Well, we got off with that one didn't we? Another terrible performance from Tim Howard has cost us the points here.
Okay, so it wasn't entirely the American's fault, as Everton were laboured and poor on the front foot once again in the league. It was a shocking difference from the Europa League exploits in midweek where the side were fast and dangerous. Here, and not for the first time, the away side were happy to sit back and stop the wingers and fullbacks, thus nullifying our play.
Having said that, we did create numerous chances in this game and should have won comfortably. Why didn't we? Romelu Lukaku. The forward was prolific against Young Boys and then completely awful in today's game, missing everything but the goal he got in the end. You can credit him for continuing to try, and he deserves praise for that, but frankly he seems to miss more than he scores and that's an issue.
And on the subject of bad performances, we reach Tim Howard. While the American was out injured, Joel Robles stepped up perfectly and kept three clean sheets in the process. Everton have failed to do that since Howard has returned and he was at fault again today. Both goals came from his failure to catch the ball and ultimately cost us. He's been like that all season and frankly needs to be dropped as a warning. The World Cup has gotten to his head.
So, another two points that are of no use to Everton, who remain mired in 12th in the table. The Europa League looks like their only saving grace this year, but frankly if we're not careful, we'll be in a relegation dogfight before the season ends, and I don't fancy our chances if that happens.