Obstructed View – Reflections on the Hull (H) Game

Great news everyone! If Ronald Koeman decides to chuck in his Everton towel, our new Manager was sitting two rows behind me yesterday in the UG. Chances are you won’t have heard OF him, but those around certainly HEARD him. Everything was wrong, from the team line up, to the way we played, to the […]

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Obstructed View – Reflections on the U23s Game vs Derby U23s (A)

Well, this is new! An U23s report from your intrepid, but let’s face it for this fixture, almost local reporter. A quick schlep down the A52 from Nottingham takes you to Pride Park, or whatever sponsor-ridden name it is these days, a modern but actually rather good stadium, packed to the rafters with a capacity […]

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Obstructed View – Reflections on the West Brom (H) Game

“Well, yes, we will always score”, says our Manager to the BBC Microphone-Wielder. Get your money on 0-0 against Hull. Once again Ronald Koeman proves that he’s a better manager than the legion of Everton supporters who grumbled and who predicted portents of doom come 3pm – 5pm, because the manager had picked Gareth Barry […]

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Obstructed View – Reflections on the Spurs (A) Game

It turns out we’re not any good, in fact we’re rubbish. That’s the polite version. But the sentiment is the same if you buy in to what the footballing experts had to say on social media after, at worst, a chastening defeat to one of the best two sides in the Premier League. We’re not […]

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Obstructed View – Reflections on the Sunderland (H) Game

Despite shaving on the morning of the game, putting my left sock on first, and not drinking my first brew of the day from my Everton mug, a potential banana skin game was, in the end, a very routine 3 points and a comfortable 2-0 win. Good job Lukaku hadn’t heard about my many changes […]

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Obstructed View – Reflections on the Middlesbrough (A) Game

There is something of an inevitability that a barn-storming game when you score 6 is followed by a scrappy one when you score nothing. Nowt. Rien. Nada. On a day when it would have been better curled up in front of a log fire with a good book or a Netflix Box Set, Everton failed […]

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Obstructed View – Reflections on the Bournemouth (H) Game

After 38 minutes, I turned to my son and said: “isn’t it fun watching a game without tension?” The only time I can remember feeling the same at half time was when we were 5-0 up away at Sheffield Wednesday in a 1988 FA Cup Third Round Third Replay (remarkable similarity of the Sharp and […]

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Obstructed View – Reflections on the Stoke (A) Game

Well, I think we’ll call that “scrappy”. After all, what else did we expect on the cliched wet and windy Wednesday in February? Especially with a 9ft striker in the opposition ranks, a 73 year old able to put the ball on the tall lad’s bonce from anywhere on the pitch, and a dynamic has-been […]

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Obstructed View – Reflections on the Crystal Palace (A) Game

This is really beginning to feel like ‘something’. Not sure what, but certainly ‘something’. A new dawn? Another false one? Or a sense of real momentum after a number of important results in the Premier League, and perhaps this Koeman Project is well on its way. Make no mistake, the project will have its bumpy […]

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Obstructed View – Reflections on the Manchester City (H) Game

Hands up who expected me to start with a reference to……Leon Osman? Now that the diminutive midfielder and legendary prankster has moved on to things more media-like, I’m just wondering who is in the Everton dressing room that with a cutting of socks, a strategically placed bucket of water, or Deep Heat Rub in the […]

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