As hoped for by many after the very poor league start to the season, this was at last an adventurous team selection from David Moyes: Jan Mucha finally given his debut in goal, Coleman at right-back, Heitinga in his rightful place in defence, Rodwell and Fellaini together in midfield, Gueye an other debutant on the right wing, and Jermaine Beckford on his own up front... definitely with something ot prove.
And it paid off within 7 mins as Gueye delivered a superb cross that Marouanne Fellani planted smartly in the back of the Huddersfield net.
The fresh Everton line-up continued the good work with a top class goal from Jack Rodwell: Steven Pienaar laid it off nicely and Rodders lashed the ball into the corner from all of 25 yards.
Huddersfild were rocked but started to come back into it a little as Everton relaxed. They did get an odd free kick but could not do much with it.
Beckford seemed to be tripped by Clarke, but was probably guilty of being a bit clumsy. And five minutes before the break, a silly incident saw the ball come back off the Everton bar and come off Johnny Heitinga's head for a daft own-goal.
Not long into the second half and Rodwell went down in teh area, hauled down by Damien Johnson... Penalty! Jermain Beckford strode forward and hammered it home right-footed. Nice way to get off the mark on his Everton account, and shut up the Trotters who were baiting the ex-Leeds player.
Rodwell did well to get the ball out to Beckford who's great shot was tipped over the bar by sub 'keeper Bennett. Colemanwas having a great time going forward, a lovely ball in to Osman was ever so close to the fourth goal.
Bily came on for Magaye, who had played a very good game. Coleman was the next one to win a penalty, Peltier, second yellow card. Beckford stood on the spot waiting to take it but Heitinga rather arrogantly stole the ball off Beckford and, for all his determination to get back for the own goal, could not beat Bennett, who saved it well. Bad Karma!
Pienaar made way for Louis Saha, we desperately needed a goal... and that's just what he did with his first touch off a nice set-up from Beckford. finishing beautifully for the fourth goal.
Everton were now really turning on the style. finishing beautifully for the fourth goal.
Everton were now really turning on the style. Coleman again, who had caused mayhem going forward down the right, was there to set up a lovely header from little Ossie for the fifth goal and a personal high for Leon ? captain for the night, and a fine layer of icing on the cake. A very satisfactory performance that a fresh and adventurous Everton team dominated for most of the time. That's more like it, Moyes!
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1 Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:06:36
Coleman for right mid attack against Villa???
2 Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:10:19
3 Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:10:27
Michael, did your pal Mucha perform well?
4 Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:11:03
Why do we want him in the England team when Moyes won't even play him in the Everton team!?!
5 Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:11:08
6 Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:11:58
I had worried about this game.
JH and penalty.... he will pay with team piss taking. Not a big deal. He really wants to score........and will.
Worried still about Pienaar situation but perhaps this is the start?
7 Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:16:04
Moysey, it's obvious, give the lad a break, play him FFS.
8 Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:19:11
9 Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:20:58
10 Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:26:34
One quibble though... I know you're not Osman's biggest fan... but to ignore the fact that he scored number five in your report seems a little harsh on the lad!
11 Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:32:22
12 Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:31:43
So, 2 + 2 = 5 then.
No. Coleman isn't ready for the top PL teams yet,and no, Osman should not be at right midfield.
13 Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:33:24
14 Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:38:18
Where are you getting that from Michael? Are you suggesting that DM read TW and based his selection on what he read?
Or maybe he was always going to give other squad members a game anyway...
15 Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:38:06
Roll on Villa: Ossie wide, Hibbert R/B, Rodders on the bench, come on Davey keep it going now, if they play well, they should keep their places!
16 Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:55:31
Of course we should go to Villa without Arteta!
17 Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:54:32
Coleman, Rodwell and perhaps even Gueye deserve to start regularly, starting against Villa.
Same team please except bringing in Arteta and Jags for Osman and Distin.
