Quite surprisingly there was very little Scouse stereotypes bantz from the Itchen corner on Saturday and hardly any mass engaging with the away fans. There was the predicted “it’s only one nil, you must be shi1t” and “you’re going down with Southampton “ after the equaliser.
To be fair, they got behind the team throughout and only turned in injury time when there was zero urgency from Saints, and they turned on Goa, although there was an area of resignation about that, what with him being thousands of miles away.
Right then, firstly who’s going, where are drinking and what’s your score predictions?
I’m going, completely unchallenged. Not sure where to drink, probably The Grapes. Think it will be a high scoring draw, which I’d take at this moment. By the look of it, Everton will have no defensive midfield, Gbamin, Schneiderlin and Delph are all out injured along with Gomes, so young Davies and a.n.other possibly Sigurdsson will play in the middle with a very attacking forward line including Iwobi, Richarlison and Walcott and either Tosun or DCL.
What should be the highlight of the season for me, ten minutes from home as opposed to 8 hour round trip, is always the worst. Inept performance sat next to the premier leagues biggest whoppers.
1. I enjoyed watching the England games, decent entertainment. Ultimately they got beat by a miles better team, America are a few years ahead of this English team in terms of their development.
2. The media. I don't follow social media much or read any newspapers but has there been that much coverage? The BBC would like to think that the whole nation stopped last night to sit down and watch the game. I don't think it's the case at all. Much more interest than before but nothing revolutionary despite the BBC pushing it. Also Jonathan Pearce, dear me.
3. The future. More slow progress I think, yes more girls will start playing off the back of the WC, but how many will turn up to support the WSL. Gates there are seventh tier standard.
In summary, it's great, crack on but stop comparing it to men's football, especially the BBC.
I can only assume that every ex Liverpool player has gone on holiday, because the latest pundit who has been popping up during the day to give us his insight into the Nations League, the Hazard transfer and the future of Gareth Bale, is........ Jamie O'Hara.
I must admit I had to google him to remember who he played.
Last night I watched the Sky goals update thing, that Jeff Stelling normally does.
Your game was covered by a pundit that I didn't recognise, but it was as though she was watching a different sport. She kept saying things like Saints are on the regain and Palace are having a spell of transition. JWP scored a goal in the red zone, apparently.
All very strange.
Anyway morning Saints, be careful with that snow and ice!
I thought Everton were comfortably the better side in the first half and then were a bit slow at the start of the second half and Saints came back in. Saints never looked like getting back in it and Everton should have wrapped it up with that Walcott miss.
Both teams look in transition to be fair. Deserved result for Everton though.