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You'll never get a points decision

By Dave Wilson :  22/10/2007 :  Comments (4) :
In boxing there are certain parts of the world where it's generally accepted an outsider can not enter and win on points. In say Mexico or certain parts of The States, if a fighter goes to take on the hometown boy, he knows he has to knock him out to win

For some time now, I`ve believed football has gone the same way as the fight game; even-handed, unbiased arbitration is becoming increasingly scarce, It seems every single weekend, one or more of the so called "big four" is embroiled in blazing controversy, The manager of an opposing team, one that doesn't dine at the top table, points to a pivotal moment, a match-deciding decision, and screams we were robbed. Sour grapes? Ungracious loosers? Sure, sometimes, but it's now every week !

Last year we put three past Liverpool, we may not have been three goals better, but we attacked with a real purpose, we went for the knock out. On Saturday, for some reason we got involved in a war of attrition, why? Srely we then put our fate into the hands of the official?

We claim we dont get any of the 50-50 decisions, but then we get involved in the sort of battle that relies on them. whilst we enjoyed moderate success against the Arsenal and Liverpool last season ? not forgetting getting robbed at "the Bridge" our record against top sides in recent years isn't very good, would it not then make much more sense to go for broke?

I`m heartily sick of being on the recieving end of shite refereeing against these teams. If, as seemingly every man and his dog has claimed on these pages, the "big four" really do get the vast majority of 50-50 decisions, surely DM must realise this too? "Keeping it safe" merely increases the chances of us feeling this overwhelming sense of injustice.

Instead of trying to stop these sides playing ? tactics that have hardly been a roaring success ? let's in future try to put them on the back foot. Let's not leave people like Bainzee on the bench; if we go down, let it be coz we got outplayed, not because some gutless official shirks his responsibility.

Let's go for the Knock Out!

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Peter Smith
1   Posted 23/10/2007 at 20:11:53

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There’s nothing wrong with Everton that a good referee couldn’t put right!
Joe Brennan
2   Posted 24/10/2007 at 00:27:20

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Good Shout Dave!!
Mr Smith - How many refs could teach them to string more than one pass together, preferably to a team mate, given that our manager evidently cannot?
Rob Hollis
3   Posted 24/10/2007 at 10:56:52

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Spot - On

That is why I am sorry we never grabbed Chris Coleman when he was availalbe. His ideas were above his transfer pot and the ability of Fulham to attract players, but he ’went for it.’

I am sure he could have given us some pride in the way Everton played and would have thrived with the funding our board has made available.

Steve Green
4   Posted 24/10/2007 at 13:32:36

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No AJ, no Gravesen to take the creative pressure off Arteta, and no Cahill. Given that, and knowing most deries are wars of attrition rather than artistic displays, how exactly was Moyes to "go for it" without us getting torn a new one? If he had, and we’d been beaten 4-0, would you applaud him? Given that it was a derby, I highly doubt it.
About the only mistake he made in my view was to start Hibbert, but even that’s said through hindsight. Moyes is obviously hoping Hibbert can reclaim the level of defensive ability he showed before he got that mystery illness.
Moyes is all about horses for courses, but until we get that creative central midfielder (or Gravesen returns with the form of his last half-season with us), we’re one horse sort of a full stable.

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