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Hatton v Mayweather?

By Anthony Newell :  29/12/2007 :  Comments (4) :

I simply cannot have any complaints about this result. The scoreline reflects two things — some poor defensive mistakes due to lapses in concentration and the fact that Arsenal possess a higher quality of personnel to capitalise on these errors.

In fact the result reminds me of Hatton v Mayweather. A lot of pre-match talk and hot air, an early shock with the opponent reeling then quality and technical ability shining through in the end. Take the analogy further and you have a terrier like opponent (Everton) who simply does not have the technical ability to knock out superior opposition (Arsenal)

After a dominant first half which Everton should have capitalised on they simply didn't concentrate well enough in the second and it all went pear-shaped from the equaliser.

I cannot blame Moyes for this one as the players put out did well enough in first half and not enough in the second. I did regard his decision to go with Neville in midfield again infuriating although his performance in closing down Arsenal players in the first half fully warranted it.

Ditto for HIbbert — I thought he had a reasonable game in the first half. However, I think if you put out one striker at home it sends the wrong message to the opposition and always give them the chance to get back in the game if you can't capitalise on the periods of dominance you have. After the Arsenal third went in you knew it was all over and really time for someone to throw in the white towel.

If only Neville had not ballooned his effort again like against Manchester United. I thought after that one he may have been giving shooting practice. That could have been a knock-out blow.

Everton don't have the personnel yet to get near the top four playing-wise but we are getting tantalisingly close and Moyes just needs the support to go to the next level. My New Year wish is that an investor comes in to push us to the next level, allow Everton to evolve from the terrier to the thoroughbred racehorse, provide the funds to keep Everton close to it's roots in a world class stadium and consign the ridiculous Kirkby idea to the scrapheap.

I can only wish. Who is that bloke with the tash and glasses who seems to be sat next to Kenwright in recent games?

All the best to Evertonians in 2008. Keep the flag flying.

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Danny Mullally
1   Posted 30/12/2007 at 08:57:34

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Good analogy Anthony and I agree with your sentiments regarding the difference in personnel. Even though the gunners rested Adebayor, and Rosicky - two of their main threats - they still had enough quality to bury their chances with little or no waste.
I still think that if we have a full strength eleven we could take any team in the country on our day, it is just the real quality in depth that we lack. This will not be resolved in Januray however, it is going to be a gradual process over this and next season. On the bright side of matters just look at how fast we are developing as a footballing side, we played some nice stuff in the first half yesterday. We just need to eradicate these costly individual errors and we will be taking something from these big games sooner rather than later.

Greg Murphy
2   Posted 30/12/2007 at 10:40:21

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Great post and great analogy, Anthony. Agree with every word. The bloke you’re referring to with BK, I think, is Jon Woods, the deputy chairman. I’m not aware that he has any financial clout, though.
Tony Williams
3   Posted 30/12/2007 at 11:34:34

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Good post and cracking comparison.

We lost the game yesterday, Arsenal did not win it. Daft errors at the back, specifically the middle two cost us the game.

The ref played a small part also, as three goals came right after dodgy decisions against us where it was either a foul against us went unpunished or when it was corner yet the ref gave a goalkick.

I am not blaming the ref for this defeat but he did not help. Also in the first half there were three scathing challenges, all worthy of reds but he did nothing.

My biggest surprise yesterday was how well Hibbert played, I can?t remember him misplacing a pass or hoofing the ball out of play.

4-1 flattered them and I thought we played well but were let down by some dodgy defending.
Steve Alderson
4   Posted 30/12/2007 at 16:52:33

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I really believe that having Phil Neville as our captain and therefore an automatic pick for the side sums up Evertons status in the premier league. He?s second rate but Moyes doesn?t seem to see it and the message it sends to other sides is that we consider him one of our best players! Scary for us but not any of them.

His woeful excuses for attempts on goal against Man U (even his brother had to laugh) and Arsenal made my blood boil. Two excellent chances to score and maybe earn points were thrown away by Captain Drastic. Anyone can miss but with him it?s compulsory - don?t mention his "goals" , those flukes don?t count..

Joleon Lescott should be captain , that?s what you call setting an example. Neville should just be sold.

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