To use a cliche, it was a ‘game of two halves’ against Newcastle – why did Everton’s collapse?
Confidence, individually and collectively has clearly been effected and this has come about throughout the upheaval of the last few seasons.
With this, much responsibility placed on young players at times and perhaps too little responsibility has been taken by older players too.
People talk a lot about a team’s “identity” these days. The way the game is perceived has changed a lot over the years but the bottom line in football is you need 11 guys out there who trust each other, senior pros who know how to deal with issues like calming an emotionally charged young goalkeeper who is clearly struggling to contain himself at a place like St James’s Park where he was bound to be targeted, a collective spirit that I’m afraid our team just doesn’t seem to have.
We need certain individuals to stand up and be counted and raise their game .
Hopefully others will follow.
A lot of eyes are already turning towards the summer, where do you believe the Blues need to strengthen most?
All of the above first and foremost.
Of course we need a goalscorer and an injection of genuine pace up front.
Then, if Marco Silva feels any of his players have learned nothing and not emerged stronger and more rounded as people and footballers after this season, then I’m afraid those individuals must be shown the door.
I’d like us to keep Kurt Zouma and Andre Gomes, if not their places need filling. We need a team first though, not more wholesale changes.
It’s a return to Goodison Park this weekend for the first time following the incredible Merseyside derby atmosphere – are you confident a similar noise can be created against Chelsea ?
I’m a member of the Fans’ Forum and at my first meeting there was a lot of talk about the 1878 Originals group and their plans.
I was on the Gwladys Street concourse selling People’s Place scratchcards for Everton in the Community before the derby and the atmosphere down there was spine tingling.
It’s been a tough one for us Blues again, sadly, this year.
Let’s enjoy the remaining home games. We’re probably well down into double figures of games left at Goodison now. Every one of them is massive.
Imagine not going there to watch Everton again.
From now until the end of the season, what would you consider a success for Everton?
As many points as possible. As many goals as possible. Signs that there is hope.
Anyone with their flip flops on, again, for me has to be shipped out. We need motivated, determined, honest players out there, fighting for their future.
I always like to see a couple of the kids brought in for a cameo at the end of the season.
Any other issues you’d like to discuss?
I could go on about Everton all day.
It’s feeling like yet another key moment in our history right now. Where do we go from here?
Patience is thin among many supporters and I understand that.
But we are all in this together, so let’s all give it our best and see what happens. Time and hard graft are great healers.