Martin’s Musings: O’Neill on Everton’s penalty shocker – a dignified ‘poor’

The nation – as represented by Match of the Day viewers – is about to laugh while watching it. Except Sunderland fans, who will cringe, and Evertonians, who may well smirk. Martin O’Neill could have talked himself into a hefty fine after watching Howard Webb apply for membership of the Everton Supporters’ Club. He didn’t …

Dear Colin,

I felt we played very strongly and showed a lot of commitment once again.

We had a few injuries to contend with – Titus Bramble went off early in the game and then by half time we needed to make a second substitution.

Overall I couldn’t fault the team. I couldn’t fault the commitment whatsoever.

We got ourselves in front in the game and a poor decision for the penalty against us put us on the back foot early in the second half.

We weathered that and fought through it, and considering the circumstances – where we had Craig Gardner playing at right-back – I thought we did fine.

Jack Colback deserved his goal. He played very well when he came on and he’s a young man with a decent future ahead of him.

I’ve been very very pleased with him since I’ve arrived and I’m sure he’s been doing fine long before that.

I thought the crowd were fantastic for us. In the swirling wind sometimes it was difficult to play really constructive football but we kept going and could nearly have won it.

We got something out of the game, but it could so easily have been all three points.

All the best,

Martin O’Neill

4 thoughts on “Martin’s Musings: O’Neill on Everton’s penalty shocker – a dignified ‘poor’”

  1. Kilgallon surely must think he will never play,unless we lose 2 centre backs in a game.

    Another decent performance spoiled by a bad refereeing decision,though he is one of the better refrees …maybe he will give us a bit of leeway next time after he sees his howler.

  2. It’s a good question. Why is he on the bench at all is the first question. Why is he on the bench and not used when a centre half is injured early in the game, when the whole back 4 has to be changed around.

    I don’t think he does have a future, but the reality is that the squad is so thin, that once a couple of injuries hit us we are dependent on incuding anyone with first team experience on the subs bench.

  3. Why was Kilgallon on the bench two defenders substituted and we bring on two midfielders does he have a future at SoL Happy new year

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