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Cup Final Matchday Thread

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The great day has finally arrived, and the atmosphere at Wembley is building nicely...

For those of us who can't make it to the game itself, or just to be in the vicinity of Wembley to soak it up, all the best to everyone who has travelled. It is a rare and special experience.

It's fantastic that Setanta have devoted so much more time and effort to the build-up than has happened in recent years, and just picking up on it, they seem to be doing a far better job than Sky would.

Team News: Saha starts, with Rodwell on the bench.
Michael Kenrick, ToffeeWeb Towers     Posted 30/05/2009 at 10:16:39

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Sam Higgins
1   Posted 30/05/2009 at 14:20:12

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01:20 in the morrning here in Wellington, New Zealand, and to be quite honest im absolutely shitting myself......

TVNZ1 are showing the game on the Setanta platform - anyone else watching Setanta - is it me or is Venables pissed?

Come on boys, please u can do this, god almighty i cant remember the last time i was this nervous - ah yes 1995!!

Just interviewd Terry, the lad is giving us plenty of respect... Setanta are doing a decent well balanced job to be fair....
lee watters
2   Posted 30/05/2009 at 14:27:02

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shittin a brick here too... oh jesus... goin t be tough...

wud luv if cahill hit d winner....

come on lads...
Sam Higgins
3   Posted 30/05/2009 at 14:32:35

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Hey Lee - looks like everyone else got a ticket afterall!!!!!!!
Santosh Benjamin
4   Posted 30/05/2009 at 14:32:21

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Just seen the team. Strongest we could put out i guess. Am shitting myself too. There will be tears either way after the game. Watching the game with my wife,mum,sis and brother-in-law. We need this game...COYB
kieran kinsella
5   Posted 30/05/2009 at 14:35:46

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Any decent links out there that aren’t freezing up every 5 seconds ?
Sam Higgins
6   Posted 30/05/2009 at 14:36:44

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Kieran please dont tell me your watching this on the fucking internet!!!
Steven Sturm
7   Posted 30/05/2009 at 14:40:20

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Plenty of links here Kieran: http://livetv.ru/en/eventinfo/24529/
Andy Morden
8   Posted 30/05/2009 at 14:43:04

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Sat here with some Oranjeboom soaking it up in front of the TV. I can only wish I was there. Either way, lets hope we get right into them and show them they are in a game. No fear, we’ve turned over Macclesfield, Liverpool, Villa, Boro and Utd to be here. WE CAN DO IT!
Big Jim Slade
9   Posted 30/05/2009 at 14:47:57

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iN WORK !!!! aaaaarrrggggghhhhhhhh

Serves me right for being a whiney bollox

COME ON YOU BLUES !
nickheady
10   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:00:26

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Anyone got any links?
Steven Sturm
11   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:02:49

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YES!
Matt Gibbs
12   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:02:40

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Holy shit...
Andy Morden
13   Posted 30/05/2009 at 14:59:37

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GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!

Awesome start.
Sam Higgins
14   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:03:11

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OH MY FUCKING GODDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
Andy Morden
15   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:07:07

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My heart is hammering away. This ratchetts up the tension. I just hope we don’t end up sitting back all game, beign forced onto the back foot...
Matt Gibbs
16   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:14:21

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Crap defending. Absolutely shite.
jimmy hoffa
17   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:24:56

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how the hell did that goal went in? there were 5 defenders in the box, how did it slip thru
Andy Morden
18   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:25:40

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They are playing a high tempo pressing game and not letting us settle. We keep giving the ball away. I just hope the heat saps them and we can try and be a bit more constructive on the ball, we really look poor in possesion at the mo.

Oops, lets hope Felli isn’t badly hurt.
Michael Kenrick
19   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:33:21

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We were great for 20 mins but what the fuck is Hibbert now playing at? He is fucked with that booking. Every Chelsea attack is down our right. Get Jacobsen on asap, Moyesey!
Michael Kenrick
20   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:36:00

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Looking a bit better now that we are using possession. Too much hoofing going on before...
Michael Tracey
21   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:38:25

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fucken Hibbert is shit
Andy Morden
22   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:39:16

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Aye Michael, our right side is our weak spot. Malouda is a good player, but Hibbert is especially poor this afternoon. When we got hold of the ball in the middle we look far better. The heat will hopefully work to our advantage.
david rodaway
23   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:40:52

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if tony hibbert was a racehorse we’d put him down.
Andy Morden
24   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:41:53

