The opening month of the New Year was something
of a testing time for our beloved boys in Royal Blue with a real
mixture of performances and results, highs and lows, disappointment and
encouragement – it’s never, ever dull being an Evertonian.
games saw four in the Premier League bring one win, one loss and two
draws while the third round tie in the FA Cup is probably best
forgotten, if that’s at all possible, given the opposition and venue for
what was arguably one of the lowest points in the modern history of the
We opened the New Year at the Etihad
against the defending champions, Manchester City, and they proved to be
far too good with Gabriel Jesus continuing his remarkable scoring form
against Everton with both goals in a 2-1 win which saw Richarlison
maintain his scoring touch with our marker.
FA Cup tie across the park was a massive disappointment to say the
least as the Blues carved out three gilt-edged first half chances
against a second string Liverpool failing to take any of them, and
allowing the home side to grow in confidence. The second half, quite
frankly, was an embarrassment as Everton failed to register one effort
on target and the misery was completed when Jones curled home from 20
yards to knock us out of the cup. For the first and hopefully only time,
the level of anger, disappointment and fury over such an abjectly poor
performance saw the Electoral Commission decide no Man of the Match poll
Back to Premier League action
and Brighton were the next opponents at Goodison, with the faithful
demanding an improvement in performance and result. Perhaps
understandably, Everton didn’t exactly hit new heights in terms of
performance, more stuttering to victory with the highlight being the
sublime first half finish from Richarlison that is well worth catching
up with on YouTube.
West Ham away and
against our old manager David Moyes the Blues again were slow out of the
traps, especially in the first half that saw a needless free kick given
away by Fabian Delph and Diop get on the end of the Snodgrass cross to
plant a header beyond Pickford. Having fallen behind to yet anther set
piece goal, the Blues did respond positively before the interval with
Mason Holgate flicking on a Digne corner and Dominic Calvert-Lewin
equalising at the back post with a good header. The second half was
better, but in the end we had to settle for a point against a poor West
A visit by the Toon Army closed
out the January fixtures and it was something of a Jekyll and Hyde
showing from the Blues as for over eighty minutes, we were in total
control and enjoying a well deserved two goal lead.
the absence of Richarlison for the second game running through injury,
Moise Kean had without a shadow of a doubt his best game yet for the
Blues and finally broke his duck with a well-taken first half goal set
up by a delicious lobbed pass from the energetic and hard-working
Bernard, and Goodison celebrated. When Lucas Digne threaded a slide rule
pass forward for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to finish in style for two-nil
before the hour mark, Goodison was positively purring.
game as a contest appeared over and with everything on the night having
been hugely encouraging, Carlo Ancelotti made late changes that
unsettled the rhythm and handed Newcastle some hope for the closing
minutes. And incredibly, they made the most of their only two efforts on
target in the whole game to snatch a consolation and then equaliser as
Everton completely lost the defensive plot in the added-on time.
five January games saw eighteen players used, nine appearing in all
five games with just three, Jordan Pickford, Mason Holgate and Dominic
Calvert-Lewin playing every minute available.
The four games we ran Man of the Match
polls for saw four different winners – Seamus Coleman at Man City,
Bernard against Brighton, Mason Holgate at West Ham and Moise Kean
taking the plaudits in a tight poll for the Newcastle game.
As we always say, we do our utmost to post our match reports and MotM
polls as quickly as possible after the final whistle each game, and we
encourage all our forum members and readers to continue to support the
effort and vote.
And now we’re into February, we only have fourteen games left and every vote cast in our Man of the Match polls can still impact upon who eventually will be crowned the GrandOldTeam.com Player of the Season.
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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.
Forcing his way onto the podium for the first time on the back of his fine performance against the Magpies and maiden goal , in third place… Moise Kean
Maintaining a solid level of consistency in his play and vote accumulating, in second place… Mason Holgate
And the congratulations go, with over 28% of the total votes cast, to our clear winner, and the GOT Player of the Month for January… Bernard.