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Thumping Win for Blues

By Michael Kenrick :  09/04/2011 :  Comments (56) :
A great result in what could have been a real banana skin. Biggest away win of the season. Excellent work!

Technical problems mean I missed most of the fun, so anyone who can give a good summary would be appreciated. Meanwhile, this is from ESPN:

Everton moved to within one point of Merseyside rivals Liverpool and put a major dent in Wolves' survival hopes with a 3-0 victory at Molineux on Saturday. Jermaine Beckford, Phil Neville and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov all produced fine strikes to inflict a crushing defeat on Mick McCarthy's men, leaving them 19th in the table with only six games remaining.

In fairness to Wolves, they made the much brighter start on home soil, but they were rocked by Everton's 21st-minute opener, which was beautifully crafted by Leon Osman. The elusive midfielder glided down the right flank before whipping in a wicked cross to the near post, where Beckford arrived on cue to glance past Wayne Hennessey.

The same combination almost doubled Everton's advantage 10 minutes later in almost carbon copy circumstance, with Osman once again swinging over a sublime cross only to see Beckford this time denied by Hennessey, who was being worked overtime.

The Wales international goalkeeper then pulled out a superb reaching one-handed save to prevent an own goal from an Everton corner, but there was nothing he could do when the rebound worked its way to Neville. Taking one touch to settle himself on the edge of the area, the former Manchester United man arrowed a shot into the far top corner as Wolves' defence capitulated.

Everton were now outnumbering the Wolves defence with alarming regularity, and a third goal arrived when Bilyaletdinov advanced with the ball, with Beckford free to his left. The Russian arguably should have passed, but instead he chose to unleash a 25-yard howitzer that sent the Toffees into half-time with a 3-0 lead.

Adlene Guedioura twice forced top class saves from Tim Howard as Wolves attempted to find a way back into the contest, but the home side's defence had already killed any hope of a result.

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David Mathieson
1   Posted 09/04/2011 at 14:51:58

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My summary: Everton are magic, Liverpool are tragic!
Nick Entwistle
2   Posted 09/04/2011 at 14:54:18

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I went to the park with my hot new flat mate? Was it 4-0? That was my bet...
Peter Webster
3   Posted 09/04/2011 at 14:44:41

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Very briefly Michael, from what I saw, the first half started woefully. Wolves had chance after chance without us even getting into their box. We looked stoned.

We slowly got back into things. Ossie put in a great cross, Beckford glanced in for a proper striker's goal.

From then we took over and Wolves collapsed. They nearly scored an own goal only for Beckford to play it to Pip who sent in a rocket before Cahilling at the flag.

Dying seconds on the half saw another Wolves mistake picked up by Bily coming into the centre. He scored with an unstoppable swerver that nearly broke the net.

Second half was a bit boring, notable only for Beckford arguing with Moyes when he came off. The whole team played well, except Geuye, who looked lost. He almost scored when one-on-one but the goalie got a foot to it. Vellios looked ok and laid a nice ball off for Bily who fell over before getting cramp. Ossie MotM for me.

Andy Greenhalgh
4   Posted 09/04/2011 at 14:53:04

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Great win, didnt see it myself as stuck in work down a bunker. Look forward to MOTD, no doubt will have to wait until 5th or 6th game.... any stand out performances?
Nick Entwistle
5   Posted 09/04/2011 at 14:55:38

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Balls... still, its all good. Go Bily.
Erik Dols
6   Posted 09/04/2011 at 14:55:25

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I'm interested in Nick's story. Can we get an in-depth article with pictures of the hot new flat mate?

BTW, it was 0-3 Nick.
Nick Wall
7   Posted 09/04/2011 at 14:53:27

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Feared the worst when Wolves were all over us for the first 20 minutes and we couldn't string two passes together. Overall, far from a vintage performance, but that was never going to be the case with the limited personnel available and against a battling Wolves side.

Thought defensively we were really solid and well disciplined, tracking Jarvis on all his runs, and not giving Wolves any clearcut opportunities from their numerous corners and free kicks.

