Everton maintained their unbeaten record in the Europa League with a second successive away draw, this time grinding out a goalless encounter with Lille at Stade Pierre-Mauroy. An impressive defensive stand kept the French side quiet while Aiden McGeady was foiled by Victor Enyeama and Samuel Eto'o went very close late on as the Blues tried to pinch the points in the second half.
Roberto Martinez says that Sylvain Distin is an important player in the Everton setup but he needs to fight for his place in the first team. The Frenchman hasn't played since the disappointing League Cup defeat at Swansea last month and Antolin Alcaraz was preferred as John Stones' replacement for Saturday's win over Aston Villa.
Everton won at Goodison Park for the first time in the Premier League this season as they convincingly put Aston Villa to the sword. The match was notable for the welcome return of Ross Barkley, who laid on the second goal for Romelu Lukaku, while Seamus Coleman marked his own return from injury with the Blues' third. Earlier, Phil Jagielka had headed home the opening goal from Leighton Baines's cross, his third goal in four games for club and country.
Everton's first visit to France for a competitive match has been soured by an attack on a group of supporters in Lille last night and what observers describe as heavy-handed and indiscriminate police action in the town centre this afternoon.
Trust Everton will hold a meeting on Saturday 15th November at the Casa on Hope Street as a follow-up to the forum about Supporters’ Trusts held at Goodison Park by the Everton Shareholders Association in August.