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  1. Frustrating that I can literally copy and paste my post from the Wolves game and it applies here. As soon as Gueye tripped the lad over and gave away a free-kick you just knew we were going 1-0 down. The lads did well today, a much better attitude and with a quality striker up front (Lukaku in his prime springs to mind) then we would have caused Ederson problems and arguably won, as it happens we did very little in the final third and come away on the wrong side of 2-0. The silver lining is that this obviously helps City in the title race which I can live with, I couldn't stomach actively wanting Everton to lose but I can live with it if it upsets a few Kopites and stops them from winning the league and declaring a national holiday. Shout-out to Silva for mixing things up too, Kenny was an improvement on Coleman, Bernard was much better than Richarlison has been and the middle three worked well for the most part without Sigurdsson. Walcott had another game to forget, the only player for me who didn't really get going so perhaps a spell on the sidelines would do him good. I like him as a player but for too long he's not really contributed - would honestly start the likes of Lookman or Bernard instead.
  2. Says it all when a stray cat covers more ground than half of our team. A truly apawling result meaning that Wolves didn't win by a whisker, furrmidable in front of goal. Anyway, cat puns aside that was dreadful. Another bollocks result at home which makes it all the harder going to the game next week. Walking up to the ground in the ice and snow to be served that level of football is infuriating and I said before the game that we would lose 3-1, gutted that I didn't throw £20 on it to at least make some money out of the afternoon. Before anyone jumps on Marco Silva though, our problems run much deeper than him. What we are seeing is the end result of Koeman and Walsh sticking bang average mercenaries on stupid contracts and riddling the club with poison. Most of the lads in our team simply don't care and will never understand what it is to play for Everton. I said it before in another topic but we don't have any Tim Howard's, no Tim Cahill's and no Duncan Ferguson's. Just eleven lads in blue jogging around wondering where the next drubbing is coming from. Our season is over, the two cups have gone so the best we can hope for is another mid-table finish, give Silva and Brands the summer to clear out some more deadwood and actually start putting together a team; Richarlison, Gomes, Bernard, Mina and Zouma have arguably been our better players this season (I actually like Yerry) so for all the results and football is shite it was exactly the same under Ronald, Unsworth and Gravy Tits so sacking Marco will not solve the problem, we will just be another club that gets laughed at for sacking the gaffer every six seconds. As for on the field today we were truly appalling, played totally off the park. Had it not been for Pickford it would have been more, made some fantastic saves at 1-0 to keep us in the game but couldn't do anything about the ones that went past him. Did well to even get close to the third considering how close the lad was. Keane and Zouma did OK but neither is a leader and in the summer it's key that we find someone that can organise a defence - having two followers in these two (although Kurt will more than likely be gone in May) isn'tt productive. Kills me to say it but Seamus might be done, just offers nothing down the wing with his pace anymore and gets caught out going backwards, totally lost Jiminez for their second - same with Baines although to his credit he was playing through injury - don't know what he was doing pulling down the lad five minutes into the game though, set us on a downer straight away. Absolute stunner from Andre Gomes, came from nowhere and gave us something to shout about. Davies alongside never really got into the game, didn't control the midfield at all and looked like a very much second best Idrissa Gueye. Walcott on the right offered the square root of fuck all with Richarlison on the other side just as bad, whilst he started the season brilliantly with a keen eye for goal he's turned so lightweight that he's quite literally bullied out of most games. He really needs to either bulk up or get his head sorted for next season because at the moment he's not cut out for English football. Up top, I felt sorry for Tosun, didn't do much but had absolutely nothing to work with. It probably felt like pulling out teeth for him this afternoon, Gylfi behind him I thought did OK but again, both wings was completely useless so he was having to do it all himself or bounce off Cenk who was in and out of the game. Overall just one big horror show that is turning into the theme for our season, we're a total mess. Set-pieces might aswell be penalties against us. Absolutely mind-numbing how many times we concede from them and it's honestly baffling how Silva can't see it and switch to man-to-man marking. What was the definition of insanity again?
