Everton v Chelsea - The Verdict

by Daniel Alston
@efc_danalston

Following every first-team fixture this season, a former Blue will be dissecting the game and making their verdict on Everton’s performance.

Despite netting three at Goodison on Saturday, Roberto Martinez’s men were victims of six strikes from a clinical Chelsea side - and Goodison favourite Ian Snodin has been assessing the action.

Snodin watched the match from the press box where he was commentating for the official website’s live match coverage.

Read his thoughts below on what he believes to be a misleading result with issues to address but plenty of hope for the coming months...

OPENING BLOWS

It was an incredible start to the game. To be 2-0 down in the first couple of minutes was unbelievable. You would have thought the game was over then but we got a lifeline before half time - and deservedly so - with a great header by Kevin Mirallas.

We played exceptionally well and we've got beat 6-3. It was surreal.

We were right back in it at 2-1 and we may have wished the half-time whistle hadn't blown, but we came out of the blocks at the start of the second half. 

We got in their faces and upset them. We were at them, but fell 3-1 behind against the run of play.

Defensively questions were asked of us.

From then on, it was almost a case of 'you score, we score, you score, we score'. It was an incredible game of football and in the end 6-3 didn't reflect it at all.

PRIDE IN BATTLE

Chelsea are a quality side, take nothing away from them. They've got some quality players and produced some great finishing, but let's applaud our lads as well.

Defensively we could have been more solid and that's an understatement. Offensively though, I thought we were outstanding.

It must have been so demoralising to go 2-0 down so early but the boys responded in an unbelievable way. Their heads could have gone and we may have found ourselves three or four behind but they didn't let it get to them.

MAN OF THE MATCH

I thought Gareth Barry played well and Steven Naismith put an absolute shift in but for me I'd give it to Kevin Mirallas.

He did exceptionally well. That's the Kevin I like to watch. He scored a great header but he always wanted the ball, he accepted responsibility and that's the player Everton fans love to see. 

If he can produce that every week, he's going to have one unbelievable season.

SCORER IN FORM

Naismith's all-round attitude to a game of football is fantastic. He's become a crowd favourite after not getting off to a great start here. 

Now he takes the fight to the opposition and his finishing has been terrific. I'm delighted he's turned things around because he's a great lad. 

He's enjoying his football and the fans are enjoying Steven Naismith.

Samuel Eto'o looked sharp to be honest, considering his lack of games and a pre-season. 

He scored a great header and he'll be delighted to get on the scoresheet in his first game for Everton. 

We're going to be seeing a lot more of Samuel and if he can produce the goals and maybe get into double figures, a free transfer makes it look a great signing for the Club.

There'll be a few players going away on international duty now but that's the case for every side in the Premier League. 

I've no doubt the week will fly past and the next match will be upon us very quickly. 

It's a matter of regrouping, getting on that training ground and fighting in the next league game.

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