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Euro Disaster Again

By Dutch Schaffaer :  20/09/2007 :  Comments (46) :
On our last Euro campaign it was a bad referreeing decision with Big Dunc's perfectly good goal being disallowed which was the turning point. How ironic that another bad decision ruling out the first penalty will probably be our downfall again.

Stefan Wessels: Did pretty well and cannot be faulted for the goal. Looks a bargain for a free transfer. 7

Tony Hibbert: Not too bad a performance. Covered well when Everton were attacking in the first half. Still suffering from poor distribution. 6

Joseph Yobo: Had a fairly easy night because Metalist didn't have much attacking wise. Did pretty well. 6

Joleon Lescott: Everton's Man of the Match, which frankly isn't saying much. Great goal and looked solid at the back. 7

Leighton Baines: Did particulary well in the first half with several attacking charges. Looks a good purchase but struggled in the second half. 6

Phil Neville: Attempted to get forward whenever possible but never managed to control the midfield in the way we would have hoped. 6

Lee Carsley: Very average game. Will probably be more important in the away leg. 6 Leon Osman: Looked to be on form in the first half but but disappeared in the second. If only Arteta had been fit. 6

James McFadden: Deserved his start but as usual his form was up and down. A few good shots from outside the box, a few bad decisions giving the ball away. 6

Aiyegbeni Yakubu: Did Moyes seriously pay £11 million for this guy? Rubbish, lost the ball too often, couple of limp shots from outside the box. £11 million!!! Thats crazy. 5 Andy Johnson: I have to admit I thought he would miss that first penalty, when he put it away I was pleasantly surprised. Except of course the ref made him take it again and there was no chance that Andy "I've forgotten how to score" Johnson was going to find the net twice in a game. Bad second penalty. Sure he worked reasonably hard but never even looked like scoring. When we got another penalty I was already writing this report and hardly looked up because I knew Johnson was going to miss. Piss-poor, Andy. Missing two penalties on such an important night, I don't want to see him in an Everton shirt for awhile. 4

David Moyes: Sent out an attacking side and can claim poor refereeing and piss poor penalties cost us but the fact is its another Euro disaster and even I wont argue if people say he deserves the sack. 6

What a depressing loss. I mean draw. No wait its a loss. Feels like a fucking loss anyway. Really notlooking forward to the away leg.

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Onamish
1   Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:21:28

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"I wont argue if people say he deserves the sack."

Unbelievable.
Neil Pearse
2   Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:20:59

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How many of you, watching AJ’s body language, thought he would miss the first penalty? I did, and it was a hopeful blast which a goalie could well have saved. I knew he was going to miss the second. I would have been amazed if he’d scored the third.

If this is all so obvious to us, what are Moyes and Neville paid for? Our so experienced in Europe captain was a gutless coward. Moyes simply abdicated any responsibility. Absolutely unacceptable.
Jim Ager
3   Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:22:50

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I hope you were giving Hibbert and Neville 6 out of a 100. I’d say 3 at VERY best.
Matt Willey
4   Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:24:01

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Reasonable assessment Dutch... think you are wrong about Hibbert and Neville though... any player that continuously and aimlessly punts the ball upfield without being put under any pressure is a liability ... these are two seriously limited players and the reality is that possession is 9/10’ths of the law in {even UEFA cup} football ... this was all too easy for their big guys at the back ...

At least two of them won’t be playing in the second leg.
Matt Willey
5   Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:29:55

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Thats 2 Metallist defenders (not Hibbert and Neville unfortunately)
Matt Willey
6   Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:31:20

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"What a depressing loss. I mean draw. No wait its a loss. Feels like a fucking loss anyway. Really notlooking forward to the away leg."

