Jermaine Beckford, former Chelsea junior, started the game upfront for Everton, with Osman on in place of Bilyaletdinov as part of the supply system behind him. Jagielka replaced Heitinga. Baines looked to have an early chance down the left but overplayed his ball in to Beckford. Everton had good possession and probed away for the first few minutes until Coleman lost the ball in the middle. Chelsea got more ball though and Osman helped them out, losing possession easily.
This led to a spell of Chelsea pressure that was repelled and set up another move down the Everton left but that failed to penetrate the Chelsea area. Coleman did well to beat Cole to a good forward ball from Cahill but his cross was poor. Drogba went down awkwardly on a challenge from Osman and looked to leave the game.
Baines again got a good ball in down the left but Coleman's header for the far post back to his attackers was again poor and a good attacking position was squandered. But Everton were at least .having a go, limited mostly by their own abailities rather than any great defending by Chelsea.
Coleman fouled Cole and from the free kick, Jagielka put Howard under tremendous pressure, his header hitting the post and Terry, surprised by the rebound, could only fire high over the bar. Baines again did brilliantly and served a superb ball in for Beckford but the striker did absolutely nothing with it!
Another good move say Baines cross early to Osman and his ball to Coleman resulted in a shot and Everton's first corner, delivered too high. From that Chelsea attacked in earnest, Malouda forcing a desperate save from Malouda and Drogba's follow up wizzzed wide.
Everton looked to break and Beckford got the ball in a great position but failed to shot and then got the ball stuck at his feet and had to pass to Coleman who wasted it. Cheslea attacked and Drogba played in Malouda who had was denied by Howard. Osman did well to block the header from Ivanovic off the corner.
The game was getting more lively on the half-hour, both sides pressing, and Everton making a decent fist of it but, as ever, not carrying that forward into the goal area. Drodba was finally looking more interested, and fired one over from distance. Howard punched the resulting corner away well.
Fellaini delivered a couple of good balls from the left, the first for Beckford but his shot was blocked, the second defended away. Maoluda crunched into Coleman and was the first recipient of a yellow card just before the break. They then got a good free kick wide right that was delivered well by Arteta but defended away.
Ramires looked to have perhaps won a penalty as he pushed the ball past Howard who had rushed out at him but was rather surprisingly booked for simulation! 0-0 at the break.
Neville got called for a foul and Drogba fired in a tricky one that Howard somehow denied Kalou. At the other end, Ossman tried to lob Cech but he execution was weak. Baines got a yellow for allowing Ramieres to run into him. Some dreadful ball-watchong allowed Chelsea to get a chance and Osman was again the key man to block Maoluda's shot off the corner.
Coleman then got booked for his foul on Ivanovic. This led to some dangerous Chelsea possession, with Drogba winning a free-kick off Baines but Lampard's free header was thankfully well off target. Beckford got pushed and Baines swung in a good delivery that Osman glanced his header into Cech's hands. Lampard then gave Arteta a gift but his ball in to Beckford was just behind him and his shot flew over.
Distin then went in Phil Dowd's book for a lunging tackle and the free-kick led to some anxious moments for Everton ending in a lashed corner that flew over everyone. The quality of play in the final third was pretty poor from both sides, neither able to produce a real chance for a goal. Coleman looked to run at Chelsea but Beckford patheticly yanked on Ferara's arm, and Dowd blew for the foul as Coleman ran into a roadblock.
At the other end, Kalou and Ramieres set up Lampard for the chance f teh game but Hovward blocked the certain goal. From the corner, Ivanovic looked to fire home but Howard again came up big with the block. . Ramieres then ran at the Everton defence and fired a daisy cutter just wide. 20 mins to go and the lack of goals suggested extra time or worse would be needed to settle this one.
Tim Cahill, who had not had a great game, was replaced by Bilyaletdinov. Chelsea had another spell of pressure, Lampard unable to threaten the goal with his shot. Everton then returned the honour, Coleman finally heading into Cech's hands.
Chelsea threatened again, Lampard firing wide. Jagielka got an elbow in the face from Drogba, and a facial cut. Beckford, who had been pretty poor, was replaced by Anichebe with 10 mins left. Bily then whipped in a great ball that should have been converted by Anichebe at the near post, and in the follow-up, Bily should have done a lot better.
