Everton produce a fantastic performance to beat Sunderland

Everton are through to the semi final of the FA cup after a fantastic victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Moyes will be desperate to win a trophy as manager of Everton

It looked as though Everton may have missed their chance after only drawing at Goodison Park but their performance against Sunderland was one of the best I have ever seen from an away side especially in the second half. Sunderland must have been very optimistic that they could get through and maybe froze under the pressure of being the favourites and this will infuriate Martin O’Neill. Although, in my opinion they shouldn’t have been favourites as Everton have some fantastic players and give every team they come up against a very good game which Manchester City learned earlier in the season.

But onto the game itself and they deserved the win and I don’t think anyone in the stadium could have denied them of that. Nikica Jelavic opened the scoring and his movement and hold up play was a joy to watch at times as the Sunderland players could not cope with him and even though he did miss a few chances, he is exactly what Everton have been missing for a number of years, and that is a proven goal scorer. Maybe this is a slightly harsh assessment as they have had Yakubu, Louis Saha and Andy Johnson but I believe that Jelavic will do better than all of these and may even push the club onto the next level.

What makes it even more surprising that they could perform to such a high standard is that the team were late arriving at the stadium because of heavy traffic and this must have left them feeling slightly unprepared. When the game started though you could see that David Moyes had got his tactics spot on yet again. Their midfield was particularly impressive, and all five of them deserve a lot of praise because they worked very hard for each other and had that little bit of quality which Sunderland lacked. I am going to say that Magaye Gueye impressed me the most, this could be because I haven’t seen a lot of him and wasn’t expecting too much, but every time he had the ball he caused the defence problems and he looked very direct and quick which makes me wonder why he hasn’t had more of a chance since he signed for the club. Leon Osman on the right wing did his usual consistent job and I think it is remarkable how he hasn’t even got an England cap. Is he the best player to have never been capped in recent times? He has a lot more ability than he is given credit for and can play anywhere across the midfield which is a bonus for Moyes.

Tim Cahill’s performance was also pleasing as he is now getting back to the form we all know he is capable of. It looks as though he has got a spring in his step now and it wouldn’t surprise me if he scored a few more times before the season is out.

Liverpool in the semi final now and that could be the biggest game in Moyes’ 10 years in charge as it is not only local pride at stake but it is also beating your local rivals at Wembley for a place in the final.

The curse of Aaron Ramsey

Sunderland are beating Arsenal at the Stadium of Light 1-0 and Aaron Ramsey prepares to come on, nothing strange about this so far, he comes on and equalises and the Arsenal fans celebrate the goal like it was any other but then some Gunners fans begin to realise that whenever Ramsey gets on the score sheet someone famous dies. Obviously this is just a strange coincidence but hours after Ramsey scored, Whitney Houston tragically dies. I am not making a joke out of her death by any means as she was a fantastic singer and one in a million but she became the next victim of the curse.

It all goes back to a game against Manchester United when the young Welshman scored the only goal in a 1-0 win on the 1st May. The very next day, the American government announce that their troops killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. There is no connection between these two events and they will have been in the same newspaper but one story on the front page and the other on the back page.

On the 5th October, Steve Jobs, one of the main men at Apple tragically lost his battle against cancer, yet again no connection to Ramsey but the day before he scored in a 2-1 defeat at White Hart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur. Still nobody would even think about putting these stories together but it is a very strange pattern developing.

And it continued after he scored the only goal in the game against Marseille in the Champions League, Colonel Gaddaffi’s death was announced. Now people are starting to put two and two together and thinking that he is a curse and whenever he scores somebody famous will die.

But surely this is all just a mad coincidence and they aren’t seriously connected as the player himself had nothing to do with anything that happened to these people. However, some people are taking it even further than this and saying he doesn’t even have to score to make something happen in the world because when he hit the post against Manchester City, the next day Kim Jung Ill died. Obviously people are just jumping on the bandwagon and now trying to find things and in my opinion if you look hard enough you will probably find something somewhere, like in this case, he has hit the post on other occasions and nothing has happened.

But the one that really caught my attention about this curse was the day he suffered a double fracture in his right leg, there was a massive earthquake in Chile which devastated many people’s lives and killed 525 people. I have no idea why it keeps happening when Ramsey scores but it has to be a coincidence it cannot be anything else.

I bet the next time he scores, on every social network site and forums people will be asking who is next? Because now it has made the news and a lot of people are talking about it.