So, first clean sheet away from home for six months. Cherry on the cake was the three great goals: first one a great run from the tireless Osman to beat the offside trap followed by a perfect assist; then a great strike from Neville and a thunderbolt from Bily.

Nick Entwistle
8   Posted 09/04/2011 at 14:58:23

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I know beautiful women can make men do crazy things Eric, but though she's hot, she's not 4-0 Wolves hot... still, you should see my Grand National picks!
Peter Webster
9   Posted 09/04/2011 at 14:59:44

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For me Ossie stood out. Good mentions though to Jags, Hibbo, Distin, Howard, Pip and John H. Bily not too shabby, some good touches. Beckford's getting into the groove but god knows what will happen after shouting with Moyes. Baines, nothing special but reliable. Forshaw came on as sub but didn't get time to show anything. Big Vic, enough said.
David Hallwood
10   Posted 09/04/2011 at 15:08:21

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Weird game, we couldn't put two passes together, the midfield was pedestrian, and yet we get the best away win of the season and a clean sheet to boot. My MotM was either of the CB's in fact all the defence played well special mention for TH. Ossie the best of the rest by a mile.

Bily was poor except for the goal, which was outstanding, Gueye was anonymous, Beckford ? who reminds me of a poor man?s Berbatov with that languid style ? took his goal really well and laid the ball off for Neville?s goal. Victor was... well, Victor.
Amit Vithlani
11   Posted 09/04/2011 at 15:02:38

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Michael, a quick summary:

First 15 minutes, looked like the lads were enjoying the sunshine and looking forward to summer

On 20-odd minutes Ossie breaks down the right and floats in a cross to the near post for Becks to head home unmarked

Shortly before the break, two awesome goals. First, Pip picks up the ball on the edge of the area after Elokobi almost scores an og, and drives a screamer into the opposite corner of the net. Does a Timmy celebration by sparring with the corner flag and misses a punch (needs more practice).

Then my DSTV goes dead so I missed the goal of the match. But from Replays I see Bily scores goal of the season with an absolute screamer.

Second half not much to write about, except some type of row between Becks and Moyesy, not sure what that was about.

Overall marks:

Howard - 6 not much to do.

Hibbo - 8 superb kept Jarvis in check.

Distin - 8 another colossal performance, real battle with Ebanks Blake who was up for it.

Jags - 7 a bit untidy in possession but solid all the same.

Bily - 7 did fuck all but what a beaut of a goal.

Heitinga - 6 good impression of the invisible man.

Neville - 9 MotM in my opinion, some vital blocks in the beginning, cracking goal and hilarious celebration.

Ossie - 7 stray passes and loses possession too easily, but in the last third he comes alive and a peach of a cross for Becks goal.

Gueye 6 - looked nervous and missed a good chance one-on-one with their keeper, just needs more games and more confidence

Beckford - 7 very good off the ball and a good goal, should have stayed on as he could have got more.

Vic - 5. Tried to let the ball roll out and allowed a Wolves player to keep it in and start an attack. Said it all really.

Vellios - 6. Not enough time but I like him, nicked possession off their defenders and looked lively.

Forshaw - 6 not enough time.
Guy Hastings
12   Posted 09/04/2011 at 15:16:21

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Couldn't understand Beckford coming off. If I were Moyes that would be the end of the spat. And it would be the end of Anichebe too. God, he's awful ? enough to curdle a pint of Stella.
Jamie Barlow
13   Posted 09/04/2011 at 15:34:43

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Beckford was taken off because he gave up on chasing the ball after he lost it. Moyes said after the game that he needs every player to fight at the moment with us having so many out. Not a problem for me and can't see either Moyes or Beckford holding a grudge. Great to see Vellios and Forshaw get some time on the pitch but wasn't impressed with Magaye. Who said he had pace?
Martin Mason
14   Posted 09/04/2011 at 15:35:36

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My MotM was Distin with Ossie pushing him and many other good performances. I worry about Beckford, he had a very good game but Moyes is a nasty piece of work and brooks no dissent. We may have seen the last of him.

The conundrum that Moyes has to resolve is that our second team is far more effective than the A team .

