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..?he will make a right bloody nuisance of himself!

So our big guy upfront didn?t score, but you can bet that Skrtel and ?that Greek twat? will be having nightmares about their ordeal having struggled to cope with his movement and physicality all afternoon.

Make no mistake, the Yak put a real shift in today and played an integral part in our success. Yes Distin and Jags were immense, Baines superb and Cahill outstanding? but Yakubu was the real highlight for me because that was the kind of performance we have been missing up front all season.

We can discuss the merits of 4-5-1 vs 4-4-2 all day long ? and many of us have done so recently here on TW. For me, Moyes?s favoured formation is at its most effective when you have a player up top capable of holding the ball up, linking play, and occupying both centre halves through intelligent movement and generally putting themselves about. Yakubu did all this with aplomb.

He showed hunger (the right sort of hunger) determination and a sharpness which many of us had given up seeing from him again. Admittedly, he started breathing out of his arse for the last 20-odd minutes when Moyes, in a pleasingly positive move, brought on Beckford along side him to take up the running from the front and keep up the pressure on the reds in the final third of the pitch.

If he can keep up this level of performance, I believe it is only matter of time before we?ll all be singing ?Feed the Yak and he will score? on a regular basis once again. I believe he is the answer to our striking problems. Not selling him to West Ham in the summer has well, been very much like a new signing!

It has been a beautiful day.... Enjoy, my fellow Blues? enjoy!
Jamie Sweet, Nelson, New Zealand     Posted 18/10/2010 at 00:11:45

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Peter Bourke
1   Posted 18/10/2010 at 04:14:37

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Too right Jamie...This was by far the best performance by the Yak in ages. He was inspiring today. He reminded me of Mark Viduka in his prime.
Have to give a special mention to Distin today as he was fantastic. And finally, it should now be official that Tim Cahill is an Everton Club Legend, end of.
Matt Traynor
2   Posted 18/10/2010 at 04:26:19

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Agreed. Yak was immense. I know he divides opinion amongst us Toffees, but his prem goal-scoring record is up there. I don't know how close we were to getting shot of him in the summer, but hopefully given we have diddly squat to replace him with, Moyes will keep hold of him and he'll rediscover some form.

Yes his style can appear lazy, but the way he can bulldoze through players like he did today is something we really don't have, and couldn't replace.
Simon Whyte
3   Posted 18/10/2010 at 04:36:44

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Couldn't agree more Jamie.
Was great to see the Yak back looking lively again and out to ruffle a few feathers. Lets hope his eye for goal returns soon as well.
Ernie McAllister
4   Posted 18/10/2010 at 04:49:16

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I'm having nightmares about the fat useless twat called the Yak... Sorry no dice... He needs to be sold in January.

We paid £11 million for 1 season from him. Sorry no more, shame he wasn't sold in the summer for £6 million... we could have used that money to help part fund Donovan's move.
Rory Slingo
5   Posted 18/10/2010 at 04:48:58

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Agree about the Yak's play though I wish he would stay on his feet a bit more. Didn't like what I saw of Beckford though. Maybe he needs more time but at the present moment doesn't look capable of replacing either Yak or Saha. Would rather have Vaughan back from loan to help Yak up top or Anichebe when fit.
Jamie Sweet
6   Posted 18/10/2010 at 04:51:36

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I assume you didn't watch the game then Ernie?! Too busy jizzing over re-runs of Donovans few games with us?
Jay Harris
7   Posted 18/10/2010 at 05:05:22

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Agree the YAk was superb today.

I said at the start of the season he was by far our best forward at holding the ball up and preventing it coming straight back at the defence.

He also links up play very well IMO.

No conincisence that we've kept clean sheets in the last few games Yak has featured.
Zack Yusof
8   Posted 18/10/2010 at 05:34:02

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The Yak was immense in the derby no doubt. Just goes to show how potent we can be when we actually play a proper striker up front. Beckford still looks a bit phased by the bright lights of the big time but could turn into a very useful foil for the Yak,

Now let's see whether Gueye can cut it in the Prem. Who knows? The French lad could be the new Landon.

