Everton 3 - 1 Reading
After an iffy half hour spell, not helped by the loss of Phil Jagielka after just three minutes, in which Reading looked the more likely to score, the Blues came to life and after great work in getting to the byline, Seamus Coleman served up a cross for Marouane Fellaini who rose higher than two defenders to head into the top corner three minutes before half time.
Everton established some attacking rhythm after the break and a fabulous individual goal by Pienaar doubled the lead as he rifled home after cutting in from the right flank.
Mirallas, meanwhile, had been reveling in the South African's usual left-sided role and after coming inside the Belgian tucked a low shot inside the post to make it 3-0.
The day was marred only by a late consolation for Reading, another soft headed effort to concede although Hal Robson-Kanu took it well, and another blank for Nikica Jelavic who ran tirelessly but spurned a number of good opportunities.
by Michael Kenrick
Tim Howard suffered a back injury against Oldham and that gives Jan Mucha a Premier League debut after nearly three years at Everton, with Under-18 keeper Mason Springthorpe stepping up to the bench (rather than Mateusz Taudul, the Under-21 keeper, who is also injured). Marouane Fellaini returns as the only other change after sitting out against Oldham, Captain Neville going to the bench. For reading Hope Akpan made a return to Goodison Park after joining Crawley Town after leaving Everton Academy.
Jelavic should have scored in the first minute but messed it up completely. Phil Jagielka was injured in a bad challenge inside 3 minutes, and a caution for Adam Le Fondre. A couple of early corners by Kevin Mirallas came to nought as Heitinga was forced to come on in place of Jagielka.
Heitinga gave away a poor free-kick but Mucha hod no problem stopping Harte's effort. Kkebe then seemed to have a great chance but Mucha thwarted him, the Reading striker then pulling up and going off too. When play resumed, a magnificent strike from Le Fondre smacked off the bar as all the play was in the Everton half.
With half-an-hour gone, it had been a very poor game with little of note from Everton going forward until Baines centered well for Pienaar whose shot from close rage was blocked when, with more craft, he could have scored. Then, a perfect long ball for Jelavic, his first touch poor, all he could do is hit it weakly off the keeper's body.
Mirallas fired in a great strike, forcing a good save off Taylor after a determined run in as the Blues had finally come to life. More good work from the Belgian won a corner that he swung far too deep. Reading pushed the Blues back but it broke down after a poor corner.
At the other end, it finally came good, Coleman getting to the byeline, putting one up perfectly for Fellaini to nod home. Finally a goal!
In stoppage time, Fellaini tried an audacious shot from near the corner flag that Taylor had to sweep behind. The second half was pretty scrappy to start with, both sides creating half-chances that might have led to more. Mirallas got in a decent shot as Everton pressured more, to create a strange sequence of play, Mirallas driving in then Jelavic and then Fellaini unable to dig out a shot, then Jelavic getting pulled down but no penalty called.
But just before the hour mark, Pienaar put the Blues further ahead with a beautiful strike that flew past Taylor into the top corner of the Gwladys Street net.
Akpan tried a speculative shot that flew well wide. Mirallas really should have scored a third when the ball came to him wide left but he took too many touches and then fired just wide with Fellaini running in. Reading had an appeal for handball as Distin slid in to make a block, Mucha not looking too confident on the corner as Reading forced the play after the goal.
Pienaar then slotted through a perfect ball for Kevin Mirallas who finished well, inside the near post, to give Everton finally a commanding 3 - 0 lead.
Mucha did really well to stop a difficult shot from McAnuff with Wright on top of him. Gibson had a pop from distance but it lacked conviction and flew wide.
Then a great passage of play building from the left, Baines and Pienaar setting up Mirallas but his drilled shot was too close to Taylor, as Everton finally started to relax a little, in pretty effective command... but desirous of a rare clean sheet. Pienaar went off to a great round of applause for a really good display that finally produced some end product.
