Whatever happens that was a memorable night.

Some had us written off before a ball was kicked. Don't tell that to the 3000 or so in attendance. And those, who, as usual, were watching around the country, up at ungodly hours around the globe. Those who had long journeys home with huge smiles on their faces. Or me asleep on the train. 

Believe. It's back in our hands and we can do it. Believe. 

I've been fortunate to witness Everton win two league titles, two FA Cups, a European Trophy and even a few trips to Wembley for the then Charity Shield. My formative years were the 70s and the Gordon Lee era. The uncertainty of Howard's early years and dark winter of 1983. That glorious, but all too brief period of success. The gloom of the 90s, the mediocracy of the Moyes years, dressed up as "success", with expectation trying to be beaten out of us. Never ever. The relegation scraps, including last year and that night against Palace. I think I've experienced most things in my Everton life. 

We are not clear yet. There is no resting on laurels. The players set the bar last night and deserve the praise. But that is the bar for the rest of what is left of this season, starting at the weekend. 

City? Who knows? Many didn't give us a chance last night, yet we steamrollered a widely respected in-form team challenging for European football on their own turf. Football is unpredictable. You never know. 

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If you believe, you can do it. Believe Everton. I do. 

It was a quiet trip in. I made my way to London Victoria. I met with Mark, Martin, big Gareth and the Kent Blues somewhere near Brighton station. I think it was a home pub, but I was able to convince the doormen that I wasn't a football hooligan and they waved me in.. 

A packed train to the ground, where I had a good conversations with a few Evertonians who had travelled down from Crosby. Everyone was optimistic. Never stop believing. 

It doesn't need me to say it, but we played the classic counter attack game and with the width we have been lacking. 

Calvert-Lewin gave us presence up front and kept the Brighton defence occupied, relieving the pressure off the midfield and defence. A very intelligent turn for the first goal followed by perfect delivery to put it on a plate for Doucoure, who couldn't miss. But watch the pass from Iwobi to Dominic in the build-up. My only concern at that point was that we had scored too early. 35 seconds. That clock on the score board was going to take a while to run down. Was it too early to stop breathing? 

I don't like or claim to be a "told-you-so" person, but I kept saying I could see a player in McNeil even in the depths of the despair of this season. He just needed someone to aim for. He possesses great delivery and has a shot in his bag of tools as we witnessed with the last goal. He forced the own goal from their keeper through great play and a cut back. The 4th goal reminded me of that kid thing we used to do in the park. I thought he might have gone to ground and headed it in off the goal line. A talented player and still only 23 years old. 

Again, notable that it was Iwobi who played the pass that opened up the space to play him in before he mesmerised the Brighton defence, put the defender on his arse and then done the same to the keeper before calmly tapping it in pretty much off the goal line. 

We had two young full backs on the pitch. Let’s not forget it took Seamus a while to settle coming from the Irish League for 60 grand. Well, we had a 21 year old from the Scottish League who hadn't played a lot and has had injuries. And a now 23 year old in a foreign country with war raging in his homeland. Both were solid. 

Marshalled by an excellent centre back pairing. They won everything. I genuinely never feared from any of the many corners that occurred, particularly in the second half when we sat deep. Tarkowski was much more comfortable not having to try and do it on his own. If only we didn't lose big Yerry every week to a snapped shoelace as I commented to the person next to me. He was immense and commanding, as was Tarkowski. 

Gueye done his thing. A lack of finesse for some, but vital. Garner steady on the ball, I like that in a footballer. The clue is in the title. 

Doucoure, energy and power. Keep him up the pitch. How much did we miss him because of the suspension? 

Many complain about Iwobi, and yes, he does make mistakes. But football is a game of mistakes and he makes them because he is trying to make things happen. Keep doing it. 

Pickford. Say no more. Probably the best instinctive shot stopper in the League. Breath taking at times and despite that scoreline, which I am not going to detract from, he kept it closer and more comfortable than it could have been. It's what he's paid for, but we are going to have to line up a replacement as I can sense the Manchester United and Tottenham hawks circling. 

At 4 – 1 and another corner, I shouted that I was looking at the floor, despite saying I wasn't concerned. I got told off by the lady in front of me. Looking at the floor at 4 –1 was the polite version of her question back to me. Fair shout. 

Every single one of them worked their socks off and got what they deserved, including the vocal plaudits from that amazing support at the end.

Train back to Brighton. Police Officer to confirm given last season's platform shenanigans. More talking to Brighton supporters on the long queues and controlled access to get to the platform. They were bemoaning the transport links and where the club had placed the stadium. Hopefully Everton have considered that for Bramley Moore Dock? 

Our supporters. They spoke for themselves and I was proud of them. 

No man of the match, just the recognition of that travelling support. To be there amongst them was a privilege. As always, watching the young supporters just makes you wonder how and why they do it. But they do just as we always have done and will continue to do. Nights like that make it worth it for them. God bless. Your time will come. 

Don't talk to me about the self-appreciation society across the park who clap themselves after singing that nauseating song. Don't tell me about the self-proclaimed best supporters in the world at St James' Park that Sky fawn over.

Anyone in that ground or listening, or watching, last night saw the most passionate and dedicated supporters in English football. That was Brighton away, hundreds of miles for most present and in the context of us desperately trying to close the trap door.

Wait until we win something and get into Europe again. No other club. No other supporters. They don't come close. 

Big clubs? Wait until this one awakens. They won't know what has hit them. 

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Lee Courtliff
1 Posted 09/05/2023 at 19:48:49
Great stuff, Danny. I'm glad one of your many away days finally had a happy ending, you and the other 3k all deserved it.

I was shocked at scoring in the 1st minute, amazed we made it 2 nil, dumbfounded when the 3rd went in and even then I was still terrified that we'd find a way to F it up!

I finally relaxed at 4-1 with 30 seconds left to play then Dwight made it FIVE!! An amazing result and performance and hopefully this will see us kick-on and reach safety before the final day.

I've got my ticket for Wolves, hopefully I'll see you down there.

Mark Murphy
2 Posted 09/05/2023 at 20:01:02
Actually Danny, I meant to talk to you about those “awful” Gordon Lee years before the game but totally forgot. I had many a great away day when that team fired, including another great 5-1 away thrashing, that time at Filbert street when we romped in the sunshine and the Blue Streak released the mighty blue army that even then were the pride of away support. That was in 77 - very nearly a glorious year and but for an inept and infamous Welsh twat in black might have been crowned in silverware. Maybe time blurs the memory Danny, but even back then in the barren 70s we had momentous days like yesterday. Everton are Magic! Let’s bring that back! UTFT!
Dave Abrahams
3 Posted 09/05/2023 at 20:10:12
Glad you finally saw a cracking away win Danny along with all the rest of those brilliant fans, can’t say enough about them, the very lifeblood of this club of ours.

