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Does anyone here really have doubts about Yakubu? It's no coincidence that he is scoring because we are not playing long ball , hit-and hope football. Granted the goal last night may contradict what I've just been saying, but the rest of his goals have more or less been because we have been playing football on the floor and setting up chances that play to Yakubu's strength.
Trevor Thompson, Croydon     Posted 13/12/2007 at 16:12:45

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Henry Walton
1   Posted 13/12/2007 at 20:38:21

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Not sure there mate, 3 goals against Sunderland were long balls!! Yak, Tim and AJ all benefited fron 40/50 yard boots upfield!!
Martin B
2   Posted 13/12/2007 at 20:41:44

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I think Everton now have better intelligence on-field in that if the long ball isn?t working we can change our play during the game.

Against Sunderland, the tactic of playing the long ball was working, therefore we continued.

In the past we would relentlessly continue to play the long ball despite it not working. I can rememeber watching a game at Goodison where we played the long ball continuously to Joe Max Moore for 90 mins with a 6?5 defender marking him!
Trevor Thompson
3   Posted 13/12/2007 at 20:53:18

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The 3rd goal was a through ball by pieenar not an aimless long ball
Al down south
4   Posted 13/12/2007 at 20:56:21

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Having been limited this season to only watching on TV, its obvious when we get the ball down and pass it we look far more threatening - just look at the UEFA cup games against Metalist, when we passed it we looked good and likely to score, then for whatever reason we started playing hoofball and we looked more and more likely to concede goals (which we did).
Henrik Nygren
5   Posted 13/12/2007 at 21:47:55

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Badger said Sunderland, not Fulham.

It can´t be coincidence we´re scoring for fun. But i think Pienaar is the reason. A better version of Osman.
Peter Pridgeon
6   Posted 13/12/2007 at 21:53:40

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I am inclined to agree with Martin B on this. When the long ball works as it did against West Ham last night then why not play it. All teams even the much vaunted European teams have their long ball usage. Its when it is used relentlessly and is failing to work as Everton have done up until recently it becomes infuriating.
I believe this season is notable for two changes in the team and possibly Moyes psyche.
One we no longer go out and defend a one goal lead, a mark of Moyes earlier years and two we have a plan B if A is not working.
Coupled to this is the arrival of a genuine goal scorer (Yak) a second play maker Pienaar and Moyes realisation that Phil x 2 both should be banned from the midfield.
Osman, Cahill and Carsley are playing the best football of their careers. Lescott and Yobo are as good as any pairing in the EPL and we have a fine Goal Keeper.
When Baines is fit and we find a true over lapping right back who knows what we could do.
Keith Glazzard
7   Posted 13/12/2007 at 22:17:24

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Yakubu - Moyes was full of praise for him after the game last night for his great contribution to the team, not just the winner. We are getting that "more" from him that DM was looking for.

Long ball? - if they are playing up the field to compress the midfield to combat our superior passing and movement, they must leave room for the likes of AJ, Yak and Tim to exploit. Its a variation, and let’s hope we never live to see it become plan A again, but two quite different goals to win a quarter final speaks a lot for our team.
Trevor Thompson
8   Posted 13/12/2007 at 23:05:02

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Henrik, Yes he did my apology there Badger. I’m going to be taking reading lessons soon lol
John Burns
9   Posted 14/12/2007 at 08:48:47

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Great football isn’t about the long ball or the short ball, it’s about the right ball for the right situation.

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