But they could not keep that clean sheet, Robson-Kanu heading home easily at the near post off a good cross from Harte, no chance for Mucha.
A great setup by Mirallas for Anichebe to run in and clip past Taylor but Harte was on the line to clear it away.
A win by a 2-goal margin in a must-win game. It could of course have been a lot more in the end, but the three points were vital today against a testy Reading side with one of the poorer referees in charge.
Attendance: 35,244 Everton: Mucha, Coleman, Jagielka (5' Heitinga), Distin, Baines; Mirallas, Osman (74' Anichebe), Gibson, Pienaar (82' Hitzlsperger), Fellaini, Jelavic. Everton subs: Springthorpe, Neville, Oviedo, Naismith.
Reading: S Taylor, Kelly, Mariappa, Pearce, Harte, Kebe (12' Robson-Kanu) , Leigertwood, Akpan, McAnuff, Le Fondre, Hunt. Subs: Henly, Gunter, Karacan, McCleary, Morrison, Blackman.
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Quotes or other material sourced from ToffeeWeb Match Reports
- Report: Improving Everton Rediscover Their Wings
- Ken Buckley: From My Seat
- Paul Traill: Mucha More Like It!
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854 Posted 02/03/2013 at 16:55:28
For all those deluded Jelavic supporters, are you convinced yet the player should not be playing? I'm sure you can all donate your Jelavic shirts to a local Charity shop – if they'll take them.
855 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:00:52
856 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:00:12
A year ago I thought he was drifting into obscurity. Now he looks to be developing into a really accomplished right back and appears to be benefiting a great deal from his education from Bainsey. Well done 'The Irish Messi'.
Now if we could just get Jelavic back to form....
857 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:04:02
858 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:02:10
Coleman's form is really good to see though, long may it continue.
Worried about Jags missing against Wigan though, if he persists with Heitenga I think we could have problems.Please though Moyes, drop Jelavic.
859 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:02:03
There was a period at the start of second half where Reading forced the issue and just pushed our lightweight midfield out of the way. That's a concern.
Terrible refereeing as well. Two three ones in a week! COYB!
861 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:06:25
From what I saw I thought Coleman played well. His crossing on the run is starting equal that of Baines.
How did he do overall? Was he caught napping defensively? I know their goal came from his side but it wasn't his man that put the cross in. It was the overlapping full back who should have been tracked.
And what about Mucha? Maybe a change.forced upon change, at the back might actually help us tighten up. I saw him make one excellent save but how did he do over the 90 mins?
Great win Blues, thank God Mirallas and Pienaar found some form. Just nedd Jela now.
862 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:08:45
863 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:11:15
865 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:16:46
On the other hand jelavic looks very sorry. I do not buy for a second that he is not getting chances. He had a good few touches in their box today and none of them were very convincing sadly.
866 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:18:33
If Arsenal win, 6pts off CL. There's still hope...
867 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:21:14
Still dodgy though.
868 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:18:53
Jags needs surgery apparently.
869 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:18:56
An enjoyable game to watch albeit a quiet 1st half and Pienaar was back to his superb best.
870 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:21:18
Jelly shows flashes of quality, but missed a real sitter and looks absolutely fooked. With Vic back and looking sharp, a couple of weeks off with the missus is probably what the doctored ordered for Jelly. At least he will score.
872 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:23:53
874 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:31:33
Europa I can take or leave... CL changes everything, and Moyes will stay - And Fellaini.
875 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:33:30
876 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:25:45
Didn't Jelly score with a quality finish last month for Croatia? He hasn't lost it completely. It is up to Moyes to find the solution. He is the most natural goal scorer we have had in years, Europe here we come if the solution can be found and get him scoring again.
877 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:28:16
He came to us as a one touch goalscorer, but in this league, coaches quickly learn your goal scoring style and instruct their defenders on how to close attackers out.
