I'm sure I wasn't the only supporter to groan when I heard the team news... in fact I could hear the collective groan at the ground from County Road. OK due to injuires and form, there wasn't a lot of other options. But surely the fans cant be the only people who see that this system just isn't working?
By playing two holding midifelders we just invite teams on to us, and the gap in between the middle of the park and the forwards means the only ball that reaches them is a long one. This could be overcome if the players had some ability but.... I'm not going to start on Neville (who had one of his best games for a while) or Carsley (who slows with every passing game, first touch a bad one, second touch is a tackle).
The main problem is that if this system doesn't work, and it's usually eveident in the first 10 mins. We have no Plan B. Whether this is down to the small squad, resources, players ability/form or managers ability, I don't know. All I do know is we have the most predictable sytsem of any team in the league. That's partly the reason why we have become stuck.
Carl Wright, Posted 18/04/2008 at 09:27:56
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1 Posted 18/04/2008 at 14:33:17
2 Posted 18/04/2008 at 14:27:05
3 Posted 18/04/2008 at 14:37:56
4 Posted 18/04/2008 at 14:51:03
LM - Baines
RM - Pienaar
CM - Neville
CM - Manny
Carsley needs a rest and we need someone in the centre who is capable of making things happen. I think with that midfield we would have made a much better fist of it last night.
5 Posted 18/04/2008 at 14:54:28
LM - Peanut
RM - Arteta
DM - Carsley (even fucked he’s better then Neville)
CM - Manny
AM - Ossie
I think theres a spark in that midfield that would help feed the yak and a nice balance.
6 Posted 18/04/2008 at 14:58:33
Carsley will stay too.
No doubt we?ll start next season with them both.
The best we can hope for is that a few young midfielders ie. that Yank Bradley fella and/or some obscure African fella spotted at the ACN will be blooded for later in the season.
(And we could do with some width.....
And to get shut of ?work horse? AJ and get a more all round and powerful forward to play with the Yak unless young Vaughney gets himself proper fit & firing)
Cue next season....
7 Posted 18/04/2008 at 15:16:12
Neville played well last night I thought.
8 Posted 18/04/2008 at 15:26:57
9 Posted 18/04/2008 at 15:34:54
Neville seems the fitter of the two at the moment and I feel Carsley desperately needs a break. I didn’t see the match last night but by all accounts our captain had a good game. So, I’d have Neville and Manny in the centre for the next game and give Carsely a well-earned rest.
I’d feel happier judging him when he’s only required to play as the holding midfielder with a creative player next to him. And as for certain fans berating him at the game... he’s a good lad playing his best and regularly shows more heart than half the team. Give him a break FFS!
10 Posted 18/04/2008 at 15:41:25
His first touch is pretty much consistantly shocking, and there is no variaty to his game.
I?d love him to prove me wrong, but it stands out like a hard-on now I?m afraid.
11 Posted 18/04/2008 at 16:23:31
In my eyes, Neville again was proven to be a poor midfield player, he passes poorly and often backwards, his tackles were the best part of his game, confirming that he is a good right back!!
The worst part of last night was when a hero died!! Tommy Mad Dog was awful! How I loved this guy first time round and even got a Madrid shirt when he went there just because of him. He was a fish out of water and it made me feel really shit to see my hero play so crap!
12 Posted 18/04/2008 at 17:12:53
Pompey have money, and Happy Harry and have a huge chance of winning the FA Cup and are only a couple points behind us until Saturday.
Man City have some great players, might have fallen away, but not so far away they can't catch us; same with Villa... all have huge monies to spend and it shows.
Not once has Moyes stood up to fat fuck Kenwright and given threats to walk unless huge money comes his way... Only this season has he said, "No money for me to buy quality big names ? I walk." But let?s be realistic, while Moyes is here, fat Kenwright will be too.
We have a chance, a slim chance to once and for all give it the biggest go we can to become one of the biggest names in football again, which means those two fat fucks out, and money forth coming (we all love to think our club is huge, in our hearts it is, but on the pitch its fucking joke, and the same can be said about the boardroom... I cant believe how any one was stupid enough to think Kenwright wasn't doing anything other than telling investors to fuck off with their money.
Would Kenwright do anything for Everton FC? Sure he would, he will have us relegated and into liquidation in the next 5 -10 years... Health and saftey checks failing on the stadium for a start, where the fuck do we play next coz of his fucking around?
This is not good, not acceptable, and time you people woke up and got him out ? along with fat fuck Wyness.
13 Posted 18/04/2008 at 16:25:37
Given that Baines wasn?t picked, why would you take our best central midfielder, the one with a good ability to pass the ball forwards acurately, then shove him out on the wing to accomodate Phil Neville?
Roles should have been reversed imho. Let Neville sit on the wings & help protect against SWP and Cole (which was their main threat), and let Manny sit in the middle of the park and try to provide the midfield link we?ve been crying out for.
I?ve lost count of the number of games PN and Cars have started for us in the centre of the park, and the number of those games we?ve lost. Someone might have the stats, but I reckon it?ll make grim reading.
14 Posted 18/04/2008 at 18:29:27
Only 4 players turned up Howard, Jags, Lescott and Fernandes.
Nevillle summed up his ability when in the last few minutes with a breakaway that could have given us a goal he miskicked and hoofed it out of play.
15 Posted 18/04/2008 at 22:02:00
I suggest that you watch the match again. Neville played well in the first half and was not the worst player in a blue shirt on the pitch by a long way.
I know it?s fashionable to knock him now that Beattie and Naysmith have left the club and you all need a new boo boy but at least give the lad some credit when he deserves it because you all give him enough shit when he plays badly.
16 Posted 18/04/2008 at 23:33:24
Everton kicked off, the ball was passed back to Jagielka. Have a guess at what he did with it.
I knew you ’d guess correctly. Yes he whacked it straight up the park ! And you are right again it came straight back with interest !
Jagielka has done very well defensively but he has the annoying tendency to just hoof the ball anywhere when under pressure.
The sooner we get back to Lescott and Yobo the better.
As long as certain members of the team persist in whacking the ball all over the place then Yakubu, AJ or anybody else you care to mention will not have a chance.
17 Posted 18/04/2008 at 23:50:19
We didnt exactly go for it at 0-1 either though fear of conceding more.
How Hibbert is in a Premier League football squad when he?s scared of getting anywhere near the ball is anyone's guess, never mind how he?s always in our team when we get beat (he is) and wasn't one of those subbed last night. Or how Neville gets in the midfield where his only position is right back - never mind going left midfield when there is a perfectly good left-sided player on the bench.