Over the last few years, the optimism of Evertonians has grown ever stronger. When we looked at it, there appeared to be something destined for glory.
The club doing something, which in the context of modern-day football, seemed impossible. We were improving; year upon year, despite the economic restrictions seemingly holding us back.
Players, it seemed would sign for Everton and fall in love. apart from the occasional Lescott-shaped bad egg, and be willing to remain at a club on less money than they would be able to get elsewhere.
Cursed with an injury list that read like an accident and emergency intake sheet we always managed to keep going, destined for victory.
Then 60 miles down the M62, Man City hit gold. They are our direct opposite, Everything we lack they have...new stadium, almost any player the want, Joleon Lescott. Then last season we play them, twice and on each occasion a 2-0 victory.
We out-played them, we humiliated them. Fellaini's pirouette, Lescott's glum face. We revelled. It was like a bad hollywood movie, the underdog victorious.
That last game at Eastlands, it seemed to galvanise us blues. This is what we can do. Who needs £250million, we're a real football team and money can't buy that. That victory symbolised our hope.
Almost 12 months on. Defeat today, i'm afraid, will symbolise our despair.
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1 Posted 20/12/2010 at 19:12:02
Hopefully the -8C forecast for the weather will mean that neither team can player their natural game and we come away with a point.
This is a different looking sity to last year - when they has jsut sacked their manager I believe.
There's always hope.......
2 Posted 20/12/2010 at 19:11:52
3 Posted 20/12/2010 at 19:26:05
Word of caution: to avoid severe depression DO NOT look at their bench then immediatley look at ours. I am opening the booze for this one chaps, it's going to be a bumpy ride.
4 Posted 20/12/2010 at 19:54:37
5 Posted 20/12/2010 at 19:59:12
6 Posted 20/12/2010 at 20:20:07
7 Posted 20/12/2010 at 20:53:59
Some of you need to try winding your necks in to be honest.
IMIT (in moyes i trust)
8 Posted 20/12/2010 at 21:04:34
9 Posted 20/12/2010 at 21:55:21
Amazing Osman Distin and Neville.
10 Posted 20/12/2010 at 21:57:36
That big lump Anichebe nearly cost us that game. I wouldn't have had him out for the 2nd half.
11 Posted 20/12/2010 at 22:13:03
12 Posted 20/12/2010 at 23:19:30
Simon - I will do no such thing, I will however voice my opinion. If you choose to disagree then fine but, dispite tonight's excellent 3 points (which I did not expect), I still lean towards the thinking that Moyes has been outgrown by this side.
He has asembled it and deserves great credit for doing so. He also has to many limitations in my opinion that hold the team back from being a "decent" team to a "very good" team. If you care to observe the various posts on TW that clearly highlight these drawbacks, you will find that people who have the same opinon as me have more than valid points to back this up.
Each to their own and all. But to suggest that people who have the nerve to critisise the manager's team selections need to "wind their neck in" is a tad silly, don't you think?
13 Posted 21/12/2010 at 09:50:10
14 Posted 21/12/2010 at 10:18:35
15 Posted 21/12/2010 at 12:05:57
As I mentioned in my previous post, these failings have been highlighted and scrutinised in depth on here so to go over them again would be a wasted exercise. With a squad as capable as Everton have, we should and could've been much higher in the league table had Moyes not been so stubborn, rigid and negative in his tactics and team selections.
16 Posted 21/12/2010 at 13:34:22
Citteh yesterday did what we did against Wigan, battered us but failed to score a winner. 24 shots to our 4, yet we have 3 points ? that has been the story of our season so far, loads of chances, almost zero goals.
Next you will tell me that it was a 4-5-1 yesterday. I will tell you that if you include Cahill in that 5 you are off your rocker.
Tactically, we have been ok this year; skill-wise our forwards have been sorely lacking. You can argue that it's Moyes fault because he bought them but I would argue that our 20-goal-a-season scorer is now fucked, our balsa wood Frenchie has decided to have a couple of years off, and our free signing looks like he is worth the money we paid for him.
We need a striker but can't afford one and if one of those feckers were to compete to 60% of their potential we would be sitting a lot higher up the league.
Tactics aren't the problem, lazy overpaid players are.
It is ironic too that, in the game where we don't have many chances, we win ? go figure that one out.
Also, all this annoying 4 in 18 stuff can easily be turned into only lost 5 out of the last 30. 28% of statistics are made up on the spot... apparently.
17 Posted 21/12/2010 at 17:39:58
You may be happy with those stats, Brian, but how much better would they be with a bit more "flair" shown by Moyes?
18 Posted 21/12/2010 at 18:14:17
19 Posted 21/12/2010 at 18:55:27
Team selections and tactics HAVE been a problem this season, I can assure you of that.
1) Yakubu finally starts to re-discover some form... Dropped for Saha who is finished... well and truely
2) Heitinga havign an extended run in midfield when he was awful.. he would probably get the nod over Fellaini if he was fit. Moyes (THE MANAGER) had better options and refused to use them, stubborness dictates once again.
3) 9M Billy on the bench - who bought him again?? either play him or sell him, simple.
I could go on but I get the feeling it would be a pointless exercise.
You say "Citteh yesterday did what we did against Wigan, battered us but failed to score a winner. 24 shots to our 4, yet we have 3 points ? that has been the story of our season so far, loads of chances, almost zero goals."
We have never been prolific under moyes, why are you so surprised. Goodison Park is the definitive graveyard for strikers.
We will have to agree to disagree Iam afraid, if you think the club is progressing well under Moyes then I have no problem with that. I personally think a more dynamic and forward-thinking manager would get a lot more out of the group of players Everton have.
20 Posted 21/12/2010 at 21:43:24
Yak came, had his best season then went of the boil, which he often does and then basically gets crocked.
Saha, a gamble because he is made of balsa wood. Scored quite a number for us then got his contract and started his holidays.
The only decent striker Moyes has ever bought was the Yak but he is now crocked. To state Moyes has ruined the striker, he has to have been good to start off with.
I am not saying we are progressing well under Moyes at all but I will argue that "negative" tactics are not the reason why we are where we are now but the fact that our team has forgotten how to score, ironically the moment we start playing better football and start creating more chances.
No idea what has happened to the yAk, that is a mystery to me too.....however I would take a guess that it is either due to a) he isn't trying in training or wants away or b) he has had a run in with Moyes.
Bily will coe good, if he gets a chance to play in his correct position....which will probably happen when Cahill goes off in January. I believe that Bily was bought as a potential replacement for Cahill, as he was starting to look a little jaded.
The reaction from the players last night at the end would seem to indicate that they are already giving their all, so I am unsure what manager would then get even more from them?
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