What happened to that strong end to the season Roberto? You know, the one the team and yourself at the very least owed the fans after a wretched league campaign?
Tell me beating United 3-0 at home was not the sum total of that quest.
Black Cats Get Cream As Goodison Turns Sour
The blues, while in control for large periods of the game, followed up last weeks flattering 2-3 reverse at Villa with a dreadful result against relegation threatened Sunderland.
Having spent the previous evening at a legends night seeing the greats of Southall and Kendall wax lyrical about the special sides we had, the present day reality of Everton FC under this board makes me want to reach for the anti depressant’s.
Top ten finishes is not what this club’s about. Believe it or not, Nil Satis Nisi Optimum was once a motto we strived towards.
How can a team who beat an in form and improving Man Utd so ruthlessly a few weeks ago drop so alarmingly in performance? The season what had gone before United’s visit demanded a strong finish to our league campaign.
Giving us the hope we could at least go into the summer with a modicum of confidence that things will be a lot better next season, but even this looks beyond us after two timid defeats to relegation threatened sides in a fortnight. I would love to sugar coat this, honestly I would.
There was no intensity to our play at all, no bravery to go and commit. Yes we controlled play but the lack of ambition on the ball, particularly in the first half, was irritating.
Everton are at their best when playing at a high tempo. If we’ve learned nothing else this season, it’s that this slow pedestrian buildup has gotten us nowhere. Yet this style of play was there for all to see as the blues lost their 14th league game of one of the most forgettable and depressing seasons for a long time.
I really would sooner be positive but give me something to go on blues. Besides some Europa joy early doors, this result just added to the feeling that as a club we have been a non entity this season.
I’m not getting into a board meltdown just yet, but this club is in desperate need of a shot in the arm this summer.
We simply cannot go on doing what we have been doing.
I love my club, I live and breathe Everton FC like every other blue but they have depressed the life out of me this season. This result was another one to throw on the pile of forgetful weekends, with my match of the day recordings for the season remaining on 11. Pitiful.
I thought this was a great opportunity to blood a few youngsters. The game was a dead rubber for us, if not for Sunderland, surely an ideal time to look ahead to the future with so many over 30s in the squad, but I’m not Roberto and clearly he thought different. Baffling frankly.
If wed have got beat 2-0 with Martinez having learned a few things about the young lads coming through then fine, but what did we learn here? In my opinion Roberto hasn’t learned all season. Another rant I know but that’s where I’m at as an Evertonian. Submerged in frustration.
I thought Everton started the game OK, but should have gone for the throat a lot more against a Sunderland side flirting massively with relegation. Lukaku and Osman threatening before the Belgian ought to have done better, hesitating when well placed following Osman’s great lofted pass and allowing Pantilimon to come out and clear.
Everton failed to truly get a head of steam going with Sunderland gradually growing into the game. To be fair the black cats were well organised and added to our lack of imagination, this didn’t make for a positive outcome. An all too frequent story this season.
Defoe shooting straight against his own teammate Graham before the latter also shot wide as the blues allowed the visitors confidence to grow. Again, not for the first time this season.
Everton looking to take the lead before half time saw a free-flowing move with Coleman and Lennon combining before Osman fired wide as Everton looked to turn the screw on the black cats.
Lukaku found space in the box once again but saw his effort blocked by Pantilimon, the ball dropping to Osman who saw the same result with his effort. Half time arrived with the thought that all the blues had to do was step it up in intensity and we would have enough to beat Sunderland, but this is Everton….
The blues started the second half with a glut of corners. Jagielka going close with his header being deflected narrowly wide off Wickham as the blues looked to strike early at the Gwladys St. end.
Lukaku, in an identical position to his bullet header against Liverpool last season, headed wide when well placed, but as has been the story this season, just when you think the blues are getting somewhere, we get hit by the sucker punch.
The blues like helping out misfiring opposition strikers, and having ended droughts for the likes of Soldado, Aluko, and Falcao, Danny Graham was the latest to experience the feel good factor, albeit fortuitously. Deflecting Jordi Gomez 20 yard drive past Tim Howard to send the visiting fans wild.
