Everton: Deulofeu & Lukaku Need To Find Killer Instinct & We'll Kick On

Our first loss of the season should bring the squad down to earth, but our season is still looking positive
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Our first loss of the season should bring the squad down to earth, but our season is still looking positive

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Everton’s first defeat of the new campaign – and so our season can
 finally begin. 3,000 travelling Everton fans were let down by poor 
finishing in a first half dominated by the blues. And then they 
watched Fulham outsmart us in the second 45. Business as usual in the
 league cup then.

It was Fulham’s first home win since April and more than 3,000 loyal 
Evertonians made the long journey to Craven Cottage to watch a
 wasteful Everton give away the tie to Fulham.

There were many positives to take from this showing on a balmy, foggy 
London night though. The on-loan pair Lukaku and Barca starlet
 Deulofeu impressed with their movement, skill and pace in the first 
half.

Deulofeu, who should get more games just to hear how many times 
his name will be mangled by dullard pundits, skipped around the pitch 
like the best player in primary school. He was never afraid to run at
 people and sold more players than Barry Fry, with a shimmy here and a
 shoulder drop there – but often he showed his years with the wrong 
final pass, or by running it too long. That may be a little harsh on 
him however; he created loads of chances and did well to slot it 
through for Naismith who scored on 12 minutes. There are many good
 games ahead for Deulofeu, the force is strong with that one. He must 
be worth about 200 points in footy Scrabble, if such a thing exists.

Lukaku’s legend continues to grow, but it wasn’t his/our night.
 McCarthy, our big money buy, the kid who looks like the unseen older
 brother from Gentle Ben, was quiet as hell. Coleman should’ve
 equalised late in the second half, but he never gets those does he? 

The team passed it around quite well, as usual, and it was encouraging
 to see us have so many chances, if not take them, and we got out of
 the starting blocks very early. 

But it was far from enjoyable to see hangdog millionaire Dimitar 
Berbatov finish from close range 10 minutes into the second half

Why 
exactly hasn’t the Bulgarian ever lived up to the ability he obviously 
possesses? It’s a mystery. I was a little disappointed Everton didn’t 
come in with a bid for him when he was no longer wanted at Old
 Trafford. Even though he’s often branded ‘lazy’ by expert summarisers 
and fans alike, he can still pull a goal out of his a***. He’s a
 slightly guilty transfer fantasy team player of mine, someone I’d love 
us to get our hands on for a season. He makes chances out of nothing,
 even though his body language sometimes look like he’d rather be
 feeding squirrels in a park somewhere, anything else instead of giving 
his all to win a football match.

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I should probably ease off with my desire to get him to Goodison, last
 time I did the same, I got my wish and Vinny Samways turned up in the
 mid-90s. That wasn’t a glorious few years, but Vinny did pop up with a
 bizarre winner in the 1995/96 Charity Shield win against Jack Walker’s
 Blackburn Rovers.

So, last night our Zenith Data Systems dream died when Berbatov scored 
and then Darren Bent finished so easily, a few minutes after coming on 
as a sub in the second half. A low free kick was sent in by Giorgos
Karagounis and the veteran striker pounced. From then on, despite some 
lovely play by Everton, Fulham desperately clung on to their third win 
of the season and throttled the life out of the game. They pressed us 
hard up the pitch and we tried to hit them on the break, with no goals 
to show for it.

At the final whistle, Fulham fans cheered their team off the Craven 
Cottage pitch, just days after some had called for the head of boss
 Martin Jol. You could hardly blame them for the change of heart, they 
last reached the fourth round of this competition in 2004.

Over and out then for Everton, but do we ever expect to do well in the
 league cup? No, we do not. On the plus side Deulofeu shone brightly 
and we could’ve won easily if we’d put some of those first-half
 chances away. I think that’s a good thing anyway. And this was despite
 putting out a team of some very inexperienced players, chief among 
them 19-year-old defender John Stones.

On the negative side, we failed to kill off a very unsettled Fulham 
team, with an under-pressure boss. Martinez admitted afterwards that
 we lacked composure in front of goal and that some of the players 
would hopefully have learned a few things from this game. 

Overall it was a sparky, competitive tie dominated by loanees and a
few fading top flight stars.

Up next, Newcastle at Goodison – let’s 
hope the killer instinct returns.

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