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My Epiphany

By Jamie Crowley :  24/12/2010 :  Comments (20) :
I had an Epiphany during the City game.

Moyes has really gotten under my skin this year. I really, really like the man. But as so many people have stated before and to name a few often cited complaints ? players playing out of position, tactics wrong, substitutions too late, chasing games after going down instead of using our superlative talent to take the game to the opponent. That?s the short list and you get the picture.

Fast forward to the City game? Anichebee up top. When I saw it I could not believe my eyes. It was bad enough we went out again 4-5-1 - although very defensible considering we were away to a very potent and capable Club. So whereas I didn?t like it, I can understand it. But Anichebee as a lone striker? What?! I was also disappointed to see Osman out wide and thought to myself immediately (and somewhat exasperated) ?why??

We won, and all is well because we won. And let me be clear it was a great victory. But I still was flabbergasted by some of the selections (and the substitutions!) and felt we won in spite of the managerial decisions, not due to them.

Then it hit me ? it doesn?t matter. Moyes will always do this. Moyes won?t change.

I?ve come to accept under Moyes that I will always be left scratching my head. I can?t stop it, can?t even question it any longer. It?s as sure as death and taxes I?ll be perplexed and frustrated with the game day decisions.

I?m just going to get behind the team no matter what the lineup and pray for a win each and every game. I'm just going to pull for the boys and stop questioning.

I?m going to do this because of my Epiphany: the landscape is what it is, and it?s not changing unless we?re relegated or Moyes moves on. It doesn?t matter what my opinion is, Moyes is going to do what Moyes is going to do. Moyes is not going to change his system or approach.

You may say, ?you?re just figuring this out now??

No. ?The Epiphany? is the point in time, the City game, where I just threw in the towel and accepted that Moyes wouldn?t change. The realization that it truly isn?t changing and never will ? and there?s nothing I can do about it. The acceptance of something you really didn?t want to believe. The consignment.

But it?s Christmas ? the season of Hope. So I?m hoping for more victories.

I just stopped hoping Moyes will change. That particular ?Hope? I felt fly from my soul during ?The Epiphany?.

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Lee Courtliff
1   Posted 24/12/2010 at 15:38:42

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Good point. I like Moyes too, but he is a truly strange soul. Vic did ok, Yak or Beckford would have done better, in my opinion anyway. Moyes does not know nor value my opinion.I must accept this. We all must.
Richard Diver
2   Posted 24/12/2010 at 16:09:29

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To the tune of ?Walking in a winter wonderland?. By the way, this is constructive criticism, not negativity... Right, MK?

Well Davie Moyes, are you listenin??
It?s high time you were desistin?
From building a side
With a de-fensive vibe
Walkin? in a Moysie blunderland

Our players can play with flair and beauty
But they?re all on defensive duty
So why not give them the chance
To try a sustained advance
Walkin? in a Moysie blunderland

Your chosen path, to be reactive
Just makes me sick, to the back teeth
We only pick up the pace
When there?s a game to be chased
Walkin? in a Moysie blunderland

We always hear that you?re a highbrow
Hope Santa brings you some eyebrows
And that he shows you the knack
Of going on the attack
And we?ll be walking in a Moysie wonderland
Tony J Williams
3   Posted 24/12/2010 at 17:40:58

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Not one out-of-place defender in the 5, so we are progressing.

Also, why do some posters think that by going with two up top that our misfiring strikers will suddenly start to bang them in? Especially if there is one less midfielder trying to put the ball through to them?
Trevor Lynes
4   Posted 24/12/2010 at 17:59:46

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We won because we played AWAY.

DM's tactics are suited to playing away. When we are at home we are expected to attack and that's where we fail because our squad lacks guile and pace and is very, very predictable.

With our squad, we are much better breaking than we are at making chances by creativity. City had something over 20 efforts at goal and our defence was fantastic so try to put the result into perspective.

DM is using what he has in the best way to survive in the Premier League without funds... and if that is not glaringly obvious to all the fans then you must be all wearing sunglasses over the blue tints. We have a threadbare squad and can only paper over the cracks until we get some fresh blood of quality. Our youngsters dont seem to be good enough so we are perming eleven from about fifteen with no cover in some positions, eg, left back.

I also totally disagree that Yakubu and Beckford would have done better than Vic if they had been started... Beckford is only a 'shock sub' and the Yak will not normally do the chasing that Vic did.

Brian Waring
5   Posted 24/12/2010 at 19:23:54

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Trevor, do you think, that when Moyes said this was the best squad he has ever had, and was capable of challenging the top 4, he was just saying this to appease the fans?
Richard Dodd
6   Posted 24/12/2010 at 19:25:42

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Lose to Brum and Moyes will again be the pantomime villain. No manager with his success record over nearly NINE seasons has to constantly prove his worth over and over like our Davey. Evertonians don`t deserve him!
Brian Waring
7   Posted 24/12/2010 at 19:37:20

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Richard, Moyes got a lot of credit after the City game, so if we did get beat by Brum, shouldn't he be criticized if he fucks-up?

Tony J Williams
8   Posted 24/12/2010 at 20:33:26

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But Brain, according to some, we won on Monday "in spite" of him.
John Keating
9   Posted 24/12/2010 at 21:08:30

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Over the years, I've seen some great 0-0 draws ? some crap ones too! I've also seen great games where defences have played the offside trap brilliantly and really stymied the attacking team. I've seen great attacking Everton performances too. Catterick, who grouped together some brilliant players, could also employ the most negative of tactics at times.

