Whether they want to refer it to the dubious goals panel or not, Gareth Barry managed to net his first goal in a couple of years to draw Everton level this afternoon.
Twitter was still in turmoil from the disaster between Howard and Stones, but the former Aston Villa midfielder provided an uncharacteristically deft finish to draw his side level.
Naturally, plenty of people took this as an opportunity to relay Roberto Martinez’s extraordinary praise of the veteran midfielder.
ENGLAND'S GREATEST EVER PLAYER!!! 1-1 GARETH BARRY!
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) January 24, 2016
Plenty of Villa fans were left wondering what could have been with their former star, I guess they need to forget about how the table looks.
I know some see the departure of Gareth Barry badly but for me he'll always be one of my favourite all time villa players #avfc
— Paul Jeary (@pjeary) January 24, 2016
The state of disbelief is spread out across the Twittersphere and the former Manchester City man is still producing at the highest level.
as if Gareth Barry's scored a heel flicked goal from an Everton corner in the year 2016
— Brad (@bradyates_) January 24, 2016
He could just be the best ever to have been born in Hastings, mind.
POLL: Is Barry the greatest midfielder ever born in Hastings? #EVESWA
— WantMyBet? (@wantmybet) January 24, 2016
Some people cruelly wanted to take the credit away from the old boy..
— Ryan Clark (@BungieIII) January 24, 2016
He’s getting on a bit, but Barry still seems to split opinion as much as he ever has done.
He scored a back heel and its the most shocking thing in 2016.