All the best strickers have a more flexible game. However, as I mentioned in my earlier post, last year I thought Coleman was failing to fulfill his early potential and look how well he has developed over the last twelve months. Maybe we just need to stick with 'Jelly' because we've all seen what a good goalscorer he can be.
878 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:37:01
879 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:29:29
868 - 'Jags needs surgery apparently' ..... noooooo OMG, get well soon!
880 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:32:21
MotM:– Mirallas by a mile.
881 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:45:25
883 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:51:24
884 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:53:21
885 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:54:23
886 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:50:02
It would be a shame if Jags missed another chance to play for us at Wembley.
It really illustrates the shallowness of our squad.
Why can't we get a couple of loans in for the run in ??
887 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:53:42
888 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:53:33
To say he missed a sitter is a stretch. He had two chances one-on-one with Taylor, both if which he probably should have hit first time but the first would have required a world-class lob with his left foot.
The second was from six yards out where he tried to take it around the 'keeper when he should have just put a boot through it and Taylpr got two hands on it.
His best chance of all wasn't actually given to him. He was in 10 yards of space near the penalty spot but Anichebe went for glory and the shot was blocked on the line.
Otherwise, echo the thoughts above. Coleman along with Pienaar and Mirallas were ace, Heitinga was solid after replacing Jags (although he was the closest man to Robson-Kanu for their goal and was a yard off him), Mucha was ok but spilled a couple and Moyes finally saw that Ossie is buggered and pulled him off in the second half.
889 Posted 02/03/2013 at 17:49:06
Jelavic looks a shadow of the player he was last season but in his favour he never hid but still could have had a hat-trick. All-in-all, a comfortable afternoon. And sets us up nicely for the cup game. I've just been watching the Wigan game and defensively they look awful. I switched it off when Cilla got the 2nd — they always win when I watch. Fuck me, it's 3 for Cilla again.
890 Posted 02/03/2013 at 18:01:40
891 Posted 02/03/2013 at 18:07:07
893 Posted 02/03/2013 at 18:09:32
894 Posted 02/03/2013 at 18:04:22
Did anyone else have their heart in their mouth when the ball went to Mucha ? How many goals have we conceded in that manner? Don't they practice defending in the box at Finch Farm? Still a wins a win ! COYB
895 Posted 02/03/2013 at 18:12:49
896 Posted 02/03/2013 at 18:11:51
897 Posted 02/03/2013 at 18:10:57
898 Posted 02/03/2013 at 18:25:15
899 Posted 02/03/2013 at 18:26:44
900 Posted 02/03/2013 at 18:31:10
901 Posted 02/03/2013 at 18:37:55
It's understandable why people are harsh on him though because they expect some of the great goals he has scored all the time! I think his confidence will return, I remember Alan Shearer having a real bad patch and not scoring for quite some time, some even said he was finished.
902 Posted 02/03/2013 at 18:35:33
I've been calling for Jelly to be dropped for a while. He is shite.
903 Posted 02/03/2013 at 18:36:21
And here it is: Moyes was good today. Of his two unforced changes I thought they were both spot on. A striker for the aging, tiring Osman and a midfielder for the tiring Pienaar. No defenders coming on for forwards, and no like for like attackers swapping around. Well done, David and more of the same please.
Just got slightly ruined though as I just started typing when I saw Rat Boy get his fecking hat-trick.
905 Posted 02/03/2013 at 18:47:22
906 Posted 02/03/2013 at 18:40:08
907 Posted 02/03/2013 at 18:50:57
908 Posted 02/03/2013 at 18:50:17
Good performance but we did look brittle against a decent Reading side. They attacked well but couldn't live with our attacks today. Massive confidence boost for next week but bad news for Jags, possibly out for 2 weeks.
909 Posted 02/03/2013 at 18:54:42
Paul, I'm just having a go at somebody (I wonder who?!) who says Moyes is to blame for ruining certain players like strikers.
910 Posted 02/03/2013 at 18:57:44
911 Posted 02/03/2013 at 18:59:26
But I was seriously asking a question as I didn't see the game for only the second time this season.