So, what I'm trying to say is that football is made up of many different types of players and game plans. The City game was an excellent example of a team going out to subdue a far better attacking team and doing a brilliant job.

Yes, it would have been great to take City on, and all teams for that matter, but at present it's not to be. I personally thought Moyes's tactics and substitutions were first class and credit should be given where it's due.

Simon Temme
10   Posted 24/12/2010 at 21:18:24

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Richard #2
Great effort ? let's hope DM get's the message after nearly 10 years!

Merry Christmas to all Blues ? remember we are chosen.
Tony Cheek
11   Posted 25/12/2010 at 06:50:14

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Nice One Richard Diver......!!!
Guy Wilkinson
12   Posted 25/12/2010 at 11:13:58

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Victor had a blinder. Led the line well. I'd rather see players pick up cards for studs up tackles than shit out and let technically accomplished teams boss them
Trevor Lynes
13   Posted 25/12/2010 at 16:16:02

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Brian... I dont know whether he believed it or not!! All I can say is he seems to be showing interest in stacking our squad with low quality cheap loans. A manager will ALWAYS back his team and I reckon he was looking at what happened the season before and expecting improvement.

The unknown 'fly in the ointment' is the obvious improvement by OTHER teams who finished below us. We still lack wide right and left back cover and, as I've said before, God help us if Baines gets injured for any length of time.

Andy Peers
14   Posted 25/12/2010 at 19:22:03

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I was happy to see the great team spirit against City during the game and then after. What I would like to see is that spirit all the time. If The players and Staff would have the passion, like a lot of the fans have, we would surely be a winning team again.

Example being the Question asked to Landon Donovan from the Evertonian who wanted to buy him for Everton if he were to hit the lottery. As far as I am concerned, all Everton players and Staff have hit the lottery with their inflated salaries for doing a job (without success) that we would all love to have. I haven't seen such generous offers from Everton's Lottery winners, have you?

Derek Thomas
15   Posted 26/12/2010 at 01:51:10

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For Epiphany read Resignation as in Denial (Doddy), Anger (Marshy), Resignation.

The solution is Moyes changes or change Moyes... but neither is likely to happen, and I'm sure that a cash injection is less likely to happen, so we will never know if all Moyes will do is buy a more expensive, better quality, utility type players.

City game highspots not withstanding, I still have real doubts that Moyes knows what his best 11 is or how to play them. As Trevor says we are set up to be an away team.

In boxing terms, we can fight a bit and box a bit, we never knock any body out in the 2nd round but win on points. But if we come up against a real 100% fighter or a top footballing technical side who are on their game, we will struggle.

This, I think, is us and baring a radical shift in the footballing world landscape of tectonic proportions, is were we will stay.

But what do we care? We are addicts junkies and junkies are different than normal people so 'normal' does not apply. The highs just re-enforce the fact that the 'drug is good' idea is right.

Hi, my name's Derek; I have been an addict for 52 years.
Tony Cheek
16   Posted 26/12/2010 at 10:32:47

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Guy Wilkinson (12) ... "Anichebe had a blinder"??? Were we watching the same game? You cannot mean it!! If you want someone to run all day and use brawn instead of brain, then Vic's your man. He is never going to be a class player. His touch is second-rate and the red card weighs him up. He put us in the shit, just at the time we didn't need it.

His "pass" to Cahill for the second goal was an overhit pass to Bainsey. He should have been put wide right instead of Coleman much earlier though. But please do not preach him as Cahill's partner. He is just not good enough.

John Nelson
17   Posted 26/12/2010 at 12:55:38

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Well said Tony Cheek. I thought the Blues were spot on Monday ? tactics, effort, everything ? apart from that selfish twat Anichebe.

Yes, he did do more running than Saha of late... but that was about it. His first touch was poor, his petulance over not having the ball at his feet was shocking, the arrogant challenge on Joe Hart made me want him to get a smack off the latter, and deservedly he got sent off and put us right in the shit for half an hour.

Personally, I cannot fucking STAND the big headed bastard and hope he gets fucked off. I will state again I thought Moyesy got it spot on and the players were fantastic... apart from him. Sorry for seeming to piss on everyone's chips, but I've been dieing to air my views on him after Monday.

Jamie Crowley
18   Posted 26/12/2010 at 17:07:08

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Trevor ? We played AWAY 1 correct. And that's all we do, play the away style game.

Tony and John sum up my disbelief and despair at starting Anichebe perfectly. I thought he was awful. The red card was almost a death blow to an otherwise gutsy and brave performance. The petulance is disgusting. I wouldn't even hiccup if we let him go. Beckford should have started IMO.

Derek Thomas sums up the contribution perfectly ? Resignation.

Those who don't feel it, I don't frankly understand you or how you tick.

I was crushed the game was postponed today! Despite the fact I knew they'd play an awfully boring 4-5-1 game at home to another awfully boring side to watch with their own brand of defensive crap ? I so wanted to watch the Blues. Like a Christmas present has been taken away from me!
Dick Fearon
19   Posted 27/12/2010 at 07:39:51

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Jamie #18, and it gets worse: Not wanting to spoil anyone's Xmas jollies, I did not mention that the derby at Anfield comes slap bang in the middle of Tim's Asian travels.
Jamie Crowley
20   Posted 28/12/2010 at 06:29:10

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Dick, you mean the only player that can score for us on a consistent basis?

No worries, we'll draw 0-0.

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