Hopefully Mr Moyes reads this... highly unlikely though but I for one would like to see us go gung-ho for the last 11 games instead of being the cautious normal side we are and have become under Moyes. He should take the attitude of fuck it, let's go for it -- 11 cup finals and all that, and be positve for a change.
A 4-3-3 formation with Jags as skipper until the end of the season would be my choice as I feel Pip's head is gone after the transfer bid from that bastard Redknapp. A line-up of:
Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Arteta, Rodwell, Cahill, Saha, Baxter, Beckford
In my opinion, this would see us through safely and possibly into a top 10 or 8 finish. With Bainsey and Coleman bombing forward from full-back and Arteta pulling the strings in midfield and with Rodwell playing the holding role that is his aparent best position. Cahill could still get forward and Beckford and Baxter would give us could pace and variety upfront.
I think we could score goals and scare a lot of teams with that system and side and Bily could play for Cahill until he returns from injury. For me in the summer, Bill, Moyes and Neville need to go and a serious shake-up needs to take place. That's for then... so, for now, attack Moyes and maybe, just maybe, end this awful miserable season with a bit of pride before you move on.
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1 Posted 04/03/2011 at 21:08:19
My concern is that we lack any real intimidating physical presence. Cahill's out for another two weeks. I don't think Moyes trusts Rodwell against the likes of Brum. Expect Heitinga or P Neville as holding mid.
2 Posted 04/03/2011 at 21:49:26
3 Posted 04/03/2011 at 21:52:37
4 Posted 04/03/2011 at 22:07:36
5 Posted 04/03/2011 at 22:09:50
Hibbert Jags Distin Baines
Coleman Arteta Neville Osman
Beckford being left out for being late in midweek.
Neville in center mid because teams slice through there every game this season. I know its not everyone's cup of tea but at least he can put a foot in and hold position.
Bily left out because he is plain lazy.
Anichebe left out because he is garbage... how we let Vaughan and the Yak go on loan I'll never know.
6 Posted 04/03/2011 at 22:08:24
Hibbert Jags Distin Baines
Coleman Arteta Neville Osman
7 Posted 04/03/2011 at 22:19:37
4-5-1 and grind out 11 draws to see us through. There really is fuck all to play for.
I'm utterly disinterested in the whole shower.... Without a serious change at the top, we will continue to yo-yo between average and poor.
8 Posted 04/03/2011 at 22:11:18
I also agree, Michael, that Arteta hasn't been his usual quality self but I think this formation and fresh attacking approach, instead of the usual cautious tactics, would give every player a bit more confidence and belief. I just feel, with 11 games to go, we have got to go into them to try and win, not play for the draw. Cautious has got us nowhere this season; I agree with a post on another article I read, that if we don't change the mentality these last 11 games, I can't see us winning more than 3 games. Attack please, Moyes.
9 Posted 04/03/2011 at 22:28:04
What turned the fans off is his cry baby pained facial expression whenever he is tackled. Instead of looking for sympathy, if he was to show a glint of fire and revenge in his eyes, the fans would get right behind him.
Davy Hickson is one of Everton's all time idols yet far more than his skill or lack of it was his never-say-die fearlessness that made him a favourite of the Goodison crowd. Many of our past great goalscorers had little more to offer than did Davy.
All it would take to start regaining the crowds support would be a change of attitude. He could start on that road to redemption in his next game. Is there no one who can take Victor to one side to explain these kinds of thing?
10 Posted 04/03/2011 at 23:14:19
11 Posted 04/03/2011 at 23:21:20
12 Posted 04/03/2011 at 23:20:52
Kieran, FFS Mr Moyes is a professional Manager and BK a business man ? Do you not understand that "kids for a laugh" is not the real world we live in. Each and every point is money toward the future.
Dick, I have met the "Cannonball Kid" what a lovely man who deserves respect. He was before my time but near enough everyone holds your well articulated view and truly, VA would be better off for some guidance in this respect.
