The turbulence at Goodison Park continues, and Everton’s game against Southampton on Saturday displayed everything wrong with the club in a nutshell.
The Toffees had been winless in 6 before taking on Southampton, having picked up a solitary point in that period.
The dire displays on the pitch have led to plenty of protests in the backdrop, as Everton supporters continue to be at their wit’s end with the lacklustre owners.
Their dissent against the ownership has been a common feature at the club for the past 3 seasons, as Everton have progressively slumped down the table each successive year, with no plan or vision outlined for the future.
Frank Lampard’s tenure as gaffer remains heavily scrutinized, and a win against the Saints would’ve certainly provided a bit of respite.
Unfortunately, it was not to be, even despite a positive end to the first half.
Midfielder Amadou Onana shined amidst the chaos once again, as he picked the game’s opener, putting the Toffees in the lead.
The home side remained on the offensive but failed to score another, all while James Ward-Prowse equalized on the other end.
The set-piece specialist then did what he does best, and launched a glorious free-kick into Jordan Pickford’s goal, leaving the keeper motionless.
Another capitulation, and yet another defeat for Everton.
But as it turns out, that wasn’t the story of the night.
In the build-up to the game, Evertonians staged a live protest outside Goodison, one that bordered on a riot.
Armed with blue fares and plenty of vigour, fans demonstrated outside the venue and even encircled the bus carrying Everton players.
Everton Fans Demand Change With Rhyming Banners
However, the premier display of their displeasure ended up being a series of peculiar banners that sounded like the words of a 10-year-old.
Showing off immaculate penmanship, fans unfurled banners featuring some delightful rhymes.
‘Lie-die’, ‘Plan-man’, ‘Late-mate’, nothing too elaborate, just enough to get the message across.
Sadly, the rhyming technique failed to work for users on Twitter, who gladly pointed out that the banners read like a children’s book.
There were plenty of other such banners all around the venue, and many of them stuck to the rhyming scheme.
While the words written on them ring true, perhaps their
sing-songy nature isn’t the optimal choice for expressing anger and annoyance.
For their next protest, we suggest more ‘Grinch stole Christmas’ rather than ‘Cat in the Hat’.