Treat it as a loss Dutch ... away goals count double !
Dave In Spain
7   Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:22:21

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Fucking embarrassing, schoolboy football, no width, everyone just chasing the ball. McFadden, Osman and Hibbert just kept giving the ball away. Phil Neville, we all know he is not a midfielder, why doesn’t Moyes.
Still it could be a good result as we know we have to score in the Ukraine. Come on you blue boys, come back soon Mikky
Kudu
8   Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:31:28

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The referee did make mistakes, but ultimately, he awarded Everton two penalties and sent off two Kharkiv players. Is it his fault that Moyes/Neville/Johnson are too thick to say that no player should take a penalty twice?
Ed Bernard
9   Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:30:24

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I’m afraid people trying to blame the refereeing for the result are kidding themselves. Apart from the first Anichebe penalty that he didn’t give, the ref got most of the decisions right.

There was encroachment in the box on the first pen on both sides. Laws of the game order a retake. Spot on. After that, there may have been encroachment on the retake, but it would have been much harder to spot in real-time, and so is understandable that he missed it.

As for us missing the third... well, there’s no excuse really. We played well in the first half, and then in the second half we were poor, even against nine men.

We had chances to wrap this game up with the two penalties, and they weren’t taken. Had they gone in, the rest of the game, with its odd long balls and failure to make something decent with the final ball, wouldn’t have mattered. We made our own fate in this one.
Ro in Stones
10   Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:39:07

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No penetration, No ideas, No Midfield, No imagination.... No Nothing.... We need new ideas, Moyes strategy of ’Don’t lose’ has had it’s day....Also what is the purpose of Carsley these days??
mike benjamin
11   Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:38:39

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The football we played tonight was utter crap and the tactics were even worse. No shape and clueless. Hibberto and Neville could not pass water! Yak is a lazy bugger who won’t jump or run. McFadden on the right............utter bollocks!
Barney R
12   Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:42:41

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In for a week and out 10 years
In for a week and out 10 years
In for a week and out 10 years
Everton in Europe!

Ha Ha ha Ha fuckin’ HA!!!!!
simar
13   Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:38:00

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Metalist played better football with 11, 10 and then 9 men than we did with 11! I have never been to a European game where the atmosphere was so flat and its down to the players on the park to ignite that. Ok, we had more possession and missed two pens but we are not a very good side are we? It breaks my heart to say it.
A team that plays with that untried formation and has a midfield of Neville, Carsley and Osman is not goin anywhere. The lack of quality in the side was shocking. Hibbert and Osman are 1st division players and have no place in our team. Neville isnt a bad right back but Mcfadden can catch the 1st bus back to Scotland, who gives a fuck if hes got a new agent.
Tactically I thought we were a joke and the buck stops with the manager, i wont even start on the Yak!
Dave in Spain
14   Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:52:07

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Spot on SIMAR
Kristian Boyce
15   Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:53:55

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Dutch, fair points brought up, but I wouldn’t call it an attacking lineup with Neville and Carsley in midfield. Not much creative attacking prowess from those two. Also having Johnson & Yakubu on the pitch nowadays can also be classed as not having an attacking lineup.
Mark Hill
16   Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:55:46

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Wessells: 7 not at fault for goal, generally ok

Hibbert: 5 piss poor passing, he is gary neville in disguise, only not as good???? Lump it forward at evrey opportunity what a waste. I might take my boots down on Sunday, see if i can play full back!

Baines: 6 ok in the first, poor on the second
Yobo: 6 steady as, not a lot to do couple of good touches

Lescott: 7 same as Yobo except he scored
Neville: 4 Mr punt a lot what a waste, sorry pack your bags son it’s time to go home
Ossie: 5 where was he in the second half??
Carsley: 5 didn’t do much....
McFadden: 6 ran about had a couple of shots, poor distribution
Yak: 3 (Am being generous) he fell over lots
Johnson: 4 rubbish sorry.



This was a poor performance, but I bet the lot of you right now a pint that we are through to the next round come the end of the next tie....what say you...!!?
mark beech
17   Posted 21/09/2007 at 00:03:26

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tony hibbert was a disgrace lost the ball to often i think he tought everton were playing in yellow at times big vic did well when he came on ! just not good enough gonna be hard to cget a result there
Alex K
18   Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:51:55

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Jolean Lescott, Man of the Match? I hope that is a joke. He stopped the ball dead on several occasions (particularly in the first half) when an opposition player was no less than 30 yards away, and hoof it up the field to Yakubu who could do very little with it.