Hugh Jorgan
9   Posted 18/10/2010 at 05:38:18

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I agree Jamie; the Yak Attack worked but for me Cahill was the star...not for his goal, that was superb but for the way he broke up their play and brought the ball forward. Distin was also immense he just bossed the rear guard and looks as solid as the Jags/Lesscott parnership ever did.

Nice day in Nelson, also in Tauranga despite the weather.
Andy Mack
10   Posted 18/10/2010 at 06:24:34

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Good stuff indeed by the Yak, and to be honest, just about all of them. Great to see the team actually stand up and be counted in a derby again. Although it didn't happen for Beckford, was good to see how many chances were carved with two upfront in games, could of easily had two more on the break - hopefully a tactic Moyes will use more in (at least the last half) of games.
Michael Brien
11   Posted 18/10/2010 at 07:16:58

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Yak was outstanding today ? given that several times when the ball was played up to him he had to contend with both Liverpool central defenders he did a great job. I think the criticism of Beckford a little unfair ? it's very difficult indeed for a player to come on at that stage of the game and make an impression.

Personally I would like to see Yak & Beckford start some matches together. At the risk of starting a 4-5-1 v 4-4-2 debate I just think it is a good idea to have variety in our tactics. Beckford is not as physically strong as the Yak ? I loved that run of his in the first half when the Liverpool guy bounced off him!! ? but he has more pace. It would be interesting to see them playing alonside each other and hopefully Moyes will consider that as one of his options.

I thought Howard Webb had a strange game ? early on his decision making seemed good but I question some of the yellow cards ? even the one for Maxi Rodriquez was strange. The worst challenge was by Gerrard and all he got was a talking to. I thought that there was some sort of crackdown on players asking the Ref to card opponents ? or is that just wishful thinking on my part? I hate to see players brandishing "imaginery " cards, looking to try and put pressure on the Referee. Gerrard is one of the worst "exponents" of this.

It would be interesting to see how loyal some of the Reds fans are if they were to have a couple of seasons where they struggle.

To get back to the main "subject" ? personally I was glad that Yak stayed. Given that he had quite a bad injury which kept him out of the game for nearly a year, I have always felt that we should be patient. Hopefully yesterdays's game will have done wonders for his confidence. Have to disagree with Ernie (4) ? I think Lee Dixon on MOTD 2 summed it up when he said that Yakubu was outstanding.
Andrew Fair
12   Posted 18/10/2010 at 08:27:01

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Yak was immense. The shoulder charge on Meireles was hilarious! If, and it's a big if, Yak can get properly fit, he will be a big part for us this season!
Sam Hoare
13   Posted 18/10/2010 at 08:28:55

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Agree. A very impressive Drogba-esque performance from the Yak and hugely inspiring to think that he still has that in the drawer.

Now hopefully he can train well and start producing that sort of endeavour every week. If he does, the goals will come and he will once again become a huge fan favourite.
Paul Olsen
14   Posted 18/10/2010 at 08:47:02

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Some players really showed up for the game yesterday!

Leon Osman until he was injured played with a true lion heart! He was running about like crazy, chasing every damn ball yesterday! Good on him.

Tim Cahill is magnificent in these types of games, end of!

Distin has received heaps of stick lately, but was top drawer yesterday as well.

Johnny H had a good shift as well, not dictating the game, but being damn robust and tough.

And too see Mikky edging closer to top form is really nice as well.

And of course, the Yak is getting better every game now.

My mom? Tough, real tough but i'll opt for Cahill with Distin a close second.
Ossie for best player in the first half though
Thor Sørensen
15   Posted 18/10/2010 at 09:01:34

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The Yak was absolutely immense! Very powerful and ispired performance, our best player yesterday, IMHO. The way he ran past their defenders (and "through" Lucas who just bounced off him:-p ) was magnificent and his hold-up play was fantastic.
The Yak is back! :-D
Christian Yandell
16   Posted 18/10/2010 at 09:07:14

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So glad to see this thread. I got up this morning (sore head pounding) and thought I need to get on TW and make sure everyone who did not ge to witness it first hand, knows how good the Yak was yesterday!!!

