Gary Rowell: Everton second half worrying for Sunderland

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I’VE lost count of the amount of times I have come away from Goodison Park being angry, frustrated and on a real downer.

You go there expecting the worse to happen and usually it does.

The game itself was all about the first half.

We actually started the better team and it was a really good chance for Kieran Richardson when he went through one-on-one.

He has been red hot in front of goal recently and when you get chances like that away from home, you need to take them.

It gives you such confidence to get your nose in front on your travels and it flattens the atmosphere among the home supporters.

But he didn’t take it and when Stephane Sessegnon hit the bar, it compounds the agony and you’re thinking ‘here we go again’.

It was a terrific save from Tim Howard to push Sessegnon’s shot onto the bar, you have to say that.

At the other end, I thought Louis Saha and Jermaine Beckford pulled our back four all over the place.

Although we did not concede another goal, the second half was seriously worrying.

For a long time before the final whistle, we were never going to score.

What that shows to me is a lack of confidence and that is what four defeats on the spin does to you.

Had we gone into the game with three wins in a row, we might have had the confidence to come back from 2-0 down.

But it looked as if we were mentally shot in the second half and Everton coasted it.

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