An unchanged starting line-up for Everton at the first league encounter at Bloomfield Road since 1971. Keith Southern, previously of Everton Reseves, playing for Blackpool., while Seamus Coleman returns to the club he helped bring up to the Premier League with his loan spell last season. On the bench, no room for Magaye Gueye, who has been there for every game so far... but has still not been given his Premier League debut. A quiet start saw Distin eventually go Route One to Yakubu whose cushioned header back to Cahill was leathered high wide and horrible!
Arteta gave away a poor free-kick on 9 mins that Eardley powered a little too easily round the wall and well past Howard into the Everton net. Howard perhaps at fault?
Blues shocked and stunned... but it didn't take long before great work by Distin in the build-up preceded an exquisite turn and chip by Yakubu that was nodded in superbly past Gilks off a great header from Cahill.
First corner won on 20 mins but Arteta floated it far too high and deep. Eardley was booked for a mistimed clip on Cahill. A second goal was close when Cahill and Yakubu combined but Cahill's snapshot was blocked off Yakubu into the keeper's hands.
Some excellent passing finally released Baines into the area but he took an extra touch as Everton took full control, camping out in the Blackpool half. More intricate play by Pienaar almost set up Yakubu but he was rapidly closed down.
Crainey clashed legs with Coleman, giving away a free kick wide right that Arteta clipped in well (fast and low) but it was headed clear. Coleman made a great drive into the area, beating three men before driving a fierce shot just wide.
After bossing the first half, Heitinga cnceded a 'professional' free-kick in the centre-circle and in the ensuing attack, Everton just could not get the ball clear during a bit of goalmouth ping-pong that ended with David Vaughan scoring for Blackpool to stun the Blues again... But, again, it didn't take long for Everton to equalize, Coleman picking up Crainey's poor defensive header and running in with determination and firing off a low shot in on Gilks that he could only palm into the net.
Saha replaced The Yak on the hour mark, Southern also off for Phillips for Blackpool before Arteta clipped in a free-kick well won by Coleman on the right; but it ended in a break buy fresh-legged Phllips that Heitinga did well to thwart, and a follow-up drive from Adams flew thankfully wide.
A corner on 65 mins came to nought, Everton then playing the ball backward from a position of good possession. The game tempo was hotting up with some tremendous action at both ends, a great cross from Neville that was stolen off Saha's head (does he score with his head?), brilliant defending by Jagielka, a fantastic run and cross by Coleman, a superb one-two for Pienaar that he finished far too weakly, hitting the ball into the ground, a Baines corner bundled out by Jagielka as the rain lashed in from across the Irish Sea.
Last 20 mins and the match was on a knife-edge, Pienaar laid off a great ball for Saha and the third goal beckoned but incredibly, he clipped it wide!!! At the other end, Varney spun the Everton defenders but also fired well wide. Harewood and Grandin came on for Taylor-Fletcher and Varney as a lower-trajectory corner from Arteta was easily headed away. Pienaar then made way for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, then Beckford received extensive instructions before replacing Heitinga with only 13 mins of normal time to claim the game.
Blackpool still had plenty of life in them but Bily and Becks combined only the big League One player couldn't get past his blocker. It was end-to-end in the pouring rain, Harewood trying it on from distance. Arteta getting too easily dispossessed as the pedulum swung back and forth. Cahill, a great run down the left, his low cross incredibly evading not one but four Blue shirts in the Blackpool area.
There were increasing signs of tiredness as possession was lost cheaply by both sides... 4-4-2 against 4-2-4. Jagielka put in a tremendous block to stop Adam shooting. Adam, with lots more space since Hietinga went off, fired again from distance but the ball flew over. The Seasiders kept attacking with conviction, preventing Everton from putting together meaningful attacks.
Then a strange run of play on the 90, as Harewood ran on to a good lob and slotted past Howard only for the goal to be called back for some infringement ? apparently a nudge by Harewood on Jagielka before he laid the ball off for the lob.
Jagielka then gave away a free-kick at the death that Adams drove for a corner off the Everton wall as it was all Blackpool in added time. But they didn't score and a very entertaining game finished 2-2. A game Everton had dominated for long periods but their superior possession and passing was not enough to produce the win, with the real cutting edge still missing up-front.
