January 2010 Archives
DAVID Moyes today hailed John Heitinga's growing stature at the heart of Everton's defence after a difficult start to his Toffees career.
ONE by one each member of Everton's first team squad began to clap. Soon the applause drowned out any background noise in the Goodison Park dressing room, and in the centre of the assorted players sat Mikel Arteta grinning like a Cheshire cat.
IT HAS been a month since UEFA declared that Everton must play their next home Europa League tie at the ludicrous time of 5.45pm.
BILL KENWRIGHT doesn't just speak of the 'Everton family' - he practises what he preaches.
I AM fortunate enough to occasionally work for BSkyB on their Champions League, international, La Liga and Football First coverage..
On Wednesday, however, I was given the opportunity to be part of a full dress rehearsal for their inaugural 3D presentation.
I turned up at Goodison Park somewhat sceptical. I am a confirmed technophobe and always the last buy into the latest techno- logical advance, so I expected a gimmicky offering.
DAVID MOYES has challenged Everton to secure the European qualification he believes the club requires to prosper next season.
IT was the round of applause that neatly encapsulated Everton's season. When Mikel Arteta's name was announced among the substitutes in the Goodison dressing room before the FA Cup tie against Birmingham City last Saturday, his team-mates burst into a spontaneous ovation.
The Sunderland game allowed the blues to get up and come back fighting after a disappointing 45 minute showing in the FA Cup. What we got was a reverse with the second half seeing Everton lower their workrate too much, giving away possession cheaply. The blues need to remember and act on the fact - great teams put 90 minute performances in, regardless of fatigue or confidence and its time the blues showed what they can do consistently.
Despite the scruffy performance in the second half and the last 20 minutes in particular, Landon Donovan showed his quality throughout and going one better than the Manchester City game.
THIS current Everton squad is far too young to remember Hugh Johns. But if they ask their dads, they might find out they had a little more in common than they'd think.
Because the Midlands' Motson was the man 'on the other side'.
While Kenneth Wolstenholme was uttering the most famous commentary in English football history, poor old Hughie's: "Here's Hurst, he might make it four. He has! He has!" has been completely forgotten.
Evertonians will know how he felt.
Midfielder delighted with Sunderland result.
Manager pleased with players' resolve.
Sunderland match perfect chance to get season back on track, says manager.
Defender excited by Everton challenge.
EVERTON are in the hunt for Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
MIKEL Arteta today described his delight at finally returning to action for Everton after an 11-month injury nightmare.
DAVID MOYES has warned his slow-starting players that he could soon have competition for first team places - and anybody under-performing will find themselves on the outside looking in.
IN his programme notes, Everton skipper Phil Neville called for patience and stressed that good performances are not as important in the FA Cup as simply winning.
He was right. But unfortunately Everton managed neither on a dispiriting afternoon, which saw them slump out of a competition which gave everyone so much to smile about last year.
The Blues' display, especially in the first half, was the polar opposite of the pulse-quickening, expressive football which put Manchester City to the sword last weekend.