Obvioulsy no need....

I should also point out that DIstin was top drawer as well, an absoloute rock

More of the same next week please boys....can't wait....three points would put us just 2 behind spurs and firmly in the mix...COYB
Christian Yandell
17   Posted 18/10/2010 at 09:14:46

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oh and before I forget.....Ernie, we just won the derby and the shite are joint bottom of the league...Yak put in a terrific shift today and looked like a player I would be happy to pay 11 million for. Try and find some positives today eh fella.
Jon Gorman
18   Posted 18/10/2010 at 09:19:09

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Clearly Ernie (4) is one of those fans who only follows us on Football365/BBC Sport. We have a real dearth of available, Premier League strikers who can be relied upon injury wise.

It's not champ man, it's not all about signings and off the field activity. We need to keep hold of the Yak, at least until we acquire some real alternatives.

What a result though! Looking forward to Stoke now...
Eamonn Turner
19   Posted 18/10/2010 at 10:20:25

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Nice article Jamie and I couldn't agree more. It's good to see people giving The Yak credit where it's due.

He put in a real shift for us in the derby and has been improving over the last few games. The importence of his hold up/link up play can't be overstated and hopefully some goals will be added to his game soon, he deserves them.

Ernie (4), who would you have started with up front against the shite?
Jimmy Hacking
20   Posted 18/10/2010 at 10:56:48

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I read a hilarious article in When Saturday Comes a while back about cult hero strikers who never score. They "put in a shift", hold the ball up well, make a nuisance of themselves etc. etc. and when they DO score their one goal in 15 games, the crowd erupts like their team have won the league. but... BOLLOCKS TO THAT!

A striker needs to score goals, and lots of them, or he isn't doing his job. Yes, Yakubu worked hard, but so bloody what? Did he play ANY part in our two goals? what precisely HAS he contributed to the team this season? NOTHING.

I have a soft spot for Yakubu, but theres no room for sentimentality in the modern game. get rid.
Paul Gladwell
21   Posted 18/10/2010 at 11:05:37

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He was superb and unplayable in the first half and whilst on the subject of praise, can we now see an end to this shite of dropping Cahill for Bily or whoever.Year in year out he rattles the so called big four the man is a legend at is playing superb at the moment.
Peter Anthony
22   Posted 18/10/2010 at 11:21:54

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Yak had a blinder, other than failing to slot one or two in the onion bag. If we can have a 'cutting edge' to feed the Yak (incisive passes of the football rather than a sharp steak knife for his morning mixed grill!) then the goals will surely come. He is a natural finisher and once he slots he's likely to go on a goal glut run as he has done many time before...

Moyes's team talk for every game with a fit Yak should be:

Feed the Yak,
Feed the Yak,
Feed the Yak and he will score....
Feed the Yak and he will score!!!!

COYB, onwards and upwards..

Paul Mackie
23   Posted 18/10/2010 at 11:21:57

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Yak was awesome yesterday, end of. His strength on the ball kept allowing the likes of Cahill and Arteta to surge forward time and time again. Had Beckford been played up front on his own today I think it could have been a very differrent game.

Speaking of Beckford, he seemed to play a hell of a lot better with the Yak alongside him than he has done in his cameo appreances so far. It'll be interesting to see if Moyes gives them some more time together in the coming weeks.
David Price
24   Posted 18/10/2010 at 11:24:14

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It's what we've waited for from the Yak this season. First ingredient for a Blue shirt, effort, desire and detemination.

Tactics were spot on, whoever gets chance to make that first tackle then make sure to get the marker down. First minute and the Yak closes the Greek down, who collapses like his leg's been removed then low and behold it's Gerrard running to the ref to try and get the Yak booked.

