Managed to get to the game last night for the first time in a long while and I really enjoyed it
You can't beat the sheer thrill of seeing an Everton goal go in and the place just erupting!
Really did feel like the crowd influenced what was happening. Its got to inject the players with some energy. That 10 minute spell where we equalised and then scored another 3 (including Doucoure's offside goal) was mesmerising. Felt like we were absolutely magic!really can't remember a spell like that in a game where everything is coming off
It did take us going behind to wake up though which was a bit worrying. Lucky that we responded fairly quickly as we needed to get our belief back and get a grip on the game, and boy how they did respond
The nature of Townsend's goal played a big part in the response as well. The crowd does cheer louder and with more vigour when it is a worldy, and I can't remember much better than that. He hit it soooooooo sweetly. And you could see how much it meant to him. Also props to him for setting up the first. Little bit of trickery out wide and then a lovely cross. Not everyone was convinced it was a good signing at the time, but his attitude is spot on and having a great work rate, fantastic crossing ability and a shot like that means that there are definitely some big qualities being brought there.
Nice as well given some of the characters we've had over the years just turning up and not giving a shit and taking the wage, that we have someone as humble as him, who realises he has to win the fans over, with something to prove. He speaks really well and really highly of his manager and his team mates and great to see he is enjoying it here and is delivering on the pitch as well.
Other notable performers last night I thought were Gray, Doucoure and Allan. Obviously it was the first time I've seen all 3 live in an Everton shirt. Demarai Gray is rapid!such a cool finish that and he looked our brightest spark all night I thought. A Real bargain at whatever price he was
Doucoure just had so much energy. Great to see him in the attacking 3rd more and also making some great passes too. Crazy the way that he seems to get fitter and stronger as games go on
Allan I think is just a quality and intelligent player. I watched him just as we went 1-0 down and he was rallying the troops, trying to get everyone's heads back in the game. Mentally I think he is very strong and he is another player who I think feeds off crowd reaction
The only real negative last night was the short corners. I've never been a fan of these!especially as most of the time you are giving up a definite cross in favour of maybe being able to get a cross in from a different angle, which doesn't always come off. I guess I can let them off tonight though as one of them eventually did lead to that first goal!
All in all a great night
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