With the enforced absences of Fellaini and Cahill, the poor form and lack of product from Coleman and Bilyaletdinov, David Moyes has had to rethink... or more like revisit formations of old, with Hibbert getting a start after many weeks on the bench, and Neville playing in midfield alongside or more probably behind the increasingly disappointing Rodwell, whose development seems to be going backwards. Beckford starts upfront with Saha, as long he is is there on time...
No sign of contract traitor and Everton deserter, Dan Gosling in the ranks of the home side. Since making his dream move to Newcastle last summer after Everton failed to offer him a written contract, he has played all of 1 minute for the first team, but that twat Nolan starts for the Barcodes, with Anichebe ? the plaintiff in a lawsuit settled out of court for a substantial sum this week for potential lost earnings resulting from injuries caused by the Newcastle player's disgusting tackle in this fixture two years ago ? is on the bench for Everton.
Neville took a bad knock in the ribs in the first minute, but little to note other than injuries in the first 10 minutes, Saha getting an arm in his face. A deep free-kick on the left was played wide right by Neville where Osman floated in an inviting cross that was too high for Rodwell. A great run and shot by Arteta forced a save and was a welcome sight of action after 17 mins and Osman should have done better from a superb corner by Baines(?).
Everton had a good sequence of attacking play, Saha crossing to Beckford, who deflected the cross away from Osman, and nothing came of it as Rodwell shot wide from outside the area.. But Newcastle's first real attack, Williamson getting the ball across the face of goal thanks to a poor parry by Howard that fell nicely for Best one yard out. A very poor goal to concede after a reasonably promising start.
Hibbert came through Gutierez from behind, clipping his ankle, and earned himself a yellow card. Newcastle were now bouyed and looked to take control. But inside 10 mins the tables were turned as Everton as first Osman equalized off an excellent return ball from Arteta, then less than 5 mins later, after Arteta was fouled, a nice ball in from a Baines free-kick (that perhaps the goalie should have claimed) was converted perfectly by Jagielka, to put the Blues 2-1 ahead at the break.
Howard did well to hold on to an Amiobe shot after thee break but a few minutes later, Neville pulled up and went down clutching his thigh, clearly having done his hamstring. Johnny Heitinga came on in his place. Beckford got close to goal thanks to good work by Arteta and Osman, his shot high enough from an acute angle to be palmed fractionally past the far post.
Arteta did really well to set up Saha for a golden chance with a header but Louis put it well over the bar as Everton were finding plenty of space to run at the Newcastle defence. For once, Howard rolled the ball out quickly from the next Newcastle attack and Rodwell fed the ball to Beckford but the lad sometimes looks simply hopeless with hold-up play, passing the ball directly to a Newcastle player. Hibbert gave away a free kick that led to a period of pressure, Howard grasping the resulting corner confidently at the near post.
A nice move though saw Rodwell play up a nice balltat Saha headed down for Beckford but his snapshot was straight at Harper with the entire goal at his mercy. At the other end, Howard needed to save a long distance Tiote daisy-cutter. The next Newcastle attack looked destined to score until Hibbert intervened with a firm tackle on Gutierez while some handbags went on between Osman and Tiote off the ball, arguing about a throw-in.
It had become an open and lively game with a fair measure of feistiness to spice things up, as Moyes once again looked to the questionable figure of Victor Anichebe to secure the victory, to tremendous jeers, no doubt for daring to sue that astard Nolan. He replaced Beckford.
Newcastke sliced through the Everton defence, only for Baines to clip the ball brilliantly off Nolan's toes, and the ball was soon up the other end for a weak Anichebe cross-cum-shot that Saha could have converted with ease if he had kept running.
Everton's lead looked increasingly fragile with each Newcastle attack, but a great break from Osman saw Arteta cross fractionally in front of Saha who could not convert the open gapping goal. Anichebe and Nolan then went at it after Anichebe needlessly bumped into the Newcastle player and he reacted, pushing Anichebe to the floor. Both players went in onto Howard Webb's yellow card.
More increasingly desperate defending from Everton saw a vital interception by Distin save an almost certain goal, which seemed to come when Best headed home but he scored by pushing Jagielka down: good call by Webb, who gave the foul.
The Barcodes were doing their best to get Hibbert sent off after a nothing collision with Gutierrez. Anichebe got in a great cross to Saha, well placed, and he swung at his volley with what seemed to be perfect timing but it cannoned just wide of Harper's goal.