Chelsea looked to score with a Lampard lob but it floated over the bar with the Everton defence in disarray, and they were looking the more dangerous as the final minutes ticked away. Chelsea truned the screw and it was Everton whoo had to batten down the hatches, Anichebe got a chance to run and alleviate some pressure, going down easily and winning a soft free kick.
In the follow-up, Everton appeared to have pulled off a fantastic win at the death when Baines fired in a shot that Cech could only parry and Fellaini was there to fire it home... but he was ruled to have been offside when Baines shot. 3 mins of added. Anichebe won a corner that Drogba headed away and the game went into Extra Time.
With little happening after the restart, Moyes made an odd switch, taking Osman off and replacing him with Heitinga. Drogba tried to chip Howard but overhit it. Everton worked a chance for Heitinga to shoot but it was blocked. Jagielka did well to shepherd Drogba away from goal at the expense of a corner. Everton produced another labored attack that broke down and Chelsea broke, winning a corner from which Lampard fired wide.
A poor bit of defending saw Distin and Baines allowing Anelka to cross for Lampard who needed a second attempt to fire the ball in past Howard for what must surely be the winner just before the break in Extra Time.
Moyes's Boys looked bereft of ideas in the second 15 mins, Heitinga making a horribly loose pass and Neville delivering a poor cross, Baines hoofing it to a fouling/offside Fellaini, Arteta squandering a wasteful forward pass then committing a silly foul out of frustration and earning a yellow card, Distin hoofing from the back into empty space, when they did get possession. The moribund tactic was clearly Route One: hoof it up to the makeshift forwards, Fellaini and Jagielka, with Anichebe all but invisible. Chelsea did their best to sit on their hard-earned lead and play out the clock.
As the minutes ticked away, it looked like Everton would go out with a wimper after a stout but ultimately weak performance in front of goal. But, with barely a minute remaining in Extra Time, Ivanovic gave away a free kick by fouling Jagielka as he went for one of those big hoofs from the back. It was an excellent position for a late and dramatic free-kick, front and centre... and literally in the last minute of Extra Time, Leighton Baines stroked it exquisitely just inside the post in front of the 6,000 Evertonians to rescue the tie and put Everton right back in it, with penalties now looming. Essien had a shot that Howard fumbled a little just before the whistle and penalties it was...
- Lampard scored high; Baines's shot was saved by Cech ? 1-0;
- Drogba sent Howard the wrong way; Jagielka sent Cech the wrong way ? 2-1;
- Anelka's shot was palmed away by Howard; Arteta lashed his high into the net ? 2-2;
- Essien also lashed his home; Heitinga smacked his just inside the post past a diving Cech ? 3-3;
- Cole skied it beautifully high and wide!!!; Neville smacked home the winner in fine style ? 3-4
A great result from a poor game were neither side really impressed. But winning is all that matters in the FA Cup. One footnote was the deliberate collision Johnny Heitinga engineered with Ashley Cole as the Everton player walked back to the centre-circle after scoring his spot kick. Cole was bemused and puzzled but it seemed to do the trick, as the Chelsea player blazed their vital last spot-kick well wide of the goal!
Everton surely now have a golden chance to proceed with a home tie against Reading a week on Tuesday in the Fifth Round.
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1 Posted 19/02/2011 at 14:44:29
Johnny thrown on in midfield, not surprising we struggled to actually attempt a shot on goal.
Think the linesman did us in today, with perfectly good goal from Fella in my opinion, then again they had a good call for pen turned down.
1-0 down start of second half of extra time, just can't see where we are going to get a goal from.
2 Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:01:39
1-1 going in for pens...
3 Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:02:52
4 Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:18:20
5 Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:17:32
6 Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:21:10
7 Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:22:05
BK was crying when Baines scored according to the Beeb!!!!!!!!!
That was some result Boys and Girls
What a weird team we are...
8 Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:23:10
Bring on Reading :D
9 Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:26:14
10 Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:33:14
Well done boys, pride back !!!!
11 Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:32:31
In order to secure the future of Everton FC for the future generations of Evertonians, we need many more days like this.
12 Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:46:56
13 Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:44:00
14 Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:45:40
15 Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:47:43
16 Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:49:36
17 Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:52:49
Gutted there was no after-match reaction on ESPN.
18 Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:58:49
I'll at least temporarily take back everything I've ever said about Johnny Nasty after his gloriously unsporting barge on Cashley as he stepped up to take his pen ? beautiful, absolutely beautiful!!!