The reason we were so poor was that our midfield was piss poor. Neville, Carsley, Osam, McFadden.

We desperatly needed one or more of the following; Cahill, Arteta, Pienaar, Gravesen (dare I say VdM?). The midfield was simply unnaceptable at this level of football.

And whoever said Neville is a gutless coward - you’re dead right.

I can only say Yobo or Wessels played well tonight.

I hate the Hibbert-hating people who slag him off every week - I try and avoid this type of neagtive talk, and for no other than fairness I often defend him as I honestly think he tries his best every game - how can you possibly ever ask for more from a player. However tonight highlighted that he simply isn’t good enough to play in Europe.

I feel too depressed to continue.
Liam Young
19   Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:58:58

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Hibbert didnt play to bad i hear?, what match were you watching???, he is terrible, he is not comfortable on the ball, he cant pass the ball unless its a simple pass, his positioning is terrible. Tonight, the referee was the worst i have ever seen, and it seems uefa like unsettling everton in europe (Collina!!!!). But everton also showed no width in passing, and the midfield wasnt good enough, didnt provide anything for johnson or yakubu, Im also sick of supposed everton fans, Onamish, moyes sacked?, what the hell have you been drinking tonight, i have been messed around today by having to get my tickets at ground through the cock up, im frustrated with the referee, the teams performance, and we cant even rely on some fans to come out with an intelligent comment, there was a guy behind me all night, he might as well have been a liverpool fan all the abuse he gave the team, he was calling baines a shit wanker all night!. Peoples club???, well what a bloody shambles, pathetic, absolutely pathetic. Football i think in general is becominga farce, after tonight i dont feel i can rely on proffessional referees, or anything related to football. I love everton, have been going most my life, but tonight was one of lowest points, we deserve a replay of the homegame for that pathetic display, but then again, i doubt we will get tickets after the build up to this game. Amateur
Steve Callan
20   Posted 21/09/2007 at 00:14:34

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I just couldn?t go to bed tonight without ?thanking? the Everton players and staff for one of the most shameful nights football it has ever been my misfortune to watch in the 29 years I?ve supported this club.

After all the talk about ?we won?t let it happen again? what happens? It?s even worse! 1-1 in Europe against a team who would struggle in the English League 1 AND we had 2 penalties, AND they ended up down to 9 men ? hold on a minute.... what?s that noise? It?s the whole of English football laughing at us.... especially those in red shirts.

But what was worst was the shameful lack of commitment and planning. Not until Anichebe came on did it look like we had a player who cared ? no Phil Neville, clapping a lot doesn?t mean you care.

I see form the website that David Moyes is blaming the referee for disallowing the first Johnson penalty ? rubbish ? it was Everton?s ineptitude that lost us the game

If the players and coaching staff had any sense of honour they would donate this weeks (unearned) equally between the Madeleine McCann, Rhys Jones and Former Everton Players funds ? at least they cared about the club ? but I?m not holding my breath
chris brad
21   Posted 21/09/2007 at 00:02:09

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why does moyes continue to play hibbert and neville in a side that wants to attack and win a game,both are defensivly minded and both crap at that aswell.after johnson missed his 2nd pen and he lost his confidence completly,why didnt moyes take him off and push one of our young forwards on,we had nothing to lose by then.the truth is moyes has his favorites but worst of all he has no bottle.what an embarrasment yet again in europe.how the red shite will laugh and rip the piss yet again.
Paddock Boy
22   Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:39:33

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I agree with the tone of most of the comments and Dutch’s opening salvo - very average and sadly typical of Everton when it comes to the big games that count!