10 mins left, and Everton holding on by their fingernails, despite numerous chances that could have easily made it 3-1, 4-1 or 5-1 to the Blues. But Heitinga, of course, blocked Nolan needlessly, then Baines blocked Gutierrez right in the D and he got a yellow. From this very dangerous position, Best lashed it through the wall but it got caught under Nolan's feet right in front of Howard and was incredibly cleared away.
With 5 mins left, Osman was replaced by Coleman, and Everton advanced again, waiting time on a throw-in then Anichebe winning a good free-kick out wide that Baines fired in but Heitinga was called for a foul. But Everton looked to push ahead again, with more good work from Anichebe , crossing for Coleman at the far post but Harper denied him.
Gutierrez was reduced to a hobble as Everton clung on for dear life, seemingly determine not to score that third goal that would kill off these nasty Barcodes with 5 added minutes prolonging the fear and trepidation. It was backs to the wall but Anichebe relieved the pressure, only to harmlessly put the ball behind from a very dangerous position. Another Anichebe chance should have led to that goal but Arteta's shot was blocked and then Coleman decide to waste time in the coner but again put the ball harmlessly behind for a goal kick that put Everton under yet more pressure.
From that. they broke again, the ball finally coming to Coleman in the right channel but he shot straight at Harper. Finally it was over, a great win form an entertaining end-to-end ding dong encounter, and a fantastic response to the dreadful Reading game, but Everton really, really need to score more goals!!!
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1 Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:01:40
Made up with the 3 points there but the injury list is getting worrying. Nearer safety now though... a win against Brum and we could be up near the European places??? Mad ? in our worst season since Moyes arrived.
2 Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:07:51
3 Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:04:58
We had the more clear-cut chances created mainly by the excellent Arteta and Osman. With that win at last at St James Park, I think two wins in a row in the league and an all-important game at hand against Birmingham City; if we win that, Europe is looking a very real possibility.
4 Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:14:33
5 Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:10:57
It's all about the next five games now. Four of them at home, should get at least 11 points out of them and hopefully get above the Reds and be in the mix for that 6th place on the last day. I can't see us staying behind Bolton, Sunderland and certainly not Newcastle until the end of the year so the end of the season looks a little bit brighter.
6th place, whoever you are and whatever you think of Moyes etc, is a good season for Everton Football Club and I'll be ecstatic to have another shot at Europe. Obviously that's a hundred miles off yet but I just had my Wembley dream snatched away so I'll damn well dream about Europe! Well done lads, well done David Moyes on the team selection, I thought...
6 Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:27:19
7 Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:30:54
8 Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:31:17
9 Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:21:43
With that as the backdrop, how you can anyone talk of winnable games? How can anyone even think of Europe??? [And what the fuck would we do there anyway? Moyes hasn't a clue.] It's one game at a time, never more so, and they swing so easily on so little, one way or the other, it's become a friggin lottery.
I'm not absolving Moyes for responsibility for this. The common wisdom is it's down to lack of investment, blah, blah... and now we're going to hear the old and all-too-familiar injury lament. But "playing through the [fucking] pain" ? that situation is I very strongly believe down to Moyes for over-training and for playing injured players ? the need for them to put up a "Fellaini Exclusive' [WTF???] on the OS is proof enough of what we all knew already.
We did have a reasonable squad at the start of the season but the season prep was apparently shite and we all know it's been a mostly downhill rollercoaster from there. Yes, we're now in the upper half, but those next games are, sadly, loseable, just as much as they are winnable, and getting 6th or even 5th for Europe will be long haul ? we just don't put good sequences together: this is the first back-to-back league win since god knows when. There is no consistency beyond the incredible inconsistency of this team: so it really is...
One Game At A Time... please!
10 Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:37:27
11 Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:40:03
12 Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:35:12
13 Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:41:59
14 Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:43:25
15 Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:46:19
16 Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:48:08
Keep the injuries down and it's anywhere from 8th to 12th for me.
Then, the summer.....
17 Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:47:35
Hopefully we'll be safe from relegation now anyway, surprisingly we seem to have as many wins as defeats this season now!
On the Rodwell dilemma, agree he's been pretty anonymous recently, though hard when he's not been getting a run of games. Just wondering whether now might be the time to move him back into defence though? Great to see Arteta have probably his best game of the season today though!
