Well a tricky couple of games were safely negotiated in more ways than one. Four points was a decent haul though there was some disappointment at twice losing the lead at Norwich. No injuries or suspensions before the Cup Semi and a continuance of our goal scoring sequence. As Stato Ritch revealed, it has been 16 years since Everton scored 2 or more in five consecutive games.
The manner in which we swatted Sunderland aside in the second half was impressive as were Jelavic's two goals at Carrow Road. If there is a downside it is in the shape of Steven Pienaar being cup tied for the semi and, surely, the final. Pienaar was excellent on Monday, busy, creative and goalscoring as well as goal making. Alongside him Marouane Fellani was immense with an assured and classy display. It could very well be that the return of form to Everton has come just at the right time.
Of more significance was the the test put to the Shropshire Blues contingent for the 20 hour round trip to Norwich. The test was passed with flying colours though a couple of the older guys did grab 20 mins or so of shut-eye on the return journey. It bodes well for the mammoth weekend ahead.
Opinion was canvassed around the pre-match venue and concensus was reached on Wetherspoons in the 02 Centre on Finchley Rd. Doors open at 9am.
We now have a clear focus on the weekend and it is to be hoped that Moyesie concentrates on what we do well rather than worrying about the opponents. We have the ability and spirit to do the necessary job. The manager has a couple of tricky decisions to make not least the central defence pairing (predicted to be Heitinga and Distin) and left midfield (Drenthe or Gueye). Rather him than me.
Everyone has been sorted with tickets, the big question is whether Liam makes it or not with the nipper due any day now.
I suggest that we try yoga this week to get us relaxed. Failing that copious amounts of alochol.