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1 Posted 06/11/2010 at 17:03:54
2 Posted 06/11/2010 at 17:11:30
Heitinga's substitution was a poor choice and screwed us over... really annoyed. Still, with heightened performance comes heightened expectation... undefeated in 6.
3 Posted 06/11/2010 at 17:13:50
4 Posted 06/11/2010 at 17:13:18
Still lacking that bite in the box though. Why can't any of our players put their bleeding foot through the ball when they get a chance, stop bleeding sidefooting!!! Think that Louis should have gone down and got the penalty when he was hit.
Happy with a point in the end. Jags and Distin good again. Howard went down like London Bridge for their first.
5 Posted 06/11/2010 at 17:22:35
6 Posted 06/11/2010 at 17:35:06
Somebody needs to show the Everton players videos of players SHOOTING ? what the fuck is wrong with them???
What a waste of money the Saha contract was, another sitter missed. Beckford also way out of his depth, these are the consequences of underfunding the manager's plans.
7 Posted 06/11/2010 at 17:43:06
He was pulled from behind just as he made his shot (and missed).
By the way, it was a good chance, but it was far from a "sitter".
8 Posted 06/11/2010 at 17:51:05
9 Posted 06/11/2010 at 17:33:20
I know their 3rd was disallowed (there was a tug on Jagielka's shirt) but Pienaar and Saha should have buried their chances. With us we need a second goal, whether we go in front or draw level, because we don't create tap-ins for our strikers... so, when we make an opportunity, we have to take it. Then, when we do I think we will go on and score more.
I believe that we will hammer some team soon. I'm gutted we didn't get three points today but we are unbeaten in 6 games and ahead of the Red Shite.
10 Posted 06/11/2010 at 17:54:32
The % of this tactic in reality is far too low for it to be a winner. Very nice to watch but we need some mix-n-match now and again.
Come on, Davey work on our shooting, FFS.
11 Posted 06/11/2010 at 18:11:57
Track back, cover, don't lose shape. Not shoot on sight. As a defender, that's all he knows. It's the Everton Way... under Moyes.
12 Posted 06/11/2010 at 18:03:19
Bily must go and Heitinga probably will but what a shame, he is a bloody good player. Now we have a RM problem and a LM problem and a serious striker problem. I saw flashes of Yakubu on Kazakh TV and his turn and cross for Cahill's goal was excellent. Surely he is guaranteed for one of the striker berths?
13 Posted 06/11/2010 at 18:23:37
By the way, 'track back, cover and don't lose shape' is the foundation of success in the modern game. It's when we stopped doing that and adopted 4-4-2, the chances dried up.
14 Posted 06/11/2010 at 18:30:10
Can't believe Tony thinks Saha should have gone down. Who are we? Liverpool? We don't do that and the Yak should have known better.
15 Posted 06/11/2010 at 18:44:03
Think about it: Defence is Job One. Scoring goals is a luxury, not the essential purpose of the game ? that is defending. You have to defend for the entire match; you grab goals opportunistically.
16 Posted 06/11/2010 at 18:51:55
If I wanted to be particularly caustic, I would point out that this is proof Moyes has no idea when it comes to training his team of players to attack effectively.
17 Posted 06/11/2010 at 18:54:08
18 Posted 06/11/2010 at 18:59:42
Not putting them away is partly down to confidence ? a vital asset for a striker.Despite the goal last week, Yakubu is not back to his best and Saha needs a goal or two to get his confidence back. Beckford simply hasn't had enough time on the pitch or service to demonstrate one way or another. Arteta and Pienaar score some good occasional goals, but are not goalscoring midfielders in the Nolan or Gerard mould. And they don't shoot enough (does Moyes tell them not to? I doubt it). Bily can certainly shoot, but his general play is so poor that it barely matters. Which leaves Cahill and that's why we are so dependent on him for goals.
There's no easy solution to all this, but lame (and predictable) attacks on Moyes is obscuring more than it is explaining.
19 Posted 06/11/2010 at 18:59:37
I posted the other day about clinical finishing. Anyone Chelsea put in or around the box can score and they do it regularly. They are the top team. They are the big earners.
