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  1. Absolutely embarrassing "debate" on here this afternoon, proper Evertonian of some people to actually get up in arms about a player having the audacity to run into the box with the ball and stick it into the back of the net. I can only imagine the the trauma and upset that has been caused by Everton comfortably beating Arsenal, Chelsea and United - fingers crossed we get battered by Palace at the weekend to put people back in a good mood. I suppose by the logic of some at the moment we should also be hurling abuse at Lucas Digne for shamefully volleying a ball from the outside of the box rather than looking for a pass, looking to sell Gylfi for shooting from miles out when it would have been more sensible to wait for a striker making a run and I personally don't want to hear the name Richarlison after a ridiculous bicycle kick that nine times out of ten wouldn't have worked. Unless he's dropped and improves his decision making I won't be setting foot in Goodison Park ever again. I don't post on here much but when I do log in there are some proper weird agendas knocking about - Liverpool and City forums will have rants about how they can win the league, United fans will be debating if Ole is the right man for the job and on ToffeeTalk there's folk booting off about us scoring. To be perfectly honest as the goal panned out in the ground I thought that Theo should have passed but fair does for putting it into the back of the net, when viewing it back on the TV he made the right choice as DCL was under pressure and probably wouldn't have got to the ball. If we ever win the league, I'm convinced we'd have complaints on here that Jagielka didn't hold the trophy high enough - Jesus absolute wept.
  2. Right then. I'm home and calmed down so time to wrap this wonderful afternoon of football up. The pubs around the ground were absolutely bouncing before kick-off, most likely due to the heatwave and Easter weekend but it did set the tone for the start of the game, people were up for it and when the crowd are acting as the cliche ''12th man'' than things like today can happen. The stadium was buzzing from the first kick and we really put pressure on them from the whistle which was great to see, Charlie should arguably scored from one of our earlier corners but was denied by De Gea with a great save - good of him to keep his head up and get on the scoresheet a few minutes later when Phil Jones (who's proper stealing a living) didn't get near to the cross and a great acrobatic kick makes it 1-0. The second goal was a rocket, really poor from De Gea who had a bit of a nightmare but take nothing away from the finish. Right into the corner and bouncing just before the goalkeeper, an awful shot to try and save although the 'keeper should have done better. At 2-0 you really got the sense that it was game over despite just being over half an hour in, United just didn't seem to want it and the performance tonight could have been copied and pasted from the Moyes, van Gaal or Mourinho eras. There are some deep rooted problems at Manchester and it's going to take more than Solkjaer, Woodward or a new Director of Football to sort it out - there's so many players that simply should be starting for United that it hurts. Second half and we should be comfortable but remember that this is Everton. I thought for the first 10 minutes we were awful, let United right back into the game and had they scored then it could have been a very different afternoon. Luckily we snatched a goal through a world-class strike from Lucas Digne (my MOTM) and once again it's game over. Funnily enough as the ball bounced to him I begged him not to shoot (I think it was Bernard who was free on the wing) but what do I know? Sensational. Gutted that both him and Richarlison went off but hopefully it's just a precaution than anything else. Amazing that we turned it into a proper drubbing with a fourth goal on the hour mark, pleased for Theo who's had a tough time in recent months. He's off the pace for us and will more than likely move on in the summer but I'd like him to finish his Everton career on a high, netting like that will hopefully set him on the right path to do just that. Although it would have been nice to be really sexy and push for five and six fair play to the squad for putting a foot on the ball and taking it down a gear. United were chasing shadows for the last half hour and wouldn't have scored with an hour extra for injury time. Martial and Matic should have been on the scoresheet but blazed wide, Rashford was completely useless (but will get a free pass because he's young). Laugh all you want but I actually thought Lukaku was the only decent United player this afternoon, won most of his headers but had absolutely nobody to link up to and can't do it all himself when you've got Zouma, Digne, Keane, Gueye and their Nan chasing him down because of who he is and where he is playing. Funny to see the crowd giving him grief although I don't understand why Romelu got so much stick and Barkley just got a few boos? Should have been the other way around but that's just my two cents. As for the rest of them; Pickford didn't have much to do but saved their only shot on target well. Coleman, Zouma, Keane and Digne didn't give United a sniff with the latter getting my MOTM, if he wants to stick around he could be the replacement for Baines we've been crying out for. An outstanding signing so far and someone who could quite easily go back to Barcelona if Jordi Alba wasn't who he is. Gueye was fantastic in the midfield and we're really going to miss him when he goes to Paris, another fantastic signing. Schneiderlin not bad alongside him although quieter of the two - shoutout to James McCarthy for getting back onto the field, a great roar from the Gwladys Street when he touched the ball for the first time. Bernard out wide was lethal, made an absolute fool out of Ashley Young all game and great work from Charlie out on the right. DCL up top really deserved a goal for such a good, hard-working afternoon. For all that they're stealing a living he made a mug out of Smalling, Jones and Lindelof who came on at half-time, just a bit disappointing that he didn't get a clear-cut chance to add himself to the scoresheet. My ''Worst Team at Goodison Award'' is like a London bus this year, Arsenal took the unwanted prize but United have snatched it off them. For all we were brilliant they were dreadful; Jones, Smalling, Lukaku, Martial, Young and Pogba nowhere near good enough for the squad let alone first team and there's riddled deadwood behind the scenes with the likes of Sanchez on about £842,000 a week. For all I think Ole is a limited manager (don't buy into the theory that he should be given a free pass regarding Cardiff) there's so many problems at United that it would be foolish to point the finger at the boss. David Moyes, Louis van Gaal andJose Mourinho have failed at Old Trafford so there is a common denominator, not all of those managers can be terrible and when you look at the CV's of the last two (and arguably Moyes) it just doesn't add up that it's always the managers fault. The next league title isn'tt coming anytime soon, City and Liverpool are light years ahead as it stands.
  3. I celebrated at the end, not because we had drawn against Liverpool but because this is another piece of the puzzle in us getting back on the horse and hitting form again. The win against Cardiff along with the clean sheet was us turning the corner but it would have meant nothing had we lost or been battered here, we've come away with a draw so are ''unbeaten in two'' which is a great platform to build from in what is a very winnable game against Newcastle United away. I thought it was a very scrappy game which was probably to be expected. Gueye and Schneiderlin were very good in the middle forcing Liverpool to go long and the back four really handled their strikers well. Digne was caught out in the first half but kudos to Pickford for that massive stop from Salah and keeping it at 0-0. Other than that I don't think they had any clear-cut chances, there was the Fabinho slice but I think that was down to luck as opposed to poor marking or individual error - on the subject of Jordan his kicking was awful tonight, he must have put 50% of his balls straight into touch? Not happy with him staying on his line for what turned out to be a scramble in the box towards the end - personally, he has to be either catching it or punching it down the field. Walcott unfortunately looks lost at the moment, he had a good chance in the first half when played through but froze and then spooned it over the bar. There was a massive shift in tempo and attack on the wing when he was taken off and replaced with Richarlison who didn't get on the score-sheet but caused a lot of problems for Robertson - so much so that he took a yellow card to try and take him out of the game.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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 😎!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 🙄.
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