Moyes initial attacking tactics looked encouraging (I assume Arteta was actually injured?!?) but as usual it looked like ’headless chickens’ time and despite hard graft from everyone, it was clear that we lacked class and flair in midfield, and eventually resorted to aimless punts (I don’t call them crosses!) into the box. Baines looked good going forward but left some big gaps in defence in the first half (thankfully not taken by the opposition). Yakubu looked sluggish (as I stated when we bought him) and what was AJ doing so deep in the second half! Faddy laboured with only the odd glimpse of his Scottish talent, Neville just looks so ordinary (as does Hibbo, but no change there) and Carsley just filled a space in the centre for no apparent reason. Sure, the re-taken penalty was unfortunate (the ref ridiculously sticking to the rule book, but he did warn the players beforehand!). AJ’s first penalty was a hope for the best blast, so I feared the keeper would read his style and clear lack of confidence and sadly it proved true. They scored a good equaliser - we just looked like we got stretched on the right again (shades of Villareal!) but then the final penalty (I though Vic’s earlier appeal looked more like one) was a chance to at least get the win, until AJ stepped up again! Is there anyone in the crowd who saw him step up and did’nt think "oh s**t!". It was a certainty to be saved and my only surprise was how high it went instead (a la Beckham!). Why didn’t anyone in the team or on the touchline stop a guy who is clearly lacking confidence (and decent service to be fair). Is this the start of the slippery slope Biffa started on?

In the end I hope AJ gets the time to heal and comes back stronger, but in the meantime we are left with the knowledge that unless we step up two or three gears, we ain’t going to reach the group stages yet again.

It’s wake-up time again, Moyes and Everton. We have a reasonable central (thank God we have Lescott as a striker!), a good reserve keeper, but without Cahill and Arteta we have a very non-creative midfield and as a result a woeful lack of quality ball to our twin strikers. More importantly, as has been mentioned, not a clue on tonight’s performance of what a decent attacking option is. Same old Everton - I just hope those neutrals watching it back home on Channel 5 watched the Spurs game instead to limit the embarrassment at work and on the radio tomorrow!
Matt Hunter
23   Posted 21/09/2007 at 00:12:51

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I think Moyes got his tactics totally wrong would you see liverpool going playing 4-3-3 at home in Europe as for your comment "i don’t want to see him in an Everton shirt for awhile" the lads confidence has gone cause he has to spend half his time down the bloody wing looking for the ball its not his bloody fault i’m really embrassed by the way our fans such as yourself turn on our own players so quickly its just terrible just like the booing of neville at the end
Steve Lyth
24   Posted 21/09/2007 at 00:17:19

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Dutch, to add insult to injury we are almost certainly going to be fined after tonight for the delayed start, thanks Wyness you are a class act.
I am amazed by the people who come on here and praise the mans commercial prowess.
paul skelhorn
25   Posted 21/09/2007 at 00:12:37

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How can a frighteningly inane fixture like tonights turn into this, a dreaded away leg with our reputation once more hanging in the balance.....I wont mention Tottenhams performance (even though I have now)

What can we expect on Oct 4th....god only knows but prepare for the worst, and do not watch it in the pub! I made that mistake in the Sports Bar on Haymarket against Dynamo...I will be in a cupboard with a portable black and white TV, fingers crossed till they bleed.

I am off to bed, god help us all tomorrow.
Paul Cook
26   Posted 21/09/2007 at 00:15:32

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Hibbert was fucking useless again!!! P Nev must be taken out of midfield. He has been consistently awful all season in there. Get Jags in the midfield who is looking good it has to be said and if Neviile must play its got to be at the back. Otherwise bench him! Tonight was one of the most ridiculous and unbelievable games I have ever been to. I’m gobsmacked! How can this be happening again? I also can’t believe that Aj was allowed to take three penalties! That’s some pressure on the lad. Needs a hell of a performance in the Ukraine now. I just hope Arteta and Tommy Gravo can dig us out of this one!!
Bob Hannigan
27   Posted 21/09/2007 at 00:26:48

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No excuses, if you want to play with the big boys, you have to play like the big boys
Paddock Boy
28   Posted 21/09/2007 at 00:29:26

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Well said, Bob!
Glen Anderson
29   Posted 21/09/2007 at 00:33:20

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The Karkiv coach explains clearly his strategy for beating us here: http://www.metallist.kharkov.ua/eng/news/?id=55

Seems like they were marking Baines closely all game and leaving Hibbert wide open as they know he is shit. If Yakubu wasn’t so lazy I would say he was our worst player but seeing Yakubu in ...errr... action, was something else.

