Everton 0-3 Wigan Athletic
Everton are out of the FA Cup after producing a performance as bad as any during the David Moyes era. Outplayed by Wigan Athletic for much of the 90 minutes, Everton exited the cup at the Quarter Final stage in embarrassing fashion.
In all my 30 plus years following the Blues I am struggling to remember a 90 minutes as bad as the one produced by Everton on Saturday afternoon. Yes we have lost by more, and to lower ranked teams by similar scorelines (Tranmere Rovers anyone!!!) but to perform with such generosity towards your opponents in a game of such importance is inexcusable. Three poorly defended goals, conceded in the space of 4 first half minutes and then a second half reaction that lacked the guile and quality needed to give Everton even a sniff of a recovery. Simply disastrous and hard to put into words.
The selection of Phil Neville ahead of Darron Gibson was baffling, but the way many of Everton’s senior players performed was simply bewildering. The Goodison crowd, who entered the ground with such optimism were left stunned, agitated and frustrated and this anger rained down on Moyes and his team, with boos ringing out at half time, full time and with every substitution.
This moment in time feels like a defining moment in the reign of David Moyes. With his contract unsigned and key players linked with big money moves elsewhere the remainder of the season could determine the medium term future of Everton. From somewhere the players need to regain the form and optimism that flowed through their early season play, because right now, Everton are conceding far too many goals and seem incapable of creating enough chances to win football matches at this highest level. Manchester City visit Goodison next week and Moyes has to somehow pick the players up, regroup and rekindle the push for Europa League football.