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Everton 2 - 0 Liverpool

Everton produced a barn-storming performance on a dramatic night under the lights at Goodison Park to move eight points clear of the relegation zone and put a huge dent in Liverpool’s League title hopes.

Against the backdrop of a pulsating atmosphere, Jarrad Branthwaite pounced in the 27th minute to put the Blues ahead and while Jordan Pickford’s heroics at one end protected the precious advantage, Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed home the killer second goal at the other 13 minutes into the second half.

Luis Diaz came the closest to opening the door for the reds in Jürgen Klopp’s last Merseyside derby when he fired off the upright with 20 minutes to go but it always felt as though Everton were in control on a memorable occasion, where Sean Dyche’s men became the first Toffees team to beat Liverpool at home since 2010.

Given the miserable history of this fixture for those of a Blue persuasion, this was a game that many had written off, with the greater attention being paid to the supposedly more winnable clash with Brentford on Saturday. Dyche, however, had called for a typical derby display and, having set the team up perfectly, he got one in spades as Everton came out with high-octane intensity.

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With greater composure from Abdoulaye Doucouré, the Toffees might have grabbed the lead as early as the third minute but when the ball broke to him via a deflection off Ibrahima Konaté, the Frenchman side-footed disappointingly wide with a reflex effort.

Everton then thought they had been awarded a penalty when Alisson Becker upended Calvert-Lewin in the Liverpool box but the striker had been slightly offside when he latched on to Jack Harrison’s smart ball in with the outside of his boot.

A terrific, goal-saving intervention by Ben Godfrey, who had been preferred to Ashley Young at right-back, cleared Mohamed Salah’s volleyed pass out of his own six-yard box in the 10th minute and took a tap-in away from Darwin Nuñez but it was Everton who were carrying the greater threat, terrorising the visitors’ defence from dead-ball situations.

Godfrey should have done better with a header at the back post that he put a couple of yards wide and Calvert-Lewin forced the first save from Alisson with a header but it all came together in chaotic fashion when another Dwight McNeil free-kick was only partially cleared and James Tarkowski hooked it back into the box.

Harrison cushioned it square to Godfrey, his shot pinged off Andrew Robertson and then Curtis Jones before Alexis Mac Allister miscued horribly to Branthwaite who squeezed a shot under the goalkeeper and in off the post, with Calvert-Lewin sliding in to make sure as the ball squirmed over the line.

Goodison erupted but the goal sparked a sustained spell of Liverpool pressure from then until the end of a first half that was elongated by six minutes of time added on for stoppages.

Nuñez was played in and seemed odds-on to score but Pickford made himself big and blocked his shot and England’s No.1 was there again in the 44th minute when the Uruguayan striker nodded the ball into path of Diaz and Pickford quickly adjusted his feet to stop the goal-bound effort in superb fashion.

He was called into action one final time in a frenetic close to the opening half when he beat away Robertson’s low cross and Everton went into the break a goal up and worthy leaders.

Having hobbled through the final few minutes of the half after rolling his ankle, Vitalii Mykolenko was replaced at the interval by Ashley Young but far from the anticipated onslaught from Klopp’s men, it was Everton who had the chances in the first quarter of a hour after the restart.

Calvert-Lewin eschewed the chance to send Harrison away down the right, opting instead for an ambitious attempt to lob Alisson from the centre-circle, and a really promising counter-attack led by Doucouré ended with Harrison teeing up Idrissa Gueye in the box but the goalscoring hero from Sunday against Nottingham Forest choked his effort this time and rolled into the keeper’s arms.

Still the Blues came forward, though, and when McNeil stung Alisson’s palms with a thunderous drive from outside the box, the Brazilian’s save led to the 58th-minute corner from which Dyche’s side doubled their advantage in scenes very much evocative of Joe Royle’s first game in charge almost 30 years ago.

McNeil swung a trademark delivery to the back post where Trent Alexander-Arnold completely lost Calvert-Lewin and the striker rose unchallenged to power a downward header into the goal to send the home fans into delirium.

Another McNeil shot was blocked by the last man and Branthwaite nodded wide after Tarkowski had headed the ball invitingly back across goal from yet another dangerous set-piece at one end while a welcome slice of fortune at the other ensured that Liverpool would not find a route back into the contest in the closing stages.

Diaz twisted and turned in front of Godfrey before smacking a shot off the face of the post while in the 79th minute, the off-key Salah spooned a shot over after the ball had ricocheted into his path around 11 yards out from goal.

Young wasted the chance to put the icing on the cake when he belted an awful free-kick wide with a minute left of the 90 but there were to more chance for Pickford to dazzle, first when Harvey Elliott chested the ball down and sent a dipping volley searching for the net but the Everton keeper palmed it over acrobatically and then when he dived to his left to parry a Salah volley to safety.

Just nine days ago, Dyche and his team were deservedly having their credentials and their appetite for the fight against relegation questioned following that dreadful 6-0 defeat at Chelsea.

A 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in a must-win game has been followed by a massive result against the enemy from across the Park that will stand in stark relief as a moment to be treasured in a season that has been desperately short on highlights.

