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Mad's new motto; ‘Never take an Australian to the match’
Ah, a week full of London based matches. You have no idea how much I was looking forward to not making the 230 mile journey from my front door to Goodison Park - and instead having a lie in and leaving my North London pad at a leisurely pace, giving myself plenty of time for drinking and catching up with the boys. Trust Everton to ruin my good mood! To be honest, the less said about Brentford the better as it just shouldn’t have happened. Everton were the better side but paid the ultimate price for not taking chances.
Then came Fulham. It was a game that was surely not massively exciting for neutrals but in my opinion it heralded a possible fresh start. The players showed more hunger than the Newcastle match and the fans seem to be once more behind them with cheers and applause at the end of the match. While there were few chances from either side it impressed me that Everton were still looking for a goal right up until the end – certainly not a defeatist attitude which I was worried we may see after the Carling Cup blow.
Seamus Coleman continues to impress and Sylvain Distin was in much better form. However, it was Yakubu who looked the most likely to come to our rescue and on that form it will be sooner rather than later that he finds the back of the net. Despite the positives that we can take from Everton maintaining their first clean sheet of the season, we really need a win – but at least being bottom of the league means the only way is up!
So for me it is onwards and upwards with cries of ‘In Moyes We Trust’!
And in the last week I have learned a valuable lesson of my own. Being London based over the years I have cultivated various different groups of Australian friends who worship at the altar of Tim Cahill and have asked me to get match tickets for them in the past. Sorry guys, but from this point on it is a straightforward ‘No’. Let’s look at the evidence – last season’s opener against Arsenal, Spurs knocking us out of the Carling Cup, Spurs again in February and then the bombshell that was Brentford. So what was I thinking taking them to Fulham? I have no idea but it is never happening again and it is something I can add to my long list of mindless superstitions.
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