Well, it's what we lacked tonight. Too little class and low on confidence. We didn't look good going forward and for most part of the evening, it was hit and hope. Some good defensive tackles but in all honesty, we were really poor against a medium rare Chelsea.
I truly hope that tonight was Mad Dogs last appearance in the blue of Everton?! He was shocking, pathetic and dismal. I wonder why Baines wasn't brought in?
Whilst Moyes needs to be questioned over the team selection; starting with Neville and Carsley in midfield was always going to be dicey to say the least; finishing with Neville, Cars and Tommy was never going to be the ideal situation. We didn't service the Yak and AJ and Victor hardly made an impression.
This was truly disappointing and now we have all sorts of pressure to retain fifth, and to think just a few weeks ago we were banging on the door of a Champions League place.
We need more quality in midfield, and the likes of Arshavin could be just the answer. It will be an interesting summer to see how Moyes goes shopping but for now, I wish the lads all the best for the remainder of this season. We can still end the season on a high.... do it for the fans! Make us proud!!!
Alan Khan, Posted 17/04/2008 at 21:57:55
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1 Posted 17/04/2008 at 22:32:24
Other than that - Joe Cole was offside for the goal - overall - a bit of a mess, the need to rebuild and shore up a patchy midfield is obvious.
2 Posted 17/04/2008 at 22:36:22
Regarding summer signings, obviously now a lot will depend on whether we are able to get into Europe. I can only see us hanging onto the last spot through any failures by Villa and Portsmouth rather than us getting the necessary points.
3 Posted 17/04/2008 at 22:35:13
4 Posted 17/04/2008 at 22:35:03
David Moyes, your style of play is total shite....
There, I have said it... It's as simple as the light of day. Our style of football at too many times has been awful on the eye.Totally dreadful... and can someone tell me why oh why oh why do we still persist in playing the majority of the match with the ball in the air when we have one of the smallest teams in the Premier League???
For Gods sake, I am so frustrated again. We hear all the chest-beating before kick off about putting in a performance like the one in 2005 against United. All I saw was a team sent out that looked completely un-motivated and dis-interested. What the hell we do on the training ground? I simply do not know as we seem incapable of passing a ball five yards then moving into space.
It was painfully schoolboy at times. Chelsea didn't play well but they didn't have too, you can be sure they will on Tuesday when the Redshite hit them like an express train in the way they play the match with tempo and power. We looked tonight in awe of Chelsea, scared and clueless and it hurts me to say that we are so so far away from being a genuine top four team.
People may come on here and say that had Arteta and Osman been fit it would have been different. No it wouldnt. Just as it wasn't when we lost so limply at Anfield. Ok granted we miss Cahill terribly but other teams have injuries and still look a Premier League team...
So are you telling me when we have one or two players out injured we are always going to be a God-awful side? Then that's not good enough to be a top five team and, unless there is a hell of a lot of organising done in the summer to shape that team out into some sort of balance and co-ordination, then next season will be a long hard slog.
Damning but very very obvious..
5 Posted 17/04/2008 at 22:44:37
6 Posted 17/04/2008 at 22:52:22
Finishing fifth with such limited numbers is going to be a great result and if we can do that, the foundations are there for a great season next time round. Two new central midfielders and we’ll be right up there.
7 Posted 17/04/2008 at 22:55:28
Whilst I’m on a rant a few other things need stating if Yobo makes anymore glaring mistakes he can join Hibbert and Gravesen,and whilst defensively Jags was great his passing his woeful.
We talk about playing on the deck but while 3 of our back 4 cant pass other than 60 yds punt then forget it.
Positive points - Fernades seems to be coming back on form and Lescott didnt put a foot wrong again for the 40th time this season.
Last point - we are totally lost without the little bundle of Aussie dynamite - get him back asap.
8 Posted 17/04/2008 at 22:56:39
How much longer can Davey put Neville and Cars together in midfield? I can't recall any game were they have worked well. There just isn?t the level of skill needed and to leave them both on and replace Peanuts unless he had a knock was baffling.
Everyone knows Tommy G is finished, he brought absolutely nothing to the midfield. I would have preferred a youngster to be given a chance. I know it's been a long season but if we are to be successful we need a squad capable of getting over injuries instead of a first eleven and having to scratch around for players when we need replacements.
9 Posted 17/04/2008 at 22:56:44
I noticed some time ago that we had gone backward which proves that all is not right with the players and Moyes. I would love to know what was the game plan for tonight; I couldn?t see one. I don?t understand taking Pienaar off and switching Neville but I?ve changed my mind on Manny, I think he is starting to play... Sadly it has come to late for him and us.
Staying 5th with this team is something I can?t see happening; I hope I?m wrong but we can certainly expect a rampant Villa to gain 3pts in our next home game. Thank God this season is nearly over; once again the team of nearly there... I wonder will Penaar sign now ? or even Fernandes?
Imagine playing football for a tactical incompetent like Moyes... Sorry for the rant, a hard day at the office as well.
10 Posted 17/04/2008 at 23:14:50
Here we go... I love Everton to death; I got a tattoo that will stay with me 'til I die at xmas. I have decided not to to renew my season ticket for the forthcoming season due to me not having £455 and I am glad I am not renewing due to the performances in the last few games.
No fight, no passion... and players that can simple not pass a ball. Neville is a disgrace. He broke up all our play. Fernandes was probably our best player on a night when we showed Premier League football to be a boring game. I think I fell asleep at many points due to the game being shite.
I wished I had never picked Everton to be team but I did. I don?t know why I picked you but I did.
But, for the first time in my 25 years, you really angered me tonite and I don?t really know why cos I knew you would get beat and it shouldn?t be like that for our beloved team that is Everton.... :(
Please please invest in new players in the summer!!!
11 Posted 17/04/2008 at 23:26:09
12 Posted 17/04/2008 at 23:15:13
The other big question mark against Moyes is why his teams fall away towards the end of the year. Yes we have a smaller squad than some clubs but we?ve had something to massive to play for and DM and his skipper just haven?t been able to motivate the players. You look at some of the teams down at the bottom who have struggled with smaller squads than us and yet they are raising their game as the threat of relegation nears - was it too much to expect the same mentality of a much better side chasing Europe?
13 Posted 17/04/2008 at 23:31:47
The uncomfortable thing about Moyes?s Everton is not performances like tonight; it?s just that they are SO predictable. How many Evertonians had that scoreline in mind for tonight?s game? I?m not sure if Moyes?s Everton will ever be capable of real surprises. Let?s hope so.
Turning Villa over and winning at Arsenal would do for starters...!
14 Posted 17/04/2008 at 23:27:53
Points to make: I finally lost it with Neville tonight. I watched a lot of AJ when I lived in south
15 Posted 17/04/2008 at 22:37:42
16 Posted 18/04/2008 at 00:32:49
17 Posted 18/04/2008 at 04:35:53
1. We cannot play a 4-4-2 with the midfield options we have now. Why? cos Carsley and Neville do not offer us anything beyond their defensive abilities.
2. We cannot play a 4-5-1 without Cahill. Osman is too lightweight to play in the hole, AJ doesn?t have the technical or goal scoring ability to play in the hole.
Our primary transfer concern for next season would be to find another central midfielder that would give us the competitiveness in the centre, and is still able to see a pass. In Pienaar, Arteta, Osman, we have decent flair players that can play the wings. We probably still need another option down the left as playing Baines there is not a long term option.
18 Posted 18/04/2008 at 09:01:05
19 Posted 18/04/2008 at 09:01:05