We’ve not had much to celebrate for a long time but to see the ecstasy on the faces of our Everton fans last night meant a lot to me and I bet the thousands of Everton fans all over the world who were watching and singing along with them, winning a game that will help us stay up is what we were celebrating, wait ‘til we finally get hold of a trophy then we’ll really go to town with the celebrating.

I hope to see you soon Danny, look after yourself and let your dogs know why you look so happy they’ll be wondering why!!

Andy Crooks
4 Posted 09/05/2023 at 20:18:27
Brilliant, Danny. I would like to thank you, Rob H, Neil C and John R; your positive posts on here have kept me sane for weeks.Well done the away Blues!!
Good to see some of those who have expressed their doubts, back on the site today with some nice posts. The most relentless are absent. It's the small pleasures, the little rays of hope, that keep us battling on.
We all slept better last night.
Ben King
5 Posted 09/05/2023 at 21:07:25
Super post. Enjoyed reading that - thanks.

I don’t get to many games these days but I can only imagine the atmosphere yesterday: you and the other 2,999 made yourselves heard thru the telly and especially on the pitch. You totally outsung the home support.

That was a performance to be proud of. Similar to the Arsenal game we were strong, inventive, cohesive and composed. I really fear that Michael Keane brings too much uncertainty to the side. Mina was immense.

Then again, they all were.

A proud night to be a blue

Bill Whity
6 Posted 09/05/2023 at 21:25:26
Feel sorry for Ellis Simms. Thought he should have come on for DCL.
maybe the manager doesn't like youngsters. Simms will go to Sunderland or other championship side as well as Cannon. Don't know why we recalled him
Jim Lloyd
7 Posted 09/05/2023 at 21:58:44
It was a great night and Danny, you've captured it!

From before the match 'til after it, our supporters were fantastic. Roared our lads on and sung them off the pitch! I was chuffed to bits for all our Blue Lads and lasses who made that trip to Brighton.

Last night our team has given our supporters, hope! Our manager has given us a team; and we give them our support. That seems a bloody good recipe to me!

Whatever happens, a rebuilding job has to take place; and I think we saw the start of that, on the pitch last night...and in the stands. Every one of you was just brilliant! well done to all the blues, those who played their hearts out and all those supporters who sang their hearts out!

Barry Rathbone
8 Posted 09/05/2023 at 21:59:15
Sorry, but fans believing is for the birds.

If it made such a difference, we wouldn't have such an appalling record at Goodison against Liverpool. Players playing to their maximum is the first thing and second is the hope better teams, such as Brighton, aren't "up for it". The Brighton manager admitted they weren't – "That was not Brighton" he quipped.

By all means have a pint, a sing-song and enjoy but in terms of results, it makes no difference – we would be in the top 4 every year if it did.

Tony Abrahams
9 Posted 09/05/2023 at 22:13:37
Or maybe that wasn't the Everton that have exasperated us for many years now, Barry.

A great read Danny, full of joy, full of passion, and full of that great commodity – belief.

If we would have lost, then some of those who never believed we could win, would have been on here saying, "I told you so."

Who needs such realistic people when the team needs a win?

Watching that beautiful traveling blue army made last night even better. I only watched the match on the tele, but you could see how much it meant to our fantastic passionate crowd. 👏👏

James Lawton
10 Posted 09/05/2023 at 22:22:59
Barry @#8 - Interesting rationale, but I doubt if there was a lot of belief we could win derby games, more a wish or desire that we could. Belief and desire are two different things entirely.

We invariably were playing against teams with better players in those matches, which would not be conducive to belief in winning. Of course, true belief does not always need facts to support it but, for most of us, I think we do tend to base our beliefs on factual evidence.

Even Danny O'Neill, who encourages us to believe in our team, admits to looking at the ground in tense moments. Not a criticism of Danny at all, just an observation.

In reference to the Brighton manager's pathetic excuses after his team were routed, how about giving some credit to Everton?

Jim Lloyd
11 Posted 09/05/2023 at 22:28:12
Everton caned Brighton last night and their manager was dolloping out a lame excuse there.

It was Brighton, the same Brighton on the edge of European places. We were a different Everton last night.

Jamie Crowley
12 Posted 09/05/2023 at 22:48:42
Great submission and piece, Danny!

Very happy for you and all the traveling supporters.

I watched the highlights last night, and I kept rewinding and re-watching the first goal. Not because of Iwobi's excellent ball to Calvert-Lewin, his absolutely sublime turn and subsequent service, or Doucoure's steady finish.

I kept rewinding to watch the fan's reaction to the goal.

Sport is such a beautiful thing when you see athletes gifted by God and good old-fashioned hard work, and the masses celebrating that beauty so passionately.

And that reaction by the fans for that first goal was simply beautiful – and I don't mean from a Blue prism, I mean from a human prism. Humanity celebrating what we're capable of through the beauty of sport. That's what I saw anyway.

Well, that and Blues going nuts with joy.

Just watch the crowd, not the play itself:


Happy for you, Danny!

Mike Gaynes
13 Posted 09/05/2023 at 23:05:34
Great piece, Danny. Enjoyed it.

And I am so overwhelmingly happy for you and the rest of the traveling Blues who have endured such misery with fortitude, spirit and very loud singing all season long.

You all deserved this a thousand times over.

Michael Lynch
14 Posted 09/05/2023 at 23:23:53
It's been a horrible couple of seasons, but there have been more "I was there" moments over the past year than in the past decade before it.

Palace at home last season, and Brighton away this season will live in my memory as long as the Bayern Munich semi-final. Assuming we stay up of course!

John Raftery
15 Posted 09/05/2023 at 23:41:45
Great stuff, Danny. What a wonderful evening it was! If we aren't all feeling positive after that win away from home against one of the best teams outside the top two, I can't imagine when we will be.

I have seen a few big wins in 54 years of attending away games but nothing like last night's when we came under such intense pressure. A 5-1 scoreline usually suggests a one-sided stroll. It was anything but that.

Given what was at stake, it was unsurprising many of us were nervous even with a three-goal lead. Every player played his part in a fantastic team performance. We controlled much of the game without the ball and, once possession was won, it was exciting to see our runners bursting forward with pace and purpose.

Undoubtedly other teams will analyse very carefully how we achieved this result and set up accordingly. I imagine they will seek to snuff out our counter-attacks, if necessary by committing niggling fouls, a tactic at which Manchester City are very adept without incurring yellow cards.

Pete Clarke
16 Posted 10/05/2023 at 00:25:57
I'll be honest enough to say I thought this squad had us doomed to relegation months ago.

