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A Fittingly Awful End to a Dreadful Season

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.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 14/05/2018

Lucky Davies strike adds late drama to lifeless Blues display

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
by Lyndon Lloyd : 06/05/2018

Win over tame Terriers unlikely to nudge opinion on Allardyce

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
by Lyndon Lloyd : 29/04/2018

Style in short supply as Blues prevail over Newcastle

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.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 24/04/2018

Everton pass up successive away win but Allardyce hails 'precious point'

This game was as neat an illustration of the manager's play-for-the draw lack of adventure as any thus far.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 16/04/2018

A rare day of relative comfort

Everton earned their first clean sheet since Boxing Day and a much-needed win to virtually guarantee safety from the drop
by Lyndon Lloyd : 11/03/2018

Dreadful away run prolonged as Everton buckle once more

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
by Lyndon Lloyd : 05/03/2018

Allardyce strengthens the case for further change with latest away defeat

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?
by Lyndon Lloyd : 25/02/2018

Everton disgraced in the Capital once again

Pub-league defending from Allardyce's team was ripped apart by Arsenal at the Emirates
by Lyndon Lloyd : 04/02/2018

Everton stagger one point closer to safety

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.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 21/01/2018

Allardyce undermined as abject Everton revert to type

This wasn’t supposed to happen anymore after Sam Allardyce was appointed, was it?
by Lyndon Lloyd : 14/01/2018

Derby point a daylight heist but satisfying nonetheless

If ever a performance needed to be viewed in its proper context, this horribly defensive display was it.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 10/12/2017

Rooney ensures Unsworth signs off with emphatic win

Wayne Rooney may have grabbed the headlines but this was “Rhino’s” night as Everton tonked David Moyes's West Ham at Goodison Park.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 30/11/2017

Rudderless Everton are drifting towards disaster

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
by Lyndon Lloyd : 26/11/2017

Everton kickstart their heart amid rollercoaster contest against Watford

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
by Lyndon Lloyd : 06/11/2017

Reality bites hard as Unsworth's audition turns sour

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.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 30/10/2017

Everton plumb new depths after heavy Gunners defeat

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.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 22/10/2017

Rooney penalty papers over glaring cracks in Koeman's tenure

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.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 16/10/2017

Koeman's Blues stuck in reverse as recruitment failings bite

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.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 01/10/2017

Reborn Niasse eases the pressure on Koeman

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
by Lyndon Lloyd : 24/09/2017

Woeful Blues make a mockery of top-six ambitions

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.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 10/09/2017

Everton left chasing shadows in familiar Stamford Bridge defeat

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.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 27/08/2017

Calvert-Lewin comes of age but Everton are denied a stirring victory

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.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 22/08/2017

Rooney leads the way in rare opening-day win

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.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 13/08/2017

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