913 Posted 02/03/2013 at 19:01:05
Like buses, when Jelly next nets a few will come along in a row. I'm no expert, needless to say, but I've been watching footie long enough (I think The Wurzels were top of the hit parade when I 1st went to The Old Lady, there you go, hit parade, I'm ancient) to see the signs of a good striker and Jelly is that for me at any rate and he will lift himself out of this Torressian phase. This time last year, all on here were talking about our 1st great forward since Big Dunc or Sharpy. Well, unless you believe that Moyes is the strikers elephant graveyard, and I am not one of that crew, he will get back into his stride again, class does not rust irretrievably. In Jelly we must trust. But hurry up mate and bag one and two and three and then four and five and six so we can put this one to bed.
914 Posted 02/03/2013 at 19:08:06
Predictable scoreline still Wigan today so hopefully they will be equally as bad against Everton. Great to see Mirallas scoring again and what a peach by Pienaar.
915 Posted 02/03/2013 at 19:11:14
916 Posted 02/03/2013 at 19:12:08
917 Posted 02/03/2013 at 19:09:30
918 Posted 02/03/2013 at 19:13:07
919 Posted 02/03/2013 at 19:07:26
But hey let's not prejudice get in the way of slagging off the usual suspects despite the fact he has been one of our best players this season.
Also nice to see Piennar answer his critics on here, form is temporary, class is permanent I think the saying goes.
920 Posted 02/03/2013 at 19:17:43
Not very often I miss a game.
Just caught the goals on ESPN, looked good all round, nuts from the right?
Will reserve judgement til I've seen the highlights. But a win is a win.
923 Posted 02/03/2013 at 18:52:22
For the whiners about our most industrious player, you know the one withe stupid fancy flicks, watch his goal and the flick to Mirellas in the second half. Peanut never ever gives less than 100%, he has had a bad patch of form, I know it was Reading, but today he was superb, the goal from the right wing, for those that moan about him playing there, was fantastic, pace movement swerve and I do not mean the ball. I thought that the Goalie was good, at least dependable and predictable, his kicking was good and he came for a few crosses including the one he got a good punch to.
Hands up, guilty, I have not been very supportive of the man with no head who races down cul de sacs. He has developed especially this season and now the right back berth should be his as first choice, well done Seamus Coleman. Right back is problem solved.
As for Jelly, he is missing something, but it is not workrate and while we can highlight his shortcomings, while he is as industrious as he is I say stick with him. Sooner or later it will come, I just hope it a nick knock or tap in to win the semi. Hope so.
Finally, I thought the cross for their goal should have been cut out by Vic, to blame JH I think a bit harsh, he looked very good today, I enjoyed his contribution and I have to add to the debate by saying that based on his calmness on the ball and good distribution that he and the excellent. Sylvan Distan make up our best CB pairing.
924 Posted 02/03/2013 at 19:11:48
He'd have missed anyway.
Total lack of confidence, that's all.
926 Posted 02/03/2013 at 19:27:10
I'm not sure what we have to lose as Jagielka and Distin always look like they'll concede one per game even if individually they both look alright. Maybe this is our best partnership.
I think Moyes can take the blame for the goal as he changed the formation to 4-4-2 with Anichebe up with Jelavic for only about 5 mins before bringing Hitzlsperger on and going back to 4-5-1 with Anichebe on the wing. Naturally Anichebe got confused and didn't track his man (who looked offside anyway).
927 Posted 02/03/2013 at 19:25:18
(Predicts Jelavic bags the winner against Wigan).
929 Posted 02/03/2013 at 19:24:47
931 Posted 02/03/2013 at 19:33:27
932 Posted 02/03/2013 at 19:32:35
934 Posted 02/03/2013 at 19:40:20
937 Posted 02/03/2013 at 20:03:03
Does anyone else lament the fact that we don't play again until next weekend, as, after playing like that today, you feel they just need to be back on the pitch as soon as possible. It's going to be a looooooonnnnnngggg week.
