We only went and did it didn’t we? What a result that was.
Everton ended their 20+ year Old Trafford hoodoo last night and came away with all three points against current Champions Manchester United. It wasn’t easy, and we rode our luck at times, but you just had a sense of feeling that it was written in the script for the game to go our way. The hyped build up, the fact we were playing our former manager for the first time, the way we brushed Stoke aside a few days before and because we went into the game against United brimming with huge confidence. It was like a boxer preparing for a fight; we had a point to prove and we certainly rattled a few cages with our impressive victory. Our fans were well up for this one, and our players definitely were too.
Bryan Oviedo ended up being the match winner, but they were all winners out there last night. From Howard in goal who had a blinder to Lukaku up top who battled hard – right through our team we saw some massive performances, and this resulted in us earning a historic win that moves us to fifth in the League. The fallout today has been brilliant, I have loved every minute and to be honest I am still beaming. Seeing the pictures and videos of our players and fans last night just adds to the victory. The spirit around the Club at the moment is something which I haven’t seen for some time, embrace it Blues.
Recently I have spoken about the current positivity and confidence at Everton and this is what inspired us on our way to victory last night; we showed that we do mean business, we don’t fear anyone and we are a force to be reckoned with. The manner in which we played last night summed up the raw emotion from our supporters ahead of the game. The ill feeling from many towards Moyes, the togetherness we are experiencing with our new manager and the attitude of our players who play to win. It was all bottled up and we eventually got our rewards with a late winner that literally sent everyone associated with the Club wild.
I was made up for Oviedo, because he has simply been excellent in his two starts for Everton. Before his goal, he had again put in an assured performance and one of a player who looks like he’s been playing regularly in the Prem for some time. As many pointed out after his winner; would he have been in the final third at that point in the game under the management of Moyes? Hardly likely. The fact we were pushing on and taking the game to United continuously throughout the second half is a sign of what we are seeing at the Club nowadays. It was brilliant to watch.
Players like McCarthy who is blossoming with every game, Barry who hardly puts a foot wrong, Pienaar the old timer still dazzling us with his control and skills, young Ross in the middle, Romelu causing headaches for everyone he comes up against, the Mirallas that we all know looking dangerous again and as for our defence and goalkeeper – sublime. I read Jags’ stats today for defensive clearances etc, one word; phenomenal (nice one Bobby lad). Jags and co defended like Lions and although United had chances, some of them glorious, we stood firm and shut the home side out. Rooney spat his dummy out, left it late on Jags, whilst Fellaini, who was mediocre at best, went in nasty on McCarthy. They didn’t like it because they knew we weren’t scared of them, they knew it was eventually gonna go our way.
It was just our night, Martinez’ night and once again another fantastic result in front of our fans who are quite simply the best around. The sight of Distin lifting Bryan on his shoulders at the full time whistle and his team mates overjoyed with the win, the picture of Lukaku celebrating Oviedo’s goal like he had just won the league title – these things epitomise the sense of feeling at Everton FC at the moment and it is great. We fear nobody, our players are playing for each other and their manager trusts each and every one of them and it is showing in their performances. Onto Arsenal next and again we will go to win, we will go to express ourselves and face up to the side who currently top the Premier League table. Who knows, we could get another good result but for now I’m gonna sit back, crack another beer and watch the highlights from our win at Old Trafford. It certainly was a game I won’t forget in a hurry.
Up the Toffees