemingly without much faith in the caretaker boss and, for some of them, no stomach or desire for the fight
Everton got off to another terrible start after a soft easy goal but equalized off a brilliant Sigurdsson strike before another second-half collapse.
The game meant nothing. The team talk on the face of it should have been a piece of piss. “Right you lot, here’s your opportunity. Prove to me why you should be in the team”. Unfortunately the majority out there only really proved why they shouldn’t be in the team.
We just don't have the confidence currently. I believe the players are good enough but it'll take a bit longer yet until we get any sort of swagger back. Players just don't look for the ball enough. Too many hide and there's a real lack of responsibility on the field.
A crazy game with Niasse winning a dubious penalty and then scoring an easy gift after Everton twice went behind through naive defending.
A splendid day out at the game. Them fun days only ever happen about once or twice a season so I was glad to make the most of it, even if I paid for it a bit in work today.
Where there is life there is hope and Everton put the defibrillator paddles to their season today with an impressive recovery from a seemingly impossible position to beat Watford in what eventually became an adrenaline-fuelled encounter at Goodison Park
After the so-nearly response at Stamford Bridge, there was hope and encouragement. Following this 2-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium, Evertonians will be feeling mostly despair as the extent of the mess that their club finds itself in 10 games into the 2017-18 season is laid bare.
Sliced apart by a slick move for a classic Vardy goal after a failed Everton free-kick, Unsworth's side had a mountain to climb.
Last term, this fixture marked a turning point, at least in Everton’s home form. The only turning point this season’s visit of Arsenal to L4 might spark, however, is an abrupt one in Koeman’s employment status… although there’s no guarantee that the Everton Board will be so decisive.
Wayne Rooney rolled back the years with a fantastic finish from distance to put Everton ahead early but Arsenal swept through with three goals as Gana was sent off
I’m not one for sacking managers quickly. I like to see managers given the opportunity to build a team. It hasn’t been our style and I want to believe it can work under Ronald Koeman. That said, the pressure is on, and failure to beat Arsenal, a Carabao Cup exit at Chelsea, and defeat at Leicester City would pretty much make his position untenable.
Everton under Koeman are simply dull. They’re boring to watch, easy to defend against and too easy to score against if you attack them enough within a given 90 minutes.
A poor match came to life with Brighton scoring, Rooney saving Koeman's side with a fortuitous penalty
This was Everton showing commitment, decent tempo and tenacity – in the early going, at least – and it still wasn’t enough. Not by a long way.
After the debacle that was Thursday night, we licked our wounds and girded our loins and trouped back to the Grand Old Lady via the Room of Nonsense to sort out team and tactics before heading off to sample the real thing.
The talk on everyone’s lips after the game of course was, should Ronald Koeman be sacked. It’s safe to say, most of the supporters seem to think so. Personally, I’m pretty neutral.
Despite a bright attacking start, Burnley took the lead with an easy goal. Everton had no meaningful reply, with Koeman now under massive pressure.
The Europa League campaign doesn’t have to be doom and gloom just yet but we are certainly doing it the hard way.
Win we did. It still wasn't especially pretty up until the winning goal just five minutes later, but we persevered
The Senegalese striker helped bail Koeman out of another uncomfortable post-match inquest with a two-goal blast in the space of five minutes that turned this match on its head and delivered three points that seemed unlikely before he entered the fray 10 minutes into the second half
All in all a good day out. A win which was vital in terms of confidence. Niasse comes in from the cold. Will Big Ron apologise for his treatment of the lad? He should.
After going behind to a fine Josh King goal, supersub Oumar Niasse came on to score twice and underline his newfound cult status.
Valencia scored a screamer after 4 minutes but Everton came close until they gave up three goals at the end after Rooney had gone off.
Following on from my thread about our trip to Croatia, I thought I would give a report on our trip to Atalanta, not giving any opinion on the match itself as we all know what a crock of shit that was.
The largely one-dimensional approach to recruitment this summer has led to Everton’s uninspiring start to the new season, one which has, over the past two games, lurched from concerning into the realm of deeply demoralising.
Overall a very frustrating day. Time for manager and players to stand up and get themselves welded into a coherent team.
Everton’s showed some attacking intent but allowed Kane to score his first of the season before gifting a finish for Eriksen, and another for Kane after the break.
With just six shots on target in the opening three games, the problems that were laid bare today can’t be explained away by mere fatigue alone, even if it was undoubtedly a factor for those who did play in all three matches in just six days. The same nagging deficiencies remain despite massive expenditure on upgrading the team.
Everton tried to keep it tight, and gave up two goals in an abysmal first period.
It’s a shame that Dominic Calvert-Lewin's impressive assist for Wayne Rooney in the 35th-minute of this early-season tussle between Manchester and Merseyside at the Etihad didn’t end up serving up a precious winner.
Wayne Rooney scores his 200th Premier League goal and celebrates in fine style at The Etihad, where City are down to 10 men.
With four clean sheets in four games, it’s hard to complain. I’ll be interested to see where we stand in a month’s time.
All-in-all, a good day out and now we can turn our minds to Thursday when off we go again.
With the fixtures upcoming, I was simply relieved to be coming away with the three points, our first opening day win for five years
The Prodigal Son brought all his experience to bear against Stoke, scoring the winner and helping Everton dictate much of the second half to hold on for a 1-0 victory.
A dreadful half turned on its head with a lovely move, great cross and fine header from Wayne Rooney before the break.
Luckily we didn't book our trip to the Netherlands for Everton's game-that-wasn't against Groningen and so, when the game against Genk was announced, Gaz and I were able to book some flights to Brussels Charleroi.