I have to confess that I`ve never had much of a problem with David Moyes`s penchant for `hoofball`. The man is a realist and when you have to rely on the silky skills of the likes of Carsley, Neville and Jagielka, it`s far better to play to their strengths than see them exposed as mere journeymen.
All in all,we haven`t done too badly by getting it and hoofing it have we? True we`ve played the odd team off the park but usually they`ve been the `no hopers` at the bottom of the league and we`ve got to fifth `on the hoof`. So on Sunday, I hope our man stays true to his natural inclinations and sends out a team to keep what they will start with. No point in trying to pass Arsenal off the park ? they`ll murder us ? so let`s tackle like dervishes and whack it as far away as is possible and get ready for the next onslaught.
Only by staying focussed on the job in hand will we get anything at the Emirates and the job in hand is to keep a clean sheet.
So it`s five in midfield, the Yak on his own up front (and diplaying his newly aquired defensive qualities) and a huge cheer every time we wack it away. Don`t tell me that ain`t entertainment if Everton get a point!
Bill Merryweather, Posted 29/04/2008 at 12:47:37
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1 Posted 29/04/2008 at 13:56:03
2 Posted 29/04/2008 at 13:58:29
3 Posted 29/04/2008 at 13:58:07
4 Posted 29/04/2008 at 14:03:28
It is not Hoof Ball, it is in actual fact, wait for it,
Long Range Two Touch or LRTT.
The more I think about it the more I am in awe of David Moyes.
The man is a bloody genius and I suppose for latching on to his plan I am a bit of one too, genius that is.
When everyone is thinking at ground level David and I are up in the clouds. From up there we can see things invisible to mortal man.
When our LRTT is perfected the midfield is not needed. We get rid of them and save money into the bargain.
Just think, Howard to Victor, Goal! Yobo to AJ, Goal! So incredibly simple, why hasn?t anyone thought of it before.
I would have my U/11s use that system but I don?t think they are ready for it yet.
5 Posted 29/04/2008 at 15:08:58
6 Posted 29/04/2008 at 15:30:14
Play a front 4 of AJ, Yak, Bic Vic and.... erm of yeah we only have 3 forwards... ok 7-0-3 it is then!
7 Posted 29/04/2008 at 15:29:26
Apply for the aussie job. NOW !
Sod xmass tree formations, flat back 4s, goalkeepers on the overlap and men in the hole.
This is the way foward. Timmy could even play midfield on his own.
After all. He can’t do any worse than whats playing at present.
Fear Joe’s right about AJ though.
Flog him and buy someone with real height. How about Rob Earnshaw ?
8 Posted 29/04/2008 at 15:39:24
9 Posted 29/04/2008 at 15:47:21
I for one feel a lot safer when the just get rid of it! Ideally we’d have a team of 11 world class ball players, we dont so Moyes instructs them to do what they do best and defend... after that just get rid.
I’m not saying its nice to watch but how many mistakes did Yobo used to make trying to play the ball out of the defence, or come wandering forward with it, only to trip over it and give it away in a dangerous area (usually for a goal to the opposition). Nowadays Yobo looks like a much more accomplished defender cause he wins the ball and gets rid.
I keep seeing people say the following and it is so true of our team, manager and style of play ’cut your cloth accordingly’.
10 Posted 29/04/2008 at 15:48:51
If we play hoofball against them, they will tear us up for arse paper.
Big lads at the back who can also play a bit.
Superb mid when they knock it about and forwards with a lot of pace and skill.
We are going to have to keep the ball if we want anything from the game.
Something we have trouble doing lately.
I’d take a point in a heartbeat.
11 Posted 29/04/2008 at 15:59:49
12 Posted 29/04/2008 at 16:20:34
Having said that they probably have more injuries than us at the moment so I don’t think its a bad time to play them.
13 Posted 29/04/2008 at 16:24:51
Not kiddin anyone really am i ?
Fear my diagnosis and your prognosis are spot on.
14 Posted 29/04/2008 at 16:29:10
15 Posted 29/04/2008 at 16:37:26
That has to be the worst post of the year!
16 Posted 29/04/2008 at 16:39:31
17 Posted 29/04/2008 at 16:42:35
18 Posted 29/04/2008 at 16:56:58
Lately weve resorted to longball yet again, and the success is limited as the results suggest. While our defence musn?t be excused for playing these hopless balls upfront, I can sympathise in the fact that our central midfielders do not show for the ball. Cars doesn?t want it and Ossie does his Harry Houdini act and disappears all too often. While Manny is shunted out wide and completely out of position to accommidate far worse players. While Arteta overall has been a success out wide, is there a pattern forming with Moyes lack of faith with anything creative in the centre.
19 Posted 29/04/2008 at 19:05:24
Probably not the time or place for this but do you fancy an U-11 friendly?
We could practice hoofball between the goalkeepers
20 Posted 29/04/2008 at 19:36:57
21 Posted 29/04/2008 at 19:41:12
22 Posted 29/04/2008 at 21:53:00
Some of you would benefit by taking a coaching badge and putting it into practice on your local park. Meantime, leave my U-11s out of it or expect to be shirt-fronted by a mob of angry mums.
23 Posted 29/04/2008 at 22:59:08
There an effective long ball team whereas we are sadly not.
24 Posted 30/04/2008 at 00:08:54
I was serious about the friendly
25 Posted 30/04/2008 at 00:08:45
On a similar point, did anyone hear Sam Allardyce on Sky after our game? My God, if football is really going the way he says it is I’m going to stop watching. The guy has such a cynical attitude to the game. People say it’s about winning but why does winning a game of football even matter? On its own it doesn’t. It becomes important once you support a team but if you get no pleasure out of watching why bother?
Big Sam’s comments make me cringe. I hope Moyes doesn’t get that negative. To be honest if we’re going to play long ball I hope teams that play properly beat us.
26 Posted 30/04/2008 at 01:44:46
27 Posted 30/04/2008 at 03:16:39
Is that on the 89 route?
28 Posted 30/04/2008 at 02:52:02
I foresee lots and lots and lots of running. The lack of skill we make up for endeavour, as Moyes and Capt Pip rallies his ’troops’! Mindless chasing down the ball, and hoofing to the corner flag. Followed by mindless chasing down the ball, and hoofing to the corner flag. Repeat until summer holidays. Oh, don’t forget the running. NSNO fucking hell.
29 Posted 30/04/2008 at 04:51:44
30 Posted 30/04/2008 at 06:06:14
31 Posted 02/05/2008 at 19:03:53