939 Posted 02/03/2013 at 20:01:19
That's three players in three games that Everton have had injured with poor challenges, Felli at Norwich, Howard against Oldham and Jags today. It seems to me that Everton get very little protection but any minor misdemeanor on our part and free-kicks are awarded willy nilly. It won't be any different next week against Wigan, who we'll have to watch out for because they will be the wounded animal.
If we are to go through, we have to make Goodison as loud as possible, but the timing of the KO probably puts paid to that. I want Spurs to win tomorrow, because our chances of fourth place are pretty remote and I don't want that Rat-Boy anywhere near CL for the other lot. I think they play Spurs next week-end after Spurs play Inter Milan on Thursday.
942 Posted 02/03/2013 at 20:02:49
Unnoticeable:- Bainesy, a shadow of himself (I hope its just the injury holding him back recently) and Jelly who was surely embarassed that big Vic did more in 15 minutes than he did in 90.
Real concern Heitiga who looked lost at sea on a number of occasions, totally lost his man and failed to get his head to the cross which led to their goal.
I make that 6 goals in the last 4 games he has played.THAT is a liability.
Why wasnt Duffy on the bench today?
945 Posted 02/03/2013 at 20:18:37
946 Posted 02/03/2013 at 20:19:32
947 Posted 02/03/2013 at 20:24:08
952 Posted 02/03/2013 at 20:24:20
There has been a lot of negativity in recent weeks, much of it justified, but the second half performance before the substitutions was so much better and great to watch. Hopefully this will provide a real confidence boost for the rest of the season. At the very least, let's just celebrate a win. COYB!!
955 Posted 02/03/2013 at 20:40:06
961 Posted 02/03/2013 at 20:42:08
962 Posted 02/03/2013 at 21:00:20
966 Posted 02/03/2013 at 21:24:54
971 Posted 02/03/2013 at 21:40:47
Anichebe would have scored if it wasnt Harte on the line. People on here are saying he should have passed to Jelavic, because everyone is urging him to score that goal he needs.
But he was awful for their goal, even as bad as Distin for Smith's goal on Tuesday. He just jogs back when Harte has a great chance to cross. I bet Moyes gave him a bollocking after that.
But summing up the game, I thought first 25 mins we were absolutely awful. Then shifting Mirallas to the left was a masterstroke and we played really well, hence the goal.
Second half, barring a 5/10 min spell, dominated and played pretty well. Overall, good performance, and looking good against Wigan.
982 Posted 02/03/2013 at 22:12:36
As it I just feel the league is a horribly drawn out car and mouse chase until the RS eventually overtake us. Hopefully not.
988 Posted 02/03/2013 at 22:37:06
991 Posted 02/03/2013 at 22:43:07
004 Posted 02/03/2013 at 23:12:14
Well, might as well have my twopennyworth. I agree wholeheartedly with Tony (Marsh), there is a little bit of shit being spouted on here which, in effect, compares us with the pie-eaters on, fuck me, a level playing field; namely, what Martinez has done at Wigan is what we can expect if he were to come to us.
Because we are two very compatible clubs, aren't we? 100 per cent Allakerian bollocks. I'm not being as sunny as Marshy, not saying that Martinez has the golden touch, but these literal unsophisticated and unqualified comparisons are deeply deeply misleading and unhelpful.
Martinez, Zola, Laudrup, Howard Wilkinson, an aged Gordon Lee, an as of yet not noticed fluent footie playing lower league Spanish/Italian/Portuguese gaffer, take any one in a heartbeat.
021 Posted 03/03/2013 at 00:16:42
Jelli did everything but score including a few good things defensively, a couple of headed clearances etc. Gibson did some good stuff and if he is playing injured as they say, would be nice to have him 100%, not that we ever will. If Mirallas doesn't turn out to be one of our best signings, I will be surprised, just looks class. A similar class attacking central mid would be a nice add.
