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Chelsea (A): Penalty path to the Fifth Round

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...

Penalty Shoot-Out:

  • 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.


Michael  Kenrick     Posted 19/02/2011 at

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James Hollister
1   Posted 19/02/2011 at 14:44:29

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Anichebe on for Beckford... at least Beckford actually tried to get himself into position and tried... on his own, while Anichebe clueless again imo.

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.
James Hollister
2   Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:01:39

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What a hell of a cracking free kick from Baines into the corner of the net, perfect execution!

1-1 going in for pens...
James Hollister
3   Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:02:52

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I can't actually believe what I just witnessed...what a result on Pens :D

Peter Webster
4   Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:18:20

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Holy Christ.
Andy Crooks
5   Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:17:32

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My God, this team can make you physically ill. Magnificent, utterly magnificent. Let's do it from now to the end of the season. I can watch the highlights tonight.
Gavin Ramejkis
6   Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:21:10

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First time DM has beaten those mercenary bastards on their turf, get it right up ye, that goes to all those toff twats leaving Wembley when you beat us and didn't even stay for the trophy lift.
John Audsley
7   Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:22:05

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Incredible

BK was crying when Baines scored according to the Beeb!!!!!!!!!

That was some result Boys and Girls

What a weird team we are...
James Hollister
8   Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:23:10

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Now we want little Crawley Town to do us a number today against Manure... Can't obviously see it, but you never know. Let's hope this is the very catalyst that can kick us on, and try to get us into Europe. The way the season has gone so far, a couple of wins can propel us up there rather quickly.

Bring on Reading :D
Nick Wall
9   Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:26:14

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Jags carrying on to the very end with his face all battered and bruised, then slamming home one of the winning penalties, epitomised the spirit of the team today. Yes, we rode our luck a bit at times, but what a great team performance.
David Price
10   Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:33:14

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Just heard Lazarus is sueing Everton for breach of copyright.
Well done boys, pride back !!!!
Tony I'Anson
11   Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:32:31

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Today there are 15-year-old Evertonians in the crowd who will be talking about this game in 25 years time when they reach their 40s.

In order to secure the future of Everton FC for the future generations of Evertonians, we need many more days like this.
John Talbot
12   Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:46:56

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Had to pinch myself
COYB
Martin Mason
13   Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:44:00

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A performance of massive character and one of Everton's best ever cup wins. In Fellaini and Baines we have two of the best players in Europe in their position but everybody did well and gave their all today and I give credit to Osman too. I worry for the future especially the virtual impossibility that we can keep the big fella and Bainsey but let's just enjoy the present. It's a great day.
Gerry Western
14   Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:45:40

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Have to admit I thought we'd blown it. Was desperately hoping Baines would take the kick rather than Arteta, an absolute peach of a strike. My MotM my a country mile.
David Price
15   Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:47:43

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Michael, permission granted to use the words unbelievable in your summary. Don't think you'll get any arguements this time mate.
Viv Sharma
16   Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:49:36

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Gerry, I was thinking exactly the same. i think Howard should be credited with MotM though. Some great saves AND a great shootout
John Talbot
17   Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:52:49

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Did you see how sad Cashly looked. Nearly died laughing.

Gutted there was no after-match reaction on ESPN.
Andrew Conroy
18   Posted 19/02/2011 at 15:58:49

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Sensational.

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!
Lee Courtliff
19   Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:09:14

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Credit to Osman who played well on the left. Can't believe Moyes didn't play Bily in the centre when he came on. Anyway, sorry to moan... great result, bit lucky but surely we deserve some luck! COYB
Kirk McArdle
20   Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:12:25

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Is that the "Ronaldo Tackle" we have all been waiting for?

