Just having a mild moment of trepidation here and wondering if anyone else is feeling the same? Whereas I am sure that we will do just fine against Brann in the second leg at Goodison on Thursday, my focus has been pulled back to the league.
Perish the thought that we should lose against Man City but, should it happen, we could find ourselves in 7th position only just ahead of Portsmouth on goal difference with the same points (44). Am I being negative but right now I would bite a hand off for a guaranteed draw right now!
I shan't ramble on about the 2 key "refereeing" decisions that have cost a probable 4 points. However, how much better things would look if we were sitting on 51 points now and with a 2 goal better goal difference and of course Liverpool on 2 points fewer (42) and in 8th place! The blue blood has started to boil again so I shall leave that point aside as it is over, but I pray that we get a dodgy decision or two that go our way in this "run in".
Yes, I know we are currently "riding high" but how quickly (in 2 matches) that could all change. So anyway, back to my point can anyone out there give me reasons to be cheerful? Perhaps by saying that from now until the end of the season (somehow), we will start playing some encouraging football again and find some of the style we had in late 2007, and have lost in 2008?
Steve Woods, Posted 19/02/2008 at 18:11:16
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1 Posted 19/02/2008 at 20:07:27
2 Posted 19/02/2008 at 20:08:22
Its hardly ’dogs of war’, but we will have to scrap for everything. We should be able to gain many a point from the quality of our skillful players and their excellent team play, but if they don’t dig in too, we’ll get nothing. And they haven’t all come this far to give up now.
3 Posted 19/02/2008 at 20:27:57
We’re fourth and we’re most likely still in Europe in March. That’s not some devastatingly knock-me-of-my-feet type of greatness, but it’s a good position to be in. If the season fizzles out and we finish 8th or something like that, please come back to complain about it.
4 Posted 19/02/2008 at 20:34:09
We’re on 47 points already so we cannot drop below Man City or Villa.
Now then, maybe your mistkae is enough to cheer you up, lad ?
5 Posted 19/02/2008 at 22:30:35
On the other hand, I think Fernandes will come good and will be a big boost as well as Vaughan (just like last year).
Hopefully there?s not too much to worry about. Especially if the shite continue to implode (not likely... just beat Inter 2-0)
6 Posted 19/02/2008 at 22:42:02
I wonder if Wenger & Ferguson lie awake at night worrying whether or not they’ll win everything? The point is: This is football and without the lows you don’t appreciate the highs. We might lose next Monday, but we might win. However, we cannot win every game - no team can or does and that’s why we follow football.
Just worry about one game at a time and bear in mind that the teams behind us may slip up too and would happily swap their position with ours. Ya big ninny!! :)
7 Posted 19/02/2008 at 22:47:15
If we lose to Man City and Portsmouth win, how will we be in front on goal difference when they will be on 44 and we will be on 47. OOHH I see, know I know why we should have no reason to be cheerful because if we lose to City they will actually take points off us.
Yes I agree, its doom and gloom.
8 Posted 19/02/2008 at 22:18:10
I didn’t think I was complaining. Like everyone I am delighted with the position so far. I was just trying to ask how everyone else’s feelings were if they to did choose look ahead a little?
For what it’s worth I believe the return of the Yak and shortly Stevie P and a fit Arteta, will see a return to the football (in style and results) of late 2007 and that we shall also continue to dig out and scrap for some other results as needed.
So, no worries then, only next game posts from now on. Here is to the second half of the job being well and truly finished off on Thursday night.
9 Posted 19/02/2008 at 23:28:48
10 Posted 19/02/2008 at 23:36:49
11 Posted 19/02/2008 at 23:44:07
I hope that Moyes plays Vaughan up top with the Yak... we should put the game beyond Brann early on and avoid and nervous moments for us edgy fans.... COYB
12 Posted 20/02/2008 at 08:55:01
Only injuries and referees can stop us now!
Relax and enjoy the best Everton team for 20+ years!
13 Posted 20/02/2008 at 09:10:09
14 Posted 20/02/2008 at 10:02:20
All I hope is that if we fail,we shall not be subjected to the knee-jerk ’Moyes must go’ lobby yet again!
15 Posted 20/02/2008 at 10:02:24
1)Almost through to last 16 in UEFA barring a miracle according to the Brann manager, also given how poor Inter were last night, i’m now not half as worried about the prospect of Fiorentina being 4th best in Serie A, therefore QF a real possibility.
2)League only 2 defeats in last 16 those against Man U & Arsenal. Bad results for us would be losses against both Man City & Portsmouth, can’t quite see that happening.
3)Defence, only 5 conceeded in last 10 games, 3 of those coming against Chelsea.
