Match Report; Everton 5 Spurs 4 (it’s over for another season, at least for the FA Cup)

Match Report; Everton 5 Spurs 4 (it’s over for another season, at least for the FA Cup)

Some people said it was a good game, others said we deserved better… the truth of the matter is, who cares, we lost, and that is it. Out of the FA Cup, no chance of winning the league, struggling to get a top-four spot, leaves us with just the League Cup and Europa league. Add COVID-19 to the mix, and we’ve got shit times. The way we’ve been playing the last five games, I can’t see us beating City for the League cup (and ironically, we’ve got them this Saturday)… as for the Europa league… don’t bother. It is so depressing, and I never even touched a drop of alcohol. Maybe that is where I am going wrong.

To the match;

We tried, but what we tried wasn’t good enough.

As for my prediction, that went up the spout (I said we would win 3-1!).

Sadly it wasn’t us, but Everton who reached the FA Cup quarter-finals after edging us out in a nine-goal game at Goodison Park.

We did dominate in the early exchanges and were rewarded when Davinson Sanchez headed us in from a corner in the third minute, then Everton sprang to life with three-goals inside eight minutes before half-time. Lamela also got a goal before half time. After the break Mourinho brought on Kane, Sanchez scored again and then Kane, himself, scored in the 83rd minutes to make it 4-4. Then the 90 minutes were up, and we were into extra time. And that is where Everton scored to win the game.

My thoughts

Mourinho, the fans were all hoping that we would build on Sunday’s win against West Bromwich Albion after three successive defeats – but we were all left with egg on our face in this freezing cold Merseyside evening.

It all looked good for us for the first half-hour as we thought, this season will be our season, and the year ends with a one. And that “one” equates with FA Cup glory. I hope we don’t have to wait until 2031 before we get another crack at the FA Cup?

Did Mourinho make a mistake by not putting Kane on from the start? When he was brought on, we looked the most likely to take home the spoils.

This was the first time a team managed by Mourinho has conceded five goals since his Chelsea side lost 5-3 to his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham in January 2015.

And why no Bale? When he returned to Spurs on loan from Real Madrid, it was hailed as a coup, but then it quickly turned into colossal anti-climax.

Mourinho, speaking to BBC Sport: “If you say it was fantastic, it was fantastic. I’m not a neutral. When you score four goals, you have to win. The way we played, we should win comfortably. Attacking football and defensive mistakes. The players gave everything. I have to admit for some of them it was not easy because you play so well and one, two, three mistakes and you’re losing 3-1. OK, I take positives. Amazing to watch.”

The stats

This was the highest-scoring FA Cup game between two top-flight teams since February 1961 when Sheffield Wednesday won 7-2 against Man Utd.

In what is the 981st match of his managerial career, this is the first time a Jose Mourinho side has both scored and conceded at least four goals in a single game.

There were just seven minutes and 26 seconds between Everton’s first and third goals against us. While it was the first time a Mourinho led side conceded three first-half goals since Man Utd away at Brighton in August 2018.

Nine of the 12 goals in all competitions scored by Colombian players for Premier League sides this season have come at Goodison Park (James Rodriguez – four, Yerry Mina – three, Davinson Sanchez – three).

Harry Kane has now scored 209 goals in 318 appearances in all competitions for us, making him the second-highest scorer in the club’s history behind only Jimmy Greaves (266 goals in 379 apps).

Son has provided 12 assists in all competitions this season – his most in a single campaign for us.

What next for us?

We face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium this Saturday (13th). At 5.30 pm…

Best regards, Glenn