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!
Chris Matheson
21   Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:16:00

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Gav Ram at No 6 says

"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.
Chris Matheson
22   Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:23:23

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Also I haven't seen this Johnny-Boy barge on A Cole, but look, I remember us getting a pen at Chelsea a few years back and (I think) Tony Cottee stepping up to take it when that horrible Denis Wise steps forward to whisper in his ear and put him off...which he did. What goes around comes around.
Phil Bellis
23   Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:19:39

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Totally agree with Martin re character and bottle shown, and what a professional that there Neville is!
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
Jamie Barlow
24   Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:30:45

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Well pleased with Johnny's little nudge on Cole but he's still a shithouse of the highest order. Well done lads and I think a special mention to Tim Howard who's had his knockers on here lately and to Jags who looked like he'd run through a brick wall at the final whistle. COYB
David Price
25   Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:27:29

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Micheal, thought it was a very good game for the 90 minutes. We played some good stuff, but alarmingly short in attack with Cahill off the pace and Beckford isolated. An in-form Saha at the top of an excellent midfield performance would've perhaps won the game in normal time.

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...

John Ford
26   Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:39:07

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God we looked naked up front, but love the bottle and fight. Great finish by Baines and love Jonnys attitude. Grins everywhere.

Jeezus, you can guarantee Reading will be anything but a gimme.
David Crowe
27   Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:28:40

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Absolutely incredible. I can't see us not beating Reading now which means it could well be the quarters. If so, we should win whoever we get imo as we'll be more motivated than anyone and if it's at Goodison the atmosphere will be massive.

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!

Jon Cox
28   Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:34:16

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Right, today's lesson is Alliteration, I think.

CARDBOARD, CUTOUT, COCKNEY CUNTS...

Class dismissed!!
Jim Lloyd
29   Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:26:36

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Can't wait for Match of the Day, listening to the match on the wireless ain't good for the health! Tony#6, too right mate. For once we were the under dogs and we won against all odds, well done lads and great support too.
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!
Gerry Quinn
30   Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:05:15

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Heitinga v Cashley Cole - how brilliantly psychological was THAT - wish he had that attitude in every tackle during the match!!!!!!
Well done the boys - and well done to the Fans Forum for, thankfully, much less crap and criticism towards the manager and players..
James Hollister
31   Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:11:13

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Matt Jackson is a two faced twat. I mean seriously all he ever did was praise Chelsea and then proceeded to run us down.
James Hollister
32   Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:15:30

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Man Utd shoving out a weak side, hope Crawley Town stuff them. 9000 away fans from Crawley, good support for them.
Paul McGinty
33   Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:59:43

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Standout performances from Baines and Jags.
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.
Michael Kenrick
34   Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:18:10

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Sorry not to be overly enthused, Dave (#25), but for 118 of the 120 minutes, I found it painfully turgid stuff. It was probably a good cup-tie if you told yourself you were watching a League 1 side take it to a Championship side at their gaff ? but for Premier League teams, this was poor fayre.

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!!!

Bren Connor
35   Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:22:20

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Anyone wanna practice their Spanish? Great photo of the lads just after Neville scores on this link:
http://www.elpais.com/articulo/deportes/Chelsea/fuera/Copa/elpepudep/20110219elpepudep_10/Tes
Gavin Ramejkis
36   Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:27:38

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Chris #21, I was the driver of a minibus that day and we came down to the car park outside Wembley to see all kinds of flash motors and suits, they were more interested in getting out of there and didn't have a clue what we were on about when we asked them if they were going to celebrate winning the FA Cup.

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.

James Hollister
37   Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:36:11

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The ominous thing I took away from the match was how easy it was for them to run right through the middle.

I thought Chelsea goal was very weak and we should have done more.

That midfield needs to be plugged urgently.
Mike Hughes
38   Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:35:51

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I listened to the match on my radio while out for a long run. I have to confess I switched the radio off with 3 mins of extra time left as I couldn't see us scoring and had a blister that needed treating. Also thought I might be a jinx.

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.
Kieran Kinsella
39   Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:47:29

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My phone line went down and with it my internet when Cole stepped up.
Declan Burke
40   Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:43:45

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As I write this at 17:44 there are only 37 posts in front of me after a marvellous win. This time last week there was about a 100 post within one hour of the end of the debacle at Bolton. Are we quick to criticize and slow to praise (myself included)? Well done to all. Dead proud for a change. Let's move on from here.
Andrew Presly
41   Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:46:41

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Michael - Its a shame if the atmosphere generated by our support today didn't come across for TV / streamed viewers but it was epic from start to finish. A proper cup tie.

