With no Mikel Arteta for tonight's match, I wonder how Davie will shape his midfield. My prediction for tonight:
I would like to see Van der Meyde make an appearance tonight. As much as Moyes doesn't like him, there is no point in having him and paying his wages and not playing him. In my opinion, when he has played, he's played well. He is the best crosser of the ball in our team by a distance.
John Murphy, Posted 13/02/2008 at 15:40:20
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1 Posted 13/02/2008 at 18:17:53
2 Posted 13/02/2008 at 18:23:52
Hope im wrong and he partners AJ
3 Posted 13/02/2008 at 18:41:21
4 Posted 13/02/2008 at 18:48:43
5 Posted 13/02/2008 at 19:03:01
Yakubu and AJ already had chances
6 Posted 13/02/2008 at 19:11:47
They are going to be dangerous from set pieces with their 2 big centre forwards.
7 Posted 13/02/2008 at 19:49:08
Not had too many of those over the past few years unfortunately
8 Posted 13/02/2008 at 19:57:02
9 Posted 13/02/2008 at 20:00:35
10 Posted 13/02/2008 at 20:00:45
11 Posted 13/02/2008 at 19:59:30
Plus points are Jag (MOTM so far) and Pip who have both looked solid.
Downsides are Cahill who has been muck from the start and Carsley?s wasting two chances on edge of box... Fernandes still looks a game or two away from having settled in properly...
We do seem to be missing Arteta but we should be able to step up to cover his absence if we?re to stay in this competion and in the top 4 at home.
12 Posted 13/02/2008 at 19:59:17
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14 Posted 13/02/2008 at 20:09:19
15 Posted 13/02/2008 at 20:15:11
16 Posted 13/02/2008 at 20:18:15
17 Posted 13/02/2008 at 20:18:01
18 Posted 13/02/2008 at 20:18:24
away goal fantastic - would take 1 all at this point even, fancy us to win by 2 at home.
19 Posted 13/02/2008 at 20:26:02
20 Posted 13/02/2008 at 20:45:44
21 Posted 13/02/2008 at 20:22:28
22 Posted 13/02/2008 at 20:46:28
23 Posted 13/02/2008 at 20:48:27
24 Posted 13/02/2008 at 20:55:27
25 Posted 13/02/2008 at 20:54:39
Also, Vic was narrowly offside. But hey - if anyone deserves a couple of breaks - we do !
Great result, really enjoyed it - most relaxed I’ve been wathcing Everton play in a long time - you always felt they were too classy - and so it proved.
Tim Cahill was very good tonight , Lescott very good as usual - but man of the match for us - Phil Jagielka. Nothing went past him - superb.
Fantastic finish by Ossie for the goal.
Put that champagne on ice.........................
26 Posted 13/02/2008 at 21:03:42
Can’t wait for the return leg
27 Posted 13/02/2008 at 21:19:57
Osman has such great technique.
VIc has now scored 4 goals in 6 European games and all in the last 5 minutes. Øystein, never start him!
Can’t wait until the home leg
28 Posted 13/02/2008 at 21:29:52
29 Posted 13/02/2008 at 21:26:07
It’s also been said a thousand times but I’ll say it again - damn proud of a squad missing key players and not lighting the word on fire with creativity, and STILL pulling out an impressive win on the road in Europe.
One thing I will say for Brann - they sure are dangerous on corners! We lucked out twice.
30 Posted 13/02/2008 at 21:37:18
31 Posted 13/02/2008 at 21:41:30
32 Posted 13/02/2008 at 21:49:38
33 Posted 13/02/2008 at 21:55:03
Neville’s drive, commitment and leadership is priceless to the team. Try and think beyond the obvious please - watch the guy’s positional sense, watch how many clearances he makes in his own area and watch how many times he overlaps and supports the attack.
34 Posted 13/02/2008 at 21:59:24
In defence of Neville, yes his crossing was dire but he was making up for the lack of Arteta, the positions he was in would have been where the spanish wizard would have been, apart from this crossing I felt his man to man passing was very good and very rarely gave the ball away, lets not try and find someone to castrate on what was a good performance for an under strength team...
35 Posted 13/02/2008 at 22:01:49
36 Posted 13/02/2008 at 22:22:01
Solid as usual but will someone please teach him to kick properly.
Neville - 6
Found himself in lots of space but his distribution was awful. Defensively sound.
Yobo - 7
Solid and composed. Had the attackers beaten for speed but struggled a bit with the height.
