A credible draw at Chelsea, just three days after the heroic cup-semi-final win, a tired performance resulting in an almost predictable loss to Manchester City on our return to Goodison and a business-as-usual away win at Sunderland was certainly a better return than I expected of a team with bigger fish to fry. You can’t help but expect players with one eye on the cup final to “mail it in” for the next few weeks. But there seems little evidence of that, especially from Steven Pienaar who right now is playing out of his skin.
On the downside, the loss of many supporters’ player-of-the-year Phil Jagielka to a ruptured cruciate was a cruel blow just weeks before a cup final and Everton’s best defender will join Everton’s best forward and best midfielder watching Everton’s biggest game in years from the Wembley stands.
Still we are Everton and Steven P. is in the form of his life…….