It does make a big difference to the balance of the team though when players are put in their rightful positions and tactics are discussed and played to suit. We did that last night and, instead of a nervous-low scoring win, they finally gave us a thumping 5 -1 win that has us not only believing we can stay in the Premier League but also the foundation of next season.

Doucouré, Iwobi and Gana are frustrating players but they were brilliant last night with so much energy and that will to get forward when an opening occurs. Garner also gave us a fine balance to go with the fight by the rest of the team.

Great to see the blue hordes smiling again and finally getting to celebrate something special. I can only imagine that journey home.

It's not over yet but that was top class and shuts those pricks up on the TV who love to have a dig at Everton.

Kieran Kinsella
17 Posted 10/05/2023 at 00:40:30

I feel like this is written for me. I posted about a week ago I didn't want to share my thoughts as I hoped you, Rob, my mate Neil Copeland and co could muster enough positivity at away games to drag some life out of the team. You lads came through!

Steve Brown
18 Posted 10/05/2023 at 00:55:42
Thanks, Danny, for a great piece.

You and the travelling blues do us all proud.

Steve Brown
19 Posted 10/05/2023 at 00:58:43
Barry @ 8,

The Brighton manager is bound to say that, as he was schooled tactically by Dyche in that game.

Ian Black
20 Posted 10/05/2023 at 01:04:40
What a game! What a result!

I am especially pleased for the brave souls who go on and on every week away from home and back the team to the hilt despite the results and, more often than not, the performance.

To hear the away fans singing Spirit of the Blues almost incessantly all game brought a blue tear to my eye. It is this level of support when it is most needed that makes you realise what being an Everton supporter is all about. Yes, our team is generally pretty shit, we often collapse against supposedly lesser opponents and, when all appears lost, we pull a performance like that out of the bag.

I have been particularly critical of Maupay and McNeil this season based on past performances. And whilst I still retain my reticence of Maupay I am more than happy to be corrected about McNeil, I just hope he gains confidence from that performance and can push on, the boys got talent. He just needs to add consistency to his game and a lot also depends on how he connects with the players around him.

We still need some more points and it would be a fool to predict where they come from. But we have drawn a line in the sand. A deep line. We will not go down lightly, we have momentum. Belief. If we can harness this epic support and keep the momentum going forward we could be safe with some to spare.

On to the next one. Man City? Let us assault them in the same way we destroyed Brighton. They have lost 4 games in the league already. Why not a fifth? They don't lose games from being outplayed and technically outmaneuvered.

The only way to beat them is to get straight down their throat and stop them from playing. We have some big, industrious players in our team who can physically impose ourselves and with the crowd's bear-pit backing make things very difficult for them.

Appreciate the relentless positivity, Danny, we are far from done yet. Let us channel the spirit of Seamus and claw our way over the line over broken and bruised limbs. We are Everton, we don't give up without a fight.

Geoff Cadman
21 Posted 10/05/2023 at 01:38:22
well written report, Danny, you managed to capture what we were all feeling.

On a different note I was on the BBC sport website last night in the comments section which is usually full of RS Trolls spitting their bile. Last nights was totally different – real Fans from all over the country praising Everton and our fans and all wanting us to stay up. It raised the feel-good factor to another level.

Last point, Danny, after last night can you please start all future away days from Platform 13.

Paul Kernot
22 Posted 10/05/2023 at 03:30:48
Okay, okay. I'm back. Admittedly I was one of those who had resigned myself to what I thought was pretty inevitable but ourteam and supporters together changed my outlook yet again.

Danny mentioned that he was still nervous even at 3-0. I think we all were. Interestingly, so were Dyche and his co-coach. Just watch their reaction immediately prior to half-time when Garner's effort from 6 yards out was blocked.

I'm firmly back in the 'We can do this' camp again. I never really left.

Ian Jones
23 Posted 10/05/2023 at 06:51:44
Danny, nice article. Only thing I would query is the use of 'we steamrollered a widely respected in-form team...'

Not taking anything away from the fantastic away win, but it would be great if, at some time down the future, we can one day take the game to the opposition and not rely on counter-attacking...

Two other things. I think the Brighton manager under-estimated us by leaving out 2 or 3 players who would usually be in the first team.

Also, fair play to Brighton as a club. It looked as if Brighton positions the away fans behind the goal as opposed to sticking them in the corner somewhere, out the way. I haven't been to an away match for years so assume this isn't usual.

Martin Mason
24 Posted 10/05/2023 at 07:44:56
Bitter Barry@8 I wondered if you could possibly show your face after such a win, you must have despised not being able to give us your superior told you so garbage. I disagree about what the fans can do, not all of the time of course and obviously limited but players and fans were absolutely together on Monday evening. I know you were disappointed in us not losing and here's to you having that bitter taste in your gob after every game.
Martin Mason
25 Posted 10/05/2023 at 08:04:08
Ian Jones@23 We have to play to our few strengths and for now we probably don't have the strength to dominate teams for long periods nice though it would be. Counter attacking is a wonderful game and remember that sides like Forrest won European Cups playing it. Liverpool have played it for decades. The defensive parts are actually good to watch if your heart is strong.
John Raftery
26 Posted 10/05/2023 at 08:12:09
Ian (23) You are right in saying Brighton are one of the very few clubs which positions away fans directly behind the goal. At best some like Chelsea allocate slightly less than half of an end with only a few seats directly behind the posts. In most of the modern stadiums like Arsenal, Brentford, Leicester and Southampton we are in the corner. Worst of all is Newcastle and it’s 147 steps to the top tier. At Villa, Wolves, Bournemouth and Palace we sit along the side of the pitch.

I can remember the days in the late sixties and first half of the seventies when we could chose where to stand. Games were not ticketed and we just took over the terrace opposite the home end. More often than not those terraces were completely open to the elements.

Michael Lynch
27 Posted 10/05/2023 at 08:32:14
John, to be fair we are one of those clubs that put the away fans at the side of the ground. They used to be behind the goal.

I'd love to see a return to away ends, but not at Bramley Moore of course - we should stick the away fans in the Mersey at our new ground!

Rob Halligan
28 Posted 10/05/2023 at 08:48:47
I’ve stopped posting on here since the day after the Newcastle defeat because quite simply, the negativity and moaning was doing my head in, and I honestly thought if I did post, it would be directed at any one of the usual moaners, full on, very akin to what followed after the Newcastle game away when I really did give it loads and faced being banned for life, which, at the time wouldn’t have bothered me in the slightest, and certainly wouldn’t have bothered me nearly two weeks ago. I’ve still been reading the threads etc, and I’ve noticed Dale Self questioning my whereabouts, cheers Dale, but other than that, I’ve probably not been missed, and why should I be, after all, I’m only a small link on a very large chain!