Jagielka - 8
Another man-of-the-match performance. Always in the right place for several important tackles and blocks.
Lescott - 7
Defensively solid and got forward whenever he could. A peach of a pass for the second goal.
Carsley - 7
Probably the pick of the midfielders. Did his job as usual making the chances of the opposition scoring from open play very slim.
Osman - 7
Had spells where he looked great but drifted out at other times. Fantastic goal though.
Cahill - 6
Largely annoymous but did his best. Hit the post and made a couple of great tackles but looks a bit tired.
Fernandes - 5
Had an awful game. Gave the ball away almost every time he was in possession. Still hasn’t found his form since his return to Everton.
Johnson - 6
Did his usual running and working rountine and attempted to get behind the defenders but never came close to scoring. Why are his shots so weak? Has he lost power in his legs?
Yakubu - 7
Had a great first half and looked Everton’s best chance for a goal. Not so influential in the second half. Its a start on the road to forgiveness.
Anichebe - 6
Definately a European talisman. Took his goal confidently. Knocking on the door for more starts, Johnson needs to find his scoring boots quick.
37 Posted 13/02/2008 at 22:40:55
The guys a born winner and a natural leader. Sure he’s not our best player but he is the Captain and that cuts him a bit of slack.
I wonder how much of our great league form and newly found confidence in Europe is down the our Captain’s influence?
38 Posted 13/02/2008 at 22:42:00
By any chance do you know if Neville has been checked for colour blindness? because the bastard cannot see a blue shirt.
Maybe because the team we were playing played in Red and white with black trim he thought he had gone back to his spiritual home. What a fucking shame he didn’t stay there after the game.
Moyes has got to wake up to this guy sooner rather than later we need a a quality right back who can bring the ball forward and overlap the midfield. Hibbett is not the answer here either.
39 Posted 13/02/2008 at 22:50:15
What about Fernandes? £12 million???? Your having a laugh.
Giving the ball away endlessly. Reckless challenges. No final product.
If he doesnt improve soon there’s no chance of getting a permanent move.
We miss Pienaar.
40 Posted 13/02/2008 at 22:57:45
Just because he is the nominated Captain does not mean he has the right to play every game and is automatically a good player.
The problem with him is, he cannot pass he cannot cross and sometimes his defensive capability comes into question.
No one doubts his commitment or his much publicised professionalism but these traits while admirable will not win Everton trophies.
He has played a valuable part in steadying the Everton ship but he is and dare I say it like Andrew Johnson; that is a very good mid table player. To consistently be part of the top four we need a player who has all the attributes of Neville but the ability to pick out an Everton player and deliver the ball on a regular basis.
41 Posted 13/02/2008 at 23:07:05
42 Posted 13/02/2008 at 23:38:12
43 Posted 13/02/2008 at 23:55:58
44 Posted 13/02/2008 at 23:49:52
It just shows how far we have come. We where brilliant but we looked comfortable and seemed to have adapted to European Football. I think we can now play without Arteta. Obviously he’s our best player but if he’s injured or suspended then we have enough creativity in Osman, Fernandes and Pienaar to cope. We now have options all around the pitch which is nice to see.
In terms of player performances then I think there where a few good ones. Jagielka, Yakubu and Osman stand out for me. Yakubu held the ball up excellently, Osman provided the creativity and Jags was a man mountain. I thought Cahill and Fernandes had decent games to be honest. Don’t know why people are saying Carsley was any better because in my eyes he wasn’t.
Cahill showed to me that he can play in a 4-4-2 effectively. Its refreshing to see a midfielder with athleticism and box to box stamina. He’s not a superb footballer but he’s certainly capable.
I think people are going over the top about Fernandes aswell. Put in a much better performance for me. Yes he gave the ball away on occasions but he was trying to open them up. I’d rather see that than someone passing sideways and backwards all game. Some of his passing, touches and dribbles where excellent and there’s more to come. Not the all round performance we are looking for but good flashes and did a job for the team out wide which isn’t his favored position.
The only player I’d say was poor was Neville who despite offering some good movement and support play failed dismally on his crossing, passing and end product. To be honest though I’m not going to moan to much as it was a good all round team performance.
Well done Tim, Nev, Joe-Joe, Jags, Big Joleon, Manny, Cars, Tiny Tim, Ossie, Yak, AJ, Big Vic, Hibbo and Bainsey.
45 Posted 13/02/2008 at 23:59:50
I think Fernandes is suffering from not having played much football since the end of last season.
