I am bitterly disappointed today, we played so good in the first half, controlled the action, and scored a goal ? perfect. Then as it is always with Everton and the big occasions we pushed the self-destruction button.
Three hoofballs resulted in three horrible mistakes and unfortunately in three goals. For all their ?free-flowing? football Arsenal were pinned back in the second half with 60-40 possession in our favour, they couldn?t manage to get out of their own half, never mind putting us under pressure and yet how can we blow up every opportunity is something I can't understand.
Comedy of errors gifted them 3 goals; yes we can blame the referee about the second goal but the truth is that even if it was handball Yobo and Jag should have dealt with it. About the third, the less said the better.
We played all the big guns and although we played good in all the games we came out with nothing and unfortunately I can't say that this bad luck, we are missing something ? this kind of arrogance and self-belief which distinguish the top-sides from the good ones and we for now are clearly in the latter category.
I still hope we can finish in top 4 but the more realistically aim is Uefa Cup place, if we can manage a final in cup competition it would be great but sadly we are still not good equipped to challenge the top sides and I still have bitter taste.
Stefan Tosev, Posted 29/12/2007 at 20:04:30
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1 Posted 29/12/2007 at 21:31:43
Dust yourself off and start all over again.
P.S. Don't panic, well no more than is needed.
2 Posted 30/12/2007 at 09:12:09
Neville’s own goals against Liverpool and Man U. Turner’s mistake against Man U. Hibbert’s inability to head a ball on the half way line which lead to Liverpool’s equaliser this year. Yobo fast asleep against Vidic at Goodison. Pienaar’s rash challenge on Giggs in the dying minutes. Now Jagielka can’t judge the flight of a simple long ball.
If we have any serious ambitions, the squad have to start behaving like they believe they can win and cut out all these awful errors at crucial points in big games.
3 Posted 30/12/2007 at 08:57:32
4 Posted 30/12/2007 at 09:35:45
Having said that, Bendtner definitely deserved a straight red and so did Arteta.
Cahill and Neville did superb attempts at diving and didn’t get punished, it’s a shame the ref was so intent on throwing cards at Arsenal, so perhaps the Bendtner decision makes up for it.
It’s a difficult time of year physically, and I agree with your writer’s assertion that Everton need more depth in their squad; having said that, so do Arsenal in certain positions.
5 Posted 30/12/2007 at 09:52:05
There were a few periods of relative quiet but on the whole, the support for the boys was excellent. I sit in the Lower Gwladys so perhaps I hear it differently but I can assure you that the support was there.
We can’t be expected to sing and chant all through the match. I go to watch football and it’s not that easy to concentrate on the game when you’re singing all the time.
Some games can be a bit flat but yesterday was not one of them!
6 Posted 30/12/2007 at 11:51:54
Dave, before you start having a go at the crowd from your armchair, I would suggest you at least go to a game first and then you have your comparrison.
7 Posted 30/12/2007 at 12:21:07
8 Posted 30/12/2007 at 16:28:05
9 Posted 31/12/2007 at 13:11:31