Everton fans - hope you have a very short memory because the sooner you forget this the better.
Marco Silva named his best fit XI to start this game, and though the squad didn’t look great, it looked adequate to be competitive at least against Tottenham Hotspur. How wrong that assumption was.
Spurs took control of the game right from the outset but it was Everton who fashioned the first real chance of the game and took an unexpected lead through Theo Walcott. However, the fragile confidence the Blues had built was about to come crashing down.
A horrendous miscommunication between Jordan Pickford and Kurt Zouma allowed man of the match Heung-min Son to equalize. Questions certainly need to be asked of the England number one after another display of suspect decision-making.
Everton appeared to pretty much give up after that, as they allowed Dele Alli and Harry Kane to score in quick succession and make the game 3-1 to Spurs at the break.
Marco Silva has appeared to influence his side with his halftime talks this season, but today was not one of those games. More lackadaisical defending with a high line allowed Christian Eriksen to bang home a spectacular volley into the corner made it 4-1 and game over.
Gylfi Sigurdsson looked more alive in the second half, and got a good goal, weaving through four players at the edge of the box before beating Hugo Lloris. At 4-2, it didn’t look a comeback was on the cards, and Spurs ensured there was no such thought of complacency by continuing to push forward relentlessly.
Two more goals by Son and Kane made this the highest-scoring Premier League game of the season, and Everton’s embarrassment was complete at 6-2.
The Blues can justifiably complain about Paul Tierney’s questionable refereeing, but a sharp Spurs side and an incompetent Everton team made for the perfect trifecta of woe for the Blues just days before Christmas. Sigh.