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Everton 2 - Aston Villa 2

Goodison Park

27/04/2008

Attendance: 37 936

Glensider At Everton

Well, the Martin O'Neill inspired 'never say die' attitude that has been evident many times since his arrival at Birmingham B6, was once again in evidence at Goodison Park as we twice came back from behind to secure a point, and ensure that the battle for fifth place, and with it an automatic place in next seasons UEFA Cup, should now go down to final whistle of this encouraging, and overall entertaining season for the Good Guys from Villa Park.

Yes, we still trail Everton by three points with only two games remaining, but we are still in there fighting, something that we didn't think, or didn't seem would be possible, when we stumbled through a disappointing March. Was the point picked up on Merseyside a priceless gain, or valuable and much needed points thrown away. You tell me? Only time will tell, but all will be revealed in a mere fortnights time.

There was a tremendous pre-game atmosphere inside the grand old stadium, both sets of supporters in excellent voice, no one in any doubt as to the importance of the outcome of the match that was about to unfold before us, and to the watching tv audience out there.

We were understandably unchanged from the team that left Birmingham City battered and bruised last weekend, while David Moyes had Leon Osman back in the starting line-up, allowing skipper Neville to revert to right full back, with Mikel Arteta taking up a place on the bench.

Everton started brightly and we were on the back foot, but slowly and surely we began to control the midfield, and take the game to the hosts. Its fair to say that we had the better of the first forty-five minutes, certainly coming the closest to scoring when Ashley Young crashed a free kick against the Everton crossbar, with Tim Howard well beaten.

The tackles were flying in thick and fast on the slick surface, neither side prepared to give an inch, and referee Phil Dowd was a busy man as he struggled somewhat to keep control.

Into the second forty-five, and clearly the David Moyes half-time wake up call had gotten through to his players, and after a relatively comfortable first half our defenders found themselves under a bit of pressure.

A goal looked on the cards, and sure enough it arrived just before the hour, Martin Laursen deflecting a Phil Neville effort past Scotty Carson to send the home support wild with delight.

Shortly afterwards Moyes threw on Arteta, while MON took the brave gamble to take off Knight and Bouma, sending on Paddy Berger and Marlon, as we went all out for the goal that would keep our hopes of European club football well and truly alive.

On 80 minutes that goal came, Gabby, who had enjoyed a fairly quiet outing up until that point, sidefooted a Gareth Barry corner past Howard, and at 1-1 we were back in business.
Everton's immediate response was to introduce the additional height, strength, and pace of the promising Victor Anichebe, replacing ex-bluenose Andy Johnson, and within a couple of minutes they had silenced the travelling Villans by taking a 2-1 lead, Yobo getting on the end of a Lee Carsley cross to beat Scotty Carson from close range.

Woe indeed was us, as the Evertonian fans belted out the strains of 'You're not singing anymore', and fair do's to them, we weren't.
However, we weren't down for long, and were all back in full voice as the guy 'whose bigger than me and you', escaped the attention of Joleon Lescott to tie things up at 2-2.

Of course, in the perfect world Arsenal will see off Everton next weekend at The Emirates, and we'll do our part by sending Wigan packing, two results that will not only seeing us move level on points with Moyes lot, but also improve our goal difference too, as we go into the final weekend of the season.
As we all know though, there isn't a perfect world out there, so there's still no doubt a few twists and turns to take place before the curtain comes down on the campaign.

I think that if we do miss out on fifth spot, we will only do so on current form because we run out of games. Everton certainly aren't a better team than us, far from it, but then again it has to be remembered that you get your just desserts come seasons end, based on your achievements over a thirty-eight game season, and lets be fair, over the course of the season Everton have been up there, performing regularly to a high standard, entertaining, and notching up the points. Only in recent weeks have their standards slipped.

We though now seem to have the initiative, the bit between our teeth, and while our destiny is still out of our hands, you have to believe that we way we are playing right now, fifth place is well within reach.
Come On You Lions - You Can Do It!

Now bring on Bruce's lot!!

