Thanks to no FA Cup involvement and yet another
international break, the shortest calendar month of February proved
even shorter in footballing terms with just three games for the Blues.
for an element of geographical latitude, the three games were against
‘London’ opposition with visits to Watford and Arsenal either side of a
home game with Crystal Palace, three games that produced six from nine
points and perhaps critically, our first come from behind victory in the
league from far too long a time than most Evertonians care to remember.
Road was the venue for an eventful game as Watford took a two-goal lead
through Macina and Pereyra before the Blues struck twice in first half
stoppage time as Yerry Mina scrambled home a Mason Holgate header and
then helped himself to a free header at the back post to tie game at the
break. With Everton down to ten men thanks to Fabian Delph picking up a
needless second yellow card inexplicably, it was the Blues who took the
game by the horns with Richarlison breaking clear in the dying moments
to find Moise Kean and his mishit shot/perfectly placed pass (the debate is still raging as to exactly which it was) found Theo Walcott for his first goal of the season to ignite pandemonium and wild celebrations within the travelling fans.
elder statesman of Premier League footie, Roy Hodgson brought his
Crystal Palace side to Goodison the following weekend and the lunchtime
kick-off suited the Blues as a delightful cross from Walcott inside
twenty minutes was met on the volley by the diminutive Bernard to set
the team on the road to victory. Everton rarely make things eay for
themselves and after conceding a disappointing equaliser to Benteke (of
all people), needed a piece of quality to restore their lead and a deft
flick-on header from DCL set Richarlison away to score an excellent
goal. Jordan Pickford atoned for his earlier error with a reflex save to
deny the former Villa and RS forward a second equaliser and the Blues
secured the three points as a Richarlison header came back off the
crossbar and Dominic Calvert-Lewin pounced to make it 3-1.
the two-week break, Everton travelled south again to the Emirates and
got off to the very best of starts with DCL scoring a spectacular
overhead kick goal inside the opening 60 seconds. Arsenal hit back with
two goals from Nketiah and Aubameyang before the Blues drew level in
first half stoppage time, Richarlison again on the mark.
Disappointingly, Aubameyang put the Gunners ahead within a minute of the
restart and despite a spirited fightback with Andre Gomes making an
emphatic return from a fractured ankle, Everton couldn’t find an
equaliser and the Emirates hoodoo will continue into next season.
saw a total of eighteen players appear with just three, Jordan
Pickford, Yerry Mina and Richarlison playing every minute. In terms of
the three Man of the Match polls, we had just two
winners – Mason Holgate for the win at Watford with Richarlison claiming
a runaway poll for the win over Palace and a slightly less convincing
poll margin for the loss to Arsenal.
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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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.
In third place, largely on the back of his brace of goals at Watford… Yerry Mina.
Maintaining a solid level of consistency in both his play and vote accumulating, again in second place… Mason Holgate.
And the congratulations go, with over 38% of the total votes cast, to our clear winner, and the GOT Player of the Month for February… Richarlison.