  3. According to Sky Sports he's asking for £160,000 a week which is putting a lot of people off including Betis and West Ham. I'm glad that we're not in for him, I didn't want him to start with as he's shite and don't want him even more now that he's just another mercenary after big wages. Our biggest problem is that we don't have anyone in the squad of the "Everton mould". No Tim Howard, no Tim Cahill, no Duncan Ferguson so I'm happy for us to swerve this. Play DCL, Tosun or Charlie until summer and then actually scout someone that wants to be at the club and has the capability of putting the ball in the back of the net. Zouma said at the start of the season that he sees his future at Chelsea and to be honest can't see how he can look at our performances this season and think that this is the place for him - no way he signs permanently.
  4. It's been a brilliant but hectic festive period for me so this is the first game that I actually haven't seen this season, made up that my phone was exploading with all the goal updates, the perfect response to the Spurs game 😁 I don't know if I'm in the minority but I like the five at the back with two wing-backs, very dynamic and the return of Yerry Mina pleased me greatly as I think he's our best centre back and has shown how deadly he can be when left unmarked in the box. His height alone is such a handful for defenders and he proved in the World Cup what he can do with half a chance. Disappointed that we conceded from another corner, it's literally as if we turn into a League Two side against them and had Burnley took that golden opportunity at the start of the second half then it could have been a totally different story, luckily we got away with it and then bounced back with a thunderbolt from Digne (honestly, what a signing) and a class finish from Charlie. Bernard looked awesome all game, I'm really pleased that he's finding his feet as he was always Shakhtar's best player, even when they were getting thumped in the Champions League and playing second fiddle to Kiev so glad that he's adapting to our team, he looked an absolute menace throughout and his stats don't lie from the afternoon, outstanding. Very optimistic about the Brighton game now, we've had a bit of a wobble but no reason why we can't put together a nice little run, teams will fear us if we can display this kind of firepower every week so it's up to the lads and Silva to keep this standard up. On a side note of Burnley, they look in deep trouble. That European Tour in the summer has really killed them heading into this season and they look totally out of it, I said at the time that signing Joe Hart and dropping Tom Heaton and/or Nick Pope was a bonkers decision. My mate is a Burnley fan and said that they best game of the season was when they "only lost 3-1 to Liverpool" 😵. Ouch. Back to the Championship I think as they won't break the bank to sack Dyche and re-hire. Edit: Forgot to add, a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all at ToffeeTalk Towers, hope 2019 is a cracker for everyone 😎!
  5. Whilst I don't think we will get anything from the game I don't think we will get a battering, City have been playing midweek football so won't have the legs to go all out. Personally, I'd pack the midfield and stop them from playing football, force them to play direct balls which should be meat and drink for Mina and Zouma (Pickford too). Pickford Coleman, Mina, Zouma, Digne Gueye, Gomes, Sigurdsson Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison Tosun I can't make the formation in the middle of the post as I'm on my phone but you get the idea. Sigurdsson drops back a touch into the midfield three when we don't have the ball and pushes forward when we have it. Gomes and Gueye drop deep to stop them passing, any high balls are dealt with by Mina or Zouma. Having the midfield packed forces them wide and any crosses are dealt with by Mina or Zouma as already mentioned. Calvert-Lewin, whilst not my favourite player can operate as a winger and striker so he gets in ahead of Walcott. When we don't have the ball he drops deep with Charlie making the midefield something of a five although when we have the ball gets forward and if the ball is on the opposite flank comes into the middle to give us two up top. Tosun, again isn'tt our best choice striker but with us playing with a deep formation it is likely that we will need someone up top to bring down the high balls and hold up the play for overlapping wingers and wing-backs, Cenk does that perfectly for me. A draw would be a great result, a win obviously even better! Marco Silva seems to get the lads ticking in the big games so hopefully that happens again here.
  6. Very happy with a home game against Lincoln, another one of the 92 to cross of my list. It should be a comfortable win for us too considering the gulf between the teams, I'd be happy playing a young side with a few experienced heads sprinkled on top. They're 2nd in the league but it's League Two, hopefully they have one eye on getting promoted and let us have the tie in 90 minutes, going to an extra period or replay would be disappointing. Pickford Holgate - Keane - Jagielka - Baines McCarthy - Davies Lookman - Dowell - Richarlison Calvert-Lewin Keep the likes of Sigurdsson and Gomes on the bench if we're drawing on 60 minutes. Have the likes of Baningime and Broadhead there too in case we're flying at 3-0.
