You won’t hear me complaining about this final score. Norwich came out and took control of this game early and we had to play defensively almost all game long. We tried to mount offensives at times but Norwich was too strong for us to cope with. We were lucky to go into halftime with a goalless draw because we were giving up shots on goal quite often. Our defense finally caved in about an hour into the match and allowed the first goal of the game. About 10 minutes later David Moli was a surprise scorer as the fill-in poacher got free and headed home the game-tying goal. Afterwards we were content to waste away the final 20 minutes or so and bag a needed point.
These games aren’t getting any easier to bear. Once again Arsenal showcases the gap in talent they have over our squad. This game was decent at halftime, despite us conceding two goals in three minutes early on. As our stars got tired, Arsenal’s just kept pressing and the demolition was on. 28 shots, 11 on target, 5 past the keeper.
We breathed a collective sigh of relief after the final whistle blew on this game. After getting our asses kicked by Arsenal last game, we needed this bounceback win in a big way. A first half struggle was a preview for what would turn out to be an equally tough and tense second half. Our defense looked solid and we did a good job maintaining possession but it felt like we were just waiting for that back-breaking goal to be scored against us. Then in the 70th minute, we took a corner kick that fell horribly short. It was aimed for Ian Lewis but it landed at his feet instead of floating in so he could get a header off. But Wolves looked just as surprised at the poor kick and the man marking Lewis scrambled out to try and cut off the ball, missed, and Lewis slammed home a close range shot before anyone else could clear the ball.
This win marks our second in a row but it was a very costly one.
This game got started off on the right foot for us, with the opposing keeper scoring an own-goal only four minutes in. Turns out that we were lucky to get that goal because we didn’t pose much of a threat for the rest of the half. Less than five minutes after the restart we lost Patrick Onana to injury, then about 10 minutes after the restart Burnley equalized after some poor midfield defending. Fearing the worst, I moved Stephen Ireland to AMC and subbed in Battocchio at center mid to help strengthen us defensively. Then just as we looked content with a draw, Steven Hewitt spotted an opening and cut loose with a shot from nearly 20 yards out that stunned the keeper as it whistled in for the winner.
That injury to Patrick Onana was about as bad as we feared – broken leg. He’s off to a specialist and will be out 6-7 months. His season is now over and I only hope that this doesn’t stunt his growth potential. Stephen Ireland will become the starting AMC and we will recall Lee Evans from the reserves to play center mid.
Talk about one for the neutrals! With a halftime score of 0-2 I would’ve been content with a decent showing in the second half after we couldn’t get a shot off, let alone score any goals. I wouldn’t have guessed that there would be a second half scoring bonanza in the cards. We found ourselves down three goals with around 40 minutes to go and I was pissed. The boys looked decent enough with the ball but we were having no luck unlocking the back line. Josh Morris finally got us on the board with a screamer from 18 yards out. At least we weren’t giving them a clean sheet. Then late sub Krisztian Adorjan slotted one home about 5 minutes after coming on. At least we put a scare in them. Then somehow, Ian Lewis snuck in on a quickly taken corner kick and headed home the tying goal in injury time. The Everton crowd was just as stunned as I was! Three goals in twenty minutes - http://youtu.be/fpjXxpEzAAM
vs Man City
I’ll be honest, I was happy with this loss. For the first time all season we kept things close against a top flight team. And even though we lost by two goals there are some clear positives that we can draw from. First, we didn’t crumble early. Not only did we allow a goal only ten minutes in, but we also allowed Stevan Jovetic to score a brace within the half hour. We didn’t allow any more goals from that point until much later in the game. Second, our defense looked decent. We were completely dominated on and off the ball but our defense managed to hang in there. We allowed 31 shots, 16 on target, and only three goals despite getting tested often. And lastly, we somehow found a way through an impressive City defense, although it was so late in the game the opposing players were likely more concerned with where to enjoy their post-game meal instead of the action on the pitch.
vs West Brom
This rollercoaster month continues with another win after suffering a loss in our previous game. We came out strong in the first half, notching two goals before the halftime whistle. Cristian Battocchio opened the scoring with a nice shot from distance, then Alex Coleman headed home the second goal. That ended up being the only scoring for the rest of the game as our defense did a good job of forcing West Brom to be largely wasteful with their shooting opportunities.
Damn it we should’ve won this game. In a reversal of fortunes, we get ‘upset’ by a Fulham squad that was sitting near the relegation zone before this match. It looked like we were stunned at how much fight Fulham brought with them and they deservedly won. Things looked decent going into halftime, but one poor bit of play saw us give up a free kick just outside the box and that kick ended up getting converted. The second half threatened to get ugly but we managed to keep them out of the goal. Unfortunately we weren’t able to find a tying goal and what would’ve been a fantastic end to our month instead ended in disappointment.