18 Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:59:34
19 Posted 05/03/2011 at 18:05:48
To those who say that a defeat would bring a greater response on this site, I would ask "What do you expect?" This was a great win, not a great performance.
Frankly, I would happily see a couple more similar performances if the result is the same. Overall, however, we are not a good side... unlucky and out of form, but a very average side getting just about what we deserve.
20 Posted 05/03/2011 at 18:10:10
At least we have a game in hand over most of the other sides... but our squad is really threadbare and some players are very tired. We do not have a strong enough bench so I will be happy with keeping out of the inevitable 'dog fight' that is developing.
21 Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:59:50
Oh and the reason Moyes may force his best players to play when not 100%, is that he has one of the smallest squads in the league! And you've already guessed who I hold accountable for that...
22 Posted 05/03/2011 at 18:16:49
A superb way to bounce back from the miserable result on Tuesday ? well done, boys!
And since no-one in the previous 19 comments has mentioned him, well done Leon Osman. Involved in lots of good things against Sunderland, desperately unlucky not to score against Reading and finally rewarded with a goal today.
Michael's report above reflects a lot of positives for the little guy in today's game, perhaps a little reward for Moyes repeatedly plumping for him over the talented but hopelessly inconsistent Bily.
Delighted for Jags to stick one in at the right end for a change, too.
In the league, we're just about moving in the right direction at the right time of the season, and long may it continue.
I blame Hibbert!
23 Posted 05/03/2011 at 18:21:41
24 Posted 05/03/2011 at 18:35:10
25 Posted 05/03/2011 at 18:35:39
26 Posted 05/03/2011 at 18:47:17
A bit like the Rooney incident in that I don't think Webb saw the initial push: if he had, Nolan might have walked.
27 Posted 05/03/2011 at 18:30:04
I am surprised how anybody here can talk of Europe. "One game at a time" is all I can say. Today was a magnificient win to be celebrated. But put into the context of the entire season, it may be as much use as a fart in a bottle.
28 Posted 05/03/2011 at 18:57:00
Oh well... it'll have to be football first with a couple of bottles of red to console myself.
29 Posted 05/03/2011 at 19:03:10
30 Posted 05/03/2011 at 18:44:25
31 Posted 05/03/2011 at 19:19:00
32 Posted 05/03/2011 at 19:21:03
To be fair, I think any manager with a squad as threadbare as ours is just now would be playing every man who could stand. Until we have hit 40 pts or more, maybe it's all hands to the pump.
33 Posted 05/03/2011 at 19:26:33
As for the Nolan spat, I could of sworn he kicked out at Victor after the ball had gone, which Webb saw and pointed at so as to take action after the passage of play was finished. Should have been a red, that Nolan fella is a nasty piece of work.
34 Posted 05/03/2011 at 19:28:35
On another matter, where does Nolan get his front from, taking on Victor? The nerve of him after what he did to the lad, not to mention Victor would destroy him if it came hand to hand (that's just about all Vic's got going for him though to be fair). Nolan's not a hard man he's a coward and Anichebe knows better than anyone. Genuinely wouldn't have minded if Vic had dropped him today. Can't bear these fake hard men.
35 Posted 05/03/2011 at 19:31:38
I agree with your opinion on Rodwell ? he doesn't look interested at all... and I just want Moyes to scream his fucking head off at him when he just backs off challenges all the time.
Osman and Arteta were excellent on the flanks today, and they are the two players that won us the points (take note 'Ossie-haters!')... I should also mention Jags' excellent finish ? he did really well to keep the ball under the crossbar when seen in slo-mo.
Hibbo was caught out a few times, and didn't look too sharp, but hopefully that will come. I think as long as we have the players fit that we did today, Coleman should be rested until the time is right to play him in his correct position ? RB.
My player ratings:
36 Posted 05/03/2011 at 19:46:13
37 Posted 05/03/2011 at 19:49:07
38 Posted 05/03/2011 at 19:51:57
Apart from losing 2-0 a few years back, whenever I have attended a game in the northeast, we have beaten either the Mackems or the Mags.
I honestly believe I must be the new messiah, the empowerer of every Evertonian's endeavours, the harbinger of hope, the deliverer of dreams, the flaming sun that lights up a million lives, the new BK...