Anyway, I thought why should I let a few moaners stop me posting, best to just totally ignore them, and communicate with those who see things for what they are. Since the Leicester game, the moaners seem to have disappeared, although one or two are still posting, obviously upset that we seem to be fighting our way slowly towards safety, although still a long way to go before we can all breathe a sigh of relief, well most of us anyway.

Regarding Mondays game, there’s only Danny and Mike Gaynes know this (Well everyone will now), but to due mitigating circumstances, I was unable to attend Brighton, the first game I’ve missed in nearly seven years, home, away or in Europe, and boy was I absolutely gutted to have missed it. I watched it on TV, and I’m a nervous wreck at the best of times when in a stadium, but watching on TV really is not good for your health. You’re up and down kicking every ball, heading every header, nearly throwing thing at the TV, and worst of all, the ale is on constant tap. Some might say that’s a good thing, but not when you’re dying for a Geoff Hurst every five minutes it’s not!

This team is good enough to get us out of this mess, as has been proven by the last two games. It will take time, of course it will, but let’s get this season out of the way, retain our premier league status, which we will, spend our last season at Goodison in the premier league, and then kick off season 2024/25 in our brand spanking home on the banks of the royal blue Mersey.

Here’s to the next seven years!! 🍺🍺🍺

Christopher Timmins
29 Posted 10/05/2023 at 08:52:44

During some really horrible periods this season you have kept me going, when the pragmatic boring accountant that I am was telling me to stop believing.

The performance at Leicester gave me hope, real hope, and Monday night added to that sense of hope.

We have a manager who gives guys a chance and if they are not performing then they are left out. Keane, Holgate and Godfrey cannot complain, they got opportunities and they did not perform.

If we keep everyone fit we will see the same starting eleven for our remaining three games.

Mike Doyle
30 Posted 10/05/2023 at 09:13:47
Rob 28] Like you Monday’s game was the first EPL game of ours that I have missed watching for approximately 3 years.
My wife reckons I am obviously a Jinx and should avoid watching the remaining 3 games as this will help the team.
Have you been subjected to similar domestic abuse since Monday?
Rob Halligan
31 Posted 10/05/2023 at 09:18:30
Mike, my missus is away in Malaga for a few days, and is one of the reasons why I had to miss Brighton. I’ve already spoken to her and told her she is so dead when she returns home. It’s going to cost her big time!
Peter Mills
32 Posted 10/05/2023 at 09:31:17
Good to see you posting, Rob. Sorry you missed the trip to Brighton, you deserve to have been there.

I suspect our American friends will be wondering why you were dying for a Geoff Hurst every 5 minutes, but will be relieved you got one with Dwight McNeil’s final goal!

Stefan Busby
33 Posted 10/05/2023 at 09:37:19
I am slightly playing catch up and not a regular poster on the articles and slightly dabble on the live threads but fair play Danny, great write up. Sums up what we are. We will scrap this out and stay up.

Rob Halligan - Great post. As above I don't post to much and at times I can be negative on our situation but I think that stems from how we have been 'run' over the last god knows who many years. I'll never voice is as there is little to no need. Player wise on paper and now a manger who is not afraid to fire a rocket up the players arses, I believe we will be OK.


Brian Harrison
34 Posted 10/05/2023 at 09:43:46
Rob 31

I can imagine your feelings after not missed an away game for 7 years which is remarkable and to miss us scoring 5 away must be galling for you. I understand perfectly your feelings about watching the game on the TV, obviously for home games I am at Goodison and I don't have the same nerves as I get when watching the away games. I watched the opening 10 minutes, but nerves got the better of me and I kept walking round the house and just popping in for 5 minute segments. Seemed every time I ventured in we had scored another it was unbelievable. I watched them play the goals I had missed live during the half time segment. Even 3-0 up I still feared they would somehow get a draw out of the game. Managed to watch 10 minutes of the 2nd half before going walkabout again, just popping back in to see the score, then couldnt believe we had scored a 4th, but still couldnt stay in the room to watch the game. Went back in to see Brighton had scored but it was now into the 78th minute. Thought I wont tempt fate and stayed out till it was 85 minutes on the clock started to feel confident and stayed to watch and saw McNeil score the 5th.
Surely no 75 year old having watched Everton since I was 6 should be carrying on like this. Just that it means so much to me for us not to get relegated.
I posted on another thread the day after the game, my biggest delight with the result was for our amazing away fans. I thought of Danny and his positive posts even when things look precarious. I imagine his dogs were wondering why he was smiling so much on the day after the game as he is never this happy after a game.

Ray Roche
35 Posted 10/05/2023 at 09:51:47
John Raftery@26

Yes John, standing wherever you want! And at half time, switching ends so you would be behind the goal that we were attacking. I just hope that we don’t place the opposition supporters behind one of the goals at Brantley Moore. We saw the other night how our away support gets the best out of the team, we shouldn’t be giving the opposition any help. Top corner like the Skunks do.

Andy Crooks
36 Posted 10/05/2023 at 09:56:21
Martin@ 24, so glad you got to see us win. Maybe you are our new talisman. I think you are being a bit unfair on Barry Rathbone, by the way. If you look at some other threads he has but up some smashing posts. Also, I genuinely believe that ever Blue was proud on Monday.
Rob, I know that there has been a load of relentless doom from a few on here and to be honest, while I never said it, I sometimes thought it. If things should go bad against City no doubt the missing few will return on here. However, despite the fact that some people find being wrong an affront to their very being, I don't think there is a Blue on this site who did not get a mighty buzz on Monday.

Jerome Shields
37 Posted 10/05/2023 at 09:58:12
Danny you and the 3000 thoroughly deserved a night like that.Being there will be one of those experiences that will stay with you for the rest of your left.
Paul Hewitt
38 Posted 10/05/2023 at 10:04:42
How far has this club fallen to be celebrating a win at Brighton like we've won something.
Mark Murphy
39 Posted 10/05/2023 at 10:06:33
F#cks sakes Paul.
Let us be happy at least until Sunday won’t you?
Rob Dolby
40 Posted 10/05/2023 at 10:08:36
Good post Danny, We aren't out of the woods just yet as there will be more twists and turns to go, there always is at the bottom.

Barry 8. How many players over the years have said how hostile and difficult it is to play at Goodison.

The fans do make a difference. Encouragement at any level of sport can improve performance.

If only we had a team to match the fans passion and expectations.

Monday's performance was right out of the Ancelotti text book. It's the only way we can play given our limitations in midfield and up top.

It's a free hit against City. Hopefully Wolves will have their flip flops on.

I just hope we don't need to a result against Bournemouth as we are very vulnerable once the midfield is out of shape.

