West Brom 0 - 1 Everton
Everton came away lucky here, as they scored the only goal of the game on a George Green penalty after Claudio Yacob fouled in the box. Manager Nathan Limior had a scare when Danny Graham's goal off of a free kick was disallowed due to being offside. West Brom were tearing away Everton's barricades like zombies, but Everton held for the victory.
Player of the Match: Liam Ridgewell (West Brom)
Management can get quite crazy sometimes, with the pressure of looming relegation causing so much stress. I took an airplane to New York soon after the game, and took a cross-country flight to Portland, Oregon to watch my former team play against Cruz Azul in the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals. Portland is managed by respected veteran MLS coach Frank Yallop. I've set the table for him quite well, let's see what he's doing with them.
CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal
First Leg: Portland Timbers 0 - 2 Cruz Azul
Although Portland defended well, but their attack looked incredibly disorganized. Midfielders would make long passes to strikers who weren't making runs. When Portland did get into Cruz Azul's third of the field, they were more interested in making speculative passes, and Corona was simply a better goalkeeper than Makaridze, who let in 2 goals on 2 shots on goal. It was slightly tipped in Cruz Azul's favor in the first half, then Teofilo Gutierrez fired an absolute laser blast of a ball into the net for Cruz Azul's first goal. Late in the second half, Javier Orozco doubled up with a nice shot from an angle. Portland also suffered from injuries, Jose Valencia and Edson were inhibited with injuries, and Darlington Nagbe was forced off the pitch late, leaving Portland to fend for itself with 10 men.
Player of the Match: Javier Orozco (Cruz Azul)
I felt myself wanting to yell at the Timbers for their poor performance, but that wasn't my job anymore. It was soon time to fly back to England so that I could resume my managing duties.
Everton 5 - 1 Queen's Park Rangers
I had a good feeling about this match, but this result was surprising! Shane Duffy dominated in corner kicks for two goals, Nikica Jelavic remembered he had 17 finishing and also scored 2 goals, and Jarad Nekounam scored a goal on a penalty. Loic Remy pulled in a consolation goal for QPR, but this was no contest.
Player of the Match: Shane Duffy (Everton)
Everton's Javad Nevakoum suffered a slipped disc during training and will be out 3 months. It'll be a huge blow for Everton since he is one of their best players.
Stoke City 0 - 1 Everton
Another nailbiter for Everton fans where the team built up a slim lead and watched as the other team try to erase it. Stewart Downing got in close range to put away the winning goal for Everton. Yoo Hoon was a bane for Stoke as he kept going offside at inopportune moments.
Player of the Match: Christophe Berra (Stoke)
Relegation Race Update: Newcastle 2-1 Reading, thankfully in FM there are no sponsor controversies and so Papiss Cisse scored the winning goal for Newcastle; Reading are tied with Everton on points but Reading is currently the last one safe due to their -13 goal differential, compared to Everton's -15.
Everton 2 - 1 Blackburn
This was a match we needed to get 3 points, and we did. Everton started off the scoring on a nice counterattack, Nikica Jelavic had plenty of room, but found himself caught on the outside, he tried to cut in but lost the ball, which Phil Jagielka slid in for Everton's first goal. Joshua King equalized with a close-range finish. Jonathan Viera sent in the cross, which Jelavic volleyed into the net for the winning goal.
Player of the Match: Josh McEachran (Blackburn)
= Valerio Verre from Genoa signed with Everton on a Bosman, he will be on at the end of this season.
- Striker Davide Cais from Atalanta signed with Everton on a Bosman, he will be on at the end of the season.
- Attacking midfielder Marc Stendera from Frankfurt signed with Everton on a Bosman.
- Kieza from Palmeiras for 375,000. As he is under 18, he will move to Everton at the end of the season during which he turns 18, so June 2016.
- Everton have signed Juarez from Portuguesa for 625,000 pounds since he has been granted a work permit. The transfer will go through in June 2016 due to his youth.
Premier League Table
We're out of the relegation zone! With a perfect month, we picked up 12 huge points, and despite Reading having a game in hand, have put the pressure on them to match our success.