I'm really happy with this result, not only because we're through to the next round, but because backups and a few youngsters were given the chance and really stood up. Brilliant man of the match performance from 19 year old defender John Stones, who lead the team to victory on a nice afternoon at Bramall Lane. Also fun to see 16 year old George Green playing well, in his starting debut for Everton.
We actually play really well in this game, despite a 3-0 loss. I chose a 4-5-1 with Wanyama dropping down in a anchor role. We won the midfield battle in this game, but where poor when attacking. Darron Gibson bossed the midfield and turn in yet another strong performance. What I'm not happy about, is the fact that we conceded two goals on corners despite having focused on def. set-pieces before the match, so that is something we'll have to work on.
League table at end of September
In a month were we suffered injuries on several key players, I thought we coped really well. Five games, four victories and one loss. We are currently 2nd on the table following a five-match unbeaten run before the loss to City. A young side also beat Sheffielf United, and made sure we are through to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup, were we have been handed a tough home game against Manchester United. The team has played really nice football and adapted to my style quickly, and the new lads have settled in really well and performed brilliantly.
A little over a month into the season, new Everton boss Ola Tangen has lead the Toffees to five victories in their last six games, and Everton are currently sitting in second at the table. We went to Finch Farm, Evertons training facility to have chat with him.
Reporter:How has your first months at Everton been?
OT:It's been great. Everyone here has made me feel welcome, and it's fantastic to work with such a brilliant squad of players. We've done really well so far with five out of six games won, and we've played really well along the way. Our summer signings have done excellent, and they've settled well with the rest of the lads
Reporter:Good. What was your reaction on being offered the job, without any real experience as a manager?
OT:Well, I might not have the experience of a manager, but I've played nearly 400 games in the Premier League and made 50 apperances for my country, so I feel I have some experience from the game, haha. And of course I had the pleasure of working under Sir Alex Ferguson as both a player and a coach, so I tried to pick up a few things from him aswell. It was also very important for me when I came here, to have a experienced backroom staff to help me, and I feel I've brought in some great people, and I feel that we're a good match.
Reporter:Having worked and played under SAF, I'm sure there will be a lot of chewing gum, "Tangen-time" and hairdryers at Goodison?
OT:Hahaha, well, I want to create my own image, but of course the players will be told, if I'm not happy. Whether it's me, David (Moyes), Manuel (Pellegrini) or Josè (Mourinho) I don't think it really matters. We're all winners who hate to lose, and throughout a long season I'm sure we're all gonna have our discussions with the referees.
Reporter: You made four signings in the summer window. Who has impressed you the most?
OT:Wow, that's a tough question, because I think all of them have done brilliant. But for me the one who had the biggest gap to fill was Victor (Wanyama). Replacing someone of Marrouane's (Fellaini) ability is not easy, but I feel he has coped well with all the pressure his had on him to succeed. I also want to bring up Viktor (Fischer), because a lot of people forget he's still only 18 years old, yet his playing like he's 28. I was really surprised we had no competition for him, because he has the abilty to become a world class player, and hopefully he can do that here.
Reporter:Last question Ola, who do you think will win the Premier League this season?
OT:Well, I would like it to be Everton, haha. But certainly both Manchester clubs will be up there, and you can't write off Chelsea now that Josè is back, but if I had to pick a winner I would say Manchester United.