Paul Hewitt
41 Posted 10/05/2023 at 10:12:55
Sorry mark, don't mean to be a party pooper. But you know what I mean.
Brent Stephens
42 Posted 10/05/2023 at 10:22:17
Paul #38 - we DID win something. Did you really not get excited about that win?!

You can have your free hit Sunday, as Mark implies.

Martin Mason
43 Posted 10/05/2023 at 10:23:43
Andy@36 Then I apologise to him but after meeting with so many great Evertonians at away games I really hate the idea of their incredible optimism and support being criticised. Monday had to be seen to be believed especially the optimism and positivity and not just from old bogies like me and younger adults but families and youths most of whom have never seen a successful Everton. What was especially amazing was the diversity of Evertonians who had come not only from the city but from all over the country. I was down at the front in the RH corner and it was rocking all over the world as well as Spirit of the Blues. How can I deny the right of these wonderful people to have hope and be as happy as they were. I've seen both away wins but definitely not a Tlisman.
Tony Everan
44 Posted 10/05/2023 at 10:29:13
Danny, something that sticks in my mind was the report you gave after the Newcastle away game you went to in the winter. The mental image of you on the late train back home after that defeat, tired and disappointed, I was left thinking our magnificent supporters and dedicated away support deserve better. So I was delighted for every one of them on Monday. Dave sums it up in his earlier comment, you and many others are the lifeblood of the club.

Most important thing now is to finish the job off, then the great reset for Everton FC. A breath of fresh air with a new chairman as prerequisite , a new look board , new investment, professionally run on and off the pitch with solid incremental progress.

With a jewel like iconic stadium on the banks of the Royal Blue Mersey , and our unrivalled support , our club can get back to where we want it to be.

Barry Hesketh
45 Posted 10/05/2023 at 10:31:13
To fail to understand why the Evertonians celebrated Monday's incredible victory in the way that they did- more the scoreline than the actual performance - is to fail to understand the position that the club is in.

Most people recognise that the whole future of the club is at stake, in the remaining matches of this season, therefore, the win at Brighton has given a huge boost to the players and the fans to have some hope that the worst scenario can be avoided.

It may prove to be false hope, but if those traveling fans who hadn't seen a victory on the road since October, who had only witnessed a total of three victories away from home in two seasons, can't jump around and sing and dance with joy, when can they?

The club is nowhere near the position we would wish it to be, but moaning about how our fans reacted to a win at such a 'lowly' club as Brighton, is part of the reason we find ourselves in this position. There is no divine right to win matches for any club and each victory should be enjoyed for what it is, when it happens, although the less exuberant and practical amongst us may feel that it is beneath them to celebrate a mundane victory such as Monday's.

I feel really gutted for Rob, having to sit at home watching the game unfold on TV. Such a memorable moment for the fans and the club. I hope the team does the same at Wolves, because you deserve to see it live and in the flesh Rob.

Joe McMahon
46 Posted 10/05/2023 at 10:31:31
Paul@38, I admit I'm a miserable old sod but the performance against Brighton was one the the best away performances I can remember for a long time. Doucoure and McNeil were playing with swagger and confidence we haven't seen since Martinez first season.
It was a joy to watch.

Brighton are also a very good team and incredible performance. Sean Dyche and his training team have somehow changed the mindset.

James Hughes
47 Posted 10/05/2023 at 10:33:22
We all support the club in different ways but I do not understand the few who keep harping on that we will lose this game and we are going down.

As Monday proved anything can happen and at long last we had the team we have been asking for. Mina back in, no Keane. Garner keeping his place a fit DCL and Doucoure up there supporting him. His second goal was superb.

I have one game left this season Citteh on Sunday then I can't see anymore.
Wolves game I will have just left Hong Kong so can't see. B'mouth game I will be in Auckland looking after my grandson and they don't have footie package otherwise I would be doing what others do and get up at silly o'clock. Might try and get a dodgy stream but I would probably wake the little fella up.

So come Sunday if Danny get leave from platform 13 and Dave Abraham bring his lucky coal that would be great.
Because we are going to beat Citteh and surprise a few more people


Stephen Davies
48 Posted 10/05/2023 at 10:44:19
Jesus Christ was an Evertonian
Brian Hennessy
49 Posted 10/05/2023 at 10:47:18
Great report Danny. Huge credit to you and all the travelling fans.

Looking at the Champions league last night, Sunday is going to be much tougher. I can't see us keeping City scoreless. That's why I think it will only be a 4-1 home win.

Graham Lloyd
50 Posted 10/05/2023 at 11:01:46
I've been eagerly waiting for your report Danny! I am so, SO pleased both for you and fellow travelling Blues after such a torrid few years away from home. All we could hear throughout the telecast here in Sydney was Singin' The Blues from the first minute to the last. I still don't think I am quite ready to get positive just yet, but, I can at least moved a small step away from complete dispair and certain of relegation to a 'could we???' state of mind! Thanks for all your reports! First class stuff and please keep it up.
Eddie Dunn
51 Posted 10/05/2023 at 11:02:43
I very much enjoyed your report Danny and so pleased for our travelling fans who have spent so much time and money over many years rarely getting a nice victory.
That thumping win was one of the best performances of an Everton team on the road ever.
Brighton put 6 past Leeds a few weeks back.
The manner of the win will have not only improved the confidence of our players but also demoralised all the players at the other rivals.
Even if we get nothing off Man City, we can go to Wolves with real belief.
Dave Abrahams
52 Posted 10/05/2023 at 11:11:05
Barry (8), Barry read Danny’s Title as though he is talking to our players not the fan’s, that’s were the belief really belongs, too often they have left the belief in the dressing room and if you don’t believe you can win the game you might as well stay in the dressing room.

As for the fans of course many are realists and they voice their opinion, Andy ( Crooks ) is honest enough to admit that he thought it, I bet plenty did the same, I wouldn’t let myself believe that we couldn’t stay up but if I was asked, which I was, I said yes we can can go down but we can also stay up which I think will be the case.

As for the supporters absolutely different class and some of them are well into their seventies and still making these long journeys to follow the Blues and coming home must have been a miserable experience for them and all of those who had travelled, on Monday night no matter what their age I bet they felt like dancing all the way home, as Jamie ( Crowley ) said have a look at the fans celebrating those goals at the game, makes you proud to be an Evertonian, lads you were admired by neutral fans all over the world on Monday night, take a bow. Wish to God I had been there with you.

Ray Roche
53 Posted 10/05/2023 at 11:27:53
Dave, I was on the BBC report of the game and in the comments section numerous Brighton fans were big enough to praise the performance but also heaped praise on the away supporters. The atmosphere looked incredible, all credit to the Blue Army.👍🏻👏🏻
Steve Brown
54 Posted 10/05/2023 at 11:31:26
Dave A, spot on about mindset.