Matters off the pitch remain worryingly in flux but, for a few days at least, Evertonians can bask in a memorable victory on another seismic night in terms of the battles at either end of the Premier League table.


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Christine Foster
1 Posted 24/04/2024 at 23:34:57
Somewhere in heaven, my Uncle Tommy and Uncle Jimmy are doing a jig, pumping fists and laughing loud. So rare is this win, any blue with us or not will be smiling, laughing, because, in the face of real adversity, Everton, the club, its fans especially, its players too, pull rabbits out of hats.

If I dropped dead in 5 minutes, it would be with a smile on my face because the world has been set to rights.

They should be queuing up to buy this club, around the world people will sit up and go "Wow!" It's that big a deal.

This is better than the win at Anfield in the pandemic because the passion, the noise of Goodison was off the charts... to the red side of my family? I cannot stop laughing.. "You lost the league at Goodison Park, lost the league at Goodison Park..."

I have a debt to God I have to repay, I think I said all my Hail Marys but I will go to mass. I was pumping my fists watching the game in bed, my bed hasn't seen that much excitement in years...

Well done, every single one of you, you put them down at last.

Tony Abrahams
2 Posted 24/04/2024 at 23:44:32
I'm glad I've just read that post before I go to bed, Christine, and with memories of me being in New Zealand, and going on the ale at about 10 o'clock in the morning, the day Duncan Ferguson scored a towering header in another 2-0 victory.

I had a feeling all day, but I had a feeling the minute everyone's nerves started to calm down towards the end of the Forest game, and it was beautiful being inside the caldron that was Goodison Park tonight.

Peter Mills showed me how important this fixture is for us scousers when I read his post earlier on today because, just like yourself, Christine, he was thinking about the spirits of his family and was probably asking them to help guide us home tonight. 💙

Liam Wilson
3 Posted 24/04/2024 at 00:00:18
Christine. I will dine out on your post for the rest of my life, especially the penultimate paragraph.

Thanks a million for posting. Singing and dancing the blues here in Ireland. Too much adrenaline to sleep.

John Pendleton
4 Posted 24/04/2024 at 00:03:53
2-0 and a penalty opportunity chalked off. Safety all but secure, the only downer is it's a school night.

Well done and tonight makes up for a lot, but not all, of this season's trials and tribulations.

Steve Carter
5 Posted 25/04/2024 at 00:10:03
Well, Christine, I guess the only one on here reading your post who may not be filled with additional joy is your partner. What a night!
Iain Crawford
6 Posted 25/04/2024 at 00:15:14
Magnificent performance from all. Fans deserved this after such a battering of a season from all quarters. The defensive partnership between Tarkowski and Branthwaite was incredible yet again, it would be a shame to break it up.

Calvert-Lewin was outstanding, won so much and the Liverpool defenders just couldn't handle him tonight.

Pete Fishwick
7 Posted 25/04/2024 at 00:16:57
Is it time that Sean Dyche gets some crowd acknowledgement? We had super Frank and we know how that ended...

For all you naysayers, whatever you may think, Sean Dyche and his team just beat Liverpool for the first time in 14 years… compute that!

Bill Fairfield
8 Posted 25/04/2024 at 00:22:46
Well done, Sean Dyche and all the team. Game plan carrried out to perfection.

A passionate performance. The team showed just how much they cared tonight.

Sean Kearns
9 Posted 25/04/2024 at 00:27:30
Jarrad is a fucking colossuss!!! Jordan as well… I slag him and I think he's very average but he does keep us in games!!

We have just all but ended the Red Shite's Premier League title hopes, hahahahaaaaaaaaa — it's literally the perfect scenario…..

I think about the young fans at the game maybe 10 years old or younger. They've just witnessed something they'll never forget and a reminder that it's in fact not always doom and gloom!!

Our suffering makes the good times even sweeter!! We deserve this!

John Charles
10 Posted 25/04/2024 at 00:29:38
Having given Dyche some stick, I must say that was bloody fantastic. The fella who sits behind me in the Park End has been a season ticket holder for 10 years and had never seen us beat them!

Raucous rocking Goodison with not even a peep out of them.
Magic! Well done, Sean Dyche.

Mike Corcoran
11 Posted 25/04/2024 at 00:33:23
The game where a few weeks ago, it looked like the Reds might relegate us. Instead, we pissed on their title chips… 2 weeks is a long time in football.

Reminded me of the first Royle derby with the feeling that something had definitely changed pre-match. Here's to another season in the Premier League, survivors.

Paul Kossoff
12 Posted 25/04/2024 at 00:52:55
My dear Dad and his brothers will be dancing in blue Heaven tonight.

I couldn't listen to the match but my son told me at gone 10 pm that we were winning one-nil, but then he had turned the radio off for his nerves had gone.

When we looked at the BBC Teletext and it took a few seconds to sink in, Everton 2 Liverpool 0!

Klopp's last derby game, possibly saving us, and them maybe not winning the league, a true blue Heaven.

John Keating
13 Posted 25/04/2024 at 01:00:46
After mass Sunday morning, the priest said this week would be good. Mind, he's said it a few times...

This Sunday, I'm going to put an extra 20 quid in the collection box!

