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By Tony  Cheek :  27/11/2010 :  Comments (21) :
What a painful couple of hours that was... my god, my stomach is still churning, both with disappointment and anger. But the strongest feeling after the game is disbelief!

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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Mike McLean
1   Posted 28/11/2010 at 05:56:13

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David Moyes had a couple of things going for him: his ability in the transfer market, and his ability to weld a force that was much greater than its parts. Seems to me like the players have decided ours is a ship that's sailing nowhere and that he is struggling to find a means of uniting and inspiring them.

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?
Angelina Tan
2   Posted 28/11/2010 at 05:56:00

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Here's my suggestion. Take the whole bunch of them to the children's cancer ward. Get all the coaching staff and all the players to speak to these young survivors ? and warriors! Get everyone of them inspired.

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!!!
Peter Barry
3   Posted 28/11/2010 at 07:02:35

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It's sad for me to say but but Davey, with his self-professed 'best squad ever', has blown it. He just has not got the ability to get any more out of this bunch of players.

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.

Kunal Desai
4   Posted 28/11/2010 at 09:59:54

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The past 6-7 seasons the only strong trait David Moyes had was he was a strong motivator; that now appears to have faded and he no longer can use his magic power.

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.
Joe McMahon
5   Posted 28/11/2010 at 11:23:53

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Tony, when I pointed out this about Hibbert over 2 years ago, I was slated on here to the point of abuse, all I got was he's a terrific defender blah blah. I stand by what I said back then, anyone with pace will always skin him. Could you see Hibbert in the Spurs team etc? He for me is a David Moyes player personified ? no pace, quality, passing, or shooting ability.
Phil Bellis
6   Posted 28/11/2010 at 14:00:36

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I agree about Beckford, Tony. After the overhead cleared the angle there were many shouts of encouragement in the Lower Gwladys ("keep going Jermaine... don't let it get to you...") coupled with a few "Fuck off, you're shite... how many chances d'yer need?"

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.

Peter Webster
7   Posted 28/11/2010 at 14:09:06

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"Can you see how Moyes will tackle the Chelsea game? I can't!!!"

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.
Andy Codling
8   Posted 28/11/2010 at 14:35:37

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Peter Webster, David Moyes gets £65 grand a week for that.
Peter Webster
9   Posted 28/11/2010 at 15:05:22

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I've just done it for fuck all, Andy. Maybe I should ask him for a cut of his wages.
Andy Codling
10   Posted 28/11/2010 at 15:25:27

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That's it, Peter, wether we play Barcelona or Marine, he does the same fucking thing every week.
John Daley
11   Posted 28/11/2010 at 15:41:09

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"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."

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.
Ste James
12   Posted 28/11/2010 at 16:15:26

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As well as listing team performance, what about our so called Board of 3 not-so-wise men? Kenwright supported by shadowy disinterested backers. This is not a Board more like 80s Soviet Russian leaders feeding the masses with crap promises whilst really settling for mediocrity as long they stay in charge.
Paul Loins
13   Posted 28/11/2010 at 17:08:26

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Let's be more positive hey, this is a hic-up and we need to roll up our sleeves and battle through it. Yesterday was poor but was out of character with the rest of the games we played this season. Next game we will have Coleman, Fellaini and Neville back.
Joe McMahon
14   Posted 28/11/2010 at 19:26:40

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Paul (#13), I don't think Chelsea will be too worried. Their returning 3 are Lampard, Essien and Terry.
Charlie Percival
15   Posted 28/11/2010 at 19:44:27

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After all the depression and anger in the last few days, I'll love to hear the comments and change of philosophy from you lot if we stuff Chelsea!

I know we won't though, but a funny thought...
Tim Kelly
16   Posted 28/11/2010 at 20:26:13

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Did anyone hear Jagielka's post-match interview on the radio? These things can obviously be taken out of context, but he just didn't sound that bothered that we had lost in such a pathetic and self-inflicted way. He even laughed at one point. I want him to feel as gutted as I do.

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?

Tony Cheek
17   Posted 28/11/2010 at 21:42:18

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Paul (#13) .... this, I can assure you, is not a hic-cup. If you haven't noticed, we have won THREE games this season. And we HAD Coleman against the Baggies, but DM deemed him not good enough.

And Charlie (#15), even if we stuff Chelsea, I don't think philosophies will change! Anyway, everyone is beating Chelsea!!!

Jyrki Turunen
18   Posted 28/11/2010 at 22:44:26

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Last summer, Arteta only signed a new contract after it was clear that Fabregas was going nowhere and he couldn't make his dream move. Maybe for him it's a some sort of a disappointment not going to Arsenal and that's reason behind his pooooor form this season.
Jamie Crowley
19   Posted 29/11/2010 at 04:02:42

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Peter @7 -

Yup. Nailed that one. Sad but true.

God it pisses me off.
Colin Potter
20   Posted 29/11/2010 at 09:41:36

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Paul Loins, do you own a cannabis farm?
Peter Warren
21   Posted 29/11/2010 at 13:23:27

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Tony, I agree entirely.

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