A collective mindset and standards will make this club successful and everyone has to buy in and play their part. Cynicism, negativity, pessimism and moaning - sure they are justified on occasion but they rarely improve things. I can also see why they are the default for many after the last 30 years.

Personally, I find such sentiments expressed repeatedly by the same posters pathetic and f*cking boring. Same applies to those who commit more energy to slagging off the club they claim to love than supporting it.

Despite the decline at this club, I never thought we would get relegated for two reasons.

First, I posted on here a couple of weeks ago that we were the form team in the bottom 6 since Dyche took over, too much derision from some. But factually it was correct- 4 wins, 5 draws and 5 defeats. That form over the season would place us mid-table and was better than our main rivals for relegation. The problem is that we are so accustomed to disappointment, that every defeat results in despair and over-reaction from fans.

Second, I posted that none of our main rivals would get more than 33 points based on their form and fixtures. That is now playing out and hopefully will see us through.

But the thing that WILL definitely see us over the line if things are on the line is the passion and fervour of our fans. Particularly, those who attend the games home and away.

I take my hat off to you.

Brian Harrison
55 Posted 10/05/2023 at 11:41:22
I know this is for another day to discuss but both Doucoure and Mina are out of contract in a couple of weeks, also isn't Iwobi in contract talks and I am sure with his performances of late Doucoure wont be short of offers. I know he has said the club knows his thoughts, but with these 2 out of contract is a worry.
Obviously if we go down which I don't think we will, there will be an even bigger exodus of players. so while staying in the Premier league is our main concern we may have some tricky negotiations in the next couple of weeks.
Will Mabon
56 Posted 10/05/2023 at 12:39:49

BBC "reporting" that Docouré does not know if he wants to stay at the club. Contract ends summer, with possible 12 month extension.

Pete Hughes
57 Posted 10/05/2023 at 12:42:51
I think it was Wolves that Brighton put 6 past a week or two back?
Steve Brown
58 Posted 10/05/2023 at 13:10:53
Contracts expire on 30th June.

We can activate the one year option on Doucoure’s contract at any time before that. Mina will definitely leave due to his 125K salary and injury record.

Plus we have Braithwaite returning from PSV.

Eddie Dunn
59 Posted 10/05/2023 at 13:13:27
Pete- yes, it was Wolves does that mean we are goging to win there by ten goals?

Steve @ 54. Perhaps some of the moaning and negativity can be forgiven especially as we were promised we wouldn't be in the same position as last season. People need hope and Dyche proved with the win over Arsenal that we had potential. He has copped some unfair stick and has now installed Patterson and Garner into the first eleven. Mina too was called for and has been included, so Dyche is running a meritocracy.
The win at Brighton has reinvigorated the players and supporters. Now we can see light at the end of the tunnel and we must all push to get to safety.

Tony Everan
60 Posted 10/05/2023 at 13:34:58
With Doucoure it seems simple, as soon as we are confirmed safe we will activate the one year extension.
So he is staying unless he wants to go elsewhere and someone offers us an acceptable transfer fee. Alternatively, If the unthinkable happens he will be gone.
Kieran Kinsella
61 Posted 10/05/2023 at 13:51:59
Call me cynical but Duke is 30 and almost out of contract. Suddenly he raises his game as he needs to earn a deal. Will he continue in the same vein once he gets a new deal?
Dale Self
62 Posted 10/05/2023 at 13:59:40
Decent point about age but Doucoure is not the type to time his performances for a payday like some others we’ve had here. I genuinely think he was played out of position and lost confidence. To your point thiugh at 30 we need to see who’s interested and who is available
Paul Tran
63 Posted 10/05/2023 at 14:20:33
I suspect Doucoure has raised his game because he's working with a manager who knows how to organise and manage a team better than his predecessors. I'm sure once we stay up, he'll stay with us. I hope so, his absence affected the team and blew a hole in Dyche's improvements.

The usual great report from Danny - a deserved cracking night for you and the other loyal travelling fans.

I've always thought we'd stay up, and have invested accordingly. We're not there yet, but it's in our hands and we've hit a good bit of form.

All I'm hoping now is that Softlad doesn't bin Dyche for Bielsa in the summer. Wouldn't put it past him, he's thick enough to do it.

Kim Vivian
64 Posted 10/05/2023 at 14:37:00
I said elsewhere that on Monday I had a good feeling about the Brighton game but in truth it wasn't THAT good, like 5-1 good.

Too early to be anything but realistic about Sunday but 1-1 in Spain and a big match for City next week may play into our hands. We did well (potentially crucially) to assist our goal difference against Brighton and against ManC besides obviously hoping for a win or draw we need to keep it bum-hole tight and if we do lose, may it be only by the odd goal.

I was in the camp that had us surviving the season and after Monday that is reinforced (my early prediction had been to draw or lose that game), but it still remains that it might be a bloody close call come 6:20pm on the 28th.

Steve Brown
65 Posted 10/05/2023 at 15:13:01
Eddie, we all have our moments of negativity and moaning. But, some "supporters" have turned it into a full-time occupation and show a bit to much relish for the task for my taste.

Dyche has got a tune out of a poor quality squad and without a striker. He hasn't always got his tactical set up right - switching to 4-4-2 when Doucoure was suspended - but he has done enough to justify remaining as our manager whatever the outcome this season.

Ben King
66 Posted 10/05/2023 at 15:48:43
Tony #60

Not sure we could get a transfer fee for Doucs if he’s out of contract and doesn’t want to extend?

John Raftery
67 Posted 10/05/2023 at 15:49:20
Rob (28) I wondered why you weren’t in the queue for the Brighton coaches! I assumed you had gone by train. I know your pain missing a 5-1 away win. Reminds me of arriving at Hillsborough at half-time for the third replay of the FA Cup tie in 1988. The coaches had been delayed. We were leading 5-0. That was the final score.

This is generally a very positive thread following Danny’s original post. We have to accept the path to survival was never going to be smooth given our position in the table and the lack of options in some positions. But Dyche has more often than not made the best of what he has had available. He has achieved an average of more than one point per game which over a full season would have been more than enough to keep us above the relegation pack.

The manager earns particular credit for his patience in making sure DCL was fit to sustain consecutive appearances. There must have been a huge temptation to throw him in a week or two earlier. He also made a big call restoring Doucouré to the team after his exile under Frank. What a difference those two have made to our attacking play.

Rob Halligan
68 Posted 10/05/2023 at 16:06:10
John, I won’t be on the coach for the wolves game either, as we’re all going by train for the last away game of the season.

Off topic, I see the RS have requested that their first game of next season be played away, due to the final touches being added on their current loft extension. No doubt this will be granted, and so our first game of next season will be at home.