Larry O'Hara
14 Posted 25/04/2024 at 01:00:58
For fun just read one RS fan forum:

1. Love the abuse of their own players and manager.
2. Would you believe they think ref was biased against them!
3. They really hate Pickford which shows how good he is.
4. None of them give us credit: utterly classless crowd of plastics.


It does show Dyche can motivate and organise: where is the the Dyche Out lynch-mob tonight? Washing their hair?

That was one great game!

Si Cooper
15 Posted 25/04/2024 at 01:29:05
Hope Sean Dyche has burnt his suit (or had it exorcised). The training gear obviously has some supernatural power to get the best out of the players, levels of play which they were presumably showing during training but unable to replicate during actual matches.

All hail the ‘casual look'!

Rob Dolby
16 Posted 25/04/2024 at 01:38:15

What a performance, what a night.

Calvert-Lewin proving he is only Championship class… MotM by a mile.

Dyche has worked miracles with this squad. It may not be pretty but he has saved us this season.

Haters will hate but tonight those red shite took one Hell of a beating, lol.


Bob Parrington
17 Posted 25/04/2024 at 01:52:30
What game for the Blues!! Great headed goal by Calvert-Lewin and all all-around performance from the team, Sean and the crew.

Calvert-Lewin as MotM is a fair call but I'd like to add I thought Godfrey gave a really good performance for such a maligned player.

Just win vs Brentford and, if the other 3 (Sheffield Utd's max is 28 anyway) lose 1 of their remaining games, we're safe for this season!

How happy we would be to not have a nail-biter on the last game day! 😁

Craig Scott
18 Posted 25/04/2024 at 02:06:27
That result and your post, Christine, made my Anzac Day.
Paul Ferry
19 Posted 25/04/2024 at 03:43:08
Classic stuff, Christine: "My bed hasn't seen that much excitement in years... "

A wonderful and moving post. Proper Scotty. We're all there with you.

Ben Heuring
20 Posted 25/04/2024 at 04:07:02
This was exactly what we needed, and 3 points that a lot of people weren't expecting.

Just keep getting points on the board and we will be good without relying on the appeal ruling to go in our favour.

Kieran Kinsella
21 Posted 25/04/2024 at 04:16:59

Watching that goal totally took me back to the mid-90s and a near identical goal that you reference from Big Dunc.

One of the many things that's frustrated me in recent years has been our meek surrender at the sight of the RS. Walter Smith never had a good team but knew how to rouse everyone versus that lot. Nice to see your mate Sean doing the same.

Energy, passion, refusal to be beaten. A breath of fresh air. I'd say the Carlo derby win was different as a) there was no crowd and b) we actually had some good players. Tonight though was all blood and guts.

In a sense, more inspiring that watching James Rodriguez and Co do what you know they're capable of, this was people rising literally and figuratively to the challenge on and off the pitch.

Christine Foster
22 Posted 25/04/2024 at 04:52:14
Oh well, many a thing said in jest...

But still, I wrote the other day about how low we get for a couple of days after a bad defeat like Chelsea. It really does affect the way you look at daily life. A win over that lot must be akin to winning the lottery. It's life changing. I think I have walked around all day with a smile on my face.

My apologies if my innuendo raised eyebrows, but in truth it was more fulfilling than anything else done in bed, lol!

I saw some of the RS fans responses on YouTube when the goals went in, hilariously funny but how quickly they turn. Some having a real go at Klipperty for smiling, some saying it was the worst day of their life. Nice to know Karma... nice to know what goes around comes around.

I thought Rooney hit the nail on the head regarding Klopp and the timing of his departure, ever since then his players have already left and are sitting on the beach. Just goes to show, no matter how much skill you have, if you cannot match it with desire, then the team will never reach its potential.

We are the opposite: big desire, smaller skillset... you can make up for less skill with more desire and fight but, without effort, skill is not enough.

The team was up for that today... that may be down to Dyche but they raised their game. So credit to the manager as well, a great result!

George Stuart
23 Posted 25/04/2024 at 05:23:27
I wonder now if Dyche has entered the frame to replace Klopp at Anfield?
Mike Gaynes
24 Posted 25/04/2024 at 05:30:24
Larry #14, thanks for the tip. That is some great reading.

The whole chat board looked like this after Dom's goal:

"Fucking disgrace the lot of them. Utter Fucking shite"

But the best one was the guy who hoped he would die overnight of a heart attack so he wouldn't have to go to work in the morning and face the Blues in his office.

Mihir Ambardekar
25 Posted 25/04/2024 at 06:04:19
Huge victory. We looked good and caused a lot of trouble. Everyone worked their sox off.

We should continue to approach the remaining games the same way. We should be targeting 10 points in the next four games. Let's end the season on real high!

Derek Knox
26 Posted 25/04/2024 at 06:10:29
Everything from passing (joined-up mostly) accurately and crisply, by a group of players who recently seemed incapable of doing so, amazing and I am convinced it all stems from confidence and whatever Sean Dyche said in training.

I was never one of the 'Dyche Out' Brigade but I was getting fed up of seeing dour performances, misplaced passes, with inevitable end results.

He has done what few managers before him have done and deserves a lot of recognition for that alone. Maybe, just maybe we have turned the first part of the corner.

