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Luck Of The Lane

Radio City's Alan Irwin, 28th November 2008 - 14:34

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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's been a long time since I've sat and watched an Everton game as a fan as opposed to working on the game for Radio City.

The thought did cross my mind on Monday night how fortunate I was.

For any Evertonian the game was an endurance test and I felt a little sorry for those of you that had, and always do, pay good money to cheer on the lads throughout the season - and throughout the chilling winter months.

Far too often the reward is scant, Monday night being a perfect example. Thousands of Blues supporters, yet an atmosphere that was as icy as the weather. Home fans like Wigan's don't help but neither do performances like ours.

I certainly don't subscribe to the theory that it's Monday night that creates a flat atmosphere and an equally flat performance. Players are used to performing on any given day and it's up to them to lift the crowd. Whatever people say, an insipid display is generally mirrored off the pitch too.

On the positive side, I can't see that kind of display being replicated on Sunday at Tottenham. David Moyes simply won't allow it, the players can't allow it and I imagine you, the fans, won't allow it. The atmosphere at White Hart Lane always seems conducive to decent football so all in all we're set for much better fare. More importantly it's the beginning of a tough series of matches for us and we need to get back on track. Fast.

Away from the action, the misfortune for James Vaughan continues. Just when it appears there's a ray of light for him - and possibly even an opening for a run of first-team appearances - it all goes horribly wrong once more. It's difficult to believe sometimes that it will ever work out for the lad. He must be feeling more than a little depressed, and there's not a lot that will cheer him at the moment.

As far as we're concerned we'll derive plenty of cheer with three points at Tottenham, something we've now achieved on the last two visits.

I hope that those last two wins are still fresh in the minds of the players and they go there with a belief and a feeling that they can make it three in a row. It will be tricky with Harry Redknapp having turned things around quite dramatically for them but maybe, just maybe, it's fast becoming one of our favourite grounds!

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