One reason we were delighted with the result on Saturday and the good performance of the side, was that we didn’t think our current team could grind out that kind of win on the road.
So the fact they did that and the players played their hearts out at Bristol City was really good and augers well for the future.
Rafa Benitez getting wet at Bristol – but happy enough
That determination and grit seemed to be missing – especially in our first two games – two defeats – so Saturday could be a water-shed game for the lads.
Now Benitez wants the same kind of intensity in every single game this season and if the lads can do that we should be OK:
“The most important thing for me is that we showed character, and we showed we can do it in this kind of game.”
“That is a message for the rest of the season now.” “We have to do this every week, and work as hard as this in every game we play.”
“That is the minimum for us now, and after that, maybe we can use our quality to make the difference.”
“But at least we know that we can cope with this kind of opponent and this intensity in the game.”
“Some players were probably thinking that it was difficult to win away.”
“To show character in a game as difficult as this, with the physicality of the opposite team, shows that we are capable of doing it every week.
“For the confidence of the team, that has to be really important for the rest of the season.”
Good words there from Rafa and spot on.
There is still a lot of work to do in the summer’s transfer window with only 9 days to go and up until now these are the ins and outs at the club.
|Matz Sels||£4.5M||KAA Gent|
|Dwight Gayle||£10M||Crystal Palace|
|Jesus Gamez||£1.5M||Atletico Madrid|
|Ciaran Clark||£5M||Aston Villa|
|Mohamed Diame||£4.5M||Hull City|
|Daryl Murphy||£3M||Ipswich Town|
|Christian Atsu||Loan - season||Chelsea|
|Transfer Fees In||£54.5M|
|Gabby Obertan||Released||Anzhi Makhachkala|
|Steven Taylor||Released||Portland Timbers|
|Fabricio Coloccini||Released||San Lorenzo|
|Andros Townsend||£13M||Crystal Palace|
|Papiss Cisse||£2.5M||Shandong Luneng|
|Florian Thauvin||Loan - season||Marseille|
|Siem de Jong||Loan - season||PSV|
|Kevin Mbabu||Loan - season||BSC Young Boys|
|Henri Saivet||Loan - season||St. Etienne|
|Tim Krul||Loan - January||Ajax|
|Tim Krul||Loan from January||AZ Alkmaar|
|Gael Bigirimana||Free||Coventry City|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - season||Barnsley|
|Emmanuel Riviere||Loan - season||CA Osasuna|
|Jamie Sterry||Loan - January||Coventry City|
|Haris Vuckic||Loan - January||Bradford City|
|Sammy Ameobi||Loan - January||Bolton Wanderers|
|Moussa Sissoko||£30M||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Transfer Fees Out||£85.5M|
It looks like Brendan Galloway’s loan deal has been called off by Everton manager Ronald Koeman.