Following The Blues: 5 things we learned from West Ham Away?
By Tim Lloyd
On Saturday I was on the road again with Everton, this time I was back in London for a trip to the Boleyn Ground or Upton Park depending on your preference. It was a game that will have left both teams and fans fairly happy, and I have picked out five talking points from yesterday’s draw.
As mentioned in my last piece this boy is magic, and he was key in all parts good about the blues game yesterday. His constant pace and skill was a thorn in the side for the West Ham defenders and his positive play was key for Everton to take a point back to Merseyside when his defence splitting ball picked out Romelu Lukaku who rounded Adrian in the West Ham goal before passing the ball into the empty net. Although it was Lukaku with the goal the credit has to go to Deulofeu for his simply outstanding play.
After last weekend and the destruction of Sunderland next on Romelu Lukaku’s hit list was West Ham who he has a fantastic goal scoring record against (7 goals in 7 games against the hammers). He took his goal very well and for the second week on the run rounded the keeper to score his goal was just reward for a performance of a top class centre forward. His day was almost made even better when he almost diverted a Brendan Galloway cross into the back of the net late in the second half. Overall Lukaku looks in fine form and from a fans view long may it continue.
This is painful to write as I really believe he can be a world beater but at this moment in time he reminds me of a crab with his sideways movement. It wasn’t just yesterday’s game that Barkley stood out for all the wrong reasons he has been below par for the past few weeks. Maybe its tiredness (He should try getting up at 6am and spending near enough 9 hours on a coach to get to London and back.) whatever it is maybe a rest will help him come back stronger. The return of Leighton Baines will also help Ross as his set pieces are not the strongest parts of his game. One fan described Ross as “a world class player with a Sunday league brain.” This is harsh but I found it funny.
Goodbye to Upton Park
West Ham was one of my first away games almost ten years ago, since then I have been all around England and Europe to watch the blues, but nothing will take away that feeling I got as a 14 year old stood in the freezing cold Sir Trevor Brooking Stand as Everton nicked a victory curtesy of Louis Saha. It’s something about those old fashioned grounds that any proper football fan loves so yesterday it was a farewell to Upton Park as of next season their new home will be the Olympic Stadium.
As many blues may or may not have noticed there is a man going to Everton games in just swimming trunks, the name of this madman is Michael Cullen who follows the blues home and away and as many people know the people of Liverpool are always helping others. Mick is no exception his Speedo stunts are all to raise money for Woodlands Hospice and I was lucky enough to have a chat with him on Saturday he is such a great man raising money for a great cause. The only advice I will give him is when we go to Middlesbrough I’d find some thermal swimming trunks, if they exist.
Its International break next week so fingers crossed no injuries for any players representing their countries.
Up The Toffs!