Every week, the ECHO gets the views of an Everton fan to gauge the feeling among supporters of the week that’s been and the week ahead.
Today we speak to Peter McPartland of The Everton Podcast and Toffee TV about Phil Jagielka’s derby stunner, Everton’s Europa League clash with Krasnodar and the huge Premier League game with Manchester United on Sunday.
Phil Jagielka’s brilliant derby goal rescued a point for the Blues at Anfield. How did you feel when that went in? What did you make of Everton’s performance as a whole?
A feeling of total shock if I’m honest, watching that ball arch through the air seemed to take an age but it truly was an incredible moment. I wasn’t to impressed with the performance as I always felt like we were holding something back but saying that I understood the tactics and things could have been very different if we’d got the penalty we deserved and if Mirallas had stayed on.
Everton have to travel to Russia this week before playing Manchester United on Sunday at midday. How much strain does the scheduling of these games put on Everton’s squad?
I don’t mind the Thursday games as I like being in the competition, but maybe Everton could have pushed for a 4pm kick off on Sunday. I think we’ve got a squad to cope when we have 20 players at the same level unfortunately we aren’t at that point yet but hopefully we will after the break.
Little is known about Krasnodar, how do you think Martinez will set up in Russia with such a big game on the horizon?
We might not know about Krasnodar but I guarantee Martinez will do.
I think it will be a healthy mix of our best eleven and those seen as squad players and hopefully we will come away with a result.
How much of a miss will Kevin Mirallas be to Everton’s plans?
Massively, he is one of our most explosive players and can change a game in an instant. Those kind of players are so important especially the way we are playing and he was looking like he was getting a level of consistency to his game to take him to the next level.
Everton won at Old Trafford for the first time in 21 years last season. Will that give the players confidence that they can travel to the likes of Manchester United to win?
I think the air of invincibility that surrounded United and Old Trafford is a thing of the past and we can go there knowing we took 6 points off them last year and if there is one thing Martinez gives the players it’s believe they can go and win anywhere.
Any other business?
Just a word on the 475 fans who have travelled to Krasnodar, it’s absolutely amazing that so many fans would travel there in not just financially tough times but also as its so close to Ukraine! A big well done to them all.