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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LANDON Donovan will once again become a loan target for Everton FC in January, according to David Moyes.
DAVID Moyes will turn to a familiar face today as he bids to thwart a potent Newcastle attack.
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.
JACK RODWELL says he is ready to hit top form for Everton and put the frustrations of the past twelve months firmly behind him.
EVERTON fans will be banned from drinking out of plastic bottles after LFC players were pelted during the Merseyside derby.
DAVID MOYES admits it is getting harder each year to keep Everton FC challenging at the top end of the Premier League table.