Despite all that has been thrown at us, points deductions, bad media and all too often behind bad refereeing too, Mr Dyche has remained calm and seen us through.

Bill Rodgers
27 Posted 25/04/2024 at 06:18:10
How can the same players who lost 6-0 to Chelsea do that to Liverpool?

Professional football is all about application and our players seem to apply themselves only when it really matters.

Andrew Clare
28 Posted 25/04/2024 at 06:32:59
There is no place like Goodison on a night like that. Fantastic is the word.

Well done, Blues, and well done, Dyche.

Now let's just play with that intensity every game.

Pete Neilson
29 Posted 25/04/2024 at 07:12:00
Yes, Andrew, the atmosphere last night was incredible, hard to find the equivalent when it's like that. I expected them to fly out at kick-off but, inside the first 20 minutes, it was clear they weren't getting the game they expected.

Fantastic result capped off with “You lost the league at Goodison Park”! A disciplined and focussed performance. Every player giving their all.

Was Mo Salah in the pitch? The fallout for the RS starts with Van Dijk talking about his team as “they”. As David Brent said, “There's no I in team but there's a me if you look hard enough”.

A night to remember.

Craig Walker
30 Posted 25/04/2024 at 07:25:38
So pleased for our fans, Calvert-Lewin and Dyche. Another entry in the magnificent night games at Goodison.

I know a lot of Evertonians don't approve of Dyche at times but I think he deserves massive amounts of credit. We looked doomed last season and he kept us up. He's been given very little to spend because of his predecessors' mismanagement. One of his signings was 38-year-old Ashley Young.

We've had 8 points deducted but are 8 above Luton. I know there have been dire performances too but he told the players what he demanded and they've responded. The hammering at the hands of Chelsea was like the home defeat by the barcodes last season in that it caused a reaction.

For all the misery we endure, nights like that make it worthwhile.

It really reminded me of Joe Royle's first game in 1994. Nobody gave us a chance. The Calvert-Lewin goal was very similar to Dunc's header from the Hinchcliffe corner.

Hope Man City can beat Brighton just to heap the pressure on our neighbours.

Bloody love this club.


Andrew Merrick
31 Posted 25/04/2024 at 07:40:42
Red flag not just at half mast... trodden down by the raging blue bull...

Karma and teamwork won, and it feels amazing, I am so pleased for everyone, young and old.

The players were all brilliant, but a thought goes to Mykolenko, get back soon, boy!

Richard Lyons
32 Posted 25/04/2024 at 07:42:14
Didn't we all know deep down that this would be the result?
Jerome Shields
33 Posted 25/04/2024 at 08:29:13
Christine, we deserved that result. Dyche did set up the team right and the players were able to gel, exposing Liverpool and the absurd Prancing Clown.

Funny, a friend, a Chelsea supporter, said we would beat Liverpool as long as Dyche learnt from the Horlicks he made against them. Ponchetino did say after the game that Everton were a dangerous offensive and set-piece team to play against and he thought it a big achievement to prevent them scoring. That was the dangerous display we got last night that Liverpool could not cope with.

Arsenal will be concerned now in the run-in. I was confident after the Nottingham Forest result that Everton would survive in the Premier League. I did not expect the effect it would have on the squad.

It shows you that those who said that the Premier League hatchet job was affecting the players were right. But having said that, it feels like we got through and won Bull's Eye, something not to be missed.

Dean Johnson
34 Posted 25/04/2024 at 08:31:57
Love you all!!!


Brent Stephens
35 Posted 25/04/2024 at 09:00:10
Lyndon's recent book with Steve Dickinson on the Moshiri years (up to 2023) is a must read.

Last night's game will merit a whole, glittering chapter in their next book, among all the PSR and points deductions, no doubt.

Andy Crooks
36 Posted 25/04/2024 at 09:05:16
The thrashing at Chelsea was a proper test for Evertonians
One which, hands up, I failed hands down.

Last night was a due reward for those who didn't. Those, and there are many, who keep the faith. For those who travelled back from Chelsea and never flinched, who dust themselves down and fight on.

Just made up beyond words for all of you.💙

How I envy those who can say forever that they were at the Calvert-Lewin derby.

Lynn Maher
37 Posted 25/04/2024 at 09:05:31
As the Four Seasons once sang, “Oh What a Night”!

I mentioned on a previous thread, my 2-year-old granddaughter arrived yesterday in her full Everton kit.
I was so proud. Well, the day went from good to brilliant.

Always dread the derby for obvious reasons, being in the same place as the not very nice people from across the park. However we started so fast and played with purpose, I felt more confident.

Unfortunately my nerves started to get the better of me. Luckily I had sunglasses on (just recovering from a couple of eye operations) so I closed my eyes quite a bit!

The atmosphere was unbelievable. We all sang our hearts out. This morning, I'm doing a good impression of Lee Marvin. Superb performance from everyone.

We will never have to see Klopp, (teeth by Topps Tiles) at Goodison Park again. Fabulous!

James Johnson
38 Posted 25/04/2024 at 09:20:03
Well done to all players and supporters!! And all ToffeeWebers who have contributed every week in a knowledgeable and supportive manner.