  7. Please, let's not have this shite. We lost, we fucked it up. Absolutely no excuses for that goal even if it happened in the 423rd minute. I'm sorry but that's just how it is for me. Could have. Would have. Should have. The absolutely embarrassing run at Anfield goes on and whilst yes, looking back with a calm head tomorrow there will be positives the fact is that for yet another year we have failed to win at their place. I'm absolutely sick.
  8. There is no reason to worry for this exact reason, when Barcelona were handed a transfer ban they signed Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan, having them at training as normal but unable to register them officially as they were banned. It'll be the exact same here, we will just have our kids on trials for two years if needed before actually signing them up to each age category. If we are banned for adding new youngsters full stop (i.e. - banned from trials etc) then we'll get a feeder club to do the job instead. Look at Manchester City with New York and Melbourne, there's nothing stopping us from signing an agreement with Tranmere for example and using them as our off-site academy. A bit of a pain and not the best news in the world but I'd be surprised if this affects the academy process in any way.
  9. A slow start as mentioned but even in the first half we were the dominant team, Sigurdsson I think it was hitting into the ground in the first few minutes which would have been the perfect way to begin the game, we had a handful of other chances too that had we converted would have turned things into a rout. Gutted to concede in such poor fashion and something which I'm sure Silva won't be happy about but it's three points heading into the Chelsea game. Pickford didn't have much to do, couldn't do anything about the goal and had just the one save to make in the second half I believe. Zouma and Keane were once again class, not sure who lost Dunk for the Brighton goal so will have to see it again. Digne was again fantastic, a phenomenal signing and whilst Coleman was poor in the first half for me turned the screw in the second and took his goal brilliantly. After that I thought he was back to his usual self, brilliant to watch. Gomes with another Crystal Palace-like performance, superb in the middle alongside Gueye doing the yard work. Theo didn't really get a grip on the game but always looks a threat with his pace, a 6/10 performance along with Bernard who had flashes of brilliance but never really took the game by the scruff of the neck always losing the physical battle against Bong, Duffy and Dunk. Sigurdsson in the middle was how we've come to expect. Quiet but by no means a passenger, a great assist for Richarlison (my MOTM) and a constant threat acting as the pivot in the middle. Richarlison up top took a few knocks, he really does seem to get bullied which he will have to overcome but two well taken goals. The first with his back to goal under pressure and the second totally leaving Duffy for dead and rounding the goalkeeper, a fantastic move to seal the game. Good to see Mina on the pitch too even if it was for a few minutes. Excited to see what he can bring to the team.
  10. Just me that's really excited to be going back to Goodison? The Silva Effect 😎. Agree that this is a very winnable game but they're organised, it could well be another Palace game where we have to huff and puff for 80 odd minutes before actually breaking through. Given how Brighton will approach this it could well turn out to be a single goal that wins it. Fingers crossed that Pickford doesn't need to make it a hat-trick of penalty saves this weekend and we can actually make some clean tackles! Pickford Coleman - Keane - Zouma - Digne Gueye - Andre Gomes Walcott - Sigurdsson - Bernard Richarlison I do agree that Richarlison is better suited to being on the wing but I just don't think this is the right game for Tosun. We need to get at them with pace and it's not what he's about, Cenk's a lot more suited to the games where we need a physical presence in the box. I've no doubt that he will make an appearance on the hour mark or there abouts but I'd stick with Richard up top from the off. Need a big game from Theo as he was poor against Palace and United, same with Bernard to be honest. Keep Gueye away from our own penalty box at all costs and tell Andre Gomes to put in another performance like the game against Palace. Tosun's goal drought probably forced Silva's hand. Remember DCL got a few games up top too. Gor Mahia probably 🙄.
