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Can’t wait for a night in Düsseldorf & a night in Hanover with the Blues!
— Everton Aren’t We? (@EvertonArentWe) August 31, 2014
Fell into nettles and stung my leg before. I’m 33….
— Greg O’Keeffe (@GregOK) August 31, 2014
Some interesting comments from Steven Naismith following the 6-3 defeat.
The Scot, who now has three goals in three games this season following his strike yesterday, said: “Personally it’s great for me. I came back, had a good pre-season scoring a few goals and it’s continued.
“I’m feeling confident, so every game I go into, I believe I can score.
“[The game against Chelsea] was very surreal. Going forward, we know we’re a threat and we’re going to create chances and we did that.
“The disappointing thing is we were so slack at the back and to concede six goals isn’t good enough.”
Definitely one way of looking at it…
The sun is shining and it’s a new day; the glass is half full: here’s to Everton’s highest scoring start to a season since 1993!
— James Corbett (@james_corbett) August 31, 2014
Result aside for a minute, Samuel Eto’o scored for Everton yesterday.
— Kings of Goodison (@KingsofGoodison) August 31, 2014
In his Sunday ECHO column, Lee Carsley believes Samuel Eto’o is a great signing for Everton and is convinced the striker has a point to prove at Goodison Park.
Lee writes: “Some of the youngsters in the Blues ranks are destined to be massive stars and they can learn so much from Eto’o.
“The sceptics will say that the 33-year-old is past his best.
“Maybe he is, but I am sure that he will be a great addition to the squad and having watched him a few times last season at Chelsea he still looks dangerous, gets into all the right positions and finished his time there with a decent scoring record.”
Boss Roberto Martinez admits Everton are being struck by “fear” as he blasted the “soft” defending that condemned his side to heavy home defeat to Chelsea.
After the 6-3 defeat, he said: “There won’t be many teams that score three against Chelsea.
“But it’s so disappointing that we were too soft with our defending. Every time the ball was in our 18-yard box there was a real sense of fear.
“Now we have conceded 10 goals in three games and that’s not like us at all.
“We have a feeling we could concede a goal every time the ball is around our 18-yard box.
“We need to focus and work on things. We have to be in a strong position and have defensive intensity.”
There is nowhere else to start than the match itself at Goodison yesterday. Breathtaking for any neutrals, no doubt – but bloody maddening for those in blue. Ian Doyle’s report is available for you to read.
He writes: “Maybe the person working the scoreboard inside Goodison knew what was coming.
“As the away end celebrated Chelsea’s second goal inside the opening three minutes, the screen refused to acknowledge it had even happened.
“By the time the final whistle blew on a remarkable, ridiculous, rip-roaring encounter, the operator would have been forgiven for having long since lost count.”
Diego Costa fires Chelsea ahead against Everton
Good morning and welcome to the Everton FC liveblog, less than 24 hours after that enthralling, dramatic, but ultimately disappointing 6-3 defeat to Chelsea.
We’ll have all the reaction from Goodison Park, as well as any other news from the Blues. Stick with us throughout the day.