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Everton FC fans letters: Will Goodison give Man Utd's Wayne Rooney a hot reception?
Published : 17 Feb 2010 00:05:00
Will Goodison give Rooney a hot reception? AFTER finally ending our decade-long hoodoo against Chelsea - I wish we'd have done it nine months earlier at Wembley - it's time we got a positive result against Manchester United on Saturday. We've collected a few well-earned points at Stamford Bridge while I also recall that James McFadden hit the post with a great chance with the score at 1-1 during the Carling Cup semi-final first leg a couple of seasons ago in a game we lost 2-1 in stoppage time. Our victory over the Premier League leaders could have been sealed earlier if Louis Saha hadn't taken such a tame penalty but in the same way the Frenchman responded well to that personal setback with a well-taken winning goal, the result was the perfect response to the derby defeat - another fixture David Moyes has an awful record in. While our games at Old Trafford are the most one-sided head-to-head in Premier League history, our record against the Red Devils at Goodison is not much better. It seems that we only ever beat United when it really matters with our only successes since the 1995 FA Cup final win being the Premier League game in the run-in to finishing fourth in 2005 and the semi-final at Wembley last season - and that was only on penalties against a Ferguson fringe side. The loss of Marouane Fellaini is a huge blow but given some of the form we've shown in recent weeks there's no reason why we can't give United a real stern test this weekend. We need to make things as hard as possible for them from the start - remember Phil Neville's 'season-changing' tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo last term? A similar kind of attitude from both players and fans alike to the visit of their neighbours last month is needed. Winning the title four times on the trot has never been done before by any English side - including our friends across the Park - so it will be a big ask for United to finish as champions again come May but they've been banging in the goals from all angles of late. Ken Mahon, Tuebrook