Some tough-motherfucking performances today, but it's all about Baines for me. Not only our best and most intelligent footballer, but now proving himself to be a man of immense character and resolve, allying never-say-die strength and spirit to exquisite skill ? that free kick was even more perfectly executed than Sheedy's against Luton in 85.
Make him captain!
19 Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:09:14
20 Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:12:25
Well done lads. On our day a match for the best of them. Just unfortunate that we don't have many days.
Please just prove me wrong.
As much as I am elated about the win, there is Blue Bill having an oscar moment! FFS, where there is a camera there is a publicity shot.
The boys won today, not you!
21 Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:16:00
"That goes to all those toff twats leaving Wembley when you beat us and didn't even stay for the trophy lift" ... Gav, I will tell you, I had my little girl with me so we left quickly after that final whistle at Wembley to miss the crowds - and there we still Chelsea supporters on the tube before us. I felt bad leaving early and we had lost."
John Audsley at No 7:
"BK was crying when Baines scored according to the Beeb!!!"
Well let's hope he's crying again soon when he is forced out of Goodison.
22 Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:23:23
23 Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:19:39
And Heitinga...very funny..."how's the wife, Ash? - brilliant
Now we may even get a post from Richard (`Suppository') Dodd...or even Uncle Biil will re-surface
24 Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:30:45
25 Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:27:29
The emotions that followed when Fellaini scored, then ruled out, then they look to have won it, then Bainesy steps up, then down again at 0-2 on pens, then ultimate elation when Nev plants it in the top corner. Couldn't make it up, Thought the delayed report was going to be full of excitable expletives, never mind save them for winning the cup...
26 Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:39:07
Jeezus, you can guarantee Reading will be anything but a gimme.
27 Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:28:40
Want to go back to Wembley so much. Think of all the good teams who have been knocked out now. We must get to the quarters at least. Reading at home is a gift!
28 Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:34:16
CARDBOARD, CUTOUT, COCKNEY CUNTS...
29 Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:26:36
Chris#21, re the Chelsea fans leaving the Final early. They had to travel all the way back to London...poor dears! A few pints tonight methinks!
30 Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:05:15
Well done the boys - and well done to the Fans Forum for, thankfully, much less crap and criticism towards the manager and players..
31 Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:11:13
32 Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:15:30
33 Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:59:43
Kudos to Coleman for his defensive work on Cole.
Fellaini and Arteta were solid and the much maligned Osman did a job for the team. Great to see Jags doing his best Mick Lyons impersonation, winning the free kick for the equalizer, putting his penalty away, face swollen and blood smeared. Great to come out on the winning side of a 50/50
game after the boys put so much into it. Finally well done to Timmy H...some big saves during the 120minutes and the big penalty stop from Anelka to set up Phils winner and classy goal celebration in front of the blue hordes. Happy days.
34 Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:18:10
Dramatic twists and turns, yes, and great I'm sure if you were one of the 6,000 in the crowd, but not a great game of football by any stretch.
Still, a vast improvement on last week ? at least we tried to play some half-decent stuff. Our so-called strikers are just hopeless, Coleman is going backwards in his development, and Cahill was a passenger (apart from one good pass that Coleman wasted).
Best if I don't talk about the football and just concentrate on the result...
Way Hey, Go Blues!!! We're On Our Way to Wembley!!!
35 Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:22:20
36 Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:27:38
Far too many proper football fans didn't get to see the game whilst twats like that who had no interest in it did. Don't feel guilty about leaving yourself as we didn't win so we had a good reason to do one.
37 Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:36:11
I thought Chelsea goal was very weak and we should have done more.
That midfield needs to be plugged urgently.
38 Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:35:51
Half-an-hour later I spat my tea out when Sky News reported Neville had scored the winner (I did check it wasn't an own goal first).
Hopefully the belated turning point to our crap season.
39 Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:47:29
40 Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:43:45
41 Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:46:41
Nothing will ever make up for 2009 but the scenes after Baines scored and Nev tucked away the winner were up there with anything I've experienced at a game.
All this after last Sunday's performance?! Only Everton......
42 Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:54:24
However, I would make one point: several thousand supporters are still making their way back from London right now whereas Bolton is only an hour away at most. Give them a chance to get home first!
