Everton manager David Moyes was probably not expecting to go into the Premier League clash with Manchester City on the back of a FA Cup hammering by relegation-threatened Wigan. That performance was one of the worst I have ever seen from Everton, not at all the kind of display anyone would want prior to playing the champions.
Some optimistic Toffees fans might be praying for the shock loss to inspire a backlash when Roberto Mancini's men come to visit but I simply cannot see that happening.
Everton are a team that possess only a handful of individuals capable of troubling City, but they stand out from other mid-table squads because of the teamwork and organisation that Moyes has drilled into them. However, with the Scot noncommittal about his future, the players may have become disillusioned by the uncertainty surrounding Goodison Park, leading to a drop in performance.