  11. South Americans especially have a hard time getting into Barcelona and Real Madrid as they are mostly bought for marketing purposes. There is a power struggle between the two to be the most marketable which is why so many flavour of the month players from that continent make the switch and then get thrown onto the rubbish heap when they next one comes along. James Rodriguez was signed by Madrid after a solid World Cup although they already had Isco and Modric. Yerry Mina was signed for Barcelona despite Pique and Umtiti being one of the best centre-back pairings in Europe and they signed Malcom as he's an up and coming Brazilian that's popular at the moment. There was also an insane power struggle between Madrid and Barcelona for the signature of Neymar (so much so that he's still on Florentino Perez's radar) and to a latter extent Vincius Junior who's signed for Real Madrid for £40,000,000 despite being just 17. It will continue to go on and on. South Americans will sign for Madrid and Barcelona as a marketing PR stunt before being tossed aside when the next one comes along. I disagree that Barcelona are terrible at integrating new ''players'' into their team (Lenglet, Arthur, Coutinho and Semedo for example are doing well) but without a doubt they sign players that they have no intentions of using just to expand the brand. I don't think he will leave either for what it's worth. Ousmane Dembele has a terrible attitude, most famously smashing up Jurgen Klopp's flat when he was denied a transfer out of Dortmund so is expected to leave Spain as the management there have had enough of him. I expect him to depart for Arsenal as early as this January leaving Malcom free to be the ''bit-part'' player of the front three.
  12. Pretty much this, such a game defining moment. They score we lose, they don't and it knocks the stuffing out of them and gives us an enormous boost. The atmosphere following the penalty save and cleared corner was absolutely electric. I thought Pickford did well all round to be honest, a couple of tidy saves from open play to nullify any threat.
  13. Superb that. Marco Silva football is such a breath of fresh air after the past few seasons of pure shite. Even though they had some chances in the first half I thought we did alright and looked like the "home" team which couldn't be said last season under Allardyce. Jordan Pickford though, an absolute beast. More than happy to make Sunderland the capital of the country in his honour, class save for the penalty which changed the game and swung things in our favour. A few big stops in open play too which kept us on top, that touch onto the bar in the first-half springing to mind. So good to have Seamus back, yes Kenny has done well but when Coleman's on form he's electric. I thought Theo didn't offer him much and had a really poor game but in defence we were solid on the right, as was the left with Digne. Zouma and Keane bossed it. Kurt looks clumsy as hell IMO but he gets the job done so it suits me just fine. Great to see that Michael Keane has turned into a footballer too after looking like a rabbit in the headlights alongside Ashley Williams, he was unlucky not to have scored too - let's just forget about the brainfart in the first half. Top debut from Andre Gomes, unlucky to be thrown into the Barcelona machine when Xavi and Iniesta were departing but if he can capture his form from Valencia will be a fantastic addition. Gueye alongside was brilliant. Some tackles rather close to the knuckle but against teams like Palace that's exactly what's needed, no nonsense stuff. Just a shame pineapple-ballbag Zaha couldn't be on the end of a bone cruncher as he's turned into a right melt. Bernard had a really bad game - one to forget. Richarlison did OK, a couple of poor decisions in the final third but by no means terrible, a shame he couldn't have put himself on the scoresheet. MOTM? Marco Silva. Inspired, positive substitutions at the right time which flipped the game in our favour. Lookman comes on, bags and assist to Calvert-Lewin. Tosun comes on and bags the winner, three subs bringing home three points. Obrigada Marco 🇵🇹.
  14. If Bottas is pissed about today then he should have been faster when team orders had no business being used earlier in the season. He's got the same car as Lewis yet has taken until Russia to have a nailed on chance of winning. Where was this pace in Australia, Bahrain, China etc? Not that I'm bashing Valtierri, I think he's a solid set of hands and a great part of the Mercedes machine but you simply can't be upset about what happened today given how the title race is shaping up. He's not in the fight for the grand prize and points are everything at the business end of the season, like it or not the only two drivers relevant at the moment are Lewis and Seb. In theory, Hamilton can DNF twice now and still win the title, had he come second today then he couldn't. It's basic strategy. Can you imagine the rattlement if Lewis let Bottas back through and then lost the title by a point in Abu Dhabi? Nah, not having it. Mercedes were spot on today and had the roles been reversed then Bottas would be the first to celebrate, as would Vettel/Kimi etc. It's not great viewing or what the fans want to see but it's about winning and as quickly as possible, whilst it might not seem like a necessary move at the moment it could well prove to be when the chequered flag comes out in November - if Bottas wants to stop being a wingman then he needs to drive faster and take a note out of Nico's book - even Sebastian when asked about the move in the paddock said that it was totally understandable.
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