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I did say a couple of weeks ago that I wasn't sure whether my heart would take two derby games in the space of just six days!! Now we've a third and final one to get through and we've had the drama of conceding so late on against Arsenal.
I think you need to be both mentally and physically fit to watch Everton! And I'm now struggling with the latter because my treadmill's just packed in at home........thankfully David Moyes' squad is looking in decent enough shape of late so no need for me to worry too much about my lack of fitness.........I'm not expecting a call up from the boss, despite my wonderful performances in our local seven-a-side games over the last few weeks!!!
On a more serious note I do think the team have shown tremendous mental strength recently (despite the late, late, disappointment on Wednesday). Credit needs to be given where it's due and although Sunday's game at Anfield was very much a backs to the wall job following our goal, the defensive display was magnificent. Phil Jagielka's surely done more than enough to convince Mr Capello that he has all the qualities required for the 2010 World Cup campaign.
And if Sunday's display was hailed for the resounding resilience of Everton's rearguard, then the previous Monday's was an embodiment of our battling belief and never-say-die attitude.
We now need to carry our confident manner into the weekend and beyond for what are now our biggest games of the season. If we can come away from Old Trafford with our unbeaten run still intact then I've every confidence we can win the cup replay AND defeat Aston Villa in the next round (I'm sure it won't be Doncaster!). I'm already envisaging last minute revenge on Martin O'Neill's men.
Talking of last minute goals, it still amazes me how many fans choose to leave grounds prior to the final whistle..........it costs a fair amount of money nowadays to watch top flight football and every minute should be savoured as far as I'm concerned. It was certainly noticeable at Anfield in the league game how many Liverpool fans were absent when Tim Cahill scored our equaliser (maybe those Reds supporters believe they won the game as they didn't witness the goal!)
To be fair though it's not just Liverpool fans who are conspicuous by their absence so late on in games. It happens all over the country, including I'm afraid at Goodison Park. Given our propensity for late goals over the last couple of seasons (and conceding them this season!) then surely it makes sense to see the game through to it's thrilling conclusion. Maybe I'm out of touch with public transport facilities and crowded roads immediately following the final whistle........after all it's a good hour or so after the game before I get away. However, I think if I was shelling out good money I wouldn't want to leave the theatre before the final act.
And on the subject of theatres.......let's hope we can pull the curtain down on United's incredible run of clean sheets...........then it will be us leaving the theatre dreaming........after the fat lady has sung of course!!!!
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