18 Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:52:25
I would not have a go at Osman and I don't believe the majority hold him responsible for the team's shortcomings but I do think he's personally had his chance over several seasons with us.
19 Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:57:04
Moyes does though have some tough calls to make for Sunday. Let's hope he can make them. And that, for me, includes the playing, or not, of Leon Osman ? he looks so much better centrally and we all know he ain't no wide player (right or left) so Moyes has to pick 3 from Fellaini, Rodwell, Osman, Arteta and Cahill.
20 Posted 25/08/2010 at 23:08:51
21 Posted 25/08/2010 at 23:03:43
Which is why he got a full 90 minutes tonight Andrew.
Rodwell's ahead of him. If anyone is going to get in the side out of those 3, he should.
I think that having a better squad this season is already having it's downside, with fans wondering why player X is not in the starting line up, when "it seems bleedin' obvious." The season is young.
22 Posted 25/08/2010 at 23:11:05
The only player on the bench tonight who deserves his place back on Sunday based on performances so far is Cahill IMO.
23 Posted 25/08/2010 at 23:07:14
24 Posted 25/08/2010 at 23:15:27
25 Posted 25/08/2010 at 23:08:33
26 Posted 25/08/2010 at 23:28:18
He was MotM FFS. How can he be not fit?
He gave the ball away? Was he the only one?
He made Osman's goal, and got us a penalty and people say he's not fit or ready. I can't believe what I'm reading! Come on, boys, he's the best thing we have seen this season in a blue shirt.
Coleman's mustard, get used to it!
27 Posted 25/08/2010 at 23:45:56
28 Posted 25/08/2010 at 23:22:09
Coleman ? Brilliant going forward, got involved with the player in front of him and overlapped well. My only concern is defensively. Gave the ball away a couple of times in defensive areas and we'll have to iron out these traits. But what do you want from a full back? A solid one who rarely threatens the opposition or an attacking full back who may give the opposition a chance but may influence the game down the other end too? It's a tough call IMO.
Baines ? Solid game in defence and when attacking. If only the right side had both qualities.
Heitinga ? Done all that was asked of him (penalty aside!) and probably our best passer in defence.
Distin ? Thought he had one of his better games in a Blue shirt and would probably play these two together on Sunday.
Pienaar ? IMO,had a very quiet opening 25 mins and was off the pace. Came back into the game second half when reverted back to right mid. Some cute passes never got through their back line but not a bad game.
Rodwell ? Bright opening, sealed with a quality finish. Wasn't 100% sure when to attack and defend but gradually grew more into the game after a quieter second part of the first half. Needs to open his mouth more on the pitch and demand more but that will come with experience.
Fellaini ? Good if unspectacular game. typical Mo really, nice passing, good control, good engine and the odd mistake but more match time for the big man.
Gueye ? opposite of Pienaar really, had a good first 25 mins then went missing. Great cross for Fellaini's goal and I'm sure he'll get better in time.
Osman ? Looked uneasy at first and gave the ball away a few times but, once he got up to speed, he passed well without really dictating the play. Great header tho!
Beckford ? Tricky one this... though he looked lost on his own up front, he got better i thought after scoring and Saha came on and made a few nice runs. Needs a partner if youre gonna play him.
Bilyaletdinov ? Some nice passes and through balls and worked well with Coleman when he came on.
Saha ? Great finish with first touch and looked a bit more intrested (though thats not particurlarly hard for Louis!)
Hibbo ? No real time to make an impact.
So after tonight's game, here's my choice for Villa......
Coleman Heitinga Distin Baines
Arteta Cahill Pienaar
Over to you Davey!
29 Posted 25/08/2010 at 23:36:39
30 Posted 26/08/2010 at 00:04:15
Now the real test is whether Moyes will bottle it and play a Wolves line up next match. I think he will but let's wait and see...
31 Posted 26/08/2010 at 00:14:05
Looked like a fine performance though...
