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  1. Moyes and United terrified by Martinez's rampant Everton

    Luke O'Farrell

    Everton sustained their Champions League challenge on Sunday -- placing their midweek blip in the rear-view mirror -- by winning 2-0 against Manchester United and the returning David Moyes. The win caps a first league double over United for 44 years....

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  2. Martinez and Everton have an off-day against Palace

    Luke O'Farrell

    If there was a specific guideline for supporting Everton, it would be: always expect the unexpected. This midweek fixture against Crystal Palace seemed a formality at first glance with the Blues on home turf, boasting seven successive league wins and...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  3. Everton march on in quest for fourth

    Luke O'Farrell

    Everton struck a potentially telling blow in the race for fourth on Saturday, grinding out a vital 1-0 win against a stricken Sunderland, moving above Arsenal in the process. Crucially, for the first time in this two-horse Champions League race, the ...

    Blog | April 13, 2014
  4. Martinez right to reward fab four

    Luke O'Farrell

    Earlier in the week, Everton manager Roberto Martinez spoke glowingly about four of the younger members of his squad -- James McCarthy, Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley and John Stones -- and his plan to reward them with contract extensions. - Report:...

    Blog | March 20, 2014
  5. Cup defeat increases sense of what if...

    Luke O'Farrell

    The scoreline flattered Arsenal somewhat, though there was little doubt that the best team won. Clinical in the final third, ruthlessly punishing the defensive errors that presented chances, the hosts served up a harsh lesson on Saturday. Looking ...

    Blog | March 08, 2014
  6. Lukaku helps Everton back to winning ways

    Luke O'Farrell

    Everton huffed and puffed throughout, although it required the introduction and match-winning intervention of the returning Romelu Lukaku for the West Ham house to fall down. The match panned out as expected, for the most part, with a recently blu...

    Blog | March 02, 2014
  7. Final third problems hamper Everton

    Luke O'Farrell

    Everton are an unpredictable watch of late, winning when not playing well, dropping points despite good performances; there really is no telling which side is going to turn up. At Stamford Bridge, by virtue of a cruel, calamitous injury-time goal...

    Blog | February 23, 2014
  8. Midfield constants as important as ever

    Luke O'Farrell

    Injuries are becoming the buzzword around Goodison Park in recent weeks, with players dropping like those proverbial flies. Fortunately for Everton, there are two constants who remain while the numbers dwindle around them: Gareth Barry and James McCa...

    Blog | February 11, 2014
  9. Striker shortage threatens to undermine European push

    Luke O'Farrell

    Points make prizes, as Bruce Forsyth once regularly pointed out on Play Your Cards Right, and should Everton fall short in their quest for the prize of Champions League football, the points dropped at White Hart Lane may be the ones that prove fatal....

    Blog | February 09, 2014
  10. Flashes of quality sneak Everton past Southampton

    Luke O'Farrell

    Of the signs of progress under Roberto Martinez -- and there have been many -- Sunday's 2-1 victory over Southampton was perhaps the clearest yet. Without a number of key players through injury and suspension, and with two other regular starters rest...

    Blog | December 30, 2013
  11. Swansea win provides festive cheer for Everton

    Luke O'Farrell

    Like those people in city centres trying to coax you into buying unwanted DVD-by-mail subscriptions, Everton refuse to go away. This is a group that does not know when they are beaten. Once again, despite falling short of their best, the Blues emerge...

    Blog | December 22, 2013
  12. No sign of evergreen Distin slowing down

    Luke O'Farrell

    Whether it is the swift, impressive impact of Roberto Martinez or the displays of the new signings or merely general acclaim for a side on the up, Everton are starting to turn heads on the back of a string of exciting results and performances. Ple...

    Blog | December 21, 2013
  13. Scoreline flatters Everton in Fulham win

    Luke O'Farrell

    Few things are certain in football, but Everton claiming a league victory over Fulham at Goodison Park is becoming one of them. Even when short of their best -- Saturday's 4-1 win being one of those days -- there seems to be no stopping the Blues in ...

    Blog | December 15, 2013
  14. Fulham and beyond is the litmus test for Martinez

    Luke O'Farrell

    Everton and Roberto Martinez emerged from the toughest week of their season with dignity intact and reputations enhanced. The Old Trafford hoodoo was ended and then, despite the points haul dropping from three to one, the team's performance went up a...

    Blog | December 13, 2013
  15. Martinez rewarded for taking it to United

    Luke O'Farrell

    Such was the unbridled optimism beforehand, with Roberto Martinez signalling his attacking intentions and boasting a squad fresh from dismantling Stoke, it felt like a case of waiting for the bubble to burst. Fortunately, for those of a royal blue...

    Blog | December 05, 2013
  16. Everton youngsters shine in Merseyside derby draw

    Luke O'Farrell

    Absolute madness is probably the best description of the 221st edition of the Merseyside derby. Both managers launched the defensive manual out the dressing room window; the two sides barely stopped for breath in their quest for victory, although the...

    Blog | November 23, 2013