Just read a quote from Moyes on the BBC website and Evertons "The way we came back after they scored was terrific. The first-half might have been as good as we have played in my time here."
I agree it was great to get back in the game, and it was a great win away from home, but having watched it i didnt think we played that well at all, although we where the better side throughout. Either he's been mis-quoted or I wasn't watching the right game... Again great great win ? just a little surprised to see those comments as we've played alot better and will again, does anyone agree with his comments, was it our best performance?
Mark Culbert, Posted 12/12/2007 at 23:43:15
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1 Posted 13/12/2007 at 04:46:12
There were times that I had doubts that I was watching Everton here.
Get the ball to Mikel, Ossie and Pienaar and boy, really, at times, I thought we were Arsenal in blue...
So I have to admit, we played really well in the 1st half. The defenders looked very assured (except for that moment of miscomm). The 2nd half was always going to get tougher because of fatigue. Also, WH did very well, closing down our midfield very quickly, so that didn’t help either.
But er... I still think the 4 - 1 victory over Aston Villa some seasons ago and the 3 - 1 against Spurs were better then this. But having said that, our guys are showing a level of maturity that’s not been seen since the 80s. Tts what Europe games bring us.
2 Posted 13/12/2007 at 05:07:31
3 Posted 13/12/2007 at 06:25:12
4 Posted 13/12/2007 at 06:58:41
5 Posted 13/12/2007 at 07:58:38
6 Posted 13/12/2007 at 08:11:22
"I think the first half was as good as we’ve played in maybe my time in football as a manager, maybe as good a football as we’ve ever played... people who watched the game tonight will say that certainly Everton are an improving side".
For some weeks now throughout this run I have been mightily impressed by the quality of the goals we are creating. Ossie’s goal last night was another one to add to that list. Follow it from the begining, when Joleon takes a throw in on the left. Watch the movement, the interchange, the hold-up play, the one touch lay-offs between the likes of Carsley, Pienaar, Ossie, Mikel and Neville. See the coolness of Pienaar, drawing in three defenders, a little stand on the ball before laying off a perfectly weighted pass to Ossie who has long taken up a perfect position (note how long he has his hand in the air asking for the pass) then PASSES the ball into the net. This is top, top quality football... and we have been scoring any number of goals of this ilk for some weeks now.
Even Yak’s goal, put down as a defensive mix-up between Gabidon and Green, is of the Yak’s making. Look carefully. He is not the passive beneficiary of a defensive blunder. He creates the havoc. From Carsley’s long ball, Yak starts behind the two covering defenders. He runs past both of them and gets between Gabidon and Green before either of them first get a touch on it. And when the two hammers do botch it between them, it is still a tidy and calm finish by the Yak.
I dunno about the rest of you, but the games can’t come quick enough for me to enjoy at the moment, and I’m sure it’s the same for the players. A hard work ethic combined with ever blossoming skill - and I agree with Moyes. We haven’t started to peak yet and see the full potential of some players.
Maybe, just maybe, we are on the cusp of something special here...
PS: ... who else enjoyed seeing the blown-up doll being thrown gleefully amongst Evertonians after each goal? Made me laugh out loud... COYB!
7 Posted 13/12/2007 at 09:43:07
First half we were exactly like Arsenal; I turned to my mate and said exactly that, like Arsenal in blue. Loads of flicks & touches, one-touch passing, movement, fluid flowing football, really easy on the eye and the nasty bastard Hammers fans around me were silent. Ha! Serves them fucking right. I dont usually bitch about other fans, but I’ve sat in a fair few away ends at Everton games and this lot were the worst I’ve seen for 15 years.
I really hope we do em on Saturday again.
8 Posted 13/12/2007 at 10:57:31
9 Posted 13/12/2007 at 11:52:23
10 Posted 13/12/2007 at 11:53:31
He fell over in the area twice, then once more near the corner flag. Then he realised the ref wasnt going to give anything and worked harder on standing up. The West Ham fans were not pleased.
11 Posted 13/12/2007 at 12:02:52
12 Posted 13/12/2007 at 12:28:18
13 Posted 13/12/2007 at 12:39:06
Peanuts and Arteta were on the receiving end. Look out Saturday, the Hammers will be out for revenge.
14 Posted 13/12/2007 at 13:27:24
I didnt notice Cole or Lucas Neill diving at all I have to say. Anyway it doesnt matter - Pienaar played really well so a 5 minute bout of silliness is excusable. : ))
15 Posted 13/12/2007 at 13:35:43
16 Posted 13/12/2007 at 13:47:53
What did you think of the one in the 1st half? The defender appear to body check him.