A timely Barkley held the Tigers to a mingy point

Ross Barkley-Everton 2017

Are you watching Gareth Southgate, Ross Barkley is one of a kind Toffee and he is for real to be considered as national team material mate, after his timely intervention that denied a struggling Tigers the win.

After the Tigers amazing and spectacular, free kick by midfielder Robert Snodgrass, the KCOM colossus in Hull City went into frenzy as they though that this veteran of many battles with this play was to translate it into a win.

For Mike Phelan, Hull’s City Boss, his frustrations seen immediately, after seeing how a win for his bunch escaped from their grasps after a brief blink.

Still his satisfaction was to see how his initial eleven put on a fight and never let down, after they opened the scoreboard, with just six minutes in the clock and opening the possibilities of this squad to deliver three points of gold.

Remember the Tigers are battling for their permanency in the top circuit.

Alongside Swansea and Sunderland, that these two succumbed to their respective rivals and the fight for survival is still on and with no immediate solution for any of these three squads.

Still a point is a point and for Hull City eleven despite their all-around efforts of making a decent run in each one of their matches, they come up short and victims of their down luck, despite of their efforts showed in the field, these come up short.

A match that the locals really had in their pocket and dominated until those two scores, especially that fanatic one that an opportune Ross Barkley deliver to silence the whole of KCOM Stadium.

One thing to applaud is the efforts and consistency showed by Mike Phelan squad in the field and with a total determination that came short of delivering a big blow to the visiting Toffees, as the pupils of Ronnie Koeman lately, have been playing a decent football.

As the former Dutch great, was looking forward to a meritorious win and three points to continue their ascent in the overall table in Premiership, but they underestimated the local Tigers and these almost played the role of spoilers to the Toffees.

For Mike Phelan the Hull City Boss, he is aware of the upcoming load of work he has and one of them is to focus in making his defensive backfield a solid one, here is where his squad problems lie and in this match that weak spot became evidently exposed.

The only problem for Phelan is that he has to fight against a front office so expense conservative that he will not be able to add a player or two in this winter market to reinforce his multiple weak spots and try to take a stand in the league second half.

In the case of the Everton side, Ronnie Koeman cannot wait for the transfers market opening to reinforce his side and bump it up a notch to contend and see if his squad can make a run into the top four spots.

Difficult but not impossible the endeavour ahead for Koeman as well correct some details in his starting eleven to become more consistent in the second half were it will count and see if he can deliver a European spot or a shield in cup competition.

Especially in matches and squads that the Academy of Science can deliver valuable wins and play more seriously and with more heart and courageously, at the end thanks to Ross Barkley the Everton squad saved its hive and rescue the draw.

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Fern is a History Major born and raised in Tijuana and San Diego. He is currently working on his book about Soccer in America which will be published soon. And it will be called ‘Soccer Americana Style’.