4)Availability, on the run we had prior to Man U, I thought we were playing some really good stuff, it would appear most of those players should be back available for the next 2 league games which I believe will give us a real edge, add to that a hope of Fernandes returning to last season form and I believe we have what it takes to be ruthless in the coming weeks.
4 points from the next 2 league games will be a superb result, if we can be 3-6 ahead of RS come the derby then we have a real chance.
Hopefully thats enough to cheer about!
16 Posted 20/02/2008 at 10:13:44
I don’t think we’ll finish 4th purely because to do that we’re going to need to get a few results against teams in the top-half of the league - something we’ve failed to do this season. If we can sneek a draw here & there (another thing we’ve not achieved often enough this season) and grab some homes wins against the top-half teams then we’ll have a chance. More likely though, we’ll finish 5th or 6th in my opinion.
17 Posted 20/02/2008 at 10:36:09
"we?re going to need to get a few results against teams in the top-half of the league - something we?ve failed to do this season."
As our editor says:"One Game at a Time!" whats the point of this defiatist thinking, we can only beat the teams we are facing and a win at City will do it for me :-)
18 Posted 20/02/2008 at 10:49:36
19 Posted 20/02/2008 at 11:08:01
20 Posted 20/02/2008 at 11:30:20
One game at a time I agree with, I was just giving my view of the rest of the season as I see it - generally I agree with our editor.
21 Posted 20/02/2008 at 11:16:24
22 Posted 20/02/2008 at 12:02:32
23 Posted 20/02/2008 at 12:17:42
I agree that it is a tough run-in and I agree that the game against City will be tough and is very important. A draw would not be an awful result, but to say that you would def. take a draw now, is negative and not showing much ambition. We should be like ’we’re a good team, better than City and if we have any ambition of finishing 4th, then a win here would be very important’. We should be def. aimaing for a win, none of this ’a draw would be great’ rubbish. If the manager and players thought like this, then we’d probably be 13th. Aim high and you might get fairly high!
Here’s hoping that we have a good run in and finish 4th. Let’s just hope the RS don’t win the EC because if they did and we finished 4th, then no CL for us!
24 Posted 20/02/2008 at 12:05:18
25 Posted 20/02/2008 at 12:52:01
26 Posted 20/02/2008 at 13:00:43
Allan - no results against teams in the top half.
Does beating Man City not count then & away at West Ham & Spurs (not sure if they are top half at the moment but they probably will be come end of season) Also creditable draws at Blackburn, (should have been a win)Portsmouth & Chelsea
27 Posted 20/02/2008 at 14:34:15
Anyway can' wait to be at City to see another 3 points for the blues!
28 Posted 20/02/2008 at 15:41:14
Of course you’re worried, but then confidence should be part of your outlook too...
I have belief we can take 4th, maybe even reach Manchester come May, but I also know missing on 4th means at least another year of my life waiting for some possible sunshine.
good to know you don’t actually play for Everton ’cos you would have bottled it long ago!
29 Posted 20/02/2008 at 19:01:59
30 Posted 20/02/2008 at 19:04:22
Maybe we should have more points than what we have due to referring decisions, but hey, shit happens, get over it!
You’ll never hear David Moyes moan about decisions weeks after the events, just concentrate on the next game.
You can’t change what’s happened so get on with it. We’re still fourth at the moment, in the UEFA Cup in February, got to a semi-final this season, have the best squad in years, a new training facility, new stadium in the pipeline, excellent young players coming through, anything else?
31 Posted 20/02/2008 at 19:44:06
However on the back of Liverpools win last night, they may have done us a massive favour.
IF they get through then their run over three weeks at the end of March is 23/3 - Man U (a), 30/3 - Everton (h), 2/4 - CL Q/F, 5/4 - Arsenal (a), 9/4 CL QF, 12/4 - Blackburn (h). So they will have to be looking to do well in six games, in three weeks, when all the teams they face have something to look forward to, either Euro qualification, Premier League or CL Semi (assuming Blackburn are in for Uefa Cup spot).
Rafa can?t get a team together to play well twice within four days.
Second point - Rafa has been widely praised for his tactical nous in European games as opposed to his lack of ability in the Premiership. If things go the way they could tonight it is feasible that Liverpool will face a Premier League side in the QF, making it actually six Premier League games in three weeks - now, how is he going to get through these unscathed?. Those three weeks could seem very long for the guys across the Park!
Yes we still have some big games to come but our run-in isn?t quite as tight and big games don?t come as thick and fast.
Can we do 4th? Yes and in the end the different run-ins won?t make a difference, we?ll be there because we?ve been better over the 38 games!
32 Posted 21/02/2008 at 12:57:17