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Create Your Own Luck?

By Paul Foster :  15/04/2008 :  Comments (9) :
Regardless of whether you put any weight behind the league standings in the web page, which shows where teams would be placed if all of the key referee decisions made were correct, it can definitely be argued we have poor luck compared to the likes of Liverpool. Now as those from the Dark Side call us Bitter Blues, let's have a look at how they have unfathomable jammy luck where we are often on the wrong end of any bad decision. If kopites say you create your own luck, maybe they have a point.

Since that very year in the mid 80s when we were the best side in Europe and denied the opportunity to prove it by a decision coming directly from them, our luck has been very poor, whereas Liverpool have had continued luck right to this very day. Now this has to be recognised as self perpetuating. When Liverpool go in to a game as a side in poor form, they and as importantly their fans, have total belief they are going to win. Even now, when it is unbelievable luck they are still in the Champions League they are actually believe they will win it and quite possibly will even as the underdogs.

Now Everton on the other hand suffer from terrible disbelief resulting in the self perpetuating of 'oh so close but not quite'. And when you look at all the fans comments about how 'we aren't ready to compete with the big boys' and the likes it is no wonder we (only just) lose out to the likes of the big 3 and Liverpool plus the likes of Fiorentina.

Even after an amazing come back against Fiorentina so many fans have said 'I just knew we weren't going to get through' and of course that is exactly what happened - we only just lost out and didn't get through.

Without wanting to sound too airy fairy, surely if we were to have that total belief of 'the top is where we belong' and feared no team that came our way, surely that is how the fans and players would get the results. Much has been said about our motto and surely that has to be reminded to all players staff and fans and then that is what we will get.

Yes, we are on the verge bringing in silverware and competing in Europe year in year out but with the belief of only being on the verge that is exactly where we will stay. Yes we need money and to buy more quality players but without the belief that too will get us nowhere.

So to summarize I for one so think the fact that we are 7 points clear of Liverpool in the Right Result table as hugely significant and shows we are a top-four side needing to believe it in itself therefore CREATING OUR OWN LUCK!

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Brian Waring
1   Posted 15/04/2008 at 18:09:04

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Paul, what make’s you come to the conclusion, that we are on the verge of bringing in some silverware?
Paul Foster
2   Posted 15/04/2008 at 22:47:50

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Brian, because when you look at the likes of Zenit, Fiorentina, Portsmouth who have gone a step further to silverware and then Spurs who have just won some - we give them all a game and have actually walked all over some of them. Obviously we need to build on that and it will happen.
Robbie Carew
3   Posted 16/04/2008 at 08:05:34

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He?s right but the luck Liverpool get disgusts me.
Ciaran McGlone
4   Posted 16/04/2008 at 09:33:33

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Yeah, sure lets think our way to playing good football...

I’m closing my eyes right now....’Phil Neville is maradona, Phil Neville is maradona....are you there sidney’

Has it ever crossed your mind that belief only comes with better players, and belief without that level of player amounts to fantasy?

P.S It’s no wonder we get called ’bitter blues’ with this constant sniping at those across the park...perhaps we should be more concerned with our own situation.
Peter Roberts
5   Posted 16/04/2008 at 13:09:41

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Ciaran, I?m not so sure that Paul is actually sniping anything towards the other lot. When you look at their European record they?ve consistently turned over teams who are better than them because they?ve had no fear of the opposition. We failed against Fiorentina because we feared them in the first leg - we had nothing to lose in the second and just look what happened - we had the belief at 1-0 to really go for it and win the tie.

I think Paul?s statement is valid - maybe next season with a few quality additions we?ll see a more confident team - because at the moment our confidence is low and we haven?t had much luck as a result. Confidence breeds luck as far as I?m concerned. And Luck breeds results - just look at where Liverpool are in relation to where they should be.
James Power
6   Posted 16/04/2008 at 13:44:29

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Phil Neville probably has more medals than Maradonna .... hmmm
Ciarán McGlone
7   Posted 16/04/2008 at 14:00:46

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He probably has. Eighth wonder of the world!
Nick Entwistle
8   Posted 17/04/2008 at 16:05:55

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Taking the two derby games off the points tallies, we have 1 more point than Liverpool this season.

Without the Gerrard dive and the Blackburn game, we'd be level. All ifs and butts, though scoring more points elsewhere shows how close we are to them. Maybe mentalities have to change, as any non top 4 team probably has an inferiority complex and this taken into games against the top 4 do them no favours.

Paul Foster
9   Posted 18/04/2008 at 13:29:29

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Everton 0 - Chelsea 1: I rest my case. Sure it can be argued that they got their goal through sustained pressure but it WAS a LUCKY goal and they got it through total belief in them getting a win where as our belief was ’we’ll be lucky with to get a point!’

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