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BARRY HORNE: Everton caught by two Benfica sucker punches
Published : 07 Nov 2009 02:00:00
I WAS at Goodison Park to watch the Benfica game on Thursday and was proud of the attendance and atmosphere - it was a perfect night for football. Unfortunately the game itself didn't quite live up to its billing and Everton were once again caught with sucker punches. The second goal also gave the scoreline a slightly skewed look because I didn't think there were two goals between them - however it was poor defending. Despite the defeat, I am still confident my prediction Everton will progress from Group I, will come true. Also, by the time the knockout stages come round, hopefully the side will be a lot better equipped to deal with what promises to be top European competition. Obviously the news of Mike Arteta's set back in his bid to return from a long term knee injury, was a real blow. At present, David Moyes is having to play players out of position, like Tim Cahill, where we are not getting the best out of him even though he is happy to do it. Or certain players are not on the top of their game like Fellaini or Yakubu. Of course Yakubu will inevitably take a few games to get himself going again.