13 Posted 05/03/2011 at 01:17:41
And on "Anichebe, he's shite" it's simple: look at the guys scoring record. Yes, I know he's been injured, etc but, for me, a player that falls over when a bit of wind blows his way isn't fit to wear our shirt. He should be at Palace or Leicester, not Vaughan or Yakubu. COYB!!
14 Posted 05/03/2011 at 02:39:53
I am fortunate enough to own a business for myself here in California and always seem to find a channel that is showing Everton. I can rearrange my schedule to watch them play but tomorrow I am going to work and not even considering watching them... I am just tired of all the shit they produce and lack of consideration for lifelong Blues fans all over the world.
The Reading game did it for me. I am sure I am not the only fan that rearranges his schedule to support our club and Beckford can't even make it to the game on time!!!
15 Posted 05/03/2011 at 03:24:49
16 Posted 05/03/2011 at 03:49:23
Gives us more flexibility, and defensively a lot more cover than recent. Once someone goes past Fellaini, we are in trouble every time, because Baines is effectively playing as a winger anyway. Although he bombs forward with pace, he does not bust a gut to get back; we miss Pienaar badly for defensive cover.
17 Posted 05/03/2011 at 05:15:00
With such a weak attack (the entire Moyes years) and lack of pace from anywhere execpt Beckford and Coleman. Wouldn't it be nice to have Steven Pienaar back for a few games instead of the £10 million excuse known as Bilyaletdinov.
18 Posted 05/03/2011 at 05:45:26
Pienaar back? No thanks. I do agree we have a weak attack, however, that much has been painfully obvious all season.
19 Posted 05/03/2011 at 04:37:26
It's obvious that too many players are all too comfortable in the knowledge that they'll get their share of games, no matter how shite they are playing. It's lack of numbers now. Before that, blatant favouritism.
The comments from Moyes about Osman and Hibbert had me shaking my head in disbelief. Don't tell me Osman has looked good in the last two games because that is his level.
Baxter for Coleman can't be any more of a risk than Coleman was in the first place. Our two centre-backs were run ragged by a couple of Irish navvies the other night but expect both to play again, and again, cos Moyes doesn't fancy Heitinga (can't blame him at times, but who bought him?) and Duffy hasn't had a feel of PL action.
Arteta might benefit with fewer players cluttering up the midfield. Beckford has to play cos Saha needs a partner and he at least makes runs and turns defenders around. But we are really short of options and that is down to the manager not being properly ready for when the chairman told him to let some go to cut the wage bill. Just poor management all round.
20 Posted 05/03/2011 at 06:43:12
Neville Jagielka Distin Baines
Osman Rodwell Arteta Bilyaletdinov
21 Posted 05/03/2011 at 06:53:22
If we cannot finish in front of the worst Liverpool team for 40 years, then this crappy season will get even worse. There must be a bit of pride in that FFS.
Plus, I will win 100 quid from my Liverpool loving son.
22 Posted 05/03/2011 at 06:43:30
Unfortunately, we don't have a Peter Reid or an Andy Gray within in our ranks today, Captain Pip is as close as we get. Moyes is always accused of being "negative", well, he may as well be hung as a sheep than a lamb, let's start using as many defensive-minded players as every other team, I`m getting sick of seeing journeymen midfielders gallop beyond pretty little ball players.
Get Pip in front of the defence and bring Hibbo back, instruct Jags and Distin to take no prisoners, fuck Bily off ? for today at least ? make sure when Seamus and Baines get their breakfasts, the blood is still dripping from it, tell Rodwell it's time he grew up and became the bully... and pray like fuck Louis turns up.
Of course it`ll be ugly, but these are dirty bastards, they haven't accumulated more cards than everyone else by accident.
Last time we played here, 50,000 Geordie`s rose as one to cheer as two of our guys were carried off, neither has been the same player since, I don't feel we are under any obligation to entertain the fuckers today. I only want three points.
I wont mind ugly. but I want to see players who are hurting like we are.
I want to see some anger and pride.
