Five things from Everton…

Here’s five things from yesterday’s goalless draw with Everton…

Defensively sound
After a poor display last week at Watford there was a considerable improvement yesterday at the Liberty with Neil Taylor and Ashley Williams particularly impressive at the back. Their efforts ensured we kept our second clean sheet of the campaign.

Too predictable at the other end
I’m afraid I never really believed we would score yesterday. We often went wide to Montero for him to cross in and it didn’t really work as Everton dealt with most of these threats. I would have preferred to see us go through the middle or see Shelvey and Sigurdsson attempt the odd shot from outside the box.

Attwell hasn’t changed
It’s been a while but sadly not long enough as far as Stuart Attwell is concerned. He’s still an awful official, there were a number of baffling decisions and bookings. In fact the only thing he got right was the red card. I hope we don’t have him again but I won’t hold my breath.

Barrow should have come on earlier
Some players are great at making an impact from the bench, others are not. Mo Barrow falls into the former category and when he came on he made a few runs and made a nuisance of himself. So why did he come on with just five minutes to go? Next time give him 15 minutes minimum.

We have to be satisfied
In all we can’t complain, Everton made better chances than us and really should have taken one of them so in conclusion it’s a better point for us than them. On to Hull on Tuesday and Southampton next week.