Here we are gain with the first of our monthly reviews of the season in relation to the voting in our Man of the Match
polls, so let’s begin with a huge thank you to the growing numbers who
support our polls and vote – it’s greatly appreciated, so good on yer.
a less than exhilarating pre-season that was largely dominated by the
comings and goings in the transfer window, Everton got down to business
with four games in August, four games that brought a mixed bag of
results and indeed performances, and a nip ‘n tuck result for the Player of the Month accolade.
draw, a win and a loss in the Premier League were followed by an
initially nervy, ultimately emphatic win in the Carabao Cup and
progression to the third round. We opened at Crystal Palace and until
Andre Gomes got hurt, we were easily the better side. His injury and
missing the second half disrupted our momentum and allowed Palace back
into the game and the dismissal of Morgan Schneiderlin led to us being
satisfied to take a point from Selhurst Park.
who’ve never won at Goodison, were overcome on a day that saw the Grand
Old Lady awash with blue and white flags, and a super atmosphere,
especially after Bernard smote his tenth-minute goal that proved the
all-important game winning strike.
footie at Villa Park started well enough, but when the home side scored
with literally their first meaningful venture into our half, Everton
failed to sufficiently rise to the challenge and a late, late second
condemned us to the first – hopefully last – loss of the season.
feeling of despondency that some felt leaving Villa Park was hardly
helped when we fell behind to a first minute goal against Lincoln in the
Carabao Cup. However, the gulf between the two sides eventually tolled
as Lucas Digne, in sparkling form on the night, fired in a sublime free
kick and Gylfi Sigurdsson despatched a penalty after Morgan Schneiderlin
was brought down in the box. A quite stunning volley that was worthy of
any game in the world saw the Imps draw level, but Everton completed
the victory as Alex Iwobi and Richarlison notched fine headers to assure
progression and a third round tie away to Sheffield Wednesday.
players in total saw action in the four games with seven playing some
part in all four but only two, Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane playing
every minute. We saw three players take the Man of the Match
plaudits, Yerry Mina for the games against Palace and Watford; Alex
Iwobi for the Aston Villa outing and Lucas Digne taking the Lincoln poll
with a landslide win.
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Having dispensed with the advertising plug for GOT, the forum and polls, let’s get down to the business end of this article and on with the top three vote recipients and the PotM result, and in time honoured fashion, here we go with the result in ascending order of the votes cast.
In third place and a fine effort for his first month and goal for the club was … Alex Iwobi