Either Moyes will get out of him what he has got or he will back in Valencia at the end of the season.
I would love to see Vaughan as a regular first teamer along with the Yak, he has the ability and a very astute football brain. At 19 he is ready to play week in week out and keeping him under wraps will not further a very promising talent.
I believe that Moyes may cash in on Andrew Johnson at the end of the season and start playing his promising kids next season along side the Yak and Cahill. We live in hope
46 Posted 14/02/2008 at 00:25:42
47 Posted 14/02/2008 at 00:28:42
Alcohol advertising is banned in Norway, also in Switzerland and France. SO Chang has to be removed from the shirts.
48 Posted 14/02/2008 at 00:51:26
But I kept thinking to myself - where was Manny to support him? Isn’t it odd that we’re moaning at the right back for not delivering enough quality crosses when the right midfield player was nowhere to be seen? Shouldn’t he have taken more responsibility down the right wing and helped Neville out from time to time? For me Manny is way, way short of being match ready, Moyes should have hauled him off at half-time. It just shows the value of Arteta and Pienaar and how we can look scrappy and devoid of ideas when playing without them.
49 Posted 14/02/2008 at 00:50:10
I think Manny has been told to pretend he is Tobias Linderoth so we can buy him for 5p at the end of the season.
50 Posted 14/02/2008 at 00:58:49
The only aspect that was poor of Neville’s game was his end product. In terms of creativity we probably got most of our joy down the right hand side with Neville and Fernandes combining. Fernandes was drifting inside and dragging the fullback away leaving Neville to whip in the crosses and find the space. I thought Neville’s support play and movement where good but his crossing was poor.
In terms of Manny’s performance I thought he did okay. I think people are expecting to much. He definatly played better than Carsley for me and possibly Cahill. In the first half he was sloppy but in the second he showed alot more composure bar one cross field pass.
He’ll get better with time. People forget that he’s only 21 and settling back into the club. Pienaar, Yakubu and Jagielka have all needed time now look at them. Three quality players who are key to this squad. Once he gets back into the swing of things I expect him to get better. Not earning the 8 million price tag yet but its an improvement on his Reading performance and with potentially 20 games left he’s got time to adjust and improve.
All in all I’m liking the balance of our team and especially the midfield options. Creative midfielders like Arteta, Pienaar, Fernandes and Osman who are all versatile, A box to box/attacking midfielder in Cahill and a consistent defensive midfielder in Carsley. Yakubu coming back’s a big help. His link up play bring these midfielders into play which can only help us create and score more goals.
51 Posted 14/02/2008 at 01:18:13
52 Posted 14/02/2008 at 01:21:16
Glad we won...there were a few times before we scored when i was worried that we would lose.
I think that the team selection was spot on but wish that Vaughan could have got on for a bit...Great work at the back by a very solid defensive set-up that we seem to have built.Jags would be my MOM from what i read and heard(followed the match on the internet with live updates).
Yak seemed to work hard upfront too..as did AJ...Manny seemed better than earlier games but still short of full fitness...Ossie was great(esp the goal) and Vic the super Euro Sub came on to score yet again.
All in all i think that although Brann were not the toughest team in the competition,they are a decent side and without the creative input of Pienaar and Arteta in midfield..we did excellently to win and maintain a clean sheet.Onto the 2nd leg next week..am actually glad there are no league games this weekend..we are better rested for the 2nd leg...keep up the good work lads...COYB
53 Posted 14/02/2008 at 01:24:29
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55 Posted 14/02/2008 at 01:43:01
Hope my posts haven’t sounded too negative, overall it was a good win and a sound performance. I guess some intensive practise on crossing the ball may be the answer!
56 Posted 14/02/2008 at 02:03:19
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57 Posted 14/02/2008 at 03:04:10
I thought he did a good job personally on and off the ball and Neville’s support play was excellent. He was moving inside and creating alot of space and Neville was exploiting it. Sadly his final ball let him down.
In terms of crossing as a team we don’t cross the ball alot and we don’t play with alot of width. Even when Arteta and Pienaar play out wide who are our normal wingers they look for the one-two or the pass rather than the cross.
I agree we do need more wide options but considering Fernandes and Osman are probably our second choice wingers they did well and we managed to create and score goals against the Norwegian Champions. At times this season I’ve seen Neville on the right wing and I can say I’d rather have Fernandes out there than him.
58 Posted 14/02/2008 at 03:23:01