I switched on my TV at 4:30 am to watch the game live. I had a positive feeling about things from the off. I put it down to thinking we would get a draw. (??!!)

My family are Blues for the most part. My favourite experiences include driving to Wembley in 1966 with my mates in tow and my Granddad and older brother.

We bunked into a hotel and slept on the floor of a few rooms which were occupied by the ‘Dockers' team from Birkenhead. They were playing in the Amateur final on the Saturday morning.

We went to watch and they won 10–0. Then we dashed off to Wembley Way to arrive just in time for the FA Cup Final kick-off.

That night, after winning and celebrating, we were in the bar in the hotel. It was chaos. The frustrated bar staff went home leaving the area unlocked?! What ensued I will leave to the imagination. Cheeky beggars that we were, we went into the restaurant area next morning and had a free ‘Full English' before heading home.

Later on, we were at Goodison to watch Brazil play Portugal (Pele v Eusébio). Then England won the World Cup. I thought ‘That's it' – life can't get any better – so I emigrated to Adelaide.

I've been back many times and managed to see the best of the mid-80s amongst many other seasons over the years. Missed the 1995 FA Cup win but got the DVD.

I was on my way over for my 60th birthday (on the 17th) and had a stopover in Singapore. I was in the process of getting persisted in the bar later in the evening and realised the derby game was on the big screen.

It was 9 September 2006. We won 3 to ZIP!! I reckon Jags was on the score sheet, and he was ‘Pplayer of the Year'!

This one goes into the 'Happy Memories' section of my photo album !!! Thank you, Blue Boys.

Rob Halligan
39 Posted 25/04/2024 at 09:44:18
Andy # 36…

”Believe” is the word. I go into every game believing we can win; otherwise, there is no point in going to a game. There are far too many people who write us off before a ball has been kicked, or even in the days leading up to the game.

It's only 11 v 11. These so-called Big Five plus Spurs “Big Club, My Arse” aren't robots and can be beaten. Obviously, playing these teams is a lot more difficult than any others but, as I say, they can be beaten.

Confidence within the squad will be sky high now, whereas 10 days ago, it would have been rock bottom, but players have to believe they can win any football match.

Win on Saturday and that will be it, guaranteed safety, not that I don't think it's not guaranteed anyway.

I also guess that's well and truly scuppered Sky Sports Friday night drama next week!

David Stranack
40 Posted 25/04/2024 at 10:04:40
James Cadwaladr
41 Posted 25/04/2024 at 10:09:53
Stood in the Lower Gwladys last night, a 7-year-old stood on the chair next to me with his Dad's arms wrapped around him all game is something I'll remember for a long time.

He was a lovely lad. It was his first derby, shaking with excitement from the moment he got to his seat until we scored the first goal. From the moment we went 1-0 up until the end of the game he was crying tears of joy.

Once Everton has touched you.......

Alex May
42 Posted 25/04/2024 at 10:21:23
Signed up just to post this.

I feared I was going to lose my mother last week. She has been a fan since 1957 when she would be given the choice of 'Pocket money or watch Everton'. Her hero is obvious when you look at my first name.

I didn't want her last memory of Everton to be that shambles at Chelsea. I watched the game for her on Sunday and must admit to blubbing when each of the goals went in. She managed a smile when I told her the result.

Hoping when I visit the hospital tonight that 'Everton 2, Redshite 0', along with a clip of the commentary to prove I'm telling the truth, will start her on the road to recovery.

Dave Williams
43 Posted 25/04/2024 at 10:25:48
One question- where have all the posters gone who kept banging on that Calvert-Lewin was “Championship at best”?

Van Dijk is world class and Calvert-Lewin destroyed him (and his mate) last night with the best centre-forward display I have seen for at least 20 years.

Marvellous display from everyone – can we do it again on Saturday?

Oh, and what a noise!!!

Derek Knox
44 Posted 25/04/2024 at 10:37:04
Hi Dave W,

"Oh, and what a noise!!!"

Music to my ears, mate! Hope all okay, did you actually all go to the match last night ? (West Country Blues). That was a marathon if you did, but possibly, no definitely, worth it!

Take care, and to all of your travel companions.

Danny Baily
45 Posted 25/04/2024 at 10:44:27
What a result. Adds a little margin for error in the remaining games, which might settle nerves.

Dyche's press conference ahead of Forest had me worried he'd lost the dressing room. Quite the opposite, and he deserves a lot of credit for the turnaround since the Chelsea game.

Depending on the Luton result, we could be safe on Saturday evening. Remarkable given the scale of the points deductions.

Simon Jones
46 Posted 25/04/2024 at 10:51:17
I haven't got anything constructive to say, just I'm still buzzing about the result.

Let's not wait another 14 years.

Kevin Edward
47 Posted 25/04/2024 at 10:54:46
We were magnificent, ok the R/S missed some good chances, but so did we.

I think the thing about Calvert-Lewin was, although fit, he hasn't been match fit. The spring for those headers hasn't been there for a long time, but the sharpness is back.

I can see no reason why we can't get good results from the remaining games – even Arsenal, especially if it's a dead rubber.

