David Moyes celebrated 11 years in charge of Everton last weekend by beating Manchester City for the 4th time in a row at Goodison Park. Manchester City were playing against ten men four over thirty minutes but were unable to penetrate Everton who went on to win the game 2-0 thanks to goals from Osman and Jelavic.
The atmosphere was electric and fantasy premier league managers with Everton players could sense an upset was on the cards from early on. Kevin Mirallas smashed the ball into the top corner of Manchester City’s net but it was ruled out for offside.
Seamus Coleman had an outstanding game both defensively and in the attacking third that was rewarded as the young Irishman layed the ball off to Leon Osman who curled a shot with the outside of his left boot into the top corner leaving Joe Hart standing still.
Manchster City were simply second best throughout the game, Everton were 100% committed and challenged for every ball not letting the Champions settle. This approach did cost them to lose Steven Pienaar who saw his second yellow card of the game early in the second half but the dismissal had little influence on the game.
Everton’s Star Players were..
From a fantasy football perspective the three Everton players that made a case to get into your fantasy team was Marouanne Fellini who despite a quiet attacking game picked up an assist late on for Jelavics goal, Seamus Coleman as his desire to get forward at every opportunity mirrored fellow fullback Leighton Baines and Leon Osman had a an excellent game but you could question the long term fantasy football points he will produce for you.
Further encouragement can be taken from the comments of Seamus Coleman after the game. He has echoed that Everton believe they can finish strongly this season and with the best club in Liverpool title still up for grabs that could be all the motivation they need.
Seamus Coleman said “It’s what we’ve got to concentrate on now, the league and get as high up as we can. And I think we showed today it’s important to us and we want to win all our remaining games.”
Can City Improve without Title Pressure?
Without Yaya Toure who missed the game due to migraine it is difficult to see Manchester City winning tough games. This defeat has all but confirmed they have no hope of defending their Premier League title. The next question for fantasy football managers is will they start playing football without the pressure of “having to win”? We have seen relegated teams in the past start to get results after their faith was known, we wonder could Roberto Mancini’s men have subconsciously take the same approach in the Premier League?