Watching tonight's game was one of the most enjoyable for a long time. Not only did we have a strong first eleven we had a really strong subs bench with real genuine options. On top of that we had Joseph Yobo and Thomas Gravesen fit and ready in the stands.
I can't remember the last time an Everton Manager had so many quality players at his disposal and this bodes well for the season's run in. It means if any of our players form or fitness dips there will be another player ready and able to step in.
The other pleasing thing was how together the squad are, even the likes of Leon Osman and James Vaughan who had no involvement tonight looked genuinely pleased for their team mates who had done the business out on the pitch.
Karl Graham, Posted 21/02/2008 at 22:33:49
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1 Posted 22/02/2008 at 08:31:49
I mentioned on another post how meritorious the win was considering the talent we had on the bench. I agree DM is spoilt for choice. Let's hope we stay injury free.
2 Posted 22/02/2008 at 09:37:11
He started off a bit slow (to be expected after injury) but soon he was his usual self. Hard-working, inventive and showing great ability on the ball.
Peanut has been a terrific find by Moyes and one that simply must be made permanent.
Manny Fernandes on the other hand still looks way short of the player we remember.
Although there are flashes of the old Manny he nows seems prone to making really silly passes and giving the ball away.
A couple of times Manny had time and space and picked out a pass directing to an opposing player. Tony Hibbert and Phil Neviille are continually slagged off for that sort of thing but most are forgiving Fernandes for some reason.
Since his return Fernandes has been prone to misplaced passes and giving away silly fouls. He looks a good distance away from being a supposed £12 million player.
Fernandes needs to pick it up or else Peanut’s loan will be the only one turning permanent.
3 Posted 22/02/2008 at 09:51:50
As for Fernandes, he has been so sloppy in possession since returning. It’s almost as if he feels he’s proved himself last year and isn’t playing to 100%.
As an aside, highlight of the game was hibbo charging down the right, skinning the midfielder before passing the ball straight back to the opposition. The accompanying cheer and groan was f’in hilarious!
4 Posted 22/02/2008 at 10:16:44
I can’t believe that given a choice between fernandes and pienaar Moyes would rather have pienaar..
Fernandes and Arteta seemed to link up well , so I think we need to be patient , keep playing Manny , and he will be class for us again
5 Posted 22/02/2008 at 10:25:51
Tony Andrews found the perfect word to describe Fernandes. Sloppy. He’s very sloppy at the moment.
6 Posted 22/02/2008 at 10:31:36
Hibbo, WTF??? Once the crowd starts openly laughing at you then your days are numbered. Whether thats right or wrong on the crowds part I dont know but its not looking good fo him at the minute & to be fair his seeming decline is becoming hard to watch.
7 Posted 22/02/2008 at 10:27:21
8 Posted 22/02/2008 at 10:53:10
Unfortunately as we all know Hibbo is not very good on passing. Its a real shame but I don’t see that as a good enough reason to get rid of him.
Moyes should keep Hibbo and use him. When Everton are playing a team they should beat then use an attacking full-back but when Everton are playing a tougher team then use Hibbo to keep things tight.
For example Fiorentina away will be a though game, one which Everton will have to be at their defensive best. So it would make sense to use Hibbo. For the return leg at Goodsion when we would be hoping to beat Fiorentina then play the better on the ball Neville.
9 Posted 22/02/2008 at 10:58:40
On another note tim howard seems to be making a few mistakes and he needs to start commanding his box better
10 Posted 22/02/2008 at 11:13:28
I’m not suggesting sellling him as we have to give him a chance to improve but at the minute he needs to be dropped IMO.
11 Posted 22/02/2008 at 11:19:04
However, I have got to disagree with all this critisism of Fernandes. He did sometimes look a bit casual, but if he gave the ball away he would inevitably spritnt back to recover it. He also demonstarted what a talent he is with some wonderful passing and throughballs.
Carsley won’t last forever, and Fernanades is the perfect replacement - a quality young international with a price tsg that, although far from small, is certainly within our budget.
Oh and why is there all this talk about signing Pienaar or Fernandes? It’s simple. Peanuts is available on the cheap, and they are both clearly brilliant. Sign both.
12 Posted 22/02/2008 at 12:01:14
We need to put last night in to perspective though lads; these are a shite 2nd rate team from a country who isn’t in-season at the moment.
We need to be MUCH better against Mutu’s lot.
Having said that, you can only beat who is in front of you and we did that with a certain swagger at times.
BIG EM ON I say...
13 Posted 22/02/2008 at 11:55:04
Its no coincidence that he, hibbert and valente all gave the ball away a fair bit, none of those have been regular starters for us, so it can’t have been that easy.
At least when fernandes passes it, it is forwards and across the floor. The ball usually ends up at its destination too. He is one of the few players who doesn’t hide and will always show for the ball(arteta being the other).
In the same way that AJ, for all the criticism, is coming good now, Fernandes will get back to his old form fairly quickly. I’d imagine he’ll also improve a fair bit when he gets a regular berth in a settled midfield.
14 Posted 22/02/2008 at 12:20:51
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18 Posted 22/02/2008 at 13:04:16
But for some reason I think Moyes is to scared of dropping him, maybe cos he’s captain. But unless he does get dropped and realises that he has to fight for his place, he’s just going to carry on performing well below par all season!!
19 Posted 22/02/2008 at 13:14:53
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24 Posted 22/02/2008 at 00:06:42
I really hope he starts to pick up because he is running out of time if he wants to make the move permenant. If you're reading this Manny then chin up son and lets get back to the way you were last season!
25 Posted 22/02/2008 at 15:18:14
I really felt for Pienaar - he worked his socks off and the disappointment showed on his fact when he failed to score two marvellous attempts at goal. I kept wishing he would because he made others and deserved some lime light of his own.