Anyway the R/S bench at Goodison never looked so splendid since Kenny's ‘whine' bar back in the day.

I love Everton (until I hate it again…)

Duncan McDine
48 Posted 25/04/2024 at 10:56:59
Everything feels a lot brighter this morning.

I know the club aren't out of trouble (financially), but my god it feels great to enjoy being an Evertonian right at this moment. Soak it up.

Ajay Gopal
49 Posted 25/04/2024 at 11:27:56
It was a magnificent victory yesterday. I have been walking around like a zombie at work today in spite of copious amounts of caffeine to keep we awake after yesterday night's excitement.

10/10 to all the players and manager:

Pickford – tremendously mature performance. As someone said, he is entering the prime years of a goalkeeper.

Godfrey – I dislike him as a player as he comes across as a totally ungifted footballer. But yesterday, he stuck to his task, and his clearance off the feet of Nunez/Diaz was nothing less than sensational.

Tarkowski – the biased 'red' commentator at one point exclaimed in exasperation: "Tarkowski has headed everything in both boxes"! Colossus of a defender with a right captain's attitude.

Branthwaite – I agree that we need to keep him at Everton for at least one more season. What a footballer – I've always been a fan of his since his debut under Ancelotti. This season, he has chipped in with 2 crucial goals. Even if we get an offer of £100 million or more, we need that centre-back partnership for some more time.

Mykolenko – I have genuine admiration for this guy's toughness and determination. To continue for about 5 minutes after a serious injury just shows what he is made of. I hope he gets better soon.

Young – he must have been under some pressure after all the negative media attention over the past week. But he played superbly in the left-back position for the entire 2nd half and had Salah in his back pocket all game. And, Mykolenko was not missed at all.

McNeil – he showed why Dyche trusts him 100%. He is a genuinely skilful player and his dribbles are worth paying the money for. Plus his long-distance shooting always gives us a scoring option and he is tremendously hard-working.

Gueye - the confidence that the goal in the previous match gave him obviously carried forward to the derby and he made the Liverpool midfield's life quite miserable.

Harrison – he is one of the most criticised players on TW, but I always find him to be hard-working as well as trying to do something productive with the ball instead of taking the safe option and just lumping it forward. I suspect that Dyche will recommend Thelwell to take up the option to buy him outright at the end of the season.

Garner – I did not notice him much to be honest, but he must have done his job with quiet efficiency. Need to replay the game again. But he is another excellent contributor to Everton's season. If you consider him as Tom Davies's replacement, then there is no comparison at all. (And I was one of Davies's biggest fans!).

Onana – did a good job when he came on. His physicality was an additional factor that Liverpool just couldn't handle.

Doucoure – if any player gets a 9/10, I would say it was Doucoure: some poor passes, getting offside frequently, etc. But you can't fault him for the effort that he puts in, and I shall forgive all his shortcomings for that goal last season.

Chermiti – looked lively when he came on and fought hard to keep the ball. It would be good to see what he can do if Dyche gives him some extra minutes.

Dyche – he got his team selection and tactics absolutely spot-on and he got the team to play with the right attitude – not the '11 players behind the ball' stuff that we have often seen. The team had the right balance of counter-attacking football combined with gritty defensive solidity.

The referee - he had a good fist 30 minutes and rightly called out every Liverpool foul, which kind of shocked them, because they aren't used to that. But I think Klopp's constant screaming at the 4th official's face (how can they allow that kind of thing?) resulted in the referee then going the other extreme in the 2nd half and he did not give us some very justified fouls. Overall, I think he did quite well, and at least he did not commit any howlers.

Someone pointed out that Everton did not get a single yellow card yesterday (Liverpool got 3)! That is a seriously impressive statistic. Another thing is I don't think Liverpool got a single free-kick anywhere near our box, which again goes to show how well our lads played.

Terrific result to build on for the rest of the season and the summer to build on. Hopefully the ownership issue gets resolved soon with some serious professional people on board who take Everton to our rightful place under the sun.

Peter Moore
50 Posted 25/04/2024 at 12:50:49
What unbridled joy and thoroughly deserved, not least for all the difficulties thrown at the lads this season.

At work so no time to read all comments til later, but fantastic, Christine in New Zealand!

I was in Singapore in 2005 and Dunc's header vs Man Utd to get us into Europe was similarly special. I woke the neighbours going mental during the game and was singing on the underground on my way to work a few hours later, the locals probably gave me some funny looks but I was in a world of my own, a happy blue one!

Déjà Vu.

That certainly showcased what Everton is about and the magic that is possible. There is endless potential with the right backing for Sean Dyche I feel.

May the change in ownership be right and upward momentum be forthcoming this summer. UTFT. And massive thanks to every blue in Goodison last night! What an atmosphere! 💙

Neil Lawson
51 Posted 25/04/2024 at 12:55:53
Ajay. You missed out Calvert-Lewin.

Did he rate an 11 and a separate mention?

Dave Abrahams
52 Posted 25/04/2024 at 13:01:54
Ten out of ten to Dyche and all the players for the win and saying it was for the people, meaning us.

Christine in her own brilliant style describes how we feel after a match like last night's and also after games like the 6-0 drubbing last week.