Cheers everyone, mines half a pint of whatever Ken Barlow is drinking.
HA HA COYB!!!
39 Posted 05/03/2011 at 20:07:59
The reports as I say are good but maybe it's time to tone down the negativity.
40 Posted 05/03/2011 at 20:17:06
41 Posted 05/03/2011 at 20:20:46
Two more wins and we can rest easier ? until the major changes needed for next year unfold this summer. This season is a warning which the powers that be must realise will be repeated without fundamental changes ? short-term relief should get us complacent about the long-term pain that will await us otherwise. Taxi for Bill & Co!
42 Posted 05/03/2011 at 20:11:38
Perhaps you're thinking of The Invisble Man which featured Claude Rains and starred Magueye Gueye...
43 Posted 05/03/2011 at 20:21:28
As for Moyes, you can't praise a player one week for "playing through the pain" then orchestrate through the club website the next week an assertion that the player was not carrying an injury. Sorry, but that stinks to high heaven.
44 Posted 05/03/2011 at 20:26:00
I've heard it all now, for Christ's sake man, did you not think that, West Ham twice, Bolton twice, Wolves at home, Wigan at home, WBA at home were winnable? Not to mention Brentford and Reading?? In these 'winnable' remaining games, we have to go to Old Trafford, given we haven't won there in nearly 20 years, do you honestly think it's gonna happen this time??? Can we please have some perspective.
45 Posted 05/03/2011 at 20:15:25
We created a lot of chances which hasn't often been the case this season; unfortunately, due to lack of quality/composure and some good goalkeeping, we had a nervous last few minutes, when we should have been out of sight.
When Carsley left, Moyes said he didn't need to urgently replace him as he had Neville to do the role, which I dreaded... even though it is the players prefered position. Well, I've been hoping all week that Neville would be used in the holding role, as we certainly lack bite in midfield. It seems as though he could be out for some time if his hamstring is injured, which is a damn shame because I was fairly pleased with the midfield today, a position I thought would cost us the game and maybe the next. I really hope Arteta's move out wide is permanent, most likely his best performance of the season.
Overall although pleased with the win and performance I can't get too excited because of the lack of inconsistency this season.
46 Posted 05/03/2011 at 20:31:10
Yes, Beckford's got a long way to go to be a top Premier striker ? maybe too far ? but his movement gives us options all over the park... some of which he wastes because he's not quite at the level he needs to be. But when he plays we usually create many chances, and even score some goals.
I watched and also listened to Sharpy who criticises Beckford a lot ? and quite rightly, from a master's perspective. Limited hold-up play. Poor decisions.
But Sharpy doesn't have to criticise Cahill because he's not really involved unless he pops up with a headed goal or clearance. As a midfield contributor, Timmy is sub-Premier League. For me, 4-4-Cahill-1 has had its day.
Don't get me wrong, I think Tim Cahill is and has been an Everton hero; I just think building the team around him is yesterday's deal.
OK, I did say you'd disagree!
47 Posted 05/03/2011 at 20:41:07
Also didnt think Jonny was that bad when he came on, maybe those missed tackles have been mentioned to him, because he seemed to put himself about a bit.
48 Posted 05/03/2011 at 21:01:26
Peter (43) agree that Beckford definitely adds something to our play. Touch on the ball and hold up play not great, but movement is good and reckon that it'll get him quite a few goals.
49 Posted 05/03/2011 at 21:02:19
As for Fellaini, he has backed his manager and said he declared himself fit to play. Moyes is many things but he has to rely on his players to be honest in situations like this. If Fellaini really was injured, he was a fool for lying though part of me has to applaud his attitude for not taking the easy way out... despite the disasterous consequences.
50 Posted 05/03/2011 at 21:10:50
51 Posted 05/03/2011 at 21:13:09
There was an instance where Saha knocked it out wide to Anichebe and then jogged about as slowly as is possible towards the Newcastle area... Saha will be too tired for the Brum game I reckon... or 'injured' I think the term is.
52 Posted 05/03/2011 at 21:31:55
Too early for another Saturday sing-song?
Mike Green are you in?
"We slip and slide and we fall in love, but,"
"I JUST CANT SEEM TO GET ENOUGH"
De de, de de de de de, de de, de de de de"
53 Posted 05/03/2011 at 21:54:37
54 Posted 05/03/2011 at 22:38:15
55 Posted 05/03/2011 at 23:12:00
Just like a rainbow, I know you set me free................now if only our forwards could say those words to our midfield, we could learn to speak and spell with our broken frame!!!!!
