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Tonight's team... 4-4-2!!!

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Breaking news, Davey Moyes must have been sick of reading the debates about the 4-5-1 & 4-6-0 formation has now going for a 4-4-2 formation.

Neville Distin Heitinga Baines
Coleman Felliani Arteta Piennar
Beckford Saha

Come you blue boys!
Tommy Royle, Walton     Posted 05/01/2011 at 19:23:19

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Andy Whittingham
1   Posted 05/01/2011 at 19:48:41

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Evertonians, your wish has been granted: Howard, Neville, Baines, Distin, Heitinga, Coleman, Pienaar, Arteta, Fellaini, Beckford, Saha.
Nathan O'Hagan
2   Posted 05/01/2011 at 19:56:35

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I'm glad we're starting with 2, no matter who they are. In theory there should be plenty of movement, so it's up to Arteta, Piennar and Coleman to provide some ammuntion.
Nathan O'Hagan
3   Posted 05/01/2011 at 20:02:37

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Links for live stream anyone?
John Fowler
4   Posted 05/01/2011 at 20:48:32

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Gary Sedgwick
5   Posted 05/01/2011 at 21:10:36

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Bit late Nathan but espn3 works well
Coll Heske
6   Posted 05/01/2011 at 22:03:11

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Well done lads, fortune favours the brave, if DM cannot see that attack is the best form of defense after this game then were doomed!!!

Great result, another 3 points against the shite will be a good start to 2011.

Just a little point, thought Coleman was immense, all the talk of Bale 7 lennon and they both were shownmuo by a £60,00 bargain buy.

jermaine keep your head up lad, worked hard and never stopped running.

Matthew Lovekin
7   Posted 05/01/2011 at 22:11:21

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Interesting to see what happens next:

1. When Jags returns

2. When Cahill returns
Matty Dawkins
8   Posted 05/01/2011 at 22:18:20

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That was fucking brilliant...
4-4-2, positive play and a well deserved win.
Richard Dodd
9   Posted 05/01/2011 at 22:26:11

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We can always rely on Davey to do the right thing... even if we do have to be a little patient!
Robbie Shields
10   Posted 05/01/2011 at 23:40:06

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Christ Doddy, you are a damn sight more patient than I'll ever be, 9 years for 4-4-2 attacking football at home is too long for me! Having said that, IF Moyes has learnt that actually, some supporters do actually know a thing or two about football, especially Evertonians, and he plays 4-4-2 against weak teams and at home at least, then I could forgive him for being a slow learner.

Fantastic result today, but the performance was even better. Thought the crowd were great, helped no doubt by the formation picked. Beckford and Saha showed that 2 real strikers up front creat space, crate chances, cause havoc, hold the ball up, link up and bring the midfield forward. Rocket science this football lark ya know.
Tony J Williams
11   Posted 06/01/2011 at 00:43:05

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It wasn't 4-4-2, it was 4-4-1, as Beckford was a fecken passenger all game. Christ he is poor.
Simon Temme
12   Posted 06/01/2011 at 00:35:17

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Richard Dodd.

You have my apologies, only in so much that, yes when DM finally sees what a thousand posters have been saying on this site all season comes to fruition.

Michael responded to me with a very balanced responce recently to what was a provocked attack from some of your views.

Here are some off mine: Moyes playes 4-4-2 We win or play good football ? then Moyes does what he has had to do all season.

Moyes reverts to type ? 4-5-1/4-6-0 he has to go.

Forget the FA Cup Bring on the Shite!
Steve Sweeney
13   Posted 06/01/2011 at 08:00:06

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Great Result, what a difference with 2 strikers.p>Saha looked a different player with Beckford, his runs and allowing him time to pick up the ball.

Great play by Beckford to keep the ball moving to create the space for Saha leading to the 2nd goal. That wouldn't have happened with a 4-5-1 formation.

Let's hope Davey doesn't revert to type for our next two games.

Larry Boner
14   Posted 06/01/2011 at 10:57:52

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Everton did not play 4-4-2, it was a 4-1-3-1-1 with Saha in a deep lying role, which gave him plenty of space to pick up the ball between the Spurs lines, but, yes, we did play with two forwards.

This could be the way to bring the best out of Saha, who looked a completely different player, even tackling and chasing people down. I would like to see Mr Moyes continue with this formation, especially against Liverpool in 10 days time.

I thought Beckford had a good game, tying up the Spurs defence and running into space for passes, he just needs to stop panicking when he gets chances.

Coleman is, basically unplayable, maybe not a Rolls Royce like Bale, but Bale has no reverse gear, whereas Coleman is up and down and across the pitch for the whole game, he also just needs to calm down when he gets into the penalty area, but he is improving every game.

Man of the Match for me was Fellaini, absolutely a class above anyone else on the pitch, played his defensive role perfectly, but also became a true box-to-box player, with Arteta covering well for him when he went forward... Signs ot Arteta improving, but still well below his best.

Baines just had Lennon in his pocket the whole game, easily now the best LB in the PL.

Mr Moyes needs to keep this attacking mindset, leave Beckford for a run of games and I think he will score goals, the ball always appears at his feet in the box, the sign of a good striker. I think he doesn't realise he has the time and rushes his chances because he is now in the PL, take a leaf out of DJ Campbell's book, lower league player scoring goals in the PL.

There was one thing missing from the Everton performance, no hoof ball, everyone trying to play out from the back, even Howard threw a few balls out.

Mr Moyes, this is all Evertonians want, try to play football, take the game to the opposition and every player pulling their tripe out, I think even if Spurs had equalised, the team would have still got a standing ovation at the end, there is no ground with a better atmosphere than Goodison when the team are up for it.

Now just keep it up !

Aiden Doyle
15   Posted 06/01/2011 at 11:57:17

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Larry, thank you for actually studying the performance rather than lazily relying on simplistic labels.

As the man says, playing two "recognised strikers" does not necessarily equal 4-4-2 and, for that matter, is not automatically "more attacking".
Mike Gwyer
16   Posted 06/01/2011 at 12:36:28

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Spot on. I have not been Saha's biggest fan of late but last night he put himself about and actually shot at the goal.

The major difference for me was that Spurs played an attacking game. Most teams are coming to GP to defend, we are then empty on ideas as how to break these teams down who are heavy in defence but quick on the break.
Peter Norris
17   Posted 06/01/2011 at 15:02:06

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Tony #11. So who controlled the ball on the half way line and had the vision to swivel and pass to Saha to shoot and create the second goal?? Who kept the back five occupied with his pace and made the keeper kick long and stop them playing from the back? Open your eyes mate ? it was the "passenger". For Christ's sake give him a chance will you and get off his back.

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