It`s always been a criticism of David Moyes ?both here and at Preston ? that his teams never do well in vital `one-off` matches. Certainly his Championship Play-Off record didn`t bear inspection and most of us have have reason to think he brought the blight to our Goodison.
Well, Aston Villa`s recent resurgence and in particular their thrashing today of their Birmingham neighbours sets up what is almost certain to be a play-off of our own for the spare Uefa Cup spot at Goodison next Sunday.
Win the game and whatever happens against Newcastle and Arsenal I`m sure we`ve `done it`! Lose and the dream is over and so many questions will be raised about our manager`s capabilities. Make no mistake, how he prepares, selects and organises his team will determine not only Everton`s but his own future in the game.
High stakes indeed. Is the Moyesiah up to it?
Harry Meek, Posted 20/04/2008 at 14:04:15
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1 Posted 20/04/2008 at 14:37:56
2 Posted 20/04/2008 at 14:36:06
3 Posted 20/04/2008 at 14:37:04
I don't think we can get a better manager should we want to replace him. Plus he is still very young in terms of management experience, yet he has taken us to our best years in premiership, so stick with him ? that's my opinion.
We need to beat Villa and draw Vs Arsenal at least ? I?m confident we can beat Newcastle so Im optimistic, and Arteta should be back along with Osman. COYB.
Villa will be our cup final..... we can and will do it.
4 Posted 20/04/2008 at 15:39:28
5 Posted 20/04/2008 at 14:07:27
I remember Norwich used to flog us even when we were good. 5-3 at Carrow Road rings a bell... I also remember some prick from Norwich saying "How could a team that costs so much play so bad?"
6 Posted 20/04/2008 at 16:30:06
7 Posted 20/04/2008 at 16:42:58
8 Posted 20/04/2008 at 16:48:51
9 Posted 20/04/2008 at 16:59:44
Aston Villa are not tired because they have played 15 games (count them!) less than us. Europe and the League Cup have caught up with our minute squad. I hope the "powers" in charge realise this and amend their budget accordingly. I still believe 5th is ours if we try hard enough. COYB!!
10 Posted 20/04/2008 at 17:16:43
11 Posted 20/04/2008 at 18:05:53
Progress??? Where the fuck's the progress!!
12 Posted 20/04/2008 at 18:21:05
Portsmouth look to be giving us a chance but Villa are coming on real strong.
The point about Moyes not using the youngsters more often (I?ve made that point myself before now) is a definite failing on Moyes?s part (there I said it....only the 2nd time I think I?ve criticized him) ..... injury?s and the PK game and tiredness are huge factors but it worries me that even with the players we have in the starting line-up we?re not doing better.
For those of you in the States next Sunday's game is being shown LIVE by Fox Soccer Channel.
13 Posted 20/04/2008 at 18:47:09
14 Posted 20/04/2008 at 18:47:00
Add to that the fact that with their run-in, they could quite easily mop up 9 points! With a better goal difference than us now that would mean we would need a draw against the Arse(!) and possibly even less likely - a win against a Newcastle side now on top form too.
One point next week may not be enough...
15 Posted 20/04/2008 at 18:58:13
Moyes could have done this or that, but to be fair I think the eleven players he puts out (hopefully Arteta and Osman are both fit) need to pick their game up... they need to prove they are worthy of wearing THE BLUE shirt ...... Moyes and not one of the posters on this site wears the shirt (in our heads we do!!) ..... the eleven players have a responsibility to earn their money in the next three games, they?ve done it before now (I?m not implying they can?t do it) but slagging off Moyes or the board won?t do any good whatsoever.
As I?ve said before now as long as we finish 5th, it?s been a fantastic season all things considered. Let's hope the lads earn their money next Sunday!!!
16 Posted 20/04/2008 at 19:12:51
17 Posted 20/04/2008 at 19:29:25
Can we get the 6 points - ONLY IF Arteta and Osman return firing on all cylinders because quite frankly we wont create a goal or even a chance from the rest of the players.
Unfortunately I think Moyes is quite right that we have the hardest run than any other team capable of the 5th place. I think Pompey might have blown it today and I’m discounting them as the FA Cup will be in the minds from now in.
Do I think we’ll get the 6 points - NO . I think we remain unbeaten in the two fixtures but with both Villa and now !!! Newcastle also firing I think 4 points is all we’ll get at the most and we’ll need help from either Wigan or West Ham.
I still (for the 4th time in comments) cannot believe Moyes has said he wants quality not quantity next season - we clearly need 4 to 5 quality players to even think of targetting 5th - AV,Spurs will mount serious challenges next year.
18 Posted 20/04/2008 at 19:41:46
Come on lads, let?s give credit where it?s due!
19 Posted 20/04/2008 at 19:55:52
Remember, Villa have done well in recent weeks with Agbonlahor and Young and Barry playing well - we have no Cahill and Arteta and Pienaar haven’t been fully fit.
