A strange thing has crept into Goodison of late. We have always been a melancholic and generally miserable bunch. Martinez went some way to changing that last season but as the teams fortunes have changed, so we have reverted to type and in fact if anything things have become even worse.
Goodison Park has been something of a graveyard this season, the initial positivity quickly turned sour and the place has largely been silent thanks in no small part to Everton‘s indifferent at best form. However, there seems to be a sense of entitlement among us that I haven’t seen for a long time. Barkley, who was outstanding for long periods yesterday was still subject to groans and catcalls when he lost the ball and God forbid Besic should pass it back to the keeper while surrounded by three players!
Everyone has the right to express themselves, Leighton Baines even said this week that boos after the Hull game were justified. However, both he and Martinez have also said how such things are detrimental and demoralising while they are out there playing the game. It’s hard to see how it helps anyone and frankly booing a team for not going forward at 3-1 up astounds me. Could our play be quicker? Of course it could but we meandered to a victory against QPR last night and people are treating it like a defeat.
Fans are proven to be a catalyst in motivating their team and driving them on to victory but you can drive players on with encouragement and there is little of this from fans right now. We all ask not to be treated like customers, we claim we are not numbers, that we are supporters yet in times of hardship do we support?
Roberto’s Blue Army have deserted him of late at home. It’s time to remember what we are there for and maybe the team will to?
Allez Allez Allez Oh.