The Blue Match Review: Norwich 2-2 Everton

Welcome to a new feature on the site. After each game, Alex Jones, the newest member of the St Domingo’s team, will provide a brief review of the match with performance ratings for each player. Each month these ratings will be used to decide the St Domingo’s player of the month and at the end of the season, player and young player of the year. Please let us have your comments and feedback.

The new era at Everton has started off in a mediocre fashion, despite the domination in the middle of the pitch it’s same old Everton; not enough creativity in the last third.

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Unfortunately stats don’t win you games, Norwich only managed 2 shots on target whilst Everton managed 8. The Martinez playing style certainly has its positives and negatives, we were playing very attractive football in spells with Baines and Fellaini linking up well, but with the defence playing a high line we can be liable to the counter attacks, hence Norwich’s first goal.

But let’s look at the positives…

Barkley looks like he’s going to have a brilliant season, Coleman also looks sharp, scoring and assisting one, (perfect for a fantasy football team!) also the Everton fans were brilliant as always!

But if we want a realistic chance of achieving European football, we need to be winning games like this, just performing against the big teams isn’t good enough as we’re already two points behind a lot of teams. But I don’t want to sound too negative as it is only the first game, so roll on West Brom next week!

St Dom-index
Tim Howard- 7
Leighton Baines- 7
Phil Jagielka- 6.5
Sylvan Distin- 6.5
Seamus Coleman- 8
Steven Pienaar- 7
Marouane Fellaini- 7
Leon Osman- 6
Ross Barkley- 8
Kevin Mirallas- 7
Nikica Jelavic- 6.5

Subs used:

Steven Naismith
Arouna Kone
Victor Anichebe

4 thoughts on “The Blue Match Review: Norwich 2-2 Everton

  1. Mediocre is an inappropriate word. Not incisive enough; lacked penetration; killer instinct in front of goal needs to improve; or insufficient ingenuity in unpicking stubborn defence.

    Negatives: Fellaini’s cowardly non-tackle allowing Norwich through for 1st goal. These slips (eg: against Carroll in Semi) usually don’t get the ‘Naismith’ treatment. Osman’s (I have fought his corner all year) clumsy & ultimately irrelevant input. Inability to kill off game when in front. Coolness in front of goal.

    Positives: Pass rate easily surpassed Moyes’ era & was yesterday’s best in PL. Barkley being recognised (his overall play & fantastic goal huge bonuses). Coleman, Baines & Fellaini (except for goal). Settling into Martinez style quicker than we thought. Didn’t get beat (Norwich is a tough place now). Tried to win. Look at the bench now! And………. Roberto Martinez. His class & positivity will/is effect(ing) the team, the club and………. eventually will tone down the Knuckle Draggers on Twitter.

    Made up so far.
    Terry Smith

    1. Thanks for the feed back, I completely agree actually, mediocre was a harsh word to use, we played good football in spells, but stupid mistakes lost us the points. Also, I have tried to stick up for Osman, but its getting harder to fight his corner as he gives the ball away too much.

    1. Yes I also thought that, we didn’t have enough creativity so I thought Delafeau would be the perfect player to bring on. He was on the bench so as far as I know there’s no injures or problems with him.

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