Everton have conquered Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea - and finally scored a win that their performances under Roberto Martinez have deserved. Excellent displays against Norwich City, West Brom and Cardiff City were not rewarded with the maximum points that The Toffees should have taken from the ties.
Those excellent performances were highlighted in the press via statistics. After the first three games of the season this new look Everton side had the best possession in the Premier League. Their average possession after three games stood at 64% - and with that they also created more chances without scoring than any team in England.
So the new style was working, it was just the finishing touches that failed.
Which brings us to the Chelsea game - when it all went topsy-turvy. Chelsea dominated possession, and in general the game - with 57% of possession and 22 shots on goal.
But the mixture of Martinez’s new style and the David Moyes imprint was evident for the goal.
A free kick just inside the opposing half used to be launched into the box for the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Nikica Jelavic and in the past Tim Cahill to challenge for. Yesterday Jagielka squared the ball to Leighton Baines, much to the audible derision of the Goodison faithful.
What followed was a minutes decent passing involving Kevin Mirallas, Baines, Ross Barkley and Leon Osman. The ball was eventually worked to Osman in the box, who suddenly went all Moyes on us.
He lofted a rather aimless delivery to the far post where Jelavic nodded it back into the path of Steven Naismith to score a Moyes goal with Martinez build-up.
It is interesting to see that while Martinez may have reinvented the way in which Everton play - it was the mental toughness that has been bred in the players throughout their time under Moyes that really shone through (although debutant Gareth Barry has obviously picked up a contact high after an excellent performance).
With the Martinez style and the Everton spirit expect plenty more results like this one. 'Points win prizes' ran a recent newspaper over the dominating, but impotent, passing style of Everton under Martinez.
Hopefully yesterday’s performance will remind the Spaniard that a little from column A and column B can sometimes be the best approach.
What did you make of Everton’s display against Chelsea?
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