clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Everton 2014-15 Season Review: Top 5 Wins

This was not a difficult selection to make, at all.

Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

In a season with just eighteen wins, it was not difficult at all picking out the top five of the lot. Everton played ten games in the Europa League and had six wins there, mustered twelve wins out of thirty eight Premier League games, and none in the two domestic Cups - goes a long way to show where Roberto Martinez was concentrating his efforts this season.

Without further ado, we bring you the Top 5 Wins of the season.

#5 Win of the Season: Everton 1-0 Southampton (Premier League, 4th April, 2015) Recap

In all honesty, this was a dull game. The Press Association ranked all 380 Premier League games for entertainment value, and this game came in at 379th. It shouldn't have gone that way though - the Saints had a chance to go fifth and guarantee a group spot in the Europa League after Liverpool had lost earlier in the day. At the end of the ninety minutes, the win for Everton gave the Blues their first pair of back-to-back home wins in a year, so there was that. The game was dire, it made for dreadful watching, but it was three points more than Everton had the beginning of the day and that was all that mattered as the Blues stuttered towards the 40-point mark.

First the defence and Tim Howard bailed the team out multiple times, keeping out the rampaging visitors, and then captain Phil Jagielka bundled in a clumsy equalizer. From that point on it was tedious defensive effort and eventually Southampton just gave up.

Oh yes, there was also that stunning save that goalie Tim Howard pulled off.. wow.

#4 Win of the Season: Young Boys 1-4 Everton (Europa League, 19th February, 2015) Recap

It looked like Everton had gotten off with a pretty easy pairing in the Round of 32 draw for the Europa, and the first leg away in Bern proved as much. However, it wasn't always as easy as the final score proved. Guillaume Hoarau was a handful for the Blues all day, first putting the home team ahead after barely ten minutes. However, in a fifteen-minute spell, we saw some of Romelu Lukaku's explosive best as he grabbed a brace and narrowly missed a third which Seamus Coleman put away to make the scoreline 3-1 at the half.

In the second half Lukaku finally got his deserved hat-trick and then John Stones lost the ball to Hoarau and then proceeded to haul him down bearing on goal, getting a red card and conceding a penalty in the process. The Frenchman blazed over, the Blues held on and paved their path to the next round.

#3 Win of the Season: Everton 3-0 Lille (Europa League, 6th November, 2014) Recap

The previous leg in France had been a dull affair marked by police beatings of supporters, so Everton played like they had a thing or two (or three, actually) to show the French.

Forgotten man Leon Osman ghosted in at the back post to bang in the first, Jagielka slipped his marker off a corner to head in the second, and then Steven Naismith turned his man inside out before hammering home the third and final goal. Job done, in a most impressive manner.

#2 Win of the Season: Everton 3-0 Manchester United (Premier League, 26th April, 2015) Recap

The season was basically over for the Blues, but they could play spoiler for the Red Devils, and they took that opportunity with aplomb in a wholly dominant performance. The only reason this is not the top win of the season is because there was little to play for apart from pride, and the fact that there is little love lost between the two sides.

Ex-Evertonian Marouane Fellaini started this game like he had come to prove a point at Goodison, but his exuberance quickly spilled over into near-violence and he was first cautioned a dozen minutes into the game, then blazed over when wide open and then taken off at halftime.

James McCarthy was the unlikely finisher in a flowing, counter-attacking move fans are not really used to seeing this season. United had the bulk of the possession in the game, and looked more likely to grab the next goal but it was Stones with his first ever Everton goal from a corner that sealed the result here. Kevin Mirallas came on as a late substitute and then put the visitors to the sword in another lightning-quick counter for the third goal. Louis van Gaal's face at fulltime was a sight to behold.

#1 Win of the Season: Everton 4-1 Wolfsburg (Europa League, 18th September, 2014) Recap

The Blues first game back in Europe under Roberto Martinez. Midweek football under the lights at Goodison. So what if the Blues were off to a dismal start domestically? Everton turned on the magic and recreated the School of Science as they dispatched Wolfsburg from whence they had come. It was magical weekday nights and one of few bright spots in an otherwise dismal season.

Naismith got the show underway with a deflected goal after fifteen minutes, and then Leighton Baines supplied a second assist setting up Coleman for the next goal. Baines then got his own from the penalty spot before Mirallas got another with five minutes to play. Everton had been lucky with Howard and the woodwork bailing the team out more than once, but even a spectacular last minute freekick from Ricardo Rodriguez could not take the shine off this amazing return to Europe.

Tell us in the comments below if you thought there was another game that should have been in the top five here.