It wouldn’t be Everton however without a defensive gift. Thankfully, after Berahino had latched onto McCarthy’s stray pass, he would see his goal-bound effort blocked by the on-rushing Tim Howard. The American then recovered to keep out Samaras’ follow-up. I know it was nothing special but Howard looked much more like his old self in an encouraging display.

FT: WBA 0 – 2 Everton

So a great result, and chance to look forward to match of the day and football first. It was very pleasing to see us win a must win game.

It may sound stupid just four games in but we badly needed this. Let’s hope our defensive confidence is back and we can push on in an attacking sense. We are sure to be boosted with the returning Eto’o and the even more more mouth-watering Barkley.

This result was perfect preparation for our Europa League opener against Wolfsburg. I’ve never looked forward to a competition such as this one. It means the world to our fans to see us back in Europe and no-one will fancy playing us.

With Wolfsburg now en route it is sure to be a great occasion under the lights at Goodison Park. Simply, this is what football is all about. So let’s raise the roof Blues and believe in our quality. This is a competition I am convinced we can win.

We have the quality to hurt any team but have to keep improving as a defensive unit. This game demonstrated in giant neon lettering that the equation is simple; tighten up as a unit and let our talented attackers do the rest. Not many teams will be able to resist us.

A busy period awaits with Wolfsburg and Palace visiting Goodison in the next week. You can’t beat a deluge of games, particularly after the international break snoozefest. Lots of opportunities for us to build momentum and confidence with a bigger and better Everton emerging to grab our season by the scruff of the neck.

It’s time to take control of our own destiny. A result that may look mundane from the outside can provide us with the springboard we need to cash in on a hugely promising season.

One which hopefully ends up with the trophy cabinet welcoming a new addition.

“It was vital today that we had that side of our performance(Defence) and then on top of that we didn’t lose what we are good at and what we are.

“I thought we showed both sides really well in our performance.” Roberto Martinez

Let’s hope a happy compromise has been reached so that others can now suffer. Starting with the Germans at Goodison!

Sin Miedo

Mark Ellis


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