43 Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:56:07
44 Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:52:58
Midfield was problematic as well as the centre mid positions looked incredibly soft and the flanks looked solid if unspectacular. When Bily came on, we did seem to threaten a bit more but at the expense of the solidity.
Defensively we do look better with Jags there rather than Johnny H, so Distin-Jags should stay the CB partnership.
Overall the team looks workmanlike and because of Arteta's terrible form, bereft of ideas. I'm very happy with the result and the victory but we shouldn't let it distract from the fundamental problems with this team. We have had a couple of "season defining moments" (Man City, Spurs) which have then led nowhere. For me the litmus test is in how we felt once Chelsea went 1-0 up: how many of us really thought we'd end up winning the game at that point?
45 Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:59:43
Finally, well done to Timmy H... some big saves during the 120 minutes and the big penalty stop from Anelka to set up Phil's winner and classy goal celebration in front of the blue hordes. Happy days.
46 Posted 19/02/2011 at 18:09:05
47 Posted 19/02/2011 at 18:08:40
And to cap it all, we need a winning penalty from our last taker ..... and it's Phil Neville.
Yes. It's probably delayed shock and some sort of incipient stress disorder.
48 Posted 19/02/2011 at 18:09:20
It may be hindsight, but once the whistle went after extra time, Moyes and the players were really pumped up, and just seemed to know that we'd win through on penalties. Oh, and the toss to take the penalties at the Everton end was certainly a big help too!
49 Posted 19/02/2011 at 18:23:01
50 Posted 19/02/2011 at 18:25:04
And tbh, I don't think the players really responded either after Chelsea scored. Yes Jags won the header for the free-kick, but what else was there? What other dynamic attacking play that made you ? or the players ? think, yes we are still in this? Jags was up front because we had no other ideas other than lump it up front (I hasten to add that at that point it is a sensible thing to do) and we hadn't had any for most of extra time. It felt like it was going through the motions and it was only after Baines's goal that we had any belief in the team...
The point I'm making is that, while it is a victory, it can't paper over the fact that we created very little, threatened even less after Chelsea scored and got out of jail due to a Baines super-strike and Johnny H's mind games on Cashley.
51 Posted 19/02/2011 at 18:48:31
52 Posted 19/02/2011 at 18:49:43
53 Posted 19/02/2011 at 18:30:50
League points are now a priority.
54 Posted 19/02/2011 at 18:47:57
55 Posted 19/02/2011 at 18:46:12
Well done the lads
56 Posted 19/02/2011 at 19:00:23
MotM ? Howard, without a doubt. Without him, Baines's heroics would've meant nothing.
Politics aside, nights like this give me enormous pride!
Special mention goes to Johnny H for the bleeding fucking obvious!
57 Posted 19/02/2011 at 19:14:45
58 Posted 19/02/2011 at 19:21:25
59 Posted 19/02/2011 at 19:39:18
I think the team put in a good shift first half, but were very indifferent second half. (Well done Howard for saving us!) Baines's wonder strike was an unexpected bonus ? as was our resolve in the shoot-out. We still lack a real punch up front, and too many of our players are still not performing well enough, but I'll give the lads some praise for getting stuck in today (unlike against Bolton!).
So stop using a 'rare' triumph to have a snipe at those of us who still voice their concerns about the club and fear the relegation battle to come ? just enjoy the moment for once and let's get the debate about our club's future going on Monday! COYBs
60 Posted 19/02/2011 at 19:31:47
Nobody can deny though that over the two games, we were the better team against the Cup holders, and deserved to go through.
One other point. The referee nearly destroyed our hopes today by penalising us every time for a 50/50 call, after he turned down the Chelsea penalty claim at the end of the first half. Every time the ball was played forward, any tussle between Cahill/Beckford and John Terry/Ivanovic was penalised and given in favour of Chelsea. Similarly, the ref was only too happy to penalise Jagielka up against Drogba. This had the consequence of halting any forward momentum we had, and heaping pressure on us defensively. The foul count was a joke ? 32-13 in favour of Chelsea, according to the BBC.
61 Posted 19/02/2011 at 19:20:45
Players must have a certain mindset and the fact that we were triumphant at Wembly would have been going through the Chelsea players' minds along with ours.
This bodes well because we may need this again in the future. It's always nice to win in the 90 but hey, If it's the final and we get to take the cup home then i'll take a pens win every day of the week and I wouldn't give a toss if we played shite or not. It never mentions how bad the winners played in the record books.
