I know we were awful yesterday, inept in fact, but the future is not all doom and gloom. We have only lost one of the last 9 games, away at Stoke. Drawn 5 including Liverpool and Chelsea both away. Wins against City (away) and Spurs. If you look at the table, both ourselves and Fulham have drawn far more games than those around us ? not enough goals to win matches.
Cast your mind back to before Christmas when we were all bemoaning loads of chances not taken. Moyes has now tinkered with his system to try and score more. But this was a case of ?what ain?t broke ? don?t fix.? We were creating chances then... but we are not creating chances now!
Last two games have been transitional in my mind. Pienaar was going and our left side has suffered badly. Nothing at all yesterday (or at LFC) from that side when it is usually our best.
Arteta has not suddenly become a bad player ? when he looks up and forward there is no-one free to pass to ? so he goes sideways. To my mind he needs to play further forward in the Nasri style role. Keep the faith guys. COYB
Andrew Mahon, Posted 23/01/2011 at 13:20:21
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1 Posted 23/01/2011 at 15:29:01
2 Posted 23/01/2011 at 16:02:45
In the context of "best squad ever" and the pre-season optimism, keeping the faith is very difficult. Draws are not much better than a defeat and yesterday we scraped a draw at home to the bottom team - a club we have taken more points off than any other in the Premiership era.
As Mick has just stated, what exactly are we keeping faith in? We're all Evertonians and we want our club to succeed but we need to see something from the club that equates to a vision for the future; a decent infrastructure; a system of play (School of Science ??!!!); positive tactics; consistency; application (e.g. beating the first man from a corner); professionalism and passion.
Can't see it at the moment. Maybe my "half full glass" is frosted.
3 Posted 23/01/2011 at 16:05:36
4 Posted 23/01/2011 at 16:20:28
5 Posted 23/01/2011 at 16:35:42
To keep the faith with Moyes has become ludicrous. Moyes got to 4th once and that was it, he's never surpassed or even equalled it, this stone age football carries the double whammy of being boring AND unsuccessful.
We need this season over, Moyes to go and start afresh with someone having a modicum of man-management skills. No more over-hyped "football coaches".
6 Posted 23/01/2011 at 16:46:49
7 Posted 23/01/2011 at 17:42:17
8 Posted 23/01/2011 at 18:39:36
9 Posted 23/01/2011 at 19:07:35
The simple fact this season is we have not scored enough goals at the right time ? albeit that we've now scored 11 in four games ? and not kept enough clean sheets. Without a striker who can score, and why Saha was left on the bench in favour of Big Vic I've no idea, and the ability to keep clean sheets, we're going to end up drawing more than we win.
The hallmark of the Moyes era has been "tight at the back." We are certainly not that anymore. Sort that out and we can start climbing the table. Until then...
10 Posted 23/01/2011 at 19:50:58
Ask yourself, would any side with top 4 ambitions have players such as Hibberst & Osman (yes, nice lads, before anyone starts). But could you seem them in the Spurs team? No, thats why Spurs are now where they are, and thats why we are where we are.
We are limited by both no investment in the entire Bill Kenwright tenure and Moyes's lack of tactical nouse, with no idea how to play (real) attacking football.
11 Posted 23/01/2011 at 20:11:06
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