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Huddersfiled arrived with Gary Naysmith and Peter Clarke, both ex-Blues.

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!

Michael Kenrick     Posted 25/08/2010 at

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Jon Cox
1   Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:06:36

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Nice evaluation, Michael.

Coleman for right mid attack against Villa???
Jon Cox
2   Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:10:19

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Sorry evaluation, I have a cold my lad.
Shane Corcoran
3   Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:10:27

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Just saw the goals and a few other bits on SS News and despite all the calls on the match forum I would say there's no chance that Coleman will start at Villa. He was at fault for the goal and was caught in possession outside our box previous to that which resulted in a one-one that Mucha smothered.

Michael, did your pal Mucha perform well?

Charlie Percival
4   Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:11:03

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Chants were heard of 'Rodwell for England'. If the fans had of thought about it, it should have been chants of 'Rodwell for Everton'.

Why do we want him in the England team when Moyes won't even play him in the Everton team!?!
Joe McMahon
5   Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:11:08

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All those saying Coleman isn't ready, I suppose you want Osamn back at right midfield then. Why couldn't Moyes just start the season playing with pace like this. 9 years and still learning . He must start with this line up at Villa.
Ged Simpson
6   Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:11:58

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That was just what we needed... fans and players.

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?
Jon Cox
7   Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:16:04

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Joe Mc. Spot on. Get Coleman at right attacking mid. See the look on Ashley Young's face. He'll cry and dive for the whole 90.

Moysey, it's obvious, give the lad a break, play him FFS.

Ged Simpson
8   Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:19:11

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Are we being too miserable here?
Jon Cox
9   Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:20:58

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Ged no-way. It's just that the answer is screaming at us in the face.
Jamie Sweet
10   Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:26:34

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Cheers Michael, sounds like the kind of performance we needed from a potential banana skin!

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!
Ged Simpson
11   Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:32:22

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I guess Jon I just sit and wallow for too long!
Brendan O'Doherty
12   Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:31:43

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"All those saying Coleman isn't ready, I suppose you want Osamn back at right midfield then."

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.
Andrew Mackenzie
13   Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:33:24

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coleman, rodwell and gueye must surely be on the teamsheet at villa, come on davey give us a break!
Brendan O'Doherty
14   Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:38:18

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"David Moyes felt the fearsome fire of many an Evertonian" ....

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...
Robert Daniels
15   Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:38:06

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That was a decent team he put out, for a change. Coleman must start the next game... MotM by all accounts. Not bad for someone who isn't ready. Rodders, Felli, Guye, powerfull players, and dare I say it Osman not hung out to dry on the wing.

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!
Brendan McLaughlin
16   Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:55:31

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Joe #5
Of course we should go to Villa without Arteta!
Matthew Lovekin
17   Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:54:32

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Come on Moyes, wake up and smell the coffee. Be brave against Villa, you can do it.

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.
Andrew Mackenzie
18   Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:52:25

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Brendan #13, I agree I don't think Coleman is ready or fit for every PL game but he ain't going to be ready if sat on the bench. While there are non-performers I would just like the kid to get a break. Saturday's second half was shocking and was crying out for the introduction of Coleman, Gueye or Rodwell who all figured prominently in pre-season and did relatively well... what the hell! ? maybe all three at some point!

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.

Stewart Littler
19   Posted 25/08/2010 at 22:57:04

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If only Coleman was ready defensively... but he's not. We saw it at Blackpool last season, and we saw it tonight. He lost his man for the goal, gave away possession a couple of times too cheaply, but by God, is he good going forward. A year or two of developing his defensive game and we have a right player on our hands.

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.
Ray Robinson
20   Posted 25/08/2010 at 23:08:51

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For the first time this season, we had a threat down BOTH wings.
Brendan O'Doherty
21   Posted 25/08/2010 at 23:03:43

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"he ain't going to be ready if sat on the bench"

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.
Stewart Littler
22   Posted 25/08/2010 at 23:11:05

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And as for Arteta and Jagielka, what is it about their two performances so far this season that means they have to start on Sunday ? don't get me wrong, I think the both of them are two of our best and most important players, but no matter how good, they gotta earn their place in the 11, and neither have done so recently ? Arteta in fact has been gash by his standards.

The only player on the bench tonight who deserves his place back on Sunday based on performances so far is Cahill IMO.
Jerry-Tom Doyle
23   Posted 25/08/2010 at 23:07:14

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For Villa, get Hibbert at right back with Coleman ahead of him... got to be worth a shot. It could be the best blend of defence and attack we could put out at the moment?
Brendan McLaughlin
24   Posted 25/08/2010 at 23:15:27

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For the first time this season, we played a League 1 side.
Michael Kenrick
25   Posted 25/08/2010 at 23:08:33

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Opps (#13), I stuck Ossie's goal in the lead story but not in the summary!
Robert Daniels
26   Posted 25/08/2010 at 23:28:18

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Coleman's not ready or fit!!!!!!!!!!!

