Everton legend Duncan Ferguson saved his team again today, coming on as a substitute and scoring a goal with only five minutes that spared us a costly home defeat against lowly Birmingham City. This makes at least half a dozen times that Big Dunc has come on to rescue a result, usually by scoring a goal in the dying minutes, sometimes by causing enough chaos to enable a teammate to score one.
Fortunately, our rivals, Liverpool, lost away to relegation-threatened Crystal Palace (a team we thrashed a few weeks ago). And Bolton (Notlob to Monty Python fans), the other team in the hunt for the final Champions League spot, could only manage a draw at Aston Villa.
The one point we pick up for the draw may turn out to be crucial, but it’s awfully disappoining not to have gained all three points at home against a mediocre outfit. A win would have put us in a commanding position in relation to our rivals. The problem is that we aren’t really any more talented than Birmingham. We beat such teams only when we outwork them. And just three days after a tough and emotional victory against Manchester United, we were unable to outwork the opposition this time.
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