MOM tonight? Only option is Wessels. Bargain freebie.
tony gee
30   Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:56:11

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clueless moyes....

no plan b, even when every fucker in the ground could see carsley hibbert and neville were stinking the gaff out...

a good skipper would have stepped up on pen 3 and said to AJ, "i know you wanna put things right, but nows not the time lad"
instead he said nothing and just clapped like a clueless sea lion screaming lets go again once the penalty was missed...

garbage phill.... pure garbage!
Brian Waring
31   Posted 21/09/2007 at 00:33:21

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I can just see it against Villa on Sunday.Right back=T Hibbert.Centre mid=P Neville,L Carsley.
Steve Carter
32   Posted 21/09/2007 at 00:34:19

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I’ve just woken to this down in Oz. Oh dear, this is just woeful. We miss, what - was it 2 penalties. They go down to 9 men, but still take an away goal across with them to Siberia (or where ever we have to trudge across the length of Europe to). Bit harsh, still, to blame Moyes for Johnson’s misses - if a £6M Premier league striker can’t be assumed to at least be able to hit a barn door with a banjo, who can?
Shaun C
33   Posted 21/09/2007 at 00:18:25

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Its hard to comment, so soon after the game, to keep personal opinion out, and constructive critism, well, constructive.
If Jag was fit enough to be on the bench, then why didnt he start.
Cant Moyes see Neville consistenly giving the ball away when he plays midfield.
The only place he should occupy in the Everton team, is the right back berth, where Hibbert, for the last 2 years has been less than average.
If you are going to go 3 up front, you have to have the players in midfield who can pass a ball, and keep possesion.
Why play Hibbo, who is clearly lacking in confidence, when there is a better option to play there.
Neville is a better right back than Hibbo, and Jags is a better midfield player than Neville.
Can anyone explain ?
Mark Hill
34   Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:55:46

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Wessells: 7 not at fault for goal, generally ok

Hibbert: 5 piss poor passing, he is gary neville in disguise, only not as good???? Lump it forward at evrey opportunity what a waste. I might take my boots down on Sunday, see if i can play full back!

Baines: 6 ok in the first, poor on the second
Yobo: 6 steady as, not a lot to do couple of good touches

Lescott: 7 same as Yobo except he scored
Neville: 4 Mr punt a lot what a waste, sorry pack your bags son it’s time to go home
Ossie: 5 where was he in the second half??
Carsley: 5 didn’t do much....
McFadden: 6 ran about had a couple of shots, poor distribution
Yak: 3 (Am being generous) he fell over lots
Johnson: 4 rubbish sorry.



This was a poor performance, but I bet the lot of you right now a pint that we are through to the next round come the end of the next tie....what say you...!!?
Andy Brophy
35   Posted 21/09/2007 at 00:39:27

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For once I couldn’t get there tonight. Weird feeling but a different view. Not one to have again. If I must feel so embarrassed I’m gonna make damn sure that I’m with thousands of others who feel the same in future, rather than just me and a mate wanting the ground to swallow us up. No Plan B off the pitch. No plan at all on it. Can we get anything right?

If Wyness cannot do his job properly enough to ensure people get their tickets, how the hell are we supposed to trust him over the "deal of the century"?

If the players can barely muster a football brain between them, how are we to have faith that silverware awaits?

If the manager cannot or will not move on from tactics that belong in the stone age, how can we be confident he will take us to the "next level"?