Football-wise, we at last changed to beat the opposition. Quick ball to the front men, get it wide and run at them. Close them down in their own half etc etc.
It was basic stuff and neglected the passing build up we have been guilty of over indulging in. No doubt, a balance between the two formats is the way to go.

Still concerned with Heitinga, Neville showed how to be a disruptive centre midfielder with the change on 70 mins. Bily is another, I can't see where he'll fit in to the side on a regular basis. They were the negatives and were easily outweighed by the positives.

Distins challenge on Ngog summed up an impressive performance from the man.

Jags, yes he hoofed the ball and second half meant we lost possession but his defensive play was superb.

Osman gave us a good balance on the left and the quality of his play meant Pienaar was not missed in those first 45 mins.

Arteta grafted, fought and took the knocks in a way normally attributed to Cahill.

We'll need another performance like this against Spurs, rest up this week, get the injuries eased from Sunday and hope Spurs have a CL hangover from midweek.

Well played Everton, well played Moyes ? you've shown us what you can do, that's why we had hopes for this season, because we knew this side could beat anyone in the league, but it's only with this application that we can achieve the pre-season expectations.

Liam Reilly
25   Posted 18/10/2010 at 11:41:33

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Great performances all around, but you's have to single out the Yak and Timmy.
There was a moment in the second half when we had a corner and Cahill kept tapping Carragher on the back of the head. You could see Carragher was really wound up as he kept looking to the Ref for some help. Priceless
Ernie Baywood
26   Posted 18/10/2010 at 12:32:44

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Liam... and Cahill was smiling the whole time. He fuckin loves it!
Ernie Baywood
27   Posted 18/10/2010 at 12:45:41

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Jimmy Hacking "A striker needs to score goals, and lots of them, or he isn't doing his job. Yes, Yakubu worked hard, but so bloody what? Did he play ANY part in our two goals"

For the second goal he did exactly what he is being praised for on this thread. He chased down a ball, held of a physical challenge from Skrtel and laid it off to Bily who won the corner. You don't score goals unless you get hold of the ball in the last third.

He may not have had the last touch, or even the penultimate touch, but without him we wouldn't have got that opportunity.
Norman Merrill
28   Posted 18/10/2010 at 12:44:21

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My main concern before the match was if we would get total commitment from all sections of the team. Well that was answered as soon as the first tackle went in, and we won battles all over the pitch.

I am really pleased for Moyes and all the staff, and long may it continue.

Matthew Mackey
29   Posted 18/10/2010 at 12:41:19

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The Yak did good. He was superb, like a bulldozer on steroids!

The question now is....can he do it again next week at Spurs, the very ground where it all went wrong for him a couple of seasons ago. How fitting it would be if he scored the winner there next week, then we could all say he has gone full circle.

What a feel good factor it's been this weekend!

Kiern Moran
30   Posted 18/10/2010 at 13:14:32

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I thought he was fantastic yesterday, should've/could've scored. More of the same please.
Mike Rourke
31   Posted 18/10/2010 at 13:37:24

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My position on the Yak fickle-o-metre flew back into positive yesterday.
Brad Eastwood
32   Posted 18/10/2010 at 13:56:47

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Just shows that if we play the ball into Yak's feet, instead of smashing it up to him, he can make things happen.

He's strong enough to hold the defenders off and wait for the midfield to get further up. As soon as he gets one, he'll be back to his best.
Duncan McDine
33   Posted 18/10/2010 at 13:52:39

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The man was awesome yesterday... if he keeps up this level of performance, the goals will certainly come for him. Especially when Pienaar is back in the team to give us better ideas going forward.

I loved it when he sent that little Kopshite flying to the floor with a Rhino-like shoulder charge!
Dave Roberts
34   Posted 18/10/2010 at 18:12:57

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He did more than just help win the corner that led to the second goal.

While remaining distinctly inactive (that's my story and I'm sticking to it!) he stood a yard offside and wouldn't let Reina get a sight of the ball.

This was definitely a plan as Mikey toe poked it right at the Yak who stepped aside at the last second and whammo....burst the net!.

Absolute you think?

