I WAS still playing when lunchtime matches were starting to creep into the fixture list – and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that many early fixtures are dull affairs.
I think it’s a combination of it being an unusual time for fans to attend a match, plus the difficulty players have in adjusting to an earlier kick-off.
Having said that, I wouldn’t mind today’s game being dull as long as we come back down the M62 with something in the bag!
There’s absolutely no doubting City’s phenomenal depth of talent, but Fulham showed last weekend that they aren’t invincible and the spirit in the Everton camp does give some cause for optimism.
I am not sure our recent record will have too much bearing on Manchester City’s preparation, but on the other side of the coin the Everton lads will know they have done a job on them in the past.
It will certainly help our confidence, particularly early on in the game.
While I hope all the City players have stinkers, they do have some players who are a joy to watch.
David Silva is in that group of players like Suarez and Rooney who excite you as soon as they pick up possession.
Micah Richards may not be talked about as often, but he’s still a beast of a player who exemplifies City’s balance of strength and power, qualities which were never more evident that when they played Swansea.
But Everton will have a psychological edge . . . and that wonderful team spirit.