All of this hurts. I have always had faith in David Moyes, and find his decency and integrity a breath of fresh air amid the stench of egotistical arseholes. He has done great things for us. But can he really take us any further? I just don’t know anymore and the sad thing is that I can’t imagine anyone I would want to do it more than I want him to do it. But best will in the world, my doubts keep growing.

Faith might move mountains. But does it win trophies?
James O
36   Posted 21/09/2007 at 00:54:47

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I am totally embarrased by thie peromance. I have just cut short a meeting in Alaska so I could get the result. Travelling with 2 reds who will take the piss all night.
the club has no vision and is self destructive
Yankee Blue
37   Posted 21/09/2007 at 01:29:32

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I’m writing this post from my desktop computer as I threw my labtop out of my ten story loft in frustration. Now I have to go buy a new laptop and I am sending AJ the bill for it. I am a big sports fan and this was the worst game that I have ever witnessed. I can’t believe what transpired tonight. Everything aside, the biggest pisser for me is that Metalist had nothing to give and somehow we managed to draw them at home. Now I know that we were limited in squad selection, but why the hell was Jagielka not starting in the midfield? Why did we sign him? What will it take for Moyes to see that Nev should not be in the midfield and Hibbo not at the back? I keep telling myself that we can still salvage the away leg if Areteta, Tommy G and even Piennar are available. Lets not forget that 2 of their starters are out for next game. Its going to be tough because they will probably keep all 10 behind the half line and hope for a draw. As far as AJ goes, his confidence is shot and he should not start versus Villa or ever. My head hurts and I have to take another dose of aspirin. I feel bad for all my blue brethren that will have to face red shite supporters in the coming games. Keep your heads up and tell the shite to fuck off!! At least you guys don’t have to go buy a new laptop tomorrow...
Vincent Siow
38   Posted 21/09/2007 at 01:48:54

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Let’s lay off the players and even the manager, as disappointed as we are, I’m sure they didn’t want tonight’s results as well. The worrying thing for me is that we haven’t kept a clean sheet this season, and we certainly cannot let this continue. What is interesting is that we haven’t defended badly, but lapses of concentration have let us down.

AJ must be feeling terrible now, but he hasn’t let us down with his work rate. If there’s anyone to bring back his confidence, it’s the fans.

The last thing we want is to spoil the whole season by turning our backs against the team.

Cone on you Blues.
Steven Birch
39   Posted 21/09/2007 at 01:41:07

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the writing was on the wall as soon as the teamsheet came out.

neville ad carsley in midfield was always going to give us nothing going forwards, but what was even more shocking was that they didn’t give us anything defensively either. metalist breezed the midfield battle as carsley and neville had two of the worst, inept performances ive ever seen either put in. and then neville has the cheek to clap the fans at the end? im sorry, but he deserved the booing he got.

what annoys me and is starting to really get to me is moyes and his distain for substitutions. everyone at half time knew he had to change the midfield. he must have as well. but when does he finally decide to change it?? only after metalist get there goal. same on saturday with mcfadden (i know he was crap tonight but on sat he was coming off the game in midweek), he only brought him on after utd had scored, despite the crowd calling for it for a long time before that.

that’s before i even get started on yakubu. that lad’s got some cheek for putting in a performance like that. lazy. just because he wasnt getin the service he wanted he couldnt be bothered to do anything for the team. thats a disgrace, and it just makes what happend to aj even more unfair imo. he worked his socks off, always does, and now his confidence is through the floor. i do hope the fans dont get on his back, because hes done nothing wrong. neville should never have let him near the second peno.

yakubu’s got a lot to prove. anichebe should definately start in his place on sunday. no question.
Aussie Toffee
40   Posted 21/09/2007 at 01:56:06

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Moyes is fucked!!!He is becoming very repetitive with excuses that are simply laughable. This group has the potential to do some major damage in the group stage but with no self belief it may not even see the next stage. Yak 11m.....give me a break!
Bo Nehead
41   Posted 21/09/2007 at 02:18:33

