Everton hit a new low as they collapsed in truly spectacular style during the second half to lose 4-1 to Brighton and Hove Albion at Goodison Park tonight.
There seem to be no depths which Everton cannot reach, and tonight’s dreadful result is yet another to add to the bulging catalogue of disasters.
I have simply run out of words to describe this atrocious football team and this club. What more is there to be said about these players after performances and results such as this?
And, although the scoreline is obviously bad enough, what is even more concerning is that this was Brighton, and not a team like Arsenal or Chelsea who destroyed the Toffees’ tonight.
In addition, the defence which had been this team’s strength earlier in the campaign, shipped another four goals.
It reminds me of that awful 5-2 defeat to Watford at the Grand Old Lady last season. That defeat began a slide in form ultimately so spectacular that it eventually cost Rafa Benitez his job and almost got the club relegated.
Could it be that this result might see something similar and be eventually be looked back on as the moment when Frank Lampard’s tenure was at the beginning of the end?
While he’s not primarily responsible for all this chaos and disaster, it’s becoming harder to see him escaping the consequences.
Lampard reverted to a 4-3-3 formation and brought Tom Davies into midfield to replace the suspended Amadou Onana.
He also gave Dwight McNeil another chance in attack, which he again failed to take. What a horrendous wast of money his signing has been.
After producing a hard-working and gritty effort to hold the champions City to a draw on Saturday, it’s almost impossible to believe a group of players be so insanely schizophrenic in their performances.
We should be expecting this I suppose, but it’s still hard to believe that footballers can be so inconsistent and wayward in their efforts from week to week.
Tonight, the Blues’ actually began fairly well with both Alex Iwobi and Davies having chances early on, before they fell behind to a fourteenth minute strike from Kaoru Mitoma.
Brighton looked dangerous throughout and controlled the ball very well at times, so there were plenty of warning signs for Everton.
The Blues’ didn’t heed those warnings and couldn’t respond, and then after the half-time break they collapsed in spectacular style enabling their visitors to score three times in just seven minutes. And that was it, game over.
There’s really very little more to add to be honest. Idrissa Gueye’s terrible back-pass which led to Brighton’s fourth summed up the night.
The hosts got a late late penalty, which was converted by Demarai Gray, but it truly was scant consolation.
Once again the question is; where does this club go from here? Without profound change from top to bottom, I can’t see any other path but a relentless decline downwards to oblivion.
Perhaps as I’ve said before, we could save ourselves all this grief, just wind up the club and the supporters can all move on to something better. After night’s like this that seems like a pretty good idea to me.