Sunderland now looking for the second, saw Van Aanholt find space after a streaky run, the defender showing his lack of composure when in on goal, blasting high and wide to Everton’s relief.
Mirallas came on for Barry just after the hour mark, before a wonderful piece of skill from Coleman saw him beat two defenders keeping the ball airborne before firing his volley wide. A goal of the season contender had it gone in from probably our best player on the pitch.
Everton started to rally, Mirallas seeing his shot blocked before the moment you knew our luck wasn’t in. McCarthy with a poor mans Arteta v Fiorentina seeing his well struck drive beat Pantilimon but not the post. Sunderland relieved to see the ball bounce out of harms way.
The game now much more open saw Sunderland on the attack. John Stones showing his class with a great tackle on Wickham before McCarthy drove over in a hectic few minutes.
Everton just did not test Panitlimon enough, and with the inevitability of defeat edging ever closer, the rubber stamp was applied five minutes from time with another fortunate goal for the visitors.
Johnson’s cross took a deflection off Coleman and into the path of Defoe, who diverted the ball past Howard with his thigh, looking like it had brushed his hand on the way in too. Just not our day.
An utterly depressing result was confirmed and Sunderland almost made it 3-0. Coleman doing well to prevent Defoe adding to the misery. The blues losing with the feeling once again that we simply can’t wait for this season to end.
Ever since the horrific night in Kiev, I’ve never felt so indifferent to a campaign. And at the age of 35 and with the realisation that we will indeed go 20 years without a trophy, the ‘consolation’ of not going down barely registers with me.
I’ve seen fans say “We’re safe, Sunderland had more to play for.” Honestly, if we have taken the foot of the gas because we’ve achieved safety, despite entering the season with hope of a memorable campaign, then to me it’s an insult. No-one deserves to be taking it easy while were sat on 44 points.
Let’s hope we can at least win our last two games at West Ham and at home to Spurs to cheer us up but what would normally be a dreaded empty pre-season of no World Cup or European Championships, has come as a welcome break. An Everton detox has never felt more welcome.
I don’t think well be shifting many season reviews this pre-season, or as the marketing department like to spin it, magnificent Tenth. No thanks.
We say it every summer but Everton needs a massive swill of water to the face this window. From boardroom to terrace we’re stale, the squad is looking tired and in need of change. This much is surely now in giant Vegas style neon lettering.
The boards running of the club and the local media telling us the sun is shining when it’s actually pissing down at Everton, is not helping. We have no plan to move forward currently.
We don’t need a billionaire as the club and the sycophantic Echo would have you believe, we need a businessman with a plan to move forward. Not a board who have given us nothing but failure. This is now a pressing issue for me.
It’s time for the major fan sites to get together and start demanding answers from the board. Are we for sale? Are we looking for investment? Because it patently isn’t clear.
This is Everton FC were talking about! We deserve a lot better, a club with a desire to be the best should be the minimum of requirements.
Twenty years of not winning anything has lowered the expectations to such a ridiculous level that an unhealthy amount of our fan base are simply happy not to be Pompey or Leeds or Cardiff.
What would the likes of William Ralph, Bally and Labone think of us? A club without hope. Whats happened to our great club is something I’ll never forgive the board for. We have got to start wanting more blues!
Apologies for the rant, I want my club to strive to be the best, you’re nothing without hope and this is why the drum banging has been louder than usual on twitter. I hope at the very least this summer, the fans can stand up to what’s happening at Everton FC. I’ll be right there if we do.
I’d sooner be positive truly I would, a massive summer is ahead blues, so let’s hope we start next season with a renewed sense of optimism.
“The two goals are very unfortunate moments. Everything that could have gone wrong in that respect, did go wrong.” Roberto Martinez.
The story of our season Roberto. Goodison currently mimics a married couple who are splitting up but have to live together until the house is sold. We need dramatic change, we have to reconcile as a club over the summer.
Ambition quite simply has got to move in.