Any half-decent striker will tell you he needs to be given the ball in the box to score. He can't be expected to pick the ball up on the half-way line and bang in a screamer. We have played around 20 games this season and our strikers have been feeding on scraps as there is no-one in the team to play a killer pass or through-ball.
I can't recall any of our strikers missing that many sitters so far this season (except for Beckford in one game) because they have barely touched the ball. If Yakubu or Saha have the ball in the box, chances are there is only one outcome.
It looks like Moyes doesn't even practice through-balls in training as we look clueless in the last third. Get the ball out wide and let Coleman and Pienaar whip balls in to Saha/Yak/Beckford and Cahill and I guarantee these guys will score if given a couple of decent crosses.
PS. When Cahill leaves Moyes should persist with starting Bily as I do believe he will be a quality player for us one day and he need confidence.
Tom Campbell, Posted 05/01/2011 at 00:32:48
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1 Posted 05/01/2011 at 07:34:00
Keep it tight and try and pinch one Vs Spurs??
We shall see.
2 Posted 05/01/2011 at 07:47:11
Our final 3rd play is awful. For the most part, during Moyes's time in charge, it always has been. The fact that he's never sussed this out during his 9 years means Moyes is clueless how to change it.
3 Posted 05/01/2011 at 07:59:54
My first question after reading the headline of your post: Do you go to the game? Or even watch the game on line? Just any form of viewing that would let you see that Saha has fucked up more chances, miss hit the ball, or just wanked away cross after cross.
Hey, I'm not happy with most things EFC at the moment but I've seen enough to say, without prejudice, that Saha is totally fucking shite.
4 Posted 05/01/2011 at 08:25:19
Even Snodin in the echo last night stated the need for 4-4-2 and that`s a first, as the local press including all our ex players seem to have no balls in having a go at Moyes, however even Kendalls column is showing signs of indirect stick.
I have always agreed 4-4-2 was not our game due to the fact our midfield was too weak and that is not the case now, we need goals and fast.
5 Posted 05/01/2011 at 08:19:59
Just once, I'd like to see us break fast creating a one-on-one with just the keeper to beat... when was the last time? ? Pienaar at Arsenal, I think.
Sorry about the whinge... got up wrong side this morning.
6 Posted 05/01/2011 at 08:32:17
7 Posted 05/01/2011 at 08:34:56
The team is set up to play fast counter attacking football with the striker recieving and laying off the ball to the wings and breaking accordlingly. Yet we have very little pace in the team.
Goodisson has become a strikers graveyard. Which of DM´s own sighnings have succeeded?
Why is this? I doubt that any decent striker would be willing to come to us if he were to studie the facts.
Woe is me!!!
8 Posted 05/01/2011 at 09:05:32
" While it's nice to win, it's also very important you don't get beat".
9 Posted 05/01/2011 at 09:15:22
That quote is hanging framed on the wall in David Moyes office, hiding the safe. If it's not it bloody well should be!
10 Posted 05/01/2011 at 08:49:42
Do people really believe Jags will become a cultured centre-back if Moyes goes? Or that Howard will stop throwing them in?
Saha and Yakubu are rich men on easy street, they are not offering the sort of movement a striker should. I've lost count of the number of times a midfield player has looked to play a ball only to find them on their heels... cue another sideways pass.
The proof of this lies in the number of chances we can create for Beckford even when he's only on the pitch for minutes. Unfortunately Beckford has nowhere near the qualities of the two wasters.
I'm now convinced that the only the overwhelming desire to blame Moyes for everything is preventing some of our players getting slaugtered.
Despite all the negativity, I think we'll attack Spurs more than they attack us tonight ? again ? and I think we'll beat em
11 Posted 05/01/2011 at 09:22:46
Expect the worst and anything else is a bonus.
12 Posted 05/01/2011 at 09:34:31
Only Churchill could have put it better.
That would be Churchill the nodding dog on the car insurance ads
13 Posted 05/01/2011 at 10:15:10
Our passing looks good but is too short and never to space
Our attacks are one dimensional: "get your crosses in" but they're never varied, on the ground and through the middle;
We are too slow to counter attack.
So yes, however bad out centre forwards are, I think any would struggle with the service our style of play gives them.
14 Posted 05/01/2011 at 10:24:46
Tonight though, I fear it will be a defensive 4-5-1 and Osman replacing Cahill.
15 Posted 05/01/2011 at 09:50:31
To encourage a return of attacking football and bring back the crowds the FA instituted 3 points for a win. At the same time the Pools companies brought in a score draw system.
