Willie Kirk Column: Cup Ambitions And New Era At Walton Hall Park

In his latest column for evertonfc.com, Willie Kirk reflects on Wednesday night's 2-2 draw at Tottenham Hotspur, discusses the challenge Everton will face in the upcoming FA Cup fifth-round tie against Bristol City, and reveals his excitement about the Blues' move to a new home at Walton Hall Park...

We were left frustrated with the result at Tottenham. It was two points dropped, without a doubt.

We absolutely dominated for 65 minutes, apart from one chance we gave them, and we should have seen the game out having gone 2-0 up.

It was the second game in a row we’ve had the chance to go fourth in the WSL and we’ve not taken it.

The first goal Spurs got back gave them encouragement and, ultimately, they’ve got an equaliser. It’s frustrating.


Lots of the performance was really positive. We controlled the game. We created so many chances, we played on the front foot and forced them into errors.

There were lots of pleasing parts of the display, but we took only one point from it. To let them back in the game was a hard lesson for the players.

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Blues battle out WSL draw.


We move on to a big FA Cup fifth-round tie against Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Monday night.

There’s huge importance on that game because we want to go as far as we can in the FA Cup. We want to go to Wembley, so this match is one we’ve got a massive focus on.

It will be a tough test. Bristol were narrowly beaten 1-0 by the league leaders, Manchester City, on Wednesday after conceding a goal on two minutes. They beat Manchester United a few weeks ago, too.

You’ve got to work hard to beat them and they made some really good acquisitions in January.

They’ll get a lift from playing at Ashton Gate and we’ll need to be at our best if we’re going to win the game, that’s for sure.


Our next WSL game is against Manchester United on Sunday 23 February and will be our first at our new Walton Hall Park ground.

It will be a very significant day for our Football Club.

We’re really looking forward to it. It’s somewhere we can properly call home and it means we are back in the heart of the city.

We can’t wait to move in and get our first game played there.

We hope we can get a strong following of vocal Evertonians through the gate, as that will make the day even more special.

Everton Women’s first match in their new home at Walton Hall Park will be against Manchester United on Sunday 23 February (12.30pm kick-off).

Stadium capacity for the game will be reduced and capped at 1,500 for the visit of Casey Stoney’s side, while the Blues complete work to increase capacity for future fixtures.

Supporters must purchase tickets ahead of the first fixture at the Club’s new home with no ticket sales taking place at the ground on the day.

Tickets can be purchased here.