Looking at our games against the so called "big 4" over the last few months and one thing that really annoys me most about us is our lack of fight and bottle.
I travelled back for the Liverpool game and genuinelly thought "Let's have them". With them having their major knock out tournament on their mind, it was my thinking that Moyes would tell them to get at them, see how important they really think this Chapoions League is and see if they fancy it.
To mine, and I guess many an Evertonian's disappointment, it was clear from the offset we were never going to do that. Not once did I see a player launch into a 50/50 with a bit of fight.
Liverpool played around as and ultimately, battered us. Last night, I thought the same thing, lets get at them, they have Tuesday on their minds, lets see which one of them fancies it; again ? nothing. Not even one player booked last night.
Now, I am not an advisory for bad tackles, far from it, I belive in the beautiful game, but you have to be able to mix it up a little. This has led to me kind of agreeing with the Tony Marsh theory (never thought I would say that) and thinking, are we just too lightweight in our tackles? Maybe so, but one thing is for sure, if we do not get our heads back on the ball soon, this season will turn out to be a major disappointment.
As an Evertonian I don't believe what we have acheived this season has been amazing, merely continued progress, but not getting 5th would, I think represent major failure!
Garry Lloyd, Posted 18/04/2008 at 09:34:57
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1 Posted 18/04/2008 at 14:17:39
One thing that seemed strange to me about last nights game was an instance when Carsley and I think Essien were both going head to head for a 50/50. Now 99 times out of 100, Carsley would have gone for it 110%, taken the ball, and no doubt a fairly large chunk of Essien as well, but on this occasion he seemed to pull out of it at the last minute. Very odd I thought. Now this is my thought that will no doubt get me shot down...
With our form being so bad at the moment, could Moyes possibly have one eye on qualifying for the UEFA Cup via the fair play league? We are currently the highest ranked club in the English fair play table who haven’t already qualified for Europe through the ’normal’ channels, and at the moment England are in line to recieve one of the two extra UEFA Cup places through the European fair play league. If we keep our card count down over the last few games, it looks likely that we will qualify for Europe anyway.
Take it away conspiracy fans!!!......
2 Posted 18/04/2008 at 14:34:44
3 Posted 18/04/2008 at 15:01:06
4 Posted 18/04/2008 at 15:18:19
Unfortunately we are too lightweight in most areas !
How many times in the last few years have we gone into a game saying we can get a result here, only to be disappointed. As long as relegation isn’t an issue then I’d rather have a glorious failure but have seen a team at least battle, create chances and excite than the generally effective but ultimately meek show on offer that doesn’t win crucial games to actually achieve success.
5 Posted 18/04/2008 at 15:59:29
6 Posted 18/04/2008 at 16:11:34
7 Posted 18/04/2008 at 17:31:02
8 Posted 18/04/2008 at 17:34:17
9 Posted 18/04/2008 at 17:59:03
The players have just given up and look as if they are counting the days when they can bugger of to Marbella with their WAGS and put their feet up.
Ironic really as they had they’ve feet up for weeks !
10 Posted 18/04/2008 at 18:21:32
Both sides looked a bit tired to me but the difference in quality looked about 200 millions worth.
The only consolation is we are now seeing less of the Blue Bill for president posts.
11 Posted 18/04/2008 at 18:58:59
12 Posted 19/04/2008 at 01:09:09
Instead of that kind of whimpering he should be publicly kicking a few of their well padded arses .
13 Posted 18/04/2008 at 18:42:33