MotM today, take a bow Tim Howard. He was immense today with some outstanding goalkeeping. Plus of course, Leighton comes in a close second. I think Fabio Capone has seen all he needs to see to know, who the best leftback in England really is. Class move by the way from Jonny H with Cashley.
Great spirit today by the players and special thanks must go to our fantastic, superb exceptional supporters who went through probable hell and high water to be at that game and were of course at the end of the day, our 12th 13th and 14th man on that pitch. I was so proud of all of them today.
Can't wait for the draw.
62 Posted 19/02/2011 at 20:22:29
Everton v Reading
(One game at a time!!!)
63 Posted 19/02/2011 at 20:32:59
64 Posted 19/02/2011 at 19:58:03
Nick#50 ? I never thought we'd lose in open play from the moment Jags' back header hit the post instead of sneaking in past Howard. We're through to the next round, the Cup-holders ? unbeaten in the competiton for over two seasons ? and League Champions (beaten at home) aren't. Like I said, credit where it's due.
65 Posted 19/02/2011 at 20:38:20
66 Posted 19/02/2011 at 20:41:07
67 Posted 19/02/2011 at 20:44:47
68 Posted 19/02/2011 at 20:34:26
Have a day off and let's all enjoy a superb result that may well (I hope) turn our season around.
For me Phil Neville was magnificent throughout. You could see he was determined we would not lose this one and to score a pen under that amount of pressure shows immense character.
Also kudos to Tim Howard, Distin, Jags and surprisingly Ossie with a very special mention of Bainesy and Felli who I also thought were superb throughout.
Let's hope BK continues to cry for the rest of the season.
69 Posted 19/02/2011 at 20:21:41
I went to Bolton ? Not good.
Today ? Did not go but, for the fans who did, Proud of you! You act like Evertonians and make me feel humble.
Anyway, the 9 years????
The "big" 4 away ???
Their money/Ours ???
Half full or half empty???
I will be experiencing both halves in a bit, and look forward to MotD.
70 Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:01:21
Nice one, just indulged with fig rolls and a cuppa.
71 Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:03:04
72 Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:08:15
we're on the march with Moyesies army, we're all going to Wembley.....
73 Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:22:21
74 Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:38:48
My glass is refuelled and half-empty.
Look on the Daily Mail website at the photo of the Chelski players ? We did that!!!
75 Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:40:32
76 Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:50:29
I had nearly forgotten!
77 Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:45:46
Still alive even after cheering like mad at the end which was really surreal. COYB
78 Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:46:01
But today, everybody has a right to enjoy the day.The team are short of quality but if they fight like they did today, we can't ask for any more of them. I think most supporters would back our players to the hilt if they fight like they did today. Great, great support from our travelling fans. I am chuffed to bits for them.
79 Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:51:34
Fellaini, if he is going to play the holding midfielder, needs to learn to run, something he can't seem to do, and he needs to learn to pass better.
Overall this was still Chelsea and where still capable of absolutely battering us even with their striker issues.
Best we could have hoped for is what we got, get to pens and nail them. But pip and Johnny scoring 0.o!!
80 Posted 19/02/2011 at 22:08:16
81 Posted 19/02/2011 at 22:10:24
Everton started brightly but without any punch (our usual problem) and looked confident with Felliani and Osman showing up well but, as usually happens, sloppiness crept in and they started to give up possession too often. Cahill still looks jet-lagged but hopefully will be back to form for the next Premier League game.
Well done, Pip and Bainsy.
82 Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:38:15
To sum up, one of the best occasions watchin Everton in 31 years. My sons were with me and still fucking buzzing and all waiting up to re-live it at half eleven.
We're on the march with Moyesie's army......
83 Posted 19/02/2011 at 22:25:06
84 Posted 19/02/2011 at 22:38:56
I hope they enjoyed it.
Meanwhile back at TW, where are the negs? Not just people who want to vent their spleen at stuff they do not agree with, we all have opinions, but the serial negs who i feel would be happier if we did lose,. just to prove their point or they are right.
Alan above, quite right we won. Period Full stop
Did we play well against Man Utd at Wembley?? Who cares? And for those of you that were there ? how did it feel?????
And for those who say we "froze" or worse in the Final and how bad we were, take it you do not just feel a tingle about going again, eh?
We can do it, or more realistically, we can if we all support rather than moan about our glorious team.