56 Posted 05/03/2011 at 23:48:34
Follow, follow, follow Everton is the team we follow. And there's nobody better than Mikel Arteta he's the best little Spaniard we know!!
57 Posted 05/03/2011 at 23:47:20
Some fans are so easily pleased.
This season is over for me, I couldn't care less if we even finished 6th, that's not success ? that's how losers like Moyes think.
58 Posted 05/03/2011 at 23:48:57
On the game, as much as I don't like Hibbert, I was pleased that Moyes actually did change the lineup and dropped Coleman - nothing against the young fella, but his form had dipped and any player needs to be dropped if that happens (something Moyes hasn't done enough of in my opinion).
Osman score a goal, but don't get carried away with the praise. He had a decent game. If he does this more often, I may change my tune about him, but at 29-30, he's not going to get better.
Hibbo looked out of his depth and didn't do much right.
The rest of the team worked well together, and it is painstakingly obvious that 4-4-2 is best for our players.
I am praying that Moyes keeps it for the Brum game, but I'm not holding my breath.
59 Posted 06/03/2011 at 00:11:38
So pleased to see Arteta back to being his influential best. I hope he doesn't pick up any knocks before the season comes to a close.
Can anybody offer any meaningful insight into Rodwell? He clearly has a good touch, a great physique and some pace about him yet he is clearly not fulfilling the potential that many had expected of him.
He looks well short of confidence and has never IMHO learnt to impose himself on a game - which he must do if he is ever to be a great player. If you could extract that chemistry which drives Phiil Neville and give Jack a large portion then he might be on the way.
I have no handle on our coaching but it does strike me that a common bond with both Jack and Bily is that they are both seemingly technical footballers who frequently look lost during a game. Is there someting badly lacking in our coaching of these players that results in them coming up short?
60 Posted 06/03/2011 at 00:25:30
Our season's over cos we ain't challenging for the title and we're out of the cups...
It's crap supporting a team that doesn't challenge for every honour every year even though they spend not a shilling.
Net spend last 5 transfer windows: £0M
Moyes out cos he injures his own players...
61 Posted 06/03/2011 at 00:51:22
Any player at any level knows that you get better with consistent routine, not chopping and changing all over the place. As you say, both technical players, I'd say gifted, but lacking something.
62 Posted 06/03/2011 at 01:12:15
63 Posted 06/03/2011 at 01:15:07
64 Posted 06/03/2011 at 01:11:29
65 Posted 06/03/2011 at 01:32:53
66 Posted 06/03/2011 at 01:32:31
Thank you. I was going to ask someone what that song was.
67 Posted 06/03/2011 at 01:54:38
Wayne Rooney he is not.
68 Posted 06/03/2011 at 02:47:03
Here's the original (apologies if you don't like Celtic)
Imagine GP rocking to this:?
When I see you Everton I go outta my head
I just can't get enough, I just can't get enough
All the things you do to me and all the things you said
I just can't get enough, I just can't get enough
We slip and slide and we fall in love
And I just can't seem to get enough of
do do do do do do do.....
69 Posted 06/03/2011 at 10:22:35
70 Posted 06/03/2011 at 11:21:27
71 Posted 06/03/2011 at 13:43:56
72 Posted 06/03/2011 at 15:25:31
Are you for real? How can you give Beckford and Saha the same rating? Beckford gave the ball away everytime he had the ball, Saha held the ball up brilliantly and was clearly the 2nd best player on the field after Arteta.
73 Posted 06/03/2011 at 16:52:38
Beckford's touch was shocking, and he had a poor game, but his movement was excellent as usual.
Neither of them had good games, so to say Louis was the best player behind Arteta... I don't know what game you were watching.
74 Posted 06/03/2011 at 17:26:42
Arteta looked impressive but faded towards the end. Maybe King Louis should place a fence behind the opponents' goal as he dosen't seem to have any trouble hitting them!!
75 Posted 06/03/2011 at 23:52:55
Nobody thinks we`ve become Barca overnight, but we have all been suicidal all week mate, if you dont mind some of us may want to enjoy a little light relief.
76 Posted 07/03/2011 at 07:58:13
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