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Hangover Season?

Radio City's Alan Irwin, 12th December 2008 - 10:06

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Alan Irwin is the Voice of Everton for Liverpool's Radio City 96.7. An experienced radio journalist, Alan commentates on all of the Blues' matches and is well placed to provide insightful blogs on the progress of the team.

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It felt like I was waking from some sort of drunken haze on Monday morning!!! 
 
Did that really happen??!!................It's been a trying week, attempting to piece together the final 60 seconds of Sunday afternoon's drama.
 
I've spoken to many an Evertonian over the course of the week and the reaction's been pretty similiar.........some couldn't sleep Sunday night, some found it difficult to concentrate on work on Monday morning. It's been quite some time since I've witnessed a finish like that.........to experience such a range of emotions inside the space of a minute takes it out of you!!! It's called being an Evertonian I suppose!!!
 
From a commentary viewpoint, it was a thrilling game, from the first minute goal to the last, just a shame we were the team that lost it at the death. My colleagues from the Midlands were understandbly ecstatic. It was hard to remain composed during our hour long phone-in that followed, although we need to get it all in perspective.......at the end of the day all we lost was three points (it just felt a lot worse, a little like a cup semi-final defeat!) and we played reasonably well too!! Defensive errors cost us, Mikel Arteta was caught in possession twice and Phil Jageilka made a rare mistake in what's otherwise been an excellent season for him. So, we need to retain the positive aspects from the 90 minutes (or 93 anyway!) and move on to Manchester City and Chelsea, then to Christmas and the new year.
 
Maybe we're not quite at the midway point of the season but if a half term report was compiled now it would certainly contain the words: "must/can do better".

Six wins from sixteen league games isn't good enough (however at this stage last season we'd won only two more and sat in seventh place). Maybe the difference isn't that great, there is, after all, a fine line between winning and losing in the top flight. We must make ourselves more difficult to beat in the second half of the season and begin picking up those all important points on home soil. We can't rely on winning away from home as often as we have already, bearing in mind we've still to visit four of the current top five.
 
January will prove a pivotal month for us, we must make progress in the FA Cup, purchase wisely and effectively, beat Hull City, and prepare ourselves for successive league games against Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.
 
I didn't intend to look that far ahead in this week's blog, it must be my way of forgetting Sunday........either that or I'm wishing the party season was well and truly over!! I've had one hangover too many already!!

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