I couldn't believe that the absolutely dreadful Hibbert has not just taken a place in the team, but also took the captain's position. Was he injured? What is going on there? And if a change had to be made there, then why not Coleman in his true position? Anyone, anyone but Hibbert.
Here is how I saw our team today:
Howard ? I've ever been a fan, and would like to see him benched; watch his footwork when going for that free kick... amateur!! Give Mucha a chance, I mean it!! We will never win anything with Howard as last man.
Hibbert ? Dreadful!! How many times was he skinned today? He looked like a fish out of water... must be used when there is no other option... full stop!!
Jagielka ? Looks like a non-league player. Distribution is abysmal, and he really looks unhappy ... struggling to find form, but unfortunately no choice here.
Distin ? Our best today!! I felt sorry for him, he was really solid in a very shaky defence.
Baines ? Looked lost; he started well... but looked like West Brom had done their homework and sussed out our left-sided tactic. He had some nice touches, but looks frustrated these last few games.
Anichebe ? Bright start but faded quickly. We will see better from him.
Arteta ? A fucking disgrace!! ,Apart from a couple of good through balls, he did nothing again. Not fit to wear the captain's armband. He let us down bigtime... To be honest, I am looking forward to him not being available for a few games.
Heitinga ? The man is a mere shadow of himself. His passing is sloppy and he only tackles if he feels like it. Obviously not interested in playing for Everton. Last year, I saw him as a future captain... What's happened to him? Sell him!!!
Peinaar ? Without a doubt, our most talented player, but looking jaded and frustrated. He makes great chances for us, and should have a bucket full of "assists" this season. But just can't score goals himself.
Cahill ? Build a statue!!! Yes, he is a legend... but god he looked tired when he dropped back to midfield, but even then he's done more than Arteta!!!
Rodwell ? Finding it hard to get back in form, but he must not be benched!!!
Yakubu ? If this is the best striker we have, then god help us!! Past his best, he should have been sold in the summer.
Saha ?Waste of time, probably our second most skillful (after Pienaar), but does absolutely nothing with it.
Beckford ? Yes, I know your grandmother would have scored those chances today. But we MUST get behind this lad. He reads the game superbly and is dangerous in nearly every attack. Just let him start a few games and be patient... goals will come, I am sure!!! I could have cried for him today!!!
Moyes ? Past his sell-by date. Anyone can see now that he needs to go. The players look pissed-off and need a shake-up. Moyes is not the man for the job!! Having said that, he did actually "go for it" today. He didn't wait till the 80th minute before using subs this time, as is the norm.
But HE picks the team, and is showing signs of strain, by baffling team selections and the obvious discontent being shown by the players. Can you see how Moyes will tackle the Chelsea game? I can't!!!
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1 Posted 28/11/2010 at 05:56:13
I'm not sure if performance points, tactical discussions or talk about formations address the root of the problem. There again, I'm not paid £67,000 per week, so what could I possibly know?
2 Posted 28/11/2010 at 05:56:00
It seems, from all the reports I've read of this game, many of the players played with defeat on their minds.
Hey, life sometimes sucks but fight on we must.
And, the Everton lads must fight as one. Not with one. No one can win a game by himself. Big difference, yeah? Fight as one, not with one.
Now, Chelsea here we come!!!
3 Posted 28/11/2010 at 07:02:35
I don't know for certain that there is dissent in the changing room but with the non-performance (even to their usual non-sparkling best) of so many players, that seems to be the only explanation. I know this has happened with Davey before ? he has a blind Scottish arrogance about him that I am sure puts a lot of players' backs up. If, as I fear, this is the case then relegation becomes an all-to-real possibility.
4 Posted 28/11/2010 at 09:59:54
Apart from Cahill, the 'bigger' players are saying 'fuck you' to DM, I would think he's lost their respect and perhaps the respect of other players.
Two options are there to consider: one, we start rebuilding all over again, which means every single player is for sale and DM rebuilds all over again, just like Sir Alex has done at Man Utd.
Second option is for him to leave at the end of the season.
5 Posted 28/11/2010 at 11:23:53
6 Posted 28/11/2010 at 14:00:36
I've seen Bernie Wright, Brett Angell and Rod Belfitt among others and, believe me, Beckford is a better player than that lot. He's the only forward (bar Cahill?) who gets into positions to take a chance.
7 Posted 28/11/2010 at 14:09:06
Try 4-5-1, Heitinga in the middle, Saha up front. 2 attackers on 70 mins when we're chasing the game, lose 3-0.
So much for the good news.
8 Posted 28/11/2010 at 14:35:37
9 Posted 28/11/2010 at 15:05:22
10 Posted 28/11/2010 at 15:25:27
11 Posted 28/11/2010 at 15:41:09
Peter, you know it, I know it, all Evertonians know it, and so must every manager in the bloody league. It wouldn't surprise me if opposition teams simply stopped scouting Everton prior to playing us, because what's the point? Moyes must be the most predictable 'tactician' in football at the moment.
12 Posted 28/11/2010 at 16:15:26
13 Posted 28/11/2010 at 17:08:26
14 Posted 28/11/2010 at 19:26:40
15 Posted 28/11/2010 at 19:44:27
I know we won't though, but a funny thought...
16 Posted 28/11/2010 at 20:26:13
Then I see the highlights and he seems to be at fault for the first (crucial) goal. Remember this was their first attack on 15 mins. And they scored. No-one marking Scharner. And if Scharner didn't get it, there was a team mate waiting next to him, also unmarked. This was a pivotal moment in the game, perhaps a game-changing moment. Speak up, Phil...
Is it only me that wants one of them to come on and just say sorry sometimes? When it's just not good enough? ... David?
17 Posted 28/11/2010 at 21:42:18
And Charlie (#15), even if we stuff Chelsea, I don't think philosophies will change! Anyway, everyone is beating Chelsea!!!
18 Posted 28/11/2010 at 22:44:26
19 Posted 29/11/2010 at 04:02:42
Yup. Nailed that one. Sad but true.
God it pisses me off.
20 Posted 29/11/2010 at 09:41:36
21 Posted 29/11/2010 at 13:23:27
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