How the Everton support at Selhurst Park used Liverpool past to take aim at Rafael Benitez
The increasingly tense atmosphere at Everton continued to sour on Sunday, after the club’s supporters in attendance at their meeting with Crystal Palace took aim at manager Rafael Benitez in ruthless fashion.
Gallagher at the double
The under-fire Benitez of course guided his side back into action a short time ago.
On the back of a timely downing of Arsenal earlier this week, a result which marked the club’s first 3-point haul since all the way back in September, Everton made the trip to Selhurst Park, hoping to build further momentum in a Premier League meeting with the aforementioned Palace.
When all was said and done, however, the Toffees, instead, were brought firmly back down to earth.
Another altogether underwhelming performance ultimately saw the visitors put to the sword by three goals to one in south London.
After substitute Salomon Rondon pulled Everton within touching distance of their hosts twenty minutes from time, on-loan Chelsea talent killed the clash off once and for all deep into stoppage time, courtesy of a stunning right-footed effort from distance:
🎙️ “He started it, and boy has he finished it!”
Conor Gallagher – take a bow! 👏
The 21-year-old seals the deal for #CPFC with a stunning strike 💥 pic.twitter.com/xZOaDsjN3c
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) December 12, 2021
‘Red and white…’
And, as alluded to above, the fallout amongst the Everton faithful to a hefty 8th defeat of the Premier League campaign has since proven as swift as it has ruthless.
Fans of the Blues have made use of every platform at their disposal to take aim at their club, with one man in particular – in the form of boss Benitez – having come in for the brunt of the backlash.
That was the nastiest I’ve seen/heard it get towards Benitez. Fans around me almost coming to blows over differing views on him. Always felt like it could (would) go this way, which is why he should never have got the job.
— Joe Strange (@joe_strange) December 12, 2021
This comes on the back of not only Everton’s dismal form of late as a whole, but one particularly baffling decision made by the Spaniard early in the 2nd-half at Selhurst Park.
Bizarrely, with his side trailing by a goal to nil, Benitez opted to haul star attacker Richarlison from the field of play, leaving the Brazilian understandably livid.
And Richarlison himself wasn’t the only one to have made his frustrations with his manager clear in the immediate aftermath of the call, with the travelling support in south London having been keen to highlight Benitez’s Liverpool past courtesy of a less-than-PG series of chants:
Fans chanting “red and white shite” at Rafa 😭
— 🇧🇷🇨🇴 (@bluesofgoodison) December 12, 2021
Everton fans singing red and white shite. He’s got to go!
— Mark (@MarkBirch1988) December 12, 2021
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