Fucking hell.

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!
John McLoughlin
27   Posted 25/08/2010 at 23:45:56

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Coleman tonight showed his exciting potential and why he should have started v Wolves on Saturday; going forward, he will make a difference. However, I can't see him playing on Sunday. Rodwell is the one for me though, I believe he'll take Cahill's place eventually this season in a Gerrard-style role.
Paul Henshaw
28   Posted 25/08/2010 at 23:22:09

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Mucha ? Didn't have much to do to be honest apart from one smart stop down to his left in the first half.

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
Rodwell Fellaini
Arteta Cahill Pienaar

Over to you Davey!

Kase Chow
29   Posted 25/08/2010 at 23:36:39

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Great win. Glad we avoided a banana skin and got some goals.
James Stewart
30   Posted 26/08/2010 at 00:04:15

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Wow, Rodwell and Coleman from the start. Finally the team had an attacking threat and pace about it.

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...
Nick Entwistle
31   Posted 26/08/2010 at 00:14:05

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Last on MOTD on Saturday, the one Prem team not to be televised tonight, previewed as the 'other game' on BBC, and not even commentary, just a round up!

Looked like a fine performance though...
Ian Kearney
32   Posted 26/08/2010 at 00:17:09

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Also worth taking note of the lack of hoofball with Jonny at the back, should be our first choice CH, with the others fighting it out to partner him.
Gerry Western
33   Posted 26/08/2010 at 00:42:01

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Coleman may still have some learning to do as a defender but I've been saying for a while now as others have that he could be the answer to our problems on the right side of midfield.

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.
Ciaran Duff
34   Posted 26/08/2010 at 01:05:59

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Ok, Coleman may still be a work-in-progress defensively and therefore you may not start him in a normal EPL game (yet). However, it is stating the bleeding obvious to say that he is very good going forward and can set up goals. So, at the moment, he is ideal to use off the bench if we are chasing a game. That's why I cannot understand why he has not been used in the previous 2 games or even on the bench!
I cannot understand that!
Afzan Yusuf
35   Posted 26/08/2010 at 01:48:24

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Coleman will sit on th ebench next game and play some part later in that game. Moyes will play it 'safe' (if you can call that)...

This win will kick-off our season because there are 'real' competitions in the team now.

David Crowe
36   Posted 26/08/2010 at 05:38:07

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Personally I'd stick my neck out and go for Coleman in front of Hibbert and drop Osman so we can keep Pienaar on the left with Baines.

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.

Jon Cox
37   Posted 26/08/2010 at 08:08:14

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We may or may not get Donovan. But until we know for sure then at least go for Hibbett with Coleman in front.

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.

Dave Smith
38   Posted 26/08/2010 at 08:25:20

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Ok. Let's not get too carried away. There's a gulf of class between Huddersfield and Villa. It will be a different squad (to line up against Villa), and it won't include our fringe players.
Dave Lynch
39   Posted 26/08/2010 at 08:55:12

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Dave Smith. The only sensible post so far.

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.

Lee Armstrong
40   Posted 26/08/2010 at 08:18:00

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Obviously Coleman will not start against Villa as (1) we are away, and (2) they are one of the few sides in the Prem that have a left winger that is any good... As for the others, it's anyones guess but guarantee Osman and Neville/Hibbert will be on the sheet.
Ian Mullin
41   Posted 26/08/2010 at 09:21:50

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Was it just me or did anyone else think Mucha was pretty poor. Granted he didn't have much to do but is he rooted to his line? And he made a couple of good saves but even then I wasn't filled with confidence.
For me, Fellaini was awesome! :)
Neal Sutherland
42   Posted 26/08/2010 at 09:11:16

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To be honest, I was totally expecting this, especially when I read the leaning summary towards certain players on the main page, but for all those, including Mr Kenrick, who are calling for Seamus Coleman to start the game, how many of you were watching from the stand or listening to the EvertonTV radio commentary?

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.
David Oliver
43   Posted 26/08/2010 at 09:14:26

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I went the match last night and thought Coleman was excellent, easily MOTM but no way should he start against Villa.

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!
Gary Creaney
44   Posted 26/08/2010 at 09:13:16

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How do you know if Villa will be a totally different proposition. On paper they are miles better than Huddersfield, no doubt about that but on the day the could be poor. The got hammered 6-0 last weekend and they play in Europe tonight. They could be very poor against us for all you know.

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.
John Nelson
45   Posted 26/08/2010 at 10:12:10

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Sorry this is off topic but does anyone know what website I can see the goals from last night?


Tony J Williams
46   Posted 26/08/2010 at 10:23:09

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BBCi player John
Jimmy Hacking
47   Posted 26/08/2010 at 10:23:00

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John ? Alas, last night's goals were not captured on film; every available videocamera in the country was either at White Hart Lane or outside the Manc hotel where the Fifa delegates were staying.
Tony J Williams
48   Posted 26/08/2010 at 10:23:50

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Reading through the posts and thought, "Thanks God for rationality" from post 38 onwards.

