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Romelu Lukaku should be spared some criticism given his form for Everton

Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku were unstoppable for Everton in their 4-0 win over Aston Villa.
Everton handed Aston Villa a 4-0 defeat as Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley each notched two goals.

Two expertly taken Romelu Lukaku goals and a Ross Barkley double gave Roberto Martinez his 50th win as Everton boss on Saturday, his team coasting to a 4-0 success at home to a woeful Aston Villa.

This was a continuation of the ruthless football shown against Sunderland in the previous home game, with several players excelling en route to a comprehensive victory. The pick of the bunch was the irrepressible Gerard Deulofeu. Though he didn't notch a goal or assist this time, the Spaniard remained...

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Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona in for Everton's John Stones

The second leg of the Conference Semifinal between FC Dallas and Seattle Sounders FC produced maximum drama.
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With a transfer window approaching, guess which Everton defender is in the gossip pages?

The winter window gets closer with each passing day and the transfer rumour mill is starting to pick up steam. As always, Transfer Talk has the latest and greatest. See all the summer deals here.

TOP STORY: How long until Stones goes?

Despite major protests to the contrary from manager Roberto Martinez, it's hard to imagine John Stones making it through January (not to mention next summer) as an Everton player. Top clubs in the world like Manchester United, Chelsea and Barcelona are actively...

International break turns into a positive for Everton

International breaks can be the best, or worst, momentum busters in football. Nothing halts progress like players travelling to all corners of the globe during a two-week window in which supporters nervously watch on and hope those selected return injury-free.

However, for an Everton side with no momentum to disrupt, having won once in five league games prior to the break, this latest domestic pause appears favourable. Several players nursing injuries used to this as a chance to near a first-team...

 By Alex Shaw

Premier League atmosphere on the wane with ticket prices a concern

Newcastle United fans have had little to cheer about this season.

As part of ESPN FC's look into changing crowd behaviour in the Premier League, we asked our match-going bloggers about their home ground's atmosphere. Is it on the wane? How could things improve?

Click here for a full breakdown on all 20 clubs and whether they believe their club needs to raise its game.

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The atmosphere at the Etihad can be terrible -- it's nothing like it was at Maine Road.

What needs to be done is anyone's guess -- grouping vocal fans together and...

 By Alex Shaw

Anfield atmosphere among worst in Premier League as fans give verdicts

The ESPN FC crew discuss fans leaving early in matches and our match-goers believe the Premier League can improve.

What's it really like to attend a Premier League match? Many watch from afar and don't know, so we polled our ESPN FC match-going bloggers -- the guys in the stands week in, week out -- to find out how they rate the atmosphere and experience.

They didn't hold back. Not surprisingly, our Arsenal blogger considered the Emirates too corporate while our Liverpool blogger didn't hold back when asked about the atmosphere at Anfield.


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Everton position in midtable reflects inconsistencies under Martinez

Romelu Lukaku scored his seventh goal in as many games against West Ham as Everton drew 1-1 at Upton Park.

Indicative of Everton's current league position in midtable is the continued absence of the ability to win when not quite at their best. While Saturday's 1-1 draw at West Ham seems a good point against an in-form team, it also feels like the latest in several missed opportunities this season.

After West Ham's playmaker Dimitri Payet departed injured due to the after-effects of a James McCarthy tackle that left home fans furious, the hosts instantly looked, for want of a better phrase, there for...