October followed the trend of recent months
with up and down form from Everton with mixed results and extremely
mixed performances. Four games saw victories at Goodison over West Ham
and Watford in the Carabao Cup the bright spots while losses at Burnley
and Brighton were disappointing and frustrating to say the least.
away was the first game and it was largely a performance to forget as
the Blues were simply woeful on the day and this awful performance was
doubly annoying when we entertained West Ham and quite simply blew them
away. Talk about chalk and cheese, Jekyll and Hyde… the Everton that
completely outclassed a previously unbeaten on the road West Ham were a
joy to watch and the only surprise was that the Hammers didn’t go back
south with a much, much heavier defeat.
amongst the fans was therefore high when the boys in Blue headed south
to Brighton only for a somewhat tepid showing, albeit in poor conditions
actually saw the team come from behind to lead on strikes from
Richarlison and DCL. But then fate in the shape of the diabolically
employed VAR took centre stage as Lee Mason decided that Michael Keane’s
accidental contact on Connolly warranted a penalty. Brighton scored to
level, Everton didn’t react positively enough and sods law saw the game
lost to an unfortunate OG from Lucas Digne.
result heaped more pressure on the players and manager Marco Silva for
the final game of the month, the home tie against bottom-of-the-table
Watford. A thoroughly forgettable first half saw an improvement after
the interval and eventually Mason Holgate capped a fine game with the
opening goal courtesy of a delightful cross from Theo Walcott. And an
excellent added-on time through ball from Cenk Tosun gave Richarlison
the chance to secure a quarter final berth with a fine finish.
points from a possible nine and progression in the cup was certainly
less than was expected and less than was needed, but that’s all we
managed and it means the Blues will have to improve massively through
November before the stiff looking fixtures scheduled for December.
players again saw varying levels of game time in October with only
three, Jordan Pickford, Lucas Digne and Richarlison completing all four
games. In terms if the four Man of the Match polls,
they were won by four different players, Yerry Mina at Burnley, Andre
Gomes against West Ham, Djibril Sidibe at Brighton and Mason Holgate in
the cup victory over Watford. Not surprisingly, the biggest poll
response was for the West Ham game with the lowest coming for the loss
away at Brighton.
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polls as quickly as possible after each game, and we encourage all our
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Having dispensed with the ubiquitous plug for GOT, the forum and polls, let’s get to the golden envelope business and on with the top three vote recipients and the PotM result, and in time honoured fashion, here’s the result in ascending order of the votes cast.
October was one of the closest results we’ve had with only seventeen
votes separating the top three players as voted for by you, the fans.
In third place and a growing crowd favourite was… Yerry Mina
In second place after a solid return to first team action and a vital cup goal was… Mason Holgate
And the congratulations go, with 17% of the total votes cast, to the GOT Player of the Month for October… Andre Gomes.