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Wolves visit could be first 6,500 capacity not to sell out - how national papers reported Everton's latest home debacle

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 17/05/2021 11:27:24 David Prentice

The national media reaction to Everton's ninth home defeat of an abject Goodison Park campaign was largely about Daniel Jebbison and his Premier League debut winner.

But there was also plenty of analysis of what went wrong for The Toffees.

Here's a summary of how the national press responded to Sheffield United's 1-0 win at Goodison.

Playing teams who allow Everton greater possession has been a persistent, fatal flaw

The Athletic, Greg O'Keeffe

Here it was. Everything that's wrong with this Everton team encapsulated in one appalling game.

Their chances of European football next season began to recede the moment Daniel Jebbison, a 17-year-old on his full debut , gave relegated, last-placed Sheffield United the lead after just seven minutes.

Or perhaps they started to dwindle before a ball was even kicked on Sunday evening; because of the fact the fixture was at Goodison and the hosts would likely have more of the ball. It wasn't hard to guess what might happen.

Everton's staggeringly bad home form this season may well have cost them their continental ambitions. It has also left an indelible overall stench of failure across a season with some memorable highs but too many crushing lows like this one.

The inescapable correlation between playing at Goodison against teams who allow them greater possession and losing has been a persistent, fatal flaw, as the table below shows.


West Brom






Sheffield United






West Ham



Man United









Crystal Palace



Aston Villa





















Man City






Gripped by fear in a must win game

Daily Mail Nathan Salt

Here stood an Everton side gripped by fear in a must-win game to keep Europa League ambitions alive.

Standing 15th in the league table if only home results counted, Goodison has been truly miserable this season. Never before have they lost nine league home games in a single campaign.

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"I am really embarrassed," a bemused Carlo Ancelotti said.

"This is so bad at home. The same team, the same players, it's really difficult to explain this. We have to improve soon and quickly."

Everton failed in every department, serving up another atrocious Goodison performance

The Guardian Andy Hunter

Carlo Ancelotti's luck is about to run out. His Everton team have delivered the worst Premier League campaign at Goodison Park since 1993-94, when a final-day miracle was needed against Wimbledon to keep Mike Walker's side in the top flight, and to a backdrop of silence instead of the scorn that would usually descend from full and furious terraces. There will be no opportunity for escape when 6,500 Evertonians return against Wolves on Wednesday.

Bottom club Sheffield United, relegated with only one previous away win all season, condemned an Everton team supposedly with designs on European football to a ninth home league defeat of the season, the joint worst return in the club's history.

The teenager Daniel Jebbison illuminated the contest with the only goal on his full Premier League debut. His moment of glory, along with United's victory, was richly deserved. The visitors were hungry, committed and confident on the ball. Everton failed in every department, serving up another atrocious Goodison performance. Only relegated Fulham have collected fewer points at home in 2021 than Ancelotti's expensively assembled but pedestrian team.

Latest setback equalled the club's record for futility at Goodison

Ian Whittell The Times

Carlo Ancelotti was left embarrassed and admitting responsibility as for only the fifth time in Everton's long and storied history they lost a ninth home league game of a campaign. Whether the 6,500 Evertonians who will be allowed into Goodison Park for Wednesday's visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers will be prepared to accept a tenth is doubtful.

A season that started with so much promise and enthusiasm, with the arrival of some intriguing signings, is in danger of petering out in complete anticlimax, especially on home soil.

Quite how the supporters present on Wednesday will respond to such chronic failure at home will be interesting to gauge after the latest setback equalled the club's record for futility at Goodison.

Wednesday's visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers could be the first 6,500 capacity fixture that does not sell-out

Chris Bascombe Daily Telegraph

Everton fans are finally allowed back into their beloved stadium this week. They may think twice about whether to bother.

Carlo Ancelotti's side became history makers by losing to Sheffield United, meaning that no Everton side has ever had a worse home record.

"I am really embarrassed," the Italian admitted after a ninth Goodison defeat. "I have to take the responsibility and hope the players take the responsibility. I hope the supporters wake us up."

Ancelotti will be grateful for the eternal faith of his followers. Such a dismal run could make Wednesday's visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers the first 6,500 capacity fixture that does not sell-out, after hopes of a glorious homecoming in a late surge for European qualification were trashed by a teenager making his first Premier League start.

Daniel Jebbison's name was not even printed on the Everton match programme. But the hosts will remember him as much as the Sheffield United fans wondering whether they would have been condemned to the championship had they seen the 17-year-old a few months earlier.

What is soul-destroying for Everton is how they were deservedly beaten by the bottom club, leaving them to contemplate how a relegated side claiming only its sixth win in 36 Premier League games looked like they wanted the points more.

This season promised so much for Ancelotti, notable away wins swelling optimism even amid prolonged home discomforts. There was still so much to play for heading into this game, and they still have an outside chance if rivals capitulate.

But to see hopes virtually extinguished by a Sheffield United side doomed for months, averaging a goal every two games in their horrific bounce-back-down season, was Ancelotti's worst Goodison experience yet.

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