We are pretty good at creating scoring opportunities but don't have that level of expertise to score that extra goal a game that makes all the difference. You don't have to blast a shot to score from the edge of the area, it takes composure, practice and confidence.
Keep on shootin' boys, and not just blanks.
20 Posted 06/11/2010 at 19:30:55
Pienaar and Baines pissed me off today with their impression of Arsenal trying to walk the ball into the net. Just fucking shoot or cross when you are in a good position! Coleman's goal was a prime example of what happens if you shoot on target with power. I can say for certain that Pienaar would not have shot in that position.
21 Posted 06/11/2010 at 19:35:05
Can't agree with you on that performance. They had 2 goals from 2 shots, where we had 1 from 10. The difference is beleif in your ability (and at the moment not passing to Arteta).
We have a few coming back and I would love to see big Vic running at Boltons defence in midweek, alongside the Yak.
22 Posted 06/11/2010 at 19:25:38
Paul, If the buck doesn't stop with Moyes (and I like the guy), then with whom does the buck stop?
Granted Moyes went for the win late on but surely if Rodwell was on the bench and Arteta was tiring then what was needed was a "box-to-box" player coming on who can beat people and is not afraid to have a shot.
Sorry but he brings on Bily and leaves Rodders on the bench, is it any wonder that Moyes's judgment gets called into question?
No is or buts ? they were there for the taking today and we failed, simple as.
23 Posted 06/11/2010 at 19:40:24
24 Posted 06/11/2010 at 19:55:13
25 Posted 06/11/2010 at 20:00:32
We drop 2 points away to Blackpool in a game we had over 20 attempts at goal and the knives are out again. Pathetic.
Joe McMahon - with some of your shouts, you've got to be Steve's brother.
26 Posted 06/11/2010 at 20:05:46
Did you actually watch the game or this comment straight out of the "Moyes can do no right" filing cabinet with no connection to any observable reality?
27 Posted 06/11/2010 at 20:12:52
Scuffed, dragged, weak in power and missed by a mile. How many of the twenty actually made their goalkeeper work for his living?
Listen, £40k plus a week and I for expect more in the skills of a professional footballer when shooting on goal.
Your arguments just don't stand up. The psychological thought patterns of the team, of any team to be fair, will always reflect their manager. Check out Barry Fry for example.
It's no good saying how great and wonderful our football is, at the end of the day it's "Points make prizes"
Paul, what do points make?
28 Posted 06/11/2010 at 20:30:39
29 Posted 06/11/2010 at 20:32:44
It was an entertaining game today but you can see why a lot (all?!) of these players have failed to end up at the top clubs throughout Europe (by which I mean regular CL sides) and find themselves playing for us for a nice £30-70 large a week. Saha, Heitinga, Arteta, Neville, Howard.....
They're mostly all decent players but lack that 10/15% which separates the nearly men from the winners. Sad to say. And are they that bothered? A draw with Blackpool is pretty tame whatever the circumstances, especially when we've blown so many points already this season... and lost to Brentford. Anyway, on to Bolton.....
30 Posted 06/11/2010 at 20:44:08
31 Posted 06/11/2010 at 21:30:38
I remember Lee Carsley scoring a peach against Birmingham at home. When interviewed he did say the manager does not like us shooting from so far out.
Recently Baines laid on an injury time goal for Cahill and said that the Manager did not like him to be that far up the pitch so late in the game.
It sounded very entertaining today so I am not having a go, did not actually see it. But our Manager is without doubt too cautious.
32 Posted 06/11/2010 at 21:52:07
Our overall progress is hampered by having a bunch of forwards who can't do the jobs thay are paid handsomely for.
Brett Angell, Rod Belfitt, Joe Harper, Jimmy Hill... please come home!
33 Posted 06/11/2010 at 22:08:14
Alan (32), well said. If you are paid to be a striker then fucking be a striker. If you can't do the bizz, then why should the fans pay the money that they can't afford, week-in, week-out, as their electric and gas bills fall onto the welcome mat?
Sort it, Everton... because we deserve more.
