The Referee increased Everton’s chances markedly in the first ten minutes.
Fellaini should have had two yellows in that time.By not giving the cards when they were deserved he gave Everton license to make the game physical and disjointed.That was exactly what they did.
Fellaini was strong ,uncompromising and generally cuntish all night.He also dived to win free kicks at every opportunity.I don’t know about you but I call that cheating.
Now how Gibson escaped a second yellow is beyond me and any right thinking person.It was a total bottle job from the man in black.Gibson seemed to understand he had been lucky and never made another tackle all night.
Now we must give credit to our lads for matching them physically and not either losing their heads or wilting under the injustice and pressure.
For me there was little between the two teams in the first half.
The second half was all us.
I don’t intend to tell you all how things panned out ,you likely saw it yourselves.
Again the substitutes seemed to add momentum ,but sadly we could not make it pay.
Some of our player were immense.
Aaron was MOTM for me.
Laurent,Gibbs and Per,also had stand out games.Santi also in the second half.
Some were their usual high standard.Like Mikel and Bac.
Sadly.some were off colour.Theo,Giroud and Jack all failed to impress.Without any of them being particularly bad.Although Jack tried his hardest to get into the bad category.The only good think he did all night was get into a scuffle going down the tunnel at half time.
On twitter Giroud was being thrashed to within on inch of his on-line life.Personally I did not see anything to get that upset about.Yes .he perhaps should had scored from Ramsey’s wonderful cross,but it was anything other than a sitter.
I can only think that Arsene did not want to risk Tomas ,because he is miles ahead of Jack.The team needed exactly what he brings to the table.Better though not to lose him for the rest of the season.However in his absence the Wengerball has gone.For now at least.
All in all it was a game that we matched them ,then pressured them .They were hanging on for dear life in the second half .
It is also a game that we could have ,and in the past may well have ,lost.
This team is on the up.No question.
The fixtures are still in our favour,
Five more Cup finals to go.
Lets just get behind the club and support them to the end .That should not even be optional