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.
Ben Jones
49   Posted 26/08/2010 at 10:32:14

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Coleman right wing is a good idea I reckon, even for ths game, because in essence it's a right back playing a right wing, so typical Moyes!!

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.
Anand Rabheru
50   Posted 26/08/2010 at 10:50:21

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Villa game:

Neville/Hibbert, Heitinga, Distin, Baines
Coleman, Arteta, Fellaini, Pienaar,

Tony Dove
51   Posted 26/08/2010 at 11:35:42

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Heitinga needs a good bollocking for taking the ball off Beckford for the second penalty. He's a decent player but not as good as he and some of the supporters think.
David Booth
52   Posted 26/08/2010 at 12:42:13

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After the double disappointments of Blackburn and Wolves, if Neville/Hibbert and Osman get ahead of Coleman and Rodwell, we deserve to lose.

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?

Phil Bellis
53   Posted 26/08/2010 at 12:55:02

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I was in the Lower Gwladys last night. It's a long time since I've seen the whole stadium stand up just `cos a player on the half-way line had the ball at his feet facing the opposition. The buzz when Coleman was on the ball said everything; the lad looks a natural wingman to me.

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...

Mark Stone
54   Posted 26/08/2010 at 13:02:59

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Charlie Percieval,

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.
Carl Moulton
55   Posted 26/08/2010 at 13:01:44

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Although it's great to see the young lads playing so well, we have to remember we were playing Huddersfield. I think Coleman is worth a place on the right of midfield. I would like to see Howard, Neville, Jags, Heitinga, Baines, Coleman, Arteta, Fellaini, Pienaar, Cahill, Beckford.
Alan Clarke
56   Posted 26/08/2010 at 13:29:20

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Phil, Coleman said this summer that he's only recently moved to the position of full back and grew up playing very much as a midfielder. He should be perfect for that right wing position. Moyes also loves playing players out of position so if he thinks Coleman is a right back he should have no problem switching him to right wing.
Michael Lynch
57   Posted 26/08/2010 at 13:36:52

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Mark Stone, I thought Rodwell had been selected for the U21s?
David Thomas
58   Posted 26/08/2010 at 14:06:45

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Michael Lynch 56, "I thought Rodwell had been selected for the U21s". He has according to Stuart Pearce.
Richard Reeves
59   Posted 26/08/2010 at 14:01:57

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I sometimes think that this argument that Coleman isn't ready for the Prem is just an excuse for Moyes to stick with his so-called good professionals. I don't need anyone to tell me differently to what my own eyes can see. Hibbert and Neville are average but Coleman isn't...

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.

Danny Burke
60   Posted 26/08/2010 at 14:50:07

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For my sins, I live in Leeds at the moment. I was fortunate enough to get the commentary on BBC Radio Leeds while I was at work last night.

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!

Steve Edwards
61   Posted 26/08/2010 at 16:20:11

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I can't see what the problem would be by playing Colemean on the right of midfield. What have we got to lose? We've got fuck all on the right anyway. I can't believe he'd be any worse than Osman and we've been playing him there for years. Why would it be taking a chance? The bottom line is he couldn't do any worse than Osman and we may have found that cutting edge needed to open teams up. For fuck sake, give it a go, the world won't end if it dosn't work out. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Mark Stone
62   Posted 26/08/2010 at 17:52:12

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Michael and Alan, the only way he won't be with the senior squad is if Moyes prevents it. The FA are ringing round the clubs this week to check on players availability - and Rodwell is on the list for the first team squad.
Christopher McCullough
63   Posted 26/08/2010 at 19:23:46

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Thanks Phil #53

I think unique, first hand perpectives such as yours are very telling.
Chad Schofield
64   Posted 26/08/2010 at 23:06:02

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While not a unique thought, I think you can't pit an inexperienced player in Coleman against someone like Ashley Young... It could knock his progression. I like the idea of Herbert and Coleman on the right, as we all know Herbert's weakness in going forward (except on the very rare occasion) and he will dutifully mop up any lapses defensively by young Seamus.

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.
Brendan O'Doherty
65   Posted 26/08/2010 at 23:54:36

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Martin Mason
66   Posted 27/08/2010 at 07:53:30

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I hear a lot of criticism of Phil Neville but for me he has been an asset and a great buy for his leadership, versatility and committment. He may also be a very good coach/manager in the future hopefully for everton. He seems to have become a real Blue.

On subject is it possible that Moyes doesn't realise what a gem he has in Coleman? I doubt it
Phil Bellis
67   Posted 27/08/2010 at 10:14:38

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Cheers Christopher and thanks to Danny for the Leeds, unbiased opinions
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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