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......
Chris Matheson
42   Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:54:24

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Declan I welcome your call for positivity. I am naturally very pessimistic myself where Everton is concerned (too many years of too many disappointments and false dawns).

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!
Peter Askins
43   Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:56:07

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Yes, the atmosphere DID come across well today. Our travelling support was fantastic, and the prayer offered up by an attractive female fan, captured on TV when we fell behind 1-0, was well and truly answered! Maybe the "Big Guy in the Sky" is a blue after all, and has just been havin' a laugh!!
Nick Dommett
44   Posted 19/02/2011 at 17:52:58

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Missed the first half so can't comment on that. However from the rest of the match, I would still consider myself a worried toffee. Up front we looked extremely lightweight - Beckford can't play on his own there (with a second striker yes); Big Vic was, is and will always be shite and Cahill was MIA.

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?

Paul McGinty
45   Posted 19/02/2011 at 16:59:43

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Standout performances from Baines and Jags. 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 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.

Lee Gray
46   Posted 19/02/2011 at 18:09:05

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Made up for our supporters who travelled again in their droves...as always you were utterly MAGNIFICENT...the 12th man well done! Follow Follow........
Tony McNulty
47   Posted 19/02/2011 at 18:08:40

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Declan (40) Can't speak for anyone else but wonder if many of us aren't still in shock. Picture the scene ? we need penalty goals. Johnny H has never scored before (his rallying of the troops behind the goal was fucking wonderful).

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.
Peter Askins
48   Posted 19/02/2011 at 18:09:20

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Nick @ 44. No, the litmus test wasn't how WE felt once Chelsea went 1-0 up. It was how the PLAYERS felt, and it was clear that our team spirit was still there, and we kept playing. If you recall, Jags won the header, and was fouled on the edge of the Chelsea box, from which Baines stroked in the equaliser.

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!
Andy Crooks
49   Posted 19/02/2011 at 18:23:01

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Declan, had we won 5-3 today there would have been a hundred posts in front of you.
Nick Dommett
50   Posted 19/02/2011 at 18:25:04

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Peter, come on, are you telling me you didn't think the game was up when they scored? That you were now watching in (faint) hope rather than expectation of a fightback?

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.
David Smith
51   Posted 19/02/2011 at 18:48:31

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Just got back from the game, what an atmosphere, made me proud to be an Evertonian.
Nick Entwistle
52   Posted 19/02/2011 at 18:49:43

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Could have won it in normal time but Fellaini's afro was off-side.
Leigh Lewis
53   Posted 19/02/2011 at 18:30:50

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For the second half and most of extra time, Chelsea could have played a wheelchair goalkeeper such was our threat upfront. However, Baines pulled that wonderful rabbit out of the hat and we survived the roll of the dice. Full marks for hanging in when we were almost overrun, but the season-long problems of ponderously slow build-up, with no real threat in the final third, remain.

League points are now a priority.

Christopher McCullough
54   Posted 19/02/2011 at 18:47:57

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Declan ? Maybe people are chilling out with a few beers, contemplating a gutsy performance, unexpected victory and the road to Wembley.
John Sreet
55   Posted 19/02/2011 at 18:46:12

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I thought it was a decent game, and I thought we looked more than decent, so the comparison with a league one side playing a championship side is just out of order for me. I agree about the lack of strike force, but we weren't playing a bunch of no hopers it was Chelsea and they are a very good side despite their recent lack of form. Howard brilliant, he takes a fair amount of stick so credit were it's due.

Well done the lads

Giles Larkman
56   Posted 19/02/2011 at 19:00:23

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Everton, at Stamford Bridge, in the FA Cup, on penalties... with our reputation??

