WHILE last weekend’s performance at Wolves was remarkable given the selection problems David Moyes had to deal with, it’s the kind of thing we have become accustomed to at Everton over the years.
When the chips are down and we go into games with players missing and a reshuffled line-up, the lads selected have gone on to pull an excellent performance out of the bag.
While that is an admirable trait, one nagging question still remains.
Why wasn’t that level of performance consistently possible earlier in the season when we had all of our players available?
This Premier League season has been characterised by unpredictability, and even if we do manage to overhaul Liverpool – which is possible given the respective run-ins – we would still look back on the campaign in disappointment. That’s down largely to the expectation levels we have failed to live up to, and compounded by Manchester City and Chelsea under-achieving, leaving us with a feeling of what might have been.
Jermaine Beckford might also be wondering the same thing after last weekend’s exposure.
Whilst I can understand Beckford being peeved at being hauled off in a match where there were clearly more goals to be had, the Everton way is not to show dissent on the pitch or off it and be disrespectful.
Any grievances should be aired away from the public arena.
I was interested in David Moyes’ reaction afterwards. He didn’t pander to the player in any way shape or form, he didn’t make excuses. He simply said: “I took him off because he wasn’t working hard enough.”
I think that’s great management.
Players may not like it but they have to get used to it. That kind of management has seen us through difficulties in the past.
There are no grey areas.
Everyone knows what’s expected of them and everyone knows the consequences if they don’t work to the desired level.