Everton endured a difficult week following defeats to Crystal Palace and Swansea City, and they had the perfect chance to bounce back as they travelled across Stanley Park to face Merseyside rivals Liverpool at lunch time today. The Toffees had gone 15 years without a win at Anfield, and with Brendan Rodgers' side also out of form, the Toffees had a great opportunity to claim that elusive victory.
The first half was incident filled, but Everton will be most concerned over the hamstring injury suffered by winger Kevin Mirallas rather than the controversial Gareth Barry handball in the first period. The second half saw Steven Gerrard give Liverpool the lead before a stunning equaliser from Phil Jagielka handed Everton a point. The ball dropped to the Toffees skipper 25 yards out, and he smashed the ball into the top corner with just seconds remaining.
The goal somewhat papered over the cracks for Everton, who once again turned in a poor performance as they struggle to gain any sort of momentum in the early stages of the new season. Few players came out with the game with any credit, and whilst Everton fans were ecstatic with the late equaliser, some are still wondering why their side are playing so poorly after such a great season last term.
Here are some of the tweets from Everton fans after today's 1-1 draw with Liverpool...
Very happy with the draw today but how we performed for 90 minutes wasn't good by any stretch. All poor barring Stones and Howard #EFC— Michael Thomson (@mthomson25) September 27, 2014
Like Martinez also but one of the worst #EFC performances I've seen for a long time. Struggled in possession and very predictable today.— Jay Roberts (@JRoberts04) September 27, 2014
We may have just nicked a draw, but the lack of desire on the pitch for a Derby was shocking, but that strike by jags my oh my #EFC— RogueHALLINAN (@RogueHALLINAN) September 27, 2014
Let's hope that goal is a spark for the players and the manager. Let's get that bravery back #efc— Daniel Mckie (@BlueDanEFC) September 27, 2014
The way we equalised with that worldy goal made up for the below par performance we had. let's kick on now blues. wins is whats needed #EFC— gary young (@gazgarage) September 27, 2014
Browning looks a player. As composed as Stones who again was immense. More depth in defence than I thought. Did miss Coleman though. #EFC— Paul Ellis (@Paul_Ellis147) September 27, 2014