Obstructed View – Reflections On The Season

So, apart from a month of World Cup football, not counting the hype and the build-up beforehand, and the seemingly inevitable forensic investigation in to what went wrong afterwards, that's the season over. And by the end of the said World Cup, we'll be back in to pre-season friendlies, and not too long until the first … Continue reading Obstructed View – Reflections On The Season

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Obstructed View – Reflections on the Sunderland (A) Game

Three points. Erm, that's about it on the 'positives' front. Ok, slightly unfair as individual performances from the likes of Stones and McCarthy couldn't be faulted, but in terms of quality of football, it was a bit chalk and cheese from last week. Somehow, the emotional high from last week, combined with a desperate Sunderland … Continue reading Obstructed View – Reflections on the Sunderland (A) Game

Obstructed View – Reflections on the Newcastle (A) Game

What. A Win. After our abysmal display midweek away at Liverpool, a game that seems almost a century ago, I was so quick to write my reflections that I caught my lap top unawares and it almost broke as a result, especially as I thumped the keys in frustration. Tonight, I'm similarly quick on the … Continue reading Obstructed View – Reflections on the Newcastle (A) Game

Martinez has reopened the School of Science

In the late 1920s, Steve Bloomer of England and Derby County described the Everton team, which at the time feature the great Dixie Dean, in glowing terms. "They always manage to serve up football of the highest scientific order" It was a quote that befitted Everton perfectly and from that moment forwards the School of … Continue reading Martinez has reopened the School of Science

Obstructed View – Reflections on the Southampton Game

"Turgid". "Laboured". "Disjointed". "Two fantastic goals". "Some sublime moves". "Excellent work rate". These are all the contradictory words or phrases I heard or read about when reviewing our all-important win against Southampton. There's another one - "3 points". Despite being down to 10 men for 70 odd minutes against Sunderland, we were at times unplayable, … Continue reading Obstructed View – Reflections on the Southampton Game

Everton vs Fulham – Match Preview

Everton return to Goodison Park on Saturday after two tremendous performances on the road. The Blues followed up the spectacular 4-0 win over Stoke with four points away from home, firstly beating Manchester United thanks to a goal from Bryan Oviedo, before snatching a richly deserved point at the Emirates thanks to a late equaliser from … Continue reading Everton vs Fulham – Match Preview

Arsenal 1-1 Everton – Player Ratings

St Dom-index Player Ratings for the Arsenal vs. Everton game on Sunday 8th December 2013. Tim Howard - 8 Seamus Coleman - 7.5 Phil Jagielka - 8 Sylvain Distin - 7 Bryan Oviedo - 7 Kevin Mirallas - 7.5 James McCarthy - 8.5 Ross Barkley - 9 Gareth Barry - 8 Steven Pienaar - 7 Romelu … Continue reading Arsenal 1-1 Everton – Player Ratings

Match Report – Man United 0-1 Everton

When speaking about past visits to Manchester United, David Moyes famously said "you just wanted to get out of Old Trafford alive". If he is lucky, he may just get his wish, because Everton under the quite brilliant management of Roberto Martinez struck a significant blow in Moyes’ attempts to successfully succeed Alex Ferguson. With … Continue reading Match Report – Man United 0-1 Everton

Match Preview: Everton vs Liverpool

It is Merseyside derby weekend and with both teams pushing for Champions League football it promises to be a pulsating tie. Everton will be looking to regain some local pride having not won any out of the last six derbies. Saturday’s fixture will pit two former Swansea managers against one another and with both teams … Continue reading Match Preview: Everton vs Liverpool

Everton 2-1 Hull City – Everton prove there is substance to go with style

Saturday was retro day at Goodison but with constant reminders of halcyon days gone bye it was one of the new boys who grabbed the man of the match prize. James McCarthy was everywhere and is rapidly proving excellent value for money, even with his £13m price tag. The Irish international mixed the finesse demanded … Continue reading Everton 2-1 Hull City – Everton prove there is substance to go with style