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February 8, 2010
Posted by Brett Taylor on 02/08/2010

Everton couldn't have hoped for a better opportunity to win at Anfield for the first time since 1999. But even with Torres out, Gerrard off-form and the home team down to ten men after half an hour, Everton squandered the opportunity in a fiesty encounter in which they simply didn't create enough chances.

January 19, 2010
Posted by Brett Taylor on 01/19/2010

Everton comprehensively outplayed City and deservedly ran out 2-0 winners thanks to first half goals from Pienaar and Saha. The win follows a strong performance away at Arsenal last weekend and suggests that the blues are ready to put early season injury problems behind them and start competing for a top 6 finish.

December 7, 2009
Posted by Brett Taylor on 12/07/2009

Everton followed up a great result in Athens with a morale boosting point against Spurs - coming from two goals down in a game that David Moyes will ultimately take a lot of positives from.

October 27, 2009
Posted by Brett Taylor on 10/27/2009

A shocking week for the injury hit blues who were given a good hiding at the Stadium of Light by a very good Benfica side, then beaten right at the death by Bolton with yet another player going off injured.

October 20, 2009
Posted by Brett Taylor on 10/20/2009

Back-to-back home draws with Stoke City and Wolves have brought Everton back down to earth after a good run, and left us praying for the return of Pienaar and Arteta.

August 30, 2009
Posted by Brett Taylor on 08/30/2009

For so long it looked like three points would elude the Blues here, who were undoubtedly the better team but by no means firing on all cylinders. But persistence, determination and a bit of quality coming off the bench proved to be the difference as Everton finally wore Wigan down and can breathe a huge sigh of relief to be off the mark in the league. The season starts now and there's plenty to be optimistic about.

David Moyes handed a debut to Sylvain Distin and Fellaini dropped to the bench to accommodate Phil Neville back into midfield. Other than that it was the same team that's been starting all season so far, with Saha preferred upfront to Jo.

Without Fellaini on the bench, Cahill was given the chance to play his more accustomed role behind the striker and really push forward more than he has done so far this season. He certainly did that, and got into goal scoring positions on plenty of occasions. The finishing touch proved elusive though and he was frustrated by the Wigan defence and keeper Mike Pollitt on a few occasions.

August 16, 2009
Posted by Brett Taylor on 08/16/2009

As season openers go, it couldn't have been worse. After a fairly tight opening, Arsenal took hold of the game and ripped Everton apart to plunge the season into turmoil after only one game.

August 8, 2009

Let's face it this pre-season hasn't been the most exciting and other than the Lescott will-he-won't-he saga and the quite shocking "haka" video on evertonfc.com, there haven't been too many talking points. But some blues out there have actually had a pre-season to remember; David Kurtz from LA talks us through his trip to Salt Lake City for the penalty shoot out victory over the MLS Allstarts.

June 2, 2009

Despite a flying start, Everton were unable to seal a brilliant season by clinching that elusive bit of silverware we all crave. The Blues were unable to build on Saha's first minute opener and eventually went down 2-1 thanks to goals from Drogba and Lampard.

April 21, 2009

It doesn't get much better than that! A day that will go down as one of the best for Evertonians everywhere as the blues overcame Man United on penalties to book their place in the FA Cup Final against Chelsea next month.

February 26, 2009

The 0-0 draw with Newcastle United was hugely overshadowed by the early departure of Mikel Arteta with a nasty looking injury. You know it's bad if they go down in agony unchallenged, and it has now been confirmed that he'll miss around six months - so he's certainly out for the season.

Where our season goes from here is anybody's guess but it's obviously a huge blow to the team. We've battled on without strikers and key players all season but this is a hammer blow, especially given how well Arteta's been playing since he switched to center midfield.

February 10, 2009

Everton took on Bolton with virtually the same group who played 120 minutes on Wednesday and have done so well in the last month against the league's top sides - the one exception being the inclusion of on-loan Jo. But any fears that they'd be too exhausted to get 3 points were easily swept away as the blues turned in some excellent attacking football, and Jo capped a great debut with two goals in a 3-0 win.

February 5, 2009

The Gosling Derby will go down in folklore. Finally the Reds got what they deserved and all the talk of small clubs, defensive tactics, tesco and sock robbing (!) came to nothing as Everton ran out deserved winners as Liverpool desperately tried to hang on for penalties.

February 3, 2009

After two very creditable draws against Liverpool and Arsenal, Everton suffered defeat at Old Trafford thanks to a first half penalty from Ronaldo. The blues looked tired after their recent excertions and never really looked like getting on the score sheet - hopefully they were saving it for wednesday night's cup replay against the kopites.

January 20, 2009

Everton grabbed a deserved draw at Anfield thanks to Tim Cahill's equaliser 3 minutes from time, on a night when they more than matched one of the so called big four yet again.

Our record against the top four last season was abysmal. I think we lost every game. This time around we're looking much, much harder to break down and have a resilience which is at least getting us draws against them. Results against Man United, Chelsea and Liverpool have all come from battling, committed displays and if we keep that up we can expect to get a win sooner or later.

January 8, 2009

Everton came through the 3rd round of the FA Cup unscathed after a 1-0 win over Macclesfield. Playing a lower league team on a tight pitch, this was a banana skin waiting to happen - especially considering they had Rooney's younger brother in their ranks - but thanks to a fantastic strike Leon Osman, Everton will now travel to Anfield for the 4th round in what promises to be a mouthwatering tie.

December 9, 2008

Where do you start with this one? I suppose the last few minutes is as good a place as any. When the official held up the board with three minutes injury time, I really didn't think there was anything left in the game. Despite our pressure and how well we'd played, it looked like the sort of day where we could play all night and not get the equaliser.

Anichebe had limped off to be replaced by a left back and now either Phil Jagielka or Jolene Lescott were playing up front - even now, 24 hours later, I'm not sure which of them it was supposed to be, both were everywhere in those last few chaotic minutes.

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