Derby day looms and the misery that Liverpool was under has gone and a new optimism at Anfield has begun. This could be a good thing because we do not play well when we look the favourites.
Look at the examples; Derby at Anfield last season, we were on top and threatening them. Then Liverpool get a player sent off, and then we turn into a very average looking side. Last year, Manchester United score and we had our back to the wall and look what happened ? we absolutely annihilated them. We were better at keeping possession, we played in their half, we had a solid back four and we played with a purpose and we had venom with our finishing.
I know it is horrible to say but the Jagielka injury could be a blessing in disguise because this could be the thing that puts our backs to the wall and makes us fight and makes us want it. I think our best defensive player last season will get his chance and he will shine.
We should have 11 players on that pitch on Sunday who are willing to put their bodies on the line and get hurt if it?s necessary. I don?t think we?ve got 11 players who will do that, I think we have a few, like Howard, Neville, Cahill, Osman, Heitinga and maybe Fellaini. I wouldn?t include Yakubu who wanted out only 2 months ago and Pienaar who is stalling on a contract. I don?t think Arteta would go into a 50/50 if had a chance of getting hurt.
Moyes and Round both need to drill it in the players? heads that we have to go out fighting from the off and we need to set the tempo in what is sure to be one of the closely fought derbies in a few years. If we win on Sunday we gain ground on them. But if we don?t, we are in serious trouble. We have sSpurs away coming up which is not an easy game. Then we are running out of time going into the Christmas fixture list and the FA Cup starts up.
Everton promote that Nothing but the Best will Do. So let?s see that on Sunday and prove that we are in the wrong position in the league and really kick-start our season into gear. Nil Satis Nisi Optimum??
Jake Wilson, Posted 13/10/2010 at 17:30:57
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1 Posted 13/10/2010 at 18:25:07
It's one thing to pass the ball crabwise but for what purpose when you don't have the nouse to break them down and you just get bogged down in the middle?
If anything, it was the fault of Moyes and Round, as it invariably is all of the time.
I thought we were timid and shite throughout that derby at Anfield, no-one had a clue what to do with the ball when they got it. No-one.
Will things change this time around at home? I'd like to think so, but we are clueless in front of goal, so playing crablike again and grabbing a point is all I can hope for; sad but true ? I can't see 3 points here. Get a savvy striker and Arteta caring on the ball and we'll see... but don't hold your breath at all.
Anyway 4-5-1 again anyone? lol
2 Posted 13/10/2010 at 18:30:34
The decline of EFC is precisely the opposite of NSNO.
3 Posted 13/10/2010 at 18:31:38
I hope Everton tear them a new one.
4 Posted 13/10/2010 at 18:39:21
It's the permutations on the pitch that I can't get out my head... Now we have the YNWA aspect to contend with and all the rest of it. By the time Sunday comes, I'll be a jibbering idiot and not capable of a single rational thought.
What I would like to see is DM coming out with a bit of Sir Alex's mind games for a change and mentally get off on the front foot.
As for Ozzy, if he can't get in the middle of the park, then I'd leave him on the bench. I would certainly play Bily before him. We need someone who has the ability to strike a ball from outside the box, and at this point in time only he has that attribute.
Up-front, I'll go with Andy C, and go for Beckford and the Yak. If this partnership worked then what a great game this would be for this to be realised. I do not think LFC would expect this and it would throw their tactics into disarray.
Arteta, as has been said, needs to go 30% up on his game as opposed to his game so far this season. If Pienaar plays so does he. It must be all out attack for 90 mins in a calm, cold clinical way. We must be the better team at playing football.
Three days to go... and counting.
5 Posted 13/10/2010 at 19:07:07
Moyes will set up not to get beat.
6 Posted 13/10/2010 at 21:06:45
7 Posted 13/10/2010 at 21:10:30
Moyes's record against Liverpool, for £65k a week, is... eeerrr.... how can I put it? ? Fucking Shit. I've had it with Round & Moyes.
8 Posted 13/10/2010 at 21:30:54
I also think Moyes will decide to cash in with him. Forget the "He's a World Cup star" because, if you really looked at his performances, he was caught out on numerous occasions in no-man's land and with balls played just behind him.
I just can't see the reason for the constant calls for his inclusion.
9 Posted 13/10/2010 at 21:38:58
Yet again we are provided with this kind of crap again........somebody translate the original interview and tell us he's been mis-quoted again.
Moyes should put a ban on anyone talking to the press - unless it's about Everton. I'm not remotely interested in where any Everton player wants to go!
A number of recent reports suggested that Everton defender John Heitinga has attracted the interest of reigning German champions Bayern Munich and the Dutch international has now admitted that he'd be interested in joining the Bavarians.
"It's hard for me to say how serious the reported interest is at the moment. I know that Bayern haven't approached Everton yet and they haven't contacted me either," Heitinga said to Voetbal International.
"I have to admit that I feel flattered that I'm being linked with a big club such as Bayern Munich though. I'd definitely be interested in joining them. They play Champions League football and I'm still eligible to play in the competition, since we don't play European football with Everton.
"Every footballer wants to reach the top and I'm already 27-years-old. So this could be the right moment. You never know what will happen, especially in the world of football."
10 Posted 13/10/2010 at 23:14:29
? Texas court issues restraining order on sale of club
? Hicks & Gillett claiming $1.6bn in damages (£1bn)
The pantomime continues.. ;-)
11 Posted 13/10/2010 at 23:17:33
12 Posted 14/10/2010 at 09:46:10
13 Posted 14/10/2010 at 10:49:49
14 Posted 14/10/2010 at 12:30:09
Last season (admittedly after a dodgy start) Johnny H was excellent and we look much more solid with him alonngside Jags rather than Distin (who is just another Yobo waiting to happen). If he's playing and does want off then a few good performances between now and Jan may add a few quid to his fee.
However, I can' t help feeling though, with all the comedy going on across the park, that Everton are gonna do 'an Everton' on Sunday and kick us all in the bollocks. The manager shits himself every time we face the Shite and I don't think Sunday will be any different, never mind what shit is happening at Anfield.
Me... I'd like to see him go for it from the first whistle and give the arrogant, moaning, horrible protesting bastards a good hiding...!!
15 Posted 14/10/2010 at 14:23:29
How we play is really down to the team selection, and tactics, this would be a great opportunity for Fellaini & Arteta to boss the midfield.
And whoever we choose to play upfront, really give it a go. I would like to see Beckford given a chance, its the type of game that may just suit his style. Whoever wears the shirt, wear it with pride, and commitment, for 90mins. And give the Goodison faithful a treat.
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