Obstructed View – Reflections on the Aston Villa (H) Game

Chalk and cheese. Apples and oranges. Black and white. Benidorm and the Maldives. First half vs Villa and Second half vs Villa. You can probably come up with your own ideas on what it was like against a stubborn Villa side to show the contrast between the first and second halves. In the first half, … Continue reading Obstructed View – Reflections on the Aston Villa (H) Game

Everton vs Aston Villa – Match Preview

After the immense disappointment of losing to Liverpool on Tuesday night Everton will look to bounce back when they take on Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday. The Blues will be looking to put the disastrous result behind them by closing the gap between them and the top four with three precious points. … Continue reading Everton vs Aston Villa – Match Preview

Martinez has more than just a plan B. Plan C, D and E is ready when necessary!!!

A few days have passed since Everton returned from Villa Park with three points in the bag, providing ample time to sit back and reflect on how impressive a result this was for Roberto Martinez and his Everton side. Despite Villa struggling at home during the last 15 months, it is impossible to ignore Everton’s … Continue reading Martinez has more than just a plan B. Plan C, D and E is ready when necessary!!!

The Blue Match Review: Aston Villa 0-2 Everton

St Dom-index Tim Howard - 9 Seamus Coleman - 6.5 Sylvain Distin - 7 Phil Jagielka - 7 Leighton Baines - 7.5 Kevin Mirallas - 7.5 Gareth Barry - 7 Ross Barkley - 6.5 James McCarthy - 7 Steven Pienaar - 7.5 Romelu Lukaku - 8 Used Subs Leon Osman - 8 Steven Naismith - … Continue reading The Blue Match Review: Aston Villa 0-2 Everton

Obstructed View – Reflections on the Aston Villa Game

It was impossible to find a physical obstruction to my view at the excellent Villa Park on Saturday, not a pillar in sight in fact, but as I had to get a seat tantalisingly close to the Everton contingent but actually amongst Villa fans, my view this week was only obstructed by being amongst the … Continue reading Obstructed View – Reflections on the Aston Villa Game

Lukaku vs Benteke

One of the most interested battles today will be the match up between the two Belgium centre forwards. Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke. Both have continued this season in the same rich vein of form they produced throughout last year and appear to be competing for one place in the starting line-up for the Belgium … Continue reading Lukaku vs Benteke

Champions League here we come!!! Aston Villa vs Everton

No I am not talking about this season (although the way we have started under Roberto Martinez, you never know), I am talking about our win at Villa Park in 2005, the day Everton convinced me and 3,000 thousand travelling Evertonians that the team had the necessary ability to secure the 4th place league finish … Continue reading Champions League here we come!!! Aston Villa vs Everton

Newcastle, Villa and the rest, why Everton will be top 7 again

Today, July 1st, the first official day in charge for new manager Roberto Martinez. The start of a new era at Goodison Park, a new dawn for Everton Football Club, the beginning of a period of adjustment and transition for the Blues and yet despite the inevitable change in style and personnel, it is a … Continue reading Newcastle, Villa and the rest, why Everton will be top 7 again

The Everton Experience – a neutral perspective

I had two guests with me for the Villa game at the weekend, experiencing Goodison in all its glory for the first time. The pair, both supporters of Nottingham Forest are chasing attendance at all 92 league grounds in England and Wales and are currently three quarters of the way through their quest. They were … Continue reading The Everton Experience – a neutral perspective

Three goals not enough for three points

Everton 3-3 Aston Villa Everton scraped a draw in injury time in a game they really needed to win if Champions League dreams are going to become reality. If ever there was a performance of contrasts this was it, awful in defence, yet brilliant in attack, Everton failed to do enough to warrant the three … Continue reading Three goals not enough for three points