Writer: Mike Field
Date:Saturday April 25 2009
I've heard of taking the positives but today according to Martin O'Neill we gained a point, simply because Everton lost.
The set of results mean we have 'doubled' our advantage over Everton and I'm sure everyone is happy at that. We've doubled our advantage - great stuff.
Suppose only a cynic thinks that had we not got desperately lucky we'd actually have no advantage at the moment.
Speaking to the official site, O'Neill said:
'We got a point away from home and came into the dressing room disappointed and then we found out Everton had lost at home to Manchester City. So we have actually gained a point on them.
'Hopefully now that elusive win is around the corner. But I am pleased with the team's efforts and the way they performed.
'Overall, I think we could have won the game. We were the better side. We just about deserved the lead at half-time although we didn't create as many chances in this game as we have in the past few.
'We tried to take the game to them and be positive. Ironically, they scored during a period when we were playing our best football of the game in terms of possession and pressure. It was frustrating to concede at that time.
'We were much better defensively than we have been in the past few weeks but we didn't create the same amount of chances as we did in those same games.
'We have been involved in some very exciting away games this season - but this wasn't one of them. By comparison with them, this was very dour.'
I'm becoming more puzzled by the elusive corner, let alone the win. We also created plenty of chances today according to the stats and we'd have created far more if any of our players could cross a ball without missing everyone or hitting the first defender everytime.
But realistically it is a bit more breathing space on Everton and we desperately need that with our form and the fact we can't buy a win at the moment.
Date:Saturday April 25 2009
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