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Being fair to Hibbo, the booking was Harsh and I think he is really trying to be extra careful which means he’s giving Malouda extra space. I’ve gto some Chelsea mates who reckon Malouda is man transformed under Hiddink, one of their best players over the last few months. It is hard enough to mark him without a card. Yep, get Jacobsen on!
Matt Gibbs
25   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:44:45

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Moyesy needs to take him off and get Jacobsen on - Hibbert’s a liability today. Awful.
Raymond Choi
26   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:40:46

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I feel really sorry for Hibbo. That yellow card has just finished his game and he definitely needs to be substituted or else we’re done.
si kirwan
27   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:45:57

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jesus fukin christ - PLEASE TAKE HIBBERT OFF, HE LOOKS INJURED . this is embarassing and has already cost us 1 goal. JACOBSEN ON PLEASSE
Will Leaf
28   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:45:04

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Straight swap for Hibbo with Jacobsen...or slot Pip back there and bring Rodwell on?

Anyway, hope to not see Hibbert in the 2nd Half
Si Kirwan
29   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:47:30

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No please Moyes, You have to sub Hibbert off, him and Osman are being raped by Malouda. GONNA COST US THE CUP.
chandler bricklemyer
30   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:53:33

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Jacobsen for hibbert ... fella off for rodwell? The fro looks a little knackered after that knock he took. COYB!
nick marsh
31   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:56:09

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Does anyone else think that Saha has given up since scoring his goal? I agree that Hibbert is having a bad game. Maybe bring Rodwell on and push Neville to right back. We can still do this my fellow blues.
Michael Kenrick
32   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:56:06

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The booking was a bit harsh, and it’s now a really tough decision for Moyes who, as we know, doesn’t do well in this situation. I suspect Hibbert will not be subbed until the hour-mark... if then, considering the possibility of extra time. But let’s see what Moyesie does.
tom bowers
33   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:55:20

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The usual suspects are performing poorly and Chelskin are getting too much room. Hibbert is poor but needs help and Osman is not giving him much against the onslaught of Malouda and Cole. That’s where we are giving Chelski the momentum and if DM doesn’t arrest that situation it’s going to be a long second half.
Brian Hill
34   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:53:16

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Many Evertonians have been commenting on the weakness of the Hibbert/Osman partnership for a long time. The truth of these comments is indisputable right now. I expect to win this game, but only if our right side is changed. Otherwise, Chelsea will have so much easy possession that it will cost us at least one more goal.
Robbie Murphy
35   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:54:16

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Hibbo HAS to go off, feel sorry for the lad really-booking has his confidence shot. Rodwell into the middle, Pip to right back. Pip’s man to man on Lampard isn’t really workin either as Lamps is dropping deep, Pip is following him, leaving loadsa room for them to attack our centre halves. Gonna be a long 2nd half but i still believe.CYOB!!!
Andy Morden
36   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:59:05

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Nick, I think Saha has been told to not bust a gut unless he is in with a sniff of breaking the back of the net. If the Fro is hurt, get Rodwell on, push Cahill up and let him cause his particular brand of chaos. If we had some dynanism going forward (at all?) down the right we’d be a far more dangerous proposition. Maybe the chance for Danny G to come on and use his precocious energy?
Robbie Murphy
37   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:04:09

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Moyes has made the change
Andy Morden
38   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:03:48

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Jacobsen on!
Robbie Murphy
39   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:05:38

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Jacobsen is on
MIchael Kenrick
40   Posted 30/05/2009 at 15:59:19

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Well well, Jacobsen on for Hibbert!!! Fuck me with a wet wellie. Moyes is in the ball today!!!!
nick marsh
41   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:04:13

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Hey Andy, weather or not he has been told to I guess we are in agreement that he is not busting a gut. I think Screech has done well when in possession. Come on Everton
Andy Morden
42   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:06:58

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Nick, agreed! He’s not really charging aroubnd full throttle! I don’t care so long as he smashes in another...
Robbie Murphy
43   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:06:20

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Had to make that change Michael, even Stevie Wonder could see that!!!!!
nick marsh
44   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:10:09

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Im with ya Andy
Will Leaf
45   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:13:22

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Re-sign Jacobsen now...looking assured back there
Michael Kenrick
46   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:06:26

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Interesting that Chelsea are playing as many long balls as we are! Looking pretty even really, although Im shitting myself each time they come forward, and going nuts each time we give that ball away so cheaply.

