Bloody hell, I left a lido in 80 degree temperatures to watch that! And I think half the team stayed in the bloody pool!
Collins and Jussi apart, we were a disgrace. Collins prevented three certain goals with fantastic blocks, and the Finnish keeper saved at least four efforts worthy of a goal. The midfield was non existent and, time and again, it was two men against eleven. And it was a cruel twist of fate that saw a Collins deflection provide Everton with their second goal.
OK Joe Cole came on and forced a save from Howard. OK Nolan forced a better save in the first 45. And OK, Demel came to life and burst into the Everton box at one moment. Oh yes, and Carroll thumped a header against the base of the post when Jarvis, at last, got in a cross. So we could have scored four. But Everton could have scored ten!
Diame was withdrawn at half time, 44 minutes too late. Collison quickly followed, and boy he was crap. And O'Neil was called off far, far, far too late. Jarvis stayed on, but only because we were only allowed three subs.
Mind you, the decision to go 4-4-2 for the second 45 was perverse. Everton over ran us in midfield for the first 45, so where was the sense in giving them even more space? Only in the last ten minutes did we find any kind of footing in the game, and that's because Everton had eased off, withdrawing the superb Miralles and playing out time. Even Fatty Dowd got into the party mood, generously allowing Collins to stay on the pitch when he could so easily have seen a second yellow and declining to book Nolan for a frustrated trip from behind.
Moyes is probably in our dressing room now, thanking the players for giving him such a superb Goodison send off. Let's face it, Everton have scored more goals against us than any other team in the Prem, and have taken more points off us too, so we were never going to spoil the party were we?
Player Ratings: Jussi 10; Demel 4, Collins 10, Reid 5, O'Brien 4; O'Neil 1, Diame 1, Nolan 6; Collison 2, Carroll 5, Jarvis 4 Subs Carlton Cole 3, Joe Cole 6, Noble 4