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Sorry to provoke "the faithful" but today's game was absolute rubbish and Everton looked as unaccomplished as that lot from down south!

Whether we like it or not, we are a hundred miles off being a good side and our frailty in front of goal is frightening.

AJ is looking more and more like an expensive luxury and only the youthful enthusiasm of young Vaughan kept us in the hunt.

I never thought I'd be saying this about an Everton side in fourth position but it is totally false and it will take more than the forgiveness of Yakubu to keep us in a European position.
Brian  Noble, Ince Blundell     Posted 09/02/2008 at 20:02:35

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John Holmes
1   Posted 09/02/2008 at 23:59:54

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However last week we were denied, after a good performance, by bad refereeing. For most of the season we’ve played good football and have a goal tally which matches out league position.

Could it simply be we’re going through a bad patch partly due to lacking two of our best players this season? (Pineaar and Yakubu)

Could it be you’re over-reacting and knee-jerking?
Connor Rohrer
2   Posted 09/02/2008 at 23:57:27

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"Whether we like it or not, we are a hundred miles off being a good side and our frailty in front of goal is frightening."

Despite winning and currently standing 4th in the table? I think where doing alright at the moment despite not playing well at all. Sign of a good team? I hope so.

On the whole the performance was terrible. The worst I’ve seen this season in terms of passing and continuous long balls. We just couldn’t get it on the deck and in the end Jag got us out of trouble.

How the fuck can you be in a false position? No matter where you are in the table you deserve to be there. We’ve won enough games to be in 4th place so we deserve to be there. Whether you like that or not thats the truth.

Hopefully Yakubu and Pienaar will come back into contention because we need the competition and we also need two of our quality players back. Vaughan should be getting games soon.
sam morrison
3   Posted 10/02/2008 at 00:05:52

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It didn’t look great and we are going through a rough patch. But as for false positions: I refer you to the "right result" website...
Brendan George
4   Posted 10/02/2008 at 00:06:50

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What did you guys think of Fernandes? i thought he didn’t look remotely interested.
Trevor Day
5   Posted 10/02/2008 at 00:18:57

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it was a below par performance, yet cahill would have been knackered , i’ve done that same trip in 10 days and i was fucked for a week, aj just runs and runs , he had no support at all in the 1st half , we should take heart from this , playing bad, but still getting a result, this what the top 4 teams do, as for the shite couldn’t give a rats about them , as they lay in 6th ,, bring on the vikings COYB
Connor Rohrer
6   Posted 10/02/2008 at 00:26:03

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Brendan, I thought he was poor like the rest of the midfield. Cahill was probably the worst and if it was up to me he would have went off but Moyes chose Fernandes who was bad aswell. Of course he’s interested he just had an off day as did the rest of our midfield.

I was surprised he made the substitution so early so I can only praise Moyes for that. He seen the 4-5-1 wasn’t working so he brought on Vaughan full of pace and enthusiasm.

I’d start Vaughan against Brann and drop Cahill personally. He’s returned from Australia, played 90 minutes and I don’t think we should risk him against the Norwegians.
Pete Gunby
7   Posted 10/02/2008 at 00:41:55

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We are in 4th because we deserve to be in 4th. The beauty of the league is that one bad game or decision is not going to decide your fate. Over 38 games things even out and you finish in the spot you should. That said, we were awful today. Howard, Yobo, Lescott, Jags and Vaughn played well, but the rest were below par. AJ looks like a good championhip player-Neville looks like a bad one. Still, we won and hold our spot. I’m hoping for a RS/Chelski tie unless we can figure out a way for them both to lose.
Kieran Kinsella
8   Posted 10/02/2008 at 00:58:32

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The sign of a good team is when they play badly and win. Therefore shut up and enjoy 4th place for at least another week or so.
m hassanudin
9   Posted 10/02/2008 at 01:14:43

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Is it only my opinion that our Captain Phil had a horrible game? So many passes went directly to Hunt instead of a player in blue.
Steve Ryan
10   Posted 10/02/2008 at 01:53:50

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Another in a the long list of anonymous displays by Osman. I love the fella but he is simply not good enough if we are to progress.
David Barks
11   Posted 10/02/2008 at 03:22:27

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The team had a terrible game but still won. Teams do play a poor game now and then. We were much better last week but denied by a ref. We were crap today but were able to find a win. That is what top teams do. They have bad games, but they are able to walk away with 3 points anyway. As for our position being false, that is total shit. We deserve every point that we have earned this season, we have not been lucky, actually the opposite. Every player other than Jagielka will want to forget about that game, they were all off. But they could just as easily turn around and beat City in two weeks with a superb display. Football is judged on a week to week basis, that’s why we use the word in form and out of form. Nobody is perfect for every single game.
Cameron Hamilton
12   Posted 10/02/2008 at 03:31:59

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I’ll take a bad performance and 3 points any day. How many times have we played well and come away with nothing or just a point?

There were factors against us this week and the Yakubu situation could only have been unsettling for the team.

I am worried about our goal scoring and hope we revert to 2 strikers quickly.

The most satisfying thing for me is 6 out of 7 clean sheets in the league in 2008. The only goal conceded was an own goal against Wigan. If we can get our attack in order we’re well placed for the run home.
Lyndon Lloyd
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13   Posted 10/02/2008 at 07:15:08

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"Is it only my opinion that our Captain Phil had a horrible game?"

Erm, no.
Rob Lloyd
14   Posted 10/02/2008 at 07:23:48

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Yes, we were crap but that his hardly unexpected. The African Cup knocked a bit of a hole in the team and they haven’t had the same fluidity they had a couple of months ago. They’ll get it back soon.
Ste Lewis
15   Posted 10/02/2008 at 11:00:44

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Unsurprising that Cahill and Fernandes were lacklustre after their mid week exertions. Im sure our potency (Yakubu) and fluidity (Pienaar) will return soon enough. We were shite but it’s only the points that matter right now. Disagree that Johnson looks like a ’good championship player’, look around at other Premier league teams, he’s one of the better Premier league strikers. Champions league striker? Now that’s another matter!
Gavin Ramejkis
16   Posted 10/02/2008 at 12:04:17

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Slightly off the track but the phone in on radio merseyside on the drive home showed just how far we have come under Moyes when a good number of debates were about players many would have been grateful for just a few seasons ago like Neville and Osman asking who do we need to buy to replace these to take us to genuine fourth place contenders.
Rob Jones
17   Posted 10/02/2008 at 17:22:48

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I’ll respond in a bit Brian I’m busy Jerking my knee to come round to your thinking
Ben Greenwood
18   Posted 11/02/2008 at 12:59:34

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I would not take too much notice of Brian. He is on record as saying it was a hard time for him when Everton went on that 13 match unbeaten run.

The game was terrible but sometimes that’s the way it happens.

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