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3 chances for Europe

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Now we have the fair play option it opens another possibility- what will the strategy be for Sunday?

a) Fight tooth and nail to beat the barcodes to claim 5th place - risking yellow cards / red cards if things go astray

b) Go for a nervy draw to claim 5th with best behaviour just in case Man City lose the plot and we go above them on the fair play league (we are very close - 1 yellow for them might do it). That way we get in even if 6th through the fair play league. Lots of risks, ifs and buts here. Just like the Aresenal game.

I would like to see a rousing finish personally and go for option a), really go for it, knowing we have the Intertoto as a fall back if needed.
Steve Jones, Wavertree     Posted 09/05/2008 at 17:47:56

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George Rowan
1   Posted 10/05/2008 at 05:03:56

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We’ve got to go for it. I realise 5th place won’t exactly go down as one of Everton Football Club’s greatest achievements but when we, the fans, and the media and maybe even potential signings this summer look back on our season it will be a lot more impressive being the ’best of the rest’ than just the club with the least propensity for thoughtless sliding tackles and bollocking the ref.

I’m not saying winning the FP league won’t be impressive, but my vote here’s for a)...
Martin Lucas
2   Posted 10/05/2008 at 09:12:03

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We’ve got to go for it, can’t rely on Man City picking up a load of yellow cards (more than us), or rely on West Ham doing us a favour and beating or drawing against Villa. If we get the win or draw then we’ve done it ourselves and that will be a good thing!

Plus finishing on as many points as possible to set a target for next season.
Peter Corcoran
3   Posted 10/05/2008 at 11:16:10

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Go for it ? we are good enough and will want to qualify by our footballing efforts not by any silly back door route.

Wasn?t the last time Man City qualified for Europe via the fair play?
Ciaran Duff
4   Posted 10/05/2008 at 11:45:40

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Yeah, I can imagine the team talk now ...
" Don’t worry about losing lads, just don’t concede any yellow cards - oh and no appealing for penalties AJ!"
Probably have someone on the phone checking the progress of the City game "they’re down one yellow card Boss!".
Did you know that apparently crowd behaviour is taken into consideration (seriously) So be very nice tomorrow lads. A warm welcome back to Merseyside for our old friend Kevin (God Bless im) and a round of applause for those jocular Geordies who make the trip ;-)
Ok, forget all that, just go for the win, 20 goals for the Yak, clean sheet for Tim and lots of stick for Kev.

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