Given how strange and emotional the past week has been, Everton’s return seems a timely one. It was meant to be a run-of-the-mill international break – laugh or cringe at England’s failings, grapple with the logic of Kyle Walker playing while John Stones sits like a spare part on the bench (or just Kyle Walker […]

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Goodison is packed, but there’s not much noise. Z Cars is playing, but it seems somehow more sombre, even listless, than it has ever sounded before. The players are trudging out, fans sat silently, until there is an announcement on the PA system and Goodison Park erupts into rapturous applause. The minute of adulation was […]

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Eight games into the season…are you happy? Let’s take stock. Three wins, three draws, one defeat plus an AET victory, which is a draw or a win depending on viewpoint. 15 goals scored and 9 conceded. Seems pretty rosy at this point doesn’t it? Performance-wise, it’s that good old buzzword “transition”. It feels like we’re […]

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…And we’re back. I can only apologise for the hiatus – to cut a long story short, it’s down to depression. But no need to discuss it any further. Let’s move on. Oh right, we can’t. Because Everton are suffering an existential crisis. The final string tying us to that victorious plateau has snapped and […]

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“It’s the derby, which is so much more. In September I asked for a bit of magic and Phil Jagielka popped up with just that. Dare we ask for more? To win this one would be…phenomenal. Let’s bring the house down Everton. It’s derby day.” That’s how I concluded the preview for the Merseyside derby. […]

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We did it! The players actually did what they’re paid to do and we won a game! They didn’t half make us wait for it – not only the ninety minutes in which we had to withhold what was a mostly tepid Crystal Palace ‘onslaught’, but the month and a half from the win over […]

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Y’all ready for this?! ….no? Yeah, fair enough. But I’ve got a lot of respect for you if you’re reading this. Your perseverance in getting up just to get slapped down yet again is admirable. From October 18 to November 27 Everton embarked on a run of eight games without defeat, winning five, drawing three. […]

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Get the Whitesnake on. Here I go again. So, to that shimmering light I see over yonder. Is that the sun setting on the winter of our discontent or just a false dawn? We’re about to find out. There are two ways to look at the two games we’ve played in the last week – […]

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