34 Posted 06/11/2010 at 23:17:24
35 Posted 06/11/2010 at 23:23:54
That's pretty much the summary of the game. What I don't understand is the criticism of Beckford. If Lionel Messi only got 15-20 minutes on the pitch every week he wouldn't make much of an impression. The lad needs time before you can make any sort of judgment on him.
Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Bilyaletdinov. We need to sell him for whatever we can get (£5m would be magic tbh), and invest in a striker.
It's a shame we missed out on that Gyan, or even Obinna who I think would have done a decent job for us this year.
36 Posted 06/11/2010 at 23:18:19
As for the negatives, I think Moyes is going to rue not sorting out Pienaar's contract, he was superb, best I have seen him play, can't believe we are going to let him go, smacks of Don Hutchinson all over again. Billy is awful, watched him in Austalia in training and matches and he was awful, I wouldn't have him on the bench.
If we played like that every week I would be very happy. Please, Moyes, don't return to hoofball ever again; this is more like it.
37 Posted 06/11/2010 at 23:27:30
38 Posted 07/11/2010 at 02:35:20
Yeah, and pig's can fly.
39 Posted 07/11/2010 at 04:29:16
But you want more? Okay...
"If Moyes didn't know how to 'attack effectively' we wouldn't be creating chances." ? There are chances and chances. It wasn't as if we were creating clear-cut chances and missing them (well, except for one ? Saha's). Generally, though, the quality of our so-called chances has not been great; we have not been missing a large number of sitters. There have been many occasions this season when a more powerful shot might have produced different results. But the problem may well be what Paul Thompson dismisses:
"And they don't shoot enough (does Moyes tell them not to? I doubt it)." ? Well, apparently that is just the case. And it unfortunately underlines exactly the problem: we have it on record that Moyes has instructed players not to shoot from distance. And you can tell by watching how we play that their demeanour around the opposition penalty appears to reflect this negative ethos from the manager.
Now I can understand that many will find that hard to accept. I myself find it astounding that a Premier League manager would instruct any of his players (with the possible exception of Hibbert) in any circumstance not to shoot... but I don't come out with this stuff ? Moyes does.
"There's no easy solution to all this, but lame (and predictable) attacks on Moyes is obscuring more than it is explaining." ? Ah, there we go.... 'lame and predictable attacks on Moyes'. On reflection, I don't think I'll bother dignifying that one with a response.
ps: Jon Cox: I moved your missing post onto the Ken Buckley thread.
40 Posted 07/11/2010 at 08:31:05
As part of my job I sometimes have to facilitate difficult meetings (and I'm actually quite good at this stuff). I think I would wake up in a cold sweat if I had to run a session with the gang of shrinking violets we get on here. Imagine trying to run a meeting with a roomful of Toffeewebbers.
41 Posted 07/11/2010 at 09:02:43
42 Posted 07/11/2010 at 09:52:55
43 Posted 07/11/2010 at 10:05:31
44 Posted 07/11/2010 at 11:04:55
45 Posted 07/11/2010 at 12:13:57
Well lads, creating loads of chances, and not putting them away, is seriously fucking worrying.
46 Posted 07/11/2010 at 12:14:32
My comments were not intended as a Moyes is always right contribution. But let's criticise him for the actual things he gets wrong. An example yesterday ? taking Heitinga off and putting Beckford on. Result ? letting Charlie Adam run free and unbalancing the shape of the team. But a lot of TofffeeWebbers would have supported the change. Why? Because Moyes is 'always so defensive'.
47 Posted 07/11/2010 at 13:24:06
48 Posted 07/11/2010 at 13:29:57
Having watched Everton train on four separate visits to the USA, I can honestly state that I have never seen the team practising attacking moves, but have seen short spells of shooting. The majority of the training work appears to be focused on defensive formations for corners and free kicks, and these include where the forwards and midfield place themselves.
There are short 5-a-side sessions in a tight area, but I cannot recall witnessing an actual attacking session ? other than a pass from one of the trainers for a shot.
I have previously asked if anyone else has attended training sessions at Finch Farm, but have not had any comments. I'm sure that we must, but I'll ask the question again ? do we, or don't we spend an allotted time to practise attacking moves in training?
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