Oh yes, fairs fair, big Vic looked alright when he came on, must be the new beard. Great win today given how badly we have done against them.
Dominic Bobadilla
15   Posted 09/04/2011 at 16:06:52

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I seriously think Bily should be assigned Timmy's role on a permanent basis. Bily is no winger! Play him at the centre of the park and this guy will work wonders.
Ryan Scails
16   Posted 09/04/2011 at 16:02:29

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Martin surely you're not serious about seeing the last of Becks? What about being rational? What Jaime said seems more likely. He's hungry, that was a slip up, it's a lesson to him; he'll probably keep scoring.
Alex Mullan
17   Posted 09/04/2011 at 16:12:28

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For those of you wondering why Moyes took Beckford off it is pretty obvious.

He is more or less the only senior striker left standing at the moment. 20mins to go, 3-0 up, theres a hungry young forward who needs game time on bench. Moyes probably didnt want Beckford to pick up a knock - the game was well won by that point.

They also shook hands at the end of the game when the players were heading down the tunnel.

Moyes is probably happy Beckford showed a bit of spirit, though he will probably give him a bit of a telling off for the public show. Thats all.
Ryan Holroyd
18   Posted 09/04/2011 at 15:57:47

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Very rocky first 20 mins. A bit like Bolton away. Couldn't get hold of ball. Gave possesion away far too easy. Then osman gave a good run off the ball, decent pass by Heitinga. Great cross from Osman, Beckford made a good run across defender and goalkeeper, good header into the goal.

Beckford then had a chance with a header but bit too close to keeper who made a fine save.

From a corner, their player headed towards their goal. Looked in but keeper made a great save. Came back to Beckford who held the ball well back to Neville who pinged into into the top right hand corner.

TV was showing a reply when Guaye was through on goal. Not quite clinical and keeper made a good save.

Wolves then lost ball in midfield, three touches from Billy then "Bang" stunning strike into same corner as Neville from 25 yards.

2nd half came and went. 70 odd mins Beckford comes off and Vellios came on. Disgraceful actions from Beckford saw him lay into Moyes. I appreciate why he was upset to come off but you don't react like that. The same was won and we need him fit for other games as we have no one else.

Imagine if he'd got injured at 3 up and we'd have no forwards for the next game?

Osman and Neville were great.
Martin Mason
19   Posted 09/04/2011 at 16:15:38

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Ryan, who was the winger we bought from United? Sorry I can't remember his name but he showed dissent after being pulled off by Moyes and he never played again. I hope that Moyes wouldn't be so stupid as it was just heat of the moment but he can be a nasty piece of work. I was actually very impressed with Beckford today, he pulled their defence all over the place. Hopefully I'm wrong, I usually am. :-)
Ryan Holroyd
20   Posted 09/04/2011 at 16:17:47

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Moyes is a nasty piece of work? Do shut up Martin.
Jamie Tulacz
21   Posted 09/04/2011 at 16:44:10

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What I'm always wondering is why we seem to play so much better with a weakened squad.

One idea might be that we're not great when the pressure's on... and when there's no pressure, when we have a weakened squad, then less pressure on and we play better football.

Otherwise, it could be the "backs to the wall" mentality when Moyes is in his element and so strong?

Just seen Moyes's post match interview and he was defusing the situation completely. Beckford needed to be taken off as we'd already won the game and no point risking an injury on our only remaining striker.
Martin Mason
22   Posted 09/04/2011 at 16:52:54

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Ryan, did you see the pure spite on his face?

I'm very glad to see though that he adopted a conciliatory stance later. He's learning.
James Martin
23   Posted 09/04/2011 at 16:56:34

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You should play the team that is winning. On paper, Arteta, Fellaini and Cahill should be better than Osman and Neville... yet which is the midfield combo winning us games?

Neville and Osman are both good at carrying out the basic requirements of their position; Neville tracks the runners, puts the tackles in and blocks the shots. Osman makes and scores goals. Fellaini and Arteta can look as composed and languid on the ball as they want but in my opinion they were fialing to do these basics earlier in the season.

Ryan Holroyd
24   Posted 09/04/2011 at 17:02:59

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What do you expect? Moyes to just laugh it off?
Beckford should not have reacted like that.

Have you ever seen people like Neville, Cahill, Jags, Arteta react like that? I haven't.

I'm sure Moyes will tear into him in private. As all good managers do.
Michael Kenrick
25   Posted 09/04/2011 at 17:11:24

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Martin, re #19: Blomqvist.
Ryan Holroyd
26   Posted 09/04/2011 at 17:11:51

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Jesper Blomquist was the winger Martin. I'm sorry for saying "shut up" to you. I was out of order.
James I'Anson
27   Posted 09/04/2011 at 17:07:01

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Notice how it was "the former Man Utd player" that scored a cracker?

Is Rooney ever described in the press as a former Everton player? Actually i'll answer my own question: Only when he's shagging grannies or swearing at cameras.

Paul Olsen
28   Posted 09/04/2011 at 17:17:14

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Howard: 7 Some great saves
Hibbo: 7 Very solid and energetic
Baines: 7 Solid game
Distin: 7 Class!
Jagielka 7: Class!
Heitinga: 6 not really a great game, but seen him a lot worse.
Neville: 7 for the goal, otherwise unremarkable
Osman: 8 MotM he was really good for most of the game once again. Some top class crosses
Bily: 6 What a goal, but missed the ball from 4 metres. Really sums the guy up perfectly.
Gueye: 5 Not a good full debut
Beckford: 7 Very good first half; second... not so much.

Anichebe: 6 Actually won a few balls today, but everyone knows it won´t amount to anything in the end.
Vellios: Looked tidy, but his teammates didn´t really use him properly
Forshaw: Gave it his all the few minutes he got on.
Carlos Camacho
29   Posted 09/04/2011 at 17:22:24

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Someone above said:
>Howard: Not much to do

Eh? He made three very fine saves that had he not, would have been 3-3.
Stephen Leary
30   Posted 09/04/2011 at 17:27:27

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Three-nil and we took our foot off it in the second half, as expected... but Wolves where too shite to come back and the players knew it. Great, blues, get in. COYB
Gavin Ramejkis
31   Posted 09/04/2011 at 17:40:21

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Alex #17, please tell me you were joking with "hungry young forward", Anichebe looks like he doesn't miss many meals and at one point towards the end of the game wouldn't even chase a pass to him that went out for a throw and threw his arms down in a strop ? a half-decent player at least would have tried.
Glen Anderson
32   Posted 09/04/2011 at 17:51:07

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Carlos - I agree 100%. Howard was forgotten in that game but he did well to keep us in it when it mattered.
Jamie Barlow
33   Posted 09/04/2011 at 18:00:57

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Amit @ 11. I think you forgot someone.
Brian Waring
34   Posted 09/04/2011 at 18:17:39

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3 great goals made up for a snooze fest of a game.
Susong Hermawan
35   Posted 09/04/2011 at 18:27:04

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Christopher McCullough
36   Posted 09/04/2011 at 18:24:57

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Howard 8 Solid. Some good saves at key times.
Hibbert 7 Great defender
Distin 7 Solid
Jagielka 7 Solid. Some crucial last ditch tackles.
Baines 6 (I forgive him, though)
Geuye 7 (where was he playing? not a winger, not a central player...hmmm deja vu. Nevertheless, well worth the money Everton paid. Potential.)
Osman 9 (Excellent performance. Great feet. Showed leadership and Premiership quality)
Neville 8 Good goal. Shite celebration.
Bily 7 (Goal of the season..again. Give him one more season, in lieu of notable improvement, send a youtube video to Shaktar; they'll bite Kenwrights's arm off for £20 million)
Beckford 8 (some poor decisions on the ball; however, worth his weight in gold for the space his pace creates and his natural finishing)

Heitinga 5 shite in Midfield

Anichebe 5 Shite
Velios 6 like the cut of his jib. Nothing special, today. But only an under 19.
Christopher McCullough
37   Posted 09/04/2011 at 18:41:29

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Went for 'Money can't buy time' in the National. Reminded me of Everton. Jog on Kenwright.
Ray Robinson
38   Posted 09/04/2011 at 18:37:00

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Well it's a bit churlish, I know as I am delighted with the win but I thought, apart from a good 25 minute spell when we scored 3 magnificent goals, we were quite poor actually ? unable to retain possession for long periods.

I can't criticise too much but thought Hibbert gave Jarvis far too much space, Gueye, Beckford and Bily gave possession away far too cheaply.

Still 3-0 with a weakened side and not playing particularly well makes up for the better performances when we got nothing ? i.e. Villa away.

Don't read too much into this performance, methinks.

Jim Fell
39   Posted 09/04/2011 at 18:48:12

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I don't know about anyone else, but injury crisis or not, isn't it a breath of fresh air to see the likes of Vellios, Forshaw and Gueye featuring for us?
Dave Wilson
40   Posted 09/04/2011 at 18:44:44

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If you were going to have tech difficulties this was the game to have it. apart from the goals, which were great fun - but you`ll see anyway - you didnt miss much.

Wolves were absolutely desperate so it`s difficult to judge how we played.

Howard, Distin, Ossie good, Hibbo Jags resilient, the rest . . . ok

Joeynkoo ;
It was nice to meet you, Make sure the young family keep the faith
Franny Porter
41   Posted 09/04/2011 at 19:39:41

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Andy Greenhalgh @4, you can come out that bunker now mate, the Cold Wars over......
Martin Handley
42   Posted 09/04/2011 at 19:51:14

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I think Beckford was just frustrated at coming off, Moyes was right to do so and they've probably shook hands and it's done.

I like that young Vellios though, he could be just what we need chasing defenders down, even though we were 3 up... unlike big fat Vic who will only chase the ball if there's a Big Mac or pastie attached to it!

I was surprised at how little fight Wolves had after the first goal though. I thought it was going to be the day were Hibbo finally scored after Captain Pip's effort!

After all the shit we've been through this season, Europe is still a possibility... unbelievably!

Amit Vithlani
43   Posted 09/04/2011 at 20:38:14

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Jamie Barlow #33 ? yep good spot. Left out Baines. Would give him a 7. Very solid and abit more defensive today, maybe as he had Gueye ahead of him.

Carlos Camacho #29 ? you're right, Howard made a couple of very good saves. Overall, however, not his busiest game ? not many crosses to come and take, which reflects how solid Distin and the rest of the defence were.
Tim O'Connell
44   Posted 09/04/2011 at 20:44:38

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The great thing about being a blue is that in adversity the core of the club come to the fore and pull us through but to me the frustration is that some of that core don't get the credit they deserve. Today emphasized that, when we need it, players like Ossie and Pip excel.

Ossie over the last 6 matches to me has been the key player and the reason we have got the critical points, but still on this site he has loads of critics. Perhaps if we all got behind Ossie and Co and showed our appreciation, they would take responsibility when the the full team is available rather than sometimes taking the back seat, assuming like many of this site that others are more important.

My own theory is that the team for whatever reason has put too much responsibility on a couple of key players like Mikey and when they are not performing we struggle, when we should realise we have a got a squad of good players so if say Mikey is out of touch then someone like Ossie gets the free role and Mikey plays the disciplined role. Probabaly I could lay blame at all if my view is correct but I think that it can only help if we all appreciated the Ossies of this world.

Jay Harris
45   Posted 09/04/2011 at 23:07:32

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Highlights of the game:

3 excellent goals.

Excellent defending (by us!!)

10 minutes of Forshaw.

Apparently Moyes and Beckford had been screaming at each other for 20 minutes before he was hauled off to the effect that Beckford needed to start chasing down more with Beckford's retort being WTF I'm on my own.

Bit worrying seeing the temper in both of them and Beckford and Gueye apprently agreeing that they "don't understand Moyesy".

They're probably not on their own in that but hopefully it will all be forgotten as we celebrate an excellent 3 points.
Martin Hughes
46   Posted 10/04/2011 at 00:34:16

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Beckford at least showed some passion. That's what we need. Vellios looked good, his running and back-tackling was promising. Forshaw was very positive for the 10 mins.

With no fear of relegation and the slimmest of hopes for Europa League... maybe, just maybe, we should give the youngsters Gueye, Vellios, Forshaw a chance to be blooded ? sell on some shite: Bily, Heitinga, Hibbert raise money, reduce debt! It worked for Utd with youngsters, what should be different to them than us?

Also, give Moyes credit: youngsters cost nothing ? superstars a lot we could actually have something big on here. Moyes is trustworthy he could have gone but he has stuck with us and seen things that we don't see. COYB ? finish strong and bring on next season.

Alex Mullan
47   Posted 10/04/2011 at 01:06:07

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Gavin Ramejkis # 31

Obviously I was refering to Vellios, considering it's him who came on for Beckford.

I also said Beckford is our one fit senior striker. Anichebe wasn't mentioned for a reason.
Roberto Birquet
48   Posted 10/04/2011 at 01:08:03

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Couldn't understand Beckford coming off. If I were Moyes, that would be the end of the spat. And it would be the end of Anichebe too. God, he's awful ? enough to curdle a pint of Stella.
The answer Moyes gave makes perfect sense. We've got no other fit strikers, and we're 3-0 up; why take chance on injuries?

Beckford took his goal well, as he has a few times. But the jury is defo out. Let's hope second season means he's more acclimatised to the Premier League.

We're gonna need to get two strikers in the summer, and I'd use all the money from sales of: Yak, Yobo, probably Vaughan, and throw in Anichebe, to get one of them. Then either a loan or sell one of the silver plates to buy.
Jamie Crowley
49   Posted 10/04/2011 at 01:22:56

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Jim Fell @39-
Yes it is. Fun to watch these younger kids.

I personally have enjoyed watching the last 3-4 weeks more than I have in a long while.

Hats off to Osman. He's been excellent lately.
Susong Hermawan
50   Posted 10/04/2011 at 05:34:02

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Magnifiecent goals from Bily, I always think that he should play more role in the squad... Excellent left foot!
Nick Taylor
51   Posted 10/04/2011 at 08:54:10

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I think the difference today was our back 5 who where outstanding. Give Hibbo some credit, Jarvis has been pulling up trees lately put got absolutely no change out him. As for Bily, keep him in more a central role with limited defensive responsibility for the rest of the season and see what he can do.
Gavin Ramejkis
52   Posted 10/04/2011 at 11:32:23

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Fair play Alex, my mistake, on that note has anyone seen any of his games for the ressies? Other than Stubbs saying he isn't ready to step up, I've not seen long enough of him to make any impression.

Jay, I agree with Gueye and Beckford screaming at Moyes, Beckford always played with support before so for Moyes to expect a different game at the drop of a hat is plain silly. It'll calm down but Moyes will demand his game plan and not play to Beckford's strengths.
Tony J Williams
53   Posted 10/04/2011 at 12:45:16

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Gavin, I would happily not see us play to Beckford's strengths and win every game 3-0.
Terry McLavey
54   Posted 10/04/2011 at 12:57:25

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Recorded all of MOTD, didn't have to we were on 3rd!!!!!! Bit worried about second half, 'round about 60th minute we didn't have the ball for a solid 5 minutes ! Can't afford to do that again ! it's only that Wolves were shite we weren't punished! As far as I could see no joined up football in second half, but glad of the three points, maybe a chance for europe after all, may convince the board not to sell all our strong players if we do !
Tony J Williams
55   Posted 10/04/2011 at 13:29:35

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Agree Terry, a terrible game but you can only beat what is in front of you. I wasn't bothered that they had so much possession because they were utter gash up front.
Dave Wilson
56   Posted 10/04/2011 at 15:52:25

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When Beckford came here at the start of the season he was absolutely hopeless. I lost count of the number of sitters he missed and bad choices he made.

Moyes has steadily brought him on, he has demanded a higher standard from him, but has been patient. Beckford has improved dramatically and looks like he may yet earn a decent living playing at the top level but he needs to get his head down, keep his gob shut and keep grafting. Being late for a game and then publicly gobbing off to the guy who gave him a chance when nobody else wanted to will not impress anybody.

I`d make him sit the next one out and give Vellios another go. Beckford needs to remember, his opportunity has come late in life and if he doesn't make a go of this he will almost certainly end up back in the lower divisions. Trying to bite the hand that feeding him is NOT a good career move.

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