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Shame on the over reactors! Cut the crap from the knee jerk reactions, us blue noses should no better. Too many are throwing toys from the pram FFS, we’re EVERTON! A wee setback and your crying like a southern softie who’s had his shandy half knocked over....get a fucking grip.
One swallow don’t make a summer and we should be big enough to swallow this set back and be greatful it’s only HALFTIME! the Second half is where it’s at lads...it’s all to play for and I know the blue boys are gonna stand up and be counted. Humble pie all round for the soft naysayers then!
Steven Birch
42   Posted 21/09/2007 at 03:04:46

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its ridiculous to start the moyes out crap.

i may have had a moan about his decisions before, but i dont agree with any of that shite.

he may drop a huge bollock every now and again (like tonight) but the fact of the matter is, we cant do any better than him, so stop all that shite now.
Grego1878EFC
43   Posted 21/09/2007 at 08:22:25

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Hibbo and Ossie are Second class. Surely Moyes will see this now. Not happy with the yak but AJ works tirelessly for the cause and cant blame him for trying to make up for 1st(2nd) penalty miss. Embarrassing home draw, but sure the boys can turn this round. Blues will score at their place with 1st choice midfield (if fit). Bring it on. In Moyes We Trust.
gareth lloyd
44   Posted 21/09/2007 at 09:44:49

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ive not written on this board before and am pleased that i delayed until this morning because last night i was too depressed to find any positives.firstly what on earth went wrong with the ticket situation? i heard various versions off people sitting in the upper gwladys . the simple fact is it was a cock up of mammoth proportions.something similar happened to one supporters club with blacburn rovers tickets which resulted in duplicates being issued prior to the match. for hells sake sort it out EFC and Wyness!!!
as for the game why play 3 strikers and starve their service with such a dire midfield.? i dont know what hibbert was thinking with his positioning but someone should have told him we were still playing 4 at the back and his defensive duties were unaffected!
In all honesty with Yakubus total reluctance to contribute anything to team play then we can expect AJs goal drought to continue due to all the chasing he will be doing. i only hope that Yak returns at least 20 goals or otherwise hes going to have 40000 on his back immediately and will be gone by summer!!!
saying all the negative stuff though we need to remember we were without all 4 of what are going to be our most influential , skillful and attacking midfielders- pienaar cahill arteta and gravesen. throw jagielka in as well and we have a midfield that will compete and more than likely take apart the best in the uefa.
as for moyes i am a huge fan but last night his blind faith in the 3 obvious weak links was ridiculous. taking yak off was the easy choice as a blind man on a motorbike would have seen he was beyond useless but the key to this season , and the key to having a big squad, is making the brave change and seeing something us mere supporters cant and being bold with the changes. i know very little about the lad but Jutkiewicz would surely have been better to replace neville and chuck up front leaving yobo at the back rather than doing the sunday morning mundane option and sending the centre half forward and the little midfielder sweeping up!!! this debate could drag on and on but the simple fact is we cant help with team selection or changes during the game but what we can do is remain 100%behind the team and keep the faith. but one final point someone please tell neville we are not stupid and dont ever patronise us with a little clap after a performance like that!!!
James Elworthy
45   Posted 21/09/2007 at 10:38:49

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Though I am a great fan of Lescott I would disagree with the man of the match verdict. I thought he had his poorest game for some time.
He was beaten for the goal and looked clumsy when passing the ball, I thought he had an off night, Yobo had a better game than he had.
Why wasnt Hibbert removed then they had 9 players and Vidarsson or Justiewicz put on, I dont see the point of throwing a defender upfront when you still have a sub on the bench who is an attacker.
John Gorman
46   Posted 21/09/2007 at 12:52:25

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Just 1 comment - Tony Hibbert’s poor distribution. Poor Distribution, its fucking chronic. How is this guy still playing?
I’m off to dust down my boots and head off to the pitch....Still hope if he’s fucking playing

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