32 Posted 26/08/2010 at 00:17:09
33 Posted 26/08/2010 at 00:42:01
He can deliver from a wide position, can go inside or outside of defenders, he has knack of drawing defenders in, skips tackles and retains his composure and has an eye for the killer pass, he's a joy to watch and you sense he can make things happen. I could go on. No surprise that Steve Round was affording him such accolades for his performance tonight.
He's simply got to start against Villa, not at right back. We need him running at the opposition further up the park. He would also provide an added degree of cover for the full back position given his experience of performing in that role. It will be a huge disappointment if the lad fails to make the starting eleven on Sunday.
34 Posted 26/08/2010 at 01:05:59
I cannot understand that!
35 Posted 26/08/2010 at 01:48:24
This win will kick-off our season because there are 'real' competitions in the team now.
36 Posted 26/08/2010 at 05:38:07
I believe it's worth going for the jugular with Villa because they can't be high on defensive confidence after the weekend so I think Coleman COULD be our man. If not, no problem; get him off early-ish and get Ossie or Gueye on and we can't go far wrong IMO. And I'd give Becks a start too. He'll have a field day one of these days I think and Saha's usually better off the bench as well.
37 Posted 26/08/2010 at 08:08:14
Who's to say Coleman will end up a fullback anyway. It's not written in stone and the energy to get back and help Hibbs would be so valuable.
Bring on Villa. Our season has just started.
38 Posted 26/08/2010 at 08:25:20
39 Posted 26/08/2010 at 08:55:12
I stated in another thread that our Rezzies should be capable of beating that lot last night. A bit of reality please lads. Villa will be a totally different proposition.
40 Posted 26/08/2010 at 08:18:00
41 Posted 26/08/2010 at 09:21:50
For me, Fellaini was awesome! :)
42 Posted 26/08/2010 at 09:11:16
For me it was the commentary, and 4-5 times AT LEAST he gave the ball away in dangerous areas, to the gasps of Mr Griffiths and Mr Snodin. Ossie or Neville do that and they are vilified on these same pages.
So instead of playing in a position were he did quite well but needs to learn to iron out stupid mistakes, especially when playing a League 1 side, people then call for him to be played out of his position against top Premier League opposition on Sunday!?!?
And then there's the grandeur delusions again over the team selection. I'm with Brendan O'D on that one, fearsome fire my backside, this was always going to be Moyes's team, giving others with less experience a chance in the League Cup.
Jesus would have wept, but thankfully he's a Blue and was too happy at the result to bother.
43 Posted 26/08/2010 at 09:14:26
He is still very defensively naive and would suffer against Premier League opposition, at the end of the day he is a right back and needs to defend.
To all those who say he should be played at right midfiled, you may have a point but as far as i know he hasn't had much game time in that position so it would be a risk.
Perhaps last night was the chance to give him a run at right midfield but it didn't happen, Gueye looked great until he switched with Pienaar but the way Bilyaletdinov slows the game down by switching the ball to his left is infuriating and I am slowly losing patience with that lad!
44 Posted 26/08/2010 at 09:13:16
With them playing tonight we should exploit their potentially tired legs with as much pace and direct running as we possibly have. Coleman somewhere on the right and Rodders in an attacking role would be a great start.
The crosses from Gueye and Coleman last night that led to the first and last goals were exceptional. Tailor made for the likes of Cahill.
45 Posted 26/08/2010 at 10:12:10
46 Posted 26/08/2010 at 10:23:09
47 Posted 26/08/2010 at 10:23:00
48 Posted 26/08/2010 at 10:23:50
Why are we all getting giddy when we have beaten a side that are God knows how many places below us? Makes a change than having a go at the team/manager when they beat Chelski/ManUre
We win 5-1 yet people are still having little digs at the manager, unbelievable.
Don't worry Gary, Coleman will get his chance Sunday when Hibbert gets booked for a non-existent foul on Young and looks like he might get sent off, then we will see how much of a prospect he will be.
