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Positive end to season sets up summer of intrigue

Paul Traill

A positive end to a poor campaign then, but the performance of the younger players certainly offers hope as we head into an intriguing summer with a new manager to arrive and surely several players both coming and going.

A frightening insight into life without Lukaku

Paul Traill

Despite a few uncomfortable moments from Bournemouth, we got over the line with three points. We've survived!

It's never us

Paul Traill

It was truly gutting and the team didn't deserve that. Everton out. "It's never us" said Ste at full time. I couldn't put it better. We never fluke these things. We never fluke anything.

I hoped I'd regret driving

Paul Traill

It says something when you get home and you're actually relieved you didn't lose by more than four. I genuinely expected to find we'd lost by five or six.

Divisions in the camp?

Paul Traill

It was quite a turgid encounter from the start really. I guess you can accept a little rustiness when that many changes are made to the team but we really struggled to put anything meaningful together throughout, whilst Southampton passed up a plethora of chances.

Wenger masterclass outfoxes clueless Martinez

Paul Traill

Goodison Park has been a fortress time and again over the years and to win only four at Goodison Park this season, with an abysmal EIGHT defeats is just woeful, especially with the players we have.

'Go hard in both games'

Paul Traill

Paul Traill attended the Everton's exclusive unveiling of the new season ticket video, Nothing Will Be The Same at FACT Liverpool

Everton lose in the most 'Everton' way possible

Paul Traill

This nonsense is happening far too regularly now and has to be stopped one way or the other.

A sorry end to an era at Villa Park

Paul Traill

Hardly a vintage Everton performance, though I'm pretty sure we took our foot off the gas at 2-0.

Roberto and his subs

Paul Traill

Playing against a West Brom team performing poorly at home, what could go wrong? "This is Everton" I said... "We always mess things up just when things are looking rosy". And so it proved.

A big three points

Paul Traill

What a great way to finish a game and the players should be buzzing as we head to the Britannia on Saturday. A win there and who knows, maybe we could salvage something from the league this season yet.

Yet another bitter pill to swallow

Paul Traill

The better team won, no doubt about that, but we'll never know what would have happened, but it's Martin Atkinson and we shouldn't be at all surprised.

Knives are sharpening for Roberto

Paul Traill

Three home wins all season and only six overall wins tells it's own story. Time and time again we shoot ourselves in the foot. Time and time again we let ourselves down.

Everything that could have gone wrong...

Paul Traill

Paul reports from what he saw of the match at the Etihad after getting caught in the traffic jams on the M62.

Comfortable Everton into the Fourth Round

Paul Traill

I'm glad Roberto Martinez did the fans justice by resting the correct players, whilst still giving much-needed game time to some of the fringe players, and also accommodating a couple of younger players. The perfect balance found from Roberto.

Brilliant Everton edge closer to silverware

Paul Traill

We head to the Etihad knowing what we have to do, and what a chance to get to Wembley. What a chance to win a trophy. Bring it home Everton. It's been far too long.

More frustration at Goodison Park

Paul Traill

Another frustrating draw in this maddeningly frustrating season, though performances similar to that of the second half against Manchester City will more than give us a chance of progressing to the Capital One cup final.

Yet more exasperation at Goodison Park

Paul Traill

Poor defending cost us yet again and this will go down as yet another game we should have got more from this season and let slip away.

Charitable Everton provide unwanted festive deja vu

Paul Traill

It's Roberto's inability to learn and stubbornness with team selections which kills me the most. We've one heck of a squad there and it's not being utilised, instead the same players are being selected week in-week out.

Any chance of a sub, Roberto?

Paul Traill

Our corners are so bad it's almost laughable. What isn't almost laughable is Roberto Martinez' continued insistence on not making substitutes when it's clear they are needed.

Excellent Everton destroy pitiful Villa

Paul Traill

A great win which puts us into seventh place as we march on to Bournemouth.

One for the boss upstairs

Paul Traill

Despite a dreadful opening 20 minutes or so the match really entertained and we were treated to some excellent goals.

So much for my wedding gift

Paul Traill

Match Report: Everton 1 - 1 Liverpool

It's all about the Nais!

Paul Traill

An amazing performance from Everton and a richly deserved win. This was surely Roberto Martinez’ finest hour as Everton manager.

A Change in Philosophy

Paul Traill

Wouldn't it be awesome if Everton had a go at teams for a change? Just go for it, Everton. Make it fun again.

We've Learnt Nothing!

Paul Traill

We desperately need to embrace other styles of play. We are far too easy to play against and, given the fixtures ahead, we could be in for some bumpy ride.

Tough test for the kids

Paul Traill

Paul was at Elland Road to see a young side beaten 2-0 by Leeds.

Big Dunc fanfare masks deep team concerns

Paul Traill

It’s apparent that not a lot seems to have been learnt from last season. We’re still over-passing the ball. We’re not shooting on opportunity. Though perhaps most worrying of all was the alarming regularity that Villarreal were able to cut through us and create opportunities.

Duncan Ferguson interview

Paul Traill

Paul Traill attends a round-table interview with Duncan Ferguson ahead of his testimonial on Sunday when Everton will host Villarreal in the final pre-season friendly

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