031 Posted 03/03/2013 at 01:18:51
038 Posted 03/03/2013 at 01:29:33
I can't say that anyone on our team is undroppable except for Baines, Jags, Fellaini, and Mirallas with a straight face.
More competition would breed better play because it wouldn't just be a formality to make the team if you are a veteran. Plus the young guys get a chance to improve at THIS level and not some random Championship/League One side.
Our goal was to finish 4th. We aren't on pace to do that at this point. If we aren't ok with that, we should be making changes from time to time to see if that helps the issue rather than field the template team in the template formation every game.
043 Posted 03/03/2013 at 02:31:52
Barry Horne insisted on calling him 'Morelish' all through the game, Ray Stubbs called him 'Morallis' and that tit of a compere from Everton who named him MotM introduced him at the top of his voice as 'Kevin Morellis'.
It's not really that hard is it?
047 Posted 03/03/2013 at 04:07:08
052 Posted 03/03/2013 at 04:54:11
If Jelly can start scoring a bit, we might yet surprise a few people.
073 Posted 03/03/2013 at 09:04:05
Then, throughout the game, he seemed to fall over when anyone was withing 3 yards of him on about 7 occasions and the ref told him in no uncertain terms to get up and get on with it.
so basically his timing is off and his balance is goosed... Incidentally, if Vic had laid that ball across to him near the end, he would have missed it without a doubt. He needs to play in the Rezzies for a few games with the kids...
091 Posted 03/03/2013 at 10:26:49
So today convinces you that Moyes has to go? A comfortable win following a fluid attacking performance that yielded three excellent goals?
095 Posted 03/03/2013 at 10:33:39
You've nailed it. Teams are kicking lumps out of us and getting away with it. The opposition seem to have concluded that, with Cahill gone, we are a soft touch. Yet I looked at a table of fouls conceded (it was in yesterday's Telegraph) and guess which team was at the top?
That's because the refs are pinging us for anything and everything. Coleman was taken down three times yesterday - and was then booked for his first tackle.
096 Posted 03/03/2013 at 10:35:45
Yesterday we were more good than bad, which is pleasing, but the fact is that our performances and results don't necessarily mirror each other. We can play badly and lose/draw; at other times we play well but don't win. Winning doesn't make everything OK - although it has to be said that the opposite applies!
101 Posted 03/03/2013 at 10:46:05
Ste Blundell #043 - and here's me calling him Mr Ellis.
107 Posted 03/03/2013 at 11:05:14
" ...DAVID MOYES is set to put his faith in Shane Duffy as Everton enter a pivotal spell in the Blues boss’ Goodison reign.Since then, Duffy came on as a late sub against Oldham in first game. So either it was something he did in that game which has caused DM to lose faith in him – or Duffy has sustained an injury. Does anybody know? Or is this some rubbishy Moyes PR to get Heitinga to play better? If so, it has failed badly. If Heitinga plays against Wigan – we're out of the cup.
The Republic of Ireland U-21 international has been told he is right in the mix to challenge favoured pair Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin for a first-team place as the Toffees chase a top four finish and FA Cup glory.
Duffy had previously been fourth in line to start in central defence and Moyes had considered allowing him to go on loan to gather experience, but has been impressed with his development in recent months.
And with John Heitinga’s poor run of form proving costly in recent weeks, Moyes has informed Duffy he will be going nowhere as the club attempts to compete on two fronts which could yet prove crucial to Moyes’s own Goodison future."
108 Posted 03/03/2013 at 11:10:28
He has asked for a loan move but Moyes is reluctant.
Heaven forbid a loan may impede his stagnation.
113 Posted 03/03/2013 at 03:53:10
114 Posted 03/03/2013 at 03:53:10
116 Posted 03/03/2013 at 11:22:40
The quality of the goals was irrelevant? Not to me, it's not. Even if we don't win the least I expect is that the team entertains me.
