As Everton’s fans became increasingly restless, Swansea managed to snatch a crucial victory at Goodison Park and gave themselves further breathing space from the relegation zone as they won their first game under their new head coach.
From the early mistake by John Stones and Tim Howard, Everton were the dominant side and Swansea spent the whole of the second half camped in their own third as they battled for a vital three points. Heartbreakingly, Seamus Coleman missed a volley from about a yard out with the last kick of the game and Everton fans, both in the ground and on the internet, are bemused at how they have lost yet another game.
The Swans remain hopeful of staying up and keeping hold of Andre Ayew for the remainder of this transfer window will make safety a substantially more realistic proposition.
Here are FIVE things we learned from an odd game on Merseyside..
Tim Howard’s howler for the first goal must have finally opened the door for Joel Robles now, or the backup goalkeeper must be considering moving on to pastures new in the January window.
If Howard does ever regain his form, it would make for good competition for the goalkeeping berth, but, as it stands, Howard doesn’t look up to scratch.
You can throw stats around all you like, but Lukaku again showed how poor he is with the subtleties of the game.
Despite all his pace and power, the Belgian centre forward looks completely stunted when he comes up against a low block defence and didn’t show enough desire to connect with Gerard Deulofeu’s crosses.
The heading is more Peter Andre than Andre Ayew, but Swansea’s star man scored the winner once more for the Welsh side and proved his worth to the club again.
If we weren’t already sure, the ex-Marseille man must remain a Swansea player this month if they are to be in the Premier League next season.
How no big club have swept Ki away from Swansea yet, it is impossible to understand.
The Korean international provided a complete midfield performance this afternoon and dominated the midfield in both halves.
If Sigurdsson had made the correct pass in the second half, Ki would probably have capped his performance with a goal as well.
Pressure is building on Roberto Martinez and you couldn’t blame his star players for beginning to look for moves elsewhere as they continue to be stuck in mid-table mediocrity.
Today we learnt that Martinez’s time is coming to an end at Everton and he is losing the support of the fans..