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!
Gavin Ramejkis
57   Posted 19/02/2011 at 19:14:45

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Crawley have just battered Man U for the best part of an hour and came away with a one-nil loss so I'm more than happy with the win tonight.
Alan Khan
58   Posted 19/02/2011 at 19:21:25

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Great result.... Howard was superb between the sticks. Baines deserves credit for sticking to his guns when it looked like Arteta was going to take the free kick. All round, decent team effort. Bring on Reading ? it won't be a walk in the park though.... after today, maybe it's true ? there is a god?! :)
David Edwards
59   Posted 19/02/2011 at 19:39:18

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Declan (40) - Like many others, I've been out since mid-afternoon celebrating! So don't start using pseudo-statistics on Evertonians who still have a right to criticise the team, but can still enjoy the moment!

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

Peter Askins
60   Posted 19/02/2011 at 19:31:47

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Yes Nick (@ 50), I thought the game was up once Chelsea scored, but thankfully, my sulking and swearing at the computer had no impact on the game. Those that did have an effect, the Everton fans at the ground, and the players themselves, never gave up, and kept battling to the end, which is commendable., and should be a "given". As we all know though, the players haven't always shown this commitment and spirit this season, and why we seem to raise our game against the so-called "top teams" is a serious matter.

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.
Jon Cox
61   Posted 19/02/2011 at 19:20:45

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When the penalty shoot out was about to commence I had a flashback to the semi at Wembly. I had a feeling we were going to win this even when we missed the first (just like Wembly?) penalty.

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.

COYB
Michael Kenrick
62   Posted 19/02/2011 at 20:22:29

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Jon Cox, I've seen the draw:

Everton v Reading

(One game at a time!!!)
Al Reddish
63   Posted 19/02/2011 at 20:32:59

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Whatever the performance, the history books will always say this is a game Everton won. That'll do me!!!
Guy Hastings
64   Posted 19/02/2011 at 19:58:03

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I've not bothered posting earlier because I thought the site would be chocka. I'm surprised it's not. In fact, it's pretty subdued. So credit where it's due for a dig-in performance. It wasn't pretty, sure; it was a case of using what you've got and riding your luck, which we did.

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.

Dermot Ryan
65   Posted 19/02/2011 at 20:38:20

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So have we entirely given up on that pink kit?
Jamie Carroll
66   Posted 19/02/2011 at 20:41:07

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After today's dramatic FA Cup win at Stamford Bridge, with the prospect of a cup run (fingers crossed), is there now a possibility that Yakubu will be brought back from his loan spell at Leicester to give Everton a much needed boost in the striker department?

Gavin Ramejkis
67   Posted 19/02/2011 at 20:44:47

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Bottom video for both goals and second one down for the pens including Johnny's shoulder barge on Cashley

http://www.soccerhights.com/chelsea-vs-everton-3-4-penalties-videos-highlights/
Jay Harris
68   Posted 19/02/2011 at 20:34:26

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To all the knockers:-

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.
Ian Smitham
69   Posted 19/02/2011 at 20:21:41

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Fantastic.

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????
4-5-1?????
Osman????
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.
Charles King
70   Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:01:21

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Gavin

Nice one, just indulged with fig rolls and a cuppa.
Many thanks!
Alan Clarke
71   Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:03:04

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It's a cup tie, all that matters is to win it, which we did. The performance doesn't matter.
David Smith
72   Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:08:15

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All together now,

we're on the march with Moyesies army, we're all going to Wembley.....
KPR Williams
73   Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:22:21

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I bet not a single person here thought we were gonna win that before kick off today... I'm over the moon, me. I just wish we could string 2 or 3 results together... don't matter how we come by the wins ? just get the points in the bag an get us safe.
Ian Smitham
74   Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:38:48

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See, my plans are in ruins. It's not on MotD ? it's ITV and not till half-eleven.

My glass is refuelled and half-empty.

Look on the Daily Mail website at the photo of the Chelski players ? We did that!!!

James Hollister
75   Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:40:32

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Yay... we go down ? and win the FA Cup; small solace...
Jamie Sweet
76   Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:50:29

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Today reminded me of why I love football!

