Following the Blues: Bizarre and bad day at Bournemouth (EFC blog)
Our blues blogger Tim has his latest EFC blog for the Guide Liverpool…
To be honest I should have expected yesterday’s result from the moment I woke up, My day started in the worst possible way as I had booked a taxi to get me to Goodison Park to get the coach down to Bournemouth. The coach which was leaving Goodison at 8am was always going to be a rush against time as I love sleep, what didn’t help yesterday morning was the taxi I booked going to the wrong address anyway I could be here all day complaining about taxis the important thing was I made it onto the coach in time.
The journey was fairly smooth well from what I remember I spent a good three hours catching up on sleep after the early wake up the only downside to the journey was a fellow Evertonian who in the nicest possible way was the size of a house sat next to me.
We arrived at Dean Court at about half past one so in stacks of time to get into the ground and get food and or drinks. What I was greeted by as I got to the away turnstiles was very strange the turnstiles were shut and there was no sign of stewards or a proper police presence.
It was now two o’clock and eventually after various rumours going round about why the turnstiles weren’t open they opened (The reason they didn’t open earlier was due to there not being a doctor in the stadium its Sky’s rules … sorry did I say sky I meant the premier league.) Now I am sure everyone has experienced the mad scenes of trying to get a taxi back from town on a night out and if not just be an away fan at Dean Court.
Now I’m not starting a hate campaign against Bournemouth here they did save themselves slightly when I went to get a drink after all that stress of getting in and I was extremely happy to find Heineken in the list of beers available and at £3.50 It was very reasonably priced I spent £14 I’m sure you can all do the maths on how many bottles I bought.
The first half was like a training session at times for Everton and when Ramiro Funes Mori or just simply Funes Mori scored a bullet header from a Ross Barkley corner it seemed far too easy for the away side.
Things got even better when Romelu Lukaku finished of a fantastic team goal which even had the Bournemouth Steward by me saying “What a F’ing goal that was fair play.”
At half time I noticed a hole in the concrete floor underneath my seat yet another sign that a lot of work needs to be done if Bournemouth are to be a proper PL team.
The second half started and you could see only one team was up for the fight and one had thought it was over unfortunately for the traveling blues the team up for the fight was the cherries and when they scored a fantastic long ranged effort from the boot of Adam Smith it was panic stations for the toffees and myself as I know what Everton are like.
Surprise, Surprise what happened seven minutes after Bournemouth’s first goal Junior Stanislas scores the equaliser for the home team, now a point away from home is not a bad thing but it gets worse.
In added time Ross Barkley looked to have sealed victory which sent myself along with about a thousand other evertonians into a frenzy with some fans joining the team celebration on the pitch Everton could mess this up with a minute to go surly not? You guessed it in the 8th minute of added time Stanislas capitalised on some awful defending to give the home team a point.
This is why I love football however frustrating it was this match was entertaining and that’s what you want at the end of the day, well as long as you didn’t have Everton to win 3-2 and Funes Mori to score as a bet which one of my mates had he would have won £300 of a 50p bet.
Also a big shout to Speedo Mick who was yet again spotted in just his swimming trunks raising much needed funds for the Woodlands Hospice Trust and a massive well done to Speedo Clive raising seven thousand pounds for the trust.
Next up for the blues is Middlesbrough in the Capital One cup Quarter-Final at the Riverside on Tuesday night.
Up the Toffs.
By Tim Lloyd