Following The Blues: 5 Things we learnt from the Norwich Game
On Tuesday night Everton progressed to the Quarter Finals of the Capital One Cup after beating Norwich on penalties 4-3. I have picked out five things that I felt stood out from a pretty dull wet night at Goodison Park.
Or just Joel to his friends, the Spaniard had a fantastic game against Norwich pulling off some fantastic saves to keep the blues in the cup including a penalty. It must be hard for Joel knowing that unfortunately Roberto Martinez has his favourite players and Tim Howard is one of them. What Joel has that Howard does not apart from a full head of hair is experience of winning a cup, age with Robles being 25 which is a good age for a keeper and in a strange way having Tim Howard there as the American acts as a great mentor. Unfortunately as I mentioned Martinez will stick with Tim Howard even though the American is 36 and age is starting to catch up with him. Joel needs a run in the first team as soon as possible this needs to happen.
A player who has split fans feeling about him but you cannot say he hasn’t been a fantastic servant for the club over the years with well over 300 appearances for the boys in blue. Now just to make this clear I don’t mind Leon but what I saw on Tuesday night was a sad sign it was like when you have had a family dog for years and years and its legs start going you know it’s that time to say goodbye. Okay he did score against Norwich however apart from that he did not do much. So it’s time for players like Leon to just leave or retire as he can look back and hold his head up high instead of clinging on to a career that’s clearly finished.
The Goodison Crowd
Or more to the point the atmosphere or lack of it. With Everton making the Quarter finals for only the second time in 27 years you would think on Tuesday night the crowd would be roaring the toffees on, yet as I watched on from the Top Balcony I had seen more atmosphere at a funeral. Even the Norwich supports picked up on this by chanting “This is a library” and certainly for at least 80% of the game they were right. The crowd finally found their voice during the penalty shootout lead by the Gwladys Street roaring and cheering Everton through but as an Everton fan for the best part of 24 years I have realised that unless it’s a derby or a big game against the so called top four Goodison is a library.
They deserve a medal for their efforts on Tuesday night and they certainly put the home support to shame with the support they should to their team. They were loud and as I mentioned before not afraid to mention the lack of atmosphere from the Goodison faithful. With the journey taking just under 5 hours on a Tuesday night they deserve a lot of respect for making the trip when many would have just stayed at home. Unfortunately for them with the game going to extra time and penalties their trip back home would have been a long and miserable one because of the result.
Well after taking Norwich all the way to penalties Everton’s reward is a trip to the Riverside Stadium to face Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough who dumped Manchester United out on penalties on Wednesday night. It’s not going to be easy but with Everton’s amazing away support I think they might just get to the semi-finals.
Next up for Everton in the Premier League is Sunderland at Goodison this Sunday Live on Sky or if you’re a real fan and not a Liverpool fan you go the game so will be at Goodison.
Up The Toffs.
By Tim Lloyd