23 Posted 05/03/2011 at 07:29:57
24 Posted 05/03/2011 at 08:15:56
25 Posted 05/03/2011 at 08:20:40
"Go out and ruin their season. Kick them, foul them, take their legs off and get revenge for our fans after what they done to us last time we were here."
26 Posted 05/03/2011 at 08:37:44
Bily is dong nothing and also needs to go.
I think the real problem with the team is that they seem to think they are better than most of the teams in and below the EPL, which is why we have lost to Wolves, Blackpool, Birmingham, Reading etc but raised their game against the top 6 teams. Break that mindset and we might get somewhere next season or we will struggle again.
27 Posted 05/03/2011 at 08:44:36
Now is not the time for School of Science, it's Dogs of War time. A bit of fight, anything must be better than the Reading fiasco. But are we man for man up for it?? I have my doubts...
28 Posted 05/03/2011 at 08:59:44
Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin
Coleman, Rodwell, Arteta, Bilyaletdinov, Baines
29 Posted 05/03/2011 at 10:22:30
Jags, Distin, Heitinga
Baines, Coleman, Arteta, Rodwell, Osman
30 Posted 05/03/2011 at 10:30:14
Jags Heitinga Distin
Anichebe Saha Bilyaletdinov
Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Neville, Rodwell, Beckford, Baxter, Duffy
FFS, it took that prick Kenny just a month to play a different style to combat the other team, yet I can count on one hand the number of times Moyes has adjusted his 'tactics'. Newcastle tend to play with a striker plus 2 forwards so this would counter that and at least be something different.
31 Posted 05/03/2011 at 10:58:21
Hibbert Jags Distin Baines
Coleman Arteta Rodwell Osman
32 Posted 05/03/2011 at 11:08:34
33 Posted 05/03/2011 at 11:08:39
Anyone who is picking Bily needs to go to more games and see how useless that prick is. Reading ONLY attacked down our left hand side, they obviously saw Bily as the no-mark that he is; additionally, this pattern of play blocked Baines from delivering any final balls to our front guys (that's a giggle - EFC having front guys).
Now if Reading can fuck us up as easy as you like, do you not think that Newcastle et al will quite like the idea of pumping the ball down our left had side ? it sort of kills two birds with one stone.
We need some steel along the middle and personally I don't fucking care who it is that puts the boot in but I'm confident it's not Osman, Arteta or Coleman (Fella will be sorely missed). Until we shut the Barcodes up, we will get fuck all from this game and, with them having Nolan and bully boy Barton, I'm confident we will come back with fuck all except more injured players.
34 Posted 05/03/2011 at 11:35:44
35 Posted 05/03/2011 at 12:25:31
Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Coleman, Neville, Arteta, Osman
I know Cahill is out for a month so he would come in with (knowing Moyes) Beckford dropping to the bench and either Baxter or Gueye dropping off the bench.
36 Posted 05/03/2011 at 12:42:28
37 Posted 05/03/2011 at 12:54:04
38 Posted 05/03/2011 at 13:17:57
39 Posted 05/03/2011 at 13:21:34
40 Posted 05/03/2011 at 13:26:41
Final position:? probably 8-10th.
41 Posted 06/03/2011 at 00:45:55
42 Posted 06/03/2011 at 14:47:22
43 Posted 06/03/2011 at 20:02:23
There's a good team in the squad, but boy do we need strikers. We need two to add to Saha and Beckford, really the only strikers we have.
I expect 50-53 points, slightly on the optimistic side, but they should bloody go for it from here on. Nothing to lose, unless we lose nine games from ten.
44 Posted 06/03/2011 at 22:10:34
Not bad... better luck on Wednesday's edition of Name that Team...
45 Posted 06/03/2011 at 22:55:55
46 Posted 06/03/2011 at 23:32:49
It may be an overly zealous and aggressive isolation policy but it is a position that I believe has served us well, and one I am convinced we need to retain. I'm sorry but I have no interest in the views of other fans, I'm afraid. As for managers... don't be silly!
47 Posted 07/03/2011 at 13:13:10
48 Posted 08/03/2011 at 00:09:03
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