As the season draws to a close it is important that David Moyes and his team continue their good run of form, says Bob Latchford.
The Blues have only lost to two teams in 2012, and while the defeats to Liverpool will hurt for a long time, it’s encouraging that Everton have shown such a positive attitude in the rest of the games.
The desire to win is clear to see, and the last two games need to be played in the same vein in order that we get something out of this season, even if it’s just finishing above that lot across the park! I can see them winning the FA Cup tomorrow though, and then Dalglish will step aside and keep his “hero” status intact.
A point at Stoke is never something to complain about either. Tony Pulis has put together a strong side down there and has done very well in turning them into an established Premier League side, so I don’t think David will be unhappy, especially as they scored both goals.
Nikica Jelavic might not have scored at Stoke, but that won’t bother him. He’s in such a rich vein of form and he is getting the kind of service he will thrive on. With a visit to Wolves tomorrow he could easily bag a few more and end the season pretty close to a 30 goal total, which is no mean feat! It seems that David Moyes has finally found a striker of the calibre we’ve all wanted at the club, and it would be nice to see him wearing the number 9 shirt next season.
He’s a natural goalscorer, and I think he could easily carry on the tradition that Everton have with number 9’s.
The man providing him with the service that all striker rely on is proving to be one that we simply must snap up in the summer. Steven Pienaar left a big gap at Everton when he went to Spurs and mustn’t be allowed to leave again. I don’t know why he left, but he clearly never found his groove at White Hart Lane.
Sometimes that happens when you move clubs, and perhaps he felt he wanted a chance to show he could play well against Champions League opposition, but he found it difficult to get into the side down there and since he’s come back he looks like he’s much more comfortable at Everton. His performance at Stoke was excellent, and he’ll be looking to carry that on at Wolves.
Molyneux was never somewhere I liked playing, though. I think that goes back to my schoolboy days, as I had a chance to sign for them when I was 14 but just never felt comfortable there when I went for my trial, and I think I carried that with me in the rest of my career.
As a Birmingham boy many might expect me to be delighted to see Wolves go down, but they’re a Midlands club and it’s never nice to see one of them go down. Birmingham have a chance to replace them in the Premier League after making the play off’s too, but I’d be surprised if they overcame Blackpool in the semi final. Delighted, but surprised. I think there’s a few years left of rebuilding at St Andrew’s yet, but promotion could well fix a few of the financial problems.
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