To give some idea of the state of the game. Before the Pools made that change I hit the jackpot on Littlewoods with 8 draws in a line. A few years earlier that would have meant a life of untold wealth and luxury.
Because there were so many 0-0 draws I got 5 Pound 13 shillings. A week or two earlier my uncle Tom also hit the jackpot and he got the princely sum of 40 quid.
If Moyes tactics did win honours I can see all of football return to the bad times.
16 Posted 05/01/2011 at 10:22:00
I am seriously worried about the rest of the campaign. As one poster said, let's get back to basics, the "Arsenal lite" approach is not working. We have not got a Nasri or Arshavin to finish off intricate moves. We have got Pienaar or Beckford - God help us.
Hard work for ninety minutes, and hope is all we have left before we see ourselves staring into the abyss that is the Championship.
17 Posted 05/01/2011 at 10:49:36
18 Posted 05/01/2011 at 10:53:36
19 Posted 05/01/2011 at 11:42:47
20 Posted 05/01/2011 at 12:00:26
I hope we start with two up-front tonight. Yakubu with Beckford would be my choice. COYB!!
21 Posted 05/01/2011 at 12:30:04
Our strikes HAVE had chances, yes we don't create as many as Arsenal or Spurs or Chelsea (when they were good!) but for senior forwards like Yakubu and Saha to have one goal between them is disgraceful.
This is the premier league lads, you have to be clinical.
22 Posted 05/01/2011 at 11:55:49
Our useless midfield cannot predict where a person is running. I have lost count the number of ball played to where Coleman is, or sometimes behind when he is runnign forward so he has to put the brakes on instead of taking the ball in his stride (then putting his head down an losing the ball eventually)
23 Posted 05/01/2011 at 13:11:38
24 Posted 05/01/2011 at 13:18:25
We are a poor team
Moyes is clueless
We have no money
There is no atmosphere at Goodison, you get the occasional "If you know your history" bollocks.
Round is equally clueless, we played better football when Irvine was at Everton... oh, an attack-minded player!!!!
25 Posted 05/01/2011 at 14:53:18
26 Posted 05/01/2011 at 15:30:35
My big frustration is the ticking time bomb of frustration that must be Bilyaletdinov - a £10 million bench warmer. He came in with Moyes calling him the new Kevin Sheedy, but now struggles to get more than 5-15 minutes a game if that. Moyes clearly has little confidence in him and his re-sale value will plummet if he leaves him to rot on the bench for the next 3 months. Bily's already been told his position in the Russia team is under threat if he continues to sit on the bench - troubling times ahead if Moyes doesn't play him.
Personally I'd play him in an advanced role just behind one or two strikers - in the hole. I think what he lacks in pace he makes up for in passing and scoring vision. Bily played in an attacking central midfield role a couple of times last season when coming off the bench (notably against United) and scored some great goals and brought a physical presence to our attacking play.
I think on the left wing he doesn't link up in the same way with Baines that Pienaar can as he's not willing to do the running, and on the right he's redundant given Coleman.
If you take Coleman out of the equation (e.g injury) you still wouldn't get the best out of Bily as you'd need an accurate passer and box to box right wing back to support him and we've got Hibbo and Neville...
So what is his future - can the Chairman really be happy we've got Bily sitting on the bench along quite frequently this season (well into October) with Heitinga - both of whom cost a combined £16 million. I'm not a Moyes critic by nature, I think he is a good manager, but leaving these two out seems like cutting off your nose to spite your face. He should either play Bily regularly from now on or sell him in this window or early in the summer for 5-6 million if we can get it.
27 Posted 05/01/2011 at 16:31:34
All easy chances missed by players not good enough (Beckford) or Badly out if form or finished at the top level.
28 Posted 05/01/2011 at 16:49:00
29 Posted 05/01/2011 at 17:12:51
Do you know what you are talking about?
30 Posted 05/01/2011 at 17:50:24
If Moyes doesn't start playing people in their favoured positions and become more attack-minded on the pitch, then I fear we are in for a relegation battle.
If Jonnie starts tonight in his best position and has a good game, which I believe he will, then it will be a start... The main problem with our strikers is that they are not getting the supply. Also, we need two upfront instead of one just chasing lost causes. We pass it around well in midfield with no end product and yet when our defenders get the ball, nine times out of ten it is the big hoof.. I just don't understand these tactics "if they can be called tactics".
DEFENCE MIDFIELD STRIKER GOAL ... SIMPLES.
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