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Monday, 29 October 2012

Derby Post Match Reaction

Everton 2-2 Liverpool
Date: 28/10/2012

Everton Goal Scorers: Osman 22, Naismith 35

Evertonians left Goodison Park on Sunday grateful to the Bullens Road linesman who saw an supposed infringement by Liverpool and ruled out a late minute winner for them which after looking at replays seems very fortunate for us.

The argument of a foul on Jags is a valid one but I'm sure if it was us who had scored in a similar way then we would all be fuming. Saying that over the years we have been on the other end of many bad decisions in derby games and its about time we had a bit of luck! Don Hutchison's goal?

Liverpool were perhaps lucky to be two up in the first half but could easily of ran away with the game at that point and getting back level before half time kicking towards the Gwladys was vital.

Suarez thought his celebration was funny but not as funny as Steven Gerrard's when he thought they'd snatched it at the end.

All in all Everton deserved the point but were unlucky not to build on their first half momentous comeback and get in front before half time. The second half was poor and both teams had chances to snatch it.

The atmosphere was really quiet for a derby game, the time of kick off played it's part but we can have no excuses. The atmosphere in general can be quiet at times at Goodison but usually picks up for the bigger games such as the United game earlier in the season. Liverpool fans were quiet which is really strange for the away fans were there is usually a bit of banter.

Phil Neville's dive was shameless especially after you hear him coming out and admitting he did it on purpose.

Suarez looked class for them to be honest but his celebration wasn't and his fouls on Sylvain Distin and Kevin Mirallas were real cowards fouls.

Mirallas looked brilliant until he got the knock and he was possibly our best chance at getting at Liverpool down the wings until then.

We should of put more pressure on their keeper who struggled to kick the ball past the half way line.

Fellaini played good considering he's been out but was clearly not 100% and we undoubtedly missed Pienaar.

Naismith did well in the first half but was perhaps physically out battled at times in the second half. I was glad to see him get his goal mind!

Leighton Baines was excellent down the left and missed Mirallas once he went off, Magaye Gueye came on but Baines seemed reluctant to pass to the Frenchman.

Gueye needs more time on the pitch than the odd 20 minutes here and there to show what he can do, however he hasn't shone so far and we cant keep going on about how good he looked at Sunderland!

Oviedo linked up better for the short time he was on but he does seem more like a good backup for Baines rather than a makeshift left winger.

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