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.
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.