Tuesday 16 January 2018

McCarthy still has work cut out to win over Everton fans

Gibson: Absence felt by Everton fans
Gibson: Absence felt by Everton fans

Off The Ball - Colm Parkinson

I travelled to my beloved Goodison Park on Sunday expecting to see goals. Spurs and Everton usually serve up entertaining games, so it was a calculated game choice.

Last season at Goodison, Everton scored twice in injury-time to claim a 2-1 win and go fourth in the table. At White Hart Lane, Spurs scored with three minutes left on the clock to secure a 2-2 draw.

Of course, I had no such luck on Sunday, with both teams cancelling each other out for a boring, drab 0-0 draw.

Seamus Coleman was quiet by his high standards, but did enough to prove why he's such a crowd favourite. He should have won a penalty in the second half after a foul by Jan Vertonghen.

James McCarthy was quiet too and hasn't yet won over the Goodison faithful since his £13m transfer from Wigan. The majority of Evertonians I spoke to would prefer to see Darron Gibson – currently sidelined with a cruciate – in midfield alongside Gareth Barry.

CP

Irish Independent

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