Well. Have that!
It’d be hard to overestimate how much fun that was.
Brilliant from start to finish we made easy work of an Everton side unbalanced in midfield, incompetent in attack and understaffed in defence.
Son was the stand out player but two goals from Harry and top quality displays from Erikson, Dembélé, Erikson, Vertonghen and Sanchez meant he really had to work hard for that accolade.
We showed so much more energy than in our last home league game against the Hamsters. From the off the Toffees struggled to clear their lines effectively as the defence and midfield was constantly chased down by Eriksen, Dele and Son while Dembélé gave one of his vintage Man of Steel performances. Bolasie, Sigurdsson, Rooney and Tosun strived to make an impact, the last of that group mostly by testing out ref Craig Pawson; the new signing committed two fouls before he’d even touched the ball and must be a favourite for the most offsides in a season crown despite only just joining in the race.
I’ve not seen the official stats but the away team yet again failed to register a shot on target by my reckoning and this is despite BF Sam playing a far more attacking formation than predicted, or was wise to be honest. Rooney ‘scored’ but was offside, unluckily I suspect, but that doesn’t count.
Their fans were vaguely noisy early on, quiet after Son’s opener and silent after Harry’s poached second and third. They headed to the exit in numbers well before the end, I suspect that even this early into Allardyce’s reign, they’ve seen enough.
Son was quick, direct, two footed and dangerous. His consistently great form is the thing at the moment that is driving us forward. If I were Real Madrid….
A word about referee Pawson. It was one of the most random displays I’ve seen for ages. You got the impression an assault with an axe would’ve been met with a stern talking to. Kane should’ve been booked for his barge on Martina, Tosun’s persistent fouling went unpunished and Kenny and Rooney were very lucky to still be on the pitch at the end.
Southampton away next week and the chance for more points if we’re able to replicate this form. The flowing football was a real pleasure to see, the fourth goal in particular an absolute delight. Great stuff.
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