On what was a grim, soggy, muddy Bloomfield Road pitch Everton claimed a hard earned point that perhaps should have been more, but could have easily been less....
First of all it was one of the most enjoyable matches I have seen in a long time. Blackpool boss Ian Holloway deserves credit for sending his team out to attack - something most newly promoted sides don´t do.
Because of that Everton never got a seconds peace, with the boys in orange hussling and harrying them at every opportunity.
They also have sprinklings of quality. shown by Neal Eardley´s free-kick that put them ahead. Charlie Adam also proved a threat and came cloae with a few efforts.
Our recent confidence and positive run of results was shown by the way we hit back, with Tim Cahill netting yet another headed goal from the Yak´s clever, dinked cross.
We then dominated possession for the rest of the half without being clinical enough in front of goal. We were made to pay early after the re-start when sloppy defensing let them in again.
It was so frustrating after dominating the first half and we needed to hit back quickly. Seamus Coleman - who perhpas had a career changing loan spell at Blackpool Road last season - ran onto his own flick on and blasted the ball beyond Matt Gilks, though the keeper will be a bit disapointed as the shot went pretty much straight at him.
The November rain then began to fall, turning the match into a good, old English mudfest. Saha should have scored when played clean through andw enearly paid the price when Marlon Harewood slotted past Howard, only to be penalised for a slight push on Phil Jagielka (it looked a little harsh to me).
I was frustrated immediately after the game given we had blown the chance to go fifth in what is becoming a very close league. But given Blackpool´s performance and commitment a point isn´t that bad a result. If they play like that the Tangerines will stay up comfortably this season.
Another winnable game is on the horizon in the form of Bolton, though given they sit above us in the table we shouldn´t taken anything for granted - Owen Coyle has transformed the Trotters in under a year.
In other news please give a warm(ish!) welcome to the latest SBNation blog - Anfield Asylum. It should certainly make things interesting now we have been joined by ´them lot´from across the park;
Feel free to pop over and remind them of the score at Goodison last month..............