I had nearly forgotten!
Dean Adams
77   Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:45:46

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Just got home. Had corporate hospitallity and sat with loads of Chelsea fans. They started "You're not singing anymore" after their goal. What joy when Baines buried the free kick, but it took a few seconds to sink in as the Chelsea fans were silenced, then I screamed "Bainesy you, beauty!" ? to see about 100 Chelsea fans glaring at me!

Still alive even after cheering like mad at the end which was really surreal. COYB

Jim Lloyd
78   Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:46:01

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Jay, what do you mean "all the knockers?" if you're talking about the state that the club is in, then that is a genuine concern for All Evertonians, I would think. If you're talking about the squad, it's painfully lacking in quality and quantity. If you're talking about todays match, or any other for that matter, I don't believe we get anywhere denigrating our own players... ever. Certainly not during a match.

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.

James Hollister
79   Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:51:34

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That Midfield needs sorting out, hot knife through butter...or today a cold knife through warm butter. We where shocking in the middle of the park. They didn't even need to try to cut through the middle just parted, and thats been pretty much the problem all season long.

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!!
James Hollister
80   Posted 19/02/2011 at 22:08:16

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Jim Lloyd ? well said mate... they gave everything they had, despite serious deficiencies in the squad.
Tom Bowers
81   Posted 19/02/2011 at 22:10:24

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You need luck to win the cup and the Blues had plenty of it today but I have to say revenge is sweet and they battled well to keep Chelski out. Chelski should have had a sure-fire penalty but thanks to some poor referreeing by Dowd, Everton got away with it.

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.

Richard Farrington
82   Posted 19/02/2011 at 21:38:15

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David at 74 - All together now indeed - after the game in an undergroung car-park near the ground (£15!!!!!!) some blues played that song from the car with the windows down and me and others were jigging around and living the moment.

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......

Jim Lloyd
83   Posted 19/02/2011 at 22:25:06

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You're right James. We are woefully short of a strong midfielder and a flying winger and a top notch centre forward but, in spite of all that, I think today might just get our players believing in themselves again. Roll on half-eleven!!!
Ian Smitham
84   Posted 19/02/2011 at 22:38:56

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Respect to our glorious fans (6,000, yes 6,000 for a game we would obviously lose) respect for the time and money they spent.

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.
James Lauwervine
85   Posted 19/02/2011 at 22:54:25

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I'm just happy, fuck those rich bastards.
Kieran Kinsella
86   Posted 19/02/2011 at 22:44:47

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On Gavin's link I noticed Cole refused to shake Moyes's hand. Classy player.
Aodhan O'Faolain
87   Posted 19/02/2011 at 22:59:08

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If I were Moyes, I would be thankful Cashley refused to shake his hand. With that guy, you really would not know where he has been.
Keith Pratt
88   Posted 19/02/2011 at 22:44:08

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My 1st comment is how can cramming what seemed like thosands of blues into one pub be logical, especially being way over-staffed and over-prepared with 3 bar staff and a whole 10 piles of plastic glasses. I can't remember the name of the place? Cock and Ladyboy? Hen and Goose? Something like that.

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.

Robert Daniels
89   Posted 19/02/2011 at 23:20:48

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Felli.

Awesome...

Should be Captain.
Col Noon
90   Posted 20/02/2011 at 00:42:26

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When it mattered most we produced a TEAM effort of the highest order. From from Howard right through to Beckford upfront we were magnificent today and I cannot praise the team enough. Normally I am super-critical when I think we were poor but today cannot fault a single player. Let's enjoy this moment and hope (and pray) that "this" Everton turn up, week-in, week-out, from now until the end of the season. Great effort, just superb!
Roman Sidey
91   Posted 19/02/2011 at 22:55:05

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Loving this victory something shocking. I am torn though. My belief has always been that a penalty shootout is still a draw but with one team progressing. So, do I stick to my beliefs, and we still haven't won away at the 'big 4', or do I change a belief I've had since I was a boy and claim the fuck out of it?

