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Chelsea (Home) Sunday March 17th

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Whooooosh!

There it is.

Everton typified in one game. Shite in first half. Polar opposite in 2nd.

There's something there to build on. If this doesn't give the players a boost and wake up, nothing will.

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Well that 2nd half was completely unexpected! Defence looked all over the place early doors, Keane and Mina looked solid second half. Richarlison did nothing first 45 mins, ran Alonso ragged when he was on the right 2nd half. 

Pickford made some essential saves throughout, proved he's got character after that disaster last week. Coleman looks like he's adjusting to losing his pace - he can't bomb on and pose the goal threat he used to, but he showed real leadership today. I thought Gana was excellent throughout, so important to have his bite in there, and DCL lead the line brilliantly, shame he couldn't convert one of his two big chances but deserved his assist. If he can improve his finishing, he will be a superstar. 

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👏👏👏👏👏 the will to fight and win was there today it doesn't always have to be pretty but you always need the desire and we saw that in bucket full's today, they need to keep that mentality up.

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1 minute ago, MikeO said:

Forty points. And relax.

Was in the back of my mind..... the only thing that was helping me not to panic was the points in the bottom 3.... I think 35 will secure safety. 

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1 hour ago, nogs said:

As usual you ignore all the tackling and blocking Gana does. Agree completely on Sigurdsson. Gomes isn'ttt good enough when opponents get in his face. 

I didn't see him get near a man never mind make a tackle in the first half. Barkley was left with acres of space and dominated the midfield on his own. Gomes looked like Schneiderlin at times, surrounded by opposition players and no one to pass too. Only ever get that problem playing next to you know who. 

1 hour ago, Bailey said:

I am surprised they gave taken Barkley and Higuian off. Two of their best players IMO.

Won us the game. Their manager is as lost as ours. Which follows your next point. Much like we lost against Newcastle thanks to the manager I think Chelsea fans will be feeling very similar to us last week. Weak manager isolated from the team and it showed. Agree done very little special to win that game. 

31 minutes ago, Bailey said:

Well that was a much better 2nd half. Ironically, I dont think we were actually that good, but they all at least raised their level to the bare minimum of what is required and as a result we competed with an average Chelsea side and beat them. I don't think any one player did over and above what you would expect from them, even Pickford who was probably MOTM only did what he was expected to do, but that was enough today. If we had done the same against Newcastle, we would have probably won that game fairly easily as well.

It also backs up a lot of peoples points about the manager and his tactics. Nothing changed between the halves, all that did change was the attitude of the players. They actually have a shit for 45 minutes and to be perfectly honest I dont feel particularly comfortable celebrating that... ok well maybe a bit. 

The one player, I will also single out is Mina, who was probably one of the better players in the first half and showed that he is capable at this level against a decent side.

 

27 minutes ago, hafnia said:

Gana was fookin outstanding..... his attitude is A1.... worst player to wear a blue shirt my arse. 

Only three poor clearances, one sloppy/lazy loss of possession in his own half waiting for the ball and the fan favourite even got groans for not turning when receiving the ball. The latter being a major problem in our all round play, stagnates the play and invites pressure. Add to that the shite passing as he has no control over weight of his passes, one unpressured pass sticks out as someone asked was that a shot or pass, funny thing is the power wasn't even the worst thing about the pass more that it bobbled at his teammates shins! 

This shit is every game. Don't care how much people appreciate his running but if you can't do the basics well you shouldn't be any where near the midfield. 

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Thanks Pete. Your usual delusional opinion convinced me to vote for Gana as MoM, it was a toss up between him and DCL, I appreciate the help you provided making my mind up. 

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38 minutes ago, pete0 said:

I didn't see him get near a man never mind make a tackle in the first half. Barkley was left with acres of space and dominated the midfield on his own. Gomes looked like Schneiderlin at times, surrounded by opposition players and no one to pass too. Only ever get that problem playing next to you know who. 

Won us the game. Their manager is as lost as ours. Which follows your next point. Much like we lost against Newcastle thanks to the manager I think Chelsea fans will be feeling very similar to us last week. Weak manager isolated from the team and it showed. Agree done very little special to win that game. 

