Hands up who had a good sleep last night? Me neither. The creeping anxiety that has afflicted me for weeks has grown into a huge knot in the gut. But today it ends; here's why.
We will win tonight, I have thought about this for the last 9 hours and there are a couple of reassuring certainties.
We will have the best supporters in the world supporting our team tonight. The staff and players will give it all and, most important, I believe that tonight our players will find courage.
Not the courage to stick their foot in but the guts to stand up. To be willing to fuck up and fight on. To be there to take a pass, to miss a sitter and scream for another chance. They will be inspired by the will of every Blue who says we are good enough.
When the fear sneaks up today, I will think of every Blue going to the game, every Blue on this site. We are united in trepidation but sustained in the knowledge that we are Everton.
Today is a new dawn.
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1 Posted 19/05/2022 at 11:02:59
They've given us hope in the Chelsea, Man Utd, and Leicester games, only to fuck things up in true Everton style by failing where we should have succeeded.
I've got – what any "normal" person would say – several much more important issues going on in my life at the moment but the ridiculousness of it, the insanity of it, is that Everton's plight makes those issues (and they are serious) just fade into the background until we are safe!
I sometimes wish it wasn't so important, I really do, because then I would be able to care less and get on with life. But I can't, and won't be able to until that final whistle goes tonight and we've beaten Palace.
Then I'll sleep the sleep of the contented and face those other issues with not a care in the world.
Does that make me insane, I wonder?
2 Posted 19/05/2022 at 11:16:32
3 Posted 19/05/2022 at 11:26:23
Of course I'm desperate for us to stay up, but if we do something has to change. We've been run like a non-league club owned by a lottery winner. So whether we stay up, or face a spell in the Championship, if the ownership and board don't make some massive changes - and have an honest look at their failings - we're doomed to mediocrity at best for the forseeable future.
I did say I wasn't going to come up for this game - the Brentford game nearly killed me off - but I've come this far, so I'm seeing it through to the bitter end.
I travel in hope more than expectation but, whatever happens, UTFT!
4 Posted 19/05/2022 at 11:44:43
Get this one over the line then it has to be about off the pitch.
Give us ecstasy tonight, Everton.
But then the post mortem must begin.
But right now, I just want 3 points.
5 Posted 19/05/2022 at 12:14:38
The problem being it will probably be Bill carrying out the post mortem.
6 Posted 19/05/2022 at 12:35:40
We have never met; however, like many others on here who dream of Everton, I dreamt the other night that me and you were dressed as blue gnomes outside the Old Lady. We refused to move until the boys had won. Make of it what you will.
7 Posted 19/05/2022 at 12:37:52
But I know I won't be able to stop checking the score. Why did I sign up for this torture? Please Everton get the job done for us fans and put an end to this misery.
8 Posted 19/05/2022 at 13:02:47
Your surname is actually what he deserves.
9 Posted 19/05/2022 at 13:08:32
Just like he did after the Wimbledon game. Or was it the Coventry game? Or was it one of the many times we've been let down as fans?
10 Posted 19/05/2022 at 13:12:00
11 Posted 19/05/2022 at 13:33:15
Whatever happens, finger-pointing and recriminations start on Monday.
Don't forget that the deadline for nominations for the Fan Advisory Board closes tonight. Already nominated my guy, but given the timing and the 10-day window to get it sorted can only be yet another smokescreen and it would not surprise me if 'he' already knows who is going to be elected.
12 Posted 19/05/2022 at 14:04:19
It is worrying having some key players missing but we should have Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison firing again so hopefully we will get the goals we need.
I think a clean sheet is nigh-on impossible but we can but hope.
13 Posted 19/05/2022 at 18:01:31
Sure, the sending off cost us dear – but it only happened, for fuck's sake, because we made Brentford look like Barcelona in their prime. Eriksen could have waltzed around the midfield all day and not a blue shirt got near him.
So it's nowt to do with referees or a dastardly plot. Moshiri and Kenwright might be thick but they cannot be responsible for the least motivated and organised team in the league. That falls on the coaching – and it has been the same thru at least 7 managers.
If we escape, the risk is that, after a summer on the beach they will repeat. Either clear out Finch Farm or we will be back here next year.
I know that these words are not popular, but millions of words are spent here ignoring the obvious truth. It is not the money. It is not the players – it is the complete lack of an effective coaching system and it's time we wised up.
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