LAST weekend’s game resulted in much doom, gloom and criticism of individuals who probably don’t need naming. I think the flak is out of order.
Last week’s result was one of those things which happens in football, especially in the Premier League this year.
Its significance has been magnified because of what has gone before and the present league position, which in my opinion is not a fair reflection of the way Everton have played.
A potted summary of last week’s game would go something like this: Everton start well; West Brom get out of their half for the first time after 15 minutes and score.
Everton pick themselves up, concede an unnecessary free-kick to give West Brom their second realistic attack of the game and it is brilliantly converted.
Tim Cahill scores a magnificent goal, the brilliance of which was overlooked in the general post-match despondency, relieving the pressure on David Moyes to make changes at half-time.
Early in the second half David Moyes does make changes, which most fans were happy with; one of the new players gets a chance to equalise, beyond which Everton would surely have gone on to win.
Instead, the keeper saves and within seconds West Brom’s full-back commits two sending off offences and an Everton player reacts stupidly to leave us a man down and a goal down.
The final result was completely out of context and more a result of Everton committing men forward with inferior numbers.
On another day the result could easily have been different.
However defending David Moyes and his team is something which has had to be done too often this season.
Clearly something has to be addressed at Goodison Park.