Everton traveled to a rainy Amex Stadium hoping to build on a strong victory over West Ham. For 75 minutes, they toiled in the storm, bailed out only by an Adam Webster own goal off Lucas Digne’s corner kick. A moment of brilliance from Mason Holgate and Dominic Calvert-Lewin briefly made it 2-1, until the video assistant referee awarded Brighton a hilariously sketchy penalty. Neil Maupay put it past Pickford, and then Lucas Digne would later finish finely behind his own goalkeeper.
In the end, it was another disaster class from Everton. They once again failed to exert their superior talent over a team that belongs near the bottom of the table. Tom Davies and Andre Gomes struggled to impact the match in midfield, which isolated Alex Iwobi and Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Icelander didn’t start, but was forced on in the first half after a bad looking injury to Bernard. Sigurdsson did not have a good game.
As ever, it feels like one step forward, one step back from Everton. They cannot handle any sort of success, whether that’s from week to week or minute to minute. The club have changed out players repeatedly over the years, but the end result is always the same. Suffering.
We shouldn’t have to continue putting up with this, and yet we do. I suppose in the end, it’s the hope that kills you. The brilliant young players who give us a measure of optimism before whatever mediocre coach the mediocre board hires decides to kill off another promising career. That’s the type of thing that truly hurts.
Near the end of the match, Marco Silva stood sullen on the sideline, drenched with rain. If I’d been in a more cheery mood, it could have been made into a meme. Instead, the scene was emblematic of this unfortunate football club. A fallen star, once filled with excitement and intrigue, now left to face the reality of being a disappointment once again.