WHILST our second half performance at Goodison Park wasn’t perfect, it gives me a great insight into the mindset of Brendan Rodgers. And I like what I see, because I see a man that doesn’t want a draw, he wants a win.
When the game went to 2-2, I was beginning to think that we’d have to settle for a point. You would take that in a derby. Obviously the situation changed again and I was definitely happy with a draw. But what I liked was that at 2-2 and even 3-3 with just injury time remaining, we kept going for it.
We didn’t want the draw, we wanted three points. In the situation we found ourselves in, I can’t help but find that admirable. And I think it is testament to Rodgers that he kept on going for it, kept on making positive substitutions and deserved the pay-off when we managed to rescue a draw.
It was a bit hairy at times, with Everton messing up a couple of good opportunities on the break but we managed to scramble and recover. Thankfully for us! But it would have been easy to sit on 2-2 or sit on 3-3.
The attitude and approach after our late leveller was very pleasing. We kept on piling forward and we were very unlucky to not win the game. If Suarez’ searing half volley would have gone in, we’d have been lording it over our city rivals yet again, but we just couldn’t score what would (probably!) have been the decisive goal.
Every point counts in our quest to return to the Champions League and Rodgers wanted more than a draw. It would have been a huge win for us. In the long run I doubt a draw in this game would be too damaging to our hopes – a loss might have been. We now enter an enormous month for us and which will have a huge say on where our season is headed.
But Rodgers obviously sees the bigger picture. The more wins we get under our belt, the easier our life will be later in the season. And we went for that win yesterday. It’s not anything new as Rodgers rarely sets up negatively or for a draw, but I thought it was a pleasing glimpse into his attitude to persist with attacking in a tight situation in such a big game.
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