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Thanks, Tim. Would love to been there for the roars when Gray scored and the final whistle blew.[nt]
Posted by Cactus Jack
on December 7, 2021, 12:39 am, in reply to "Few thoughts
The walk out - seems to have been fairly localised in terms of how many went, some areas of the ground more enthusiastic for it than others! It did lead to one of my favourite moments of the night though. Fella about three rows in front went on 27, reappeared after HT. On 48 minutes he shouts out 'oh ####, are we losing? Shit, I thought it was 0-0', much to the amusement of those around.
In patches, Goodison was as loud as I've heard it for some time (though quite flat most of the first half). We needed that tonight, the adversity really helped generate an atmosphere and momentum.
It was becoming apparent that lack of numbers in central midfield was becoming an increasing issue as the game wore on. Bringing Gomes on directly addressed that, and while he didn't set the world on fire, it was the right tweak to the shape at the time, and helped overall. A rare tick in the positive column for the manager, although you'd have to question whether we started with the right shape of course....
Gray's first shot was tipped on to the bar by Ramsdale, who got the slightest of touches to it. He could easily have wound up with two goals there.
We were speculating that if Richarlison had managed a third VAR disallowed goal with his left foot, then he'd have had a perfect hat trick of disallowed goals. That would have been the most Everton moment ever, is it wrong that there's a tiny part of me that's upset at being denied the chance to be aggrieved by that forever? That's what supporting Everton does to you, it ####s you up.
Finally, the celebrations at the final whistle felt quite cathartic given the nonsense from the Arsenal players, the disallowed goals, and the wait since our last win that can be measured in geological eras. Obviously it shouldn't be allowed to paper over the cracks, I'm still very concerned about the structure and governance of the club from Owner/board level right down to the manager's office, the squad is still weak, etc. That said, doesn't the world feel so much more pleasant after an Everton win? I was starting to forget what that little pleasure felt like.