Feels good being off the bottom doesn’t it? As the title suggests, the win against Everton was my favourite of the season as it, in my mind, says more about the side than the wins against QPR, Wigan, Stoke and Blackburn.
Wanderers fans have grown frustrated lately at the lack of consistency in our side and our supposed inability to build on results. Every win to date has been followed by a defeat, and a glance at our fixture list suggests the same will apply here. But there is more to it than that. I think a lot of this is down to confidence.
Goodison Park is never an easy place to go, and the knowledge in the players’ minds that we can win there even after the wind gifting them a goal could just keep confidence levels from falling when we go a goal down in future games. It’s often not been the results that have bothered us fans this season as much as the performance.
Indeed, it appears we have a habit of capitulating once conceding as the confidence and belief required are not present. At Goodison there were no signs of the predictable capitulation, suggesting the side my have turned a corner.
We’ve had false dawns before. This could easily turn out to be another one of them, but we showed one quality that has never truly been present in the team this season, a quality that is impossible to teach. That quality is team strength and character. As stated, this character has been missing which is one of the reasons we’ve been so quick to give up on a game once going down. This time there were no signs of history repeating its self as the character prevailed to keep us in the game.
Teams around us have been winning this season when they weren’t expected to (Blackburn at Man Utd springs to mind!) but we’ve never looked close to doing such things due to the lack of team spirit. It was this spirit and character in the squad that brought us back into the game and then on to win it once mother nature gave Everton the lead. This spirit will now, hopefully, remain within the side for the remainder of the season and can get us a point or two in our difficult upcoming fixtures.
On a side note, I thought Bogdan had a good game and is showing he may be able to replace Jussi when he hangs up his gloves. However, it was pointed out to me during the game that Jussi being “injured” when he was clearly arguing with both center halves in the previous game may not be a coincidence…