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By Daniel Crowney :  15/08/2009 :  Comments (7) :

Let’s be honest — we didn't expect that today when we woke up this morning... or did we?

Moyes, under huge pressure, released Lars, Nuno and Shandy Andy and has brought in Jo who (let’s not kid ourselves) is not the Brazilian superstar he was once touted as... They were no-names who have no real chance of breaking into even today’s team, never mind a fully fit squad, but I understand we are building for the future. So what about now? We're being embarrassed on a global stage — which half-decent footballer is going to choose us over the likes of Harry's Spurs, after that performance.

There aren't many positives to take from that performance; our midfield looked off the pace without the flare of Arteta and the brute force of the likes of Carlsey or even Gravesen for that matter. Pienaar was the only simmering light in a midfield of underachievers, including the usually prolific Tim Cahill.

It looked as though the team fell apart after the first goal and lacked not only the ambition but the ability to fight back into the game against an Arsenal side tipped for fifth place because of City's billions. Of course, every team will be thumped on the odd occasion but this is becoming a running occurrence with Everton against the supposedly Top Four.

The defence was in a whole different ball game; the less said about Lescott — better known as "the money-grabbing git" — the better. Tony Hibbert just isn’t cutting it and hasn’t actually been consistent, or of the quality we need at the club, for at least four seasons now; he is only being kept in the team because of his Liverpool roots.

Yobo looked gangly and clumsy, leaving gaps and his man on numerous occasions, resulting in at least three of the goals. Baines wasn’t half as effective in the final third as we know he can be and wasn’t great down the flank but linked up okay with Pienaar at times... while the last defender worth a mention at the club was sitting in the stands wincing at the performance of his fellow teammates (Jagielka).

Upfront we are a joke without a fit and firing Yakubu and the occasional brilliance of Saha, who brings a bit of quality when he’s on the pitch; other than that, we have a weakened strike force with Vaughan and Victor lacking both the experience and ability for a supposedly top 5 side in England... although, given enough time, they could develop into a decent partnership.

On the whole, a disappointing day all round for the Goodison faithful and a day to forget for Everton Football Club. I understand this won’t make for good reading on the opening day of the Premier League season but I thought it was about time I spoke out at the actions of this great club being disgraced.

I have all the faith in Moyes and his men to pick up the pieces but I have no faith or hope for the man in charge of our beloved club, our very own Bill Kenwright. He has promised money... investors... singings... change... but has in all fairness done none of these things and hasn’t given Moyes the resources he deserves to take this club to where it belongs.

I understand that he loves this club to pieces but how are we going to build a club capable of winning trophies without the sufficient funds available? Or will we end up like Newcastle or even worse, Leeds United? God forbid.

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Michael Kenrick
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1   Posted 16/08/2009 at 01:38:48

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Hi, Dan, and Welcome to ToffeeWeb.

Firstly, I must say you have quite a dreadful rambling writing style, which I had to edit rather heavily in order to have this, your first full effort, make any sense at all. Please read it carefully and let me know if you think I have changed anything important you were trying to say.

Secondly, I’ll have to ask some questions: 1) "Moyes, under huge pressure, released Lars, Nuno and Shandy Andy." Sorry, but two of those moves made complete and absolute sense, while Lars being offered only one year instead of two was the "mistake" if it indeed was a mistake. Hardly "huge pressure"... The only pressure Moyes was under was to get rid of deadwood, which he did.

Thirdly... Carsley and Gravesen!?! Okay, so there’s a school of smart money says they were never replaced, but come on... Let’s stay in the real world please and address team formations using the players that we actually have on the books. It’s much more credible that way.

Fourthly, getting thumped "is becoming a running occurrence
with Everton against the supposedly Top Four." Really? Which book of mal-stats are you reading from? I guess we didn’t hear from you last season because you were hidden in a hole somewhere, oblivious to the fact that we beat two of the top four to get to the Cup Final, while hardly disgracing ourselves against any of them in the league.

Finally, "a disappointing day all round" — good grief... you are Walter Smith and that’s £5 you owe me.

Hopefully my acidic critique won’t put you off posting again, but we do have high standards on this site. You know... Nil Satis and all that. Pip Pip!
Daniel Crowney
2   Posted 16/08/2009 at 09:20:25

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Hi Michael,

I appreciate your help in editing my article, but the point about Carsley and Gravesen I was trying to get across is that we need a player or players who can tackle and rough a few feathers so to speak. The issue of being thumped is true, being beaten 4-1 at home and away on numerous times by Arsenal and even the 7-0 humiliation at Highbury a couple of seasons ago.

I see that you didn’t agree with me stating it was "a disappointing day all round"; if so name some positives for me to take from that game please.

Michael, don’t worry — you haven’t put me off posting again on the site as it was my first ever attempt and, as the saying goes "if at first you don’t succeed...."

Pip Pip!

Andy Crooks
3   Posted 16/08/2009 at 12:06:23

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Daniel, some good points. Basically the limitations of most of our players means that to compete we must be 100% focused in every game. Yesterday we weren’t and we were badly found out. It will happen again.
James Boden
4   Posted 16/08/2009 at 14:22:29

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Michael, when did you become a fan of Moyes? I thought you were always critical of him. I am not implying you are now one of those pro-Moyes lot but that seemed rather defensive of him from you which I am suprised with.
Mick Wrende
5   Posted 16/08/2009 at 17:53:50

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What a load of bollocks. "I have all the faith in Moyes"!

Major reasons we lost yesterday:
1) We looked totally off the pace. And why wouldn't we, having played Bury, Blackpool, some 2 bit American team and a second rate Spanish side. Who is responsible for that? Moyes.
2) Why did we have the Hibbert/ Osman combination in again? Answer Moyes.
3) Why do we play Cahill out of position when Fellaini is shite playing there? Answer: Moyes.
4) Why was that total joke Jo playing up front? Answer: Moyes.
Ok we haven't had the money to invest but give me strength that was Moyes at his worst.

James Boden
6   Posted 16/08/2009 at 18:16:13

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Mick you can’t say that I mean look at what this bloke has done for us. He is the world’s greatest manager and will replace Ferguson at Man United. HAHAHAHA! HILARITY
Michael Kenrick
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7   Posted 18/08/2009 at 04:32:56

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So let me get this straight, James: if I say that Moyes, in my humble opinion, made a right and sensible decision, then that makes me a "fan" of his? A bit Black & White, isn’ it?

For the record, I still hate the football he has us playing. I hate his defensive mind-set. I hate his "safety-first" mantra... but the clear-out at the end of last season actually made sense to me.

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