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Date:Monday April 28 2008

Time: 8:16AM

Your Comments

excellent as ever glensider *applauds* Whatever happens in the next 2 weeks we'll finish where we deserve to finish
benham
Ye really enjoyed that Glensider, was a cracking atmosphere there yesterday, what its all about
Jonny_B
everton have the gooners and then newcastle, 2 tough games. this is really do-able!
bobbyfett
COME ON VILLA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Stig
I think we're all making Wigan out to be an easy game. Steve Bruce will want to get some revenge against us and their playing pretty well at the moment. Lets hope we dont f-c-u-k it up as usual and take our foot of the gas by going itno the game thinking we've already won it
son_of_cher
Enjoyable read, as ever Thanks Glensider
GCR_villlan
great atmosphere by both teams?? i was there and only time everton did sing was when they scored and that didnt last long! it was my first time in liverpool and i was looking forward to hearing them as the scousers have a reputation (maybe just the red half) but i left disapointed 3000 villa out sang them ALL game! good result for us though i can really see us taking 5th!! CMON THE VILLA
aaron_villa87
I have to say that if I was the opposition, I would hate to be up 1 on Villa, these days. With backs against the wall, the Villa boys made some goals happen!
attila11101
Totally agree Aaron. I was surprised at how quiet the Everton fans were. Only sang briefly when they took the lead and were soon quiet again. There is only one team that has a similar away support to us and its Man U. They were fantastic in the FA Cup game at Villa Park but we have been magnificent at every away game I have been to. C'MON YOU LIONS
notthedougellisstand
Yea we really can't take Wigan lightly. They have been getting results and still want to cement there place in the premier league next season. It's a tough game. We also can't assume Arsenal will beat Everton. People have been going to the Emirates lately and getting draws which does us no good. They also have NOTHING to play for, besides protecting their good home record. This is all way too exciting and I'm proud to be a Villa fan.
los_angeles_villan
Too right los_angeles_villan. Everton are more than capable of getting a point at The Emirates. Its still a long shot for us, and theres no guarantee we'll beat both Wigan and/or West Ham either. Trips to London for us have been far from happy events (three points wise) lately.
glensider
Anyhow - good report glensider. Once again, agree with every word you say.
glensider
Anyhow - good report glensider. Once again, agree with every word you say. glensider hey, glensider, do u have a clone? @_@
Gruck
I do love the Glensider man at the match reports... Once again, agree with every word you say..
col8
Glensider on Glensider... Glensider won! ;)
Cretivo
aaronvilla_87, its normal for an away support such as villa's to come to an away ground and sing their heart out. Do you think you're the only set of away supporters who has 'outsung' a home crowd, because you're very wrong. And although Villa fans were vocal, I wouldn't say you were vocal throughout, as the article says, you shut up twice when we'd taken the lead, Everton's fan very nearly won the game after ushering them forward at 2-2 when you had stopped playing. Yobo hit the post etc, I'd attribute that response to the effect of the COMEE ONSSS!!! from the crowd, of which I was heavily involved in.
toffeetower
toffeetower i didnt say we were the only fans to outsing you i was just saying scousers have a reputation of being the best football fans in england and i was excited to witness it but i left disapointed! and we were pretty much vocal all way threw even when you scored the 1st goal we still sang! unlike everton when you got pegd back twice! and if everton fans nearly won you the game i didnt hear that?! and hit the post?? wasnt it petrovs chest! look at ashley youngs free kick thats hitting the wordwork! UP THE VILLA p.s i wasnt disapointed in mathews street that place is quality! were already talking about poping 2 liverpool for a proper night out!
aaron_villa87
Again an excellent report glen. ToffeTop there have been loads of away fans that get completely drowned out at Villa Park. You should pop down and find out next season ;)
TuBBz
no, your wrong, liverpool have a reputation as the self proclaimed best fans in the league, everton fans say nothing at all about them being the best fans in the league. your average everton fan recognizes that Goodison can be a morgue sometimes, but when its rocking its a brilliant atmosphere. you're stereotyping when you say scousers. Our away support has to be just as good as yours and uniteds.
toffeetower
and i don't argue that villa park does drown out away fans, it happens everywhere, its not unusual. you make it out as if its something special that only villa park is capable of when quite frankly it happens most places.
toffeetower
haha well obviously your not going 2 say there the best fans are you!! that would be like me saying it about birmingham! (wouldnt happen even if it was true) all i was saying is that i was disapointed with everton fans thats all! CMONNNNNNNN THE VILLA lets rob 5th
aaron_villa87
 

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