Emotions were all over the place as shown on different posts here and how deep they go during and after the game.

The young girl in front of me said, with about 2 minutes to go, she had been a season ticket holder for 13 years and had never seen Everton beat Liverpool and she felt like crying, her dad sitting next to her said he did too.

At the bus stop after the match, another fella I've got to know said he had just left his grandson who also had never seen an Everton victory v Them crying with joy and had caused him to cry with him seeing how happy that win had made his grandson.

I bet all over the City and indeed the world Bluenoses were doing the same, I know I was so quietly mentally happy with that feeling of pleasure and will be like that right through the summer.

I'm starting a ‘Go Fund Appeal' on here to buy Christine a new mattress. Any contributions will be acknowledged.

Matt Hayhurst
53 Posted 25/04/2024 at 14:00:48
I have thought on a few occasions this season that Gueye was finished but I thought he was fantastic last night.

My 3 players of the season though would be Tarkowski, Branthwaite and Mykolenko, who have all been outstanding all season.

Ray Jacques
54 Posted 25/04/2024 at 14:34:19
That reminded me of the first Joe Royle derby win at Goodison in 1994.

From last Monday's shambles to that last night. Life as an Evertonian eh?

A beautiful woman who constantly lets you down and yet you can't let go because, every once in a while, you have a night in the bedroom that's as much fun as Christine in post 2 explained, lol!!!!

Jamie Crowley
55 Posted 25/04/2024 at 14:49:59
Christine Foster -

This is better than the win at Anfield in the pandemic because the passion, the noise of Goodison was off the charts.

I agree. Going into the Forest game, I knew the fans simply had to "up their game" and carry this team over the line. They've done their job, and done it with aplomb.

Goodison was on fire last night, and that simply makes this derby so, so much more satisfying, along with ruining title hopes as well as seeing Klopp out the door, than the pandemic derby win. By a country mile, this one was better.

Well done, the fans. You just can't emphasize or stress enough how wonderful and more importantly impactful the fans have been these last two games, when Everton really needed them.

Will Mabon
56 Posted 25/04/2024 at 16:40:14
"Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk questioned his side's desire to win the Premier League after a damaging defeat against Merseyside rivals Everton."

"Do they really want to win the league?" asked Vain Dick.

This from the "class act" who basically marked himself during Calvert-Lewin's headed goal, and whose arms-out incredulous twirl & scan began almost before the ball had hit the grass in the net.

Just the leadership they need to boost their run-in. What an arrogant twat.

Will Mabon
57 Posted 25/04/2024 at 16:43:18

those plombs can be very effective, we need more of them.

Ian Pilkington
58 Posted 25/04/2024 at 17:10:55
Last night was even noisier and emotion-charged than Crystal Palace nearly 2 years ago – and of course this time we played well throughout.

A definite parallel to the Bayern Munich match 39 years ago, but this time with the added bonuses of wrecking their title hopes and Klopp's unbeaten derby record.

Tony Abrahams
59 Posted 25/04/2024 at 17:22:02
One of your own grandsons asked me the same thing just as the match was kicking off last night, Dave. "Have you ever seen us beat these here, Toe?" he asked me, and I just shook my head and said, "Not yet."

I had a good feeling; I decided to do what I'd done the last time we beat them at Goodison and waited until I knew the players had walked out onto the pitch before entering the stadium, just so I didn't have to watch those red bastards walking onto our pitch.

It was a lovely feeling outside, listening to the siren, then Z-Cars, and the noise, and with there being two pictures of Howard Kendall, facing me, I asked him if he would have preferred to be a player or the manager, and instinctively looked at his fresh baby face, and thought to myself, nothing can compare to playing against Liverpool.

That's how Everton's players performed last night, playing like their lives depended on it and fighting and winning almost every single 50-50, which was another comparison to the game Kieran alluded to earlier in the thread.

Since I've been taking your grandson to Goodison, Dave, I have over the years, picked him up before a corner or free-kick was taken, whenever I have sensed a goal (it works sometimes). So when Everton got the corner, I turned around and said "Alfie, pick Joseph up."

Just before it was taken, I turned around to see Alfie struggling to hold Joseph up. "He's heavy him, Toe," he said, and the next thing I remember is a beautiful noise, and absolute bedlam all around me💙 so it had worked!

Steve Mink
60 Posted 25/04/2024 at 17:38:53
Not the most profound observation but...

Have you ever seen anyone who can jump as high as Calvert-Lewin?

Ed Prytherch
61 Posted 25/04/2024 at 17:49:58
Steve, perhaps not a true comparison but I saw Stefka Kostodinova clear the high jump bar at 2.05 meters (6'-8¾") in the final of the women's high jump at the 1996 Olympics.

As for leaping footballers, Nathan Ake gets his center of gravity pretty high.

Jeff Spiers
62 Posted 25/04/2024 at 18:49:50
Steve, Tim Cahill springs to mind.

Sorry about the pun! Duncan was another…

Dave Williams
63 Posted 25/04/2024 at 18:52:53
Derek #44,

I had to make do with Sky Sports. But a full coach of die-hards made the journey, not getting home til 4 or 5 am, I believe.

