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Today saw the worst Everton performance in the FA Cup ever. Worse than last year's debacle to Liverpool. Worse than Shrewsbury. Worse than the 1977 replay. Just awful. There was no passion, no commitment, no joy.


by Greg O'Keeffe

EVERTON had to be content with a point at Goodison after wasting a string of chances to continue their winning streak against Swansea.

The Blues have still never been beaten by the Welsh club but missed the opportunity to claw back ground on fourth-placed Tottenham, as they were left to rue off-target headers from Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin which ultimately resulted in goal-less stale-mate on Merseyside.

David Moyes made just one change from the side which had brushed past Cheltenham in the FA Cup on Monday night, but his men were left frustrated despite dominating possession.

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THERE cannot be a football fan in the land who didn't read about Manchester City supporters' boycott of Arsenal's exorbitant £62 ticket price for the game at the Emirates on Sunday without a sense of quiet satisfaction.

It is a sense that amid the ever-spiralling financial juggernaut which is the Premier League, finally the ordinary supporter has put his foot down and said enough is enough.

For those who haven't seen the story, City fans returned almost a third of their allocation for Sunday's game which sees Roberto Mancini's champions face a huge game in north London as they try to claw back ground on leaders Manchester United.

Leon Osman

by Greg O'Keeffe

THOSE who study the evolution of modern top flight footballers can find no more apt a case study than Leon Osman.

The midfielder who today celebrates 10 years since he made his Everton debut has gone from un-sung utility man to acclaimed international maestro, and David Moyes believes that transition reflects how the game has changed.

Osman - who is close to agreeing a new contract to keep him at Goodison for the rest of his career - will start against Swansea at Goodison today with the glowing praise of his manager ringing in his ears.

And he too will know that there has never been a better time to be himself.


by Greg O'Keeffe

EVERTON must cope without the attacking prowess of Kevin Mirallas again today, as they bid to stay in the mix for Champions League qualification.

The exciting Belgian forward scored his only goal in the Premier League so far against this afternoon's opponents, Swansea, at the Liberty Stadium in September, but has been unable to recover from a hamstring problem in time to face Michael Laudrup's side in the return fixture at Goodison.


LANDON DONOVAN today paid tribute to the internet army of Everton FC fans who persuaded him to make his Goodison come-back - as he insisted he is returning a better player.

HE'S a Los Angeles boy who usually plies his trade not far from Hollywood, and Landon Donovan admits his Everton return carries the same risks of a classic movie sequel.

IT SHOULD be refreshing for fans of Everton FC and football in general to see the name of David France on the New Year's Honours List.

WITH the turn of the year looming and the halfway mark of the league fixture programme approaching, for all of the doom and gloom which has been around Goodison for much of the season Everton find themselves in a reasonable position.


DAVID Moyes admits he has been concerned about Tim Cahill's goal drought - but is confident the Aussie can still recapture top form for Everton this season.

A WILD optimist could study the form of Bolton Wanderers this season and label them ideal opponents for an Everton side in search of further consolidation after finally ending their losing run last weekend.

EVERTON started their block of fixtures which I believe will see them comfortably in the top half of the table. Hopefully positive results in this run will see them once again occupy their position as 'best of the rest'.

AS EVER, the wonderful When Skies Are Grey provides many laughs, lists and talking points in its latest edition.


Everton FC will turn on style again after ending losing streak, says Leighton Baines

LEIGHTON Baines is confident Everton FC can turn on the style again after ending their losing streak against Wolves.

Everton FC 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1: Greg O'Keeffe's verdict on a vital win for EFC

FOR three inexorably long minutes it felt like it was going to be 'one of those games' to sign off 'one of those weeks' for Everton FC.

David Prentice: Attritional win over Wolves shows the way forward for Everton

IT may not feel like it yet, but Everton might just be a month ahead of schedule. The Blues have started each of the last three seasons badly, then recovered for a top eight finish.


Everton FC midfielder Jack Rodwell set for full England bow against Sweden at Wembley tonight

JACK RODWELL will make his full England debut against Sweden at Wembley tonight after receiving another glowing endorsement from Fabio Capello.

Pick me or I'm going to leave - Everton FC's Diniyar Bilyaletdinov

DINIYAR BILYALETDINOV could be set for a January Goodison exit after reports emerged that he is unhappy with life on the bench at Everton FC.

Ian Snodin: Jack Rodwell is on the bring of great things for England, now he must fulfil his potential for Everton FC

JACK RODWELL could be forgiven for pinching himself on Saturday night after what must have felt like the perfect week.


Everton FC boss David Moyes confirms Blues will bid to take Landon Donovan on loan again in January

LANDON Donovan will once again become a loan target for Everton FC in January, according to David Moyes.

Newcastle United v Everton FC preview: Tony Hibbert still the Blues' go-to guy after all these years

DAVID Moyes will turn to a familiar face today as he bids to thwart a potent Newcastle attack.

Royal Blue: Jair interest in Everton FC shows it could be time to start making the Football Quarter vision more than just a dream

FROM Famine to...well, bite-sized snack. Credible talk of new suitors to take over Everton has been painfully thin on the ground for some time, so while the latest news of interest from India's Jain Group should not yet herald a torrent of excitement, many supporters will at least take consolation from a healthy degree of fresh interest.


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