We have just beaten Chelsea away. We won at Chelsea. 4-5-1, Osman, Johnnie, blah. Support the club.
85 Posted 19/02/2011 at 22:54:25
86 Posted 19/02/2011 at 22:44:47
87 Posted 19/02/2011 at 22:59:08
88 Posted 19/02/2011 at 22:44:08
Anyhow, fast forward, totally passionate and sensational support which makes me totally proud and quiver with emotion to have been there today as Philip Neville slotted away the final kick of the game. Que mayhem.
NO OTHER CLUB IN THE COUNTRY WOULD HAVE SUPPORTED A TEAM THE WAY WE DID TODAY, given the preceeding season to date and issues reguarding the January transfer window shambles, etc.
Bill, don't even mention how great this club is, just fucking do something to make it better.
Signing off now to top up my glass and watch the highlights.
89 Posted 19/02/2011 at 23:20:48
Should be Captain.
90 Posted 20/02/2011 at 00:42:26
91 Posted 19/02/2011 at 22:55:05
On the pink kit that we didn't wear today, isn't the white one for away cup games, and the pink for away league games wear the colours clash? That's my understanding.
T-Howe for MotM today, but a real unsung hero is Distin. Unlike forwards, if you don't see much of a cente half, he is doing his job well.
To everyone who writes off Johnny, the guy has just put the ball in the back of the net for the first time in an Everton jersey, and he went ballistic, went straight to the crowd, then had enough intelligence to play mind games with "the best left back in the world."
I give you John Heitinga, best cunt!
92 Posted 20/02/2011 at 01:04:12
93 Posted 20/02/2011 at 01:20:40
94 Posted 20/02/2011 at 01:36:14
Thanks Bainsey, Pip.
BK, Moysie ? You can say what you like about doing it for the camera, but that's bollocks, they're not that good actors. They care about this club and that is why they're worth ten Abramovich's.
95 Posted 20/02/2011 at 02:22:41
96 Posted 20/02/2011 at 02:32:03
Pure poetry from Baines's freekick. I need to sleep ? but just WOW!!!!
97 Posted 20/02/2011 at 03:02:59
98 Posted 20/02/2011 at 01:33:04
99 Posted 20/02/2011 at 03:23:48
100 Posted 20/02/2011 at 05:22:20
101 Posted 20/02/2011 at 05:01:14
That kind of energy and enthusiasm and just something to get excited about has been missing.
Pray to God this is the rocket up the ass to give the boys that drive to succeed and win.
No more Bolton games. Much more of this please.
102 Posted 20/02/2011 at 05:37:22
Big thank you for those links. Great seeing it again in it's full glory, not just 5 second snipets you get on the tube.
103 Posted 20/02/2011 at 08:15:58
Well done to all the players and DM including Ossie.Hope this is a regular for him now,performance and drive wise ie.
Apparently BBC had a special lens that picked up BK tears.
104 Posted 20/02/2011 at 08:49:57
105 Posted 20/02/2011 at 10:55:33
Without knocking Coleman or Baines, on numerous occasions they got into great positions with space near the dead ball line but could never produce the correct cross.
Just remember whoever plays Chelsea away you wont find any team creating numerous chances. We did great yesterday considering we only had a good enough team to last 90 minutes, we never had a bench with anything to help us out with extra time. I think Moyes all week would have been looking for us to get to penalties and you can bet all week they would have been practicing.
On a plus side too, I thought Arteta played great yesterday and never gave up trying to get forward.
106 Posted 20/02/2011 at 17:00:06
However, thank god we held on, the Baines free kick was awesome... added to the fact they believed they could hold on and win on pens.
They all stepped up to the plate and made us proud, now we have to do the same thing to inferior teams, which we have struggled to contain, probably because they don't let us play open footie like these teams do, and have done nothing about shoring up the middle of the field.
Bring on Reading and then Citteh or Villa
107 Posted 20/02/2011 at 18:44:10
108 Posted 21/02/2011 at 02:27:29
I really have no idea what can be done though in that holding role coz no-one wants to take it.
109 Posted 21/02/2011 at 07:55:37
We have passed teams to death all season with pretty triangle football like we did in the first half on Saturday at times, from Blackburn away onwards, but as soon as we get to where it matters we shit ourselves and Arteta turns into a crab which is not helped back a lack of movement upfront.
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