Howard Kendall: All bets are off for Everton FC European finish
NEVER mind handbags, it was scarves at 10 paces when Roberto Mancini squared up to David Moyes on Wednesday.
But the Italian's frustration was clearly because he knew his side had been well beaten by a proper team.
It goes to prove that you can't solve problems that City have quickly, regardless of how much money you spend. Going out and buying expensive individuals is nothing like building a team when you've been given time to mould the players you really want.
But Everton have not only got a strong first XI now. I was very impressed with the bench yet again against Manchester City.
Tony Hibbert, Joseph Yobo, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to name just a few - genuine strength in depth. Earlier in the season it was just kids and they were being asked to come on and do men's jobs; but now David can change games effectively as he has been showing.
The start of the season was such a pity, but Evertonians should be very optimistic.
Firstly, they have an interesting end to the season to look forward to when Europe is still on the table, but next season is all set to be very promising.
It will be exciting times. I can see Everton challenging for fourth and hopefully winning a trophy as well.
The way they are playing out this season shows they are as good as anybody on their day.
You would like to think that Everton will not be as unlucky again with injuries as they have been this season.
The race is on for now though, and with them proving they can scrap when needed against Bolton and play as well, all bets are off.