After a poor first half display at Goodison we were, in the end, just two top class saves away from taking an excellent three points. Stekelenburg’s low stop with his left hand from Janssen’s opportunistic poke from 8 yards came at a time when we were camped on the edge of the home team’s box and looking on the verge of taking the lead; the keeper’s smart tip over from Lamela’s angled shot a few minutes later confirmed that it wasn’t to be our day.
Judging by some of the comments expressed by Spurs fans after the game, the first thing that’s obvious is that expectations have been raised higher than an Ozil penalty miss by last season’s performances.
‘Five games without a win says it all’ was one I saw. ‘Normal mid-table service resumed’ and ‘Implosion imminent’ were others.
Whilst starting the season with a win would’ve been nice of course, after the climax to last season and the international summers most of our players had it’s fantastic that we came out of Saturday with far more positives than negatives.
Big things are hoped of Lamela and it’s great that he got on the scoresheet, Wanyama looked at home in midfield straight away and Janssen too showed that he’s very capable of taking some of the burden from Kane over the coming months. We fought back away from home against an energised and motivated side that needed to impress their new master, Michel Vorm eased the concerns of the doubters (including me) and Pochettino didn’t actually kill anyone despite his threats.
The new signings plus the big win against Inter meant that we entered this season with the wind behind us – there was enough to be taken from Everton to believe that the momentum is still with us going in to the weekend.
Glass half full everyone!
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