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'Nothing would give us more pleasure than taking the game to City'

Everton fan's voice graphic
Everton fan's voice graphic

Saturday's defensive performance drew many compliments from the football media, especially with Everton restricting the champions to zero shots on target until Erling Haaland's opening goal in the 71st minute.

The gulf between to two sides is obvious. Wage bill and transfer spend tell you exactly why.

Whether it be at Etihad Stadium or Anfield, opposition fans and managers have a belief every side should come to play open attacking football, as looking to secure a point is anti-football.

The attitude of some rival supporters is a sad indictment of where we find our national sport.

There seems to be an attitude of entitlement that exists for certain fans at some clubs, even those that were playing in the third tier of English football not too long ago.

To that worldview, it is more acceptable to - for want of a better phrase - roll over and have your belly tickled, so they can put four or five goals past you.

If you do not oblige, then you are a problem.

Nothing would give Evertonians more pleasure than to be able to watch our side take the game to Manchester City.

Unfortunately, the reality is what it is.

Contain and look to get something from the game has to be the approach, despite the dissenting entitled voices that barrage you from their lofty pedestals.

Mike Richards can be found at Unholy Trinity

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