Positive #2: A win at Goodison Park – finally
We headed into this fixture having failed to record a victory away at Everton in our last five attempts, with our most recent defeat coming in Sean Dyche’s first game as Toffees manager last season.
Therefore, securing the three points in this match, despite the fact we were still some way off our best, is a huge boost for the squad.
Regardless of their current form, Goodison Park is never an easy ground to travel to, as shown by our poor record, and it is yet another demonstration of the mentality shift that is occurring at the club under Arteta’s guidance.
Negative #2: Failed to kill the game off
As much as I have said that the win was an impressive one, which it was, that does not necessarily mean that it was accompanied by an impressive performance. In fact, our inability to kill games off while we are on top is beginning to become a real cause of concern in my opinion.
It could have cost us dearly against both Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace, did cost us points against a ten-man Fulham and could’ve cost us yet more points in this match against Everton.
Of our four victories this season, three have been by a singular goal, highlighting the fact that we are yet to fully click into gear in front of goal. Our attacking flair was a huge factor in our success last term, but as of now, we are yet to see that in this campaign.
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