 

Only three poor clearances, one sloppy/lazy loss of possession in his own half waiting for the ball and the fan favourite even got groans for not turning when receiving the ball. The latter being a major problem in our all round play, stagnates the play and invites pressure. Add to that the shite passing as he has no control over weight of his passes, one unpressured pass sticks out as someone asked was that a shot or pass, funny thing is the power wasn't even the worst thing about the pass more that it bobbled at his teammates shins! 

This shit is every game. Don't care how much people appreciate his running but if you can't do the basics well you shouldn't be any where near the midfield. 

You always call out someone for avoiding a question..... is he the worst player to put on a blue shirt??? I've asked this numerous times.... would just love you to clarify if your opinion has changed. 

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2 minutes ago, hafnia said:

You always call out someone for avoiding a question..... is he the worst player to put on a blue shirt??? I've asked this numerous times.... would just love you to clarify if your opinion has changed. 

Pretty sure I've already answered it numerous times Mr strawman. What's the relevance of the question? 

 

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6 minutes ago, pete0 said:

Pretty sure I've already answered it numerous times Mr strawman. What's the relevance of the question? 

 

Is Gana the worst player to wear a blue shirt?

It's relevance is everything....  a bit like when people stopped buying some newspapers when they said "Elvis is alive" and had him photographed shopping in asda.... just answer the bloody question. 

At this moment in time - is Gana the worst player to wear an Everton shirt????

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After that. I think Chelsea could be in some trouble next year. Hazard wont hang around. Alonso is wank, azpelelucuta is a shade of himself, Luis shithouse. Transfer ban will hit them hard and can’t see a manager wanting to take over is Sarri leaves/sacked.

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That first half was just abysmal. How we went in at 0-0 I will never know. 

But whatever Marco said to them at half-time, it worked. Literally from the kick off we were at them and I felt we deserved the win, and that half has given me a lot of confidence for the future that we can compete. 

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35 minutes ago, Btay said:

After that. I think Chelsea could be in some trouble next year. Hazard wont hang around. Alonso is wank, azpelelucuta is a shade of himself, Luis shithouse. Transfer ban will hit them hard and can’t see a manager wanting to take over is Sarri leaves/sacked.

Don't think we'll be able to sign Zouma unfortunately.

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1 minute ago, Romey 1878 said:

That first half was just abysmal. How we went in at 0-0 I will never know. 

But whatever Marco said to them at half-time, it worked. Literally from the kick off we were at them and I felt we deserved the win, and that half has given me a lot of confidence for the future that we can compete. 

Gylfi smirked when asked about the manager at half time....... some thing tells me he lost his shit big time. 

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30 minutes ago, Gwlad all over said:

Don't think we'll be able to sign Zouma unfortunately.

I don’t think so either, which is why we need to see what Mina can do.

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32 minutes ago, hafnia said:

Gylfi smirked when asked about the manager at half time....... some thing tells me he lost his shit big time. 

Good. Gylfi was lucky to stay on after half time. 

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Anyone watched enough of Chelsea to know whether we were good at defending from setpieces or if it's just they're so impotent from them? 

Reason I ask is this is the first game in a long time that we've looked comfortable defending them, bonus being we liked likely to score from ours as well. 

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On 18/03/2019 at 08:48, jofanon said:

Unfortunately I missed the game.  Would someone mind giving me a good break down on how Mina got on?

 

He played well. One moment when Higuain (I think) ran in behind him but he got back in with a great challenge to weaken the shot and allow Keane to clear off the line. Everything else was pretty simple for him. Won a couple of good defensive headers from free kicks/corners too. 

Without check stats I would guess that him and Keane have the best defensive record in the league (for us).

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On 18/03/2019 at 08:48, jofanon said:

Unfortunately I missed the game.  Would someone mind giving me a good break down on how Mina got on?

 

Much improved performance. Still doing hem silly feints to the side, which just lets opponents close him down, but much much better.

Won a couple of headers defensively, and also won two headers at the other end. Kept it simple as well.

He still had a tendency to play the ball infield when hitting long, which just gives away possession. Surprising one that as any coach would teach to always hit lines when going for hit and hopes as it puts full backs under pressure and gives wingers something to chase. Putting it in the middle is just giving up possession  easily.

But that’s just a niggle of mine. He was vastly improved over the rest of his time here. Good to see, and maybe signs of settling down.

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