Sunday, 28 October 2012

Brendan Rodgers Gets Derby Lesson From Everton Fans



Brendan Rodgers knows exactly how important today's Merseyside derby is because he spent over two hours last Sunday trapped in a train carriage full of Everton fans telling him.

Rodgers' nightmare journey came after he travelled to London to watch today's opponents close up as they drew with QPR.

But his plans to enjoy a relaxing journey home contemplating tactics for the derby were derailed when a load of bluenoses piled in to his carriage.

He explained: "I was on the train with Everton fans for two and half hours last weekend. It was a new experience.

"I got the train to watch Everton. I ghosted on to the train and then on the way back I ended up in a carriage full of Everton supporters.

"I was in first class but on a Sunday the tickets are cheaper so it was only 15 quid for an upgrade and it was packed out.

"There was a wee bit of banter flying about but by the end of it, it was mutual.

"But I certainly know what this game means to Everton fans."
No doubt they told him about the growing feeling among 

Everton supporters that the tide is changing on Merseyside.
Finishing above Liverpool last season has certainly seen an increase in the confidence from the blue side of the city to shout about their own team.

And that is grating on Anfield fans who want to ensure their superiority is quickly regained.

But Rodgers is not letting local rivalry deflect him from his long term goal of securing a return to the glory days.

He said: "I don't see it as a defining game. I think that the concentration for me is simply the next game that comes up."

He does accept the courage he plucked up to take on the Everton fans in the banter game on his train journey is going to be needed amongst his players at Goodison Park.

He added: "When it comes to courage, the biggest benchmark for me is going away from home and being brave by getting on the ball.

"Anyone can kick someone; anyone can stick someone up in the air by jumping in with two feet.

"But players that get on the ball, pass it without being scared of making a mistake and then go and get on the ball again; that is the biggest sign of courage and that is way our game is played.

"My players have the courage to do that. We have seen that already when playing against the Champions Manchester City, which we should have won, and against Manchester United when we were down to ten men.

"For two thirds of the game we were the better side with ten men. I have no doubts about our courage and the spirit."

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