No doubt like many, I was cursing not having Our 'Tater on board and Davey's decision to go back to 4-5-1. However, I have no hesitation in saying that was one of the most professional and well-organised displays our lads have put together in a potentially difficult top-flight Premier contest for a while, and it reveals a increased maturity about DM and the team.
I thought the defence was immense - obviously Jags (again!) and Yobo, but everyone else - including our defensive midfield. Hibbo had his best game for ages and completely nullified City and Petrov in particular! The midfield looked sparky on the counter and the Yak looked colossal up-front. I'll leave it to others and our superb away support to comment - but think that away win, at Fortress Eastlands, against a supposedly buoyant CL rival, ranks up there with any this year. It could have been 4- or 5-0 too! Superb lads ? keep it up on Sunday!
David Edwards, Posted 25/02/2008 at 22:36:31
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1 Posted 25/02/2008 at 22:15:25
A couple of years back I'd have given us no chance of winning this sort of game. Even this time last year I'd have been chewing my nails for 85 minutes as we held on doggedly before finally caving to an unlucky decision. Tonight however I was genuinely confident that we'd go over there and secure at least a draw. Suffice to say, the boys didn't let me down.
The summer signings all looked first class. Jags is proving he's got the class as well as the heart to be a top class centre back, Lescott is even better, Peanuts showed why even Moyes is making sure nice and early on this one and the Yak was simply different class.
Granted the rest of the team played well too. Cahill and Carsley were lions, Hibbert, Yobo and Howard looked solid, Osman was genuinely effective forward and back and Neville, well if he could pass he'd be dangerous. Fernandes is clearly still some way off the pace and boots aside he certainly isn't looking like a £12M player right now.
Overall though it was a top class performance from a team that has added some real class to our resilience.
In the Yak, Arteta, Cahill, Peanuts, AJ and Lescott we have genuine match winners all over the pitch. With Vaughan, Anichebe and Baines to come in plus the ever improving Osman and the promise of another one or two in the summer, this really does look like the start of something good.
Now let's crack on and nail 4th!
2 Posted 25/02/2008 at 22:45:36
The last time I visited the pub to watch the 'Away Game' (my erstwhile days of travelling having been curtailed somewhat by children and the natural effect of middle age...) was Manchester United away. Cock of the Pub at least on moral grounds until Pienaar's aberration.
Tonight I was surrounded by City fans. Don't be fooled ? like Everton there ARE more in the catchment area than the glory seekers!! When Roger put the second, and the clincher, in I was the only voice in the pub (though I was met at half time by a fellow Toffee who was less vocal)! What a performance!!
The second half was spent commiserating with City fans who were all of the opinion that they had been beaten by a side superior in all departments. I hope my contributions to this site are in the whole measured and well thought out, but tonight, with the ale consumed also a factor as I write, I salute what I consider to be a near-perfect away performance; Measured, controlled, disciplined at the back, and tremendous penetration going forward, always looking like scoring. By half time we should have been out of sight if it wasn't for Rob "Blackburn" Styles.
With some caution, and finally, I think we are THE REAL DEAL!!
3 Posted 27/02/2008 at 19:31:43
To be honest I fancied us to take the three points. I had a feeling It was going to be a similar game to the Spurs earlier this season. The odds where against us but we defended well and caught our opponents out.
I wasn’t happy with the team selection at the start of the game. Hibbert at right back and the Carsley-Neville partnership usually means defeat but each one of those three where suited to this game and played well.
I wanted to see Fernandes in there to be honest so we could have a little creativity in the middle to help Ossie and Pienaar out but it wasn’t really needed. I feel sorry for the lad. He has no confidence at the moment and Evertonians just don’t want him here whether he plays well or not. I’m a big fan and I’d love him to stay along with Pienaar but It would probably be best if he moved to a team where he is actually given a chance instead of being judged unfairly on 5 games.
I thought Cahill and Yakubu where excellent which probably proves the point that Cahill revels alongside the Yak and it is our best partnership with AJ, Vaughan and Vic waiting in the wings.
It was a typical Cahill performance reminiscent of the 04/05 season. He actually played as a third midfielder instead of a second striker which brings the best of him, he was winning header, making a nucinse of himself and was getting into some brilliant positions.
Yakubu bullied the usually reliable Dunne and Richards. This man is the real deal whether people like him or not. He’s got everything in his locker. Strength, pace, good touch, vision, excellent finisher and the ability to hold up the ball. And people say he switches off in the latter part of the season. He’s scored 4 goals in three games since he’s been back.
But singling anyone out would be unfair on the rest of the team as everyone played there part from Howard all the way to Yakubu. Excellent.
4 Posted 27/02/2008 at 20:10:05
5 Posted 27/02/2008 at 20:09:06
6 Posted 27/02/2008 at 22:38:28
However, they were VERY confident before this game that City would have a tough game but would win it in the last 10 minutes! I said to them we?ve still been winning or drawing without some of our best players available and this is first time we?ve had our full squad to pick from. I actually bet with them that we?d win 2-0 (Doh! wish I?d put money on it).
Normally a game like this would be squeaky bum time, so well done to the lads as I feel as confident about this team as I did about our eighties team.
7 Posted 27/02/2008 at 23:45:19
8 Posted 28/02/2008 at 18:51:47
Yes I am in Wilmslow.
You weren’t the other guy in the Unicorn who told me you were a Toffee at halftime after I’d screamed ’Get in!’ for the second were you?
All eyes were on me at that point mate!