A Demarai Gray wondergoal, but also fight, spirit and resilience from Everton


“A turn, a drag-back, a slip, a stumble — a seemingly inauspicious spell. But the ensuing moment of sorcery? The firework denouement on New Year’s Eve? Astounding. Even if Demarai Gray never does another noteworthy thing in an Everton shirt, he will be remembered for this one spectacular, surreal and joyous moment by generations of Blues to come. His 64th-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium could be the greatest away goal scored by an Everton player in the Premier League era. …”
The Athletic (Video)

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Ange Postecoglou calls for Old Firm match to be free of big VAR delays

“The Celtic manager, Ange Postecoglou, has called on the match officials for the first Old Firm game of 2023 to ensure VAR delays do not disrupt the marquee fixture. VAR’s arrival in the Scottish Premiership – it was first used at matches in October – has, perhaps unsurprisingly, proved controversial. Postecoglou was unperturbed about the introduction of the technology but, like umpteen managers, has since grown frustrated at the time taken to reach decisions. Monday’s Glasgow derby at Ibrox will bring with it intense focus on every refereeing decision. …”
Guardian

Liverpool’s midfield issues are clear – January provides the chance to find a solution

“‘A fantastic win,’ declared Virgil van Dijk deadpan to the waiting written media. Then a big grin crept across his face. The pretence wasn’t maintained. Liverpool could afford to see the funny side after a fourth straight Premier League victory lifted them to within two points of the Champions League places after 16 games. Christmas is a time for giving, and how grateful Van Dijk and company were for the generosity shown by the hapless Wout Faes, who became the first Premier League player to score two own goals in one top-flight game since Stoke City’s Jonathan Walters managed it against Chelsea in 2013. …”
The Athletic (Video)