Will Mabon
69 Posted 10/05/2023 at 16:13:14

as unusual a result as Saturday's was (by extent), it does provide a reminder of what we've missed with essentially no proper forward. Surprise, surprise, we've scored goals again.

It's almost like we've played a majority of the season with 10 men and perhaps the biggest surprise is that we're still in the fight.

Will Mabon
70 Posted 10/05/2023 at 16:14:46
Who's the new poster?
Raymond Fox
71 Posted 10/05/2023 at 16:16:17
Well put Danny.

With regards Doucoure's own comments, its one way to get a good contract, he probably wants to stay and its a hurry up to the club to make him an improved offer.

As for moaners, there are one or two who never have a good word for anything and anybody.

In defence though there has been plenty to moan/criticise about over the last years, though but not all the time.

As I've said before now, what I do dislike is too much 'climb on the bandwagon' criticism of individual players especially when they are called shite and the like.

As for some who are saying we are certain to stay up, thats way too confident, anything can happen and very often does.

I have already bet we will be in the Prem next season but theres a few twists and turns to come, I'm not counting my chickens just yet.

Barry McNally
72 Posted 10/05/2023 at 16:19:55
Rob, great to have you back - your positivity is the only thing that keeps me going at times.
Gary Brown
73 Posted 10/05/2023 at 16:26:13
I think we did same thing to Doucoure that we did to Gomes; we bought an 8 (CM) and tried to make them a 6 (DM). By design (Carlo), or by accident (Rafa / Frank), he’s been asked to defend first and foremost.

Dyche has given him license (like Carlo did with Gomes) and we can see the rewards. If we are staying up, and can’t spend big, seeing whether we can tie him up for 3 more years not a bad idea at all. Especially if we can get a lower wage and appearance/performance top-ups added in.

Tony Everan
74 Posted 10/05/2023 at 16:28:25
Ben, I’m not sure of the clauses at work, but I am assuming we can activate the contract extension regardless. When we are safe I would expect us to do it if that is contractually available.
Ian Hollingworth
75 Posted 10/05/2023 at 16:40:55
Rob@28 first game missed in 7 years, wow that is amazing given the various challenges everyone faces in life. Hats off to you as that is remarkable.
Great article Danny and I think all the positivity is rubbing off on the players now and here's hoping they don't stop believing.
Barry Hesketh
76 Posted 10/05/2023 at 16:59:08
One major bookmaker doesn't fancy our chances on Sunday, it's hardly surprising given both clubs current status, but I do hope one or two fans of Everton get a few bob extra in their accounts come Sunday tea-time, even if it's only for backing a draw.

Everton win - 8/1
Draw - 15/4
Man City win - 4/11

Alan McGuffog
77 Posted 10/05/2023 at 17:04:58
I'm not a " moaner". I followed the game in my favourite bar in Kas, Turkey, via the live forum. I got many a strange look from the other patrons as the goals went in. What a wonderful night.
But. And there's always a but...this same squad of players managed to get us into the sticky smelly stuff in the first place. So maybe a slight degree of caution before we order the " victory" parade and open top bus. Now Where's me tin hat !
Pete Day
78 Posted 10/05/2023 at 17:23:37
So glad you were there to see that performance Danny, I was there for the 2 nil victory last season and the atmosphere was amazing then so god knows what your experience was like! I should have pulled my finger out and gone but was always difficult on a school night.
The only downside for me makes the lack of effort for my Fulham game all that more hurtful! Still more to do yet! But I'm more confident of meeting for beers in the Harlech for a EPL game next season! UTFT
Si Cooper
79 Posted 10/05/2023 at 18:02:28
“If we get enough points then we stay up, if we don't we go down. We fans have probably done all we can and are just bystanders now. We say anything can happen but the bookie's odds say that most things that can happen are not good. Sit back, relax and just accept what happens.”
Who posted these pretty negative remarks only 5 days ago? I noted them then and was going to respond but decided it wasn’t the time to have a swipe at fellow Evertonians.
Now that poster is having a swipe at others I will call out Martin Mason for posting stuff that flips and flops from one point of view to another without introspection. Are you Boris Johnson in disguise?
I would also strongly disagree that the counter attacking tactics we used to such good effect on Monday are fundamentally the same as the way the RS play. They look to win the ball much further up the field in general.
It was a great result on Monday on the back of a hugely improved performance, but we were not dominant except in being the team that fashioned the most plum opportunities and actually converted them.
I believe the supporters played their part as much as they ever can, and I am really glad they didn’t take Martin’s post on the 5th at face value.
Martin Mason
80 Posted 10/05/2023 at 18:10:55
Massive positivity was justified after Monday but it's over now. Sunday is a new game against even better opposition, different skills and tactics will be needed and it's a matter now of how we react after Monday. I don't think I can go up on Sunday so I can only send my best hopes and wishes with you guys who can go. Just remember the title of this write up though, we have a chance and we must believe it not fold now.
Dale Self
81 Posted 10/05/2023 at 19:05:23
Rob, obviously fantastic to see you in action again. I think we've turned a corner but I know how you felt. Knew it when Brent said it was getting to him. Fortunately I smoke enough good weed to barely slide through those times. We all felt and if I may be generous some of the moaners do so from their unbearable pain of supporting the club. You can say that's a weird way to love but I think we've all done that.

That being said I will have a go if the compensating rhetoric gets to be too much but Paul Ferry is there to tap me on the shoulder when needed.

Martin Mason
82 Posted 10/05/2023 at 20:12:31
Si, I was correct on each point and have said nothing since to counter these. Is English your first language or what? I said to do what 99% of Everton fans could and should do and exactly what I would have done if I hadn't gone to the game. Anything is better than whingeing and being a turkey as seems your speciality.

At Brighton, Everton fans (including me) did everything that they normally do when watching Everton away (and as only fans watching the game away can); did they win the game for us? No idea – and I didn't say that they did – only that they believed and it was fantastic.

Did I say that nobody was to believe? Of course not. Have I had a swipe at anybody? No, you fabricated that so, while I'm sure that you have a point somewhere in that little mind of yours, you need to give a clue what it is.

Liverpool are a counter-attacking team as I said and for sure they press higher than Everton normally do but not like they did Monday. Did you not understand what I said on that?

So, in your silly rush to score a point, you haven't taken into account what was said, the difference between before and after the last game and that, if I want to I, can change my mind with or without your say...

Peter Mills
83 Posted 10/05/2023 at 20:21:43
I watched the game on telly in a pub in Devon with 2 Sheffield Utd fans, who supported me emotionally and Peronially.

They were still amused and bemused today that we were winning 1-4 with two minutes to go and I was still anxious.

