Friday, May 13, 2005

Everton Highburied

Everton's record defeat (7-0) by Arsenal was attributed by some to ongoing celebrations after they secured 4th place in the Premiership and a place in next season's Champion's League. Others mentioned that they were missing their new talisman Tim Cahill.

The real reason they lost by such a margin is not so obvious. This was an exhibition match for both sides - the result made no difference. Everton's game is based on work rate and heart, qualities not relevant in a match that doesn't matter. Arsenal on the other hand have silky skills to demonstrate in abundance. They revel in a non-combative milieu. And did so.

When the chips are down next season, Everton will revert to type.