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Being an Evertonian can sometimes be very easy - especially living in London where most of my friends and colleagues reserve their hatred towards other teams for the likes of Man Utd, Chelsea, Man City and of course Liverpool. Their view of the mighty Blues is generally that we have a great manager, Arteta is always in their fantasy football teams and their fans are the best in the world (ok that's my view but anyway...)
However the main problem with supporting the finest club in the land is that they have taken over my life- hence my descent into football related madness. Saturday afternoon social lives are an alien concept for me, my family and friends have to plan things around the football season if they want to see me and my obsession with avoiding all things red has taken on a whole new level. Let's face it - how many 29 year old females do you know who have an Everton duvet cover?
Even my colleagues have learned to avoid me on Monday mornings regardless of how Everton have performed as they know the morning meeting is going to be taken over by rants featuring such gems as ‘Did you see Fellaini's pirouette? Hold on, let me get it on YouTube...no really you need to watch!' or ‘I don't care that Chelsea won 6-0, Everton were not part of the match so it isn't relevant to my life'.
I also would like to mention my poor flatmate (who has no interest in sport whatsoever) who regularly finds me charging into the lounge to inform her that we have just signed someone or hears me screaming at the TV when Everton score/concede/one of City's players is writhing on the floor in ‘agony'. She has perfected the pretend interest face amazingly and only interrupts if I have ranted for over 10 minutes. Thanks H.
All of this has brought me to the conclusion that I need to get a grip and while not mentioning Everton in as many conversations as is humanly possible is going to be a huge struggle for me I have set myself the challenge of at least being concise. So here you have it people - the Wolves match report in less than 250 words.
First home game of the season is always well anticipated and despite Neville's absence we were all generally pleased with the starting XI. Everton did start the better team with the majority of possession and a few early chances were evident. However despite this bright start Hahnemann was never really tested and Everton began to look a bit lacklustre after about 20 minutes.
The referee had a few dodgy moments and a few balls that were clearly ours were awarded to Wolves. Dubious lack of penalty aside for a challenge that was very obviously inside the box, we went on to score from the free kick that was awarded instead with Cahill netting after Arteta's ball in. Half time and we felt an Everton lead was deserved.
Second half and Wolves came on immediately stronger with much more possession and balls in their end than before. What Everton did have as an advantage was a bit of pace which is why I am mystified as to why Beckford was subbed for Saha. We immediately lost our pace and the Wolves goal came from a Saha mistake gifting them the possession which resulted in Ebanks-Blake's goal.
Everton had a few more chances that came to nothing and all in all it was a disappointing game - both for the scoreline and the entertainment factor. The Wolves fans who cheered their appreciation at getting a point at Goodison had it spot on - this should have been an easy 3 points for us and our performance was not good enough. Man of the match? Distin. Enough said.
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