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It's Time To Deliver

Radio City's Alan Irwin, 27th February 2009 - 08:52

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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 goes without saying I suppose that injuries are an accepted part of football, however when it happens to your main man, the pain is apparent to all. Mikel Arteta will be hurting physically and mentally. He has a long road ahead of him and how he handles it psychologically will determine his future to a certain extent. As fans we feel for him, yet we are also extremely selfish.

Hands up who, immediately upon Arteta's confirmed diagnosis, believed our season was over..........no chance of reaching the FA Cup final now and a fifth placed finish out of our reach?? I'm sure that debate has raged all week. My best wishes go to Mikel in his quest for a complete recovery.

Football can be a cruel game and often deals us unexpected cards. Personally I believed our dreadful run of injuries this season was over, surely even Everton couldn't have more ill luck heading their way? How wrong you can be. Who's next I now wonder? Just as we seemed to have turned the corner on the injury front too.

Arteta of course picked up his injury in an almost innocuous looking challenge with Peter Lovenkrands. Contrast that with Kevin Nolan's assault on Victor Anichebe. Our young striker's extremely lucky he doesn't face an absence longer than Arteta! It was a disgraceful challenge and Graeme Sharp, sat alongside me for commentary at St James Park, called it spot on in real time and rightly stated Nolan should be banned for six matches never mind three. I agree. Unbelievably there were Newcastle fans close to us booing Anichebe believing he had made a meal of it! I can understand the Everton fans maybe not being able to witness the challenge too well from their mile high vantage point at Newcastle, but those sat as close as Sharpy and I were should be ashamed of themselves. It was, quite simply, indefensible and no wonder Nolan was somewhat contrite afterwards.

Having stated then that injuries are very much a part of football, it has to also be accepted that we move on and deal with it, harsh as that might seem for Mikel Arteta. He'll be experiencing mixed emotions no doubt. Because of his love for Everton Football Club, like the rest of us he'll be desperately hoping we do reach the FA Cup Final, yet he'll be the player that will miss what would be one of the biggest occasions of his career. That will be when it really hits him hard. He'll be re-assured though by everyone at the Club (should we make it to that final of course) that he's more than played his part over the course of the season. Not just in terms of the Cup either, Arteta had started every league game this season, so he has completed two-thirds of the campaign.

In the face of adversity we can achieve. No one player is ever bigger than any football club and although we'll miss Arteta's brilliance, now is the time to prove we believe in ourselves, time for others to step upto the plate, time for us to rally behind the cause, time to deliver as one, because from now on through to the end of the campaign it must be: Nil Satis Nisi Optimum - Nothing but the best is good enough.

Latest Blogs by Radio City's Alan Irwin

rod smithI think we all feel for Mikel, but we have to get over his injury and get on with securing 5th place, the youngsters have done a great job and i think we can all say what a joy it as been to see them enjoy there football, not like the pampered so called big names at the so called BIG 4!!!!!!!!!!! Keep up the good work boys and lets see off boro in the cup.

Thursday 5th March 16:21 Report Comment

clinton walkerwhy dont we play van the man? classy player great crossing ability ,can we not start a campaign to get him playin?

Sunday 1st March 19:07 Report Comment

Thomas McCartenthe players have done great no doubting that, but why do we find ourselves, having to grind are way through, each game each week, i dont mean performance wise because we have been a joy to watch, at times this season i just mean this could finish are season, just a reminded to my fellow blues, a cup final visit would be totally deserved but ther is a long way to go yet, and still some big teams to beat, i dont think you could ask anymore from the boys as there is not 1 player who hasnt given a 110%.

Friday 27th February 18:45 Report Comment

William ShawIT,S TIME TO DELIVER FOR THE BLUES. GOOD REVIEW ALAN. EVERTON ARE A TOP PROFESSIONAL CLUB,AND WE EXPECT ALL OUR PLAYERS TO GIVE 100% TO THE TEAM PERFORMANCE. ALL CLUBS HAVE INJURIES AND HAVE TO COPE WITH THE PROBLEMS THAT THEY BRING. IF THEY CAN CONTINUE WITH THEIR RECENT FORM,WITH DETERMINATION,PRIDE AND ENDEAVOUR THEY WILL PUSH FOR 5TH PLACE IN THE LEAGUE,AND A CUP FINAL.

Friday 27th February 18:26 Report Comment

Maria ClarkeVery well said! The FA Cup is thoroughly deserved for each member of our team! They have done everything they can, and i for one am very very proud to be blue. COYBB!

Friday 27th February 14:33 Report Comment

Stephen LindenIf can manage with no more long term injuries there's no reason to believe the good form won't continue.

Friday 27th February 13:54 Report Comment

craig buchananinteresting and well made topic alan

Friday 27th February 11:36 Report Comment

steve hurleywe will get 5th place and we will get to the final if any player who does not give 150% they are not worthy to wear the shirt sorry but thats what think COYB

Friday 27th February 11:25 Report Comment

Mick EganI think they already have delivered, we have been without a recognised striker for months and still achieved great results agianst the so called top 4! Like everyone else I am gutted about the injury to Mikel, but I have every faith in the squad delivering a great end to this season. A lot of credit has to be given to Moyesy, for the way he has introduced youngsters who have been excellent! COYB!!!!

Friday 27th February 10:23 Report Comment
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