COME ON, EVERTON!
Andy Morden
47   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:17:28

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Will, yep, he’d be a handy addition to the squad. I’d still like to see someone else come in to challenge at right back though. Actually we need the same at left back becasue when Nuno leaves we have only Baines. Lescott can do back up, but with Jags out we have no centre back cover!

Sad to say with Hibbert he’s another palyer we have outgrown as a team. Slowly but surely we have shed the players who are willing but lack quality. I think Hibbo is next on the list. Great servant, but sometimes things move on....
Robbie Murphy
48   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:19:42

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fuck me...............
Will Leaf
49   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:21:56

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finally, a Chelsea yellow card
Robbie Murphy
50   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:24:59

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Need to see more of Baines going forward
Raymond Choi
51   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:27:09

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oh fuck that was close.
Andy Morden
52   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:27:46

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SHould have been 2-1 from Saha there....
Michael Kenrick
53   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:06:26

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We’re showing better intent now, and getting more decisions our way... but still final execution..

OOoooooooo! Saha, so close! Should have scored...
Robbie Murphy
54   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:27:30

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Saha shoulda scored :-(
Will Leaf
55   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:28:26

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We’ve looked very good the last 15 odd mins...Tim may have to come off though
Michael Kenrick
56   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:06:26

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Cahill not looking too happy...
Mike McLean
57   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:26:37

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It’s been on the cards.
Michael Kenrick
58   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:30:56

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Saw that bastard coming with a fucking acres and a half of space... SHIT
Andy Morden
59   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:28:45

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Bloody Frank Lampard
Raymond Choi
60   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:33:15

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why is Bainesy not closing Lampard down quick enough ... oh dear
Glen Anderson
61   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:34:30

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Dammit, 15 minutes to go, Vaughan coming on. Let’s throw the kitchen sink at them.
Raymond Choi
62   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:34:05

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Lampard even had time to slip, pick himself up, compose and shoot. And the blues defence were caught ball watching. fuck.
Marco
63   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:38:10

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Howard should have saved it easily.
Andy Morden
64   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:38:15

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Now or never, we HAVE to go for it. I saw us go out to these tossers in the Carling Cup semi at Goodison last year, we need to get at them and make it count.

Jesus, that was close from Malouda....
Robbie Murphy
65   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:38:06

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Jimmy V coming on for a Solskjaer like secret weapon super-sub appearance?????
Sam Higgins
66   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:38:09

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We look fucked.
Will Leaf
67   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:39:50

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Yep, Big Nev would have caught that on his chest
Raymond Choi
68   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:42:16

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Andy M, that wasn’t close. That should have been game over.

Come on Danny G !!!!!!! At long fucking last !
Andy Morden
69   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:43:09

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Come on Danny G, get the hll in and do yoir stuff
Michael Kenrick
70   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:30:56

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If we come back to win from this, after a valid goal not called, decisions all going our way, it really will be a miracle, and I will start to believe in Moyes.

Time ticking away...
Raymond Choi
71   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:50:05

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Aw, Michael. Have faith.

Wow, if only that flew in. Davie looks dejected. Sigh.....
Will Leaf
72   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:51:44

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I’ve lived too long...4 FA Cup Final defeats...
Nick Marsh
73   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:52:39

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Why is ther never a free-kick for Fellaini?
Sam Higgins
74   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:57:09

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Is it a tad gay if i got to bed and have a bit of a weep?!
Simon Kirwan
75   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:57:22

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Fuck, fuck, fuck, damn patronising media - sigh - New Right Back and pacy right winger needed and we will be going places.
Gareth Hughes
76   Posted 30/05/2009 at 16:56:04

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Money talks. Until we can spend the money that Chelsea do we will never win ANYTHING. And anyone who believes otherwise is kidding themselves. Over the next 2 years Man City, Spurs, Sunderland and Vill will take over us UNLESS Kenwright does the decent thing, stops saying there are no buyers and sells up.
Davie Turner
77   Posted 30/05/2009 at 17:01:39

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Oh shush about bloody money. Kenwright gone well up in my estimations this last two seasons and today increased that.

Today was just a game too far, gave the best but the legs weren?t there. Absolutely gutted but come on.

Missing Yak, Arteta, Jags who as massive players and we still got there, proud of them but Chelsea were just too good on the day.

But come off it Gareth Hughes.
Michael Tracey
78   Posted 30/05/2009 at 17:01:47

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Fucken Tony Hibbert. He is shit

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