EVERTON restored some pride and some hope after the disappointing result against West Brom with a spirited showing in the capital.
I was delighted for Jermaine Beckford and even though his equalising goal against Chelsea was a fairly routine finish, hopefully it will give him a confidence boost and, as I wrote last week, will mean a run of starts which is all I believe he needs to get himself in the groove.
I must admit I couldn’t help smiling to myself watching last Saturday’s Match of the Day programme, when the pundits were talking about a particular player as if they had just discovered a new talent.
The tone of the BBC panel was mirrored in most of the national press on Sunday and the following days.
They were all praising Leighton Baines, of course, and deservedly so after a terrific performance, but I couldn’t help noticing that there was a tone of surprise that Baines did so well.
I found that quite shocking, especially when you consider that the lad has been playing to that consistently high standard for the best part of two years.
Leighton Baines was reported to have not done himself any favours last summer with regards to comments he was supposed to have made.
England have played five times since the World Cup – and Baines hasn’t featured once.
To be consistently overlooked by the national team is an absolute disgrace.