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!
Steve Smith
92   Posted 20/02/2011 at 01:04:12

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I didn't think the game was drab at all, I loved every minute of it, I was up, I was down, I was up I was down, and the the last up bit lead me to being on here pissed at 1.07am and still celebrating!!!!!!, shit season but I still love em.
Andy Crooks
93   Posted 20/02/2011 at 01:20:40

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Cole is a fine footballer but an appalling individual. He epitomizes everything that stinks about the Premier League.
Michael Hegarty
94   Posted 20/02/2011 at 01:36:14

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Well done today lads. Not our best but we got through.
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.
Richard Harris
95   Posted 20/02/2011 at 02:22:41

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Michael Kenrick wrote "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". It was one of those days to remember and made up for the abysmal game at Bolton last weekend. But that's Everton ? being at the game today was special. If I want to watch a great team on tv then I could watch Barcelona! I expect Everton to give me pleasure and pain....
Chad Schofield
96   Posted 20/02/2011 at 02:32:03

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Still in delirium... fucking brilliant! And Neville, as captain, deserved it.

Pure poetry from Baines's freekick. I need to sleep ? but just WOW!!!!
Phil Hughes
97   Posted 20/02/2011 at 03:02:59

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Definitely worth reading every comment to lead me down to no 67 and watching the goals and pens. (Thanks, Gav!) Being a blue down under, its difficult watching a game on BBC live scores but I was still on edge... can't imagine being there. Hopefully the kick up the arse we need, COYB!!!
James Flynn
98   Posted 20/02/2011 at 01:33:04

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Just to add. On ESPN on-line here in the States, the Soccer link led with EFC's win. How rare and delightful.

http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/
James Flynn
99   Posted 20/02/2011 at 03:23:48

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Here's a better link:

http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/news/_/id/6131100/everton-season-began-sense-optimism-turned-nightmare
David Stanfield
100   Posted 20/02/2011 at 05:22:20

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Sat in my dressing gown in suburban Arlington Heights, Illinois at 9:15ish am in the morning, again asking myself - why do I put myself through this? I've been asking the same question since 1966. Useless question, really - we're born not made. Lovely, lovely day. Now if we can just get the off-the-field situation sorted .....
Jamie Crowley
101   Posted 20/02/2011 at 05:01:14

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The single best thing about today was the player's reactions after the Baines free kick and winning the PKs.

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.

Wonderful.
Jamie Crowley
102   Posted 20/02/2011 at 05:37:22

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Also Gavin R.-

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.

Appreciated.
Timothy Laynge
103   Posted 20/02/2011 at 08:15:58

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Many thanks Gavin for above link. Always on lookout for the fuller highlights.

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.
Timothy Laynge
104   Posted 20/02/2011 at 08:49:57

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Apologies for that undeserved swipe at BK above.On viewing the clip from GR link he seemed genuinely emotional.Sorry (was meant only as a joke but ........)
Paul Gladwell
105   Posted 20/02/2011 at 10:55:33

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I cannot believe some of the gripes on here about it being a shite game and we did nothing up front. We played some great stuff in the first half and the thing that let us down was not our frontman or men, it was the final cross.

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.

James Hollister
106   Posted 20/02/2011 at 17:00:06

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Paul Gladwell 1 Let's close our eyes to the fact we have had a gaping hole in that midfield all season long.

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
Paul Gladwell
107   Posted 20/02/2011 at 18:44:10

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James, I don't need to close my eyes at all, I have a season ticket so know what our problems have been, especially with Arteta and our manager who both performed great yesterday but have both been poor all season in my eyes.
James Hollister
108   Posted 21/02/2011 at 02:27:29

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I wasn't trying to offend you mate, just saying. If we can plug that hole, I think we'll be fine. Maybe even do the unthinkable and bring in Hibbo, people slag him off, but I think he is a pretty good defender, gets the job done and that's all we can ask.

I really have no idea what can be done though in that holding role coz no-one wants to take it.

Paul Gladwell
109   Posted 21/02/2011 at 07:55:37

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James no offence taken mate, the holding role is not the problem mate, Fellaini is doing superb there, and most blues will agree with that, the problem has been his partner in the middle and the strikers.

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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