Andy Crooks
35   Posted 18/10/2010 at 18:59:07

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Put every spare bit of cash you have on the Yak to score in 90 minutes against Spurs.
David Chait
36   Posted 18/10/2010 at 19:34:47

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Brad 32 ... spot on!
Matthew Lovekin
37   Posted 18/10/2010 at 20:36:02

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I was critical of Yak last season and thought we should have sold him in the summer.

However, I hold my hands up and admit I was wrong. He was my MOM on Sunday and was superb. He held the ball up and fought for every ball (apart from the last 20mins when he was knackered!).

All the other players followed Yak and Cahill by fighting for everything.

It was also important to play the ball to Yak's feet, and not 20 yards in front of him down the channels!
Robert Moore
38   Posted 18/10/2010 at 22:31:32

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The Yak was amazing, it's great to see, it's only a matter of time before he starts hitting the back of the net again. Remember he had a bad injury which has taken time to heal, but now he is back. Great to see. COYB
Tom Bowers
39   Posted 18/10/2010 at 22:30:06

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Yes Jamie Yaks was back to his old self. A pity Becks couldn't have picked him out at the end for an easy tap in.
If only he can keep in good shape then along with a fit Saha and a speedy Beckford we may be able to start rattling in the goals more consitantly.Just been watching a very poor Blackburn and still can't figure how we were so bad against them.
Without going overboard I am lookng forward to the Spurs game at the Lane where we have had some decent results in recent times.
Kevin Hudson
40   Posted 18/10/2010 at 23:46:36

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After last season's battle at Anfield, I reckon our boys wanted to enact some physical revenge yesterday. Very satisfying to see the Gobshites getting bullied and treated with such contempt..
Jamie Sweet
41   Posted 19/10/2010 at 00:20:34

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I thought when posting this article that it may gain a mixed response. I'm pleased to see that 95% of respondents saw what I saw on Sunday and have acknowledged it.

Mike #31 hit the nail on the head... I think all fans have a "fickle-o-metre" and we have every right to regularly change our opinions depending on what we see.

Then there's people like Ernie #4 who lock their meter on "fat useless twat" and won't budge - despite what actually happens on the pitch.

And then Jimmy #20 who forgets that the Yak is definitely not one of those players who "never scores". He has 85 Premier League goals to his name for Christ sake! If he continues playing like he did against the RS, the goals will come. Oh yes, the goals will come.
Pat Finegan
42   Posted 19/10/2010 at 01:53:00

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As strange as it sound, I think Yak can be a solid striker without scoring goals. He is so effective holding the ball up and creating plays that his goals really aren't needed as long as Cahill keeps scoring.
Duncan McDine
43   Posted 19/10/2010 at 10:52:53

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Jamie, regarding the fickle-o-meter, it would be good to get some honest comments (like Matthew 37 has), to see what we've got right or worng so far!

I've been proved wrong about Coleman on the right... he's doing better than Ossie or Bily have out there. I still agree with DM that he's not a long term solution there, and will take over right-back in the coming seasons.

I'm quite hopeful though, that I'm going to be proved right on keeping The Yak. Also the idea of dropping Tim Cahill (which I could never understand)... anyone suggesting that has been proved wrong. No argument about it, he's the man.
Ben Jones
44   Posted 19/10/2010 at 18:20:14

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Have to agree with the majority. We haven't had a striker effective to play a 4-5-1 for a long time. Yakubu acheived that.

Also criticism of Beckford is ridiculous. He did exactly what was asked to him - use his pace to stretch the defenders. He certainly did that.

Moyes did this with Vaughan all the time, although I find it strange that to hold on to a lead, Moyes changes to 4-4-2 instead of 4-5-1.

Quite like it
Tom Bowers
45   Posted 20/10/2010 at 15:43:48

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Actually just saw the Yak playing for Pompey 6 years ago and really giving Distin the treatment,scoring 2 goals against City.He looked a little skinnier then but still immensly strong against Distin and Dunne.hopefully we will see more goals from him now he is fit again.

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