'Everton sign off with a whimper'

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Just when you get your hopes up that Everton are turning a corner they turn up and put in a performance like this one.

To say that Everton vs Southampton was one of the worst games in the Premier League this season would be putting a positive spin on things.

5th May 2018

Everton were dreadful, Southampton weren’t much better and quite frankly how anyone in Goodison Park managed to stay awake for longer than 10 minutes is anyone’s guess.

Despite that, there was enough excitement for a late Tom Davies goal to add a whole lot of drama to the relegation battle at the bottom of the table.

Apathy at Goodison Park

Talk before kick off at Goodison Park had been that there would be protests galore throughout the game.

Fans were supposed to turn their backs on the play in the 18th minute and walk out in the 78th minute.

The idea, presumably, was to send a message to the board that the fans have finally had enough of Sam Allardyce and the malaise currently surrounding the club.

The fans did neither though. There was no turning around midway through the game or mass exit before the final whistle. There weren’t even any banners, bar those in tribute to young Alfie Evans.

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It seems Allardyce's football has finally worn Evertonians down to the point of no return. It has drained them to such an extent that they cannot even be bothered to protest.

Apathy is now the overriding emotion on the Blue half of Merseyside and that’s sadder than anything that has come before.

Allardyce leaves with a whimper

Speaking of Allardyce, if this was his final home game as Everton manager then it was completed with a whimper rather than a roar.

Allardyce and his players should have been determined to put on a show here and give Evertonians something to cheer about.

After a miserable season of miserable football the least they could have done was given those at Goodison one highlight to help them through the summer.

It would not have righted the wrongs of this campaign but it would have gone some way to helping the fans forgive the players, and indeed, Allardyce.

Yet neither looked particularly bothered. Allardyce set up his team to be defensive again and his players looked like they’d never played football before.

Sloppy passes, lazy tackles and a complete lack of effort was the order of the day from the boys in Royal Blue.

It was a microcosm of the season as a whole. Once more, the performance of the Everton players and the management was not up to the required standard.

Everton squad still lacking

It sounds ridiculous that Everton spent such vast sums of money in the summer transfer window and yet still have a squad that is lacking in quality.

Yet that is the situation. With Theo Walcott, Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson all out injured suddenly their squad looks threadbare.

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Nikola Vlasic was practically a bystander and did very little to justify his starting role while Davies struggled to impose himself on the game until his last minute strike.

Around them the likes of Idrissa Gana Gueye, Yannick Bolasie and Leighton Baines were all far from their best.

It showed once more that once Everton lose one or two key players the ones coming in to replace them are not up to the level needed. The options on the bench only furthered that belief.

Another summer of recruitment will be needed at Goodison Park to not only right the wrongs of the last one but help them keep up with several teams who have already overtaken them.

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