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Then and Now

By Peter Laing :  30/11/2010 :  Comments (6) :
Following Saturday's dismal performance and in the wake of reading through the depressing quagmire of articles, mail-bag submissions and largely articulate dissection of our current failings, my memory drifted to a time under the stewardship of David Moyes when things weren't so bad.

Cast your mind back to Saturday 24 November 2007, the stattos out there will recall instantly the result, other's like myself the performance. Everton played Sunderland, the result 7-1 and a performance under David Moyes possibly considered to be our finest to date. Mikel Arteta put in a virtuoso performance, Yakubu and Cahill each grabbed a brace, and the midfield was ably marshalled by Lee Carsley.

David Moyes was quoted "That was probably the best performance in my time here, some of our passing and movement was just outstanding. It was how I hoped to get an Everton team playing, and I hope we see Everton playing that way more often, hopefully it's the first of many. Mikel Arteta's first 45 minutes was nothing short of magical, the things he did on the ball and the opportunities he created for us were just something else."

The starting XI that day: Howard, Neville, Valente, Yobo, Lescott, Carsley, Arteta, Pienaar, Omsan, Cahill, Yakubu.

Sunderland as an opposition were undoubtedly poor on the day with a evidently naive Roy Keane fielding a side that was taken to the sword by a team in its pomp, full of confidence and riding the crest of a wave of an ubeaten run.

Fast-forward three years and we witness a team regarded by many as being technically more superior to the one that demolished Sunderland but devoid of the qualities demonstrated back then.

What is evident to me and it doesnt take a FIFA pro-license to come to such a judgement is that we are conceding goals far too easily, have players playing outside the remit of their specialist position, and a strike force that is by-and-large past its sell-by date.

Arteta's form has been cited as one of the reasons for our alarming dip this season, any wonder considering that he has John Heitinga supposedly playing the anchor role? There are too many square pegs currently in round holes and the only person that can take responsibility for this is David Moyes.

Collectively we need to improve 100% in the coming weeks and games, David Moyes has faced crisis before, the million dollar question is can he do it again? His body language and that of the players would suggest real uncertainty. The days of steam rolling teams such as Sunderland may have long-gone given the fact that most teams have upped the ante, the technical ability has undoubtedly improved, and the model of coaching defined and developed.

The question that I am asking: Is David Moyes yesterday's man?

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Dave Smith
1   Posted 30/11/2010 at 14:17:57

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I hope not because I don't know who tomorrow's man will be, and whether they can be better under the same circumstances.

How long will Bill Kenwright hold onto David Moyes?

Long after an away defeat to Scunthorpe in the third round of the FA Cup, I suspect.
Kunal Desai
2   Posted 30/11/2010 at 15:39:09

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I still believe three years on and we've never replaced Carsley. This guy did all the dog shit work in the middle of the park and got stuck in. Moyes is fucking blind.
Paul Loins
3   Posted 30/11/2010 at 18:20:05

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I think he should be given more time, his record deserves that. Please everyone get behind the manager and players in next few games and we can get over this blip. The luck has to swing our way eventually...
David Holroyd
4   Posted 30/11/2010 at 22:16:56

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That was 3 years ago... the game has moved on. We are in the shit and Moyes dosn't know how to get us out of it.
Jay Harris
5   Posted 01/12/2010 at 00:34:18

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Agree with David.

The quality and ability of players in the Prem has improved as has tactical nous.

We have improved 10% whereas everyone else has improved 30%.

It doesn't help when our famous team spirit that used to disguise players' deficiencies is no longer in evidence.

I hate to say it because I don't know who we would get that has his qualities but I feel DM has reached his sell-by date and can no longer count on the support of the fans which has got him through before.
Derek Thomas
6   Posted 01/12/2010 at 08:04:31

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Who? as Eugene so succinctly put it...


Paul Loins, you are I hope taking the piss...Nearly Nine years mate.

The game, the teams, the players and the way they play. has changed.

Moyes hasn't, he is still Mr lets keep it tight and try and pinch one.

Standing still is going backwards

Adapt or die

Too good to get relegated, yeah right. We could be this year's Newcastle upon Mersey.

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