We have only been beaten by the top four at Goodison this season and I think we can beat Villa provided our midfield doesn’t consist of both Carsley and Neville.
20 Posted 20/04/2008 at 19:52:34
One thing in our favour is the ten-day break. If players were genuinly tired they have no excuse next week. Let us hope the injury situation clears somewhat. With news of next seaons signings iminent (Manny Steve and a Brazilian, hopefully) it might just be the tonic we need.
21 Posted 20/04/2008 at 20:18:34
I believe he and Vaughany saw us through last season. Now is the time, if ever, for Manny to step forward and grab hold of these remaining games for us.
22 Posted 20/04/2008 at 20:27:22
Then he will turn up on Sunday and play like a Sunday leaguer giving possesion away at every opurtunity and conceding stupid free kick s on the 18-yd box,
Shut the fuck up Neville no-one is interested. Do you talking on the pitch.
23 Posted 20/04/2008 at 20:33:55
There are times when he is too negative and sometimes he goes into games with an inferiority complex but generally he has done well and I am certain that if he left and someone else came in we would drift down the league again. Where do you get the idea that he has lost the dressing room?
24 Posted 20/04/2008 at 20:51:40
Also, there?s still plenty of time for a last minute injury or two - just to add some spice. ;)
25 Posted 20/04/2008 at 20:54:35
Villa?s goalfest today means that they now have a better goal difference; we simply have to beat them.
26 Posted 20/04/2008 at 20:52:37
I wish our fans would be a little bit more positive when its needed, Villa are nothing special.
Liverpool's fans all expect to beat Chelsea this week even though all season its taken that Chelsea are a better side but most Everton fans are all doom and gloom. Lets get behind them we have seen for most of the season our team is the 5th best around. WE WILL BEAT VILLA, COYB
27 Posted 20/04/2008 at 22:03:33
28 Posted 21/04/2008 at 02:10:37
29 Posted 21/04/2008 at 07:15:48
This is a must win game, as they have a far easier run in. but where are the players coming from, to help our cause?
30 Posted 21/04/2008 at 08:34:12
Add to that, that they have played some 15 games less then it shows what a great season we have had. At the minute however like most I am a little nervous more due to our squad than theres, if Arteta & Osman are available with Fernandes hitting full fitness, I think we will win and put 5th place to bed, if they’re not it will be a nail bitting affair probably ending 0-0 or 1-1.
PS Den Masters are you serious, how far has Sven got playing these youngsters? Moyes probably hasn’t played them because he doesn’t feel there good enough, he has proven with Vaughan & Anichebe if he thinks there good enough they will play.
31 Posted 21/04/2008 at 08:58:02
Also he was raving about Osman being a future central midfielder...dont make me laugh, squad player at best
32 Posted 21/04/2008 at 08:53:53
1 - We only have one goal scoring striker
2 - We have a very defensive/cautious manager
3 - We will probrably have at least one if not two of Neville/Carsley in Midfield.
4- Aimless Hoofs upfield into the corners for AJ to chase , then not control and waste.
Villa are big, strong and powerfull, they thrashed Brum, we scrapped 1- 1.
33 Posted 21/04/2008 at 09:57:03
34 Posted 21/04/2008 at 10:11:27
35 Posted 21/04/2008 at 11:18:47
I think the teams are evenly matched and there will be only one goal in it.Just hoping........
36 Posted 21/04/2008 at 11:28:35
All will we stick defensive with the 4-5-1 or just hope our 4-4-2 wins out in the end?
37 Posted 21/04/2008 at 11:29:44
38 Posted 21/04/2008 at 11:50:51
I can see a draw next Sunday and then we will be beaten by Arsenal and I can see Villa winning their game which means unless we hammer the barcodes on the final day by 6 or 7 then I think villa will snatch 5th by winning their game.
If Pompey win the FA Cup and finish 7th and villa are 5th and we are 6th, do we get Uefa??? Or will it be Intertoto???
39 Posted 21/04/2008 at 13:04:11
40 Posted 21/04/2008 at 13:42:22
Anthony Gardner is going to be immence in Defence, Nevvile is going to tear through the Villa midfield like a hot knife through butter & spencer to going to thrash a Hatrick!!
Failing this Deadly Andrew Johnson, is going to collect, trap and volley a brace in the final 2 minutes.
Failing all this, Everton are going to Huff & Puff through 90 minites of football and not create one chance through open play. 5"3 midefielders will bow over in the wind, and Andrew Johnson makes the Guiness book or records with the weakest shot in the history of the game.
41 Posted 21/04/2008 at 13:13:21
Agree Fernandes is the key we need a performance from him same as Pompey last season. If he turns it on could be the key to a permanent move for him. We need some big match players to step up to the plate and prove themselves.
6th will get us InterToto no more. Cup final is irrelevant unless Pompey win and finish 6th in which case 7th gets InterToto.