Brent Stephens
84 Posted 10/05/2023 at 20:26:58
"Peronially"! Cracker.
Si Cooper
85 Posted 10/05/2023 at 23:38:32
Okay Martin, only you can comment on what people post.
You are obviously judging the prevailing mood and essentially posting for likes.

I'd never tell another Evertonian how they should or shouldn't show their support, I always pose things as what seems right to me. I suspect crowd influence varies greatly but I'd never suggest supporters just sit back passively.

I think the suggestion that you are a ‘talisman' has gone to your head if you can't see the innate negativity in your post from 5 days ago where you clearly try to instruct the rest of us on how we should support our team.

Any team can counter-attack in any given game; using it as a tactic means something different. Suggesting sides that largely dominate possession are simply counter-attacking teams is bizarre.

Is that how you remember the performances in the eighties? Everton soaking up wave upon wave of opposition attacks and only being able to cause them trouble when they've over-committed?

I remember performances where we seemed to hardly break sweat snuffing out the opposition's attacks and then swept forwards with unstoppable fluidity. Not exactly chalk and cheese to Monday's game, but a world away in terms of Everton bossing it.

I'll enjoy every win until it happens but what I'm really looking forwards to is Everton getting back to a much higher level of performance than we've witnessed for many a year.

Si Cooper
86 Posted 10/05/2023 at 23:59:11
“Did they win the game for us? No idea and I didn't say that they did only that they believed and it was fantastic.“

Find somewhere I commented on that. That was ‘Bitter Barry' as the other Martin Mason posted at 24.

“Did I say that nobody was to believe? Of course not.” Well someone posting as Martin Mason basically did.

“We say anything can happen but the bookies odds tell us that most things that can happen are not good.”

I don't know why you question my grasp of the language if you don't see that comment is anything but a rallying cry to accept that we are probably doomed.

“Have I had a swipe at anybody? No” – absolutely unbelievable comment after what you or your imposter posted at 24.

Gobble, gobble!

Kieran Kinsella
87 Posted 11/05/2023 at 00:50:42
Peter @83,

I was the same way. I was thinking to myself “Well, at least we should get a point” at 1-4. This season has been so disappointing, I was afraid of getting false hope.

Taking the emotion out of it, the game was won at half-time.

Mark Murphy
88 Posted 11/05/2023 at 06:40:55
Well that feel-good factor didn't last long!

Here's to a fighting draw on Sunday and another glorious away day at Wolves to secure survival!

I'm positive, Danny boy!


Steve Brown
89 Posted 11/05/2023 at 07:04:16
Mark, I say we upset the odds and beat Cittah at the weekend.

But, I could be wrong!

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
90 Posted 11/05/2023 at 08:11:38
I want City to play their strongest team against us on Sunday - I want Haarland, Stones, de Buyne, Alvarez, Foden, Grealish, Gundogan, Walker, Mahrez all in the starting 11.

Because they will all be the ones playing at home to Real and will be conserving themselves but also so fearful of getting injured they will not compete for 50/50 balls as much as we will. A City side of the above will only play to around 75% whereas one stuffed full of "reserves" playing at 100% will still be more than good enough to beat us. Pep, please play your strongest team, it gives us the best chance to at least not lose to you.

Martin Mason
91 Posted 11/05/2023 at 08:35:20
On the face of it we have our hardest game of the year on Sunday but Phil is right, fate has conspired to put them in the position of not being able to play their normal game. It could be a good game but we can win. Hopefully the fans and players believe that it can happen. A goal in 34 seconds would come in handy.
Mark Murphy
92 Posted 11/05/2023 at 09:03:35
That’s the spirit Steve. The ONLY reason I don’t predict wins out loud is because I always put the mockers on them! If I’d put my money on RedRum, Bjorn Borg, Mark Spitz and the RS they all would have won feck all! Although I will admit I wish I had in that last case.
But it seems I was the only Blue in the Amex who wasn’t looking at the floor at 4-1 - even I knew we’d won it by then!
And Phil makes a good point there. If they play their big(gest) guns they will have half an eye on the Real game. We should play that clip from the Damned United (when Leeds kicked Derbys full team off the pitch before a EC semi final) in City’s changing room before the game. UTFT
Danny O’Neill
93 Posted 11/05/2023 at 09:20:07
I only post to share experience, but thank you to all for the comments and to those I met. See you at the next one.

Apologies in advance for going soppy. I'll take my medicine from those who shout at me!

We have spirit. We are marching. We are forever Everton. Always have been. Always will be.

We will do this.

Mark Murphy
94 Posted 11/05/2023 at 10:02:28
Apparently tickets for the Wolves game are selling at £300 on social media. Shame on any blue who is cashing in on that!
Danny O’Neill
95 Posted 11/05/2023 at 12:05:10
If that is true, just don't.

Genuine supporters help each other out at face value as many on here do with each other.

There is a massive difference between helping friends, family and fellow supporters out as opposed to touting.

If true, shame on them.

Martin Mason
96 Posted 11/05/2023 at 13:18:00
I think that you'll find that all of the tickets on the ticket sites come from officials and players rather than genuine fans
Bob Parrington
97 Posted 12/05/2023 at 02:33:24
Been interstate again this week but managed to watch the game with Optus. Brilliant performance. OK, we struggled for a while just after the break and perhaps rode our luck a littlest there's no mistaking that this was superb overall by Everton.

3 points plus 4 goals towards our goal difference. Who would have expected this before the KO.

We know we can hold Citeh, so let's go one better this weekend and gather the 3 points!

Kieran Kinsella
98 Posted 12/05/2023 at 02:37:54

If you’re worried about being intestate just draw up a Will

Bob Parrington
99 Posted 12/05/2023 at 07:37:27
Ha Ha Kieran, Bill or Bob, makes no diff. Thankfully not Bill and Ben though!
Derek Knox
100 Posted 13/05/2023 at 06:25:25
Good article, Danny, which I know comes from the heart, a bit out of kilter this week. I was doing my Danny Duties on Monday but honestly believed we were on Sky at 20:00 not realising it was BT Sport (at 17:30). Anyway still would have almost managed to watch somewhere, probably a hostelry!

However we got stuck on the River Weaver at Saltersford Lock. The lock gates jammed and wouldn't open, so that added another 2 hours to the journey. Another Engineer on board, a Season-Ticket Holder, was trying to get a decent signal for updates on his phone.

When he shouted down to the Boiler Room that we had scored after 34 seconds, I thought "Here we go, they will sit back now and absorb the pressure." Signal was poor then Colin picked it up again just before half-time 0-3, what was going on here?

To end up 1-5 was beyond any of my expectations, basing that on recent performances. Let's just hope the last 3 games yield more positivity and we escape any further torment. I'd even settle for being the place above the Bottom 3, but we can do even better than that.

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