Still buzzing from it now - just as we despair, they turn in a performance like that which makes the whole season worthwhile. I hate Liverpool so much, it has been worth all the drama.

If only we can keep it going on Saturday!

Tom Bowers
64 Posted 25/04/2024 at 19:03:44
From Klopp to Slot. What next … Slopp?

Seriously, yesterday was a red-letter day in more ways than one. Not just a win but another 3 valuable points and a lot more tenacity all round than we have seen in most games this season.

I figured we might do well to get a draw but, given the fact that RS have been iffy of late, especially defensively, I hoped our own defense would rebound after the Chelsea result and they did with great backup from Pickford who saved the points a few times.

The set-pieces are Everton's main weapon and they really caused mayhem in the RS ranks.

Let's hope the momentum is carried on into the weekend.

Jason Hewly
65 Posted 25/04/2024 at 19:17:18
That was a great performance and, even though I watched the entire second half through my fingers, we did a richly deserved efficient job.

It was good to see the players move the ball with speed and intent, and every man on that pitch put in a shift.

The fans sounded incredible. I can't recall a single period when the crowd's energy dipped.

I'm still a Dyche-sceptic, but credit where it's due, he had that team on it for 95 minutes. Well done, everyone.

Kim Vivian
66 Posted 25/04/2024 at 19:30:49
Well, he is Dominic Salmon-Lewin, Steve.

Sorry to start the fish puns again.

Derek Knox
67 Posted 25/04/2024 at 19:56:33
Kim, thought I 'smelt' a fish pun coming!

Oops. :-)

Alan Corken
68 Posted 25/04/2024 at 20:15:00
Dominic Halibut Lewin
Paul Johnson
69 Posted 25/04/2024 at 20:33:05
To say I'm shocked is an understatement to say the least.

My fave uncle Jim (#38) has rarely, if ever, written so coherently.

If we shared any of his regular emails from Australia back to his (mostly) big blue family in Birkenhead, you'd understand!!!

Good on ya, cobber, and see you up here in the summer.

And finally: UP THE FOOKIN' TOFFEES 💙💙💙

Ben King
70 Posted 25/04/2024 at 22:36:44
I was one of those nay sayers suggesting we should rest Gana, Branthwaite and Calvert-Lewin for the Brentford match.

I've had my heart broken continuously by this fixture year after year after year. I've become conditioned to deep disappointment.

Thank goodness Dyche, and those fabulous Evertonians, had far more belief and faith than I did.

What a wonderful wonderful win, performance and occasion.


Andrew James
71 Posted 25/04/2024 at 23:03:53
Amazing performance. Klopp got found out.

This should not give the players or Dyche a free pass. They have under-performed for months and it won't be sustainable should it continue next season.

Credit to them all yet the club must learn from this. Three relegation battle seasons must surely hit home?

Nicolas Piñon
72 Posted 25/04/2024 at 23:23:56
Keep Calm and Everton.


Brent Stephens
73 Posted 25/04/2024 at 23:24:16
As an aside, just realised that our starting line-up had 8 English players, that other side had just 2.

Proves nothing but interesting, I thought.

Dale Self
74 Posted 26/04/2024 at 00:24:02
Alex May 42, please tell us you don’t mean that your inaugural post is the last. That was fantastic and you simply have to post more after that. UTFT!

And I think we all have a little extra today to send your Mother some blue healing thoughts.

Brent Stephens
75 Posted 26/04/2024 at 00:50:30
Alex #42 - as Dale says, post some more. Best wishes to mum.
Derek Knox
76 Posted 26/04/2024 at 06:53:27
Alex @42,

I can add my name to those above who want you to carry on posting (sounds like a comedy film series – not intended) and hope your Mum is both lifted by the result and returns to fitness.

I am possibly about the same age as your Mum, and being Scottish I had an interest in Heart of Midlothian (Hearts) fell in love (not literally) with Alex myself, hence why I am an Evertonian (adopted) now!

Mostly a good bunch on here, salts of the earth, so please come back friend?

Christine Foster
77 Posted 27/04/2024 at 11:39:38
Meanwhile in heaven, God was wondering what was wrong as in the far corner, a throng of blue was making much noise..

"What in heavens name is going on Peter? He said above the noise to St Peter.

" It's the Everton wing my lord, someone called the Golden Vision is tormenting the devil"

" Thank goodness, it's been hell for too long" said the lord..

" Yes, it appears the covenant with Lucifer has ended and a start of a new blue dynasty is coming" said St Peter

"Praise the lord, wait, that's me isn't it? Never mind, has the one with teeth gone?"

"Yes, the dejected one is having teeth removed as we speak"

"Good, good..what is it that lot are singing, it' sound funny as they are all laughing!"

" I believe it sounds like 'you lost the league at Goodison Park.." said St Peter as he turned around..but the lord had gone..

Puzzled he searched his eyes over the blue crowd now cheering as the lord was doing a Scottish jig with someone called Alex Young.

St Peter just smiled..the lord had chosen. The world was being put right once more.."Thanks be to God" said St Peter.

Barry Thompson
78 Posted 27/04/2024 at 12:31:53
Spectacles - Testicles - Wallet - Watch

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