49 Posted 26/08/2010 at 10:32:14
But to be honest, even though Arteta is a magnificent player, I'd start him off on the wing on Sunday. Rodwell and Fellaini were terrific last night, and our right wing has been a problem all season. Give Mikel a try I'd say.
I feel sorry for Ossie because he played very well in that usual Arteta role in the middle of the park. The problem is we have 2 or 3 better player central midfielders than him.
50 Posted 26/08/2010 at 10:50:21
Neville/Hibbert, Heitinga, Distin, Baines
Coleman, Arteta, Fellaini, Pienaar,
51 Posted 26/08/2010 at 11:35:42
52 Posted 26/08/2010 at 12:42:13
What has Moyes got to lose?
Time we put all this theorising to bed and gave them a chance to prove (or disprove), all the claims and counter-claims.
Something needs to change. We are in dire need of some rapid invigoration - and it's not going to come from David Moyes' trio of teacher's pets.
Wake up Davey. Time you begin to see what we can see - or tell us what we can't?
53 Posted 26/08/2010 at 12:55:02
And who says "Once a fullback..."? Older readers may remember a certain average fullback at Blackburn in the early black-and-white 60s ? name of Fred Pickering...
54 Posted 26/08/2010 at 13:02:59
Just so you know ? Rodwell has already been picked for the next England squad. The FA are ringing around this week to confirm he is available.
The only way he won't be in the squad is if Everton don't release him.
55 Posted 26/08/2010 at 13:01:44
56 Posted 26/08/2010 at 13:29:20
57 Posted 26/08/2010 at 13:36:52
58 Posted 26/08/2010 at 14:06:45
59 Posted 26/08/2010 at 14:01:57
And while I'm having a little moan about things, I'd just like to say that I'm fed up and have been for a long time about how Neville says all the right things and talks a good game yet can't deliver on the pitch because he hasn't the ability. Please Moyes, don't be blinded by certain qualities that older, more experienced and ? more importantly ? less talented players have... and just pick our better players.
60 Posted 26/08/2010 at 14:50:07
It was interesting to get an unbiased view of our team/club through the commentary and phone-in; the phone in talked about our class and compared our game to Arsneal, one lad saying "only Arsenal and Man Utd play better football". Neutrals really seem to think we are a top top side.
The commentator, despite struggling to pronounce Bilyaletdinov, was full of praise about our team, saying Everton away was THE hardest draw they could have got in the 2nd round. They said Coleman was great going forward but wanted their wingers to attack him as he "looks potentially vulnerable". They also said Fellaini was outstanding, keeping it simple and running the game; Beckford looked a threat; Rodwell looks like he will be an absolute star.
Finally, they also said that the fans were a credit to the club, they seemed amazed that former players Clarke and Naysmith were cheered by the fans (this obviously doesn't happen in Leeds), this is quite common at Goodison though... unless you are Nick Barmby!
61 Posted 26/08/2010 at 16:20:11
62 Posted 26/08/2010 at 17:52:12
63 Posted 26/08/2010 at 19:23:46
I think unique, first hand perpectives such as yours are very telling.
64 Posted 26/08/2010 at 23:06:02
Gueye to me looks impressive with both pace and crossing ability, but he should make a few impact appearances from the bench.
I have been amazed that Rodwell has not been one of the first names on the teamsheet so far this season.
65 Posted 26/08/2010 at 23:54:36
66 Posted 27/08/2010 at 07:53:30
On subject is it possible that Moyes doesn't realise what a gem he has in Coleman? I doubt it
67 Posted 27/08/2010 at 10:14:38
I find similar views of Everton from `proper' fans all over the country
I was watching the Arsenal away game in Jan on the laptop in Essex and realised I had drawn a crowd, watching over my shoulder... "is that Everton? - fack me, you'd think they were the home team" - "the Arse are chasing shadows" - "proper fackin team Everton"
Really opened my eyes to how knowledgeable neutrals see us
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