122 Posted 03/03/2013 at 12:04:48
138 Posted 03/03/2013 at 12:48:33
141 Posted 03/03/2013 at 12:47:45
143 Posted 03/03/2013 at 12:52:34
So you're using a Wigan performance as an excuse to slag off David Moyes. Nice.
227 Posted 03/03/2013 at 18:06:37
286 Posted 03/03/2013 at 21:47:40
Yeah, he's done nothing.
287 Posted 03/03/2013 at 22:01:54
Moyes has won no trophies. Everything else is irrelevant bollocks.
289 Posted 03/03/2013 at 22:02:22
297 Posted 03/03/2013 at 22:24:51
So entertainment, atmosphere, skill, goals and excitement are irrelevant bollocks?
300 Posted 03/03/2013 at 22:30:46
Taking us from annual relegation candidates to mixing it with the monied teams...bollocks. For everthing else there's Mastercard!
302 Posted 03/03/2013 at 22:39:20
Atmosphere? Apart from the derbies and night games, the place is like a morgue.
Skill and goals? Give you that one, but a pre-requisite surely.
Excitement? See entertainment.
303 Posted 03/03/2013 at 22:49:58
305 Posted 03/03/2013 at 22:59:29
It truly sounds as though you don't really enjoy going to Goodison, which is a shame. Instead of being so negative, why not embrace it? It's good, you know!
307 Posted 03/03/2013 at 23:08:11
330 Posted 04/03/2013 at 06:27:27
He is a CB, not a defensive midfielder - as has been pointed out to you several times. Even when in decent form he was still poor in that position and only played there as a last resort.
335 Posted 04/03/2013 at 07:09:22
336 Posted 04/03/2013 at 07:13:17
First 30 minutes I thought we played pedestrian football, we looked a little clueless too, then with some great build up, and a great cross, Fellaini scored a fantastic goal. If you want Jelly to score, you need to move Fellaini back into the middle of the field. He is responsible for not putting through balls into Jelavic. he is just feeding off what Jelly should have in the first place.
Anyway the other two goals, especially the Mirallas goal was fantastic.
When I saw the team sheet and saw Mucha in goal I was fearing the worst, but to be honest I thought he had a pretty solid game, can't blame him for Heitinga's screw up. It seems to me, every time Heit plays we end up conceding goals because of the mess he makes.
Over all, a good performance, with some outstanding contributions from Mirallas, Pienaar and Coleman, and a good goal by Fellaini.
I think when we play wigan we have to get Duffy in, he has to be less of a reliability than Heitinga is.
Spurs did us a favour yesterday by beating Arsenal, and so now the Arse's lead on us is only 2 points. Spurs 9 points ahead. CL has gone and it went a while ago, and in many ways I am happy about that. We are simply not ready for that competition with this squad. Most of them need offloading and some retiring. We would only ended up embarrassed by the richer / better teams.
Anyone for Europa League +17 matches until the final? for a team according to moyes can only play half a season lol
343 Posted 04/03/2013 at 09:18:56
375 Posted 04/03/2013 at 11:58:25
He was our Player Of The Year at centre back last year and has played there countless times for his country.
Hes having a horrible spell, and I dread to see him in the team at the moment, but to say CB isn't his best position is just madness.
389 Posted 04/03/2013 at 12:44:43
I Agree with your point on playing out from the back more with Heitinga in the team however I prefer my centre backs to be good at defending first and foremost and then be able to pass the ball as a bonus. Heitinga is very slow, weak, poor in the air, cant tackle, and has a tendency to give free kicks away in bad areas. Jagielka is none of the above, and whilst his distribution may be a bit iffy I would have him in the team without question over Heitinga.
When you have a player in your team who lacks not just one but nearly all of the important attributes for the position they are playing in, major issues will follow - as seen this season on multiple occasions.
611 Posted 05/03/2013 at 12:46:07
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