The sound of away fans singing in celebration at Goodison Park must stop if Everton are to have any chance of making progress.
Supporters of Fulham, Wolverhampton Wanderers and now Arsenal have left this famous old stadium in high spirits already this season. The same happened 10 times last year, with Fulham and Wolves among the clubs whose fans are making a disturbing habit of enjoying their trips to the Grand Old Lady.
There should be no doubt this is going to be a difficult season for Everton. But it need not be a disaster - and in the three home games already lost there have been underlying signs that the results have not told the whole story. The same is true of this narrow defeat to an excellent, title-challenging team.
In order to prevent a disappointing start from setting the tone for the campaign, Sean Dyche must quickly address the home form though. And it must start in the upcoming double header when newly-promoted Luton Town and then Bournemouth are the visitors to this part of L4. If neither happens then the next nine months will inspire as much anxiety about on the pitch matters as is likely to exist over the club’s future off it.
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Leandro Trossard’s second-half goal was all that separated two teams with very different expectations for this term. It was the defining moment of a match in which Everton were reasonably competitive despite the gulf in quality between the two squads.
The Blues mustered just one shot on target, Idrissa Gueye’s long-range first half effort, but were applauded off at half-time after growing into theRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk