First shot of any kind was well over from Johnny Heitinga. Coleman was having fun running into space down the right but with no end-product. At the other end, a ball over the top to Odemwingie looked to test Distin but his drive was into the side netting.
That should have been warning enough but a much less tidy WBA move gave them an easy lead inside 10 mins, Brunt's lazy ball over the top was picked up by Odemwingie, who won his battle with Distin despite being driven wide and he was able to clip a defected ball back inside for Malumba to slot nonchlpast Howard. Talk about end-of-season defending!!!
Anichebe looked to make amends with a superb turn to beat a defender and run at Carson down the inside left channel but his shot was criminally straight at the Brom keeper's leg with the goal gapping and he deflected the big man's powerful shot unwittingly just past the post. From the corner, Jagielka headed powerfully just over. Baines was then forced to block Odemwingie to give away a kick on the side of the penalty area that Howard barely fingertipped over, but the ref missed it and awarded a goal-kick.
Odemwingie was giving Distin a torrid time, while Osman's first touch was letting him down badly but he did get half a chance yet could not pull the trigger and Arteta was also closed down. Anichebe then got a chance but his connection was poor and it took a deflection that helped Carson push it wide. But a great flighted return ball in from Coleman should have been headed home at the far post by Heitinga, yet he hit the outside of the post.
More scares for Everton in defence, with Thomas running free, drawing Howard and shooting at the open goal but Tony Hibbert was perfectly positioned behind his keeper to clear off the line. Coleman was lucky to avoid a card for his late chop on Shorey. Odemwinge then should have scored with a free header off a long throw but Howard's reaction save prevented further damage. But Everton were poor... presumably saving themselves for a brilliant second half???
Anichebe won a promising free-kick but Baines curled the ball into Carson's hands. And two corners (Arteta then Baines) were both over-hit. Another Anichebe free-kick was eventually crossed in by Hibbert and it almost beat Carson off the back of Anichebe's head. It was a better spell from the Yellows but nothing to show for it as half-time loomed. Osman tried to repeat his party-piece from last week off a floated cross from Hibbert, who was being given acres of space to lob in his randomly directed crosses, but it was just too high for him.
No changes at the break. Anichebe getting crunched by Scharner but Jagielka wasted the free-kick, then needlessly giving away a simple forward pass and inviting pressure, but for Odimwingie straying offside.. then a yellow for Neville on Mulumbu. But it was better form Arteta and Anichebe, the ball in was short of Coleman. Then, a great chance for Arteta to create something goalward from inside that area but he passed it over the bye-line for Coleman.
An Arteta corner driven long to Osman, backing up, and his shot was poor. Where is Duncan Ferguson when you need him to inspire the team??? There were lots of Everton crosses coming in but rarely anyone on the receiving end. Odemwingie then attacked Jags down the Everton right and crossed just inches ahead of Cox for what was almost their second goal. .
Baines galloped down the left and won a free-kick that Arteta swung in far better, but a defender got the touch and Arteta looped the corner over for a great sequence of pinball with Neville, Osman and Arteta all getting shots or chances that were blocked or spurned one way or another.
Cometh the hour-mark, cometh the man-ager with the oh-so-predictable substitution: Beckford on for Coleman as Thomas fouled Hibbert for a yellow card. Jags and Neville contrived to totally waste the resulting free-kick. Yellow too for ietinga with for a foul from behind. Scharner almost scored with a farpost header, picked out brilliantly by Odemwingie, ghosting in behind Hibbert.
Anichebe's almost total lack of skill and finesse was shown up painfully when he battled hard for a soft ball looped over the top and into wonderful space in the WBA penalty area for him by Neville but he danced around the bouncing ball with all the grace of a buffalo rather than taking command of it, and then played it off his standing leg for a goalkick!
Arteta actually tried a shot from 20 yards but it was too easily blocked as Everton looked increasingly desperate and reliant only on the floated cross, one of which Beckford headed over with 20 increasingly frustrating minutes to go. Moyes was presumably frustrated too, but was Bily for Neville really going to change the game finally in Everton's favour???
Yet another Everton corner, at least into the danger area, but Jagielka and Heitinga probably cancelled each other out and another half-chance was gone. But Beckford was clearly a better target man than Anichebe and the boys were working hard to get the ball infront of him for a clear attempt on goal; that fell to Bilya who could only shoot over with his left when the ball demanded a fierce drive with his right.
With no real danger, Bily then went in on a 30-70 ball with a dreadful lunge on Morrison, a quite ridiculous challenge: straight red card. He'd only been on the field less than 5 mins!!! That put West Brom aback in the game and some desperate defending was required to keep the score down. Moyes then switched out Anichebe for Rodwell with 10 mins left.
A short corner looked better, Osman clipping in but a defender heading it out. Osman then played in Beckford but he had run offside. Everton were weakened in defence, and allowed Odemwingie in again, but Howard produced an excellent one-handed save down low to his left. Everton looked to have shot their load as West Brom surged at them in the last 5 mins, and the Yellows held on for a no doubt highly creditable 0-1 defeat to the mighty Baggies... err... NOT! More like the season in microcosm, with a pathetic inability to score despite plenty of possession, the result determined by a moment of comedy defending.
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1 Posted 14/05/2011 at 17:00:27
Despite this we had 22 attempts at goal an absolutely nothing to show for it. When teams like Albion can get the double over Everton then you know the squad is poor. Even if Saha, Cahill and Fellaini return it won't make much difference as they played in starting elevens earlier and results were still poor.
Somehow Everton had good results against the top 5 or 6 teams but poor results against the rest.
Let's not kid ourselves ? there has to be big changes before next season; otherwise it will be more of the same.
2 Posted 14/05/2011 at 17:11:07
3 Posted 14/05/2011 at 19:19:15
4 Posted 14/05/2011 at 19:35:42
5 Posted 14/05/2011 at 19:42:14
6 Posted 14/05/2011 at 20:11:44
Can think of nothing to take from it at all
Every Fucking team in the Prem knows we dont turn up for the first 45 mins and can piss all over us
At least we kept that consistency in the 2nd half, bet WBA were waiting for the "Everton Comeback"....
7 Posted 14/05/2011 at 19:52:39
I think it's all been said about Moyes's tactics but we must be realistic: any team that loses its best players halfway through the season, as we have, and (probably) ends the season in 7th, has done a bloody good job in getting there.
Things obviously have to change by next season but I feel optimistic that change we will, and mount a real challenge in the Premier League next season.
8 Posted 14/05/2011 at 20:13:26
Once again, another terrible team selection against a team that has allowed 68 goals against them (second only to Blackpool) and we play 4-5-1 ? and our 1 is a guy that can't score.
So frustrated with our Manager!!!
9 Posted 14/05/2011 at 20:23:09
10 Posted 14/05/2011 at 20:25:39
I can't believe you've not mentioned that.
11 Posted 14/05/2011 at 20:27:49
I hope that's not a sign he is being sold.
On a general note, I can't for the life of me understand why we didn't give the team that finished so well against City a vote of confidence and make that the starting 11.
I like David Moyes but this consistent defensive-minded selections against a team that can,t keep a clean sheet totally baffles me.
12 Posted 14/05/2011 at 20:34:32
To be fair, we've been on a pretty good run of late, so probably due a poor performance and this was definitely it.
13 Posted 14/05/2011 at 20:35:59
What I have seen in the last two away games is unacceptable ? it was Wigan and WBA for fuck's sake!!
It was exactly the same as the first half against City ? don't we ever learn? What did we have to lose today? We should have just gone for it and played on the front foot instead of letting WBA come onto us.
Moyes should have a strong look at himself in the mirror tonight... there have been too many games like this one throughout the season.
14 Posted 14/05/2011 at 21:01:00
15 Posted 14/05/2011 at 20:56:22
Yet again all I've heard all week is how we've turned the corner, with 2 games to go? Let's finish on a high, Jags the best defender in the world or something, Osman for England. And of course, like all the pre-season talk, then we actually kick off and we are absolute garbage.
Someone mentioned a good little run. What run? The last 4 games have actually included just about 30 minutes of some excitement against City, not great football just some "go", and the rest has been absolute drivel. Sick of it.
Big changes needed from top to bottom. Big decisions. Too many very poor players living on reputations from years ago and others just never likely to deliver. Poor, poor game, typical of the whole season. A dreadfully average team does the double over us by 5-1. They hadn't kept a clean sheet since the first game of the season so of course Mr Wonderful starts with (n)one up front.
16 Posted 14/05/2011 at 21:12:02
Thing is, if our last game of the season was against Marine, we all know what team and tactics this idiot is going to play. I fail to see what he does all week on the training ground. This all brings back memories of Walter Smith to me and his usual after match interviews of being 'disappointed'.
17 Posted 14/05/2011 at 21:16:09
Why does Moyes insist on playing Victor up front? He averages a goal every season, if that these days. To be fair, he played quite well first half but never looks like scoring. Shown by his one-on-one with Carson.
Why does Moyes persist in playing Neville and Heitinga in the middle of the park? Neither of them are CMs and neither are good enough to play there. We needed Arteta and Osman in the middle.
At least then we might have passed the ball. Arteta is wasted on the left at the moment; he is picking the ball up on the half-way line most of the time. Therefore, whenever he picks up the ball, he's got most of their team in his way and our lack of movement doesn't help.
Why do we persist with Neville's long throws? They never produce anything and they allow other teams to reorganise as we wait for Neville to jog across the pitch and hurl one aimlessly into the area.
Why does Moyes always wait far too long, in general, to make his subs and then makes them poorly? Beckford will never be a target man, so why do we insist on leaving him isolated up front on his own. He has been starved of quality service in nearly every game, he's played this season. I feel sorry for the lad.
Why bring Rodwell on for Victor? We're losing the game, why not take a defender off and go for it. I know "go for it" is not a term Moyes is familiar with, but he could do it in games like this.
Why does Hibbert now seem to have a devine right to play week-in, week-out (in Moyes's eyes)? He has been absolute tripe in the last two games and yet keeps starting matches.
Why do we play well one week and awful the next?
Why do we start defenders in midfield and leave midfielders on the bench?
Why do we never leave anyone up when defending corners?
Why do I bother anymore? I seriously wonder sometimes after displays like that; then I remember it's because of games like City that I bother.
The problem is those games are becoming rarer and rarer. If we don't find some money from somewhere, we could all be onboard a sinking ship come August.
18 Posted 14/05/2011 at 21:28:39
19 Posted 14/05/2011 at 21:27:15
Moyes has said he made a mistake in not buying a forward. I expect him to put this right in the summer.
Progress gets more difficult each year as other teams become cash rich. Moyes will need to be at his best to even keep us 'best of the rest' never mind a top five punt.
20 Posted 14/05/2011 at 22:02:47
You can bang on about Moyes's 'crazy' team selections, but his hands are tied, and if he would've been given money to spend or even been allowed to bring in a free or a loan signing(s), a striker would've been top priority.
Yet another depressing result and performance.
21 Posted 14/05/2011 at 22:15:09
22 Posted 14/05/2011 at 21:41:03
I have been banging on about our predictability all season. I will not for the umpteenth time list each player's basic flaws plus those of Moyes and his useless coaching panel. Those flaws have been clearly evident to anyone with eyes to see and the slightest knowledge of football.
It frustrates the hell out of me to see the same players display the same mistakes in game after woeful game. In trying to fit into Moyes's 'system', we have seen recognised international players lose whatever it was they had and, as in the case of Hietinga and Bily, become second-rate cloggers. In trying to fit into the system, Anichebe, Rodwell and Coleman have got worse instead of better. Already they are coming in for howls of abuse.
Moyes and his panel of coaching clones are unable (or should that read 'incapable') of doing anything about it. As for tactics, motivation and imagination... dear old Roy Hodgson left Moyes for dead.
23 Posted 14/05/2011 at 22:00:03
1) Do we not score enough goals because we don't create enough clear-cut chances, considering we totally control possession against most teams, or do we miss too many good chances? My guess is the former.
2) Are most of our players completely overrated?
? Jags, a great defender, but would struggle to pass the ball more than 5 yards and looks like a Conference player when in possession.
? Mikel, who justifies his £75k a week by never creating anything, playing safe, crossfield balls and diving when touched...
? Or the Captain Fantastic who, while I totally respect his contribution, would struggle to get a game in any other Prem team.
I love anyone in the Everton shirt (apart from Claus Thomsen and Joe Harper) but find it hard watching this team which are so close in some ways, but miles away in others. My mood was not helped when i got home from that Black Country shithole and saw City had lifted the FA Cup...
I'm looking for a new hobby during the summer, but once you have been touched by Everton, nothing else is the same. I love this club and just want us to be great again.
24 Posted 14/05/2011 at 22:44:16
25 Posted 14/05/2011 at 22:41:01
Moyes was given the money to buy three prolific goal scorers. AJ, JB and the Yak.
At the time of their signing they were the most feared strikers in England. It took only a matter of months before each of them was reduced to the level of a park player.
Beckford will grab a share of goals but not because of what Moyes teaches. That is simply because our Davy has not got the faintest idea or background to offer advice to a striker. What we see of Anichebe is the sum total of 10 years under the tutelage of Moyes. Victor is Moyes creation.
26 Posted 14/05/2011 at 22:52:08
Everton's players and fans were already thinking of their summer jollies. We had nothing to play for so I'm not too disappointed. But the lack of effort was ridiculous.
Why can't we protest against Kenwright at next week's game? Moyes simply jumps into life too late... that's why we always start shit.
Get rid of Rodwell and Arteta. Two bloody snails... do they ever actually run forward? Get rid of bloody Bily as well. Anichebe obviously has something on Moyes, maybe he's blackmailing him. I see no other reason why a player who only decides to put any effort in for 20 minutes during the whole season should start games.
27 Posted 14/05/2011 at 22:56:42
28 Posted 14/05/2011 at 23:03:53
We need to move on and he needs to regroup in another league.
29 Posted 14/05/2011 at 22:59:31
Though in all seriousness, the ref missed/ignored two clear handballs in the box, and the Bily red card was completely inconsistent with his earlier decisions.
I thought Anichebe created quite a few chances, but we never seem to have enough bodies in the box. Man Citeh's FA Cup goal came with 7 blue shirts dotted about the area...Vic puts in a good cross and I swore I saw tumbleweed rolling through the WBA goalmouth...
30 Posted 14/05/2011 at 23:23:31
31 Posted 14/05/2011 at 23:55:10
Beckford's pace made the difference last week yet the fella's put back on the bench and Hibbert keeps his place. We lost playing absolute predictable shite again. Why doesn't Moyes at least try and blood some youngsters? What does he gain from watching the ineffective Neville and Heitinga again in midfield? Surely he'd learn more by watching someone like Baxter get a run out in midfield?
What pisses me off most about Moyes is just when you think he's cracked it and has learnt how we should play, he reverts to this usual negative bollox of 4-5-1 with Anichebe as our attack. Unbelievable!
32 Posted 15/05/2011 at 00:52:14
33 Posted 15/05/2011 at 01:28:40
I think the squad needs freshening and we will have to sell to do that. I think Bily is finished at Everton and in some ways I'm disappointed at that but he should go rather than have another season as a bit-part player. If he, Rodwell and the players out on loan go then surely some money must filter down to Moyes...
34 Posted 15/05/2011 at 04:58:04
Bily has to go and a group of players that we have that'll never be Premier League quality need to go with him like Anichebe (I cringe when I think of him playing for Everton) and Hibbert. Distin is a great defender but his mistakes tend to give away goals and he's easily beaten by players who get at him like Odemwingie did yesterday.
35 Posted 15/05/2011 at 09:57:18
36 Posted 15/05/2011 at 09:53:58
If that was a red card how did Jerome Thomas escape a second yellow for one minutes earlier? Red card my arse. Doesn't disguise a toothless performance, however... Another one.
37 Posted 15/05/2011 at 10:02:12
Would this be a good time to remind you you have lost a tenner? Every single one of those teams you predicted would finish above us, in fact finished below us, and every single one of those "marvelous" managers you said would finish above Moyes, did ? as a matter of fact ? finish below him.
The most predictable thing here is the criticism. as usual it's wildly inaccurate.
I`m more than happy to accept we lacked ANY quality, more than happy to accept we are clearly not good enough in most positions, and more than happy to accept our defenders looked like they had never played together... but negative? We must have had 20-25 efforts on goal yesterday.
The quantity of our attacks have never been the problem, it's the quality we need to be concerned about.
Moyes will not turn this sow's ear into a silk purse, accept that and you're half way to regaining your sanity.
38 Posted 15/05/2011 at 10:50:08
39 Posted 15/05/2011 at 10:58:03
The plaudits and the flak go hand-in-hand Dave.
I said at the time that I hope I'm giving you the tenner, because that would mean we have done okay in the league.
I don't know how you want to work it Dave, do you want me to send it to a charity of your choice, or send it on to you? Either way is okay for me.
40 Posted 15/05/2011 at 11:01:35
As for Baines, someone mentioned he didn't look interested. Well I posted on here a while ago that Sammy Lee was attending a lot of games at Goodison and I have the feeling Leighton will be going across the park this summer.
41 Posted 15/05/2011 at 11:09:32
42 Posted 15/05/2011 at 11:11:32
43 Posted 15/05/2011 at 12:49:19
Joao Silva, who we bought and then loaned out to Uniao Leiria: 10th in the Portuguese league. Well this young man scored two last night away to Benfica; whilst we started our game with a 'striker' with who averages a goal every 13 games!!
This sort of thing just seems to be common place. We constantly loan out players who could do better than some of the ones we start.
I, for one, would have Yakubu, Vaughan and Silva over Anichebe all day.
44 Posted 15/05/2011 at 12:46:12
"David (#20) ? Moyes was given the money to buy three prolific goal scorers. AJ, JB and the Yak. At the time of their signing they were the most feared strikers in England. It took only a matter of months before each of them was reduced to the level of a park player."
Even then, if they had been 'the most feared strikers in England' they wouldn't have come near Everton, they would have joined one of Chelsea, Man United, Arsenal or Liverpool. Tottenham and Newcastle also totally outdid us in the transfer market as well. We have only ever been able to scrap for what we could get as long as better resourced clubs didn't want them first.
Beattie had a record of 68 goals in 204 games for Southampton, about 1 in 3. He'd had one outstanding run of form and Moyes took a punt on him, which he repaid by being injured and then getting sent off in one of his first games. Andrew Johnson had scored almost all of his goals in the Championship and had one big season in the top division when he was new to their defences. He still did well with us until Mourinho and Wenger announced that he should be not be awarded penalties any more. Maybe you don't remember the incident where Moyes sent a video of ten penalty decisions to the referees chief to ask why not a single one of them had been given. He (I think it was Philip Don) admitted that nine were absolutely clear cut and that he would probably have given the tenth.
Yakubu had faded at Middlesbrough and their fans were happy with the £11M they received. He then scored 20 in a season, our first striker in a couple of decades to do so, before snapping his achilles tendon, an incredibly serious injury that he's probably never quite recovered from, although he did still manage to produce an excellent performance this season to batter Liverpool in the home game. Or had you forgotten that too?
It happens a fair bit on here, but you've got to be one of the worst examples of talking absolute nonsense in order to fit things into your preconceived agenda. I remember a quote from an old TV programme: "I never let the facts get in the way of a good grudge".
45 Posted 15/05/2011 at 12:59:18
I have to agree with you about Yakubu though, that seems to be a personal thing, as after the Liverpool game I mentioned above, he should have been our clear and undisputed first-choice striker.
46 Posted 15/05/2011 at 13:09:20
He had his best game in recent memory against Liverpool and then bagged a great goal against Stoke...
Then, the second Saha got fit, he was benched. Strange decision and annoying as well. Saha hadn't scored in nearly 10 months at the time; and still didn't till a considerable time later.
47 Posted 15/05/2011 at 15:35:39
TBH I did think we would rally ? I`d looked at the fixtures ahead but I thought we could and should have gotten more points and played a lot better. If I`m honest, I was hopelessly wrong too and I will also pay up.
I`ll send a cheque for a tenner on your behalf to a smashing little charity called Get Kids Going - Google it, I`m sure you`ll approve.
In the meantime, you can do the same for me to a charity of your choice.
48 Posted 15/05/2011 at 16:39:41
49 Posted 15/05/2011 at 16:54:59
Winning against the Baggies would have put us within touching distance of 6th and the last game of the season would have potentially allowed us to leap frog Spurs if the results went our way.
As it happens, that's all semantics because we lost anyway.
50 Posted 15/05/2011 at 17:38:16
51 Posted 15/05/2011 at 19:42:31
Had a look at the 'Get Kids Going' charity, good shout on that, will send my tenner there as well mate.
52 Posted 15/05/2011 at 20:03:53
so I have just done it online at www.alzheimers.org.uk
She also bollocked me! She said, "You shouldn't be betting against Everton."
53 Posted 16/05/2011 at 03:57:13
54 Posted 16/05/2011 at 10:33:37
If everytime somebody talked what turned out to be shite, they were made to make a donation to charity it would either really boost the charity, or cut down on the shite.
55 Posted 16/05/2011 at 12:33:07
It doesn't make sense and a team overhaul is much in need, however the funds just do not exist.
Personally I'd like to see going out the door:
Anichebe and Bily.
Left Midfield, Right Midfield and a Striker.
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