Date: 17th September 2018 at 10:00am
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With plenty of criticisms capable of being thrown around after Everton’s defeat to West Ham United on Sunday, it’s fair to say less than a handful of players actually covered themselves in glory and depending on presumed favourites with the playing staff, some will get more leeway than others.

Reacting in the moment whilst the red mist descends, fans can often presume a very good and unexpected showing from an opposition naturally had to mean our own players didn’t turn up and at least for me, I think there’s a sense of that with those who railed against youngster Mason Holgate.

He didn’t have a great game, but he was far from alone and in matches like that you need the experienced heads to step up – and few did.

I’m not saying the above reactions are wrong, I’m just pointing out youngsters who have consistency issues of their own shouldn’t necessarily be the ones to take the flak when seniors are also having a bad day.

Football and social media mean that a hero on Saturday is suddenly non-league level at best in midweek – the truth is very much in between.

 

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