Obstructed View – Reflections on the West Ham (H) Game

Utterly, utterly predictable, and all the more depressing because of it. When the media focus on the 'West Ham never win at Goodison' narrative, then you know almost for certain that we won't win. A draw perhaps. Oh. A defeat. And apart from about 2 minutes either side of half time (yes, really), we never … Continue reading Obstructed View – Reflections on the West Ham (H) Game

Obstructed View – Reflections on the Huddersfield (H) Game

Mmmm. Not quite what I'd hoped for at my first trip back up the M6 to Goodison, and I'm not talking about the seemingly endless works to build us a "SMART" motorway. Doesn't seem very clever at the moment, I must say. Photo: Ian McNichol And of course the 90 minutes was none too clever … Continue reading Obstructed View – Reflections on the Huddersfield (H) Game

Obstructed View – Reflections on the Bournemouth (A) Game

Sorry this is late, I've been horizontal for 24 hours or so, and not the "tired and emotional" sort. A back spasm has laid me low, literally, not ideal when you've a fascinating (?) blog to write, or indeed when you've got a 14 month old Granddaughter to look after whilst the parents of same … Continue reading Obstructed View – Reflections on the Bournemouth (A) Game

Obstructed View – Reflections on the Southampton (H) Game

Hang on. What is this trickery Everton? Two games in to the season and the optimist's bubble hasn't burst yet! Image from ESPN A first half of pace, movement, goals only fuelled that optimism still further, and only an obstructed view could have failed to spot an appalling howler from a punch-drunk Pickford (see last … Continue reading Obstructed View – Reflections on the Southampton (H) Game

Obstructed View – Reflections on the Wolves (A) Game

I've had a whole summer to think about new themes for 38 more Obstructed Views, and yet this one came to me in flash this morning. That makes it really good. Doesn't it? Anyway, Richarlison...... Image from BBC.co.uk - thanks chaps Right, that's enough of that, what's my theme? T shirts. Yes, T shirts. As … Continue reading Obstructed View – Reflections on the Wolves (A) Game

Obstructed View – Reflections on the Southampton (H) Game

Missing: shaggy haired goal-scoring midfielder, last seen 5 rows back in the Lower Gwladys followed by chest thumping badge appreciation. There you go. That's the highlight. I couldn't help but wonder how Everton TV would fill their 20 minute highlights slot on Saturday night, well at least apart from a brief dissection of the goal … Continue reading Obstructed View – Reflections on the Southampton (H) Game

Obstructed View – Reflections on the Huddersfield (A) Game

Come on Crombie, crank it up for just a few more games, two to go after this snore-fest to be precise. OK, not that dull a game, but hardly one to get the pulses racing. We'll feature Idrissa Gueye scoring, just because of the novelty value..... Good goal it was too. However, the photo, courtesy … Continue reading Obstructed View – Reflections on the Huddersfield (A) Game

Obstructed View – Reflections on the Newcastle (H) Game

Just for completeness really, because I can't think of any new perspective, 3 days on, from another meandering decline to the end of the season. We won,  we were barely engaged, but neither were Newcastle, and we had a little bit of fortune with Gayle missing a really good chance, and 'saved' by an outstanding … Continue reading Obstructed View – Reflections on the Newcastle (H) Game

Obstructed View – Reflections on the Swansea (A) Game

Depressingly predictable performance, and the only surprise is that we squeaked a point out of a lacklustre display that had CBA written all over it. The crossbar may still be swaying at the Liberty as Coleman's shot from about 3 yards out was too well hit on the stretch when a scuff was the order … Continue reading Obstructed View – Reflections on the Swansea (A) Game

Obstructed View – Reflections on the Liverpool (H) Game

After the last 120 minutes of Premier League football, we're 1-0 up against City/Liverpool.  If I was Allardyce, you'd hammer me for that. And rightly so. It a meaningless stat, given City had taken their foot off the gas, if not our throat, and Liverpool made enough changes for it to be considered a 'weakened … Continue reading Obstructed View – Reflections on the Liverpool (H) Game