Frequently the scoreline of a football match doesn’t quite tell the tale. Last weeks 2-2 draw at Arsenal is a case in point. Even Arsene Wenger, a man not given to conceding much with regard to his team and their performances suggested a fairer result might have been 3-1 to Everton. Yesterday’s game hammered the point home in a more satisfying way. Everton’s 2-0 victory was a demolition, a deconstruction, a steamrolling of a team and a club with pretensions to success and glory. It was a devastating performance that would have done justice to a far more lopsided scoreline. The match reports are here, here and here. All are effusive in there praise for Everton, especially the towering (okay I know) display from Marouane Fellaini .
After the 5-0 mauling away to Benfica in the Europa league I had almost given up on Fellaini, sad that in my judgement, he would not become the midfielder Everton so sorely need. I couldn’t be happier to say that I was wrong- from that disastrous evening when he was complicit in giving away two goals to Benfica, to yesterday’s stellar display his performances have grown and matured and improved out of all recognition. I certainly hope it is a sign of things to come- Everton as a team have improved markedly since that evening- and that we are ready to embark on the kind of run that last year saw us go to a cup final, and perhaps this year finally add some deserved silverware.
Here’s a link to some highlights, they are worth seeing if you didn’t see the game.